[rescue] Looking to rescue a PC
ssandau at gwi.net
Mon Feb 15 15:30:23 CST 2010
Ha. I would watch out for Surplus Computers. I dealt with them for quite
a while, until I had two problems with them. The first one was a
badly-broken flat screen (obviously broken, and not from shipping) which
they replaced after I paid more shipping.
The second problem ended up being a series of bad SCSI drives. The tech
didn't believe the drive was bad (the SCSI card *told* me it was, and
the error messages were obvious), and told me to try "cable select."
When I said that wasn't possible since these were SCSI drives, not IDE,
he insisted that cable select was a valid choice for an SCA SCSI drive.
That's when I stopped dealing with them. Things were fine as long as
there wasn't a problem...
I recently bought an IBM ThinkCentre on eBay for $125 or so. It's a
hyper-threaded 3 GHz CPU but only has 2 memory slots, one CD bay and one
HDD bay. It would probably be comparable to what you are looking for, so
I think you can find something suitable in that price range.
Scott Newell wrote:
> Where do you think the best bang for the buck is right now? I'm needing to
> step up from my ancient dual P3-450 box to something a little faster and XP
> capable. It appears I can get an old P4 2.something, 1GB, XP COA, and a
> small drive for ~$100 shipped. (For instance,
> I don't have a good feel for current used pricing...is this on the high
> side? Would I be better off spending $200 for something more modern? (I
> probably should spend $1k and build up something nice that will last me
> another 9-10 years, but I'm just not in the mood to do all the research
> right now.)
> Don't need much: one or two free PCI slots, a parallel port, one or two
> serial ports, analog VGA. Audio would be nice. Fairly quiet, too.
> (Nothing like an Octane!)
> If anyone has anything suitable they're looking to get rid of, let me know.
> I'm in the southern US.
> rescue list - http://www.sunhelp.org/mailman/listinfo/rescue
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