Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I am installing a one year one time install version of ESRI's ArcGIS 9.2 student version on the new PC crystal 89.
At the moment I have installed the software and plan to open my old term project from the course I took in 2000. Then, by accessing recent census data I will update the ArcView project. I had used spreadsheets containing census 1996 data, entered into Excel from Zypher at the Ottawa Carleton Social Planning Council. There I had been paid to enter the data. I am a proud supporter of the Ottawa Carleton Social Planning Council and give them money every pay cheque through charitable donations. This is my present and first project for ArcView 9.2. I then may also attempt to open GIS files provided by Statistics Canada and Elections Canada, two of the workplaces I have worked.
I did not succeed right away with the new software. I was able too import my project file but could not get a map to appear. I am up over night and do not want to spend my time on a desktop computer working out this problem as I had planned to read books. So I am stopping now with the software successfully installed and registered.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I did manage to use a USB key on the new computer without issue. I can not open the front USB ports because the little door does not seem to function anymore.
I have also used a USB headset successfully on the new computer.I need to install printer software. I have used Open Office 3.0 now once on the new computer. I have not needed yet to print anything.
I have a brand new 2wire Internet modem. It is apparently a wireless four port router as well as a gateway. I have not set it up yet but now that my school work is submitted for the week I may set it up on Thursday. I have horror stories warning about changing successful network setups with new parts but I will go ahead with it. I did not want to risk changing it before my critical Internet activities were past for awhile. I no longer have a back up ready Internet service because I no longer have a computer with telephone modem. Although, I do have two telephone Internet services I have not accessed these for a few years now. To correct this I should buy a USB modem for my Macbook.
I found out from Bell that I use about 23 GB in downloads in a month and less than 2 GB of uploads for around 24 GB of traffic. I have now been upgraded to a 60 GB limit from a 30 GB limit. I believed everything the Bell technician told me when she sold me the upgrade.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I had spent two hours trying to get the sound working on the new PC but had no luck yet. I just plugged in my Microsoft headphones and those worked. I finally used the setup file in the audio drivers section of the motherboard DVD and now did get the sound working at the same time I got the headphones to work. Luck or persistence.
I played Eve Online in premium mode and it was cool. I chose the upgraded graphics for the new computer based on computer game demands.
I now am installing JAVA 6, then Open Office 3.0 then Eclipse, then Adobe reader and then I will start to install Debian 4.0 r5.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Windows XP is now installed on the homebuilt PC and has been updated once with 46 updates. Now I am installing the motherboard drivers.
The Windows XP install worked and I updated the system using Windows Update
Now I am installing the drivers for the motherboard.
- an Intel Chipset Inf Update Program, now at version 126.96.36.1996,
- a high definition audio driver that is a SoundMax ADI1988B Audio Driver version 188.8.131.5280,
- a Marvell 61xx SATA RAID Driver version 184.108.40.206,
- and finally a Marvell Yukon Gigabit Ethernet Driver version 220.127.116.11
Now I am installing motherboard applications. These include
- a Marvell Yukon VCT application version 18.104.22.168
- ASUS AI Gear version 1.00.16
- ASUS AI Nap version
At this point the machine would not start Windows anymore so I am forced to reinstall Windows and this time not install so much stuff from the ASUS disk. This time I will not install the raid driver or applications. Hopefully this time I do not loose windows. I will also install the few drivers that I will install first then do a Windows Update. Strike one to ASUS.
I want to have the system up and running by 9:00 PM when I can play Eve Online again with the new expansion and hopefully in premium mode with advanced graphics.
I am downloading a current release copy of the Debian net install CD and later today I will install Debian on the second drive.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
I found out that the Wolfdale processors are 64 bit processors, so I am downloading Win XP and Win Vista 64 bit versions from the MSDN school site
I had worried that the 8 GB of ram would not work with the computer I am building but if I use 64 bit versions I can access all the RAM. I did learn that the Wolfdale processor is a 64 bit processor so I can use 64 bit versions of Windows for the new machine. Using the Microsoft Developers Network academic alliance web site I am able to get free legal copies of windows. I am downloading Win Vista 64 bit and have already downloaded the Win XP 64 bit version. I will run the Win XP on the new computer and not the Vista.
By the way the CPU is going up in price again probably because of currency changes in the recent markets.