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Computer finally died

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by mjbskwim, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Yesterday morningI was on here and it was running fine,but the fan has been working a lot. Then last night I got home and nada
    Oh well. The computer girl asked if it was worth fixing, how old is it?
    It is at least 4 years,probably 5.
    Tell you the truth (with my tin hat on) Micro squish has been trying to install 8.1 and I wouldn't doubt they destroyed it. (Tin hat off and I hate typing on this phone )
    So all I do is here you tub and a couple other spots,but I like fast.
    What are my best options? Should I just go apple? Ipad?
    I do watch movies on it thru the tv. I hate actual TV shows,so yuptube and movies are my entertainment.
    I'm still kinda dumb so use layman's terms please:D
     
  2. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    @mjbskwim
    As with all things - what are you doing?

    If it is reading NWFA - and an occasional streaming movie, then a Tablet is a good plan.
    If you are writing the great american novel, you need a great keyboard.
    Should you be running a business, then you need to look at much more.


    For about $650 you can get a really good computer: No Monitor / No Keyboard. Intel processor. ( Intel NUC - Skull Canyon ) If you can do with a good, vs really good, you can spend less:
    http://goo.gl/chNcMV


    You will be at or above that price if you must go Apple.
    http://goo.gl/JGNqab


    Let us know what you will be using it for, and we can help with specific features.
    ie: Games- which ones, Business tools, automation, generating ballistics charts, cracking the genetic code ...
     
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  3. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Most any new laptop or desktop with bluetooth and wi-fi should work for you. If a laptop, make sure there is an HDMI port. Not all have a full sized port, so you need to check. Or you could also go wireless to your TV and ditch the cable.

    Here's an article that talks about broadcasting to your TV: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2390463,00.asp
     
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  4. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If nothing at all happens when you turn it on it's probably the power supply. A simple replacement if you're at all mechanically inclined.
     
  5. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Keep monitor and add an Apple Mac Mini. $499 base will suit you just fine.
     
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  6. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    If your machine is trying to upgrade to Win 8.1, it's probably time for a new machine anyway. Unless you're comfortable with futsing with it, and enjoy that kind of thing, it's probably just best to get a new machine and pull your hard drive to save any data you have on there.

    If you like fast, SSID with Win 10 is the way to go. Just be careful about buying older technology. Dell tends to offer some cheap stuff that's several generations behind.
     
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  7. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm an apple guy after messing with Windows and dos for years and years.

    I run everything in the house off a gen 1 Mac Pro Tower I bought on CL for $200.

    Have a Macbook for a laptop I got for $400 used.

    Just bought a new gen MacBook Air for $500 for my daughter (an as new model worth about $1500 new with all the custom upgrades).

    If you don't know or care a lot about computers then I would vote for Apple - all hardware and software is produced in house vs PC machines that have base specs and the software and hardware do not always speak the same language.

    Also, while a PC is good for 4-5 years (unless you buy a custom built high end model), an apple will double or triple that. My tower is a 2005 model and I am still editing video with it so it's a powerhouse.
     
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  8. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    If you know a "nerd" (aside from this clown, too far), you could have them help you build a decent computer... Or you can just buy one at a local store. Depends on what you're gonna do with the computer really. If you don't do much, just find a computer you can afford.
     
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  9. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Yea, it's too bad (for this issue only lol) that he is so far away.

    I would start looking at CL every day multiple times a day - get an app that works on your phone where you can block ads you have already looked at (Craigslist Pro is what I use). You'll be able to see a trend and what should sell for what price. Wait for a good deal, maybe not a smoking deal unless you are familiar with the product and feel comfortable not getting ripped off, and send an email or text to the seller.
     
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  10. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The one I would avoid is anything called Net something

    ie: NETBook

    I have never used a ChromeBook - but if you have fast internet then that might be a cheap solution.


    I don't know if you have something near you, in Portland and Cornelius, there are shops which specialize in used equipment.
     
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  11. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    People have very different skills and interests when it comes to computers. I built my own for many years and even did the work on my laptops including CPU changeouts. But now, decent machines are relatively cheap and you have warranty with a new computer. It's just so much easier to go to Best Buy or Office Depot and pick out the one you like.
     
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  12. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    older computers wont play well with newer windows for very long. If your computer is over 3 yrs old in general your best bet is to either buy a new computer or install a Linux operating system on the older machine... will extend the life of the older machine several more years. Linux is free.
     
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  13. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    That's what I run. On a 50" flat screen. My Mac Mini is MORE than capable for its size and with 16GB or RAM it flies through pretty much anything.
     
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  14. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    $ for $ RAM is your best investment. More RAM = better performance.

    Careful, some devices - tablets / All in Ones etc - list their "Flash" or "Flash RAM" etc, this is not the same thing. That is roughly equivalent to storage for applications.
     
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    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A tablet is not bad if all you do is surf the net, such as this forum, watch YT videos or the occasional movie. I have one and I do like it, it's very convenient, especially when I'm on the go.

    But at home, it's got to be a laptop for me. Some things that are a consideration for me - and may be for you as well - such as USB ports for flash drives, large external storage, etc. Or maybe a DVD/BluRay burner - I have a BluRay burner on my laptop because I do a lot of photos and videos, and I shoot RAW format which takes a lot of space. While I archive my files on removable external drives via USB3.0, I do redundant backups of all my photo/video files on BlueRay discs - at 25GB per disc, I get a lot more storage on a single disc than DVD.

    I also like having a larger screen. I run a 17" on my laptop. I also prefer having a full sized keyboard - which you can get for your tablet if you want.

    I'm not against PC's or MAC's - I've owned and used both. My current laptop is a Dell, 6 years old, running Win 7 and is still faster and more powerful that low priced off-the-shelf laptops I've used. But I got this one built by Dell as I wanted - big hard drive, lots of extra RAM, hi-res monitor, upgraded/faster graphics processor and a faster processor. All good stuff and well worth the investment to date.
     
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  16. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    JUST SAY NO TO LYNEX or whatever that is. My buddy gave me a tower with that on it and I couldn't figure it out for nothing.
    Thanks for all the info. I have to travel 100 plus miles to find a shop. I'm not real keen on the guys in town.
    The girl who repairs computers can order me something but searching on this thing will drive me nuts.
     
  17. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    Lynux, and its not bad. I have it on one of my laptops.
     
  18. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Current computer at our house is 7+ years old. Bought when wife went into nursing school.

    Since then it's been through two video cards, two hard drives. The most recent hdd is a SSD (well worth the upgrade). The best performance was after adding the SSD. We went from a 2 minute startup only down to 30 seconds from shutdown to restart.

    Dual core 2.4Ghz with 8GB ram. Plenty enough for what's needed now days. When computer finally dies I will have a SSD with our data on that I can plug into an external drive case when I get a Mac Mini.

    Nothing important will be lost (and I have an external remote location wired backup HDD as well).

    I personally suggest if you don't want to drop a LOT of $$ look into what's wrong. Maybe a hard drive upgrade will boost the performance and satiate you for a few more years.
     
  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Oh my laptop was completely disassembled last night.
    Hey, had to have something to do
    I have to finish paying taxes so I've got some time to look
     
  20. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Let's narrow it down a bit. Laptop or desk comp-fuser?
     
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