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Old 01-24-2008, 01:45 PM   #1
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My freakin laptop is dead mother board laying my dresser and I am now starting to lose it. The only time I can get on HBT is at school and thats a PITA. I miss being able to acess HBT anytime I want. (insert sad smiley here)


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Old 01-24-2008, 01:57 PM   #2
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You mentioned school - are you still in college? If so, isn't that what parents are for?

Hit up mom and dad to get that thing fixed or better yet, get you a new one.

If that won't work, you could always start pimping on the side.


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Old 01-24-2008, 03:22 PM   #3
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Ya Im still in college. Going for Urban PLanning and Development basically. Im in Remote Sensing and Photography right now. No possiblt change of hitting up the parents. Paying for school on my own. Guess the New York State education system can help me wiht my brewing.
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:36 PM   #4
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You can get educational discounts from both Apple and Dell..... might be time to spring for a new one with a good warranty, so that next time the board dies you can have it replaced?

I'm a huge believer in warranties. They are your best friend.
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How adventurous are you?

Call the campus help desk and ask them to connect you with the Linux club. Those guys (and rarely, gals) are willing to help people use and learn GNU/Linux, even to the point of being able to lend you a laptop. You won't be playing any games on the sucker but HBT won't be an issue.

Of course, this sometimes doesn't work, depends on how passionate the guys there are, but all they can do is say no... and maybe laugh a bit.

PS: This was the last Windows computer I owned...

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Nice. Looks like it (was) an HP laptop?

I've done screen replacements on Dell XPS 17" laptops .... 3 or 4 times now..... they're actually fairly easy to perform, but difficult to perform without a VERY large workspace to lay all the parts out on. Otherwise, you need 4 hands instead of 2.
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Formerly an eMachines. I think it had a whopping 1.8 ghz processor and a "massive" 256 MB of RAM.

Of everything pictured there, the hard drive lasted the longest. The irony of that did not escape unnoticed.
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OK, I recognize the latches now. My bad, here I was trying to show off.

Hard drive looks like it was either a Fujitsu or Toshiba. Those don't look like WD/Max/Sea markings. So, ultimately, I agree. The hard drive "should" have died long before these other parts.

Before you make fun of it too badly, my file server at home is P-II 400mhz, 512mb ram, and 300 gb storage. But Zeus goes offline tonite, I need one of his hard drives for my desktop. The "new" server, Odin, is a "spare" Athlon 64 X2 4200+ with 2gb ram. Pathetic, eh?
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Before you make fun of it too badly, my file server at home is P-II 400mhz, 512mb ram, and 300 gb storage
I'm assuming that's not a media storage server (no music or movies or ROMs) so that's probably backing up your taxes, complaint letters to the phone company and maybe some digital photos. In that case, you're golden with those specs actually. That laptop wasn't a fileserver or a router, it was a full fledged "desktop replacement". Yet more irony, the reason I originally deshelled it wasn't because it was too "slow' - the opposite. It was too fast! I was playing Anarchy Online betas and after about 20 minutes the thing would just die, no warning. It wouldn't power back on for another half hour and when I finally called Gateway (eMachine are budget Gateway systems and Gateway isn't exactly creme de la creme) they said it's a safety mechanism to prevent the board from frying itself. So I deshelled it and put fans behind it for increased cooling since the graphics card was producing more heat than the case's fans could dissipate.

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Hard drive looks like it was either a Fujitsu or Toshiba. Those don't look like WD/Max/Sea markings
Close but no cigar. Hitachi. Honestly, I've been blown away by Hitachi stuff including that drive. I would personally rank HItachi much higher on the "reliablity" ladder than Western Digital or Maxtor since 2/3 of all my WD drives fail within 3 years and I've never had a Hitachi fail in under 5. Historically Maxtor was "trailing" but recent Maxtors are just economy Seagate since the merger.

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The "new" server, Odin, is a "spare" Athlon 64 X2 4200+ with 2gb ram. Pathetic, eh?
Define pathetic. My second-to-last home workstation was a quad core AMD Opteron 2214 system with 16GB of Ram and an nVidia 7600GT PCIe video card. I traded it in for a dual core Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB of Ram and integrated video for one reason and one reason alone - Intel video chipsets run on Free Software where no other chipsets do. Everyone has their values and needs and it's not my place to compare them to my own.

My wife currently runs an AMD Sempron 2800+ with an nVidia 5200FX card with 128MB of RAM. The board has 768 megs of RAM and the thing is slower than dirt (IMO). We MAY be bringing a Dell into the home since they now sell GNU/Linux on their system and we don't have to pay the Windows tax.
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I'm assuming that's not a media storage server (no music or movies or ROMs) so that's probably backing up your taxes, complaint letters to the phone company and maybe some digital photos. In that case, you're golden with those specs actually.
Nope. Those files just go on my external LaCie 320gb (Seagate inside). This is for streaming MP3/AVI via wired to a Netgear router (Was Linksys, next one will be Linksys again), then by wireless to a laptop in the other room. For watching movies/music on my home theatre.
When I finally have to return my work laptop, I'll just move the file server to the theatre, and run a long Cat 5 cable.

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Close but no cigar. Hitachi. Honestly, I've been blown away by Hitachi stuff including that drive. I would personally rank HItachi much higher on the "reliablity" ladder than Western Digital or Maxtor since 2/3 of all my WD drives fail within 3 years and I've never had a Hitachi fail in under 5. Historically Maxtor was "trailing" but recent Maxtors are just economy Seagate since the merger.
Ditto on all that - EXCEPT. I don't trust Maxtor, and I haven't for many many years. I lost 4 Maxtor 20gb's within 12 months on my old Duron 700mhz. Seagate is my usual go-to. WD is my 2nd choice, but my taste for them is soured now that my 2-yo 160gb WD is failing in my desktop. Not personally a Hitachi "fan", but I have no averse reactions to them, as I do to Fujitsi/Toshiba drives.

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Define pathetic. My second-to-last home workstation was a quad core AMD Opteron 2214 system with 16GB of Ram and an nVidia 7600GT PCIe video card.
Pathetic = Isn't it pathetic I'm wasting these parts to sit there and store all my TV shows?

I've never even seen an Opteron system. You will now be my nemesis.

Nah, just kidding. But seriously. If I am ever on the coast, I think we need to drink a few and nerd out. I've been brainwashed by Microsoft too badly, I need to be reminded that alternatives exist. My roommate tried to get me into Ubuntu, but it just wasn't workin' for me. Didn't feel "it" with Fedora Core 2 either. Maybe I should try OS X again. I miss that shiz.


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