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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:55 pm

Good point harry :thumbs
If you are buying a new laptop, you would expect it to come with a Li-ion Battery which doesn't suffer from the memory effect that older batteries did.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:10 pm

Just a word of warning chaps.

My desktop PC has been playing up the last six months or so, had to replace the graphics card, wifi stopped working, screen hanging for ages at a time.

So I decided to get myself another desktop
One that is built to your needs for Memory, hard drive etc, and you omit what you don't need
So I already had a monitor, keyboard, mouse etc and I also had a windows 7 premium disk, so I didn't want any of that, and it keeps the price down.

So I backed up my PC with everything that's on it, to my backup drive
The desktop PC came yesterday, so I started to set it up, by loading my windows 7 premium

Didn't want to play, kept crashing
Tried it about four times before giving up, and phoning the company that built it.

Oh it won't take windows 7 he said, only windows 10.
Why won't it take windows 7
It's not compatible
But I don't want windows 10, that's why I selected no operating system
Why don't you want windows 10
Because I don't like it, and because I have a perfectly good windows 7 here which cost me £80
I'm sorry sir, but all the latest hardware that is fitted is for use with windows 10.

I now have to get myself a copy of windows 10
And I'm not sure what's going to happen with all the stuff I have backed up, will it go onto my windows 10 ?....... fook knows

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:10 am

Just a quick update on this, as it was something I knew nothing about.

As I was saying, I now had a new PC with no operating system on it and was faced with buying a new copy of windows which costs around £80.
The support guy from the company that built the PC told me the cheapest way to do it, is to go to the microsoft windows site and download Windows 10

To get a Windows 10 licence, search for “Windows 10 Licence key” in Google Shopping and make sure the particular shop has a Google Rating star system, you should be fine. Also, don’t be surprised if the Pro licence is cheaper than the Home licence, it’s a crazy world!
The one I got was £20

Once you’ve got that and you have created a Bootable USB or DVD with it then please perform a clean windows 10 install.
Apparently it's all perfectly legal and windows will continue to update your system.

So there you have it. A new copy of windows for £20

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by charliepie » Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:07 pm

Thanks for that handy tip Col, sorry I've not been on this thread since last December! What kind of pc have you got now specswise? You should be able to install windows 7 on any new pc today but you have to change some bios settings - change uefi to legacy and enable csm mode I think if I remember correctly. I have had to install windows 7 on some new all-in-one machines for some of my clients as they hate windows 10 so much! It can be a bit of a fiddle but it's definitely possible.
Russ - what tv and laptop did you end up with? Laptops are a bit of a lottery I find, best not to spend too much and then replace in 3 years - I still use my trusty old Samsung RV511 bought 5 years ago(intel i3 cpu and windows 7) though I did change to an ssd hard drive for better performance. I also bought a chromebook for £99 a few months ago, it's the Lenovo N22 which will have access to the Google playstore next year and the battery lasts 8 hours, no fan so good to use in bed on the duvet. It came with 2 years/100gb google drive storage space worth £40 so it really was a bargain and although they have their limitations they are great for web browsing/youtube etc...

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:45 pm

Hi Charlie
It's just basically a bigger hard drive, more memory, and up to date spec.

The support guy did tell me that he could help me to load windows 7 onto my new PC by changing some settings in the bios, but he couldn't recommend it, as the tech guys all agreed that they had problems down the line doing that. And for the sake of £20 a fresh install of windows 10 was the better option.

Ps...I hated windows 10 at first as well...But you do get used to it.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by charliepie » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:10 pm

I've never had problems changing back to legacy mode, hate the new uefi bios myself! Actually windows 8.1 with classic shell installed is probably my preferred windows os at the moment, 10 is ok but I've had a few annoying problems like the start button suddenly not working and only solution was a clean install!! Managed to fix it by reinstalling windows apps the first time but when it happened again there was no fix available which is shocking. Newer versions may have solved this problem but I'm not sure, onedrive is a nightmare at times too and MS are very slow to fix issues.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:23 pm

Need a new printer, cheap and cheerful (£30 - £40). Anyone bought one recently that they'd recommend or swerve?

I've got it down to a toss up between these two at the moment, both Which best buys. Just trying to decide if the dearer one merits the extra tenner. Will only be for occasional use but do need to have one.

