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1 PC Help Needed!!! Please... on Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:27 am

Hey guys, any of you have an extra desktop PS that I could borrow?
If any of you have seen her problem before and know what's wrong, let me know. I think it's a dead PS.

See the eMail from my cousin Kristi...

I have a Dell desktop which seems to have been struck by the "orange light of death" (i.e., it won't turn on, the power light flashes orange instead). I've tried unplugging everything, plugging it into a different outlet, no luck. My research suggests something's gone wrong with the internal power or the motherboard. It's 7+ years old, nothing fancy, and doesn't get alot of use. In your opinion, is it worth paying to see what the problem is?

No matter what, I will need to get the data off the hard drive, but I'm told I should be able to remove that myself and buy some sort of casing that will essentially make it an external drive that I could then plug into another computer. Does that sound right to you?

Our company IT contractor offered to do either of the above for $175 + parts.

If only I had known about this problem Sunday, I could've brought it to dinner for an in person lesson!

Thanks for any advice.

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2 Re: PC Help Needed!!! Please... on Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:55 am

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I'd probably want to see the stats, but really if it's "nothing fancy" and 7-years old it's probably not worth saving. She can get a brand new one for $300.

She can get a Hard Drive External Enclosure for fairly cheap. She will need to know what kind of Hard Drive she has as they have different kinds for each type of HD.


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3 Re: PC Help Needed!!! Please... on Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:37 am

I would agree with Ross, 7+ old PC won't be worth fixing.

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4 Re: PC Help Needed!!! Please... on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:23 am

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Also, if she's not a gamer, tell her to buy a basic refurb or clearance computer. They are a lot cheaper, and once refurbished are like new.

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5 Re: PC Help Needed!!! Please... on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:21 am

I don't know about these refurbished PC at $150. These are as slow as my 8 year old PC.
I think it's better to pay $350 for a faster/newer system.

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6 Re: PC Help Needed!!! Please... on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:28 am

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Depends what it's used for. Some people just surf the net occasionally and use it for Facebook.


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Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
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