smoketetsuo: (Doctor 10)
I was optimistic recently because I thought that best buy was calling me in a third time. This was even more so because the man who I talked to before said it's probably so I can go get a drug test. So I thought I was pretty much hired. Continued Inside.... )
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I was optimistic recently because I thought that best buy was calling me in a third time. This was even more so because the man who I talked to before said it's probably so I can go get a drug test. So I thought I was pretty much hired. Continued Inside.... )
smoketetsuo: (Doctor 10)
I was optimistic recently because I thought that best buy was calling me in a third time. This was even more so because the man who I talked to before said it's probably so I can go get a drug test. So I thought I was pretty much hired. Continued Inside.... )
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I realize I haven't updated in a few weeks at least. Here is one thing that kept me occupied during this time:

Apple TV: This is the biggest distraction I have had lately. I got the patcstick to install the extra software to enable it to install support for things such as divx files and to watch streaming internet videos other than the built in youtube. Those where perian, flip4mac, boxee, etc. all the standard Mac versions you'd install on a typical Mac. Same thing with installing web browsers (I use Camino on the AppleTV).

A light switch came on. If I can use those applications on there what else can I use? The Apple TV doesn't come with a standard file managing finder (it instead has the front row interface replacing the finder). But since I can run standard Mac applications I found a file manager that works on there. It's called Disk Order 3.0. It's a dual pane file manager that also has tabs. It works great on the Apple TV and I can actually manage files on there without having to run downstairs and FTP into it from my Mac Mini.

I've got iTerm installed for my terminal access needs... I was SSH'ing into it from my Mac downstairs but why not have a terminal that I can acess actually on it? I've got pacifist installed since it doesn't seem to be able to open pkg files on its own. There's no command+tab or dock or even expose on the Apple TV so I installed the third party task switcher "witch" which allows you to option+tab through all open windows.

Anything else you got working you may ask? Games.... yes.. games.. the Apple TV is basically an intel mac running a stripped down Tiger with a Pentium M CPU and a GeForce 7 series card. This video card kicks the video card in my Mac's butt being able to run games at 1280x720 resolution with a higher average framerate.

I have actually installed and ran a few games (and beat them too) on it. All the id tech 4 engine games (Prey, Quake 4 and Doom 3) ran on it and surprisingly well. I also got Quake 1, 2, Open Arena, eDuke32, Nevermore and NES and SNES emulation running on it. None of Aspyrs id Tech 3 engine games (like Jedi Knight II and Alice) work on it and even though I could get Open Arena (which is based on id Tech 3 in the form of ioquake 3) running I couldn't get standard ioquake 3 + baseQ3 running. Many other games including all of feral's games would not run. But I'm surprised I was able to make any games run at all. I happen to like those id tech 4 games a lot. UT engine games didn't work... and there's no rosetta so no older powerpc only games.

The one achilles heel that I know I can fix though is the Apple TV came with an anemic hard drive. It came with a 4200rpm hard drive with 2MB cache. This causes pauses in even the non demanding games and general heavy disk activity (but I guess it's OK for videos\music =P). But I got a faster bigger drive on order that I plan on transferring the system to and all my files when it comes in and installing it into the Apple TV.

Some interesting things in most of the id tech 4 engine cames it renders them internally at 720p but displays them at 1080i. I don't know why it does that and why one of the games Quake 4 doesn't do that (it renders internally and displays it at 720p). I read it does the former if you pick 1080i when displaying the OS and videos in general though. Perhaps Prey and Doom 3 trigger that function... who knows.

Speaking of 1080i the card I have isn't fast enough to pump the pixels at 1920x1080 but I did notice that when I actually set the game to render at that resolution there is a noticeable difference between that being displayed at 1080i and 1280x720 upscaled to 1080i. A lot of people say there isn't much a difference between those two resolutions but I can comfortably say I disagree now. This is especially true when you are sitting closer to the screen as I do when I play games.

The Apple TV is actually a pretty nice very cheap Mac but it isn't as good as the new Macs. If they make a new one I'd have them at least double the RAM (it has 256MB) and double the VRAM (it has 64MB) and perhaps put in a dual core CPU so it can play 1080p videos (and as a nice side effect for hackers like me we could do more with it ;)). Oh and stop using anemic hard drives. =P

But Apple did say the Apple TV is just a side hobby so I don't know if they will.

