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Buying crap...

The old computer, it is not dead, but it is definitely old. Not the happiest piece of machinery.

So before going to bed, I decided to check out the Dell Outlet website, not really expecting to find much at midnight.


A Dimension 5100c with 1gb RAM, 160gb disk, Pentium D 820 (that's dual-core 2.8ghz), CDRW/DVD combo drive and a 9-in-1 media reader built in.

Yeah, I know, it doesn't have a DVD+/-RW like I kind of wanted, nor does it have the ATI Radeon X600SE video card (which I would like; the built-in video is analog VGA out, whereas the ATI is DVI out), but it came in under $800. I can live with that.

As for something much older, I also just picked up a junky Elna Supermatic on eBay. No, it's not pretty. It does, however, have parts I need for my own much nicer Supermatic. It's got the bolt-on knee lever (which I've rarely seen available as a part, and then in the neighborhood of $40) and the parts tray that slides under the free-arm (oy, do I need that). If there are any items in the parts tray, that's even better. We'll see if there's anything besides what's in the picture included.

There is a possibility that the knee-lever won't be of any use on my machine; I've seen notes that speak of a "conversion" to use a foot pedal (which I've got), so it might not work.


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Oct. 28th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
Funny. My old Singer came with a knee-lever that's usually used as a foot pedal.
Oct. 28th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
I became very spoiled after using the old Kenmore (in storage at the moment, because it's too big to set up) with knee-lever speed control. The lever doesn't slide all over the floor like a foot pedal does, and I find I have much finer control using it.
Oct. 28th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
External drive will take care of the DVD+/-RW needs.

Can the system take a add in card? At that price you could afford to add the 600SE in later.
Oct. 28th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this thing is going to end up having external drives out the wazoo... part of the reason I wanted to make sure I got a machine with IEEE1394 ports.

The machine has a PCI-Express video card slot, but it's a short slot, so it doesn't take a standard backplane plate (most video cards are half-height but have the full-height backplane panel). On the other hand, I've got good Dell connections and can probably get the right size card later.
Oct. 28th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
So, does the old computer become a server now?
Oct. 28th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm probably doing the smart thing and just wiping and reinstalling it, and then donating it to Spring's classroom. I don't need more equipment in the house, I really don't.
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