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I have a new laptop! 
17th-Oct-2006 07:53 pm
I recently won a company drawing to purchase a laptop for $50.

It is a Compaq Armada M700. I have no idea what the CPU speed actually is. I believe it may be a Pentium II class machine based on what I saw in Window's device manager

The company website said that I could pay cash, check, or moneyorder. But when I got there, they would not accept cash. I had to go find a bank. The nearest one was Hughes FCU. They wouldn't sell me a money order unless I had an account. That is stupid. I can get one at a grocery store but not at a bank?! Bah.

So off to Circle K. I get my money order and return. No problem. I get my laptop and talk the guy at the surplus place into giving me a docking station and an extra powersupply.

What I got:

two power supplies
carrying case
USB cable
LAN cable
modem cable
docking station

The laptop is a bit dirty and I will have to clean the skunge off the keyboard. It has no software license sticker. It is running Windows 2000. It appears to have a built-in LAN and modem. It has a plain vanilla CDROM drive.

Given that there is no software license for the operating system, I will be forced to load an alternative OS. But the Mandriva 2007 I have is on DVD and I have no DVD drive on this laptop. I am hoping that I can boot to an external DVD drive over USB. This could be painful if there is no USB (I didn't notice if there was - wasn't looking) port or if the USB is 1.1 (likely). I will probably have to download the CDROM version of Mandriva 2007.

After picking up the laptop, the little light on my gas gauge was lit. I went for a fill up. The pump was REALLY slow.

In all, a 30 minute task took 1.5 hours to complete. Now I will have to stay late at work to make up for the lost time. That sucks rocks.

But... I do now have a laptop and docking station that cost me only $51 ($0.99 for the money order). WOOT!!

More details later once I figure out what the hardware specs are. Then the fun of Mandriva install on a laptop!

You know what that means? Time to recompile the kernel!!! Yea!
17th-Oct-2006 08:43 pm (UTC)
You didn't know it didn't come with liscneded software? I could have told you that...though I'm betting it dies within 6-8mos. The laptops were never treated nicely. Oh and if you needed a money order I could have gotten you one since I live right next to the credit union.
17th-Oct-2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
I figured that the OS was licensed under a corporate grant. I was pretty sure that there would be no sticker. M$ doesn't like for companies to resell their volume licenses to individuals. They wouldn't make money and would still have to provide support. It would actually cost them.

However, it is possible for a company that is downsizing to sell their volume license to another company.

I thought that we were at different sites. Are you at the airport now, too?
17th-Oct-2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
I've been at the airport...never been anywhere else..but my bldg is almost across the plant site from you. Mel is at Rita, or will be starting next week.
18th-Oct-2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Wow... I never knew that. I thought you were at a different site. LET'S DO LUNCH!
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