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Making the Switch

Finally got around to making the switch and getting my old stalwart box out of day to day life and swapping the new one which should last me for a good few years to come. It’s been a while coming this. Almost ten months after starting to scope out components for a box, the blessed discovery of Custom PC magazine for advice, blowing up a motherboard in five seconds flat and a fair old amount of dithering because XP SP2 really doesn’t like Norton Internet Security (the secret, I realise now, is to set windows to ignore the DEP feature SP2 gives 64bit machines as an option. Set the boot parameters from =optin to and all should be well), it’s up and running with lots of familiar software and some new stuff I’ve installed because building a new box is a bit like a spring clean.

It runs AMD64 3500, 2GB RAM, 160GB RAID-1 SATA 7200rpm hard drives, DVD+-RW burner, and yes, a floppy drive. Now if I can finally manage to rip all my CDs and get Win2003 running in VPC, I might be getting somewhere.

Posted on January 17, 2005   #Geek Stuff  






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