Pass the Laptop

January 24, 2003

We took possession of another computer last night. If you remember a few weeks ago, I posted a link to the eBay auction of my PowerComputer Mac clone. I had some enquiries about it, but then I went over to the 68kMLA forums and found someone who wanted to trade a laptop for a PowerMac. So the deal was made and we now have a Compaq Presario 1260. It’s running an AMD 333Mhz, 160mb of ram, 4gb Hard drive and Windows 2000. While the extra money the auction would have brought in, would have been nice. It is a good thing having a computer per person. The only upgrades I see for that computer are a newer battery and a wireless ethernet card.

There is a little weird thing going on with the resolution, but I’m pretty sure it’s just a Compaq thing and I’m trying to figure something out to solve it. The laptop will do 1024×768, but only in the screen size of 800×600. I can pan around the screen to get the full image, like a virtual screen under Linux. I’m sure that it’s probably meant to be that way, so for now 800×600 works fine.

I played Warcraft 2 on it and didn’t have a problem. I had to slow down WC2 to play without scrambling. Niki likes the speed of the computer. It’s a little beat up, but it’s definitely better than the Toshiba we had. The screen is nice, clear and sharp. It’s about the same weight as my old Wallstreet PowerBook. It had Windows 2k server and Windows 98 dual booting when powered it up. I didn’t have the admin password, so I just reformatted the whole drive. I’m not a big fan of Windows 98 so Windows 2000 was my pick.

I doubt I’ll install Microsoft Office on this machine. I have a SmartSuite CD around here somewhere, but I’ll probably just install OpenOffice. The only things left to install are all of the Microsoft updates and an update to Internet Explorer. I’m really leaning toward installing Phoenix (or maybe K-Meleon) as the default browser. It should work fine with our online banking, as that is my only concern.