Clearly the pc reno worked as I am back online. In spite of tele I like to watch last night, I missed being online terribly.
It matters less when I am away. Different environment, I don't miss it too much. But at home I am very used to being online constantly. It is like a part of me missing.
eg I cut back the geranium on the balcony. The stems that were producing leaves and flowers that died quickly were black. There were some healthy looking new growth that was green. I needed to find out about black stem geraniums, but no computer to find out.
The old computer was XP Pro, as is the new one. Why does it look so different? Maybe I switched back last time to classic, or something like that. I will be modern person this time and not switch back, for a week or so, to see if I can bear these bright colours and things not working like I am used to them working. Everything looks so big now. I like smaller.
The quote was for $300 to get the pc sorted. I wanted a new hard drive because this one is so old. How about 1gb of ram instead of 512 or whaterver. What about the mother boarder thingy? Replace that? CPU? I need a dvd burner.
While we did not buy our first computer from him, he has been a faithful servant for many years. He helped me many times when computers were less reliable and he has steered me well today. I put a couple of customers in his direction and he did ok. I was thanked with discounts for zip disks. Lordy, who remembers zip disks.
We were prepared to spend $300 but when pc was delivered he had a plan for $460. Essentially a totally new pc. But that is getting close to $750 he quoted a wee while ago for a new pc.
I baulked. I left it in his hands. Prepared to spend $300 but no more.
The pc was returned with a dvd burner, a dvd player (already there), a new cpu and a windows reload of the non legal kind. Just don't go for Microsoft updates. $200 and the advice was not to spend anymore money on this old computer.
If you know what you are doing with computers and can put some bits together, I am sure you are ok. Novice buy your computer from a 'large' place, I would worry. Get it from your local pc Asian street front shop that has been there for a while and build a good relationship, you cannot go wrong.
Meanwhile, after the six years of fine tuning of our computer has been lost, I am struggling to get it back to something like I know.
H Tek in St Kilda Road, St Kilda is good. Highly recommended.