And no this hasn't changed my plans on getting a new mac. That'll be a hell of a lot better than this.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I realize I haven't updated in a few weeks at least. Here is one thing that kept me occupied during this time:

Apple TV: This is the biggest distraction I have had lately. I got the patcstick to install the extra software to enable it to install support for things such as divx files and to watch streaming internet videos other than the built in youtube. Those where perian, flip4mac, boxee, etc. all the standard Mac versions you'd install on a typical Mac. Same thing with installing web browsers (I use Camino on the AppleTV).

A light switch came on. If I can use those applications on there what else can I use? The Apple TV doesn't come with a standard file managing finder (it instead has the front row interface replacing the finder). But since I can run standard Mac applications I found a file manager that works on there. It's called Disk Order 3.0. It's a dual pane file manager that also has tabs. It works great on the Apple TV and I can actually manage files on there without having to run downstairs and FTP into it from my Mac Mini.

I've got iTerm installed for my terminal access needs... I was SSH'ing into it from my Mac downstairs but why not have a terminal that I can acess actually on it? I've got pacifist installed since it doesn't seem to be able to open pkg files on its own. There's no command+tab or dock or even expose on the Apple TV so I installed the third party task switcher "witch" which allows you to option+tab through all open windows.

Anything else you got working you may ask? Games.... yes.. games.. the Apple TV is basically an intel mac running a stripped down Tiger with a Pentium M CPU and a GeForce 7 series card. This video card kicks the video card in my Mac's butt being able to run games at 1280x720 resolution with a higher average framerate.

I have actually installed and ran a few games (and beat them too) on it. All the id tech 4 engine games (Prey, Quake 4 and Doom 3) ran on it and surprisingly well. I also got Quake 1, 2, Open Arena, eDuke32, Nevermore and NES and SNES emulation running on it. None of Aspyrs id Tech 3 engine games (like Jedi Knight II and Alice) work on it and even though I could get Open Arena (which is based on id Tech 3 in the form of ioquake 3) running I couldn't get standard ioquake 3 + baseQ3 running. Many other games including all of feral's games would not run. But I'm surprised I was able to make any games run at all. I happen to like those id tech 4 games a lot. UT engine games didn't work... and there's no rosetta so no older powerpc only games.

The one achilles heel that I know I can fix though is the Apple TV came with an anemic hard drive. It came with a 4200rpm hard drive with 2MB cache. This causes pauses in even the non demanding games and general heavy disk activity (but I guess it's OK for videos\music =P). But I got a faster bigger drive on order that I plan on transferring the system to and all my files when it comes in and installing it into the Apple TV.

Some interesting things in most of the id tech 4 engine cames it renders them internally at 720p but displays them at 1080i. I don't know why it does that and why one of the games Quake 4 doesn't do that (it renders internally and displays it at 720p). I read it does the former if you pick 1080i when displaying the OS and videos in general though. Perhaps Prey and Doom 3 trigger that function... who knows.

Speaking of 1080i the card I have isn't fast enough to pump the pixels at 1920x1080 but I did notice that when I actually set the game to render at that resolution there is a noticeable difference between that being displayed at 1080i and 1280x720 upscaled to 1080i. A lot of people say there isn't much a difference between those two resolutions but I can comfortably say I disagree now. This is especially true when you are sitting closer to the screen as I do when I play games.

The Apple TV is actually a pretty nice very cheap Mac but it isn't as good as the new Macs. If they make a new one I'd have them at least double the RAM (it has 256MB) and double the VRAM (it has 64MB) and perhaps put in a dual core CPU so it can play 1080p videos (and as a nice side effect for hackers like me we could do more with it ;)). Oh and stop using anemic hard drives. =P

But Apple did say the Apple TV is just a side hobby so I don't know if they will.

