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A Decent Computer for a Good Price

By Tenko
May 26, 2006
  1. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Thanks :)
    (*'.')b
    It 'should' be here around 5pm, i'll post an update once I get it set up probably.
     
  2. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Well, I got everything set up and didn't even brake anything! :D
    Turns out I didn't need the extra fans or wrist strap. :(
    Anyways, it is extremely fast and very nice, BUT, the 'wireless adapter' that came with it doesn't work, so I have to go and buy one tomorrow. :( After I buy one though I will test out the super-pi thing and some other stuff :D
     
  3. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 278

    The wrist strap is a good thing to keep around incase you need to poke around inside. But yeah the extra fans might go to better use(with me :p) somewhere else.

    Good job man, and have fun with your first "semi" build.
     
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,484   +233

    Seems a shame to buy a replacement. Shouldn't it be under warranty? Let Best Buy replace it. Or maybe it just wasn't configured correctly?
     
  5. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    I have no clue. All I know is that it didn't work and my system couldn't detect it. I think it is probably better to buy a new one anyways, seeing as that one was limited to 56kbps. I would much rather get one that is 54Mbps that is by the same brand as my router anyways. :)
    Also, yeah I'm gonna keep the wrist strap, although I don't know what i'll do with the fans. (Whats your address? :p)
    This should be a pretty good first computer I hope. When I get into college I think I will either get a totally new computer and build it myself, or just clean out the one I just got, but keep the case, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers, and just replace everything else.
     
  6. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    Hey, sorry I didn't post an update yesterday :p
    Too busy having fun and installing things :D
    As far as speed goes... Awesome! 4.2Mbps D/L 250Kbps Upload
    World of Warcraft 1280x1024 resolution w/ full graphics detail... Steady 60 FPS.
    Wow, I am really impressed and am loving it!

    SuperPi-
    55 Processes
    1m - 51s
    2m - 1m 51s

    Gawd, this is awesome! :):)
    Once again, thanks everyone for all the help and support!
    :D Tenko :D
     
  7. KingCody

    KingCody TS Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    55 processes :eek:

    there's your next step ;)
     
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    55 processes are way too much. My PC runs fine (and fast) with 16 processes :)
     
  9. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 278

    I hate you! I have 26 on bootup because of all the crap I have installed.

    MSN, AIM, ATI tray tools, Kero firewall, AVG, freakin SIX svchost.exe's :(
     
  10. KingCody

    KingCody TS Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    16... nice. the lowest I can get mine down to is 18

    the firewall and anti-virus programs are the only ones that need to start up with windows. MSN, AIM, etc do not need to start up automatically, so you can disable them.

    the easiest way is: start > run > type "msconfig" > startup tab > uncheck anything you don't want to start up

    cheers :wave:
     
  11. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 278

    Oh no, I knew that. Just I like them booting up with my computer so I don't have to open them manually. I can't think of a situation where I would boot up and not use those programs :p

    Actually I never turn my computer off..soo lol
     
     
  12. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I just have checked AVG antivirus on startup, and the PC boots damn quick :)

    Actually, when I'm going to game, my PC just runs 15 processes :)
     
  13. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 507

    I have a question for you [<= 20] processes guys... Don't you also have your drivers (LAN, Video, etc.) start up with your system? Thats the only thing I have to startup (besides AVG), and on bootup I have about 30 processes running :/.
     
  14. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    No, I disable them. My msconfig screen looks like THIS
     
  15. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    How do I know what programs I need on my computer and what processes I need on startup? On my startup config thing it has like 40 that I don't know what they are. I also have like 5 programs that I don't know what they are. Like BigFix... whats that?
     
  16. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 507

    So what, don't you use your drivers? Whats the point of starting them manually if you can simply let the machine start them? I'm confused :/.
     
  17. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Go to msconfig, then just leave the programs you need to boot up. I just leave my antivirus. Then everything else I could need, like msn and all that crap, I start them when I want. You can remove everything you like. Just leave what you want.

    I don't have to start them manually. You can uncheck them, and they will still work properly. :)
     
  18. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 507

    They will work properly, but they need to be started first... Or don't they? In SafeMode (where nothing starts with the system) I get intense choppiness because my drivers did not load... :/
     
  19. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Well, Safemode isn't designed for that.
    Check the services tab, they will be enabled there, so they can work properly. Nothing bad will happen if you disable them from the startup tab :)
     
  20. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 507

    Ohh, cool. But technically speaking, doesn't that mean that they will start up with the system anyway? So whats the point in disabling them in msconfig?
     
  21. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    My PC boots faster when I disable them, and just leave AVG. It really helps (at least on my PC).

    For example, the display service starts, I can use the driver properly, but the Catalyst app isn't loaded (which takes some time to open).
     
  22. KingCody

    KingCody TS Guru Posts: 1,568   +7

    the items in your startup tab that relate to your LAN, video, sound, etc. are control panels or configuration utilities... not drivers. drivers will be active unless you uninstall them, you cannot disable a driver in the startup tab.

    :wave:
     
  23. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Unless you move something in the services tab :)
     
  24. Tenko

    Tenko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 177

    oh, i see. So nothing bad can happen if i disable things? I really don't think that I need any of that stuff to start up except my antivirus probably. All the other stuff is just like random stuff that I didn't even know was on my computer.
     
  25. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Just disable 'em :) Only leave your antivirus...

    WOW :eek: man, almost 300 replies to this thread :eek:
     
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