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Posted: 19-Apr-2004, 08:16 PM
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Rofl!! yuppers fdisk is your friend....kinda dont have a choice but to go back to fat32 /w win98... had a heck of a time once using a floppy to format c: ... kinda just bumped into this way....thats where the fat32 comes in...after the partiontion is reeinstalled and before reboot toss in the xp cd(seeting the cd to boot from your bios) it comes up as a new partition that needs to be formated and do you want to "quick" or "slow" install ntfs....boom either one works and off it goes...the rest is just waiting the 20-50 minutes ..(bottle of sprits kills alot of time wink.gif wink.gif biggrin.gif )
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Posted: 19-Apr-2004, 08:30 PM
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Date: 4/19/2004 Time: 17:46:13
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Posted: 20-Apr-2004, 05:23 PM
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rofl! raises a glass of pinot ...not really...first thing about a puter is undo those 4 screws and look inside....follow a cable from point a to b ...when you realize that mish mash of cables and wires jumpled all over the place is just that... a simple cable.... little things to become familiar /w your computer...not just turning it on and clicking onto the net....go deeper.... look on web sites... start small...hmm tweaking a 56k modem.....i find it ridiculous that a tech charges $69-100 to format a system...ive lost count how many people ive sat down and forced to do there own...its so easy...its just software !!!
1 key piece of hardware, is a burner a must....save everything..leaving nothing to chance...once its on disk your set...problems arise ...nuke it and start fresh !! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
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Posted: 20-Apr-2004, 07:56 PM
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Get a machine built or built it yourself if at all possible. That's far better than any pre-built box. If you must go pre-built, go Dell

ohh, did I say build your own? Or have it built for you by someone other than a big name dealer?


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Posted: 20-Apr-2004, 08:30 PM
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Elspeth, Dell has made it pretty easy for you to choose what you want on a computer. Go to this page: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/con...&oc=D46SO&s=dhs and see if you can afford a 4600 AFTER picking out all the options you want. On each option, look to the right and you will see a box that says, "Help Me Choose". The explanations are pretty easy to understand.
I'm telling you to start with the 4600 because the technology changes in a matter of months and the 2400 puts you at the bottom rung off the bat. The 4600 gives you more options and is easier to upgrade in the future, without getting to be unreasonable priced. If you can't afford the 4600, try to go with the highest 2400 you can afford. It's still a pretty good machine.

If you think you can handle upgrading the memory RAM yourself, then order your computer with 256MB and purchase your upgrade (crucial.com is an option). Buying RAM through the computer company is a ripoff. If you don't feel confident doing that, order the 1GB option. That much RAM will make a big difference in the performance of your computer.

As for the warranty and service. To me, buying more than 2 years is a waste. After 2 years, your computer will be considered obsolete to the new technology. Yes, your computer will still work with slight upgrades and downloads but it will never equal what will be available on the market in the future.

Hope that helps you in your quest.
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