My new Dell showed up and I got to work. First I swapped out the native HD for a better, faster, bigger one. Then I admired the Precision 380 case. Very nice. It opened and closed very easily. The form factor was excellent.
Next, I installed the 64-bit version of Windows XP that came with the box. This is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is faster. Not just by a little. It is much faster. It literally seemed twice as fast. Unzipping rar files, copying files, booting…Each exercise blew my mind. The problem was the drivers. I literally could not find the right drivers for anything. Dell came with some, but I couldn’t get the sound card to work. Also, half of my software wouldn’t work. I downloaded Avast antivirus with 64-bit support. I really like it so far.
After alot of fussing, I installed the 32-bit version of Vista (Longhorn). This is going well, but I am still having trouble with the sound. Vista is interesting, but the UI is giving me a headache. I really am having trouble finding things. I may upgrade to the 64-bit version of Longhorn. Not sure yet. Maybe I will wait for the 64-bit version of Office.
I am excited for the 64-bit future, but I need more software. Overall, kickass machine. Now, I just need a chair and a natural keyboard.