And no this hasn't changed my plans on getting a new mac. That'll be a hell of a lot better than this.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I realize I haven't updated in a few weeks at least. Here is one thing that kept me occupied during this time:

Apple TV: This is the biggest distraction I have had lately. I got the patcstick to install the extra software to enable it to install support for things such as divx files and to watch streaming internet videos other than the built in youtube. Those where perian, flip4mac, boxee, etc. all the standard Mac versions you'd install on a typical Mac. Same thing with installing web browsers (I use Camino on the AppleTV).

A light switch came on. If I can use those applications on there what else can I use? The Apple TV doesn't come with a standard file managing finder (it instead has the front row interface replacing the finder). But since I can run standard Mac applications I found a file manager that works on there. It's called Disk Order 3.0. It's a dual pane file manager that also has tabs. It works great on the Apple TV and I can actually manage files on there without having to run downstairs and FTP into it from my Mac Mini.

I've got iTerm installed for my terminal access needs... I was SSH'ing into it from my Mac downstairs but why not have a terminal that I can acess actually on it? I've got pacifist installed since it doesn't seem to be able to open pkg files on its own. There's no command+tab or dock or even expose on the Apple TV so I installed the third party task switcher "witch" which allows you to option+tab through all open windows.

Anything else you got working you may ask? Games.... yes.. games.. the Apple TV is basically an intel mac running a stripped down Tiger with a Pentium M CPU and a GeForce 7 series card. This video card kicks the video card in my Mac's butt being able to run games at 1280x720 resolution with a higher average framerate.

I have actually installed and ran a few games (and beat them too) on it. All the id tech 4 engine games (Prey, Quake 4 and Doom 3) ran on it and surprisingly well. I also got Quake 1, 2, Open Arena, eDuke32, Nevermore and NES and SNES emulation running on it. None of Aspyrs id Tech 3 engine games (like Jedi Knight II and Alice) work on it and even though I could get Open Arena (which is based on id Tech 3 in the form of ioquake 3) running I couldn't get standard ioquake 3 + baseQ3 running. Many other games including all of feral's games would not run. But I'm surprised I was able to make any games run at all. I happen to like those id tech 4 games a lot. UT engine games didn't work... and there's no rosetta so no older powerpc only games.

The one achilles heel that I know I can fix though is the Apple TV came with an anemic hard drive. It came with a 4200rpm hard drive with 2MB cache. This causes pauses in even the non demanding games and general heavy disk activity (but I guess it's OK for videos\music =P). But I got a faster bigger drive on order that I plan on transferring the system to and all my files when it comes in and installing it into the Apple TV.

Some interesting things in most of the id tech 4 engine cames it renders them internally at 720p but displays them at 1080i. I don't know why it does that and why one of the games Quake 4 doesn't do that (it renders internally and displays it at 720p). I read it does the former if you pick 1080i when displaying the OS and videos in general though. Perhaps Prey and Doom 3 trigger that function... who knows.

Speaking of 1080i the card I have isn't fast enough to pump the pixels at 1920x1080 but I did notice that when I actually set the game to render at that resolution there is a noticeable difference between that being displayed at 1080i and 1280x720 upscaled to 1080i. A lot of people say there isn't much a difference between those two resolutions but I can comfortably say I disagree now. This is especially true when you are sitting closer to the screen as I do when I play games.

The Apple TV is actually a pretty nice very cheap Mac but it isn't as good as the new Macs. If they make a new one I'd have them at least double the RAM (it has 256MB) and double the VRAM (it has 64MB) and perhaps put in a dual core CPU so it can play 1080p videos (and as a nice side effect for hackers like me we could do more with it ;)). Oh and stop using anemic hard drives. =P

But Apple did say the Apple TV is just a side hobby so I don't know if they will.

And no this hasn't changed my plans on getting a new mac. That'll be a hell of a lot better than this.
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
I think I have the AppleTV squared away mostly. The previous flash drive I tried using to install software on it didn't work. However the one recommended by ATVFlash worked like a charm. It now has boxee (to access the internet video services other than youtube which comes built in). It has perian and flip4mac to access videos other than the quicktime\itunes approved ones. It can access network shares and any media files that are on them.

Right now I got about 50GB worth of movies\videos on my computer in a shared folder and it can see them all. I spent quite some time customizing how the folders\files display on the AppleTV... when you are going through the list it shows movie posters and for folders it shows PNG images of my choice. I did have some troubles at first of course with getting it to connect and then I had to change some settings to get some videos to play better but it works great now.

