Computer Shopping

Alpha needs a new computer this year (the laptop she’s been using is now five years old, not meeting the specs of UT’s College of Engineering), so I’ve been surfing around Dell’s website thinking I should order one this weekend.

Unfortunately, there are a very limited number of machines available that can be purchased with XP.  There are simply too many Vista nightmares out there now… beginning with a serious lack of drivers for existing hardware (printers, card readers, etc.).

The temptation to order one with a Linux OS is palpable, but I do have to meet the COE’s requirements.

On a brighter note, a letter arrived a couple of weeks ago notifying her that her stellar academic performance last year has earned her another scholarship — more than enough to offset whatever computer she needs.

3 thoughts on “Computer Shopping

  1. Just got a new computer with Vista Business last week. Main problem is with our printers. I am able to print on the primary one but not the other two which means I can’t print 24″x 36″ drawings on the Big Dog….major handicap right now!

    The high paid IT guys down the hall can’t seem to work their magic either.

  2. That’s the problem I’ve heard most about — a lack of drivers for existing peripherals, plus some software that just won’t run on it.

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