Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Specs

Desert Cat said he couldn't find the specs on this computer anywhere. So it may be even more up to date than I thought.

Here's what the boxes say for each component:

GT 5464
Personal Computer
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium PC

Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor E2140
Each core operates at 1.6 GHz, 1 MB shared L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB

1024 MB DDR2 Dual-Channel Memory

Intel Graphics
Media Accelerator 950
Up to 224 MB of shared video memory
PCI-Express slot available


56K ITU V.92-Ready Fax Modem

Hard Drive
7200 RPM with 8 MB Cache

Gateway Portable Media Drive Bay

Optical Drive
DVD+/- RW Super Multi Drive with Dual-Layer Capability

6-Channel (5.1) High Definition

Amplified stereo speakers, Premium multimedia keyboard, and USB optical mouse

10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN

15-in-1 Digital Memory Card Reader
Compact Flash I & II, IBM Microdrive, Secure Digital (SD & Mini SD), MultiMedia Card (MMC, MMC Plus, RS-MMC, & MMC Mobile), Memory Stick (MS, MS Duo, MS Pro, & MS Pro Duo), xD-Picture Card, SmartMedia Card

Pre-Installed Software
Microsoft Works 8.5, Microsoft Money 2006, Digital Image Starter Edition (60-day trial), Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Trial (60-day trial), Adobe Reader, Cyberlink Power 2Go, Gateway Games
Powered by: WildTangent, NetZero, Gateway Connect, McAfee Internet Security Suite (90-day subscription)

Gateway FPD1975W TFT LCD Monitor
19" Widescreen Monitor
1440 x 900 Resolution
720p HD Ready
700:1 Contrast Ratio
8ms Response Time
300 nits Brightness
Enhanced Color Perfection
DVI-D with HDCP Input
VGA Analog Input
GatewayShield Theft Deterrence

HP Deskjet F380
All-In-One Printer, Scanner, Copier
Black and Color, HP Photosmart Essential Software, HP Photosmart Express
Print/Copy: Up to 20 PPM black, 14 PPM color
Scan: Optical 1200 x 2400 DPI


Desert Cat said...

Okay, only fair graphics, but that's okay. Shared video memory is a killer there. Livey doesn't strike me as a big Half Life or Unreal Tournament type anyway. The PCI Express slot is if she ever does want that.

I wish I knew more about how well the dual-core performs in comparison to single core processors that run faster. I suspect it will do 99% of what she wants it to in a blink.

Ginormous hard drive, very nice optical drive. To take full advantage of that 6.1 channel audio, a speaker upgrade would be needed.

And the card reader should make photo transfers to the computer a piece of cake.

Plus the LCD monitor and a full 2 GB of memory...well it's more than I have at work as my (two years old) high power workstation.

It sounds like Walter knows to give you directions to set her up with AVG Free Edition Virus Scanner, the free Sunbelt (formerly Kerio) Personal Firewall, and one of the free spyware scanners (my favorite is Spybot Search & Destroy).

k said...

Ah! Believe or not - 'phobe that I am! - I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to hear your opinion of all this. So, thank you. It looks like we got the right stuff for her particular needs.

I'd love to see her taking more pix. She seems more interested in that, now that she's seen the beautiful things around here through the lens of my camera. She's one of those who can sit in the car with me, at the edge of a store parking lot, and notice the beauty of the wildflowers (aka *weeds*) and birds and trees and the way a water tower looks among them off in the distance. That's one thing I didn't really know about her.

She loves music, so I'm glad to hear the audio is good. She basically had none, before. She couldn't run the videos and music other bloggers have - like yours. So even without upgrading the speakers yet, she is THRILLED with the sound.

Of course, I know nothing about the gaming and so forth you're talking about. But so far she's doing well with the things she likes to do. There's a lot to get used to, of course, and the odd little glitch here and there. One of her solitaire games came up with much smaller *cards* and she finally realized the maker said it wasn't fully compatible, or something, with Vista yet.

Walter already directed her to a couple of sites with those free virus etc. downloads. Again, I don't know anything about them, but they seemed to. She's been very busy putting it all together! Reminds me of more than one of your posts, there.

One of the very first things she said was: *OH!!! OMG!!! I CAN BACK UP MY BLOG NOW!!!*


Dazd said...

You've done well K! Awesome computer and such a wonderful friend you are.

sue said...

My only concern is the Vista, however I know new computers come with it now. I've just heard how buggy it can be ... and slow. Hopefully she won't have any troubles with it. You and Walter did very well, K!!

Livey said...

It is way more than I will ever need! I am having trouble with the Vista. My old computer ran with Win98. Having rebuilt it so many times, I know all the ins and outs of Win98, but I know absolutely nothing about anything after that. Vista is giving me fits, but I'm determined to overcome it!
Thanks so much all of you! Love ya!

Desert Cat said...

Dadcat was a long holdout to Win 98, despite my pleadings to upgrade to Win 2000 Pro when I had it available.

Now I'm the holdout at Win 2000. It is, after all, the last OS that can *ahem* be pirated readily.

Anonymous said...

I use Vista myself on a new DuoCore myself. As long as you have enough memory it'll sing along, albeit with the ocassional hiccup.. :)

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