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Dyne
07-04-2008, 04:57 PM
There doesn't seem to be a whiny thread anymore, so I am going to whine here. Want to hear a long and sad story about my toubles with computers? No? Too bad.

Back during the other CU, I posted about my computer messing up. That was just the start of it.

My computer gets its mother board fried. My brother gave me his old computer. Over 1000 viruses on it caused it to crash. So I order a new computer. Netzero screwed somehow and I had to cancel with them. I got the new computer. No internet. I get a new connection with ATT. The DAY BEFORE it was about to be activated this new computer breaks down. Well, it wasn't "new," which is my problem. That tells you not to order cheap computers off of eBay. So I cancelled ATT. Now finally I have a NEW computer and Road Runner internet. This all took place in a 9 month period.

Lets just hope nothing goes wrong now...

megimoo
07-04-2008, 05:11 PM
There doesn't seem to be a whiny thread anymore, so I am going to whine here. Want to hear a long and sad story about my toubles with computers? No? Too bad.

Back during the other CU, I posted about my computer messing up. That was just the start of it.

My computer gets its mother board fried. My brother gave me his old computer. Over 1000 viruses on it caused it to crash. So I order a new computer. Netzero screwed somehow and I had to cancel with them. I got the new computer. No internet. I get a new connection with ATT. The DAY BEFORE it was about to be activated this new computer breaks down. Well, it wasn't "new," which is my problem. That tells you not to order cheap computers off of eBay. So I cancelled ATT. Now finally I have a NEW computer and Road Runner internet. This all took place in a 9 month period.

Lets just hope nothing goes wrong now...Put up a shrine to the great god of Megabits and light some candles !

biccat
07-05-2008, 09:12 PM
My computer gets its mother board fried.
You should have just replaced the motherboard.

Of course, not having internet access I suppose that would have been a difficult question to ask.

Oh well, glad to hear everything is back and working!

namvet
07-06-2008, 06:12 PM
There doesn't seem to be a whiny thread anymore, so I am going to whine here. Want to hear a long and sad story about my toubles with computers? No? Too bad.

Back during the other CU, I posted about my computer messing up. That was just the start of it.

My computer gets its mother board fried. My brother gave me his old computer. Over 1000 viruses on it caused it to crash. So I order a new computer. Netzero screwed somehow and I had to cancel with them. I got the new computer. No internet. I get a new connection with ATT. The DAY BEFORE it was about to be activated this new computer breaks down. Well, it wasn't "new," which is my problem. That tells you not to order cheap computers off of eBay. So I cancelled ATT. Now finally I have a NEW computer and Road Runner internet. This all took place in a 9 month period.

Lets just hope nothing goes wrong now...

I have road runner but free AOL. several mons back modem stopped working. TWC say ethernet bad in PC. HP tech support agrees. mothereferboard bad !!!! pack up send to service. 8 days get it back. ethernet problem fixed but processor cooling runs a high speed. restart everything fine. few days later power to home goes off. when back on fan runs again. WTF??? HP say box up send back. ^^^%%$# but I noticed the time in systray was off by hours. check clock settings default back to year 2000!!!! aha......
Q what backs up clock during power failue????
A back up or cmos battery. they forgot to put one in. everything so far cool. sh** happens????

AlmostThere
07-07-2008, 02:11 AM
Build your own. It's not hard, you get the parts you want and with tech support being crap at most vendors, there's no upside to buying "their" box.

biccat
07-07-2008, 09:04 AM
Build your own. It's not hard, you get the parts you want and with tech support being crap at most vendors, there's no upside to buying "their" box.
Except Vista costs $200, and I recently bought a new computer for $400.

There's no way I could have put a decent system together for $200.

Now my old scratch built computer is doing service as a Linux server tho. :D

My wife was less than enthusiastic about that.

AlmostThere
07-08-2008, 01:53 AM
Except Vista costs $200, and I recently bought a new computer for $400.

There's no way I could have put a decent system together for $200.

