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New PC vs old

81 lb monster? Meet your 32 lb replacement. The old PC was a Core 2 Duo with two 150 GB hard drives and 8 GB of RAM. The video card is a Nvidia GTX-260 (forgot how much RAM that has)…. Continue Reading →

That’s all I can take!

After my complaining and moaning for months my Dell XPS 720 refuses to boot up this morning. Again. That’s the final straw and I ordered a new PC this morning. I was planning on building my own PC but the… Continue Reading →

Generally, I am a satisfied Dell customer

I am a repeat Dell customer. I’ve been buying their equipment for years and I have always found that they take care of any problems I have. If something is not working, I call them and get support. I have… Continue Reading →

Raw NEF files and WD’s MyBook

I take pictures in Nikon’s raw NEF format because I can use Photoshop Element’s raw importer to tweak the exposure, clarity, black level, etc.  But the NEF files are often 9 MB files and I have almost 3,000 of them… Continue Reading →

XPS 700 to XPS 720 upgrade

Today the service technician arrived to do the scheduled upgrade of my XPS 700 to XPS 720 mother board. It was all professional and mostly well done with four not so big problems I noticed after he left. The color… Continue Reading →

Dell called back about the free upgrade

I just received a call and an e-mail confirming my free upgrade and installation of the Dell XPS-720 motherboard (I have a XPS-700 from when it first came out).  So far so good.

Dell XPS free motherboard exchange

Found out about this on Engadet this morning. This is cool: go here are read this and maybe this link too. Then go to and put in your XPS 700 service tag and sign up for the free motherboard… Continue Reading →

XPS 700 BIOS update

Version 1.1.6 of the Flash BIOS is out and can be downloaded here. This version supports 64 bit operating systems. The prior 1.1.3 release would not boot up an x64 Ubuntu live disk. Nice to have a 64 bit Core… Continue Reading →

Swapped out the system board

Earlier this week I received the replacement system board from Dell for my XPS 700.
The old system board was not always starting up. Sometimes it would take 4 false starts to get it to boot up; it…

Dell still can’t get it’s act together (updated)

Update : 12:30PM 9/2/2006
After calling their 800 number, I got a gentleman who really knew what he was doing. It’s the system board. They are sending me a replacement system board.
The support…

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