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How old is your computer?
Terminal at 7:32AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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With good enough care, any computer can last for a long time. Sure it's parts with start to break, and you'll have to replace things, but whatever.

My computer is a Sony Vaio that is now eight years old, sure the graphics card sucks (..it can run Flight Simulator, but it's very slow.) the screen is broken, the speakers have this terrible habit of creating this static noise or shutting down, I've gone through one keyboard and three mouses. All around, it's a pretty good computer that can take a solid beating and still work. This coming from the girl that downloads so much crap off the internet that it's amazing how I don't have a virus. Not to mention it's pretty powerful. It just needs more space. I'm thinking of this year buying a new moniter, some new speakers, a hard drive, a graphic card and I'll be set for another three years.

I've only had to reboot the thing once, and that was only because the computer didn't want to start. I'm thinking of doing it again, just to get some free space and delete all that crap I don't need.

What about you guys, your computer, how old is it? any problems with it?
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Aurora Moon at 8:02AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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my comptuer's 11 years old now…. it's an black dell comptuer. it's been usually good to me so far but now it's starting to have memory issues, and not the harddrive kind but the vitural memory kind… in terms of ram or whatever.

I've been upgrading it now though. I got a second harddrive, and now I have a new graphics card that I ordered that I have to yet to install.
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hat at 8:09AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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1996 man!!
Only 512 ram and still runs like a pro.
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Wolfer at 8:16AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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I bought mine last fall. I hate it. Can't run anything. Gonna buy a new CPU and Graphics card when Vista is released.
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sandy at 8:29AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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Wow, I thought mine was getting on in years. I purchased my Dell Dimension Desktop 8250 in the year of 2002 and it's a little slow but no viruses and nothing has really broken yet. Except the screen may be wearing out. I've upgraded the internal memory a few years ago, and when I started with the computer I had only about one gig of useable memory. I shelled out six hundred beans to give it another gig, plus I now have an external drive which gives me a whole other hard drive besides the one I got. So I'm trying real hard to extend the life of this computer. And hopefully my screen will die out faster than my mother board. Then I can get that nice flat lcd screen I've always wanted.
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carrollhach at 9:10AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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I splurged in 2004 and bought a Mac G5.It's still the best computer I have. I was always a windows guy prior… built my own computers for years.
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WingNut at 9:17AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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I revamped mine in may, but my baby hates me because its a rocking gaming rig, and all I do is draw anymore. ;)

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AQua_ng at 11:00AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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CommonSense at 11:50AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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Summer '06, hard core gaming rig ftw!
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BigFishComic at 11:52AM, Jan. 14, 2007
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heeey mine is a sony vaio too ‘cept I bought it…something like 4 or 5 years ago. It has crashed many times and is generally rather slow and useless but what can I say? It’s mine.

The glowing blue vaio logo which matches the glowing blue line on the tablet and the glowing blue buttons on the external HD make it all worth it.
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skoolmunkee at 2:02PM, Jan. 14, 2007
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My Satellite laptop is about 3 years old now. I don't have any real problems with it, but that's because I know how to take care of the things. :) Plus I am smart about software, virus/spyware, installation… etc.

My work laptop though, another Satellite… that thing's only 1 year old and it's a hunk of junk. I think I'm going to ask them to wipe it out and re-install everything because I'm seriously having problems with it that have no logical answer and really hinder my ability to work on it.
  IT'S OLD BATMAN
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ozoneocean at 3:04PM, Jan. 14, 2007
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I dunno when I got my main machine… mid 2003 maybe? Either that or early 2004. I've upgrades a few things… Extra montor, nice video card, new processor fan, new much bigger power pack, two extra internal hardrives and a nice big 400gig external drive in a lovely aluminium case. Ooo, it did have to get a new motherboard too a while ago, seems it got spiked or something.

Anyway, it's always run well. I keep it in very good shape. And I have a back-up PC as well that's only about a year and a half old.

There's no way I'd get a Mac even though I did consider it when the backup needed replacing: if something goes seriously wrong with your comp it's most likely to be hardware and Mac's are at a severe price disadvantage there.
 
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shaneronzio at 3:10PM, Jan. 14, 2007
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Wolfer at 1:49AM, Jan. 15, 2007
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Who else is gonna upgrade when Vista is released? I know I will.
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ozoneocean at 2:07AM, Jan. 15, 2007
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If I could be bothered getting Vista… Maybe in a year or so. Maybe a year and a half? I didn't even get XP untill I got this machine in 2003-04.
 
