My most recent gadget acquisition is a refurbished HP Compaq DC7700 small form factor PC I bought
online from Speedie Computers in Birmingham. It has a 1.86Ghz Intel Core2Duo CPU, Intel GMA950
onboard graphics chip, 1GB DDR2 RAM and a 160GB SATA hard drive.
Although it is somewhat different from what I'd ordered and expected to get, which was the DC7600
model with 3Ghz Intel P4 CPU, 512MB RAM, and only 40GB HDD, although the Gfx chip is the same.
It was however, a rather pleasant surprise to get a better spec machine for no extra cost.
Within the next couple of weeks, I intend to upgrade the RAM to 2 or 3GB, and upgrade the Gfx from
the somewhat mediocre Intel GMA950, to an ATi Radeon HD4350 low profile PCI-Express Gfx card.
The sole purpose of this machine is as a mainly Linux Mint based media centre system to go with
the 32 inch Sony KDL32EX403 HD1080 LCD TV I mentioned earlier in the thread, for networked
playback of multimedia content stored on the HDD of my main computer upstairs.
I also have Windows XP installed for accessing downloads from BBC iPlayer, and for using a program
called TVU Player for foreign TV channels. The primary OS in use on the machine is Linux Mint 9.
UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:184.108.40.206) Gecko/20100701 (like Firefox/3.5.x) SeaMonkey/2.0.6
SeaMonkey = Swiss Army Knife: It's versatile, reliable, and contains useful tools.
Windows Internet Explorer = Old Swiss Cheese: Full of holes, and it stinks!