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Need help choosing a new or used inexpensive computer


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#1 Kryptonite

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 07:06 AM

I hired a veteran who is struggling to make ends meet; to do handy work around my house.

On trips I email him with details about jobs that need to be done. He used to email me back in less than an hour. When it started taking 4 or 5 hours to reply I asked him if he stopped keeping his computer on. Turns out the the screen was broken in a fight with his GF and now that she asked him to leave he has to go to the library and wait for it to open before he can reply. So I picked up and older Dell laptop that at first seemed like it was in good condition. It was "reasonable" enough that even if I have to give it to charity it won't be such a bad thing.

But after finding out that attempting to open a document or a program often results in a message that " An error has occurred and windows needs to restart " So the computer restarts. There is an error code suggesting that it may have to do with a printer that is listed but is not part of the system now. I uninstalled that printer and it's software. The errors still occurs. That said, it may not matter since I'm thinking that win 2000 is no longer supported and I found out after I got it home that it doesn't have wireless capabilities. Instead of attempting to update this dinosaur I'm thinking that it might be best to buy a brand new one that is entry level which I have seen for under $300.00

Any thoughts about buying a entry level new one vs a used one that has better hardware and software?

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 12:34 PM

So, are you

A ) wanting assistance in getting the Windows 2000 machine up and running or

B ) wanting assistance in getting a new inexpensive machine ?

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:40 PM

i think the win 2000 is best used as a paper weight

A used laptop on ebay might be a reasonable purchase and then there is this new Android mini for $129.00.

10.1" Mini Netbook Laptop 4GB Android 2.2 800MHZ 256MB Wifi Camera Black

Don't forget i'm just giving this to the guy so he doesn't have to wait for the library to open.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:57 PM

Thank you for the clarification. I have retitled the topic to: Need help choosing a new or used inexpensive computer so it fits with the purpose of the topic. I'm also moving this topic to the forum Questions and Advice for Buying a New Computer so you will get better assistance.

It would help if you clearly and succinctly itemized the basic needs of the machine you want to get.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 06:43 AM

FWIW: Lots of laptops available at http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=17&sel=Price%3BPrice5 . use your own criteria to review such.

I see that you mentioned eBay. I personally don't believe in buying computers these days via eBay because I don't trust the private sellers and I would rather go with a known retailer like like Tiger Direct. But, as I said, employ your own values.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:45 AM

If you just need it for email, why not look at a netbook? I saw one at $229 and a low end new laptop at $329 in the advertising from a brick and mortar store when I looked this morning.

Neither would be super fast but they would be new with warranty.

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