hardware

New laptop

Last week, I finally ordered a new laptop! This is it, a Dell Studio 15.

My old laptop had become soooo slow. Even after completely reinstalling Windows XP, but hardly any other software (yes, a browser, office suite, and a few more), it still seemed ten times as slow as when I bought it. I blame Windows for that; obviously XP is not what it was five years ago.

Anyway, I searched around, mainly at laptopshop.nl, and was about to order an Acer (Aspire 5738G, to be precise), when I saw that Dell had a discount on the Studio 15. The specs were similar to the Acer and now the price was almost the same as well. I chose the Dell.

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Friday, July 17th, 2009 Computing, Personal 1 Comment

New hardware

Because I needed a bit of extra data storage, I bought a new harddisk yesterday.
I basically just wanted a lot of space, for mass storage and backup, and I wanted it to be available for every pc in our house.
At first, I was looking for an external USB disk, to be connected to my Asus WL500g wireless access point. However, I decided that a NAS would be more suitable for this, and more general applicable.
Of course, you can make one of those yourself, if you have an old pc lying around somewhere, but I just bought one out of the box. The best choice for me (based on the price per Gb, combined with the built-in printer server) was the Western Digital NetCenter 320 Gb. And it works just fine. I haven’t done anything special yet, nor have I performed any benchmarks, but it’s just very nice to be able to access your documents from any pc, and use the same printer, store photos and music in one place, et cetera. It does exactly what I wanted!

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2006 Computing 2 Comments

Keyboard error

Do you ever forget to plug in your keyboard after you’ve been fumbling inside your computer? For example, you’ve just upgraded your pc’s memory, put everything back together, connect the cables, turn on the machine and find out you forgot the keyboard? Or simply because you connect the power cable first and the computer somehow immediately boots up, before you’ve had the chance to connect the other cables? Sounds familiar? Or am I the only one? 🙂

Anyway, when your computer boots with no keyboard attached, you get an error like this:

Keyboard error: press <F1> to continue or <F2> to enter setup.

Please tell me how!

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 Computing, Funny 1 Comment

Mem: 3104356K total

I just upgraded my work pc!
I added two Kingston KVR266X72RC25/1024‘s. That is, two 1GB 266MHz DDR PC2100 Reg ECC DIMM CL2.5 memory modules, giving me a total of 3 gigabytes of RAM.

Let’s hope this will keep me from running out of memory so often…

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 Computing No Comments

My laptop has arrived

My laptop has been delivered yesterday!

It has taken quite some time, because the laptops were held back at the customs for a few weeks. As a compensation De-Laptopper offered a choice of a few free accesories. I chose the free upgrade from 2*256 MB to 1*512 MB of memory (which I had ordered anyway for 49 euros).

Unfortunately, they still have to deliver the upgrade from 11 Mbps (802.11b) to 54 Mbps (802.11g) WLAN.
Furthermore, they’ve only given me 256 MB of memory, so they still have to send me the 512 MB DIMM.
And finally, because the 7200 rpm 60 GB harddisk wasn’t available, they put a 5400 rpm in instead. But they upgraded the processor from 1.6 to 1.7 GHz! So now I have to choose: 1.6 GHz processor with a 7200 rpm drive, or 1.7 GHz with a 5400 rpm drive? Does anyone have any good suggestions what to choose?

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Thursday, March 18th, 2004 Computing 2 Comments

I’ve been connected

Starting today I’ve finally got ADSL at home.
Thanks to the TU Delft and Infopact, who provided me with a free 1024 / 512 kbps connection!

I’ve got it all set up, connected the wires and splitter and stuff. It’s a bit tricky at our place, because we have a home switchboard (for 1 external and 4 internal phone lines) and separate lines for the modems (because the “ancient” switchboard cannot handle the modem signals). So I have placed the splitter before the switchboard, and used the separate modem line for the ADSL signal. The one cable going to the second floor has two wires for one of the internal phone lines and two wires for the ADSL line.

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Friday, February 20th, 2004 Computing No Comments

The laptop that I bought

The ASUS M6000N.

I finally did it! I’ve bought a laptop!
This morning I ordered the ASUS M6000N with

  • Intel Centrino 1.6 GHz processor
  • 1 x 512 MB 333 MHz DDR SDRAM
  • 60 GB 7200 rpm 2.5″ UDMA 100 HDD
  • ATI M10 (Mobility Radeon 9600) 64 MB DDR
  • 15.1″ SXGA+ (1400 x 1050)
  • 5.25″ ATAPI 24X/24X/8X/24X DVD/CDRW combo drive
  • on-board 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet controller
  • integrated 802.11 b/g module
  • … and much more!

at De Laptopper.

I’ll keep you informed..

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Friday, February 20th, 2004 Computing, Personal 4 Comments