The only thing is I don't want to fill up my hard drive with just videos so I'm still planning on getting a network attached storage unit later which will make my video library independent of any computer. There's one that has 2TB and is about $320 that I have my eye on.

The USB support ATVFlash installs works good too.. and having keyboard makes entering searches a lot easier. I would like to get a wireless RF keyboard for the AppleTV to put on the coffee table. I found a mac specific one online that also has a trackpad that would be ideal for that.

I've even installed some emulators on the AppleTV.. basically it's a stripped down Mac running a special version of Tiger. The only emulator I haven't gotten to work yet though is the Nintendo 64 one. But I've hooked up a gamepad and played NES and SNES games already on there. They look better than they used to back in the day. The colors are much more pristine and clean. A wireless gamepad would be ideal for this.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I think I have the AppleTV squared away mostly. The previous flash drive I tried using to install software on it didn't work. However the one recommended by ATVFlash worked like a charm. It now has boxee (to access the internet video services other than youtube which comes built in). It has perian and flip4mac to access videos other than the quicktime\itunes approved ones. It can access network shares and any media files that are on them.

Right now I got about 50GB worth of movies\videos on my computer in a shared folder and it can see them all. I spent quite some time customizing how the folders\files display on the AppleTV... when you are going through the list it shows movie posters and for folders it shows PNG images of my choice. I did have some troubles at first of course with getting it to connect and then I had to change some settings to get some videos to play better but it works great now.

The only thing is I don't want to fill up my hard drive with just videos so I'm still planning on getting a network attached storage unit later which will make my video library independent of any computer. There's one that has 2TB and is about $320 that I have my eye on.

The USB support ATVFlash installs works good too.. and having keyboard makes entering searches a lot easier. I would like to get a wireless RF keyboard for the AppleTV to put on the coffee table. I found a mac specific one online that also has a trackpad that would be ideal for that.

I've even installed some emulators on the AppleTV.. basically it's a stripped down Mac running a special version of Tiger. The only emulator I haven't gotten to work yet though is the Nintendo 64 one. But I've hooked up a gamepad and played NES and SNES games already on there. They look better than they used to back in the day. The colors are much more pristine and clean. A wireless gamepad would be ideal for this.
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
I think I have the AppleTV squared away mostly. The previous flash drive I tried using to install software on it didn't work. However the one recommended by ATVFlash worked like a charm. It now has boxee (to access the internet video services other than youtube which comes built in). It has perian and flip4mac to access videos other than the quicktime\itunes approved ones. It can access network shares and any media files that are on them.

Right now I got about 50GB worth of movies\videos on my computer in a shared folder and it can see them all. I spent quite some time customizing how the folders\files display on the AppleTV... when you are going through the list it shows movie posters and for folders it shows PNG images of my choice. I did have some troubles at first of course with getting it to connect and then I had to change some settings to get some videos to play better but it works great now.

The only thing is I don't want to fill up my hard drive with just videos so I'm still planning on getting a network attached storage unit later which will make my video library independent of any computer. There's one that has 2TB and is about $320 that I have my eye on.

The USB support ATVFlash installs works good too.. and having keyboard makes entering searches a lot easier. I would like to get a wireless RF keyboard for the AppleTV to put on the coffee table. I found a mac specific one online that also has a trackpad that would be ideal for that.

I've even installed some emulators on the AppleTV.. basically it's a stripped down Mac running a special version of Tiger. The only emulator I haven't gotten to work yet though is the Nintendo 64 one. But I've hooked up a gamepad and played NES and SNES games already on there. They look better than they used to back in the day. The colors are much more pristine and clean. A wireless gamepad would be ideal for this.

AppleTV...

Mar. 4th, 2009 07:44 pm
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
As you may or may not have read my families AppleTV came in the other day. I've been spending the past couple of days messing around with it whenever I can. The way I'm setting it up pretty much is to be a thin client for streaming media files over the network\internet.

