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I guess its time for a new computer

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Jerseyguy2, Jan 9, 2017.

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  1. Jerseyguy

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    Have been nursing along a 6-8 yr. old desktop running windows vista. Takes me the better part of an hour to get it running,runs thru start-up repair a few times ,have to shut it on and off several times ,goes to blue screens, crashes and god knows what else before it can get on the net.
    A friend took remote control and added malwarebytes and spybot and I have the latest version of Kaspersky so I'm guessing it's just old. I'd like to down load some photos to a cd or a flash drive before I chuck it . Kaspersky has a back-up feature but it's way beyond me. I see I can get something decent for around $300 Now I'm in safe mode with networking see if this works
     
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    You will probably have to get a new printer also, if it is that old. You certainly got your use out of it, and great experience trouble shooting.

    I have never bought a desktop for under $1100, just for the server, under $700 for a Laptop, I also have found out the $300 Tablets are much better than the $100. They all also tend to last longer than my friends cheaper models, physically and technologically.
     
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    I would also suggest using Consumer Reports magazine to see what computers and printers have been tested and see what their two cents
     
  4. flyguyfl

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    Likely time to get new advanced machines. Mine is old too (Roman Numerals for numbers) and I run Windows 8.2 (updated from Doors 1 Way Only).
    Maybe next year for me.
     
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  5. Jerseyguy

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    I bought a Dell Insperion 3650 at Best Buy $329, Hopefully more than enough for my needs.Of course now mine seems to be working ok.
     
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    So lemme ask ya...do you replace technology to 'keep up' (however you define that) or do you fund an upgrade only when absolutely forced to do so (e.g. chronic blue screen)? As for me...I'll replace it only when forced to do so. The wife's laptop died a couple of years back and we've managed to survive using this machine. Truthfully, a lot of the functionality she used is available on her phone.
     
  7. hammie

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    JG, good luck with that Dell, I'm not a tech guy, but the specs looked pretty good for $329. Windows 10, 6th Gen Intel Core i3-6100 processor, 8 Gb ram, 1TB hard drive.

    I am using a 6 year old Compaq/HP with Windows Vista and it is starting to slow down occasionally.
     
  8. runningonthehub

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    I am also starting to look for a new desktop. Mine will be nine years old in a few months. Problem is the damn thing runs perfectly fine. I am fairly computer literate and know how to keep my computers running
    in peak shape.
    So, the problem is, I know it is time to replace it, but I just cannot pull the trigger and get a new one. It still does what I need it to do and I really do not want to go through the trouble of setting up a new computer.
    But, I know the thing is at a point in age when the hard drive or cpu fan or something else is sure to die. If something dies soon, the problem is solved. I will buy and new desktop.
    But, what to do until then? I guess I will just keep shopping and be ready when it gives up the ghost
    Luckily, my printer and scanner work with Windows 10, so I can still use them.
     
  9. Chuck2009x

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    I've gotten 6- 7 years out of my last two desktops, and 10 yrs out of my last laptop (although I only used it on vacation basically).

    In the case of my previous desktop (running XP), the hard drive failed and I decided to get a new machine, although I probably could have made do a little longer by just swapping in a new drive. In the other cases, it's really their RAM ceiling that eventually did them in, but planned obsolescence/backwards compatibility issues will also eventually catch up with you.

    I work in software so I need a solid machine, but I don't do any gaming and I don't watch TV or movies on my machine, so I always get a bottom priced machine and it's always been fine. My current desktop running Vista is I dunno, at least 3 or 4 year old now and was about $350 I think. My new laptop on Windows 10 I got on Dell Outlet for $200. There are a couple of things I don't like about it, but I'm not spending more than that for something I only use 4 weeks a year. I still use two 17" CRTs for my desktop. They still work and give me all the screen real estate I need.

    The biggest keys are either buying or installing the max RAM, and then keeping your machine "clean." And unless you're an IT guy, which I'm not, keeping it clean is basically all self-taught a little at a time over a long period.
     
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    When it's computer.... go with Apple.... it's lighting fast no updates every other day... as of last year I changed well our whole house changed into all Apple - phone, iPad, computer etc you will love it once you are used to it
     
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    We drink the Kool-Aid, all Apple here.
     
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    For some reason my computer runs just fine when I'm on VMB, but freezes up when I'm on my work-related sites!
    Or maybe it's just me!

    It's only a matter of time before my laptop joins my retired computers in the basement.
    I do bring up my Apple IIe a few times a year to play some Oregon Trail! :cowboy:

    RICHARD
     
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    its really worth it to buy a new one. much faster and easier to use and way less frustration.
     
  14. SH0CK

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    Keep back ups of everything you want to keep until the time comes that the old one does give up. You don't want to be thinking "damn, I lost all these old photos or documents" when the days comes.
     
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    You may have bad ram. Last year my 7 year old dell started getting the bsod. Replaced the ram and was as good as new. Bought the computer when Windows 7 came out and updated to Windows 10.
     
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    Windows Vista.....at least you didn't have to deal with Windows 10.

    I had a desktop that crashed after about six years. I replaced it with a 27" IMac and haven't looked back. It's hard for me to imagine ever going back to a non Apple desktop.

    :peace::beer:
     
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    Windows Vista doesn't get security updates/mainstream support after April 11, 2017, so yea time to upgrade. 8 years is a good run.

    Consider purchasing a PC or Mac with an SSD. Or installing the operating system onto an SSD, and then using the original HDD as backup storage in an enclosure.
     
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    What is the best way to transfer data to a new machine?
     
  19. SH0CK

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    If you know how to network both machines, it's pretty simple and relatively fast to move files over via the 100mb network.
    If you don't, copying every thing over to an USB portable hard drive or thumb drive will do the trick.
     
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  20. in4mation808

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    I may be of no help.....but I love my Dell desktop and my Apple MacBook Pro. I also have a Samsung Galaxy tablet as well as an Apple iPad.
     
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