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Old April 11th, 2007, 04:01 PM   #376
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I'm on my old POS comp that is slow as hell and freezes up at will right now. My "new" comp (1 year old) took a dump on me last week. I got the blue screen of death with a Stop error. I took it to my comp guy and he said the power supply went bad, causied the hard drive to operate at wrong speeds (fast then slow, then fast, etc) which caused it to go bad. I buy another hard drive to use as my primary and he said I could use the original as a slave/ backup once it gets back (was under warranty). I bought the new one so I didn't have to wait for the exchanged one and since I could use two anyway. He put it back together only to find that the motherboard is bad too. It is also under warranty but will take up to three weeks to get exchanged / repaired. He's trying to see if the company will go ahead and send a new one without waiting to return bad one but it looks like I'll have to wait. Plus, I'm out $100 for the new hard drive and power supply.

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Old April 11th, 2007, 04:06 PM   #377
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thats why i stopped custom building em ... isntead i just order one with a warrenty on it ... and replace it every few years.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 04:56 PM   #378
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Bugdust - I don't think your comp guy knows what he is doing exactly. (Sorry.) Rule 1 in PC tech repair - make sure your "fix" actually works before charging the customer.

I build and have built tons of systems, and the PSU is typically the last thing to go. And when the go, they are gone - no boot.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 05:00 PM   #379
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I've actually dealt with a small handful of odd behaviors only to find out that it's a bad power supply. They rarely do go bad, but when they do (besides being completely out/no power), they're hard to diagnose
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Old April 11th, 2007, 05:03 PM   #380
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Really? Wow! The only ones I have seen act funny is when they are overloaded. (e.g. Someone throws in a highesnt graphics card that can pull 200W into a system with only a 400W PSU.) Interesting to know though.

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Hey Nick, since you seem to be a good geek, any chance you can link me to an article (MS preferred) on why you should shutdown an XP system properly and not just pull the plug?
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What are you geeks thoughts on leaving a computer on all the time versus turning it on and off every time you use it? Pros? Cons?
I don't mean the convenience factor, just the effects/wear and tear on the computer itself.
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.... and I say "geeks" with all due respect.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 08:44 PM   #383
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I never turn mine off unless I need to (oh! new drive!). There is, I think, a downside to that. You collect dust bunnies faster, which means you need to clean it out more often, or risk damage to the system (thermal overheat).
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i leave mine running all the time as well ... there are pros and cons for each side ... on one hand power cycling everyhing can end up causing thermal breakdown in some of the parts ... on the other hand it will get dirty quicker and you have to clean it out more often ...

on monitors if you have an old tube style one ... it is better for them to leave them on ... will last longer ... on a lcd doesn't matter much

my leaving mine on .. is mostly an act of lazyness .. that way when i wake up in the morning i dont havta fumble around for a power switch and wait a few seconds for it to be on .. same for when i get home from work.
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I used to leave mine on all the time until I moved into my new place where my PC is next to my bed, so I turn it off only because it's noisey. Most computer servers in bussinesses and for internet are always left on 24/7. We used to reboot them once (every other week or so) in awhile only in my old company because of the operating system at that time.

Also, I don't have any sites that gives you why you should shut down your PC through the operating system rather then just unpluggin it. But you should never just unplug it. There's alot of cache the system has on your files that may make certain files unreadable. And on the technical side, it's safer for the physical hardware to power down under it's own power rather then just making it jolt off.
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10+ hours later,new cables for this and that,more phone calls
than enough to "tech support",and a LOTS of guessing,
we FINALLY got high speed internet.

First question: do I need a Firewall,or is Anti-Virus good enough ?
Currently running Norton Anti-virus,thinking of the freebie AVG
for the new one.AVG worked great on my laptop,before I killed it.

