Monthly Archives: August 2009

New desktop computer – The pictures

From the Newsletter of 23 – 29 August, 2009:

You will all be happy to know that the new computer has arrived and we will have a system using an Intel Quad Core i7 CPU, a Gigabyte M/B with the X58 chipset and six GBs of DDR3 RAM; two 1TB HDDs and an LG CD/DVD drive…all SATA; a generic black ATX case (smaller dimensions) with a 650 watt PSU and an ASUS 1GB video card. For those of you who are interested in having a look, it will be on show at the Main Meeting next Tuesday.

On behalf of the club members a big thank you to Bill Parry and those who assisted him with the specifications.

First photo, l to r,  Bob Backstrom, Bill Parry (Vice Pres) and Roger Foulds.

Photos courtesy Peter Collard (full-sized pics):

Opening the boxes
Opening the boxes

Checking the connections
Checking the connections


Reading the manual
Reading the manual

First power up
First power up

Waiting for downloads
Waiting for downloads


Tuesday 25 August – Main Meeting – 6–8 pm

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Joshua Carr, no relation to Bob, is the Product Manager for Retail Notebook at ASUS – and he’ll be coming to the main meeting to show us the latest in thin and light notebooks from ASUS!

Thin and light is an exciting new category in between netbooks and notebooks, offering far more power than netbooks while being thinner and lighter than traditional notebooks.

Although ASUS won’t be giving a notebook away there will be some other ASUS gear to win, with Joshua suggesting a motherboard and some other stuff which we’ll find out about on Tuesday night.

So, while netbooks remain ultra popular, the new thin and light category threatens to eclipse netbooks completely – come and learn what it’s all about!

See you there!


New desktop computer – part 4

Seven of us – Bill (Vice Pres), Bob, John L., John S., Peter, Roger and Warren (Pres) – turned up to the SIG Rooms for the 10am computer delivery. Bad news, however.

The video card we wanted wasn’t in stock. What? After some phonecalls, the suppliers agreed to an upgrade to one that they did have in stock (at no extra cost to us). They still needed time to finish the setup, but could have it ready by 1pm.

Sure enough, it was then ready. Bill and Bob walked to the computer shop and saw it booted up and running with the nice black Microsoft keyboard and all the promised goodies connected. Bill carried back the heavy Computer Case and Bob juggled the keyboard and mainboard boxes under the arm.

First we booted up XP and spent some time installing Kaspersky Internet Security (getting emails for Customer ID and Activation ID) – is there no end to the carry-on ?

Next we Activated XP, downloaded IE8 and caught up with 13 Critical updates and 9 Optional updates.

Some of the group had to leave by this time, so Bob and Roger stayed to boot up the Windows 7 RC 64-bit OS to see how it runs. We didn’t want to stay online without installing Kaspersky and so decided to continue next Tuesday before the Monthly Main Meeting.

In the morning, before collecting the machine, we looked at a couple of other computer shops in the area to find an external disk enclosure for our (now) old 160 GB IDE drive.  We tried that out under Windows 7 and it worked very well, of course, so any SIG leaders who wish to retrieve any of their data can easily do so.

New desktop computer – part 3

The new computer is being assembled as we write this with delivery due next Thursday, August 20th.

Several members will be involved in the installation of a clean version of XP on one (1 TB) disk and Windows 7 64-bit RTM (Release to Manufacture) on the other. If not RTM, then we can use our copy of RC1 (Release Candidate 1).

Dual boot seems the way to go.

That’ll be just in time for the following Tuesday (Main Meeting) for the grand announcement.

New desktop computer – part 2

Amendments to wish list:

  • I have been told that we already have a Webcam (the one we use at the Monthly Main Meetings). D’oh!
  • For a very little extra, we can have 2 x 1 TB disks instead of 2 x 500 GB disks. Wow.
  • The  top-of-the-range Intel CPU (the Intel® Core™ i7 Processor) might be within budget. Double wow.

See the Intel specs for the Core™ i7 Processor.  Quote: “They are the best desktop processors on the planet.” Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?  🙂

New desktop computer

The Club’s new desktop computer was approved by the Committee at the Saturday Aug 1 meeting.

It now remains for a sub-committee of one to check prices and availability in the next week or so.

The wish list: Core 2 Quad CPU, 4GB mem, 2 x 500 GB disks, DVD writer, cabled sound system including microphone or mic/headset, USB3, multi-memory-card reader, Bluetooth and Webcam.

Staying with XP for the moment – Windows 7 later.