I was having troubles with the sharing features at first though. When I first set it up I accidently picked sync instead of stream. So it was copying all ~2,600 songs of mine to its little hard drive. I didn't want that... but I found out that if you disconnect a syncing computer it'll erase the songs from the AppleTV hard drive so that was quick. I then set it up to be streaming just like when shared libraries show up in iTunes on a computer.

This wasn't working very well at first though... partly because of my network issues slowing down connecting to the share and me getting impatient with it. I called Apple and they where baffled by it and thought that perhaps the PC upstairs was conflicting with my Mac downstairs. But later on on my own I figured it out and things are just fine with that. That is one of those times where I wonder why I call tech support because they usually just recommend everything I had already tried before calling.

My high res album covers and iPhoto library looks real nice on their 32 inch HDTV. Sure it's 1280x720 stretched to 32 inches so it's still not as good as a computer but it's a hell of a lot better than an old TV... it gets pretty close especially with HD videos and photos.

The last problem I had which has yet to be resolved is that I was going to install software on there so it can access network shares and play videos like divx and also be able to access more internet video services other than the bundled youtube. You use a flash stick to install the software but it turns out the one I had is most likely not compatible since it didn't work. Luckily the recommended flash stick is only $5... so I have that on order... so I'm waiting for that.. but I will show my family what they can already do when they come home which should be impressive enough as it is to them.

Next I would like my family to get a NAS with iTunes support. I'm thinking this one. I'll be ripping all their music to it and all our DVDs so the AppleTV or any computer on the network can share them. The 2TB one is ~$320... that's pretty tempting.

AppleTV...

Mar. 4th, 2009 07:44 pm
smoketetsuo: (Default)
As you may or may not have read my families AppleTV came in the other day. I've been spending the past couple of days messing around with it whenever I can. The way I'm setting it up pretty much is to be a thin client for streaming media files over the network\internet.

I was having troubles with the sharing features at first though. When I first set it up I accidently picked sync instead of stream. So it was copying all ~2,600 songs of mine to its little hard drive. I didn't want that... but I found out that if you disconnect a syncing computer it'll erase the songs from the AppleTV hard drive so that was quick. I then set it up to be streaming just like when shared libraries show up in iTunes on a computer.

This wasn't working very well at first though... partly because of my network issues slowing down connecting to the share and me getting impatient with it. I called Apple and they where baffled by it and thought that perhaps the PC upstairs was conflicting with my Mac downstairs. But later on on my own I figured it out and things are just fine with that. That is one of those times where I wonder why I call tech support because they usually just recommend everything I had already tried before calling.

My high res album covers and iPhoto library looks real nice on their 32 inch HDTV. Sure it's 1280x720 stretched to 32 inches so it's still not as good as a computer but it's a hell of a lot better than an old TV... it gets pretty close especially with HD videos and photos.

The last problem I had which has yet to be resolved is that I was going to install software on there so it can access network shares and play videos like divx and also be able to access more internet video services other than the bundled youtube. You use a flash stick to install the software but it turns out the one I had is most likely not compatible since it didn't work. Luckily the recommended flash stick is only $5... so I have that on order... so I'm waiting for that.. but I will show my family what they can already do when they come home which should be impressive enough as it is to them.

Next I would like my family to get a NAS with iTunes support. I'm thinking this one. I'll be ripping all their music to it and all our DVDs so the AppleTV or any computer on the network can share them. The 2TB one is ~$320... that's pretty tempting.

AppleTV...

Mar. 4th, 2009 07:44 pm
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
As you may or may not have read my families AppleTV came in the other day. I've been spending the past couple of days messing around with it whenever I can. The way I'm setting it up pretty much is to be a thin client for streaming media files over the network\internet.

I was having troubles with the sharing features at first though. When I first set it up I accidently picked sync instead of stream. So it was copying all ~2,600 songs of mine to its little hard drive. I didn't want that... but I found out that if you disconnect a syncing computer it'll erase the songs from the AppleTV hard drive so that was quick. I then set it up to be streaming just like when shared libraries show up in iTunes on a computer.

This wasn't working very well at first though... partly because of my network issues slowing down connecting to the share and me getting impatient with it. I called Apple and they where baffled by it and thought that perhaps the PC upstairs was conflicting with my Mac downstairs. But later on on my own I figured it out and things are just fine with that. That is one of those times where I wonder why I call tech support because they usually just recommend everything I had already tried before calling.

