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Persevering Guy
08-17-2006, 08:36 AM
I bought an ibook g4 less than 3 years ago.

the ibook's have been discontinued. my screen is getting jacked up with verticle yellow lines. but i don't want to spend money on a new computer.

Alex(sadly)Maleev
08-17-2006, 08:51 AM
I bought an ibook g4 less than 3 years ago.

the ibook's have been discontinued. my screen is getting jacked up with verticle yellow lines. but i don't want to spend money on a new computer.

I got my G5, 2.5 GHZ the week it came out. It's still working like it did out of the box. I juiced it up a bit.

mattbrand
08-17-2006, 08:55 AM
I got a custom-built PC about 2 years ago, and it's running like a champ. It was making a weird noise a few weeks ago, and I thought I was going to have to replace the power supply, but all I ended up having to do was blow some air through the power supply fan.

Persevering Guy
08-17-2006, 09:08 AM
I got my G5, 2.5 GHZ the week it came out. It's still working like it did out of the box. I juiced it up a bit.
I want to buy an imac. The laptop is too slow. I backed all my work onto a lacie, removed all the files from this computer and it's still kind of slow at times.

I did buy it a bad time. It's 933mhz. A friend bought one a few months ago and it's over 2ghz and 512 mem compared to mine 112

ClintP
08-17-2006, 09:10 AM
I have a dell inspirion from 3-4 years ago. I upped the ram to a gig a few months ago. Still working fine for me.

Alex(sadly)Maleev
08-17-2006, 09:14 AM
I want to buy an imac. The laptop is too slow. I backed all my work onto a lacie, removed all the files from this computer and it's still kind of slow at times.

I did buy it a bad time. It's 933mhz. A friend bought one a few months ago and it's over 2ghz and 512 mem compared to mine 112
I have the 17" laptop with 1.5 GHZ as well, but it doesn't come close to the G5. Only use it for work when I travel.

JoeE
08-17-2006, 09:14 AM
I got my HP Pavilion over 5 years ago when I started college. 800 MHz. It's held up incredibly well, considering how hard I've been on it. I've had to reinstall Windows once or twice but that's it.

Brian Defferding
08-17-2006, 09:14 AM
4 years ago, I bought an EMac and spent the extra hundreds for all the Adobe design programs, plus GoLive.

It helped me put together School 1-3 and set up my website, with no hardware problems. It's been fantastic. I'm wondering, though, if it's time I invest in a new Mac.

Adam Beranek
08-17-2006, 09:17 AM
but all I ended up having to do was blow some air through the power supply fan.

Blowing computers should keep them around longer :grope:

JoeE
08-17-2006, 09:20 AM
Blowing computers should keep them around longer

I know it would keep me around longer.

DrMachine
08-17-2006, 09:48 AM
I upgrade my desktop every 2 years, my laptop I just use until it dies. I'm using the current one 4 years. The one before that almost 6.

Persevering Guy
08-17-2006, 09:49 AM
4 years ago, I bought an EMac and spent the extra hundreds for all the Adobe design programs, plus GoLive.

It helped me put together School 1-3 and set up my website, with no hardware problems. It's been fantastic. I'm wondering, though, if it's time I invest in a new Mac.
you.. you paid for photoshop?

never heard of anyone doing that before..

poor guy..

pornbot2.5
08-17-2006, 09:55 AM
Present Mac dual 2.5 G5 tower, 2 years and still going strong. Kinda bummed it's not a quad Intel, but whatever.

Brian Defferding
08-17-2006, 09:59 AM
you.. you paid for photoshop?

never heard of anyone doing that before..

poor guy..
Yep, I did it the legal way. ;) No need to feel sorry for me.

hakubi
08-17-2006, 10:00 AM
I have a five to six year old Sony VAIO r505 (750MHz, 196MB RAM, 15GB HD, optical drive only with dock) that I still use occasionally because it's tiny and has a magneseum (read: damn near indestructible) case. It's going to go with me on my September trip to Japan because I don't need anything other than OpenOffice, Firefox, and Skype while I'm there. And maybe some ripped DVD's on the 14 hour flight.