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/4508364

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/2813824

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Janthefish » Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:36 pm

We just bought a HP one from Sainsburys, if you print less than 50 sheets a month you can pay £2 a month to cover all inks.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:43 pm

Amazing how top of the range printers are so cheap now. :thumbs

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:18 pm

Cheers for the replies, will probably go for the cheaper Canon having done more reading up.

Should be fine for my purposes.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by PlaceWinner » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:16 pm

Any suggestions guys about the best free Aniti Virus/Firewall/Ad blocker etc ?
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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by peanut » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:56 pm

I use AVG antivirus free, along with Adblock plus & ghostery.
Have for years without any problems :thumbs

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by PlaceWinner » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:23 pm

Thanks buddy
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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:26 am

Yeah, I use AVG as well, never had any problems with it. :thumbs

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by PlaceWinner » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:01 pm

:thumbs

Will sort all the above later in week
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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:21 pm

Thinking about a new laptop, don't want to spend too much (it's mainly to avoid regularly carrying my current one between 2 locations).

Anyone looked at or bought laptops lately? Been a few years since I researched that market.

Seen this recommended from a quick look.

https://www.ebuyer.com/808485-lenovo-v1 ... erm=103504

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:34 pm

I've not looked at Laptops recently either, I bought the missus a tablet a little while ago, as I thought that was the way the laptop market was going.
But that Lenovo is a lot of Laptop for £300 quid

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Matt » Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:33 am

I'm getting one in the next couple of weeks, but I've not looked into it. I might do some research later this morning.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:15 am

Matt wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:33 am
I'm getting one in the next couple of weeks, but I've not looked into it. I might do some research later this morning.
Feel free to share any particularly worth considering (or ones to avoid). Though, with our respective betting P/Ls you’ll probably be going much more high end than me!

I might be able to get some Which recommendations.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by PlaceWinner » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:15 am

Got a Lenevo tablet which is rubbish compared to the Apple version

Which puts me off getting one of their laptops
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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Matt » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:56 pm

I want a large screen and I need to buy it from John Lewis (I have loads of vouchers) so at the moment this is the one I am looking at:

https://www.johnlewis.com/hp-pavilion-1 ... r/p3619288

I've a asked a techie pal to tell me if it is any good or not.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:12 pm

Matt wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:56 pm
I want a large screen and I need to buy it from John Lewis (I have loads of vouchers) so at the moment this is the one I am looking at:

https://www.johnlewis.com/hp-pavilion-1 ... r/p3619288

I've a asked a techie pal to tell me if it is any good or not.
Feel free to ask him to cast a quick eye over the Lenovo one I posted the link to! ;-)

Looks decent Matt, a bit above my budget at the moment.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Matt » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:33 pm

Both sound options apparently. :thumbs

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:23 pm

I ended up going with this laptop.

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing ... 3-pdt.html

Read a few too many negative comments about Lenovo laptops in the end, the same things kept cropping up in different places.

Positive first impression having got it up in running, but can't say I'm a fan of Windows 10 on first viewing. Guy I know says he's got used to it now though, and prefers it to 7 on his work laptop.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:30 pm

That's a good price harry :thumbs
Yeah, didn't like windows 10 when I first got it either, but after a month or so it just blends in.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:32 pm

I'm sure that will be the case. Freaked me out a bit when it was talking to me during set up but I soon told it to shut it! :lol

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:36 pm

harry_rag wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:23 pm
Need a new printer, cheap and cheerful (£30 - £40). Anyone bought one recently that they'd recommend or swerve?

I've got it down to a toss up between these two at the moment, both Which best buys. Just trying to decide if the dearer one merits the extra tenner. Will only be for occasional use but do need to have one.

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/4508364

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/2813824
What printer did you go for harry?
Turned my power off the other day to change a socket, and the printer has never come back on.

So looking for a new printer.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:44 pm

Went for the first one, fine for me for the occasional use I make of it. Not tried scanning or copying yet but happy with the printing. All wireless which seems like magic to me having not bought a printer for so long!

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:34 pm

Perfect harry
Ordered, pick it up in the morning. :thumbs

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:57 pm

:thumbs Hopefully be a doddle to set up. Seem to remember it being fairly easy but there was something that it took me a couple attempts to figure out. Just be gentle with it as it's fairly fragile if you try and force the wrong bit!

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