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Poll: what is the configuration of your computer?
Thread poster: Victor Wang
Victor Wang
Local time: 08:00
Jun 19, 2004

What is the configuration of your computer? Is it adequate to handle your translation work?

CPU: P4 1.8A OC 2.4
Memory: 256M DDR400
Motherboard: GA845GV
Monitor: 15" LCD
Sometimes, I still find my computer slow in handling large files (for example, once I had a MS-word file 60M in size.)

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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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RAM and dual screen most important Jun 19, 2004

Hi Victor,
I have been using my main workstation for 2-3 years now - no need to change it:

Intel Xeon 1.7GHz
(The harddisk is irrelevant, as all data is stored on the server.)
Two 18" LCD displays

I hardly run into any speed problems - presumably thanks to the extensive RAM (I usually run MS Outlook XP in parallel with Trados, Word, sometimes Excel and MSIE).

What I find particularly beneficial is the dual display - if you use a "dual head" graphics card, you can display both screens as a single desktop, giving you a 2,536 x 1,024 resolution.

Best, Ralf

[Edited at 2004-06-19 16:08]

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Pablo Roufogalis
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Lowly Jun 19, 2004

My work Windows computer, the one I use for translations, is a PII400/256 MB RAM with a 17" monitor at 1152 x 864. It's way below state of the art but does the job quite adequately.

Planned upgrades include a faster processor (PIII 800) and a larger monitor.

I keep deeply paranoid backups of everything in a server.

[Edited at 2004-06-19 17:28]

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Jeremy Smith  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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2-year old computer still perfectly fine Jun 19, 2004

I don't envisage changing my computer for a very long time to come.

Pentium 4
384Mb RAM
40Gb hard drive

Intel Celeron Processor (didn't see the point in paying extra for Pentium)
384Mb RAM
30Gb hard drive

All back-ups are stored on CD-ROM

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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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Poll: what is the configuration of your computer? Jun 19, 2004

Desktop (over 3 years old):
Pentium III Celeron 700 MHz
256 MB RAM
30 GB hard drive (operating system)
40 GB hard drive (data)
17" CRT monitor

Laptop (2 months old):
ECS Desknote with AMD 1400 processor
256 MB RAM
40 GB hard drive

2x CD-RW, 2x ZIP drive, 2x laser printer.

The desktop can be slow to load documents, but once they are loaded I generally find it adequate. I shall probably buy another desktop next year and am looking closely at the new barebone "cube" style desktops in conjunction with a TFT monitor. Does anyone here use such a setup for translation, and if so, can they tell me anything about the noise and portability?


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Lists, lists... Jun 19, 2004

Processor: Athlon 1800
Mainboard - don't ask, it's a VIA K7V something
RAM: 512 MB
HDD: 20GB (system), 60GB (data)
Graphics: NVidia GeForce 2MX400 64 MB
Monitor: LG F900B (19" CRT)
CD ROM Samsung, CD-RW Liteon
+ assorted tidbits - modem, LAN card and TV/FM card, HP scanner and printer, IR port.

I bought this configuration in 2002 and bought an extra wafer of RAM last year mainly to drum up some costs in December I haven't noticed much difference between 256 and 512 MB (except in my head, maybe).
My next upgrade (this December) will be a new processor and probably a DVD burner.

The biggest file I ever worked with was a 69 MB Word file about 70 pages long, but full of embedded pictures that somebody forgot to res down. The computer didn't even work up a sweat.

The LG monitor is wonderful, no matter what anyone says about LCD's. I experience no eye fatigue even after 10 hours. I have 1280x960 resolution at 85 Hz refresh rate.

p.s. I have had pentium processors since 1988 or so, but my computer magician friend offered me a reallllly good deal on the AMD. I haven't noticed anything adverse in its work.

