Yup, my new laptop is finally here. First order of business? Wipe it clean and reinstall my copy of Windows XP Pro to get all this factory crap off. The hitch? Seems Sony is cutting back on costs by no longer including recovery CDs with the computer (my last VAIO laptop had them). This means I have to burn them myself. Crap. So I get to disc 3 of 6 (it goes backwards for some reason) and up pops a disc write error. Okay, no problem - I'll just pop in a new disc. But it doesn't let me. Nooooo, I have to restart the computer. Okay fine. So I do and I go back into the CD Recovery app and restart the burning process.... from disc 6. %$#$%@%!!!
So I just wasted 4 CDs. Great. Freakin great. Yea I cursed and kicked the wall under my desk for a while.
So here I am still burning CDs and I have to leave for work in an hour. I should finish just in time (barring anymore write errors), but I was hoping to have had the OS reinstalled before going to work, then coming home and installing all my apps.
But I'm still happy just to finally have it. It's got a Mobility Radeon 9700 so I can finally do some decent computer gaming (it's been a while). I'm still irked at this stupid manual CD labor tho.
Here are some shots. This is the entire PC family living at my desk
The new laptop is in the center, and my old one is up on the shelf under the tissue box. Since the screen is broken it's hooked up to the monitor on the left. And my aunt's old PC is down in the bottom, I'm going to hook that up to the monitor to reformat it and set it up as a webserver or fileserver or something, then do the same for my old laptop and then hook the monitor up to the new laptop for dual display goodness.
And here's the new baby. She's a beaut [smile]