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if you are connected to a router, that is a firewall in itself. People would only be able to see the router, not any of the computers behind it. I personally don't use a firewall and usually turn off the built in XP "firewall" (not a real full firewall BTW).
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Old April 13th, 2007, 05:44 PM   #388
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i just popped in here ot see what all is going on and figured i'd share my opinions....

When I can, I never shut off my systems, I prefer being able to walk in the door/wake up and have my computer ready to go. plus i'm normally downloading 24/7..
and as for AV/firewalls... i haven't had antivirus software in close to 8 or 9 years and i never have any problems even with downloading not quite so legal software/movies/music/games.... my parents on the other hand, go out and buy all the newest anti-virues stuff, download lal the spam and spyware blockers and only use their computer for message boards and email, but somehow they get about 3 virii a year... hahaha i don't understand it..
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if you are connected to a router, that is a firewall in itself. People would only be able to see the router, not any of the computers behind it. I personally don't use a firewall and usually turn off the built in XP "firewall" (not a real full firewall BTW).
The only router I know about is used for woodworking.

The Black Box we just got is labeled:
"Siemens SpeedStream 4200 Ethernet/USB ADSL Modem."

Does that sound like a router ?
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That's a modem. A router allows more then 1 PC to be connected to a modem, kind of like a splitter. IMO you should be OK with just the built in XP firewall. I've ran into a few clients that had problems since they don't know how to use the firewall (blocking too much stuff, etc), giving them more headaches then it's worth.
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Me , I hardly ever turn off my system, everyt wo weeks or so also just to rebot if installing something. plus the way i download i have to remeber to turn off auto updates so my comp doesnt rebboot itself in the middle of a download or after one before it has been scanned. dont want those viiis loading up on boot. As for the BSOD with a power supply ..hardly ever do i see that. have only seen it once using xp when either the hd goes or the ram does. that technician shoulda tested your system before taking your money and give you refund and then take it to another tech. or pm me with questions i can help if we cant answer in here in a timely fashion.
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Finally got the high speed running,works fine.

Now I need to move my bookmarks from AOL.
And of course,AOL uses their own format that other browsers can't read.

I've found a few sites that say they can convert them,
does anyone know of one that is safe to use ?

I only like suprises when they happen to someone else.

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AOL is the Devil. I am glad you are repenting of your Satanic ways...
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Old May 9th, 2007, 12:23 PM   #394
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Finally got the high speed running,works fine.

Now I need to move my bookmarks from AOL.
And of course,AOL uses their own format that other browsers can't read.

I've found a few sites that say they can convert them,
does anyone know of one that is safe to use ?

I only like suprises when they happen to someone else.

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Got them converted using Bookmark Buddy.
Worked great.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 12:24 PM   #395
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Got a new hard drive for the laptop.
Of course,it doesn't come with an operating system.

Any suggestions where to get an XP install disc ?
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BitTorrent it. Just make sure you get the right version for your PID.
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I don't even know what a PID is.

And I don't have an XP license.
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Then you have an issue unless you can get a hacked copy, problem with those is you will not be able to do updates. The problem with XP is that it requires activation with Microsoft, there were hacks and workarounds for it but they never did work very well and SP2 pretty much made them worthless. You might be able to find a copy on Ebay, just make sure you get a PID.

PID= Product ID. The little sticker on the bottom of your laptop or back of your computer by Microsoft that has your ID Key.

What was on the system to begin with? Is the old drive dead or just too small? If it is still functioning, you (or have someone do it for you) can clone the drive.

Or, get Win2k and put it on it.
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It had XP on it,but I killed the drive.

Now I have a new drive,but no XP.
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anyone have time tonight to help me with a computer problem at home. comp locked up and i was unable to get anywhere. so i tried to dump the comp aand reload all the original things back into the comp. now i cant get onto the internet the sound is not there and some other screwed up things. basicall is there anyone that knows dell computers well enough to get it up and running and would not mind a phone call from me to have you explain the way to get through everything. thanks for any help.thanks for any help.
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