atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#307: New computer, 23 hours later

I haven't been able to use it quite as much as I've wanted to. I've been sleeping.

But overall my user experience has not been bad. I have about a billion little adjustments to make, plus at least 20 software packages to install; also I have to figure out how I'm going to connect my other system to this one via a network cable so I can copy things over.

After using Windows ME for six years, it's taking me some time to get used to Windows Vista. It's really different. ME was built on Win 95/98, after all.

So here I am with 21st century computer using a 21st century operating system.

It occurred to me earlier this morning that if this computer doesn't like my old keyboard and mouse, it is just possible that the upgrade components I bought didn't like them, either. Wouldn't that be a crock? My trusty IBM 1390 has never failed to work with any computer it was plugged into, but it is 20 years old. Maybe it draws too much power for these new-fangled contraptions....

Well, I have this expectation about devices. If a motherboard has sockets for Mini-DIN keyboard and mouse connectors, I expect that the motherboard will operate with devices which have those connectors.

The new machine has about 10 USB ports, 2 firewire ports, and a front-panel media card reader. I haven't even really begun to connect or attach things, either--printer, scanner, webcam, etc, etc. I'm going to need another hard drive (SATA).

And it's so quiet. It's so quiet I worry that it's not being kept cool enough, despite the humongous heat sink on the processor. I'll probably be looking into adding another fan, too, especially once I've gotten another hard drive in there.

So far I have not noticed any difference in speed. But, so far, all I have really done is browse the internet, write a couple of blog entries, and chat via Yahoo! Messenger, none of which ever taxed the capacity of my 1 GHz P3.

The one frustration I've had, so far, is with the TV out on the video card. It doesn't work, and I don't know why it doesn't work...yet. Digging through the documentation is on the list....

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