Computer longevity....

linux Feb 14, 2020

So it appears that just over 5 years ago I put together a computer as my old one had finally given up on life. Specs available here.

Well, 5 years later that same machine is still going well. It's had a couple of upgrades:

  • an extra 16GB of RAM, for a total of 32GB
  • 1 x 480GB and 1 x 240GB SSDs to replace a couple of HDDs. These hold OS X and Windows respectively
  • A Radeon RX 580 8 GB video card driving 2 x 24" monitors and 1 x 27" monitor
  • macOS 10.15.3 (and all versions from 10.10 through to 10.14 at one stage or another)

The Radeon is actually the third video card. The original NVidia GT740 was replaced with a GTX-1080 Ti, but when Apple decided to go Radeon again and wouldn't play nicely with NVidia (or vice-versa) the NVidia Web drivers wouldn't work with macOS 10.15. Plus it was about time for a new video card anyway.

Now the system has the following OS's configured to multi-boot using Clover V2.0 r5100

  • Windows 10
  • macOS 10.15.3
  • Debian Buster