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« on: Jun 18, 2009, 02:34:54 PM »

Alright guys, my computer has pretty much died on me.  Its probably about 5 years old now, so it was about that time anyway.  But now I am looking forward on what to do.  Here are some options I have considered.

1.  Find the source of the problem and buy a new part....maybe upgrading a few bits here and there, but keep the cost low.
2.  Do some more substantial upgrades to the computer.....keeping the case and monitor and maybe the current harddrive as backup but getting new fresh fancy parts.  Obviously going to be a bit more expensive.
3.  While I love rebuilding my computers, #2 might be a bit excessive since honestly I only really use my computer for browsing the web, listening to music, and a couple other basic things.  So, I've kinda been interested in one of those little netbooks that are like $300-400.
4.  I've been wanting a laptop for awhile now, and have been eyeing Macbooks.....so should I go ahead and get me a fully featured laptop like a Macbook, or some other equivalent, instead of going the netbook route.

What do you guys think?



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« Reply #1 on: Jun 18, 2009, 04:01:17 PM »

Hey Cron,
I feel ya. My system is nearly that old.
Honestly, with the pace of advances and the pretty low cost of replacement, that's how I'd go.
Fix the old one up (just what's needed), if you want a quick back up. But, I'd spring for the new notebook you want.
It's just too cheap to get it all these days.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 18, 2009, 04:45:21 PM »

Do you really want to go Vista? Because it's getting harder and harder to find XP machines. Sure, you have your dual-core standard, with 2gbs of RAM...but in my experience, it doesn't change much since Vista takes that much more system resources to run.

Have you ever replaced the hard drive in your current machine? If not, I can say with about a 85% certainty that is what's wrong with it. A new HDD and a reload should get you back in business. Might as well try to upgrade the RAM while your at it, then you'll be able to buy yourself a few years. Which is a good thing, Windows 7 seems to be a definite improvement over Vista in every conceivable way.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 18, 2009, 05:18:34 PM »

Well starting June 26th (I think) all Windows computers come with the free Windows 7 upgrade, so if I was going the package computer route, I would definitely wait until then.  Although, I never really minded Vista, its worked fine for me since it came out.

As for my current computer.....I don't think its the hard drive.  I'll tell ya exactly what happened.
Last night I went to get the 3.0 update for my iPhone.  Every USB port in my computer was not recognizing it as being plugged in.....which was weird since my USB wireless mouse and keyboard were working just fine.
Anyway, after a quick search on the webs, someone suggested that sometimes powering down the computer, unplugging the power cord for a minute to let everything officially power off, and then replugging it in and starting it up can sometimes help getting it working again.
So I do this, and when I hit the power button to turn it back on it basically acts like a car that won't turnover.  You can hear the fan on the motherboard try to power up, but it stops in short succession and continues to do that until I unplug the computer.  Seems like its a power supply or motherboard issue to me, but I could be wrong.
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 19, 2009, 09:52:51 AM »

My computer is from 2002. Is that just wrong? It still displays porn fine.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 19, 2009, 01:39:34 PM »

And thats all that really matters.  Its gonna be a tough time keeping my iPhone clean.
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 19, 2009, 05:45:48 PM »

Sounds like it's probably the motherboard. Could be the power supply, but what you are describing is more likely the board. The most expensive part to replace, sadly. You're better off getting a new computer. But try to look into it some more if you can, maybe it is the PS or something. That'll only cost you like 45-70 bucks or so.
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 19, 2009, 06:08:17 PM »

I figure this is God's way of telling me that I need to start upgrading and preparing for the coming of Diablo III.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 19, 2009, 06:20:26 PM »

I figure this is God's way of telling me that I need to start upgrading and preparing for the coming of Diablo III.

Yes, yes it is. You must build the fastest most badass 'puter the world has ever seen... like your good buddy MF is going to later this year.
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 20, 2009, 06:19:07 AM »

I love my laptop.  Not being tied down to one room while using the computer is great. The net book idea isn't a bad one, but my understanding is you basically ONLY get the ability to go online with one of those.  Even if you don't often use the other features of a computer, do you really want to give them up?  I know most of what I do on my computer (especially during the summer), is annoy you guys, pester people on facebook, and read CNN.com, but it sure is nice to know that if I want to make a spreadsheet or type a word document I can.  If I want to pop in a movie or listen to a CD I can do that too.  I think a net book would be a little restrictive for those of us who are used to a computer, but maybe that's just me.  Besides, the screens on net books are small...if you're using it for porn, you might want a larger screen Grin
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 20, 2009, 07:47:45 PM »

I have a netbook, and I wouldn't really recommend them unless you are really married to the idea of having a tiny portable. A normal notebook is much more practical. Like CJ said, the small screen of lack of an optical drive hurts it.
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 26, 2009, 02:33:00 PM »

I think you guys are right on the netbooks.  I have been looking around and can basically get a fairly full featured, good-spec'd laptop for only like $100-150 more than a netbook, so I am definietly going that route.  I've decided I am going for a laptop now, and then my Christmas gift to myself will be to rebuild a desktop capable of world domination.  Woohoo!


Since I can't have too good of a time, my TV decided to crap out on me.  Yes, my lovely Samsung 61A750.  I don't know what's wrong, it just keeps cycling on and off without ever giving me a picture.  Supposedly a maintenance guy will be to my house on Monday to give it a look.  Yes, monday, as in AFTER the weekend.
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 07, 2009, 06:51:26 AM »

If they can't fix it you can have my 25" Curtis Mathes.  I'll even throw in the digital converter box.  Still has the remote and everything Wink  Frank's finally sick enough of it that we're replacing it with something flat and fancy this weekend....Something about 1080Ps or something like that.

Hope they were able to fix the TV.  Have fun shopping for the laptop.  I love my Gateway, and Frank's had pretty good luck with his Acer too.
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 07, 2009, 05:17:52 PM »

Forgot to update the thread, thanks cj.
Got my laptop in last week and my TV fixed.
For the laptop, I picked up an Acer Aspire for pretty good price on Newegg.

Turned out the TV had a card that got burned out by a lightning/electrical charge.  Its all back up and running now though, so life is back to normal.
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 07, 2009, 05:52:21 PM »

Turned out the TV had a card that got burned out by a lightning/electrical charge.  Its all back up and running now though, so life is back to normal.

JESUS!!!! WHERE WAS I WHEN THIS HAPPENED?!?!?!

I would have thrown a fundraiser up here to get my fellow Samsung owner/friend back on his feet!!!
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