On 24 Oct 2006 at 14:56, Tore Sinding Bekkedal wrote:
Actually, this hasn't changed much at all, really.
I think the fact that
we're getting fewer bus slots on computers is caused by things that were
usually done on the PCI bus now being on the motherboard (NICs,
countless USB ports, sound cards, in some cases VGA..), thus freeing up
slots that were usually used for the same things, and also partially
that we're moving to smaller form factor motherboards.
Yes--I think that's the big thing--a large range of items now can be
plugged into USB ports. It's not as neat, of course, having little
USB doodads and boxes scattered over your desktop as having
everything in the box, but it's infinitely less threatening to the
average PeeCee user than opening up a box and seeing all that naked
electronics stuff. :)
I was reminded of the "open up your box" question the other day when
I was installing Vista RC1 on an older (but not vintage) box and the
Upgrade Advisor gave the warning "Yes, you can install Vista, but you
won't get the complete experience because your graphics card isn't
one that has a great GPU on it." message. Folks may not take to
opeining the box as well as they have in years past simply to
upgrade(?) the OS.