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Poll Results: Do you have computer issues like this all the time?

 
  • 16% (5)
    Yes it is quite annoying
  • 83% (26)
    no I tend to get good luck.
31 Total Votes  
post #106 of 135

Because installing plug-ins and granting privileges to sites like that is a good habit for ending up with an unusable computer down the road.

post #107 of 135
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Originally Posted by Elysian View Post

Because installing plug-ins and granting privileges to sites like that is a good habit for ending up with an unusable computer down the road.



That site is fine. I don't just go to any site and do that.

post #108 of 135

The fact that you keep having weird computer issues seems to indicate some degree of PEBKAC.

post #109 of 135

I'm just going to express my opinion on the original thread here.

There are 6 PCs is my house. All less than for years old, except one being 7years old. 

2 of them are hp laptops, both failed around 2 and 4 years after purchase. The cooling system became inadequate and the laptops overheated frequently. I opened them up fixed the issues(with one it was dust build up due to an incredibly retarded design, the other had little to no thermal paste on the processors which had also become hard). I removed the dust and replaced the thermal paste and they both work fine now. This is a fine example of companies cheaping out on important stuff.

The 7 year old is from medion desktop if anyone knows that brand, it's cheap and only sells in the sort of no-name brand supermarkets. Yes not exactly the place you'd think to find sturdy PCs. It was amazing value for money at the time. And it's a very solid pc, from a bloody no-name brand supermarket.

There's a laptop from samsung as well, it's 4 years old and being from samsung it's still running fine.

Then there's the 2year old fujitsu siemens. The hdd in it was from a faulty manufacture line and has  40% failure rate, needless to say mine failed. The graphics card had a joke of cooling, and it too failed after year 1,5. 

Now that is factory built pcs from big companies with 3 of them failing before the expected 4 year lifespan. I could repair them all(some things needed replacing so I did pay for it), but still this shouldn't be happening...

The last PC is home-built, it's everything you want from a pc. Runs faster than all the rest, looks better, runs quieter, more powerful, more reliable and it has dust filters something that should be a must n all desktops, sadly it's only included in high end cases.

Then as for apples, yes they are extremely reliable, built quality is good(not perfect) and their customer support is very good. However you pay little double the price compared to dell, for the same core parts. For some people it's worth it, for me it isn't. 

Not to bash on apple, but whats with the: Now you can have all the discomfort of mobile computing in the comfort of your own home! I mean really, trackpads are made for laptops if you can't use a mouse, implementing it in a desktop system is plain stupid. Then mobile graphics in a desktop, mobile graphics run half the speed as desktop graphics for the same price, only they take less space... Why would you even want a slim desktop how small is your house that that matters? And what I do hate them for is for marketing flat key keyboards as good keyboards, they may feel luxurious, but now they made everyone believe that they are better -_-, again a laptop discomfort they are moving over to the desktop world.

 

post #110 of 135
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Originally Posted by Elysian View Post

The fact that you keep having weird computer issues seems to indicate some degree of PEBKAC.



How is this my fault?

 

post #111 of 135

IF you have problems with low-quality malfuncitoning computers, you should look into a thinkpad. those things are to regular laptops what armored veichles to regular cars.

post #112 of 135
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Originally Posted by bcasey25raptor View Post

Every single computer i have used or bought has developed issues slightly down the road.

 

<<snip>>

 

Am i the only one?


Thirty years later my "laptop" is still chugging along.

They sure dont make em like they used to. Haaaaa-Ha!

It just weighs 25 pounds and is sporting a whopping 64K RAM.

This is (was) the ultimate gaming machine! (if you play "Spacewar" or pong)

 

osborne1.jpg
 

 


Edited by livewire - 9/18/11 at 11:17am
post #113 of 135
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Originally Posted by livewire View Post

Thirty years later my "laptop" is still chugging along.

They sure dont make em like they used to. Haaaaa-Ha!

It just weighs 25 pounds and is sporting a whopping 64K RAM.

This is (was) the ultimate gaming machine! (if you play "Spacewar" or pong)

 

osborne1.jpg
 

 


Oh gawd. Z80 and CP/M - those were the days.

