Sunday, August 23, 2009

HP Desktop Config Aug 09

Purchased from CostCo
registration 8/21/09
Win Vista Home Premium 64bit
Intel Core i7 920@2.67GHz
ATI Radeon HD4850 driver 8.581.1.0 4/28/09
5.9 Windows Experience Level
Hard disk: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 3Gb/s 1TB Cache 32MB
Intel 82567V-2 Gigabit Network

Have D-Link DIR-655
Old: HP a6177c

MyBook WD5000D032
--start by using USB
--try Firewire
--shows driver not installed, but able to scan disk using Win Explorer

Received FedEx Indirect Signature

Synced old computer music, pictures, and main files using Goodsync to two external disks
Took picture of rear ports

Defined screen resolution as 1920x1200, 60Hz for HP x2408 LCD monitor

Plugged in network
Plugged in USB from monitor
--monitor USB supports speakers and IR for keyboard/mouse (?)

Turn off Windows startup sound from Sound control panel

Defined one click access for folders

Computer can't access internet. Forgot that, even though access is wired, home router restricts by MAC address.

Used model and serial number for new name
Defined home workgroup

Determined MAC address (Help > Control Panle > Network and Sharing Center > Connection > View Status > Details)
Defined MAC address to DIR-655 router to allow internet access. Router didn't need reboot.
Reserved DHCP address

Invoked Windows Update multiple times to get Vista SP2 plus other fixes, including optional

Change mouse characteristics
--pointer options

Downloaded Revo Uninstaller
Removed trial security (to be replaced with Avast)
Removed Microsoft Works (to be replaced with OpenOffice)

Customize Start menu
--small icons
--unlock toolbar

Download/install Avast
--register to get reg key
--turn off Avast sound
--set auto update program
Download/install Firefox
Download/install Chrome Beta
Set default search to Google

AT&T Self Support Tool
(actually skipped this, but should have done early)

Download/install Java VM
--wants to install toolbar
--wants to install TuneUp that "fixes" iTunes--try

Download/install Google Toolbar for Firefox (beta?)
Download//install Google Updater with minimum software (Desktop)
Changed Google Desktop preferences to allow search across network

Control Panel, Network and Sharing
--turn on network discovery

Download/install Flash
Download/install Shockwave
Download/install Vuze (need appropriate port from router)
--wants to install toolbar

Download OpenOffice (should have done through Vuze torrent)
Download iTunes

Install iTunes/Quicktime
Set Firefox home page

Install Firefox addons
--Diigo (doesn't work from Mozilla site, use Diigo site)

Download/install Thunderbird
--customize account
--don't use GMail account setting, since it's POP, not IMAP

Install OpenOffice
--custom: install ActiveX control

Install Google Docs with offline access
--install Google Gears

Install Windows Live Sync and sync to folders

--setup for offline access

Download/install Goodsync
Activate pro version (ok)

USB powered external disk not recognized
USB external MyBook recognized through USB, not Firewire

Sync Music and Pictures (approx 21MB/sec)

Download/install Roboform
--activate pro version (oops)
--activate pro version based on name/email

Sync to online Roboform

Update iTunes

Slysoft activations
--make sure each download is installed before trying to activate
--use Win Explorer, search "license keys"

HP J6450 Printer
--HP Solution Center-ok
--HP Smart Web Printing--defer
--HP Document Manager 1.0--defer
--HP Photosmart Essential 2.5--no
--needs restart

HP Deskjet 6980xi
--use "Add Printer" through network


--scan for photos

Acrobat Pro
--9/18/08 original purchase

--Gold registration (search "ventis")

PDF Password Remover (Emetrix)-todo

Hardware Tuning:
--Device  Manager > Hard Disk > Policies > Enable Advanced Performance ?

Money Plus-todo

Hardware Diagnostics
--Disk SMART program from

Google Earth


Uh oh, Blue Screen of Death
--probably from MyBook

Also, USB powered disk doesn't work.  WD website no help.  Works on other machines.

--Training Center

Google SketchUp 

Doesn't read SDHC

Garmin Webupdater

Need: OpenProj

Apple MobileMe control panel
--control panel classic view
--configure, sync auto, sync with Yahoo and IE bookmarks

Firefox Yapta add on

Firefox Screengrab add on

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