Monday, April 18, 2016

tech talk

we have a ten year old pc that lost its xp operating system some years ago. the recovery discs didn’t work and i have been off-and-on playing with installing downloaded free xp systems. they come with serial numbers, but microsoft requires xp to be activated. i found an activation hack that seemed to work. alas, 30 days after installation xp was usable no more. the only use i wanted for this machine was to stream kpig in the garage when i am working out there. so i turned to fedora (a flavor of linux). after a few wrong turns i had it up and running on the old pc. almost there, but not quite. kpig wants windows media player to work. back to the internet for advice. oh, i can use vlc as a standalone player. now i need to get vlc. off into the weeds of unix commands. a bit like msdos before windows. well, i got it and now the old pc is useful. i can stream kpig. that’s enough of that machine.

our main machines that we use a lot are macbook pros, now four years old. out of warranty and applecare. the batteries run low so fast that we keep the computers plugged in all the time. we have been looking at new MacBooks. tres pricey for anything really newer than ours. we could buy exactly the same new machines as we now have for something like $1100 each. wondering about new batteries, i wandered the inter tubes for info. quel surprise! there is quite an aftermarket for upgrades to the model we have.

i have lots of experience with pc desktop computers. changing hard drives. changing motherboards. adding modems. changing sound cards. buying parts and building the whole thing. i was wary of opening our nice MacBooks, but after watching videos demonstrating how to install the new components i felt confident i could manage.there is quite an aftermarket for upgrades to the model we have. so i ordered a new battery, 8 gigabytes of memory, and a new solid state drive. a bit over $300 to replace the parts of computers that usually fail after some years.

just like the instructional video

the old drive is out. the bowls hold various size screws and pieces

the update kit includes a usb container for hard drives. so the new ssd drive goes in it. it gets plugged into the macbook and carbon copy cloner copies the existing hard drive onto the new solid state drive.
then the macbook is opened and the new components put in and the new ssd is just like the old hard drive and everything works faster. TADA

check here for a post about a much older hard drive,


15 comments:

  1. Still using a windows machine though windows 10. It's two years old now and I'm seriously thinking of getting a MacBook pro. Is it worth the change?

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    1. probably not yet. depends on what you use it for. we also have a modern win 10 pc for a few applications not available on mac. i don't enjoy using it as much as my mac.

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    2. I run Windows 7 on my Macbook using VMWare Fusion, and it works pretty well. I need Windows for work, so no windows would be a deal-breaker.

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  2. Roger, come and visit us, please. We have a stash of hardware that could do with your expertise - we offer excellent German bread, cheese, wine and spring weather.

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    1. thank you. i love german cheese and bread and wine. but you are so far away

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  3. Wow! Thank you! This post is a treasure.

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    1. glad you like. hope it turns out useful for you

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  4. You lost me at "tech talk" but made me smile at "TADA." Well done.

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  5. Welllll, if you ever find yourself on the east coast, my 5-year old Mac sure could use an upgrade. The only reason I didn't keep up with the new OSes is because my ancient OS is the last one with iDVD. I don't want to lose the videos I made! Plus, Apple and the rest of the tech world assumes that everyone has access to broadband or wireless so that no one is interested in DVDs anymore.

    Anyway, my computer barely functions now. Sigh. I'm glad you got what you needed without forking out the standard obscene amount of money Apple charges.

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    1. i could see if it's possible. what model mac ya got? check out the videos i linked to.

      could you burn your videos to dvd?

      well, good luck with it. apple toys are pricey.

      the solid state drive does make some things way faster.

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  6. It's all Greek to me! I just ask one of my kids to take care of my problems.

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    1. our kids solve our garden problems

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  7. The ssd FTW. Really like the one that came with my latest Macbook. Gad, I worked with Unix from 1980 to the early 90s, it was the only way to network PCs. Still remember some of those commands (grep?); also remember the old Lotus "/" commands.

    Nice job getting the old pc working on a new OS.

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    1. i logged into cern through a modem connection to uc santa cruz in 1990. totally unix text-based system. fun to log in but no content

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