 

post #114 of 135

Here's the deal: At this point, most laptops save for a few outliers are largely the same in terms of build quality. I've actually had better luck with Acer products than Lenovos over the last several years. I have set friends up with $300-400 Acers that have lasted them 4+ years as their main or only machines.

 

I'm typing on a $400 Acer right now-- now 25 months old, my main laptop, used 8-16 hours a day, constantly being dragged from home to work to elsewhere, downright purposely abused (I often carry it around wide open and running). The battery's even still good for 4 hours of charge. The only problem I've had is my dog breaking the keyboard on two occasions through a direct hit, and he breaks my capillaries often enough with the same stomping. Keyboards are $16 from eBay and take five minutes to replace. I can handle that.

 

I had a similar experience with the Acer netbook I used for over two years before that. In fact, it was still working just fine when I retired it for this one, just for the screen upgrade.

 

We replaced my wife's Acer with a Lenovo X120e (labeled as a Thinkpad). That machine is utterly hateful and overpriced for what little performance it barely offers; I would not wish it upon anyone. I had a friend buy a T61 and it died in less than 2 years of use. Lenovo Thinkpads are barely the shadow of IBM Thinkpads (I have an X31 which is still kicking 8 years later).

 

Basically, at this point, buy as cheap as you can. Then, if you get a year out of it, you've done well.


Edited by lossfizzle - 9/18/11 at 5:40pm
post #115 of 135
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Originally Posted by lossfizzle View Post

Here's the deal: At this point, most laptops save for a few outliers are largely the same in terms of build quality. I've actually had better luck with Acer products than Lenovos over the last several years. I have set friends up with $300-400 Acers that have lasted them 4+ years as their main or only machines.

 

I'm typing on a $400 Acer right now-- now 25 months old, my main laptop, used 8-16 hours a day, constantly being dragged from home to work to elsewhere, downright purposely abused (I often carry it around wide open and running). The battery's even still good for 4 hours of charge. The only problem I've had is my dog breaking the keyboard on two occasions through a direct hit, and he breaks my capillaries often enough with the same stomping. Keyboards are $16 from eBay and take five minutes to replace. I can handle that.

 

I had a similar experience with the Acer netbook I used for over two years before that. In fact, it was still working just fine when I retired it for this one, just for the screen upgrade.

 

We replaced my wife's Acer with a Lenovo X120e (labeled as a Thinkpad). That machine is utterly hateful and overpriced for what little performance it barely offers; I would not wish it upon anyone. I had a friend buy a T61 and it died in less than 2 years of use. Lenovo Thinkpads are barely the shadow of IBM Thinkpads (I have an X31 which is still kicking 8 years later).

 

Basically, at this point, buy as cheap as you can. Then, if you get a year out of it, you've done well.



I agree but can you help me

 

That is the simplest thing for a computer to do why is it struggling. I can't find anything online.

 

Could it be my ram, video card, motherboard. Just why does my computer suck so much. It shouldn't be doing this.

 

Does the fact earlier on i had a display driver stopped responding message have anything to do with it.

 

programs keep crashing, freezing, glitching out. I am fed up.

post #116 of 135

I don't see anything wrong with the video?

post #117 of 135
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Originally Posted by dirkpitt45 View Post

I don't see anything wrong with the video?



You don't see the unresponsive mouse. I scroll up and it stops. Or i move my mouse over and it gets stuck. Just so you all know i am currently installing Ubuntu.

post #118 of 135

Your RAM may not be seated correctly, your HDD may have been shaken out of it's cradle, depending on how it's mounted and if you use your laptop on your lap (i.e. throw it around a bit).

 

If you reseat the RAM and the HDD and are still having problems, I'd wager you have either a virus or some malware.  Most common problems with computers slowing down is malicious software.

 

 

http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/security_essentials/default.aspx

 

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

 

Both are free (for personal use), lightweight and very well reviewed.

post #119 of 135

my gf's macbook is 4 years old...and few months ago she got her battery changed..thats it.

 

other than that..its been running for 4 years....cannot imagine my hp running for so long....my previous one...its motherboard gave away after 1.5 years.

post #120 of 135

Try a different mouse?

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