Thursday, September 4, 2014
I decided to build one more computer to replace an aging quad core. Went to the local Fry's and picked up an MSI, military class mobo, an AMD 8350, 8 core processor, 16 gig DDR3, an Nvidia 2 gig video board, and I already had a 500 gig HD,and a box, and a DVD/CD burner. Windows 8.1 had already crapped out on the older machine, so I decided to see if it would work on this one. Got it installed and it seemed okay, put Mint Linux 17 on and then added PCLOS. I only use windows for games, as I don't trust it for anything online. So far the only problems has been with windows locking up, but then I don't expect it to work full time. I do a lot of video processing, and this machine is probably five times faster than my other 8 core box. At my age this will probably be the last machine I build, but with these specs it should outlast me.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Booted into Win 7 to check for updates last week, and lo and behold it had crapped out on me, after only 3 months. Would not boot, so I left it until Tuesday, May 13. I had picked up a copy of Win 8.1, since I had heard it was better than Win 8. I had planned on replacing Win 7 if it was truly trashed. I only use it for games so it isn't a big loss. Just for the heck of it I put in the Win 7 disk and tried the repair option, and it actually fixed it. This is the first time I've ever had repair do it's job. Anyhow, I figured I would go ahead and install Win 8.1 on the same hard drive. I have Peppermint Linux on a 128 gig SSD, and win 7, and win8.1 on a 500 gig regular HD. After the install I upgraded Peppermint to Peppermint 4, 64 bit. Rebooted to check out Win 8.1, and guess what? The Win 8.1 partition would not boot. I put in the disk and ran repair, but it said the partition was locked, and I would have to unlock it. I spent the rest of Tuesday, and most of Wednesday looking for answers, and nothing worked. So, it looks like I am going to have to delete the Win 8.1 partition, and install a Linux distro. I don't know what Microsoft has done to Win 8.1, but I'm not going to put up with this useless fragment of fecal material. I use Linux for all my work, email, and internet, as I don't trust Microsoft mail, IE,plus Linux is faster, safer, more secure, and easier to use. I do a lot of video processing which is why I built this machine. It has an MSI mobo, AMD 8120 8 core processor, 8 gig of DDR3, one gig Nvidia graphics card, HP wireless printer, 128 gig Samsung SSD, and a 500 gig HD. Peppermint 4 is on the SSD and boots up in 6 seconds. Guess I'll see if anyone at work wants the Win 8.1 disks. If Microsoft ever starts building vacuum cleaners, that will be the only product they have that don't suck.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, I decided to boot into my windows partition on the computer in the bedroom. It is a home made unit, with an Antec box, 600 watt power supply, MSI FX motherboard, Amd FX 8120 8 core processor, one gig Nvidia video board, Samsung 128 Gig SSD, and a 500 gig Seagate hard drive. I have PCLOS, Win 7, and Mint 14 on it. Linux is my main OS, but I keep windows around for games. This unit had not been booted into the windows partition for several months, so I figured I would check for updates. There were 28 updates. I started installing about 3:10 pm. Well I leave for Church at 5:00 pm, and figured it would be done in plenty of time. Wrong! It had finished installing about 4:50 pm, and then on reboot it had to configure the updates, on shutdown. I just left it to do it's thing, and at 5:00 pm it was configuring on 32%. I got back at 8:00 pm, and the computer had shut down, so I booted back into the windows partition and it started to finish configuring the updates. This took about 15+ minutes. Total time to install 28 updates was 1 our, and 50 minutes that I know of, and however long it took to configure the updates on shutdown. This is the most ridiculous update system I have ever seen.Most products improve with age, as changes are made to better the product. Apparently Microsoft has never heard of this process, they tend to go backwards, and do everything they can to make it worse. No wonder they are losing market share to REAL operating systems. If Microsoft ever decides to build vacuum cleaners, it will be the only product they have that don't suck!