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Old 01-15-2006, 08:23 PM
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It seems when I bought my 1st computer(Compaq) it was obsolete right out of the box. About 4 years later I bought a Gateway that I thought was state-of-the-art. It didn't take long to discover that too was becoming a dinosaur.Add-on's are becoming more difficult to match up.One reason I bought a Gateway was due to the store not far from my home.It came in handy when I discovered the computer was slowing down and didn't have enough memory. A drive to the store and an upgrade later restored it's usefullness.Since, the store has closed and more compatibility problems arose. When I went from dial-up to broadband I discovered I needed an earthnet(sp?) card. A trip to Radio Shack and I was ready to roll up my sleeves and install it. Problem solved. Now I buy a new digital camera (Nikon D-50) and learn I need a USB port! Back to Radio Shack and I buy a USB/IEEE 1394a combo PCI card.Soon my computer won't be a Gateway, but a Jay A/Radio Shack Special!

Here's the 1st test pic to see if everything worked.

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Old 01-15-2006, 09:41 PM
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looks good to me....good luck!
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Old 01-15-2006, 10:34 PM
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or you can call it Frankenstein
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:07 PM
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I took this off my HD TV !

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Old 01-15-2006, 11:38 PM
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Computers never become obsolete.....until you need to install something new.....then you know you've got a fossil.

By-the-way, you have to be pleased with that D-50.....it takes nice clear pics.
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Old 01-16-2006, 07:02 AM
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Congrats on the new camera . . . I have a special Nikon body that does not use grease so that it can be used in the far north (not North Virginia . . . I mean above the artic circle) without freezing up . . . I only use that camera for two weeks a year but I have 5 lenses that go with it

I am glad you like your new digital Nikon because that is the way I am going in about a month or so . . . that way I can use the lenses I already have.
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Old 01-16-2006, 08:03 AM
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if you don't have it you're gonna need the microsoft picture resizer:

MS Image resizer

look down the right side for resizer - never have compression problems again - after loading - open up a pic and right click on it - in the windows menu you will see "resize pic" - go from there

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...powertoys.mspx

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Looking good!

A bit of advice about buying accessory cards, remember you get what you pay for. There's nothing against radio shack, I have no personal negative experience with them, so please don't take it that way - I say that as more of a generality..

It honestly sounds like you're gonna need a new CPU before too long! I am in the same situation with my 1.1 Ghz Compaq - it's getting overtaxed at times. I have it running well and I've even loaded a DVD burner and an additional 180 GB hard drive used for picture storage BUT.. I intend on buying a faster CPU (possibly a dual CPU model) and then cannibalize some of the current system, but most of all put it on my home network and use it as a file share/file storage. Basically a place where I can keep our pictures and even some programs that I can run from it, while keeping the new system free to just haul butt without a lot of overhead.. If you don't have one already, plan on getting a decent hub and router combo with a firewall and security (Linksys and Belton are both good).

I notice you used the INHD channel in your pic.. Man, aren't those channels amazing? We found ourselves watching random shows about dolphins, the arctic or I've even watched some concerts because the clarity.. Amazing..
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ReelWork: You're right, those shows on INHD are really something! The shot with the biplane was from their series of I-MAX movies that are shown in I-MAX theaters around the country and with surround sound all I can say is WOW!
As far as the computer goes,the store where I bought the camera threw in a Promaster SD/MMC card reader. I have yet read the directions but it's able to store digital files and plug it into a computer or printer to share those files. So if the camera's memory card gets full,I simply plug this into the camera and down load the images so I can later load them into my computer freeing up more space in the camera.
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:13 PM
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I'm back! I finnally got a new computer(Dell) the Gateway passed away. Adding the new camera and software put the nail in the coffin. This one has a 19" flat screen monitor,more desk space is great! And this rig has a dual hard drive...one to back-up the other. I gotta finish installing the rest of the junk.
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Old 01-31-2006, 07:21 PM
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The D-50 is nice. I have one - the best thing about the digital SLRs is no shutter delay.
I found the Fuji Finepix software that came with my little Casio EXLIM camera to be easier to use than the Nikon Picture Project.

Good Luck!!!

Still fighting with an old Dell with Windows 98 - gonna have to upgrade soon.
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Old 01-31-2006, 09:04 PM
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The D-50 is great! My wife bought me one for Christmas and I love it! Enjoy
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Jay, GO out and get yourself a digital card reader. It'll save you from having to plug and unplug your camera in. Keep it plugged into the computer and just pop out the memory card and feed it into the reader. I don't like messing with those little plugs. I always worry about them breaking.
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Fcal - 2/1/2006 9:55 AM Jay, GO out and get yourself a digital card reader. It'll save you from having to plug and unplug your camera in. Keep it plugged into the computer and just pop out the memory card and feed it into the reader. I don't like messing with those little plugs. I always worry about them breaking.
Got one! It was "thrown in" when I bought the camera.
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