Monday, January 22, 2007

Computer Maintenance Resumes

The laptop finally pissed me off enough to rebuild it. I spent most of last week backing up the hard drive and documenting what I needed to reinstall and what I could junk. Last night I wiped the drive and started the reinstall process. Windows is a F@#$ING PAIN IN THE ASS!!!!! It took me over six hours to get Windows XP Pro SP2 installed and updated. It was a pretty painful six hours too, USB stopped working, strange stuff happening to the touchpad, prompts and more prompts, reboot after reboot. . . . the only software I've installed so far is a third party firewall package and anti-virus software. The server was so much easier to rebuild. After 6 hours, I pretty much had the entire server rebuilt.

All this touble, just to get DMA re-enabled on my optical drive. . . . I hate Windows.

In other news, I inherited another computer. A Intel Celery 1.8GHz, 256MB RAM, 30GB hard drive. It a real beast. . . not. Just another pet computer. I was thinking of using it in my room if I couldn't get the laptop working the way I wanted to, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. It's not really worth investing money in, so I might just use it as a dedicated Linux box of some sort.

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Got more software installed. DMA is still working on the optical drive and playing DVDs don't cause the audio skip anymore which is a good sign. Hopefully I can finish installing applications tonight and start restoring data. Rebuilding a Windows box is such a pain.

I haven't decided to sell the computer yet. As well as the PIII-450 server runs, a 1.8 GHz Celery would probably run better.
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