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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson View Post
    The new HP and Compaq are pretty nice for an out the box machine. Well they are the last few years anyway but they have a lot of BS trial ware to get rid of. Clean em out and they will do a user well for a good while.
    I have some experience with the newer HP's (mostly laptops), and they definitely are nice. My experiences with the old Compaq desktops were not quite as pleasant.

    I work on computers all day long and most of what I get in are Dell and those infernal Gateways. Actually a Dell can be a decent machine if you dump the Dell drivers and replace them with ones made by the people that made the hardware. I often replace the operating system in them with some modd'd XP discs I...come across a while back.
    I also worked in the IT department of a large company, and the vast majority of the desktops are Dell's and the Laptops are IBM. I did the exact same thing and replaced the factory drivers. That is great advice. My experience with Dell's at the company were OK, the Dell's that I have experienced problems with were marketed towards the consumer market. Obviously, the business oriented machines are generally more stripped-down, which I like (and I'm guessing you do as well).

    I'm working on a Vista version now. I still like XP more though
    I agree.

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    I guess I better be carefull around you two. I have been retired for 6 years and am falling behind.

    Besides Beefy wants to kick my butt over an earlier comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    I guess I better be carefull around you two. I have been retired for 6 years and am falling behind.

    Besides Beefy wants to kick my butt over an earlier comment.

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    watch it beefy, TOF has been known to say stuff like "if you shoot a big guy in the kneecaps, it brings him down to my size....."

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    As a pro computer geek I must say that saving your old one, even if possible, it probably not worth it.......

    FWIW get a laptop......unless you are a big time gamer or need a 500 gig HDD and need the power of a desktop, laptops are the way to go today.... they are so good now that I've done complete networks for companies that buy no desktops at all....

    HP and Dell both offer great machines at great prices.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
    Sounds like you need to find some pros that know what they're doing.

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    Just read the first two posts...

    But unless the virus somehow managed to fry your hard drive (possible but extremely unlikely), you can do a reformat then reinstall. I typically do hard disk formats with a program called dban. Easy to use, and gives you a variety of "cleaning" options. Works well if you want to permanently delete all info from a hard drive, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funkypunk97 View Post
    As a pro computer geek I must say that saving your old one, even if possible, it probably not worth it.......

    FWIW get a laptop......unless you are a big time gamer or need a 500 gig HDD and need the power of a desktop, laptops are the way to go today.... they are so good now that I've done complete networks for companies that buy no desktops at all....

    HP and Dell both offer great machines at great prices.....
    We've never had luck with laptops. I'm on one now and it's just a major pain. Even the ones at work... they're always down and everything is broken on them, they're only maybe 6 months old. I just think desk tops are easier to use. And they are in my budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    I also insist on Intel processors and as much ram as possible within the dollar range I am looking at.

    If you know how to deal with the registry turn off the prefetch function so it doesn't waste ram by starting un used programs. If you don't understand the registry then occasionaly delete all the files in the windows/prefetch folder. Every time you use a program it gets loaded into prefetch and started each time the machine boots. You can end up with a large number of programs loaded into ram that you don't want to use and it drags the system way down.

    PS: Dell is good IMHO
    I've built custom machines for all kinds of different issues for years. I like the Intel chipsets and CPU hands down. AMD makes some pretty nice stuff. It just seems when I use them I live to regret it. And I don't think at this stage in my life I can make up many more swear words

    As to Laptops..I have 2..I liek them OK. But I wont try to do with those what I do with my desktop boxes.
    Last edited by DevilsJohnson; 10-15-2008 at 10:24 PM. Reason: Because I wanted to..sheesh! nosey..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson View Post
    I've built custom machines for all kinds of different issues for years. I like the Intel chipsets and CPU hands down. AMD makes some pretty nice stuff. It just seems when I use them I live to regret it. And I don't think at this stage in my life I can make up many more swear words

    As to Laptops..I have 2..I liek them OK. But I wont try to do with those what I do with my desktop boxes.
    I have 4 laptops and every one of them has been bulletproof...... the HP I'm on now has been used every single day now for going on 3 years... I use it for games and everything with no issues at all......

    I also have 3 desktops, two of which are being used as servers running 2003 in the same domain... one as a file-server and one as a web-server. But before I got the 3rd desktop, I had a laptop running as a web-server hosting about 20 sites so it was running 24/7/365 for about two years......

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    My IBM laptop is the best computer I've ever had. Still running strong and fast after 5 years with very little modification.

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    I've been smooth sailing for years with my laptop's.

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    It's simple..Computers break. It's not an if but a when. I see a laptop as more of a pain to repair and more expensive. If I can get the same or better performance out of the bugger machine and make it more cost effective to repair then it makers better sense. There is non way anyone can say it's easier to keep a laptop as cool and heat is a computer killer. Maybe when storage stops requiring moving parts it will be better. It was just an opinion. Did I say at any time that a laptop should not be used? It's your machine..I really don't care what it's used for. I just gave an opinion abut mine. They are good machines. I just wont use them to do some of the things I do with my desktops. I have and currently run servers as well off some of my machines. To me a laptop is portable..So I use it as such.

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