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02 February 2009 @ 05:16 pm
Update 2 Damn, damn, damn.  
It's the hard drive.

%^&&**(^%$$#^*&%@

Options are: 

Purchase new drive and have it installed: $260.00 - Ready day after tomorrow.
Bring them my old laptop with the dead power system and see if they can create a frankenputer with it's brain: $135.00 (if it's compatable) - Ready day after tomorrow.

If the hard drive in my old system is damaged or incompatable I don't really want to put $260 into a $600 computer with a screen that that has issues (there is funky stuff around the edges that looks like it might be mildew inside. My alternative to THAT would be to buy a new cheap laptop: $600 at 19%interest on the credit card (unless they finance).

Either way once I leave here tonight I won't have access to the 'net until I get back to work tomorrow morning so I'm going to go clock out and come back to download some stuff to my Palm.
 
 
 
Scribe Figaroscribefigaro on February 2nd, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
$260 for a hard drive? Wow. I can get a 160 GB HDD for my laptop for $70, or another 1 TB HDD for my PC for $105. Why so expensive?
ranuelranuel on February 2nd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
$65/hour labor x 2 plus $135 for the drive. I don't know why it's so expensive. If I knew how to do this myself and had the operating system disks (did not come with the computer) I probably could do it much cheaper but I don't.

Scribe Figaroscribefigaro on February 3rd, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Selling a computer with installed software but not providing the install media for those programs is pretty crummy, and IME almost always illegal. (The entity selling the PC intends to keep and continue using the same software activation keys.) Once in a while people ask me for advice on selling a PC and tell me they want to keep the install media for themselves, and it leads to problems like yours.

I've used SystemRescueCD and copy the entire hard drive to a new one, but if the old drive is crapping out to much to be read this won't help.

You really need the install media. You could get a new hard drive and a fresh copy of XP Pro SP2/3 for less than $260.

Just my two cents, anyway.
ranuelranuel on February 3rd, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
This system has been trouble almost from the start so I really, really don't intend to put that much money into it. It even has this weird greyish haze around the edges of the inside of the screen now. If the brain from the old laptop isn't compatable I'm going to just buy a new laptop.
Kristin: Science Dockriscynical on February 3rd, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
There is something to be said for befriending the tech geeks in high school and keeping up with them after.
ranuelranuel on February 3rd, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Dating them can be especially convienient but once you break up there goes a resource.