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.
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.
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.