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Old 11-21-2007, 10:58 AM   #21
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Thanks for the help...........I decided I'm not screwing around with all the data transfer stuff, so I'll buy the XP and load it on the new computer, and go on my merry way........
Maybe I misunderstood your original email, 'cause I assumed you meant you were going to install a fresh copy of XP, then just transfer over your data files. And yes, you'll probably need to install any apps from scratch. Sometimes I make the mistake of thinking everyone has enough of a geek background to know what I mean, not what I say.

Anyway, yeah, installing a fresh XP copy and just seeing if it works sounds like a good way to go. If it winds up being too much of a pain at that point (needing to download drivers, etc), I suppose you can appeal to the BIL. Like Nords said, a lot depends on how into tinkering you are - if you want to learn about how to set up your own system, just diving in and making lots of mistakes on a spare machine seems to work for a lot of folks. But if you just want it to work, get some local help.

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Old 11-21-2007, 11:34 AM   #22
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I am sure the 21 inch Sony would look nice as I am getting older and the eyesight is waning.............
If my sorry experience is any harbinger, when you turn presbyopic then your life will suck. Without reading glasses even a 21" monitor isn't big enough to see both left & right sides of a web page on the screen at the same time. You'll either make the fonts bigger and do a lot of scrolling (while also annoying everyone else who uses the computer after you), or you'll be wearing reading glasses.

My eyes need 1.75s for a computer monitor and 2.00s for a book. For anything under 6-point font or in dim light I also need a magnifying glass. The "nice" thing is that reading glasses are a lot cheaper than prescription glasses or 30" monitors!

But, hey, your ionizing radiation & UV exposure mileage may vary.


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Old 11-21-2007, 02:41 PM   #23
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That's not likely to work with XP.
That's what I sort of figured, but was unsure. In the past I had done it with Win95, Win98, Win2000, and a couple of LINUX distros....but the novelty had worn off by the time XP arrived. I even have a really nice machine that I built a few years ago, that the HD died I just use a bootable Linux distro on CD, and to access my files on the secondary drives. I'm too lazy, and have no burning desire to rip out the dead drive, dump in a new one, and then install an OS. The bootable CD is soooo much easier.
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Everthing ended up ok. Turns out the custom CPU had Windows XP on it, so I didn't have to buy it. Wiped a bunch of programs and files off the HD that she used in her job.

Swapped the 21 and 17 inch monitors with my home office system. Man, 21 inch monitors are NICE!!!

So, as of yesterday, my 9 year old son has a 400GB HD at his disposal, with a screaming video card, Klipsch subwoofer and speakers, and a 17 inch flat panel. He had a friend over, and they played Madden 2008 football on it. Somehow, the kid's Gameboy was an afterthought..........

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