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Another New Computer...well sort of

I just got another free computer. About a year ago one of our offices closed down and we got thier batch of what was then new computers with 17" monitors. We gave them all to our editorial department since they are all PC oriented. The rest of us all got new Mac G4's and 21" monitors. Since we got them for free the prevailing attitude when they break down is just to throw them in the dumpster and before I came along, many a usable monitor, CPUor hard drive got thrown away just because we were upgrading. The really nice ones sometimes went to schools or charities. And later, we were allowed to buy our old computers for $50 when we did a department-wide upgrade.

But like I say, since these computers were free and now they are outdated by one generation of processor, the feeling is it is better to just buy a new one than get these repaired when they break down.

The first one to go was because we got a power surge over the network that the surge supressors didn't catch for some reason and it blew out the ethernet port. When we went to check on repairing it, we discovered that these machines were basically made so the average user couldn't really get at the guts to replace anything except for the hard drive and RAM or replacing the super drive thingy. So we just replaced the whole computer with a new one and I got to keep the old one which would have been trashed. And you know what? For a home computer with dialup access to the internet, I could care less about whether the Ethernet port worked. Plus it's a PC and not a Mac so it gets limited use by me anyway. The reason I really wanted it was so when my Dad came to visit he could check his email on a PC which he is more used to.

Well we just had another one go. I'm not sure of the exact problem but when you initially turn it on, it doesn't even try to start Windoze. It comes up to a black screen and reads "Hard disk failure is imminent." and makes the unfortunate and familiar sound of a bad hard drive. Kinda sounds like glass bottles tinkling together. So I'm taking this one home too. It's a Compaq Ipaq. It has an 866 MHz Pentium III processor and an 8.4 Gig Seagate hard drive. I'm assuming I can just switch out the hard drive and reformat it. If so, I can get a new hard drive on Ebay for $10. But if I do that then presumably I'll have a complete machine that I could even do an Ethernet hookup to. Not bad for a free computer.

anyone every done this hard drive switch thing? Anything I need to watch out for?



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Jan. 30th, 2003 10:48 am (UTC)
The only thing I can think of is that you will be able to save yourself a lot of headache by double-checking the jumper settings on the original hard drive and setting the new drive accordingly. Compaq is notorious for setting hard drives to cable select, for some reason, and I've even worked on Compaqs that will not recognize IDE drives unless they are set to cable select.
Jan. 30th, 2003 11:53 am (UTC)
Great tip, thanks

Jan. 30th, 2003 11:50 am (UTC)
The other thing you should watch out for is a massive surge of electricity where you touch the inside of the computer. ;)
Jan. 30th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've known about this from replacing internal things on my Macs. The Macs actually come with this little strip you are supposed to use to discharge the electricity. With this particular PC, he hard drive is really located outside the internal compartment so it shouldn't be much of a problem. Thanks though.

Feb. 2nd, 2003 07:16 pm (UTC)
Do they ever get rid of laptops? I need one...
Feb. 3rd, 2003 06:51 am (UTC)
We have two laptops here. I don't see us getting rid of either one soon. We just don't use them for much. Most of the trips anoyone takes around here are solid working business trips which don't require us to use a laptop. I usually take one on Press Runs just so I can communicate progress or problems without having to call back all the time but that's about it. If I see a good deal somewhere though, I'll let you know. I've seen good deals on Ebay quite often.

By the way, give me a recipe for your favorite cup of chai so if you make it here I can have it ready for you.

Feb. 3rd, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
Soy, extra extra spicy.

Ok, I'll cop to it, I'm a corporate whore sometimes. My favorite chai on the planet is probably the chai at center camp at Burning Man (and I have no idea what they do), but a close second is a Starbuck's Venti 9 pump soy chai with no water. People at Starbucks think I'm insane, BTW, which is probably part of the appeal. But it tastes really really good!
Feb. 3rd, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
I've actually never had chai believe it or not. The thought of milk in tea is not an appetizing one to me. But that's probably because I didn't grow up with it. It's kind of like why would you ruin good milk by putting tea in it or why would you ruin good tea by putting milk in it. I'll have to try my hand at making chai though I don't think I will have anyone to test it out on until you come around.

By the way, do your travel plans take you near South Central Colorado at all? I have a contact there who might help you set something up.


Feb. 3rd, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC)
I agree, milk in tea is unappetizing. Soy milk in spicy tea, however, is darned spiffy.

I know I'm definitiely hitting Colorado. What parts are as of yet undetermined, so I'm open to suggestions and contacts.

That leg of the trip is in total flux right now. I know I'm at your place on June 21st. I know I have a friend in KC I have to see. I know there's a healing center in Omaha I'd like to do an event at. I know I'd love to go up to the Dakotas for some sacred space. And I know I have to be in Washington State on July 10th or 11th. It makes my head swim.

I used to live in CO, and I have friends from Cali who have moved there, so I want to spend time there....

Whatcha got?
Feb. 3rd, 2003 01:44 pm (UTC)
Crestone which is in the San Luis Valley. Right on the corner of CO Hwy 17 in Moffat where you turn to go to Crestone is a shop called Light Reflections. The lady who owns it, Donna Koon, does chakra balancing, channeling, massage, Reiki and laying on of stones and the works. She sells lots of crystals and minerals there. And she has a line on the whole light worker community in Crestone. Last time i was there they had just done a channeling circle the night before. She might have a line on setting up something for you. If you are interested, I'll get you the phone number.

Feb. 3rd, 2003 02:28 pm (UTC)
ooo, cool. yes please.
Feb. 3rd, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC)
Donna or Alta (daughter) Koon.

Light Relfections
17034 Highway 17,
Moffat, Colorado.

A nice little section about them at the bottom of this article here:


You can tell them Mark Dierker told you about them. They should remember me. I was just there in September. I used to live in CO too.

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