My high res album covers and iPhoto library looks real nice on their 32 inch HDTV. Sure it's 1280x720 stretched to 32 inches so it's still not as good as a computer but it's a hell of a lot better than an old TV... it gets pretty close especially with HD videos and photos.

The last problem I had which has yet to be resolved is that I was going to install software on there so it can access network shares and play videos like divx and also be able to access more internet video services other than the bundled youtube. You use a flash stick to install the software but it turns out the one I had is most likely not compatible since it didn't work. Luckily the recommended flash stick is only $5... so I have that on order... so I'm waiting for that.. but I will show my family what they can already do when they come home which should be impressive enough as it is to them.

Next I would like my family to get a NAS with iTunes support. I'm thinking this one. I'll be ripping all their music to it and all our DVDs so the AppleTV or any computer on the network can share them. The 2TB one is ~$320... that's pretty tempting.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
It turns out I was correct about their computer. It pretty much was the hard drive that was in need of replacement. That hard drive they had had been dying for years. The new hard drive came in the post on Friday. I transferred all the screws from the old drive that latch onto the brackets in the case into the new drive. I slapped it in.. plugged all the cords and powered on the computer. The computer detected the drive right away and I was able to format it and get it started installing the operating system.

So yeah their computer is now fully functional again after me having spent hours reinstalling everything from scratch. Plus they have an extra 20GB to boot. The old drive was 60GB and the new drive is 80GB. We have no use for that other drive anymore though since it's not even accepting power anymore.

It should be almost like nothing happened when they sit down at the computer although they do know about the old hard drive dying since I had to tell them so they could authorize me ordering a new one.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
It turns out I was correct about their computer. It pretty much was the hard drive that was in need of replacement. That hard drive they had had been dying for years. The new hard drive came in the post on Friday. I transferred all the screws from the old drive that latch onto the brackets in the case into the new drive. I slapped it in.. plugged all the cords and powered on the computer. The computer detected the drive right away and I was able to format it and get it started installing the operating system.

So yeah their computer is now fully functional again after me having spent hours reinstalling everything from scratch. Plus they have an extra 20GB to boot. The old drive was 60GB and the new drive is 80GB. We have no use for that other drive anymore though since it's not even accepting power anymore.

It should be almost like nothing happened when they sit down at the computer although they do know about the old hard drive dying since I had to tell them so they could authorize me ordering a new one.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
It turns out I was correct about their computer. It pretty much was the hard drive that was in need of replacement. That hard drive they had had been dying for years. The new hard drive came in the post on Friday. I transferred all the screws from the old drive that latch onto the brackets in the case into the new drive. I slapped it in.. plugged all the cords and powered on the computer. The computer detected the drive right away and I was able to format it and get it started installing the operating system.

So yeah their computer is now fully functional again after me having spent hours reinstalling everything from scratch. Plus they have an extra 20GB to boot. The old drive was 60GB and the new drive is 80GB. We have no use for that other drive anymore though since it's not even accepting power anymore.

It should be almost like nothing happened when they sit down at the computer although they do know about the old hard drive dying since I had to tell them so they could authorize me ordering a new one.
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
I ended up figuring out how to add\remove hard drives on that computer I posted about earlier. Like I said, the side panel to access the motherboard was easy to open. It has a tool-less screw that you can unscrew with your fingers. However the rest of the case's cover is a one piece deal that is riveted to the case many times.

However I noticed that there is a green plastic bracket covering the drive cage. The drive screws which usually attach the drive to the drive cage go into some catches there with one screw to firmly secure the drive. Well, I had to remove the front panel of the computer with its latches and slightly pull the catches for the drive and slide it out.

I slid out the hard drive and found out it's an Ultra ATA Seagate U Series 7 60GB hard drive. I can find an 80GB 7200RPM one that should be compatible for about $34 bucks or less. So I have bad news for my family but I also have potential good news. Much better than the $80 one I found before when not knowing the exact kind of hard drive it had.

