I still have 3 Thinkpads in the house, an old T42p. T61p and little
newer SL500. My laptop is fully loaded ASUS ROG. Lenovo/IBM turned me
off when they white listed WiFi cards. Trying to upgrade with non-
compatible card I almost killed my T61p hacking it's BIOS. Lucky I
managed to install the card I wanted to. still I carry it around. Having
Titanium shell, few times I sat on it by accident and nothing broke.
On Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:41:05 PM UTC-4, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
I just had a friend complaining to me that he was trying to restore
an XP system he has and he said he tried to download service pack 3
for XP and it's no longer available. Not sure that's true, but that's
what he said. If so, that's a real bitch. I can understand not
supporting it anymore, but you would think MSFT would still make
available the existing last updates for it.
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014 1:38:22 AM UTC-4, Gz wrote:
Thanks for the info guys. I'll pass that along to my friend. IDK
what he was looking at that lead him to believe it was no longer
available from MSFT. It didn't sound quite right to me either, because
usually they just discontinue updates, fixes, support, etc but leave
whatever there is existing available for a long time.
Planning for the end, I got out my backup drive,
and put XP on it, with help from my computer
The Windows update page doesn't function with XP.
I left the backup drive in last night, and there
were 133 auto updates waiting for me in the morning.
Now I've got my next hard drive, for when this one
grows old and fails.
Partly the answer depends on what you want. If
you want a new machine you can get a new one for
$300-$400. There's not much point in spending more.
If you get Win7/8 your likely choices for email are
basically Thunderbird (designed to look like OE but
can be a bit buggy) or Windows Mail, which can be
downloaded. TBird can import your old OE email, if
you save the folder with the DBX files in it.
If you can't get a Win7 box and don't want Win8 then
you can buy an "OEM" DVD to install Win7 on the new
box. If you don't mind Win8 then just watch out for
Microsoft trying to get you to sign up for online services
at every turn.
Another option is to save your current computer. The
hard disk is what usually goes. Most of the other parts
can last a lot longer. But here it gets tricky. Newer hard
disks are SATA interface. Yours is almost certainly IDE.
(The flat ribbon cable.) You can replace the hard disk
cheap but you'd need to either a) find an IDE replacement
or 2) buy an SATA PCI card to plug a new SATA drive
This probably sounds very confusing. It's actually very
easy *if* you know the details. You might want to find
a friend to help. The basic idea:
* Install a 2nd hard disk temporarily.
* Use a disk management program to copy the old disk
to the new disk. (I like BootIt. There's also a freebie called
* Set the new disk as the only disk, removing the old one.
* Drive your updated PC for another few years, if you're
(There are details about plugging in disks, etc. but it's
too much to get into here.)
| My machine is old, 12 yrs to be exact. I do believe my hard drive is
| dying. Wouldn't mind keeping my monitor, but would like to increase
| speed, etc. And, specifically would like all my information put on the
| system. I really like Outlook Express, but have heard it is not available
| In other words, I need some words of wisdom regarding what information I
| should be looking for. And what should I steer clear of?
| As you can tell I really lack computer knowledge.
It all depends on how much money you want to spend and what you do with the
If you are using a 12 year old computer and not needing anything much beter,
I would get on ebay and look at some of the used ones. Mainly be Dell.
Over the last several years I have bought a few. Just make sure they come
with the COA tag on the box (that is sort of the Windows serial number).
You can get just the computer for around $ 100 to $ 150 with windows XP
installed on it.
One thing about the Dell computers is that they have a number on them and
you can go to their web site and put in that number and get manuals and
download the drivers for the sound card and video if you ever need to.
Win XP is almost as old as your compter and if the bugs are not worked out
after over 10 years, they never will be. What makes anyone think the newer
systems are any more bug free ?
New memory even if it is the old style can often be found inexpensive on
ebay. Same for hard drives and other computer parts.
This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active.
If your machine is working and you are happy with it, buy a new drive
and clone yours onto it while it is still breathing. Rock on.
Use Disk Wizard or one of the other free cloning programs. DW will
work if there is a seagate or maxtor drive anywhere on your system,
working or not. I keep an old one laying around in case I have all
different brands on the machine I am playing with.
Smellest thou a rat? Three posts from Jerry, all of them in one week, two
of them way OT - recall the "are two 250mg pills = to a 500mg pill?" No
valid return address and no follow-up on the OT pill question. I'll make a
trollhunter of you yet, DerbyDad. (-:
If someone like you asked a PC question OT, it would be a different story
because you know the posters here and their expertise. A newbie posting
this would be akin to him posting a WD-40 thread or an "I hate HF" or one of
the dozen perpetual topics that are favored by the resident trolls. <sigh>
It's sad that some people get their kicks wasting the time, goodwill and
helpfulness of others but this has been going on for a long, long time. It
used to be Mac v. IBM in the old, churlish days of modems and bodkins.
Best bet is to avoid the big mass market sellers. Go to a local shop
that builds or customizes computers. The guy I use will transfer all
Outlook Express is long gone, sad to say. As for your monitor, if it is
anything less than a 19" flat screen, get a new one.
Windows 7 is a good system.
| If any one is upgrading their hardware, it'd be wise to have HD
| video/audio and HDMI connector plus USB3 port(s).
As I understand it, the decision is between salvaging
an older XP box and buying a new PC. To extend the
life of the XP box, a new hard disk should do it. Maybe
some more memory could be useful. Maybe not.
Getting HDMI or USB3 (neither of which seems terribly
important to me) would mean putting in a new
motherboard ....which then needs a new power supply
...and a new CPU ...and new RAM ...And then if he has
OEM XP then that won't run on the updated box and
can't be reactivated. I don't think the OP is interested
in building a new PC for himself. If it comes to that he's
just going to buy a new PC.
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