Another issue we were having was the monitor was failing to come to life after switching the computer on and the problem was getting worse. After some experimentation, I found that unplugging the power at the back of it, waiting for a few seconds then plugging back in would get it going. Note, turning it off and on at the power point or unplugging it there would not work. Odd.
A friend had bought two computers by mail order from Sydney and then another for another friend. He gave the details to me and I looked at the website. I liked what I saw. I made a couple of alterations to this one, http://ticomputers.com.au/pdtDetailList_org.php?grp=pdt&pdtid=TIW0100 by adding another 4GB of RAM, and specifying the operating system be put on the solid state drive, which I believe will make it faster and leaves the hard disk drive free. I also added a wi-fi facility to future proof it against us being a Telstra captured customer. That added about $40 plus $15 for delivery.
I ordered it on a Wednesday, received the invoice and paid for it Thursday and it arrived Monday. Mucho work transferring files and setting it up but by the end of last week it was mostly how I wanted it. It is fast! I am very happy with it. Although it came with Windows 10 installed, we also received an original Win 10 on a USB stick, all in sealed packaging.
Never once have I ever been able to set up Outlook Express, now Windows Live Mail, without a call to Telstra and this time was no exception. Now you just hand over control of your computer to Aaron in the Philippines and he does it all for you. I would never recommend anyone to now use their isp email. You are too trapped by it. Gmail, Yahoo Mail are so much better, but they weren't around when we started with computers in the mid nineties. Yes, I know I could do isp mail through them but I am very used to Live Mail now.
So all is well with our fourth new computer in about twenty years. But not all is well with the monitor.
It was getting worse at starting up and R proclaimed on the Wednesday that he simply wasn't prepared to put up with a day longer. It is a pity it failed because we quite liked it. It was big enough at 21.5 inches. Gosh, I think 20cm is quite respectable. He pointed a couple out on the net to me and asked which one. I won't name the brand as we simply got what we paid for and $149 is not enough for a decent monitor. He went a short distance to the big office shop and came back with the new monitor. Oh, it was ugly. Oh, the screen was hard to read. Oh, it would not tilt. To be fair about his poor choice, it was not on display for him to see. We thought about it for a day or so after reconnecting the old one and decided that regardless of whether the shop would take it back, we would always hate it.
So Saturday we took it back and the big office shop was happy to accept the return. We had boxed it up as best we could and everything was included. We sought the advice of an attractive young salesmen and he told us forget about statistics and details. Look at the price, look at the screen and decide if you are happy with what you see for what you are paying. At 23 inches, it is little bigger than the old one, but not really noticeably. So, we added another $107 to the $149 and this is what we bought, our first ever Hewlett Packard product.You will be pleased to know we are happy with it; looks, readability and the basic picture quality. The only quibble is the bulky external transformer, but we can live with that. It also came with an HDMI cable, so we used that to connect it to the new computer that we discovered had an HDMI input.
About $1000 spent, but money well spent and we won't have to spend on computers for some years.
Photos. Well, this is not a good photo of our new screen, but the screen is quite lovely.
The new is bigger than the old. Note that dvd read writer drive looks exactly the same. Clearly there is nothing sexy in the design of a better dvd/cd writer drive. It is old technology and I am slowly transferring cd/dvd storage to USB storage.
We really are such dirty housewives.
Safe to say the tangle of wires did not improve at all and that is in addition to what you see at the power point in the first photo. I plugged the external back up drive into the new USB3 port at the rear. Wow, that is.........not faster.
Household Management is telling me email things are not working like the used to for him. I can only do so much. Given he can still read an email sent in 1996, I don't do a bad job of keeping and fixing things.