I LOVE my mother ing computer !

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I LOVE my mother****ing computer!!!!!!

So I bought this computer about 3.5 years ago, and bought a three year warantee on it.

3 weeks ago, the harddrive just dies and I have to have it replaced, conviniently right after the damn warantee expires.

Then, last week, my computer stops reading CD's, and after all the troubleshooting I've done, nothing has been able to resolve it.

Now, just today, my computer tells me I have a bad audio driver, and I can no longer play audio on my computer.

Should I just get rid of this piece of crap, even though I just spent like $120 for a new hard drive + installation? Should I like salvage the harddrive and ditch the rest? Should I keep throwing more and more money into this piece of crap that seems to be designed to only last just as long as the warantee does?
 

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Save your money and get a new one. Keep the hard drive
 
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The_Professional said:
Save your money and get a new one. Keep the hard drive
That would be my vote. It never hurts to have a second hard drive if you get a new computer.
 
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That would be my vote. It never hurts to have a second hard drive if you get a new computer.
Plus, the files that he's deleted in the hard drive can still be recovered if he decides to sell the system. But I'm sure you don't have anything more than G-rated in it :wink:
 
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That kind of sucks.

We had a pentium I, which we probably still have, and it is still going strong. It has made by some guy in a computer store.

Go laptop. :D
 
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It sux, but a 3.5 year old computer is getting a bit old, they age in dog years, it's a bout 21 years old for a computer.

It might be time to start looking for a new one. Hey, you can probably sell your old one on E-Bay for $20.
 
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Its always sad to see a old friend go. But yes, its time to just "let go".
A friend made Holiday ornaments from parts of his, and I hear they make a dandy cat box.
 
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A friend made Holiday ornaments from parts of his, and I hear they make a dandy cat box.
:rofl: Hmm...with that WoW thread going, the competition is close, but this just might win the geek of the week award! :biggrin:

The Great Carnac says, the question is, "If Martha Stewart and Bill Gates had children together, what would their arts and crafts project be?"
 
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Let go, man. I'm not gonna tell you to build your own, but you certainly can replace a hard drive on your own. It's completely intuitive, you don't even need any experience.
 
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Hi;
I'm just starting to suspect that I'm surrounded by people who don't have real computers. "Pentium"? Throw it in the harbour behind your boat where it belongs and become one of we one-button folks. Get a freakin' Mac and join the future.
 
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Hey Noggie, noggie;
Nice attempt at distraction with that link, but whatever the "Shuttle" us probably can't compete with a dual processor 2gHz G5. (I ain't got one, but it is in my future.)
 
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Why don't this damned thing have spell-check. 'us' is supposed to be 'is' in the preceding.
 
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Fact of life - in 3+ years, MS Windows OS (really the registry) will eventually get corrupted.

Hard-drives eventually will get damaged - lost or damage sectors. This is more likely if one has a single HD on which one writes a lot of data. The heads can wear out.

My company has a policy.

At least 2 HDs: One is the prime HD (at least 40 GB) with OS and applications, the other is the data storage HD (at least 80 GB, preferably 120 GB) for library and project information. The data storage HD is the one that gets most of the writing. An external HD for backup is optional.

I manage a satellite office, and I have at least on PC with 3 drive bays: prime HD with OS and apps, and the other 2 drives (80 GB, 120 GB) as back up.

So why 3 HD's?

We clone our prime HD's so that if one crashes, we have a carbon copy with OS and applications. The clone is stored in a secure place. If the prime HD crashes - we have instant recovery. :smile:

Look at PowerQuest (www.powerquest.com, now part of Symantec) - DriveImage and PartitionMagic - applications for HD management.

The data HD's are simply backed up.

Also, all our HD's are removable (we use InClose docks and bays).
Example (http://neoseeker.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=435784/).

This policy has saved us many times.
 
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The_Professional said:
Plus, the files that he's deleted in the hard drive can still be recovered if he decides to sell the system. But I'm sure you don't have anything more than G-rated in it :wink:
You can always do a low-level format, which will plaster the drive with zeroes; therefore, making it impossible to recover anything (nothing is there, regardless). For IDE hard drives (which I'll assume is what he has), there are a few utilities on CDs and a few on floppies. I'm sure Symantec has something out there to do this - nothing a simple Google search can't fix.
 
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wasteofo2 said:
Should I like salvage the harddrive and ditch the rest?
Ditch it. However, please don't simply put it on the curb for the trash. Try your best to get it to a rectcling facility that accepts old PCs.
 
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FredGarvin said:
Ditch it. However, please don't simply put it on the curb for the trash. Try your best to get it to a rectcling facility that accepts old PCs.
I've never tried it with a computer (I seem to become too attached to actually throw them away), but I've always found a good way to recycle almost anything else that's in any way still useable is to put it on the curb with a big sign that reads: FREE. Everything I've ever done that with has been gone long before the trash was picked up. :biggrin: This would probably work if you live around a university where geeks will scavenge anything for parts.
 
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Or, in some cases, they enjoy throwing old computers off buildings (yes, I know people who do this).
 
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Here our old PCs get sent away to schools in Africa. Bonus.
 
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Here there are programmes that distribute them to our schools as well. All drives wiped, of course. Considering our government's budget for education, it certainly helps. Off to work now, where I have to use a stupid Windows machine. Oh, the shame...
 
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wasteofo2 said:
So I bought this computer about 3.5 years ago, and bought a three year warantee on it.

3 weeks ago, the harddrive just dies and I have to have it replaced, conviniently right after the damn warantee expires.

Then, last week, my computer stops reading CD's, and after all the troubleshooting I've done, nothing has been able to resolve it.

Now, just today, my computer tells me I have a bad audio driver, and I can no longer play audio on my computer.

Should I just get rid of this piece of crap, even though I just spent like $120 for a new hard drive + installation? Should I like salvage the harddrive and ditch the rest? Should I keep throwing more and more money into this piece of crap that seems to be designed to only last just as long as the warantee does?

Why did you pay for hard drive installation? It takes about 30 seconds to do yourself. Less if you're real good with a screwdriver.
 
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He was probably scared. And I don't mean that as an insult, it's just what usually stops people.
 
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I think you've been mistreating your PC! Have you carried it a long way, or have you kicked it by mistake anytime? :smile:
 
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File Server 'sounds' like a good option... what are the specs.. if it's over 700mhz with enough ram (64mb).. it still has some time left over...

I recommend you get a new comptuer.. and perhaps use this other one as a file server or "backup" computer..
 
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What! It's been 3 days since I smacked you across the snout with a rolled-up newspaper about it, and you still don't have a Mac?! :tongue:
 

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