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    Default not "stuff", just "computer"

    Just to relate my tale of woe: My computer has been acting up for a long time...freeze ups,. fails to wake from sleep, etc. I assumed possibly Vista corrupted and needs reload, poss. bad memory; finally found a Tech Shop I had some confidence in....they determined the Mother board was causing power glitches. new board, $130 out the door....I am happy camper!

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    I had the same thing happening for years with my computers...
    Slow running...
    Freeze Ups....
    Fails to wake from sleep...
    Fails to start....
    Blue Screens of Death....
    Sucking in every bit of spyware and virus know to man...

    Recently I got a new MacBook and discovered the problem was that I was running Windows...

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    Could have been a failing 40$ power supply, they do weird things.

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    Computers are quite cheap now, so I try to get new ones rather than fix 'em.

    I'm done with that old game.

    At about 5 years old, I spend $500 and just buy a new one.

    I don't just patch and pray like the rest of America.

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    I agree, so buy me a new one, lol. complete with sound.

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    5 year old computer. Added power supply, 44$, 2gb memory, 39$, new video card, $29. So for 112$ plus an hour time installing and blowing out the insides, I have a new machine.

    Fast enough and the main board that lasts 5 years without a glitch, should carry on indefinitely if you dont knock it off the desk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    Computers are quite cheap now, so I try to get new ones rather than fix 'em.

    I'm done with that old game.

    At about 5 years old, I spend $500 and just buy a new one.
    I work in IT and need you to come here and convince management that it's cheaper to replace them. I've been fighting them for 15 years to churn computers every 3 years but I still have lots of them over 10 years old. I'd be happy to settle for a 5 year churn.

    As for ballvalve saying that if they make it past 5 years they will last forever... HA!! Maybe the motherboard and maybe on some models but even then, I see capacitors on the motherboard leaking. Power supplies, cooling fans, hard drives, etc. don't get better with age. New software bloat means it won't run well on old hardware without RAM upgrades but throwing good money at old computers to upgrade their RAM is just nuts. Then the old hard drive is still too slow...

    As for the Mac fan suggesting that Microsoft is to blame for a motherboard failure, he needs to be humbled. Waiting in line at the Apple Genius Bar to talk to a "Genius" aught to do it. LOL... my boss is a Mac fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Just to relate my tale of woe: My computer has been acting up for a long time...freeze ups,. fails to wake from sleep, etc. I assumed possibly Vista corrupted and needs reload, poss. bad memory; finally found a Tech Shop I had some confidence in....they determined the Mother board was causing power glitches. new board, $130 out the door....I am happy camper!
    I have been extremely frustrated by the same problem which has been happening on the desktop since I bought it in late 2009. It runs Vista 64 bit. Turns out the problem was caused by my Maxtor external drive which I use to backup my files. Since I now plug in the Maxtor only when I want to back up or retrieve, the problem seems to have gone away. Yesterday, I plugged in the external drive and then got distracted for a while; long enough for the computer to go to sleep. Sure enough, when I "woke up" the computer, a few minutes later, I got the blue screen with the usual "driver power state" error!!! So, either I buy a new external hard drive or remember to unplug the one I already have.

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