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Posted: February 9, 2007, 11:20 am - IP Logged

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    Posted: February 9, 2007, 1:24 pm - IP Logged

    A few years back, I use to participate as a vendor at those type of computer shows. Was great fast cash (and awesome profits). If you think they are not making money, think again.

    Word of WARNING to everyone. Be VERY VERY leary about super cheap prices on name brand software such as Microsoft Office, VISTA, or any other typically high dollar software that generally exceeds several hundered dollars.

    At computer shows, you will find 3 types of software, Authentic, OEM and Fake

    Authentic is what you find on the shelves in the stores and the prices will be really close to that of any store

    OEM is software that would normally get shipped with a new computer. How this works is, a computer maker goes to Microsoft and buys 10,000 copys of say MS Office Basic. He sells 5,000 computers, but the buyers don't want the software. So he is stuck with 5,000 copies of software which the Computer maker then turns around and dumps on a wholesaler. This is how you find really good and cheap software at great prices ($50 to 75 for MS Office Basic)

    Fake (aka pirated) is where someone has gotten a ton of CD's and just burned several hundered copies. The packaging is typically cheap (to non-existant). Avoid this software, not only is it illegal, once it's figured out, you don't get support and your just out of the cash you spent on it. Also, know that if you had bought it for a business you own, you are putting yourself at risk for fines and penalties that can run as high as $100,000 per software item. It is just not worth it.

    If you want good software and you have local computer shows to attend, look for either of the first two, Authentic or OEM (which is also authentic, just a  heck of a lot cheaper).

    Good Luck to all,

    Sir Metro

    It is always good to take someone with you if you don't know anything about software or compurters,over the years I never had any problem with geeting support from microsoft or from any item that i purchesed, never had to take any items back. checked prices at other stores always higher I never got stuck with any illegal software ,i can return any item to the vevders store.

    Any vender thats selling illega or bogus sofware sould be reported 

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      Posted: February 9, 2007, 8:41 pm - IP Logged

      i have yet to hook it up but today i bought a EMACHINES T5082 - Desktop PC

      Amazon.com: EMACHINES T5082 - Desktop PC: Electronics

       

      This doesn't seem like too bad of a choice does it??

      You did good.  What are you going to do with your old one?

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        Posted: February 9, 2007, 9:04 pm - IP Logged

        the old HP i had literally kept shutting off.i would be doing something and poof it would just shut off power and all.then it would take 20 minutes to get it back on for awhile before it had another episode.i'll keep it for emergencies but it ain't worth much anymore.

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          Posted: February 10, 2007, 6:13 am - IP Logged

          the old HP i had literally kept shutting off.i would be doing something and poof it would just shut off power and all.then it would take 20 minutes to get it back on for awhile before it had another episode.i'll keep it for emergencies but it ain't worth much anymore.

          Sounds like a overheating problem: Check all the fans (one may be malfunctioning) and clean out the buildup of dust.

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            Posted: February 11, 2007, 7:18 am - IP Logged

            i think your right raven.it was starting to make loud humming sounds also.

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              Posted: February 12, 2007, 4:36 pm - IP Logged

              i need to buy a new computer.want to keep the cost between 400-700 dollars if possible.would like one with cd/dvd burner.do the new ones come with windows vista? does anyone have any suggestions?

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              I...me, my......HAVE  read & enjoyed ALL post on this POST & know

              many who ask this ..................................................??????????????

              PSYKOMO has also, pointed it out to a few that work at IBM!!!!!!!!

              reaction was not THAT...........great???????????????, because, we

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                Posted: February 12, 2007, 5:06 pm - IP Logged

                Windows Live OneCare works very well on Vista for virus and firewall protection, and cleans up your PC every four weeks and reminds you to backup.

                SORRY.........about  that Todd

                IF I say IBM...........................can I expect an........ATTACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

                JUST got aa..........................LOTTO ERROR ...........messages after

                posting.................................COODOESSSS............to MIKE????????

                anyway................................thanks to all who post.......................

                GOOD LUCK$$$$$$$$$$$$$ with computers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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                  Posted: February 15, 2007, 3:34 pm - IP Logged

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