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Dare I buy a new computer!!!!!
« on: Thursday 03 January 08 19:45 GMT (UK) »
About 18 months ago I bought a new hard drive and memory for this old computer of mine as it went on me.
Its now become very troublesome and I am afraid it is going to break down again
I am contemplating buying a new base (dont need anything else)but my dilemma is this.
How do I get all my documents and pictures from this computer to a new one also I downloaded Norton onto my computer recently after buying on line and have no disk.
Also how do I set up Outlook Express on a new computer.
Finally does any one have any idea of specs I should choose and I use skype so do I need some Extra to speak and hear?
I know there are a  lot of questions but maybe you could just answer one or two
Erin
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Re: Dare I buy a new computer!!!!!
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 03 January 08 19:55 GMT (UK) »
Hi Erin - just buy a 'barebones' base unit and transfer your hard disk to it; Windows may wonder whats happened when it wakes up in a new box, but overall it should work and your pics will be available as will Norton.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/products/a789x1y0z1p0s0n0m1


There may be some setup wrinkles, but I'm sure the gurus on here will comment ....
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Re: Dare I buy a new computer!!!!!
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 03 January 08 19:58 GMT (UK) »
Think that would be beyond me. I need something less technical Im afraid!!!!
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Re: Dare I buy a new computer!!!!!
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 03 January 08 19:59 GMT (UK) »
Hi Erin

If you don't want to go this route, I would suggest you try to avoid Windows Vista at all costs - I had loads of problems with software (e.g. camera & scanner drivers & accessories and FTM 2006) not working on my new laptop!

You could also connect the old computer to the new one and transfer your files and settings.

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Re: Dare I buy a new computer!!!!!
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 03 January 08 20:02 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Bill
I bought Windows Xp when I got the new hard drive so I have that disk.Maybe my local computer shop will help me with the transferring. What would you suggest for specifications to choose?

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Re: Dare I buy a new computer!!!!!
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 03 January 08 20:05 GMT (UK) »
Erin - I hear you, but its really dead easy - and for 150 sovs you'll get a real price performance deal - top line CPU - and all for the effort of fiddling with 4 small bolts and a cable ! to move your HD into the new case.

If you have XP on CD, its just as easy to reinstall it .....


anyway look at the prices and compare with Dell and PC World !
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Re: Dare I buy a new computer!!!!!
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 03 January 08 20:18 GMT (UK) »
The company Newfster mentioned also does base units... with the option of having XP!

Its a good company, I always use them.

If you buy a new base, you will have to also install Office for word, excel and Outlook express.

When you downloaded Nortons, did you save it anywhere on your present pc before installing it? If so, the download package should still be intact for you to transfer over to your new pc.  I've not done this before with Nortons but did they supply you with a  software KEY which you enter during setup or registration? do you still have it, perhaps they emailed it to you?

To transfer files, you could just install your old drive as a second drive and then move over all your files. Don't forget to copy your favourites and backup your emails to transfer.

Setting up Outlook express is easy, when you first open it, it will walk you through  set up
It will ask for your name (as you wish to be known on your sent emails)
you will need your account name, email address  and password (provided by your ISP) and also the names of your incoming and outgoing servers.

You can find out what your server names are by looking at your present outlook express.
Open Outlook and go to tools > Accounts
Select your account (there may be more than one depending on your setup)
click on properties. When the properties window opens, click on the servers tab. Now copy down what it says exactly for incoming and outgoing servers.
Now cancel out of these windows as you do not want to make any changes here.

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Re: Dare I buy a new computer!!!!!
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 03 January 08 20:29 GMT (UK) »
And another non-vote for Vista from me! Horrible system that you can't put your old software on.

You can buy what you need with good old xp if you shop around.

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Re: Dare I buy a new computer!!!!!
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 03 January 08 20:41 GMT (UK) »
hi all

i recently bought a bare bones system from novatech just a box , power
supply , motherboard ,  &  processor
as i fitted in my hard drive and cd re-writer and floppy disc drive i remembered
that i had a dvd player rescued from a relatives computer failure and
thought it would be an idea to fit that as well
so floppy drive fitted(i need this for making direct line trees for people
starting out) , hard drive set to master , cdrw set to slave , and
get another flat cable to connect up the dvd and............
it's not there no second connection on the motherboard  :o
now i know it's not top of the range but even my old one had two
connections
then i read up on the motherboard and there there are extra connections
but these are round cable connections not flat cable
in the future motherboards will become round cable connections only.
you can buy some kind of adapter board , but be aware when buying
bare bone systems in the future that they might connect directly to you old
cd , cdrw , dvd , or dvdrw disc drives

yours

ev

ps i also bought a complete box for my daughter from novotech with a
     do everything disc player/drive
     higher spec. than mine just over two hundred pounds
     this included matching black mouse and keybord - good value free delivery
     (about 4 days) just had to connect it up and load windows xp
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