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The Laptop o' Doom

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It's here! It's here! The Laptop o' Doom is here!

This thing...rocks.

And for some reason Alienware screwed up it seems - they gave me an EXTRA 3.4 Ghz P4 processor (so the machine is a dual-processor laptop). The hard drives are SCSI, too, instead of the SATA ones I ordered (currently configured for RAID-1 unfortunately). At least they screwed up in my favor (in a major way!)

Wow.

edit: Apparently, Alienware set it up correctly. The multi-processor is just Intel's Hyperthreading making one processor look like two to the OS, and the RAID controller makes the HDD's look like SCSI to the OS. So things are normal. But it still rocks =)
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I don't mean to jump on your excitement but I figured I would just clear a few things up for you:

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And for some reason Alienware screwed up it seems - they gave me an EXTRA 3.4 Ghz P4 processor (so the machine is a dual-processor laptop).

There actually aren't any dual-processor notebooks. What you are seeing is Intel's hyperthreading which shows each logical processor and not each physical. If you actually had two physical processors than Windows would report four processors. Every Pentium 4 with Hyperthreading enabled will show up in task manager and device manager as two seperate processors.

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The hard drives are SCSI, too, instead of the SATA ones I ordered (currently configured for RAID-1 unfortunately).

The HDDs actually show up as SCSI because that is what any RAID array shows up as in Windows. Remember to an OS you really no longer have 2 HDDs.. you have a single RAID.

On my desktop I have 2 SATA drives RAID1 and they show up as a single SCSI, and the same as on my Area51 laptop.

Again I'm not trying to rain on your parade, just figured I would clear some things up for you. Enjoy the system!

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Ahhh, ok. Now things make sense =)

I knew about Hyperthreading (at least somewhat), but didn't realize it made it look like 2 totally independent processors to the OS.

As for SATA looking like SCSI...that's just strange. Is it the controller that makes it do that or some quirk of the OS?

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