Puter Problems

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RonsGarden

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#1
Looks like I will be suffering from puter withdrawls!:eek:
After several days of patching and reformating my PC it finally died and would not start this morning! After many years of service it did not owe me anything. I gave it all my best to try to get it going over the last couple of day with only an hour or so of working time before it would shut itself down. As I fixed one thing another would cause it to crash......My last effort to reformat the hard drive finally killed it and it shut down and would not restart!
I finally took it in to see if it could be fixed and was told that it would be cheaper to buy a new one because they no longer make the parts for my dinasaur and even if the parts were available it would cost more then twice as much as a new one (with more memory and much more stable parts and programs)!
Jackie and I talked about getting a Mac and to say the heck with Microsoft and all the unstable programs!
I will be using my moms laptop whenever she is not playing her scrabble games and other games.:cool:
So, I will pop in every now and then to see whats up, and hopefully, I will be online again in a week, or so.
 

lynpenny

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Ron I have a mac mini and I love it. I rarely reboot and I've not had any problems with it. Our pc has been reformated twice now and we put linux on it this time. Really got tired of the crashes. Tried working on a laptop of a friends and I hate Vista. Glad I went another way. Oh yeah the son works at Apple but that only got me to try mac. I won't go back now.
 

Mainegal

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#4
Ron
You are lucky that you know what to do when yours crashes. I don't even know what the hard drive looks like...lol
Hurry back
 
#5
lynpenny,
great to hear you tried Linux. That is what we have, not a single computer in our house has Windows on it. I tried running a dual operating system for a while (Linux and Microsoft) because I had a couple programs that Linux didn't have a program like it but my computer kept crashing in rebellion to the Microsoft on there. When I finally decided the programs weren't worth it and took the Windows off, it all stopped. I really prefer the Linux because it is also FREE.....a favorite word of mine lol.
My husband is a programmer/network engineer and he won't work on friend's/relatives computer with Windows, write code for Windows or work on a Windows Server. Simply because Windows is so unstable he can't guarantee his work and he hates Microsoft.
 

RonsGarden

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#6
At least have a good notion on what I can and cannot do to keep this PC running. This time it didn't matter what I did and handed up going in circles whenever I tried the next on a long list of possible diagnostics to pin point the problem!
When all else fails then it is off to the service department at my favorite Computer store!
It came down to the power supply unit, when it finally gave out I had no choice but to have it serviced. $14 for the part and $30 for the labor (plus tax) I got my PC back and then had to re-install all the upgrades and programs I need to use! I hate the thought of all those photos going poof up into never-never land, never to be seen again!
At least I can now stay on-line without things shutting down after a few moments!!
Under $60 is a lot better then over $1,000! Cannot afford a new puter yet!!

So, I'm back!!
 
#8
Ron that is such good news that you were able to get the puter fixed and for just a couple of bucks. So are you going to back up your pics now? So Santa can stach the new puter for another year lol
 

RonsGarden

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Ron that is such good news that you were able to get the puter fixed and for just a couple of bucks. So are you going to back up your pics now? So Santa can stach the new puter for another year lol
Actually, I will not have a problem with vanishing photos ever, ever, again!
Jackie sprang it on me that we are giving ourselves a new PC for Christmas!
It will have a cd burner, so I'll be able to copy all my photos to cd!!! I will be able to catalog them and finally do an inventory, (I've been procrastinating about it for the last couple of years) of all the perennials I have in the gardens!!! I'm so excited about finally doing a catalog/inventory!
We will keep this old dinasaur, as a spare, and maybe work it into a network with my mother's laptop!!
We will be using XP and not even considering getting Vista!!
She will be getting it though work, and have the cost deducted from her pay spread over 2 years!
WOOoHOOOo!
We where thinking about a Mac, but the salesman said, as other have, that the programs cost a lot more :eek:....and so do the repairs:eek: !!! So we're going with a souped up clone!

Believe it, or not, this puter is working like it was when it was brand new since the power relay unit was replaced!! It probably heard about being replaced!!!;)
 

lynpenny

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#10
I do have to admit that there are programs you can not get for a mac but as for the programs costing more I haven't found that I know that Iwork which is alot like office is $79 vs $149 for student office. I am trading from office to Iwork after Christmas. I need a more stable program to work with.
My sil uses linex on his personal computer. My daughter still uses XP on hers but she works in an office with XP so she doesn't want to change.
Hope you enjoy your new computer.
 
