Once the system was running and we’d entered the usual Windows details for our choice of language and keyboard settings there were 945MB of Windows Updates to install of which 194MB was Service Pack 1 for the trial version of Office 2007. Thank heaven for Broadband. After the restart there were 87MB more updates, then another 38MB of Windows software and then it was time to update the Lenovo ThinkVantage System Update 3 software. Once we were done, the total had reached one-and-a-half gigabytes of updates.
Longer bars are better
Longer bars are better
Lenovo vs Dell
This is aimed at the business deskspace - I've recently deployed several of these and their variants. And I'll go for a ThinkCentre over a Dell any time thank you very much.
"why didn't you include a smaller AC adaptor?"
Why should they? The physical size hardly matters for a desktop machine, and if they can use this PSU on other products too then it saves money. The annoying thing is that the power supply is not built in, like with a normal desktop machine.
Also, just because you measured 55W maximum doesn't mean that there won't be larger peaks - disk spin-up is an obvious one.
I've a hunch this puppy is aimed at the business desktop space, hence the small capacity HD and no DVD writer. The low power consumption would be of much more interest if you're running 200 or 10,000 of these! Of course a 2.5" HD would've used even less...
On a similar quest my home server uses low power components (Via CPU, 2x 160GB laptop drives) and uses around 31w at idle, rising to 45-50w under heavy load.
RE: Windows Sound at Start Up ??
Or you could just use the Sound option under Control Panel. That'll just change it or even disable it without mucking around.
Windows Sound at Start Up ??
'...so it’s hard to avoid the wretched Windows sound at start-up.'
I've always removed and replaced that naff Windows sound file on every PC I've owned or had to use.
Try looking in C:\WINDOWS\Media where you'll find :-
Windows XP Startup.wav and many more system sound files, which are of course easily replaced by any .wav sound file of your choice, renamed to the original filename of course.
Other Windows systems have similar files, easily found and replaced.