If that doesn't work there's something more serious wrong with the computer such as a bad hard disk controller. If that's the case that computer is ready for the junk pile I'm afraid. I don't think I'd want to have them buy other parts such as a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc.

It's a good thing that they don't have anything terribly important on there. Everything in there is going to be lost unless we have a data recovery service performed on it which is probably not worth it.

By the way HP swallowed up Compaq a few years ago and they only have basic support on their site for the Compaq computers from before the acquisition. Things such as archived drivers from the last time they where revised for that computer. The only documentation they have to download is a list of support numbers. There isn't anyplace where I could find specific information like specs so I can find out what type of hard drive it uses. So this was the only way I could find out.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I ended up figuring out how to add\remove hard drives on that computer I posted about earlier. Like I said, the side panel to access the motherboard was easy to open. It has a tool-less screw that you can unscrew with your fingers. However the rest of the case's cover is a one piece deal that is riveted to the case many times.

However I noticed that there is a green plastic bracket covering the drive cage. The drive screws which usually attach the drive to the drive cage go into some catches there with one screw to firmly secure the drive. Well, I had to remove the front panel of the computer with its latches and slightly pull the catches for the drive and slide it out.

I slid out the hard drive and found out it's an Ultra ATA Seagate U Series 7 60GB hard drive. I can find an 80GB 7200RPM one that should be compatible for about $34 bucks or less. So I have bad news for my family but I also have potential good news. Much better than the $80 one I found before when not knowing the exact kind of hard drive it had.

If that doesn't work there's something more serious wrong with the computer such as a bad hard disk controller. If that's the case that computer is ready for the junk pile I'm afraid. I don't think I'd want to have them buy other parts such as a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc.

It's a good thing that they don't have anything terribly important on there. Everything in there is going to be lost unless we have a data recovery service performed on it which is probably not worth it.

By the way HP swallowed up Compaq a few years ago and they only have basic support on their site for the Compaq computers from before the acquisition. Things such as archived drivers from the last time they where revised for that computer. The only documentation they have to download is a list of support numbers. There isn't anyplace where I could find specific information like specs so I can find out what type of hard drive it uses. So this was the only way I could find out.
smoketetsuo: (osaka worm)
I ended up figuring out how to add\remove hard drives on that computer I posted about earlier. Like I said, the side panel to access the motherboard was easy to open. It has a tool-less screw that you can unscrew with your fingers. However the rest of the case's cover is a one piece deal that is riveted to the case many times.

However I noticed that there is a green plastic bracket covering the drive cage. The drive screws which usually attach the drive to the drive cage go into some catches there with one screw to firmly secure the drive. Well, I had to remove the front panel of the computer with its latches and slightly pull the catches for the drive and slide it out.

I slid out the hard drive and found out it's an Ultra ATA Seagate U Series 7 60GB hard drive. I can find an 80GB 7200RPM one that should be compatible for about $34 bucks or less. So I have bad news for my family but I also have potential good news. Much better than the $80 one I found before when not knowing the exact kind of hard drive it had.

If that doesn't work there's something more serious wrong with the computer such as a bad hard disk controller. If that's the case that computer is ready for the junk pile I'm afraid. I don't think I'd want to have them buy other parts such as a new motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc.

It's a good thing that they don't have anything terribly important on there. Everything in there is going to be lost unless we have a data recovery service performed on it which is probably not worth it.

By the way HP swallowed up Compaq a few years ago and they only have basic support on their site for the Compaq computers from before the acquisition. Things such as archived drivers from the last time they where revised for that computer. The only documentation they have to download is a list of support numbers. There isn't anyplace where I could find specific information like specs so I can find out what type of hard drive it uses. So this was the only way I could find out.
smoketetsuo: (captain jack)
A few years back my family was trying to use the computers at the public library and they gave them a hard time. So on the spur of the moment they decided to buy themselves a computer. They went to (I think) Sam's Club and brought home a Compaq S4010CL computer. Recently, the hard drive seems to have died on us.

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A few years back my family was trying to use the computers at the public library and they gave them a hard time. So on the spur of the moment they decided to buy themselves a computer. They went to (I think) Sam's Club and brought home a Compaq S4010CL computer. Recently, the hard drive seems to have died on us.

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