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#  Thursday, December 29, 2005

After Christmas, I set out to assemble the parts of my new x64 workstation:

  • ASUS A8N-SLI Premium motherboard
  • Athlon 64 3700+
  • 2 GB of memory (to be upgraded next week to 4GB)
  • 2 WD 400GB RE2 hard disks (used in a mirror, I am too old and lazy for data loss)
  • Matrox Millenium P650 PCIe graphics card
  • Optical drives (DVD-RAM & DVD-RW DL) - reused from the old workstation
  • Arctic Cooling Silentium T5 midi tower case

Lessons learned:

  • InCD 4 is my enemy #1 for 2005 - it doesn't work (even install) on XP Pro x64
  • Not all AV products' realtime scanners like x64
  • If you are used to Arctic Cooling CPU fans, don't install the out-of-the-box fan that ships with your CPU - you will be disappointed. And opening the case soon again to replace it.
  • Dual-head sucks. Why doesn't Matrox ship a triple-head card for PCIe?

I am pretty sure those ain't all the snags I will encounter, especially as Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now waiting to be installed instead of VPC 2004 on this machine.

Update Speaking of snags - the Canon LIDE 60 scanner doesn't work on x64. The driver simply doesn't support it. How craptacular.

Categories: this | x64
Thursday, December 29, 2005 10:20:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1]


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