So now everything is being driven by the laptop. I’ll put the old PC into storage soon. Click for the big view. Eventually as the Hard Drives die, I’m going to buy more LaCie drives with a vertical rack they make for it. But for all the wireless stuff – there’s still a tangle of wires – though this is a lot easier to manage than what I had before when all the wires came from the back of the PC – now they’re mostly in the hub. I’ve got everything I need from the PC and the laptop is much faster and fault tolerant (so far) than the PC which still gives me a beautiful blue screen every once in a while. I have to wonder what it would look like if I was shooting the 21mp 5D II.
My only gripes (minor I guess) about the Dell laptop – is that the video connector doesn’t have screws to keep it attached, and I still need to hookup my “real” keyboard to the laptop because the keyboard on the laptop is a PITA. The dock is by Toshiba – and although it has a decent video card (not as good as the laptop) in it, I couldn’t see any mode that would turn off the laptop keyboard when the monitor was used. But the laptop has a good two-monitor aware driver.
The laptop works pretty well when it goes to hibernate or standby mode – but when it comes back on it starts reading all the drives and this popup auto-something window comes up even though I’ve told it many times not to do that.
As far as taking the laptop on the road – it has everything I need including a built-in cared reader (SD only); and a pretty good DVD burner (I probably should’ve upgraded that but it’s okay).
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