Originally Posted by Serenity
Questions for Maine Coon...
I have a friend who is interested in a Inspiron 6000. I was a little turned off (when looking at the specs) by the slow hard disk and slow CD-R write speed of the DVD+/-RW. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that someone would buy one stripped down and then change hard drive, burner, memory, etc.
What do you do if you have to call tech support and they start asking you questions which would expose the hardware facts that you've been tinkering with the guts?
Did you have to change or file down the bezel on the NEC DVD+/-RW to make it fit?
How come you didn't use a Hitachi 7200 RPM 8MB cache hard disk?
Bravo on your modifications!
- I don't call tech support. I never did. I never will. I don't need those (put a word here) to waste my time.
- I replaced ND-6650 bezel with Dell's original and put ND-6650 on Dell's Samsung / Toshiba CD-RW DVD. I then put Samsung into USB 2.0 slim enclosure and now have mini portable CD-RW DVD drive which I can carry around.
- I had some bad experience with Hitachi / IBM hard drives. Samsung is good and quiet. Even for my video editing 5400RPM seems to be sufficient.
I'll be replacing it with Seagate Momentus if / when the need arises and prices will fall.
One thing I highly recommend: get a program called Acronis TrueImage. You can create exact copies of your hard drive ( that's what I did with original Dell drive). Once you restore it, you are back to your original config. I believe it's $29.99 for download on Acronis Web site. It works very fast and it is very dependable.
Another thing I don't recommend: don't bother with LiquidView for WUXGA. Switch to Large fonts and spend next 10 to 15 minutes adjusting Appearance in Display Properties. You'll get the same or better results than Liquid View gives you.