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Cheapie Vista upgrade on olde olde machine.. [Mar. 10th, 2007|11:24 pm]
Bob Bain
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As noted to acelightning "Ace" yesterday I have purchased a cheapie academic upgrade to Vista Home Premium with the intent of installing it on my olde olde 1.5 gigahertz machine from the early part of this century and which got eaten by more viruses and spy ware than I thought was possible which eventually rendered it "not even remotely usable". It has been lying around and I have installed various things on it since then - the last being Debian Linux. Having dusted it off I discovered that Debian Linux still booted but for the life of me I couldn't remember the password I'd chosen for "root" so it was to all intents and purposes dead.

Having got all the bits plugged together I wiped Debian and installed Windows 2000 which didn't recognise much of the hardware. Then I discovered the disc was too small but after cursing and cussing about fiddling inside machines I located an 80 gig drive and replaced the old one with that (I had to remove memory to do that and I hate fiddling around inside dark boxes).

To cut the story short Vista will not upgrade over Windows 2000 without downloading some program from the Microsoft site so eventually Windows 2000 got wiped as well and was replaced with an olde olde version of XP Home which I then upgraded to SP2. As this connected me to the Internet recognizing all the things plugged into it's sockets it gave me an immediate Internet connection.

The Vista upgrade disk has a link to the Internet from which one can download a program that roughly translates as "will this machine upgrade to Vista". The answer is a yes to everything except the Netgear FA311 Network Interface Card used to connect to other machines and the Internet. So if the upgrade runs under XP as I expect it will there would be no network connectivity. I scanned the Netgear site. If I am to proceed as I plan to do then I should replace the FA311 card with a GA311 card which is Vista compatible and which is available locally for $29. So tomorrow I will be back in Parramatta to purchase a GA311 NIC card and proceed with the upgrade to Vista.

The program assures me there is nothing else in this olde olde machine that is incompatible with Vista. It has 1 gig of memory and two DVD writers one of which I believe will read Alan's photo disk. Anyway I like (or used to like) fiddling with computers. These days however I prefer machines from HP nicely set up and tested with the O/S installed.

Later this week rave reviews on Vista Home Premium and how it's revolutionsed sliced bread :-)

Starting Monday back to Momentum Oscillators.
I need them for the exam in April.