[Edited at 2004-06-19 20:17]

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Oleg Sollogub  Identity Verified
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Member (2004)
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Don't forget about UPS Jun 20, 2004

My home computers:
1) Desktop I assembled in 2000:
PII-600MHz, 256M RAM, HDD 10G, 15" CRT moitor, working resolution 1024x768. I use it with a 600 VA UPS.
It is somewhat slow with TRADOS, but quite fast with MS Word.
2) Laptop purchased in 2000:
PIII-700MHz, RAM 64M, HDD 6G, LCD resolution 1024x768.
3) Very ancient laptop:
PI-160MHz, RAM 32M, HDD 2G, LCD res.800x600.

Last month I had to edit a 170 pages (text only, no pictures) MS WORD file using my 'very anvient' laptop. Oh yes, it was annoying, but I had no choice. And you know - it worked!

And here is what I use at work:
1) Desktop purchased in 1999:
PII-350MHz, 128M RAM, HDD 3G, 17" CRT monitor, working resolution 1024x768.
2) Desktop purchased in 2002:
P4-1.7G, RAM 512M, HDD 60G, 17" CRT monitor, working resolution 1280x960.

So I have a lot of experience with various computers. And not only for translation, but for many IT-related tasks too. And when somebody says that P4-1.8GHz with 256M RAM is not fast enough for manual translation, I simply do not believe it.

It is more likely that your computer is not properly configured. Modern operating systems from MS eat up a lot of system resources. Whatever power computers achieve, MS invariably offers a new "improved" operating system that eats up all the system power and resources without doing anything better than it did 10 years ago.
So you may have a good IT guy check what processes are running in your system and disable those you do not need.

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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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My latest configuration Jun 20, 2004

AMD Athlon XP 3200+ on Asus A7N8X motherboard with 1024 MB RAM in dual-channel mode, ATI Radeon 9600 SE with 128 MB graphics, 160 GM Samsung SATA-HDD, Samsung CD ROM 52x, DVD-RW NEC 2500, 19" TFT, backed with small UPS...
Controlled by Windows XP and running very smoothly.


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Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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No special PC needed Jun 20, 2004

My main machine is a
Laptop ( 3 years old):
Pentium III M 1200 MHz
40 GB hard drive
250 GB external hard drive (backup)
15" LCD monitor
19" CRT monitor
1x CD-RW
2 Canon Inkjets 5100 and 7000

The laptop is fine for all kind of translation work. The most important facts for me are: RAM, 2nd screen and external Harddisk for backups. I shall probably buy a new desktop this year to replace my old Pentiom 3 550 Mhz machine.


[Edited at 2004-06-20 14:22]

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Anjo Sterringa  Identity Verified
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laptops Jun 21, 2004

Only laptops here, that is because we haul them around with us.
both are OK for translation work - nobody yet mentioned the keyboard. My Laptop is a Spanish Airis, not too well assembled, but the keyboard is great!!
Laptop 1 (Airis)
Pentium IV, 2.6gHz, RAM 224MB, HD Fujitsu 40GB, CDRW/DVD Sony,
External HD 60GB - to back up all my data.
Laptop 2 (Acer)
Intel Centrino 1.6gHz, RAM 512MB, HD40GB, DVD burner.
The rest I don't know.

I am a typical end user, I buy out of the box - although I will remember the things that were said about hardware in a previous thread, if ever I need another one.

Both machines are more than sufficient to do translation work. The Pentium IV is a bit noisy (the fan), but became a bit less noisy after they found out that in the factory they had not added any heat-dissipating paste so the unit was overheating. I was so glad I brought the computer in because it had a virus!!

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Vitaly Dotsenko  Identity Verified
United States
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My rig Dec 14, 2004

P4 northwood 3GHz
2 gigs of RAM, 4 sticks, Corsair, CAS2
1 Raptor 74GB 10,000rpm
ASUS P4C800E-delux mobo
Double-head Radeon 9600 on APG powers 21.3" LCD and 15" LCD
Double-head Radeon 9200 on PCI powers 18" LCD
16X DVD+/-R
1,000VA UPS

Planned upgrades for this year:
Double-head Nvidia 9800 to replace Radeon 9600 (already ordered from ZipZoomfly)
P4 northwood 3.4GHz
Would like to get SCSI but I am not sure it's worth it.

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