Now my old scratch built computer is doing service as a Linux server tho. :D

My wife was less than enthusiastic about that.

I buy almost all my parts at Newegg. They are the best. They have Vista Home for $109 if you buy with a wink and nod. Personally, I'm not a fan of Vista. One thing that's not in dispute is that Vista requires a pretty meaty machine. I know that MS recommends 1 gig of ram at a minimum, but I hear you'd better have 2 gig if you want to get out of Low.

$400 would buy a decent motherboard, an OEM version of Vista (wink and nod time), a couple 1 gig sticks of ram and an Anti-Virus program for your brother. 1000 viruses on a hard drive would be irrelevant if you were wiping and rebuilding your hard drive.

As crappy as tech support has gotten I just wonder how good can the manufacturing process be at most vendors. There was a time I swore by Dell's tech support. Granted, that was years ago. Today, they suck as much as anyone else.

If you go to Crucial's web site, you plug in your motherboard's model and you get a selection of memory that they guarantee will work with your board. Crucial actually usually beats Newegg on memory prices. Getting the right memory for your motherboard is about the toughest part and Crucial makes that easy.

AlmostThere
07-08-2008, 02:04 AM
Put up a shrine to the great god of Megabits and light some candles !

The first Pentium I ever bought was the 133. That was so many years ago, I can't even remember when it was. At any rate, I had that box until about a year ago. It hadn't been powered up in years but over the years I've needed a place to store my dust collection and the 133 was just the computer to do it. :D

Dyne
07-13-2008, 02:05 AM
You should have just replaced the motherboard.

Of course, not having internet access I suppose that would have been a difficult question to ask.

Oh well, glad to hear everything is back and working!

I would have. I shopped around. The cheapest motherboard (since I had to use a gateway one) was $250 and the cheapest labor was $250, so I thought I might as well just by a brand new one since that one wasn't that great anyway.

Apocalypse
07-13-2008, 07:49 AM
1. My computer gets its mother board fried.

2. My brother gave me his old computer. Over 1000 viruses on it caused it to crash.

3. So I order a new computer. Netzero screwed somehow and I had to cancel with them. I got the new computer. No internet. I get a new connection with ATT. The DAY BEFORE it was about to be activated this new computer breaks down. Well, it wasn't "new," which is my problem. That tells you not to order cheap computers off of eBay. So I cancelled ATT. Now finally I have a NEW computer and Road Runner internet. This all took place in a 9 month period.

Lets just hope nothing goes wrong now...

1. Oh, been there, more then done that! Grand kill record is 2 mother boards, two power packs, 5 HDDs and one wireless Internet card.

2. Just fixed the computer of my boss for him, he and his girlfriend are completely lacking when it comes to knowing any thing about computers. His grand total for viruses was 15,000 (no typo) His anti virus software was out of date by 3 years and had never been used. I ultimately had to remove his HDD and install it into my PC and do a full formate of it to get rid of them all. Then reinstall all of the original software so it was basically the way it was the day the bought it. Afterwards the PC ran about 3 times faster then it was before.

3. Depending on what you do with your PC, often times if all you do is Internet cruising, no major downloading, an older PC can handle the job just nice. Your brother PC would have worked perfectly. If its running a bit slow, and you have installed a lot of memory (memory is cheap any more), you can ether do a full reinstall of the system software from the restore disk and it will be like new. Gets rid of all the crap that gets installed over the years. Or if you don't have the reinstall disk, you can walk into BestBuy with it and for $30 they will do a system optimization of it and remove the stuff that is slowing it down.

Netzero is garbage, look for some thing else. You get this when you have almost no $ to spend. If you have a phone line in the house, talk to them, they almost always offer some form of Internet service that is reasonable. I have Quest, they charge $20 a month for high speed DSL Broadband.

BSR
07-13-2008, 09:19 AM
Put up a shrine to the great god of Megabits and light some candles !

Lets all send Dyne some healing white 1's and 0's.

