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Typical computer fiasco

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by jerseyguy, Oct 25, 2012.

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  1. jerseyguy

    jerseyguy VIP Whale

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    Wed. morning my Compac Presario just died. No response,would not boot up or anything. I took it to Staples for repair ,it needed the power pack which after testing and the part cost me $120 this morning.
    I noticed while there wed. they had a clearance going ,if need be I could get a new tower for $314. After I picked up the old one I figured $120 is better than $314 for a new one.
    When I got home and checked yesterdays emails ,theres one from Staples with a coupon good for $100 off a new computer. So for an extra $100 I would have gotten a brand new one.Oh well,you cant win them all.
     
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    Never, never, never look at the ads the day after you buy something. I still do it and I always get pissed at myself.
     
  3. merlin

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    I bought a display computer a year or so back from office depot for under $300, kicked the crap out of my old one. I figured display computers are never even turned on, they just sit there, would highly reccommend it.
     
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    wow i can't believe you have a compaq that's actually still running?!

    but by "power pack" i assume you mean a power supply. in that case you got ripped off paying $120 for it. even a nice, quiet enermax only costs $40.
     
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    Paying a big box store to work on a computer is...I can't even come up with a suitable analogy for how bad it is. They usually want $70 just to open up the machine. In this day and age, if you can't fix your own low end computer, just buy a new one. It's cheaper in the long run -- they're basically disposable.

    But really, if you've got a tower, they are WAY easier to fix than you think. Everything inside is basically just unplug and replace.
     
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    Yeah, costly repairs for computers just don't make the sense they once did.

    When the machine cost 2K, it made sense (of course, then it also made sense to get a custom built clone, and you could replace/repair things easier).

    When you can get a pretty powerful laptop or desktop for $400, once the warranty is up you need to seriously consider replacement vs repair.

    That compaq you repaired is probably worth less than the power supply you just paid to put in it.
     
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    When it comes to electronics I'm a caveman

    Esp. computers,I could have easily replaced this module if I had any idea thats what was wrong. Truthfully,this machine is 5 years old and does all I need it to do which is mostly just basic stuff. I have Verizon DSL ,but the faster version at least and using the Google Chrome its fast enough for me.
    Next month I'm getting my first smart phone ,mostly to replace my broken digital camera which was a 5 mega pixels with an 8.
     
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    yeah, well you'll know next time that a 5 year old computer isn't worth more than what you can scrap the metal for. feel lucky that you got 5 years out of that old compaq. next time something breaks, just pick up a new box and you'll have 10x the power at not much more cost. any decent repairman would have refused to replace that part and told you the same thing. unfortunately the guys at those big box stores know almost nothing. :(
     
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    I hope I get another five years out of this thing

    It's ok for me ,I still laugh when I think about my buddy getting his first computer from the IT guys at work and being so frustrated ,he actually threw it out of a third floor window.
    Thanks to all for your educated opinions,if it breaks again I will definitely replace it.
     
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