Josh-Daniel S. Davis (joshdavis) wrote,
Josh-Daniel S. Davis
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Computer foo

SUMMARY:
* Goodbye Windows 7 64-bit
* Windows 2003 won't install on my laptop
* Windows 2008 eats as much memory as Windows 7
* XP + Lenovo = 3G limit, which I'll begrudgingly take
* 320G Laptop drive DOES work - it's my carrier's power bus wearing out.
* I've set my keyboard to give me ñ and others easily, but it eats spaces after " characters. :(


DETAILS:
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I gave up on Windows 7 64-bit. It was having device issues (memory key wouldn't show up, wouldn't keep drive letters between plug-ins, etc) and even though it allowed me to use the extra gig of memory, it used all of that extra, even if I turned off Aero and other "fun" stuff.

The look and feel took a bit of getting used to. It was OK, but it's all sizzle and no meat. Hotkeys went away for many daily functions, and the start menu could never really go into "classic" mode.

Managing the start menu required active input, and copying links into the preferences by hand was very cumbersome. It's a link to what you drag in, even if you drag in a link. So you can't copy something out, then drag it in and remove the desktop copy. Also, "folders" are on the bottom in the start menu rather than the top, which is a PITA for me.

There were lots of places where they'd eat a 4 pixel bar, or otherwise chew up screen real estate that I wanted for other things but which I couldn't really get rid of. I *did* like the media handling though. Tile mode was a cross between thumbnails and details. You can't turn off media mode for a directory though, so a pile of RPMs (Redhat Packages) was shown as Real Media and I couldn't see file sizes, or any useful info.

Lots of little things like that. "We have this great feature for you, but we're going to fuck you in the ass while we give it to you, just so you know we're in charge. Keep buying, BITCH."

I don't even like the curvy, power eating styles of XP. I mean, honestly, the only reason I'm on XP and not 2000 is because of device support and some graphics/sound acceleration issues on 2000.

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I thought Windows Server 2003 x-32 would allow me to use my 4G of ram through PAE plus support for up to 32G.

No, sorry. Windows Server doesn't support booting from or even looking for disks on my system, even if I use a driver disk for it. Yes, I found a floppy and a USB floppy drive, and it even found the drivers.

What about Server 2008? Well, it's built on Vista/Windows 7 structure too. As such, instead of a minimum 128M memory, it's a minimum 512M memory. Recommended moves from 256M up to 2-4G.

So, I'm back to XP, factory load and stuck with the 4th gig of ram chewed up by device memory maps and such. THANKS LENOVO! FUCK YOU TOO! DELL DOES IT BETTER! (I get 3.5G in XP32 on a Dell with NVIDIA).

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On a lighter side, my 320G disk that was "failing" even after replacement was failing because it requires slightly more power than my ultrabay disk adapter can provide. I looked inside, and some sort of sata chip in there. There's no big power bus, so I'm assuming it's still limited to roughly 1/2 amp and it would hang on spin-up.

That explains why it would not show up on other laptops and other OSes, but did show up in a powered USB bay, and works in the primary drive slot in my laptop.

So, it's become my boot drive, since it's faster. It'll chew up battery a little faster, but I rarely have issues with that.

This is good because the "replacement" I ordered with Saturday delivery from Amazon never came. I got an email stating oops, sorry. "We forgot to ship it even though you ordered it many hours before the cut-off. We'll refund your shipping and ship it ground for free on Monday."

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Also, I've switched back to US - International for my keyboard type. This gives me all sorts of goodies like ¡²³¤€¼½¾‘’¥×äåé®þüúíóö«»¬áßðø¶´æ©ñµç¿ direct from the keyboard; however, " symbols expect a second character and will eat my space or whatever I type after it. Not sure if I like that. We'll see.
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