It lives

Despite what Dell may claim, the PC was waiting with the neighbours when I got home from work. A quick play with Vista home saw me reach for the XP CD so I could install a proper operating system. I had to get all retro to do it, and dig out an old floppy disk drive, then try and locate a working floppy disk in order to be able to load the SATA RAID drivers at install time. After a couple of false starts it was soon up and running.

I’m probably going to have to get a new keyboard as my MS Natural keyboard has a PS2 connector, and this PC is USB only. Having said that I think a couple of spare PS2->USB adaptors arrived with a new Dell server last week so I might borrow one of those for the moment.

I’m now in the middle of a software install and update frenzy to get everything I need loaded and patched.

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9 Responses to It lives

  1. Steve says:

    Not a fan of vista then?

  2. Steve says:

    I had a go on a friends lapop with it installed and it kept asking me if I was sure I wanted to do what I was trying to do, which was only copy a few files.

    Yes Mr Gates I’m very sure now bugger off.

  3. Father says:

    It didn’t do anything for me on Rosemary’s. Multi-level 3d graphics but like wading through treacle to get anything done! Stick to XP until they’ve got the bugs out in about 3 years!

  4. rich says:

    Home Basic, which is what I had, doesn’t come with the funky 3D desktop anyway. It ends up looking just like XP, but infinitely more annoying.

  5. Alex says:

    never seen vista, dont want to, bring back windows 3.11 i say

  6. Simon says:

    Windows 3.11 was awful!

    I’d quite like to try Vista.

  7. Alex says:

    I might be buying myself a new PC at work in a few weeks in which case i’ll probably be stuck with vista unless i do a richie and install XP instead :)

  8. matt says:

    Do a Richie, I;’m not touching Vista til it’s a few years old.