Ok so it has only been a week or so since I posted the Alienware M15x article, unfortunately that didn’t last long. After the ‘oooohs & aaaahs’ have subsided I have found it sitting on my desk at home with the lid down. I hate to admit it but I had made a terrible mistake by purchasing the Alienware M15x, not because of it’s quality and its beefy specs but because I didn’t follow my own rule of thumb. When I build a pc or buy a laptop, I always ask myself “what will you be using it for?” In this instance, I got caught up in the Alienware’s big & bold gaming appeal rather than sticking with my intended use.
The last laptop I bought was the XPS M1210 and it’s fair to say it has seen better days. I wanted a fairly beefy laptop that will run Adobe CS5 but for the budget that I had, I had very few to choose from. While I would love to try out one of these spiffy MacBook Pro’s I couldn’t justify the price tag. So instead I went with an Alienware M15x, specced with Intel i7 920xm, 8Gb of RAM, 1GB of Dedicated graphics (GTX260M), Bluray drive and LED backlit screen.
When I first saw Project Natal on YouTube, I couldn’t wait for its release and I couldn’t wait for the titles to be released for this new peripheral. Now that we have it set up in our lounge room, which we spent half a day rearranging – we now want more. I want more titles that will be far more advanced and push the Kinect technology to its limits. I want to see what FPS games will be like, games that I often play such as NBA 2K Series, EA Sports such as NBA Live, FIFA etc. I have a pile of about 50 games and as I look at them I can’t help but wonder how the motion-based technology would apply to these games.
If you are like many others who are wondering what the differences are between the Windows 7 editions, here is a table which lists features that you will and will not get on a particular version.
Donna’s old XPS M1330 needed a reformat and to remove the crappy Windows Vista from it. Before completely banishing the OS and all her files which she claims have been backed up. I decided to err on the side of caution and perform a full image backup of the entire drive and store it on a shared drive on my NAS. I then had the idea of restoring the full back up into a Virtual Machine so that she can access it just in case she miraculously remembers something that she needed.
There are plenty of fixes for this particular error, some are going back to 2005 but none of those even came close to fixing my issue. Trying to log in behind a proxy and providing authentication details didn’t seem to fix issue even though it was testing as “passed” on connection troubleshooter.
As I mentioned in my previous entry, my search for a motherboard with at least 6-8 SATA ports had begun. Well last night I found a seller of a second hand Asus P5W64 WS Pro from OCAU so off I went in the middle of the night to pick it up. Very excited to get home and start putting it together, unfortunately I’ve hit a minor stumbling block, the Antec 430W PSU I planned on using only had a 4 pin EPS and this motherboard requires an 8 pin which I did not have. Needless to say, this has set me back a day or two before I can start the build.
I have however built a test FreeNas box in the interim using an old Lenovo PC I had laying around, powered by an older Pentium D processor and only having two SATA ports available, I slapped my new Samsung HD203WI in there in Software RAID0. I’ve been quite impressed with the transfer speeds @ an average of about 320Mbps (40MB/s) of course this is a conservative figure as the speed does fluctuate hitting as much 520Mbps.
It’s looking good so far.