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XPS 700

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 →

Ubuntu on a USB stick with XPS 720

Fixing the MBR on Vista 64 bit or how to remove GRUB from Vista. Keep this link handy, it saved me a lot of time. Well running Ubuntu 7.10 beta did not work as well as I planned. The 2… Continue Reading →

Installing Ubuntu on a Dell XPS 720

Update 6/3/2009: Follow the instructions here at for Ubuntu 9.04, it works with the Dell XPS 720 very well. The only odd thing is that I have to re-enable the NVidia drivers between reboots. When you do enable it,… 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 Vista re-install

I upgraded from XP to Vista. Since I purchased my XPS 700 as soon as it came out I did not qualify for Dell’s free Vista upgrade. My XP install had a ton of junk left on from installing apps,… Continue Reading →

No need for Vista upgrade

I have been kicking around the Vista upgrade to Home Premium and it reminds me of the PS3; for now get an Xbox 360 instead.

Vista is like that. If it comes with your new PC great. But there is no need to upgrade.

Overall I like it, but I also like working with broken things…

Upgraded the XPS 700 to Vista

Did the Vista upgrade tonight on the XPS 700.  So far my reaction has been “very pretty, is that it?”  I’ll go into detail after I find out if I like it or not.

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 →

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