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In the end, I bought neither an hp nor a Dell, nor any of the other well-known brand computers. I bought a no name computer, through a special offer at one of the discount highstreet chemists. I am now the proud owner of a multimedia PC consisting of:

- DVD-Rewriter
2,4 x DVD+R (dual layer)
8 x DVD-R/4 x DVD-RW
8 x DVD-R/4 x DVD+RW
10 x CD-R/10 x CD-RW

- 16 x DVD-ROM

- 120 GB harddisk (7200 rpm)
Ultra ATA 100 interface

- nVidia GeForce FX5200
128 MB DDR-RAM, graphic card w/ TV-Out, DVD-I

- 512 MB DDR-RAM memory

- Network controller Ethernet LAN 10/100 MBit on board

- 56k V.90 PCI Softmodem incl. telephone cable

- IEEE 1394 FireWire on board

- 6 Channel Audio on board

- 3,5" Disk Drive


- 6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 back)
1 serial, 1 parallel, 2 PS/2, 1 LAN, 2 IEEE 1394 FireWire (1 front, 1 back)


- 1 LINE IN, 1 MIC IN, LINE OUT: 1 front, 1 back
1 subwoofer/center
1 digital coaxial in
1 digital coaxial out

PS/2 mouse
PS/2 keyboard w/ multimedia hotkeys

Operation system: WinXP Home Edition

It came with MS Works 7.0 and CompuServe hook-up-now-and-get-the-first-month-free, and a virus checker on a 90 day trial basis already installed.

But for now, I can't do anything other than play Pinball on it, because I was advised not to click on the hook-up-now-and-get-the-first-month-free button, but shop around for a reasonable provider first. Fuck that: I sent off for an ADSL connection at 8,95 euros a month with free modem and no connection costs, and hope they contact me soon so I won't have to rely on libraries and Internet cafés for much longer.

I bought it on the spur of the moment. I had no idea what I was doing. But yesterday, I bumped into one of my computer nerd friends and after viewing it for himself, he pronounced that I done good. Phew! That made me feel so much better. Because honestly, all I really know about, is footwear. I just saw the most wonderful pair of boots.


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Oct. 29th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)

Is it good looking?

I bought precious on a whim too.
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:50 am (UTC)
Is it good looking?

I think so! It's grey and dinky, with a black mouse and keyboard; and a sliding panel at the front to hide the connectors. It's so cute! I can play with that panel for hours. Well, can't do much else with it until I'm hooked up to the 'Net, can I?

But I'm really happy with it - esp. now that a friend has given me my first DVD to play on it. Madonna in Swept Away...I wonder why she chose that one?
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:58 am (UTC)
Sounds nice, mine has a nice front panel too, but the machine looks like the back of a bus.

Oct. 29th, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
That's too bad...To be honest, I've seen slinkier models than the one I've got, but still, I like it. It's sort of the computer equivalent of a certain guitarist with glasses of my acquaintance that I quite like the look of...;-)
Oct. 29th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
*rolls eyes*
Oct. 30th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
Hehe ;-D
Oct. 29th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
That sounds like a pretty sweet setup. A DVD-RW drive! Cool. I just have DVD playback on mine.
Oct. 30th, 2004 05:04 am (UTC)
A DVD-RW drive! Cool.

If you say so... In all honesty, I really don't know what my machine can do exactly, but I think I may have figured things out by the end of the year. That is, if I can overcome my fear of touching it. Every time I switch it on, I'm half convinced I'm breaking something. ;-)
Oct. 29th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
Well, it all sounds very impressive! I may use computers but I can'y claim to understand them.

You're only paying 8.95 for your broadband? That's NO FAIR! It's way more expensive over here... ::sulks::
Oct. 30th, 2004 05:06 am (UTC)
8.95 sounded like a reasonable offer, so yeah, I signed up for it immediately. Of course, I've no idea yet if the provider is going to be a good on or not...but I hope so.
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