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    03-23-2014, 06:04 PM
computer longetivity- laptop vs desktop

My dad makes computers. Only my last one lasted 6 months and the hard drive went out. I'm thinking of buying something new instead. The problem with "home-made" is that he gets the parts from different places and they are ticking time-bombs before something goes out.

I'm thinking of getting a laptop as that is something he can't make and I really want one.

Any suggestions on brand?

My original desktop was a compaq and it lasted a good 6 years and eventually started making noises, although it still ran... I'm not against getting a new desktop but I don't want to upset my dad.

I'm really upset because I love taking pictures and I lost 6 months worth of photos which are not replaceable. I was planning on backing it up this week... Only it black screened on me. My dad says the hard drive failed and I won't be able to get anything off of it.
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    03-23-2014, 07:02 PM
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Re your lost files - I think we've all been there and it's a lesson hard learned to back up your files on a regular basis. At least if you're going new, the new computers will handle flash drives and they're so handy and convenient for backing up massive amounts of data (I even have data duplicated on a couple of flash drives just in case one of the flash drives develops problems).

Re laptop vs desktop - I've got both. I've got a laptop that I bought back in the '80's and it still works ('Impulse' brand, fyi). Generally, I think the desktop will live a little longer than a laptop but it really boils down to personal preference and intended use - I suspect if you're not doing stuff that requires lots of power by way of ramped up video cards, heavy process speeds, etc., that a laptop will be fine. Both my desktop and current laptop are HPs.
    03-28-2014, 08:43 AM
The benefit of a desktop computer is that if one component dies, you can replace it. Any component. With a laptop, if a component dies it's harder to replace - ESPECIALLY when it comes to the motherboard, which cannot be replaced.

My desktop died about 9 months ago and it only took this long to fix it because I'm extraordinarily lazy. I just bought a new video card and problem solved. $99 fix versus probably $3500 to buy the COMPONENTS to build another one of the same standard. Forget pre-built.

My problem is that I think my hard drive might be on its way out and my motherboard and CPU are old, so if I need to buy a new hard drive, I'll have to replace all the connecting components as well or it won't be compatible. I intend to rebuild my computer completely as I have the money to do it, though.
    03-28-2014, 09:15 AM
If you really want a (Windows) laptop, pay a little more and get one from Lenovo (who IBM sold their ThinkPad business to).
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    04-21-2014, 09:52 AM
I'd get a Mac (Apple) if I were you. They're expensive but are generally better computers and last longer, in my experience. I actually don't have one but my. On and grandparents do and they are great and long lasting. Oh, and fewer viruses are made for Macs since not as many people have them.
    04-21-2014, 10:21 AM
I agree with getting a Lenovo. F they're great machines. My husband who does IT in a business/factory/networking seeing uses one for work and has never had any problems. It's about 6 years old at this point.
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    04-21-2014, 12:17 PM
Poundinghooves to my knowledge Macs can't actually GET viruses due to the different coding for executable programs.

You can write a virus in notepad if you know what you're doing, but you can't write one that will affect a Mac!
    04-21-2014, 01:48 PM
Another vote for Lenovo. I've had very good experiences with ThinkPads. My last one lasted 6 years until a leaking water bottle in my bookbag on the plane killed it My employer uses Lenovos and HPs; I've always gotten the Lenovos and had very few problems, whereas my DH's group (same company) required them to all use the HPs and he's always having issues.

I also really like the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 and am about to buy one for myself. They're a bit more of a niche device, so I don't necessarily recommend them for everyone. I travel a lot so the small size is a big plus for me, but if you're used to a desktop then it may be a little too big of a change for you. There is a docking station for it, though, so you could hook it up to your external monitor/keyboard/mouse and use it like that.
    04-21-2014, 01:50 PM
Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
poundinghooves to my knowledge Macs can't actually GET viruses due to the different coding for executable programs.
They can get viruses, but they can't get the same viruses as Windows. Whoever codes the virus would have to specifically code it for Mac/Unix.
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    04-21-2014, 03:36 PM
Interesting... they're still being marketed as unable to get viruses. As are Chromebooks, but my Chromebook has been a problem child for a few months now. It was perfect when I bought it. So all I can think is that the advertising is false...

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