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Old 05-29-2014, 12:18 PM   #1
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Microsoft says Windows XP is no longer supported so that my computer is vulnerable--I didn't notice this before so it's been a few or several months--and that I should either get Windows 8 or buy a new computer. I can't get Windows 8. My Dell Dimension 3100 is 8 years old n it may not be workiing well, but money is a problem.
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That PC is getting very old and since Windows XP is no longer supported you might as well get a new PC. But like you said money can be an issue, so I'd like to know what your budget is.
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if money is an issue. Download Lubuntu. It puts new life into old computers.
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The situation is that I can afford something that invovles a considerable amount only if really necessary. I can aford a portable but only if i really need a new computer.

BikerEcho,

What about security issues?
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If you are thinking about viruses don't worry.
It gets less viruses and spyware than mac. Reason you might ask. Simple, it's market share are between 1-2%.
No cyber criminal want to put afford into program viruses for unpopular operating systems.
Also most Linux users are very knowledge about IT and is not the kind of people cyber criminals are aiming for.
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If your computer is 8 years old, and you need to use one everyday, then yes it's probably time for a new computer.

Are you looking to buy one or do you want to build one?
If you want to build, but don't feel confident about picking parts, then these kits are great.
This one is 50% off right now: LINK

This one is basically the same, but with more RAM: LINK


With that in mind, you will still need to buy an OS to put on them. You don't have to get Win8 - you can still get Win7.
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If your computer is 8 years old, and you need to use one everyday, then yes it's probably time for a new computer.

Are you looking to buy one or do you want to build one?
If you want to build, but don't feel confident about picking parts, then these kits are great.
This one is 50% off right now: LINK

This one is basically the same, but with more RAM: LINK


With that in mind, you will still need to buy an OS to put on them. You don't have to get Win8 - you can still get Win7.
I must agree, A kit is perfect in your case and if you will be doing is using it for basic tasks such as internet, emails and that sorta thing then I'd go for the kit.
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Building it myself would be too complicated and cost about the sam e as a portable.

In any case, I don't know if my computer is working badly because it's old or becasue of the OS or if it's normal. It seems something goes wrong about every half hour. I often can't get out of websites, some of them have all kinds of problems, I often get the "can't be found" message, it's low in starting, taking about 3 minutes, I get a critical message for something just fixed, n now I'm getting a strange message when it starts up.
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It's due to software issues.
If you have been running that system for 8 years without formatting it sure is time for a clean install.
Only component that should not be working as when you got it is your harddrivek. Harddrives gets slower over time.
If money is tight, get a new SSD and put Lubuntu on it. Your computer will feel 5 years newer.
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Building it myself would be too complicated and cost about the sam e as a portable.
It's not nearly as complicated as it seems and it is usually cheaper.
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I would go with what BikerEcho said to do. You can get a really good ssd for a very affordable price if you look hard enough, let me link you one.

This ssd is just one of the best you can get for the price. I've used it myself and was very pleased.

Mushkin Enhanced MKNSSDCR120GB-7 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com
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If you aren't comfortable with doing it yourself Tigerdirect may offer to build it for you at an small extra cost.
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BikerEcho,

Lubuntu sounds good. But what's an SSD?
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I would get windows 7 I put it on my moms 8yo XPS 400 and it runs fine. but if you wan't a new PC I wouldn't buy one I always prefer to build cause of the limitations when buying from a big company such as Dell or HP
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BikerEcho,

OK, I know now, I hadn't seen the last posting by jmcavalli.

Another thing I forgot is that it roars up a lot.

I think I'll try the SDD n Lubuntu.
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Lubuntu sounds good. But what's an SSD?
Read this.

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Short for Solid-State Drive or Solid-State Disk, SSD is a drive that uses non-volatile memory as a means of storing and accessing data, much like computer RAM. Unlike other storage devices such as hard drives, an SSD has no moving parts, which gives it advantages such as accessing stored information faster, produces no noise, often more reliable, and consume much less power than the traditional hard drive (HDD) found in computers. The picture shows a Crucial SSD and is an example of what a SSD looks like. - See here What is SSD (Solid-State Drive)?


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Windows 7? Would this be better than Lubuntu?

BK 123,

Thanks for the link. Apparently, I would have to use it in conjunction with the standard hard drive I already have. How would I put this SSD in?
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Windows 7? Would this be better than Lubuntu?

BK 123,

Thanks for the link. Apparently, I would have to use it in conjunction with the standard hard drive I already have. How would I put this SSD in?
Really it all depends on what the PC is used for. If you want to do light gaming on it I would go windows since a lot of games aren't supported by Linux but if it's just for web surfing and stuff like that Lubuntu will be fine
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Thanks for the link. Apparently, I would have to use it in conjunction with the standard hard drive I already have. How would I put this SSD in?
You need to do the following:
  • Download Lubuntu and burn it to a disk
  • Make a backup of all your important files
  • turn off the computer and plug out the old harddrive.
  • Toss it away because it's old and worn out
  • Plugin your new shiny SSD
  • Install Lubuntu (need any help with this step, feel free to ask)
  • check if Java, flash player, sound and internet works (ask if something is wrong)
  • Enjoy


Lubuntu will run way smoother than windows 7 on that system. You will have to get use to it though. give yourself a change to adapt to it.
Hope you are not depended on micro$oft office. That isn't supported on Linux.
There are however better and FREE alternatives. Like Libre office (comes pre installed) and Google Drive
you can always find alternatives to windows only programs.
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Dev893,
I don't do gaming, so it's for websurfing.

BikerEcho,
But the link says the SSD is not suitable for replacing a standard computer's hard drive.
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