I bought this new notebook for my wife. I ordered it online for what I thought was a great price. When ordering it, I requested that I would be willing to purchase the Dell OS restore CD (an optional extra) for it. I sent in my purchase on the website, everything was ordered and then I waited for this to be delivered. On the day it was delivered, I checked the contents of the package and lo and behold, the CD I ordered was not there. So I called up their support hotline, and was transferred to Dell Malaysia. That is when the nightmare started. I was shunted from department to department to department, waiting up to an hour on the phone. When I reached the final department, I was kept on hold and then unceremoniously cut off. So I sent a complaint email to the relevant department and after that, I started getting results. Someone actually called me back and I got someone promising me that they would send the OS recovery USB drive to my house. I said that I would pay for it because that is what I requested for in the first place but they said that they would waive off this charge as a gesture of goodwill.
Other than that, I love this laptop. I paid a good price for it and I was very happy for what I paid for. My wife is going to have this notebook installed with a new SSD drive and Windows 7. Let us see how that works out.
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Well, here is the skinny. To install Windows 7, you have to change the boot from UEFI Secure Boot on to Legacy Secure Boot Off. After that, and after what took a long while, Windows 7 was able to boot from the Dell Windows 7 DVD. Notice I said DVD. That is because these idiots that made this computer have USB ports that seem to be having issues with USB drives. The issue becomes apparent when you boot up the the damn thing. Nothing can be used. Even the USB. So Dell lied to me…again…saying that Windows 7 can be used. Looks like I have to break out my Ubuntu Live DVD and try it that way.
It has been said that beggars cannot be choosers. It is the same with me I suppose. When my Dell Vostro conked out, I was searching high and low through my junkbox of old computers trying to find a replacement. I mean, I had already ordered a brand, spanking-new Dell Inspiron 15 but it is not going to arrive till a few weeks later. So I found my old HP nc6000 sitting forlornly in the cupboard. This computer certainly has seen better days. It only has 512Mb of RAM. In short, it came from the days when RAM that much was king!
So the first thing I did was to install Ubuntu Linux 11.10 on it. It worked ok but was really slow. So I decided, lets go with something a little easier on the RAM and processor. Enter Linux Mint 8.0 Helena. But then came a warning. It found that the hard drive was full of bad sectors. was I ever gonna get a break, I thought. Then it happened. When I shut down the laptop, I could not even start it up. Bloody hell
So what do I do? Rummage through the junkbox again (I never throw anything away and the usefulness of such hoarding shows up plainly here) and find an old PATA 80Gb hard drive. Put it in the computer but this time, break out the old Windows XP disc. It installs but blue-screens me a few time. What the hell, I thought. So I use a Blue Screen editor and check the memory dump. I find out that it is the wireless LAN software that causes the issue. So blow me down. I can use a wired connection but not my freaking wireless LAN or Bluetooth on this ancient laptop. But, as I said, beggars certainly cannot be choosers so I will be using this for the time being, 512Mb of RAM and all, till my new Dell arrives
Sometimes, as the song goes, all you need is a little patience.
Budgets are always tight when running a small business. You need computers, laptops and etcetera, not to mention servers. While servers are absolutely essential to store data, they can wait. What cannot wait is for your workers to hit the ground running. So you need to get the PCs and laptops first. And that is where Dell come in with their incredibly low-priced Vostro desktops, in this case, the Vostro 230
From the reviews I have been reading, this desktop is pretty good. There are heaps of things you can change and add, like for example, the hard disk drive. You can change it for one with more capacity. RAM also can be changed. It comes with Windows 7 Professional too! The Vostro 230 slim tower for one has an online price of $619. It comes with 2Gb of RAM and a 320Gb hard-disk drive. The Dell Vostro 230 minitower is out of stock at the moment and Dell confirmed that with me through a phone call but I dare say it will be cheaper. And if you do not like Widows, install it with a Linux os like Ubuntu. These Vostros are Ubuntu-friendly
I can almost hear the geeks saying, “Build your own!” Yeah…I agree, but to a certain extent. I always build my own PCs but to a business owner who just needs the goods here and now, this offer cannot be beat. And if you, dear reader, are starting a business, remember, if you cannot get a server, do backups of your data every day. I cannot stress how important backups are to any business.
This is specially targeted at the SMEs who can save some money on making your own fileserver. HowToForge has a a very good link here on how to make a very simple SAMBA file server that will suit your needs and more. If you have an old computer that you have no use for anymore, why not replace the hard disk with a bigger one, load Linux and make that the file-server? I have tried the tutorial before so I know it works fine and I have set up one in my office as well. It will not cost you much…just three hours of your time and you will have a robust and stable file server for your business
We have a few of these old Compaq Evo d510machines in the company, taking up space in store rooms. So what I did was to get a few of them and place them in the offices as caching DNS servers, running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and running dnsmasq. These little baby just keep humming on 256Mb of DRAM and a 20Gb hard disk drive each. Ubuntu Server chugs along happily with no issues and I can also make an intranet in each of the offices running the LAMP features on these boxes! Cheers to Ubuntu!