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May 25th, 2008

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10:55 pm - Introducing my new computer, Lucius the Laptop
I bought a new computer today, since I've been having problems with my old computer, Harry the Laptop, while running Second Life, which I use for business. Harry has had an ongoing problem with Second Life causing his video drivers to crash, leading to the dreaded Blue Screen of Death and a hard boot of the computer. Since hard-booting directly led to the death of Chibi, I'm afraid it's just a matter of time before Harry's hard drive fails too, unless I stop using him to access Second Life. (He has no problems with other applications, just that one.)

Since I loathe Vista and never use that part of Harry, except to download updates and new antivirus definition files, I needed to find a new computer that had WinXP as a native installation, since Harry's BSOD problems are directly attributable to the fact that his installation of WinXP was jury-rigged from the start. (Necessarily so, since nothing I had already ran on Vista, one of the biggest boondoggles foisted on the computing public since Microsoft's Bob.)

Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided to pull WinXP from the shelves, in an effort to force greater adoption of Voldemort Vista, so unless I got a new native-installation-WinXP computer very soon, it would be impossible to get one, since the last sale date for WinXP and systems that have it pre-installed is the end of June of this year.

After a good deal of hunting around, I finally located a good replacement for Harry, a Sony Vaio with very nice specs that exceed or equal what Harry has. It's in a bright shiny metallic case, so I've decided to call it Lucius, since it's blond and a bit old-fashioned, but very powerful and the very best quality available from a brand with an excellent reputation.

Here are Lucius' specs -- Sony VAIO® VGN-SZ645P3 13.3" Notebook PC:

Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz / 2GB RAM / 160GB Hard Drive / GeForce 8400M GS / DVD±R/RW Drive with DL / 802.11AGN Wireless / Bluetooth / XP Professional

The VAIO® SZ Notebook is powered with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processor, this state-of-the-art technology provides blazing fast performance and the mobility and power you need for high-speed, Wireless computing on-the-go. An inspiring fusion of mobility, power and style, the VAIO® SZ Notebook delivers intelligent Mobile design while placing a priority on usability and performance. This slim, lightweight PC has a superb 13.3" widescreen Display with XBRITE™ LCD technology, long Battery life, biometric fingerprint sensor and the convenience of Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system.

Box Contents: Sony VGN-SZ645P3 Notebook, Standard Lithium-Ion Battery, AC power adapter, Power Cord, Software Bundle: Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Office Professional 2007 60-Day Trial, Norton 360 Security and Anti-Virus Trial, 1-Year Limited Warranty

Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.20GHz Processor
4MB L2 Cache 800MHz Bus speed
2048MB DDR2 (PC2-5300) RAM Max: 4GB
160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
13.3" WXGA (1280 x 800) XBRITE™ Display
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS with up to 319MB Video Memory
DVD±R/RW Drive with Double Layer
Built-in 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless
Integrated Bluetooth
10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet
Built-in Memory Stick® Duo media slot
5-in-1 Memory Card Adaptor (MS, MS Pro, SD, XD, MMC)
1 ExpressCard 34 Slot
2 USB 2.0, 1 Headphone out; 1 Microphone-in, 1 VGA, 1 IEEE 1394, 1 RJ-11, 1 RJ-45
Approximate Unit Dimensions: 12.5" (W) x 9.3" (D) x 1.5"(H)
Approximate Unit Weight: 4.2lbs


Manufacturer’s Warranty - Hardware
1 Year
Intel Core 2 Duo
Connection - RJ11
Connection - RJ45
Connection - Video
Hard Drive (GB)
Memory - Processing RAM included
Memory - Processing RAM Maximum
Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Optical Disc Drive
DVD+-RW / CDRW Combo with Dual Layer
Pre-Installed by Manufacturer
Connection - For External Display Analog
Connection - IEEE1394 Firewire
Connection - USB
Connection - Wireless Network 802.11
802.11a / 802.11b / 802.11g / 802.11n
Screen Size (Inches/Diagonal)
Wireless Capability
Wireless a/b/g/n
Connection - PCMCIA / PC-Card
PCMCIA and PC Express Card Slot
Connection - Wireless Bluetooth
Screen Resolution - Maximum
Unit Weight - Approximate with Battery
Connection - Media Card Reader

I also had the store upgrade his memory to 4GB, but unfortunately only 3GB are being recognized, due to some quirk of Windows, so that's a bit disappointing, but still, 3GB of RAM are better than 2GB, so it's still an improvement.

It'll take me a while to get Lucius ready to take over from Harry, so Harry will still be in use in the interim. After Lucius is set up and running everything I want him to (particularly Second Life!), then I'll keep Harry in semi-retirement, as a backup computer in case of problems with Lucius or to run equipment or applications that are Vista-specific.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: "Perfect" -- The Crüxshadows

(Eat a pomegranate)

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