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I bought a new computer

I couldn't scrape together enough for a new starter computer, so I bought a refurbished Dell Optiplex. I spend about $130 but I got a 1 year warranty (probably not really needed). It is not great but works much better than my old one, and came with Vista, so I don't run into problems with XP not being supported. So far it does everything OK that I've tried, and I'm hoping to add a cheap video card.

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Nice. I also went the 'refurbish' route for my computer earlier this year. Saved a lot and like you got a one year warranty.
Many years ago, I got my first laptop as a refurbished. It came off the line with a bad hard drive being found during 'burn in' so HD was replaced and laptop was sold for 50% less and an extended 3 year warranty. I am still using the 15 year old machine for record keeping.
standready on Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:51 pm
Congratulations with the new computer SI. Sounded as though you really needed one. What are the specs for your Optiplex?
deanhills on Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:35 am
Let's just hope it isn't the model that turns itself off when it detects phone radiation within a certain radius lol. As reliable office crunchers they are actually solid little machines, very efficient power, etc.
Josso on Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:15 pm
Hi Josso. Nice to see you posting again. I'm curious, why would it be designed to turn off when it detects phone radiation?

I'm curious to know more about SI's Optiplex as I own one myself. I bought a new OptiPlex 9020 in April of this year. Only started to use it in July, as was very reluctant to say goodbye to my old computer. Once Windows 7 had settled down with its hundreds of updates though, started to enjoy it. My first brand computer ever. Not too bad so far (knock on wood).
deanhills on Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:45 pm
Where do you find refurbished computers? All I see in the stores are new computers.
Peterssidan on Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:34 am
Go online even to the store's website. Also computer manufacturers' website. My laptop came directly from manufacturer. My latest desktop came through a store's website and shipped to local store for pick up.
standready on Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:31 pm
@Peterssidan. Most computer stores in the UAE have at least a few refurbished computers/laptops for sale. I've also seen stores specializing in refurbished computers.
deanhills on Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:13 pm
I went to a shop called "Discount Electronics" or something like that. It looked like all they had was Dells. It's pretty quiet, and no major issues yet. There a couple of minor ones:

1. It hasn't turned itself off automatically, but it seems like it is set to boot up at 11:00PM my time, for some reason. I'm not sure how this is set up or how to turn it off. This is the first time I've seen that on a computer.

2. I think there may be a couple of issues with Vista. On one of my web sites, there a button that toggles, but it won't toggle on this computer (I think the site is run by shockwave or flash). I haven't been able to figure this out, but it's not really an issue with the hardware. It also gave me a notification to update Flash but I wasn't able to update it yet. I noticed at one point a Windows process was taking up 40% or more of the CPU. I think I fixed one of those issues by having to turn off Windows Updates (that was one of the processes, there may be others).

Though I would preferred Windows 7 or 8, $120 wasn't too bad, especially since it came with a 1 year warranty (that actually surprised me). One thing I didn't realize when I bought it though: It has a 32 bit OS, so it won't do me any good to put 4 GB of RAM (It has 2 slots with 1GB RAM each). I will only be able to put 3 GB of RAM. I also want to add a video card for older games, but the PSU is not very high power; it could need replacing.
SpaceInvader75 on Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:20 pm
I fixed at least one of the issues, by switching from Chrome to FireFox and updating Adobe Flash. So maybe Chrome would have been OK IF I had been able to update Flash. It might not be a Chrome problem, but it seems that there are still some Chrome issues with Vista. Anyway, at least I fixed one problem.
SpaceInvader75 on Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:04 am
Even though I would prefer a "generic" PC to a name brand, I would have to say at this point I do prefer Dell to HP. However, I will be quick to point out that this Dell apparently has has most bundled software removed (but I don't know what was originally included). I know HP usually has way to many things included. Also, this Dell is quieter than any HP I've ever owned. One could argue it has less ventilation, but looking at the case it seems to more (and larger) than average holes for ventilation.
SpaceInvader75 on Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:09 am

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