Friday, August 22, 2008
Lessons in Safe Computing, Part 2
And now, the conclusion to the long, laborious and boring saga of my latest computer travails...
I am now waiting with bated breath for the arrival of my new Gateway Laptop computer, an external hard drive enclosure case, and a replacement power supply and graphics card, all courtesy of Amazon.com, whom I love deeply and loyally. Yes, you can even buy a power supply for your computer model, or atleast I did. Isn't online shopping wonderful? Here's the official photo and stats of my new baby:
*Color: Slate Grey Ridgeview™
*Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor1 T5750 (2.00GHz, 667MHz, 2MB L2 cache)
*Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium (64-bit) SP1
*Operating System Backup Media: Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium Media (64-bit)
*RAM: 4096MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-2048MB modules) (Memory Capacity Maximum 4GB)
*HARD DRIVE STORAGE: 320GB 5400RPM Serial ATA II hard drive with 8MB cache (1-320GB)5
*External Ports: (3) USB 2.0 Ports, VGA Connector
*Expansion Slots: One ExpressCard™ Type 54 Expansion Slot
*Display: 15.4" WXGA Ultrabright TFT Active Matrix (1280 x 800 max. resolution)
*Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with up to 384MB of Dynamic Video Memory and Intel® GM965 chipset
*Optical Drive 8x Multi-Format Dual Layer DVDRW with DVD-RAM featuring Labelflash™ Technology6
*Backup Media: Cyberlink Power2Go with Cyberlink Label Printer for Windows Vista
*Wireless Network: Integrated Intel® 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wireless Networking
*PAN (personal area network): Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR
*Integrated Modem: 56k ITU v.92 ready Fax/Modem (RJ-11 port)
*Integrated Network: 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port)
*Integrated Keyboard and Mouse: Full-Size Keyboard, Touchpad with Vertical Scroll Pointing Device and Dedicated Multimedia Panel
*Finished Goods: Brushed-metal precision-touch multimedia control panel, featuring smooth-cut keys and touch-sensitive volume adjustment.
*Web Camera: Integrated 1.3 Megapixel Web Cam
*Digital Media Manager: 5-in-1 Digital Media Manager (Memory Stick™ (MS), Memory Stick™ Pro, Multi Media Card™ (MMC), Secure Digital™ (SD), xD-Picture Card)
Dimensions (Box) 17" (H) x 13" (W) x 6" (D) or 432mm (H) x 330mm (W) x 152mm (D)
Dimensions (System) 1.1"-1.50" (H) x 14" (W) x 10" (D) or 28-38mm (H) x 356mm (W) x 254mm (D)10
*Battery: Primary 6 Cell Lithium Ion battery w/ 1 Yr. limited battery warranty
*65 Watt AC Adapter
*Software: Microsoft® Works 9.0, Microsoft® Money Essentials
*Warranty: 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty9
*Weights: 6.29 lbs. (2.85 kg) system unit only / 10.28 lbs. (4.66 kg.) box11
l) the Intel logo, Intel Core, and Core Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.
2) Windows Vista® 64-bit versions are intended to work with 64-bit drivers and peripherals. Windows Vista® 32-bit compatible applications work in Windows Vista® 64-bit versions. Visit Microsoft's page on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows for more information on upgrading 32-bit applications and hardware.
3) HD requires ATSC digital antenna (not included). HD signal reception depends on multiple factors.
4) Intel, the Intel logo, Centrino and Centrino Inside are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.
The best part is, I got ALL THAT for $780. Did you see, 4 GIGS of RAM and 350 GIGS Hard Drive? Vista Home Premium 64-BIT? Optical drive DVD BURNER? BLUETOOTH wireless personal network? Plus, the only other notebook I ever had was a Gateway back in 2000, and I LOVED it and the support. Missy got a lot of wear out of it as a hand-me-down, and we even took it to Europe with us in 2004. So, if this baby is anything like that one, I'm gonna like it a lot.
I did spend $230 more than my tentative budget of $550. But, for what I got with that extra outlay, I think it's a wise investment. I may even buy an additional 2 year service contract, because this thing's got the power to be around in 3 years...I think (who really knows?).
So, Life is looking good again. I am still going to be up to my ears in computer set-up, research, and instructions, but at least I'm travelling down the lit hallway to the end of the tunnel.
Only one mystery remains (and it's a big one, which is why I'm trying to think good thoughts): will I be able to access my hard drive data? Stay tuned for installment #3 later this weekend.
In the meantime, let's concentrate on more pleasant quandries, like this one: