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Do you have an e-machine?
Former Fetus

Posted on 12/23/2011 8:43:09 PM PST by Former Fetus

Hi! It's me again, the technologically-challenged mom.

My Dell Dimension has been warning me for weeks now that it is about to go to the big junkyard in the sky. Since it is 4 years old, my husband is insisting that I get me a new PC. Problem is, righ after Christmas shopping, the last thing I want to do is to spend more money. But then, I can't get much done with a PC that keeps freezing every 10-15 min!

I have been pricing PCs. Originally I wanted to get another Dell, so as to use my monitor, mouse... But they are not cheap. Earlier today we were at a Walmart Supercenter and my husband noticed an emachine package, PC and monitor, for $400. It sounds good: intel processor with dual core, 3 GB RAM, 1 TB hard drive. But, when I googled emachine, it scared me to death! You get the idea that they don't work, and that every call to tec support costs $199!

So, here is the question: do you own (or know some one who owns) an emachine? Can you give me any feedback?

If it helps, what I need the PC for is mostly word processing (occasional power point or spreadsheet), internet surfing, and storing and organizing photographs. I loved Windows XP, so much that I refused to replace my PC as long as Vista was the only choice. But more than one person has told me that Windows 7 is very similar to Windows XP. And no, I am not interested in changing to a different OS, at my age I have enough trouble just changing from one Windows version to another.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computer; computerhelp; emachine; fromdellhell; tocowhell
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I have saved my computer ignorant relatives many dollars by doing just this. A good cleansing (so they can breathe) will prolong a computer for years.

21 posted on 12/23/2011 9:02:51 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Little Pig

That’s news to me, thanks.

22 posted on 12/23/2011 9:03:16 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: taxcontrol

Avast and Avira are more reliable than AVG. I used to use AVG, but switched recently to Avast and found it to be less resource-hungry and to do a better job of detecting.

23 posted on 12/23/2011 9:03:50 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: gaijin
heard scary stories.

Scary stories indeed.

Hold off on the air compressor until you have dry air (you do have an air dryer on your compressor, right?). And then... ack that you don't have the facilities to disassemble it without destroying it, AND nuking it with static 'lectrikity.

Other than that, just put the nozzle anywhere and listen to the fan turn. Catz fuzz will blow out of it. Laptops do that even when there aren't any catz.


24 posted on 12/23/2011 9:08:06 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Former Fetus

Run, don’t walk, away from e-machines.

25 posted on 12/23/2011 9:09:07 PM PST by dsthompson
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To: Former Fetus

Ditto posts #4 and 19.

My computer is also older than yours. You may not need a new machine, just some maintenance.

I would add Malwarebytes (free download) to the list.

Also, if you haven’t, click Start in the bottom left of your screen), then All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup and follow the prompts to clear your cache and speed up the computer.

I am a technophobe, but there’s simple housecleaning on the machine that even a novice like me can do to keep it going.

26 posted on 12/23/2011 9:10:14 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Former Fetus

You can get some fantastic deals at the Dell outlet store.

27 posted on 12/23/2011 9:10:45 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Little Pig

I upgraded to the latest version of Avira and it clogged up my machine. Uninstalled it and switched to AVG and have been very pleased.

I set AVG to run at 3 a.m. every morning, and it catches bad stuff both then and in real time.

Use it in conjunction with ZoneAlarm free firewall.

28 posted on 12/23/2011 9:12:43 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Former Fetus

I really think for $400 or not much more, you can get something decent new or refurbished nowadays. Try some of the small computer stores you see, sometimes they have a distribution deal with Dell. They also make up computers or can refurb yours for a few hundred.

If you transfer all your content to an external drive, you might also try a full system restore of your machine back to factory specs. You’ll lose all data it’s like your machne just came out of the box again. I’ve done it when machines picked up a pernicious virus and there was no other way.

Also, when I bought the cheap machine locally, they were able to transfer over Microsoft Office, and that saved a couple hundred bucks.

29 posted on 12/23/2011 9:12:51 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Former Fetus
Go on E-bay and you will find a number of Dells that are quite inexpensive for what you get. You can even get a new one with a warranty. What you will not get is any of the accessories but it doesn't sound like you want those anyway.

I use to have a e-machine, it worked well enough but it was cheap. I usually keep my computer for seven or eight years doing upgrades as needed until the motherboard gives out but I sold the e-machine after having it about 18 months. It was already beginning to have little things go wrong with it, CD drive not opening, fan going out and I wasn't confident enough in the main components to just fix and upgrade as I usually do.

30 posted on 12/23/2011 9:13:11 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: Former Fetus
yes... it's ~2 years old and i bought it especially because it still had XL on it and not Vista...

that said i installed prolly 50 of them where i used to work and never had any issues with any of them nor the one i now own

31 posted on 12/23/2011 9:13:22 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: cableguymn
“e-machine is gateways “value” line.”

Both e-machine and Gateway are now owned by Acer.

32 posted on 12/23/2011 9:14:23 PM PST by bwc2221
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To: Former Fetus
Here's a nice desktop computer that has everything you need for $355.

But first, as some upstream have suggested, give your Dell a good, through cleaning. You might be surprised.

33 posted on 12/23/2011 9:14:49 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: Jedidah

Do disk clean up and disk defragmenter.

Also maybe you an add memory, it’s very cheap nowadays.

34 posted on 12/23/2011 9:15:38 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Former Fetus

Go to TigerDirect and buy the parts to build your own. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to do with just a little research. We had an eMachines once, it wasn’t horrible but didn’t last long with two adults and three teens using it all the time. Only thing that survived was the case which we used to save money when we bought new innards.

Current machine prices out around $2k if you could find one like it. Built with with ordered motherboard, etc from TigerDirect for under $500. That included a case this time.

35 posted on 12/23/2011 9:17:09 PM PST by RonInNaples
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36 posted on 12/23/2011 9:19:25 PM PST by elli1
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To: Former Fetus

My previous desktop was an e-machine. I liked it except intermittent power supply problems caused me a lot of grief. Others have said that problem has been corrected in newer models? I am currently using a Compaq Presario from Staples running Windows 7. Windows 7 is not much like XP at all in my opinion. It works well but takes some getting used to. I am using the same monitor I used with my previous e-machine and it works fine. Good Luck.

37 posted on 12/23/2011 9:20:58 PM PST by stratplayer
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To: Not now, Not ever!
Remanufactured is definitely the way to go. Dell has remanufactured PCs and laptops at good prices. There are other outfits that have them to.

What is “remanufactured”? It can be a new unit returned for problems or a scratch and dent or a unit that comes back off lease. A computer can only be sold as “new” once. After that it becomes a remanufactured item. The OEM or authorized shop then brings the unit back to “as new” condition with the software as loaded and is resold for much less than new. In most cases, the remanufactured PC or laptop comes with a full warranty. What you need to do is look at the specs and software that's loaded into your new unit. That's where you can save a lot of money. You can also save money on upgrading the memory or disk drive.

I have really got some great deals with remanufactured machines by shopping around. If you are interested, send me a PM and I can share a lot of hard won knowledge with you.

38 posted on 12/23/2011 9:25:19 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Former Fetus

cheap and works good

39 posted on 12/23/2011 9:25:22 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit)
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To: Former Fetus

My first question is, Did you buy a mid price PC model 4 years ago?

There is no reason a PC that was a mid price model 4 years ago would need to be replaced for daily light office use.

40 posted on 12/23/2011 9:26:19 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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