Chuck58
07-20-2008, 12:02 AM
Vista Home Premium will run nicely on a gig of RAM. If you install the New MS Office Ultimate, better have 2G ram. If you want it to open in a reasonable time, better go for 3G Ram. Or, be smart and go for free OpenOffice and save a few bucks on that third ram chip.

Zafod
07-21-2008, 02:51 PM
I buy almost all my parts at Newegg. They are the best.

I love them. I built 14 months ago a box for myself:

Pentium D 3.8 Ghz dual core.

4 Gigs of PC 4200

Asus Crossfire board with 2 ATI 512 PCI express 16 video Cards with SLI bridge

FoxCon Box

600W power supply

2 500 gig WD SATA 3GPS Gard drives

Asus Lightscribe 20X DVD Burner

Vista Ultimate upgrade

all for 850.00 with shipping.


I love my Box and it chews through anything I can through at it

AlmostThere
07-28-2008, 01:54 PM
I love them. I built 14 months ago a box for myself:

Pentium D 3.8 Ghz dual core.

4 Gigs of PC 4200

Asus Crossfire board with 2 ATI 512 PCI express 16 video Cards with SLI bridge

FoxCon Box

600W power supply

2 500 gig WD SATA 3GPS Gard drives

Asus Lightscribe 20X DVD Burner

Vista Ultimate upgrade

all for 850.00 with shipping.


I love my Box and it chews through anything I can through at it
That sounds like an awesome box for $850. Did you go with anything special as far as cooling? I'm not into over-clocking so I have never bothered. With the proc you've got there, why bother? That proc on a Crossfire with 4 gig of ram will scream out of the box.

Asus Crossfire board with 2 ATI 512 PCI express 16 video Cards with SLI bridge
You must be a gamer.

How's that Asus Lightscribe burner? I had a Lite-On a while back but it died pretty quick and I never replaced it. Now I print my DVDs on one of my Epson's. A little clear coat finish over the DVD and the print will not smudge.

Good call on the WD hard drives. Over the years I've probably tried all the major vendors. Western Digital is by far my favorite. I have some HD enclosures that house a total of 8 drives. A couple are 40 gig drives I've had for years but still work great.

And yes, Newegg rocks. I have bought a lot of stuff from them over the years. The worst problem I ever had was once I bought 6 ink cartridges and they sent me 5. I had to wait a few days for them to figure out how they sent 5 instead of 6. You cannot beat how fast they ship either.

Zafod
07-28-2008, 04:17 PM
That sounds like an awesome box for $850. Did you go with anything special as far as cooling? I'm not into over-clocking so I have never bothered. With the proc you've got there, why bother? That proc on a Crossfire with 4 gig of ram will scream out of the box.

I used the heatsink it came with and made sure to channel air from the front intake to the rear exhaust right through the cpu sink.


Asus Crossfire board with 2 ATI 512 PCI express 16 video Cards with SLI bridge
You must be a gamer.

Not really, just wanted to play Call of duty 3 on its highest settings.


How's that Asus Lightscribe burner? I had a Lite-On a while back but it died pretty quick and I never replaced it. Now I print my DVDs on one of my Epson's. A little clear coat finish over the DVD and the print will not smudge.

Have not had a problem with it yet. For 35.00 I cant complain.


Good call on the WD hard drives. Over the years I've probably tried all the major vendors. Western Digital is by far my favorite. I have some HD enclosures that house a total of 8 drives. A couple are 40 gig drives I've had for years but still work great.

WD drives are tanks. Just be sure to get a buffer at 16 MB or 32 if you can. Cuts down on seek time and make a huge difference in speed.



And yes, Newegg rocks. I have bought a lot of stuff from them over the years. The worst problem I ever had was once I bought 6 ink cartridges and they sent me 5. I had to wait a few days for them to figure out how they sent 5 instead of 6. You cannot beat how fast they ship either.

And they own up to their mistakes! I used to order from Tiger and stoped when I had to fight with them to take back a dead out of box MotherBoard I bought from them.