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Computer #5 (Gateway S2000 Pro; 2001-2005)


Computer #5 was a top-of-the-line Gateway S2000 Professional series with a 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor, 512MB PC800 RDRAM, two Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM Ultra ATA100 hard drives, ATI Radeon VE display board with 64MB DDR with TV-Out and DVI, a SoundBlaster Live! sound card, a 3Com PCI 10/100 Ethernet, a 16x/40x DVD-ROM, a 16x/10x/40x Recordable ReWriteable CD-RW, a 56K PCI Modem, an Adaptec 2940 Ultra/Wide SCSI controller that controled a Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 4P 300 dpi flatbed scanner, and Boston Acoustics BA735 Digital Speakers w/Subwoofer, all in a Mid-Tower Case with 3.5" 1.44MB diskette drive, 5 PCI and 1 AGP slots, 4 USB ports, 1 Serial Port, 1 Parallel Port, and 2 PS/2 ports. Not content to leave well enough alone, I've modified the beastie a number of times - I bought a 3-port IEEE 1394 (FireWire) board (one port integral with the other front ports on the chassis, the other two out the back in traditional manner) to handle video capture and processing through a Dazzle Hollywood DV Bridge (since replaced by a USB 2.0-based Dazzle DVC 150).  I can now pull in analog video (from cable, a VCR, or my Sony HI-8 CamCorder) or digital (from a digital CamCorder, DVD player, or other digital video device) to be captured to hard disk for processing and output. Captured video takes up a lot of disk space!!  I captured a 16 minute video clip and it bloated out to a 3 Gigabyte AVI file!!

This machine was re-born as the house server running Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, when I took the new no-name machine (Computer #6) as my main computer, but it has since failed strangely so I pulled Lynn's older desktop (a PowerSpec 6655) out of the family room and reconfigured it as the new TreeHouse server. I removed the Ultra-Wide SCSI board from the Gateway and moved it to computer #6 so the scanner could stay connected to whatever machine I am using as my main machine.

 

 

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