I should note that I also have a newer (11 months old) laptop with a Turion processor, 2GB RAM, 80GB HD, DVD burner etc. so I don't have to rely on the Sony for more demanding everyday tasks. That and I keep a purpose built dual Opteron workstation for anything design related. And my Sempron powered small-form-factor fileserver....that runs Linux......I'm such a computer nerd. And an AMD zealot to boot.

J. R. Scherer
08-17-2006, 10:03 AM
I've had my current PC for about 5 years. Thinking about getting a new hard drive to add on, but other than that I've been perfectly happy with it. It performs like a champ.

Sir Erudite Gav
08-17-2006, 10:05 AM
I got this laptop last November after my previous one died. Had that one for about 4-5 years.

greg donovan
08-17-2006, 10:08 AM
our IBM Thinkpad has served us well for about 3 years so far.

hakubi
08-17-2006, 10:11 AM
you.. you paid for photoshop?

never heard of anyone doing that before..

poor guy..

I bought the Adobe Creative Suite (not CS, this was about 5 years ago when Photoshop was still at version 6 and each program in the CS box set still had it's own version number) while I was in college with a significant discount (half price). A few years later the student version of the CS2 bundle is a hundred dollars cheaper and I'm pretty sure they threw GoLive in just for the hell of it.

I can't wait until I start my master's. There is so much shit (hardware and software) I want to get my hands on while I still have a student discount.

Meteornotes
08-17-2006, 01:22 PM
The oldest machine on my network is a Dell that's around eight years old. Other than how it occasionally munches on a video card (I've put three new ones in it over the years, one while it was under warranty), I've had no problems.

dt

YouStayClassy
08-17-2006, 01:25 PM
I have this eMachines computer I got at Best Buy for nearly free about 3 years ago. The keyboard and the mouse both broke just days after I got it home, other than that it's been smooth sailing.

jza1218
08-17-2006, 01:26 PM
I just got a new one this year but I was using my Dell before this one for about 4 years. Well worth the investment.

jza1218
08-17-2006, 01:26 PM
I have this eMachines computer I got at Best Buy for nearly free about 3 years ago. The keyboard and the mouse both broke just days after I got it home, other than that it's been smooth sailing.


You didnt happen to be playing World of Warcraft were you...:lol:

YouStayClassy
08-17-2006, 01:29 PM
You didnt happen to be playing World of Warcraft were you...:lol:

Heh no, they just both stopped working one day when I tried to use them. I would have gone back to Best Buy and traded them out for new ones, but after the experience I had just buying the stupid computer, I vowed never to enter that customer no-service hell ever again.

jza1218
08-17-2006, 01:30 PM
Heh no, they just both stopped working one day when I tried to use them. I would have gone back to Best Buy and traded them out for new ones, but after the experience I had just buying the stupid computer, I vowed never to enter that customer no-service hell ever again.


www.bestbuysux.org

YouStayClassy
08-17-2006, 01:35 PM
www.bestbuysux.org
:rofl:

And now I have a new home :D

Brian Defferding
08-17-2006, 01:54 PM
www.bestbuysux.org
AWESOME!

Simps
08-17-2006, 02:00 PM
My Dell Inspirion lasted 3 years before dying on me, but it ran like shit for at lest 2 of those years. I'm sure I'm mostly to blame, though.

Patrick J
08-17-2006, 02:05 PM
Built my own computer back in '97. It still works although I've had to add and replace some shit. It is however, nearing death.

J. R. Scherer
08-17-2006, 02:06 PM
:rofl:

And now I have a new home :D
I love the little animated guy at the top of the page.

J. R. Scherer
08-17-2006, 02:07 PM
My Dell Inspirion lasted 3 years before dying on me, but it ran like shit for at lest 2 of those years. I'm sure I'm mostly to blame, though.
I don't know if you're one of them, but some folks are really good at destroying their own computers.

Smokinblues
08-17-2006, 02:13 PM
I've built two of my last three computers myself. The first one only got replaced because I got itchy for a new machine. If I were to put the hard drives back in it would work today. The second one I fried a motherboard. Will be replacing that soon once some more of these price drops shake out.

Diana
08-17-2006, 02:28 PM
My old PC is about 3 or 4 years old. It's still ok, but gets somewhat slow when I am using Adobe Photoshop and want to do other things as well. Plus I ran out of diskspace.

Now I got a new MacBook (2 days ago) and an external hard drive so I'l be ok again for a few years.