Tuesday, October 09, 2012
The BW decided that she would like her own desktop computer - doesn't like the notebook, and while I'm at it, she would like a new TV for her room too. She had rejected a 22 inch Samsung last year because it wasn't really small enough to suit her, and the speakers just didn't put out much sound (which was true). Over the last two days I managed to get a second amplified sound system for the new computer, a new 25 inch television/monitor, a wireless adapter, cables, a big new surge protector, etc., unpack, set up, and interface everything.
At this point I am essentially done - getting the monitor to work was the biggest problem because it is limited to 800x600 and 1024x768. I had cut it down to 1152x864 as the lowest acceptable resolution to speed up the web search speed, with 1920x1080 only for Netflix so the picture would be the right shape. When the television wouldn't display anything beyond the original starting scenes, I tried it back here on the new monitor, and everything was fine. I finally went back to CompUSA, and the young man told me that the TV was probably bad, I should bring it back. I argued with two of them for awhile, and they finally suggested that I bring both the computer and TV in. When I got to the third guy, he told me it would only work on 800x600 resolution. I showed him the TV's manual that listed everything up to1920x1080. Then he explained that the manuals are not always clearly written. In fact, he tried it out and it would not display the computer's video, then reset it and found that it would only work as a display on the two lowest resolution settings. After that I was able to pout things back together again, install the wireless adapter, and test out the printing ability of all three computers against the wireless printer.
My last step was to move the VCR/CD player to her desk, which now supports the TV. Since there isn't any room to put a printer in her room, I wound up with a lot of new stuff and an excess printer for which I have no use.
The last thing would be to link everything on a single local network, but if I do that a live virus on any computer could infect them all. So far I haven't made up my mind. Carrying a thumb drive is an easy way to transfer files, and walking either 10 or 11 steps from the other two computers isn't too hard, especially if there's no space to park a printer. I'm going to take tomorrow off. I was totally shot this evening.
PS - I got a chance to count them, and this new computer has installed 111 updates in the last four days. Windows 8 is almost ready to be released, and Windows 7 is old enough that it's almost like putting a new hard drive in a Windows XP computer.