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A little less than a happy high
My machine is dead. Buggered. Non-functional, even.

I've no idea what the plan is from here. The problem appears to be with the power source, but in all honesty, I would just as soon upgrade to a more agile machine before screwing around with replacing the box. I still haven't dealth with some of the operational issues, and just tonight discovered that, in spite of having open PCI slots on the mainboard, the slots at the rear of the tower to allow more than 2 PCI card have been soldered closed. In other words, I've been laboring under something of a myth of upgradeability.

In theory, there's a raise with retroactive pay coming two weeks from now, which may allow for the new system. In theory. The other financing option is to use my spanky new blue card. Still and all, I just want to say bollocks to the whole affair.

Hope you're all well.
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sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: October 10th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you talking basic PC's here? If so, I'd like to put in a plug for eMachines. We use them here at home and at work and have no real problems to speak of (certainly nothing more than any other comp I've ever had).

I think they've been around long enough now, for people to be somewhat familiar with them, but all the same...they sort of have the image of being cheap knockoffs.
komos From: komos Date: October 10th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Basic? I'm certainly not in the market for a hardcore gaming machine, but I do need some agility. I've got a couple of weeks to shop about, and will keep them in mind. ^_^
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komos From: komos Date: October 10th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I considered it, but with my intermittent memory problems, my inability to get a USB 2.0 card into a usable slot because of the case design, etc., I'm much inclined to bite the bullet and buy a machine that was built in this century. I'll probably tinker with it at some point just to get it functional, but signs are saying that it is time.
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komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
The turn of phrase is delightful, I think.
The situation it describes, not so much. I guess Compaq really didn't want people futzing around inside their case.
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komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
At some point, I will probably take the time to replace the power source and maybe take a dremel tool to the solder points that prevent me from using 2/3 of my expansion slots. Still and all, at that point it will be a usable machine and not a capable one. I think I need one of the latter.
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komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure I've seen good reason for the bile that some people put on the company, but I've never owned a Dell. It's certainly a consideration.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: October 10th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
let me know if you're going to go with a new system.
I have magical deal-finding powers when it comes to computer components and systems. ^_^

(Or if you're in a rush, check out Dell's outlet on their site, and check around fatwallet.com for coupons for Dell. There's always a good deal to be had there somewhere.)
komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's hard to argue with a 34% off deal, but I will sling you a line as soon as I know what's happening with my finances.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: October 11th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, 34% is pretty sweet.
Occasionally if you hit a sale right you can get up to like %60 with coupons and sale prices. I'll keep an eye out for anything particularly spectacular.
Dell's stuff isn't bad quite honestly. I used to be pretty harsh on them, but lately... They've improved.
why_style From: why_style Date: October 11th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
sorry to hear about your machine. i've only had my current machine 2 years and i'm already starting to dread replacing it, though i don't think i could function without one that works properly. my S-I-L had a similar experience with a compaq that turned out to be non-upgradable. so what did she do? went out and bought an hp. i'm sure that solution worked (considering hp owns compaq). still, a new machine beats monkeying around inside an old one - i found that out the hard way.

anyway, you mentioned needing certain agility - i assume this means stuff like being able to run photoshop without waiting an hour for a photo to render, but what else do you use it for? i know of some less mainstream companies that specialize in PCs for music and video production and the like, but if you're a pretty basic home user, then places like gateway or dell probably wouldn't do you wrong.
komos From: komos Date: October 11th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's primarily image manipulation (and the occasional gaming.) Not sure I'd need something for hard-core video production unless Pete's crazy idea actually gets off the ground.

I actually like tinkering with my machines' innards, but between planned obsolescence and the fact that I'm not really able to afford the latest gear to throw in a system, there are some seriously diminishing returns. It's the usable v. capable question again.
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