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July 20th, 2007


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06:39 pm - There's another tombstone in my computer graveyard
I got a new computer, but not because I wanted to, but because I had to, since my desktop computer Chibi died, due to hard drive failure, caused by Second Life crashing constantly and requiring me to hard-boot it, which causes a lot of wear-and-tear on the hard drive. Since my old WinMe desktop is also dead, that left me computerless, a dire situation in this technology-dependant society of ours.

I was unable to find a ready-made computer that had WinXP loaded onto it, since everything new now has Vista on it. Unfortunately, none of my old equipment is usable with Vista, since it has pretty much NO backwards-compatablilty, so I really needed to have a WinXP box.

So I ended up having to get a bit creative.

I bought a Vista laptop from Acer that I was told could be converted into a WinXP machine, had the techs make a restore disk of the original OS installation, wipe the drive and partition it into two equal parts of 80GB each, install WinXP on one partition and re-install Vista on the other partition. My WinXP disk wasn't being recognized properly during the XP installation, so the techs managed to get ahold of an Acer XP disk and installed XP using that disk.

It's a bit of a jury-rigged solution, but the best I can do, under the circumstances. I can't really fiddle with anything on this computer, since it's such a patchwork, so I have to simply be content it is able to run at all, when it really shouldn't, given that this machine's hardware was built for Vista, not XP.

Since this computer essentially has two "souls", I've decided to name it Harry, given the wide-spread belief in the Potterverse fandom that Harry is Voldemort's horcrux (a view soon to be discovered as either correct or not, given the impending release of the last book of the series), so it seems appropriate to name this computer that.

Here are Harry's specs -- Acer Aspire 5630-6288:

Acer Aspire 5630-6288 (Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Vista Home Premium)

Manufacturer:
Acer America Corp.
Part number:
LX.AXY0X.101

General

Platform Technology
Intel Centrino Duo
System Type
Notebook
Built-in Devices
Stereo speakers, Wireless LAN antenna
Width
14.1 in
Depth
10.4 in
Height
1.1 in
Weight
6.2 lbs
Localization
English / Canada
Notebook type
Mid-size laptops (6-7.5 lbs.)
Screen type
Wide-screen, High-gloss/Anti-glare screen
Wireless capabilities
802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11a

Processor

Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 / 1.66 GHz
Multi-Core processor technology
Dual-Core
64-bit processor
Yes
Data bus speed
667 MHz
Chipset type
Mobile Intel 945PM Express

Cache Memory

Type
L2 cache
Cache size
2 MB

RAM

Installed Size
2 GB / 4 GB (max)
Technology
DDR II SDRAM - 533 MHz
RAM configuration features
2 x 1 GB

Storage Controller

Storage controller type
IDE

Storage

Floppy Drive
None
Hard Drive
160 GB - 5400 rpm
Storage Removable
None
Hard drive type
Portable

Optical Storage

Type
DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - Integrated
CD / DVD read speed
24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
CD / DVD write speed
24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)
CD / DVD rewrite speed
16x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)

Optical Storage (2nd)

2nd optical storage type
None

Card Reader

Card reader type
5 in 1 card reader
Supported flash memory cards
Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, XD-Picture Card, Memory Stick Pro

Display

Display Type
15.4 in TFT active matrix
Max Resolution
1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Widescreen Display
Yes
Color Support
24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Features
CrystalBrite

Video

Graphics Processor / Vendor
Intel GMA 950
Video Memory
Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Audio

Audio output type
Sound card
Audio output compliant standards
DirectSound, Sound Blaster Pro
Audio Input
Microphone

Notebook Camera

Camera Type
Integrated
Notebook Camera / Sensor Resolution
1.3 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
Notebook Camera / Camera Features
225 degree rotation

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type
None

Input Device(s)

Input device type
Keyboard, Touchpad, 4-way scroll button

Telecom

Modem
Fax / modem
Max transfer rate
56 Kbps
Protocols & Specifications
ITU V.92
Modem features
Wake on Ring

Networking

Networking
Network adapter
Networking / Wireless LAN Supported
Yes
Wireless NIC
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
Data link protocol
Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Fast Ethernet
Networking features
Acer SignalUp
Networking standards
IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Bays
None
Expansion Slots Total (Free)
2 ( 0 ) x Memory, 1 ( 1 ) x PC Card - Type II
Interfaces
1 x Modem - Phone line - RJ-11, 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45, 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 1 x Audio - Line-out/headphones - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Microphone - Input - Mini-phone 3.5 mm, 1 x Audio - Line-in - Mini-phone 3.5 mm, 1 x Display / video - S-video output, 4 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A

Miscellaneous

Features
Wake on LAN

Power

Power device form factor
External
Voltage Required
AC 120/230 V

Battery

Technology
6-cell Lithium ion
Installed Qty
1
Mfr estimated battery life
2 hour(s)

Operating System / Software

OS Provided
Microsoft Windows Vista - English, Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Software
Acer GridVista, NTI CD-Maker (OEM), Acer Launch Manager, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Norton AntiVirus (OEM), CyberLink PowerDVD (OEM), Acer Empowering Technology, CyberLink PowerProducer (OEM)

Due to all the brain-surgery this process entailed, it took a few days for Harry to be ready and I just picked him up this afternoon, the eve of the release of the final Potterverse book. I won't be able to do a lot with him right now, since I plan to be a bit busy reading that book for the next few days. The re-installation of Vista also meant that I lost out on some of the pre-loaded software from the original installation, which couldn't be loaded in the re-installation, so I'm kind of cranky about that, but there's nothing really I can do. But at least I now have a functioning computer once more.
Current Mood: crankycranky
Current Music: "Schizophren" by Megaherz

(Eat a pomegranate)


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