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January 09, 2008
It Does Not Compute

The old PC is still in the shop; due to the holidays, there was apparently a backlog of work for the diagnosticians.

I'm not too concerned. I've already decided to think of the box as dead-dead-dead, and have begun planning for a replacement. If anything can be salvaged from the old PC, well, that's gravy. But it is an older architecture — AGP rather than PCI type — so there won't be much that can be reused, apart from the hard drive and the memory (I think.)

Still, we're talking a minimum of three or four more business days — minimum.

Posted by Russ at 01:03 PM, January 9, 2008 in Geekery

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Russ, a longer comment I attempted to post yesterday didn't make it (some public-wifi Net problems on my end), so let me just send this link as something to consider when replacing your system:

Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, 1GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, CDRW/DVD, 22" Samsung Wide LCD Monitor, Vista Basic $558

I haven't explored this thoroughly myself, but I'd act fast IF interested.

Posted by: John at January 10, 2008 08:34 AM

(Of course, it's easy to change some of those base settings-add a real video card, DVD burner, Vista Home Premium, etc., but then the price slowly inches up. :) )

For another version of this, quickly check out:
Dell Inspiron 530 Quad Core Q6600 ,500GB,1GB,Bluetooth,dual drives, 128MB NVIDIA 8300 $566 AC + tax shipped

Posted by: John at January 10, 2008 08:37 AM

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