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.