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#1 Nymphodora

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 10:25 AM

Hello!
I just joined and I'm not entirely sure if I'm posting this in the right place, but it kind of has to do with purchasing a new computer, so I hope this spot will work.

I have a laptop which is approximately three years old. For quite some time I thought there was something wrong with my charger, however, after consulting a computer guy in the area, he said its actually the spot where I plug the charger into the computer that is the problem. My dad, thinking that he can fix anything, decided to take the bottom of the laptop and mess around with the stuff inside, in hopes that he could fix the charger problem. The charger did seem to work a bit better when he finished, but half the keyboard didn't work. We took it back to this computer guy and he says the motherboard is fried.

My question is, considering the computer is three years old...is it worth spending the almost $300 to get it fixed or should I just start saving for another one?

He has a used desktop he's willing to sell to us for $125 but that's older than the laptop. I'm really just not sure what to do here and could use some advice from people who are more computer savvy than I am.

Anything you could give me would be extremely helpful!
Thank you so much!!

Edited by Nymphodora, 02 February 2010 - 01:50 PM.


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#2 garmanma

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 11:37 AM

What kind of warranty [if any] is he giving you on the used desktop?
Does this include the monitor, keyboard, and mouse? $125 isn't bad to hold you over
Plus you can get an adapter and transfer everything of the old drive
Your father is going to help you save, right :blink:
Maybe he should save and get a hot-air rework station [my dream]

Edited by garmanma, 02 February 2010 - 11:39 AM.

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#3 Nymphodora

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 05:56 PM

He's not giving us any warranty as far as we know. And..that $125 includes everything but the monitor.

And no friggin' way is he getting near the computer when I'm saving stuff. He'll only be allowed on it for playing Solitaire. :blink:

So, is it useless to put money into the laptop? Should I just go with the desktop?

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 07:37 PM

It depends.
Can you post the specifications of the desktop and laptop?
That should get things into perspective.

One thing to note though...
It would be easier to upgrade the desktop.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 02 February 2010 - 07:39 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 07:47 PM

Specs on the desktop:
Make and Model if factory built?

If not:
Processor?
Amount, and type (DDR, DDR2) of RAM?
Size of harddrive, and type (PATA, SATA)?
Motherboard make, and model?
Optical drive (CD, DVD)?
Graphics card (make, and model), or onboard graphics?
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P, CPU: Phenom II X4 955 Deneb BE, HS/F: CoolerMaster V8, RAM: 2 x 1G Kingston HyperX DDR2 800, VGA: ECS GeForce Black GTX 560, PSU: Antec TruePower Modular 750W, Soundcard: Asus Xonar D1, Case: CoolerMaster COSMOS 1000, Storage: Internal - 2 x Seagate 250GB SATA, 2 x WD 1TB SATA; External - Seagate 500GB USB, WD 640GB eSATA, 3 x WD 1TB eSATA

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#6 Nymphodora

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 08:56 AM

I'm not sure about the desktop. All I know at this point is that its running XP

The laptop, though, is an Acer Aspire 5570 running Vista (meh..)
aaaand...let's see...this is what the box says...
Inel Pentium Dual Core T2080
Ram - 1024MB DDR2 RAM
HDD - 160GB
5 in 1 card reader
Optical - DVD - Super Multi
56K modem 10/100 BASE T
Wireless - 802.11 b/g

Now..I know what some of that means and some of it I'm honestly not sure of(....actually I think I have an idea of what it all means, at least..), so if I'm missing something or if you don't need some of that then...I'm sorry. :blink: I should study up on computers a bit more, I guess... ;_; I'm not feeling very smart right now. :wacko:


EDIT: Okay, I found out what brand the desktop is. I guess its an Apex. I've never heard of that before. Anyone else?

Edited by Nymphodora, 04 February 2010 - 11:01 AM.


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Posted 04 February 2010 - 12:51 PM

One at http://www.apexcomputers.com/.

Others at http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&sou...aqi=g10&oq=.

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 01:29 PM

How to find out what is in the desktop:
SIW
http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html
It will tell you everything you want to know about what's inside your computer
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