K

Kale

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#12
At least have a good notion on what I can and cannot do to keep this PC running. This time it didn't matter what I did and handed up going in circles whenever I tried the next on a long list of possible diagnostics to pin point the problem!
When all else fails then it is off to the service department at my favorite Computer store!
It came down to the power supply unit, when it finally gave out I had no choice but to have it serviced. $14 for the part and $30 for the labor (plus tax) I got my PC back and then had to re-install all the upgrades and programs I need to use! I hate the thought of all those photos going poof up into never-never land, never to be seen again!
At least I can now stay on-line without things shutting down after a few moments!!
Under $60 is a lot better then over $1,000! Cannot afford a new puter yet!!

So, I'm back!!
Glad you got your computer going...yes; those power supplies will drop dead in the blink of an eye, happened several times, different repair calls.
Ron, wish I saw this earlier.
Hubby can have a computer that doesn't even turn on working in no time.
I found 2 computers in the trash to treasure section of the trash.*lol
Didn’t even go on.I came home, there it was connected to my tv!
I must say, I was thinking power supply, Ron.
Hubby has power supplies that I would love to box up for you ") Really Ron PM me. He could troubleshoot lots of problems quickly, over the phone that is why I should answer it. And if you need older parts fell free to PM me... Hubby has parts ..trust me.
He has parts. He has saved lots of people $$ because of those old parts.
I’ll be more then happy to box a part up if that is what is needed.*lol

Cost more to fix it then buy a new one… I know the line all too well, it is not necessarily true.
My thought is "old by today's standards!!??? Who made the standards and by what authority did they do so and who helped them come to that conclusion.And....why must I believe it? Some repair people just don’t know how to repair older stuff or don’t know how to get the parts or just don’t want to be bothered with older stuff” may take them more time then they are willing to use. This applies to calls Hubby gets and my cars. That is why I call my Younger brother in NY to walk me through lots of repairs.
So feel free to PM me.

BTW Linux is a wonderful way to go :)
Kale
 
K

Kale

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External Back up is well advised.
I have a few back ups.
Lost thousands of pics one year,still wont get over it.


Kale:)
 

lynpenny

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#14
Kale I have a terabite of external. I love to stick the pictures there and I keep a backup of the school papers I've been working on. It is better than loosing all that hard work, I still back pictures up of cd so we can take them to the daughters computer but then I have a flash drive that would do that. I'm just old fashion.
 
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Kale

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#15
Great to hear!
I know someone that lost a book that she was writing almost completed after 2years! I know she is still hurting.She does now have external back up.I have the thumb drive too, I can't take any chances.


Kale:)
 

Crabbergirl

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#16
Lady Laurie, it's hard........can be hard to fix......and can be hardly worth it to repair and that's why sometimes it's best to pay out hard cash and get a new one. :D
Wish you guys were closer. My computer guru (IT guy from the trucking co) fixes my junk cheap. Just put a new hard drive in my D-I-L lap top for $70.00 Works great. That was parts and labor by the way!
 

RonsGarden

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#17
Thanks for all your support! I really appeciate it!
It will be a couple of weeks before we get the PC! Glad i got this old bird working again!
Kale: the power supply unit [] is part of the cpu and this unit supplies the right amount of electricity to the various boards that run everything on the pc. it also contains a fan to keep the unit cool as you use the pc <---I think that is as simple as I can get to discribe the unit and the problems associated with it when it burns out, resulting a complete crash! I lost everything including the XP sofware. I had to re-install everything!
Thanks for the offer Kale, but I'm just a rookie when it comes to fixing pcs....this is the third one in 10 years. I'm learning as I go along! The parts are cheap but the installation fee is a killer!!
 
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Kale

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#18
I know what a power supply is and does:) Did you keep rebooting it?

I know of more then several incidences
of the Power supply going and the operating system was fine.No reinstalling anything.
I don't know...
What were you doing to it ???*LOL

A PM will not hurt,takes but a minute.
Hubby loves talking Computer.
I will relay as soon as I see I have a PM!

Installation is a killer on all things.Only sad part is A power supply is fairly easy to install.just a few plugs,and I don't think they can go into the wrong other end.
I did it yearssss ago when hubby thought I wanted to know *LOL I humored him.
glad you got it figured out.

Kale:)
 

RonsGarden

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#19
Went to pick up the new PC this evening, and now I'm having fun trying to figure everything out!
WOW! 22" wide screen monitor, and all the new gadgets my old PC didn't have.
I'll be able to store all my photos on CD!!!
Anyone out there using the Splashtop Browser?
This is weird and wild and ..it's going to take me some time to figure out where everything is and what they designed to do!!!!!
 


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