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Cope at 3:29AM, Jan. 15, 2007
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I've had mine since circa 2001. The RAM was upgraded to meet the minimum requirements for Windows XP in December '05, but other than that it is old and decrepit.
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josif at 8:52AM, Jan. 15, 2007
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My pc is from good old 2004…
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mishi_hime at 2:00PM, Jan. 15, 2007
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mac book pro (yay laptop :D)
OS X (tiger kitty)
1 gb RAM
70gb hardrive
i bought it fer skool.
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skoolmunkee at 8:39AM, Jan. 16, 2007
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mishi_hime
i bought it fer skool.

Aww, thanks! So when can I expect it?
  IT'S OLD BATMAN
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sandy at 11:54AM, Jan. 16, 2007
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Windows Vista? EEP! Oh my god, my computer is that old? I'm still running on XP. I hope my next version of Norton Antivirus runs on that. Well, I suppose this is trying to tell me something and maybe not. I'm gonna keep my old computer for as long as I can because buying a new one can get awfully pricey. Does anyone know if it's cheap enough to upgrade through the same computer company from which you bought your computer from?
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ozoneocean at 12:13PM, Jan. 16, 2007
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No, they can gouge you just like anybody else… Building your own is cheapest, but the cheapest easy thing to do is to buy from small specialist computer shops that have good webites for buying computer parts. You can usually pick what bits you want and they'll build the whole thing pretty cheaply. They're also the best people to go to for upgrades, just make sure they have a shop front near you and not on the other side of the country!

…The worst people to buy computers from are big department stores, electronics and entertaiment specialists, and IBM. Big mark-ups for ordinary crap… Plus, the people they employ are morons who don't know anything about computers what-so-ever!'
-not that computer techs anywhere are that bright, but if they specialise in computers they tend to pick up a little bit of knowledge eventually at least. lol!
 
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OutofLine at 12:31PM, Jan. 16, 2007
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I got my computer in spring 06, it's very good for games - 3.06GHz, 1gig RAM and a Geforce6200 graphics card. :)
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marine at 12:34PM, Jan. 16, 2007
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I've got a network of four computers that I use. Most are less then a year old.
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LunarYouko at 12:40PM, Jan. 16, 2007
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Hmm….. I think my computer is something like 2-3 years old now. Seems like its been longer though.
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sandy at 6:31PM, Jan. 16, 2007
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No, they can gouge you just like anybody else… Building your own is cheapest, but the cheapest easy thing to do is to buy from small specialist computer shops that have good webites for buying computer parts. You can usually pick what bits you want and they'll build the whole thing pretty cheaply. They're also the best people to go to for upgrades, just make sure they have a shop front near you and not on the other side of the country!

…The worst people to buy computers from are big department stores, electronics and entertaiment specialists, and IBM. Big mark-ups for ordinary crap… Plus, the people they employ are morons who don't know anything about computers what-so-ever!'
-not that computer techs anywhere are that bright, but if they specialise in computers they tend to pick up a little bit of knowledge eventually at least. lol!


Hmm, you're right, building them by hand is cheapest but I'm just an artist not a computer engineer. Ahh well, I think what I'll do is keep an eye out for those free shipping and handling offers that Dell's been shelling out lately. That's how I got my computer for a really good price. I watched the sales…
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NotBob at 9:25AM, March 3, 2007
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Bought myself a laptop on the Thursday after last Christmas ‘coz I knew Santa wouldn’t get me one! It's wireless enabled which means I can do all my internet stuff for free down at the pub! WAAHAY!!! And some of the graphics packages I've loaded onto it are fantastic! Now if only I can learn how to use my pen and tablet properly…
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silentkitty at 10:52AM, March 3, 2007
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Mine's pushing about six years now, I believe. It still works fairly well until I try to open a giant art file in Photoshop. It starts showing its age right around 150MB and it only gets worse from there, lol. =P

I also have one from a while back that still has Windows ME on it, but I don't use it for anything anymore aside from playing music.
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TheTopHat at 12:01PM, March 3, 2007
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3 years or so. bought with my 1st paycheck…and it hates me.

Well maby not but is a querky bugger, full of little prombles i figer out how to go round but not fix.
One good thing about this is that no one but me can figer out how to get the thing to work. It a pain in the ass but i love it.

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FAL at 9:31AM, March 5, 2007
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I use an iMac G5 for drawing my comic. It's about 2 years old now.

It's great except It doesn't have the power to handle some of my backgrounds. Sometimes I have to draw without seeing what I'm doing since it takes a few seconds to update… (I draw everything in Flash, although it doesn't look like it)

Of course this is all program related since in Illustrator it can handle anything I draw, but I dont like the look of it's strokes…
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Freux at 12:50AM, March 8, 2007
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I totally souped mine up a few months ago for WoW.. then I quit playing. Boo!

Mine has the weirdest/neatest model name ever. It's called an ‘ABS Awesome’.
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