Well after nearly two weeks without a PC, I went to PC World yesterday and bought a new PC (minus monitor). I bought a Lenovo H330, which looks reasonable for £360. It’s quite a neat, slim PC case. In common with all slim PCs, the DVD player is vertical, which is bit awkward, but that’s the sacrifice you make for a small case. It took me a substantial chunk of yesterday copying data from my home sever (thank goodness all the data was backed up) and loading programs.
My greatest concern was restoring my mail file in Outlook. The repair shop put my old hard disk in a USB caddy, so I could access the latest file. Typical of Microsoft is the way they hide the mail file. After a couple of attempts, I manged to find it and restore it. The one thing was missing was my address book. Fortunately that was doubled in my iPhone, so that was easy to restore. There were minor palpitations when I thought I’d lost my mapping software (Tracklogs) but I found it in the end.
Everything seems to working. My old PC was quite old, so everything is a lot faster. The boot time is very impressive. The graphics also seem to be sharper. The one hassle is I couldn’t transfer my TV card as Dell seem to have made it incompatible with a non Dell PC. I’ll get a new one when I get back from the TGOC. Today’s job, delayed from yesterday is to pack my food parcels and take them to the Post Office.