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Whoo Hoo. I just spent 8 hours fixing an old computer and finally got it working
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RE: Whoo Hoo. I just spent 8 hours fixing an old computer and finally got it working
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LoP Guest  Wrote: (06-16-2019 12:52 AM)
So, just to summarize, what would "that little bugger" be?

either the dust, a smudge on the lens, or perhaps the little gizmo that moves back and forth in the track that reads the cd was stuck. I pushed it all the way to the outside edge away from the center.
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You could just unplug the CD from the system.
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I still use a machine from 2006.

Upgrade it to the max!!

Get a SSD! Windows is so much faster!

Max out the ram! 16gb of ddr2 cost me like 20 USD! And a pair of the fastest processors (it's a dual CPU machine) set me back $15 USD.

Drop in a low power NVIDIA gt 1030 with ddr5 ram and it can even keep up with some new stuff. The card cost me 75 USD
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It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
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RE: Whoo Hoo. I just spent 8 hours fixing an old computer and finally got it working
lmao

I can beat that

I have an old machine I run with win 2k

I fixed it and it is running

old os is better than new

it is not spying on me

"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery"...Thomas Jefferson

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it"...Thomas Jefferson


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RE: Whoo Hoo. I just spent 8 hours fixing an old computer and finally got it working
Advice to those who still have their "old" versions of Windows that are operational: Don't let a tech take your PC back to his shop. They don't know how to fix them.

I am working on my Compaq Presario with Win\Me that the techs nearly destroyed. Hours and hours of work! I ran into this tool kit and have ordered both the hard copy and the USB versions.

Hiren's Boot CD 15.2 will do everything on all operating systems!
All in One Bootable CD. Check it out.

https://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

You can get what you need in the way of all versions on EBay.
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Damnrod  Wrote: (06-16-2019 03:39 AM)
lmao

I can beat that

I have an old machine I run with win 2k

I fixed it and it is running

old os is better than new

it is not spying on me

I have a 386 with os/2. I already have old.

But I run windows 10 on the dual Xeon so I can use modern stuff
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LouisWinthropeIII  Wrote: (06-16-2019 05:17 AM)
Damnrod  Wrote: (06-16-2019 03:39 AM)
lmao

I can beat that

I have an old machine I run with win 2k

I fixed it and it is running

old os is better than new

it is not spying on me

I have a 386 with os/2. I already have old.

But I run windows 10 on the dual Xeon so I can use modern stuff


My old 286 died a while back. My oldest one now an old Compaq running a fresh win 95 install and is only used for a timing system that I built for a pinewood track. Had a cool old "antique" Sun box that I was trying to get running but lost interest and it magically got scrapped while I was out of town.
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Dracula  Wrote: (06-16-2019 12:24 AM)
Whoo Hoo. I just spent 8 hours fixing an old computer and finally got it working.

I had an old computer running windows 7 that had crashed two months ago. I worked on from time to time, but today with it being rainy and not much else to do, I worked through all the troubleshooting techniques I could think of.
It kept giving me an error saying "windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer. This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard drive or CD-ROM drive that is failing."

So I sat an pondered, since there was no disk in it, and no USB drive in use. Then I opened up the CD disk on the side, blew some compressed air into it, cleaned the sensor. moved the sensor back and forth on the track, then tried a system restore again.

THEN......Voilà!!! SUCCESS! that little bugger was the culprit. I'm so relieved to be able to fix it finally.

chuckle

Cheer

I know the feeling! I remember spending hours going thru wnd32rdl apartments to find the virus the shut an old computer down. It was like winning $2000, because that is what a base price PC was back then
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