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Old 11-24-2006, 05:23 PM   #11
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Didn't tumble to the Pentium 11 = Pentium II! Urmaniac is right; if you can afford the new system, do it. If not, and the PII is at the upper range of the scale, you can still do the upgrade I described. Bear in mind that, if the new system comes with WinXP Home, you cannot restore from a Win98 backup. With WinXP Pro, no problem.
Gotcha! I think most come with XP home installed here. I saw an Acer for about $700 but not enough storage, 250mb?. So I should go for the XP pro to transfer my stuff? Good advise.
I guess, like most things, you get what you pay for. Money isn't a hassle, apart from a bit of cruising around here and the news sites I don't do much except a lot of home designing and drawings. I use less than 1 GB a month.
Thanks again good people
What are your thoughts on Acer? Del is pretty popular, don't know much about any others
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Old 11-24-2006, 05:28 PM   #12
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Attie, these people are so right in their recommendations to you. My computer is almost 3 years old and it is a Pentium 4 with 80 GB and 512 in memory. I think you will be amazed at how much faster a new one will be and they are very right in the fact that it will not cost quite as much as you fear. Unless you add a bunch of bells and whistles to it. And since all of you are being so kind with your better knowledge of tech stuff; what do you all think about me possibly adding and external hard drive? I do try to burn back-up discs each month (especially of the pics of my grandkids!!) but I was told that an external hard drive would be extra insurance for this; especially if my computer got a bad glitch. The one I am thinking about is 250 GBs and I can get it at a decent price. I really appreciate your advice!!!! TIA!!!!
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Old 11-24-2006, 05:40 PM   #13
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Designing and drawing take a bit of RAM. Between Acer and Dell, I'd go Dell. The 250 Mb is likely 256 Mb RAM. With Win XP, go with at least 512 Mb, preferably 1 Gb. If you know someone technically savvy, you can temporarily install your old hard drive and transfer the data that way, even if it is is WinXP Home.
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Old 11-24-2006, 07:45 PM   #14
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Designing and drawing take a bit of RAM. Between Acer and Dell, I'd go Dell. The 250 Mb is likely 256 Mb RAM. With Win XP, go with at least 512 Mb, preferably 1 Gb. If you know someone technically savvy, you can temporarily install your old hard drive and transfer the data that way, even if it is is WinXP Home.
Just ducked down to a warehouse that has computers on special and I think $900 to $1200 AU would do everything I need. Anything under the $900 is to light. They had Acer but I'll check out Del, we can buy them only over the net but at least they will build them to suit. This is where I went, grand opening day, noisiest joint in town.
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Attie, check your PMs.
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Old 11-25-2006, 09:31 AM   #16
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Oh I wish I had seen this last weekend. Dell had their big pre-holiday sale last weekend instead of this one and we picked up a brand new laptop with 1Gb of memory, 15.4" screen, 60Gb hard drive and CD/DVD RW for $499.00 (with taxes and a warranty upgrade $624.00 delivered) .

I have to agree, my first comment when I read the original post was "It'll be cheaper to replace it than to upgrade it". Win 2K alone will cost you about $200.00 (USD) then figure at least another $100.00 (USD) for a memory upgrade if not more. Heck, with brand-new desktops hovering at about $400.00 (USD) You 've already spent 3/4 the price of a new system and you still have an old machine. Definately check out Dell.com. If you have $1,000.00 AU ($778.00 US) set aside for a new machine, you can get a really nice system for that.

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Do look for a computer with a DVD burner. It'll make archiving photos easier- you can even burn two copies and store one at another location for safety.
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Uh oh! Now that's a hard question for me. Just looking at the machine - It says - Diamond data 36X - Intel inside Pentium 11 - OCT
I know that it has a huge memory bank, does 40GB sound right. I have been unable to use more than 25% with all the work I have stored on it.
Does any of that make sense?

I've just had a browse through the site, Pentium seems Ok but I found this :- "
Technical Support Information: Since this is an OEM operating system it does not come with any free technical support. Telephone technical support is available through a paid service via a toll-free number and a charge per call. The phone number is included on your packing slip when you order." mmmmmmmmmmm?


An easy way to do that on Windows XP (not sure if it works on Win 98) is open the start tab, and click run.
Then type in dxdiag, and that should open a program that shows all your computer details.... or alot of them.
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