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25 February 2010 @ 02:46 pm
Really... I am here...sorta  
Well, I got back on LJ (hurray!) SORTA... but the past 2 weeks has been computer hell. The desktop started rebooting a few weeks ago.  After running viral checks and checking all the error messages, and killing some dust bunnies - i started to come up with blanks.  We took it into the local shop... where I bought most of it - and asked the fellow to take a look.   That was 3 wks or so ago.   He cleaned up the fans - since we thought it might be Heat issues.   Three days later it started crashing.
and crashing.
and crashing.

2 wks ago we dragged it Back to The Shop... 3 days later we had it back.  Then the crashing started again.   No errors or heat issues.  Just crashing. 

Last week - back to the shop from Thurs til this Tues.  We got rid of the 2nd hard drive - which is now a beautiful Paperweight.  I have no idea if we have a full back up.... because as I kept trying to back everything up it kept dying.  I suspect some data got lost. 

Now I've gotta drag this Thing back to the store where they'll give it one more attempt... and then after that its time to do a hard think.  Get a new PC system.... or bite the Apple?  I'd love a Mac system... but dang they aren't cheap. 

I'd love to get an iMac.  Dream!  in the meantime i guess its back to the shop again.
 
 
 
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on February 25th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Possibly needs a new power supply and/or fan. Which are cheap. Possibly it's the motherboard or HD.
clockwork_zeroclockwork_zero on February 26th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
yup. replaced the fan (one - we have 2). and got a new drive (we had 2 and got rid of 1). I think the next up is Power Supply. Then Motherboard.

If it turns out to be the motherboard we will need to sit down and think hard. New motherboard = new soundcard (As what we have is Quite Old). Then may as well update the memory too. And the question: should we update to Windoze7 with the new mboard/mem/soundc? All of a sudden a new motherboard =$500.

or just toss that $500 towards a mac.
sigh.
I need to buy a lottery ticket!
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on February 26th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yep, new motherboard is "wait, maybe I should get a whole new machine".
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clockwork_zeroclockwork_zero on February 26th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Bite the Apple
heh.. i know. so shiny. so slick... so reliable. and not cheap.

the system we have now - has a 4 yr old motherboard, a 6 yr old case. New Microsoft HD's are cheap cheap. Prob the system originally cost $700-800 -> five years ago. On average it's been costing out $50 bucks a year = over 4 years. We tend to run it quite lean since we aren't gamers.

part of the costs with a Mac would be stuff like buying a version of Photoshop, of some kind. I've yet to find anything that compares. then there is the compatibilty issues - cause my bro will def need to read it off his comp. I understand though that the latest versions are pretty good at handling Microsoft prods.
Erin Clarkerackle on February 26th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
Bite the Apple
How much money and time are you spending on a machine that doesn't work?

Apple hardware is, indeed, more expensive, but it and MacOS X are ever so much more reliable (than many generic Intel computers and MSWindows). Besides, there's a UNIX-like OS under that thar purdy GUI!