A bit OT: new computer

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Charles, Mar 21, 2010.

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    Charles Guest

    Just got a 7D and movie playback is beyond my current computer, which is
    exhibiting death throes by the way (8 years old). So it's time to solve two
    problems with one outlay of cash.

    Looking at the Sony VAIO L series and they seem to cover all bases. I will
    continue to spend most of my time post-processing snapshots, thus the
    monitor quality is very important. The movie thing is a side issue.

    All comments are welcome; however, I cannot consider an Apple computer at
    this time for several important/personal reasons.
    Charles, Mar 21, 2010
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    Peter Guest

    I just got an HP Pavilion with a 3.25g 64 bit quad 4, if processor and
    Windows7. Photoshop CS3 loads in a few seconds. The overall speed is very
    fast. My only complaint is the offshore support. I have a thing about
    explaining a problem and rather than engaging in an intelligent help
    session, hearing a canned, did you ......... Especially after I just told
    them what I did.
    I also have a Lenovo laptop and found the support excellent.
    Peter, Mar 21, 2010
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    John A. Guest

    If it's important to you, I hear Windows 7 (or certain editions
    thereof) has an XP compatibility mode that's necessary to run some old
    programs. I hear it only works with certain processors. You might want
    to look into that if it's an issue.
    John A., Mar 22, 2010
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    Joel Connor Guest

    Spoken like a truly computer-inept idiot. I've got some tools and utilities
    written for Win 3.1 and DOS 6.2 that I still run on my XP machines. For
    example there's one little desktop calculator that always had all the
    functions I need at the ready so I still use it daily. It requires a call
    to VBRUN100.dll, to give you an idea of how far back that app goes.Whenever
    rebuilding a machine I have to remember to keep a copy of that file on hand
    somewhere. Some old botany and bird reference CDs I use even require their
    own video players designed for 640x480 VGA screens. They still run just
    fine in WinXP, if you know what you are doing that is. Look up a program
    called D-Fend Reloaded where you can even run the BIOS images from old
    video games going back all the way to the original PONG.
    Joel Connor, Mar 22, 2010
  5. When I did a modest upgrade of RAM and buss speeds with a new
    motherboard (with a very modest CPU clock speed increase) when
    going from a dual core to a quad core Intel CPU, I got almost exactly
    the expected increase in speed when rendering changed HD HDV video
    (the computer was 2.17X faster using Vegas Pro editing software, which
    can use multiple threads and cores). Editing AVCHD video material
    (from memory card or hard drive sources) is still painful, though, since
    previewing the video while editing is not smooth, large enough, or sharp
    enough (all together) to be practical yet on my computer. New video
    card types should cure this problem...
    David Ruether, Mar 22, 2010
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    Guest Guest

    cpu and memory bandwidth are the most important. multiple cores help
    for some actions and not others.
    absolute rubbish.
    nonsense. it's very possible to calibrate an all in one machine,
    particularly macs, because colour management is built into the
    operating system.
    i'm not going to, nor should anyone else.
    an odd suggestion, because it will prove what you are saying is
    depends on what the computer will be used for. not everyone needs all
    of that.
    photoshop has used multiple cores/processors since version 3 and can
    easily use all cores on a modern system. cs4 uses the gpu for quite a
    bit and it can make a *huge* improvement in some cases (namely pixel
    Guest, Mar 22, 2010
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    Guest Guest

    they're actually very usable, but nevertheless, there's a matte display
    option on the macbook pros, and with the mac mini and mac pro, *you*
    pick the screen.
    Guest, Mar 22, 2010
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    John A. Guest

    Late last year I got a barebones kit for work from compusa for not a
    lot of cash. I had to assemble it and install the OS myself (OEM XP
    Pro, purchased in the same order) but it was nothing I hadn't done
    before and I avoided a bunch of preinstalled crapware. Also, the OEM
    OS is self-support only, but I've never used anything but the MS web
    site for support anyway.

    It had been a while since I'd specced out a PC from parts, so having a
    pre-matched kit was nice.
    John A., Mar 23, 2010
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Idiot troll.
    Ray Fischer, Mar 23, 2010
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Waste of money.
    Ray Fischer, Mar 23, 2010
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    Patty Guest

    Will the compatibiliby mode run in all flavors of Win 7? I thought I had
    read somewhere that you needed the Professional version to use
    compatibility mode. Or is it a different kind of XP compatibility mode
    that's in the Pro version?


    Patty, Mar 25, 2010
  12. Will the compatibiliby mode run in all flavors of Win 7? I thought I
    If it doesn't work on your system, either because your Windows or
    processor doesn't support it, you can use something like VMware, Virtual
    Box, etc.

    David J Taylor, Mar 25, 2010
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    J. Clarke Guest

    But if you do that you will also need a registerable copy of XP.
    J. Clarke, Mar 25, 2010
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Has to be Professional or higher and you have to have a CPU that
    supports hardware assisted virtualization. But unless you have some
    very, very old applications you don't really need it.

    If you need to run Windows 98 programs that won't run natively on
    Windows 7, then you're better off to dig out your Windows 98 CD and
    install a copy of 98 in a virtual machine.
    J. Clarke, Mar 25, 2010
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    John A. Guest

    In such a case you'll also need a valid XP license. IIRC, the Win7
    license is sufficient to run the XP mode MS offers.
    John A., Mar 25, 2010
  16. Yes, you and J. Clarke are probably right.

    Having said that, I've now set up several Vista and Windows-7 (both 32-bit
    and 64-bit) systems and not found a program which won't run, including one
    or two unusual hardware devices. Some programs do need to be run as
    Administrator, though. Whilst I've not needed it, you can also set the
    properties of a program (right-click, Properties, compatibility) so that
    it's run in compatibility mode for an earlier version of Windows.

    David J Taylor, Mar 26, 2010
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    J. Clarke Guest

    A friend of mine has several very old programs that require XP mode, and
    two that won't run even under that. There was a newer version of one of
    them, that he got and found that so many bells and whistles had been
    added that the functionality that he used was buried too deep to be
    useful. Eventually I'm going to try to set up a virtual DOS session for
    those two.
    J. Clarke, Mar 26, 2010
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    Patty Guest

    Yes, I do use Virtual Box now. In fact, I tested a Beta of Win 7 using
    Virtual Box.

    Patty, Mar 26, 2010
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