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waggy

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Dec 14, 2000
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Originally posted by: eits
Originally posted by: hungfarover
Originally posted by: jfall
My uncle's laptop got a virus so he took it into a local repair shop. They told him that his hard drive was infected and he needed a new hard drive. So they sold him a $150 laptop hard drive. I can't believe these companies get away with this sh!t

On top of that, the hard drive they sold him doesn't even work. The laptop won't recognize it.
If it's infected enough the labor involved in cleaning the virii will likely add up to more than a new drive. If his drive is old to begin with he didn't get ripped off.
virii isn't a word, newb
wiki says it is


In the English language, the standard plural of virus is viruses. This is the most frequently occurring form of the plural, and refers to both a biological virus and a computer virus.

NOW who is the newb eh!? :p
 

Malak

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Dec 4, 2004
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Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: eits
Originally posted by: hungfarover
Originally posted by: jfall
My uncle's laptop got a virus so he took it into a local repair shop. They told him that his hard drive was infected and he needed a new hard drive. So they sold him a $150 laptop hard drive. I can't believe these companies get away with this sh!t

On top of that, the hard drive they sold him doesn't even work. The laptop won't recognize it.
If it's infected enough the labor involved in cleaning the virii will likely add up to more than a new drive. If his drive is old to begin with he didn't get ripped off.
virii isn't a word, newb
wiki says it is


In the English language, the standard plural of virus is viruses. This is the most frequently occurring form of the plural, and refers to both a biological virus and a computer virus.

NOW who is the newb eh!? :p
Yes but if you read the article it says virii is latin for men.
 

TecHNooB

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Sep 10, 2005
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Originally posted by: akshatp
Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
Originally posted by: jupiter57
Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
i once brought my PC to get upgraded (at the time it was a 500mhz celeron (maybe 00 or 01) and they said they'd upgrade it to an Athlon 1500... they installed and overclocked a 1300.
Dude!
What board did you have that took both Intel Celeron AND AMD Athlon processors?
upgraded the MOBO and the CPU.. wiseguy:p
He would have had to upgrade the RAM too. And more likely than not reinstall the OS, becuase the instruction set for an AMD is different to that for an Intel processor..

Hmmmmmmm
OH SNAP! Don Rodriguez is stuck in a hole. Can he dig himself out?
 

waggy

No Lifer
Dec 14, 2000
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Originally posted by: Malak
Originally posted by: waggy
Originally posted by: eits
Originally posted by: hungfarover
Originally posted by: jfall
My uncle's laptop got a virus so he took it into a local repair shop. They told him that his hard drive was infected and he needed a new hard drive. So they sold him a $150 laptop hard drive. I can't believe these companies get away with this sh!t

On top of that, the hard drive they sold him doesn't even work. The laptop won't recognize it.
If it's infected enough the labor involved in cleaning the virii will likely add up to more than a new drive. If his drive is old to begin with he didn't get ripped off.
virii isn't a word, newb
wiki says it is


In the English language, the standard plural of virus is viruses. This is the most frequently occurring form of the plural, and refers to both a biological virus and a computer virus.

NOW who is the newb eh!? :p
Yes but if you read the article it says virii is latin for men.
hmm new defanition to gay porn eh!?
 

jfall

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He took the laptop over to me, I put his old hard drive back in, formatted and re-installed Windows. I ran a full disk check on the drive and there was no problems with it. I told him to take the other drive they sold him back and demand a refund
 

Oceanas

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Nov 23, 2006
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Originally posted by: herbiehancock

Who cares if virii is virtually unknown in edited prose and no major dictionary recognizes it as an alternative form.
Not to disagree with the gist of your post, but where exactly to do you suppose dictionaries come up with new words they add? If a word is used by enough people, who attach a common meaning to it, it very well could end up in a dictionary some day. What I find funny are people that insist a word isn't "real" unless it's in the dictionary (not you in particular). Merriam-Webster et al. aren't keepers of the English language.

 

s0ssos

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Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
Originally posted by: jupiter57
Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
i once brought my PC to get upgraded (at the time it was a 500mhz celeron (maybe 00 or 01) and they said they'd upgrade it to an Athlon 1500... they installed and overclocked a 1300.
Dude!
What board did you have that took both Intel Celeron AND AMD Athlon processors?
upgraded the MOBO and the CPU.. wiseguy:p
haha. you guys remember that ECS mobo that took pc100 and ddr though?
 

akshatp

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Originally posted by: s0ssos
Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
Originally posted by: jupiter57
Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
i once brought my PC to get upgraded (at the time it was a 500mhz celeron (maybe 00 or 01) and they said they'd upgrade it to an Athlon 1500... they installed and overclocked a 1300.
Dude!
What board did you have that took both Intel Celeron AND AMD Athlon processors?
upgraded the MOBO and the CPU.. wiseguy:p
haha. you guys remember that ECS mobo that took pc100 and ddr though?
Hell yes I do.. K5 something or other...

Either way he would have still had to reinstall the OS...
 

Malak

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Dec 4, 2004
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Originally posted by: Oceanas
Originally posted by: herbiehancock

Who cares if virii is virtually unknown in edited prose and no major dictionary recognizes it as an alternative form.
Not to disagree with the gist of your post, but where exactly to do you suppose dictionaries come up with new words they add? If a word is used by enough people, who attach a common meaning to it, it very well could end up in a dictionary some day. What I find funny are people that insist a word isn't "real" unless it's in the dictionary (not you in particular). Merriam-Webster et al. aren't keepers of the English language.
That thought is a serious problem though. Many traditional understandings of language are completely wrong today because of that. It becomes a big issue when translating old texts into english as well.
 

Oceanas

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Nov 23, 2006
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Originally posted by: Malak

That thought is a serious problem though. Many traditional understandings of language are completely wrong today because of that. It becomes a big issue when translating old texts into english as well.
I do understand that. Still, meanings of words (or at least some words) have changed constantly since they were first spoken. Plus, all of the new words that have been created. It's not likely to stop anytime soon.
 

y2kc

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Ironically a similiar situation got me interested in computers and was the catalyst for my career change. long story short small computer shop wants to charge me 400 dollars to repair "corrupt motherboard". i declined (because i didn't have the money) and took the unit home ($2800.00 Packard Bell Pentium 75).

The machine was down for months until one day i mentioned the problem to one of my neighbors (didn't know her very well at the time). she convinces me to allow her husband and son to take a look. "they build their own". i didn't think it was possible so i was a little sceptical. anyway they had the machine back to me the next day. i had a virus, that was all.

I asked them to show me a few things and that was the beginning of my interest in PCs...
 

nod218

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Nov 18, 2003
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Originally posted by: akshatp
Originally posted by: s0ssos
Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
Originally posted by: jupiter57
Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
i once brought my PC to get upgraded (at the time it was a 500mhz celeron (maybe 00 or 01) and they said they'd upgrade it to an Athlon 1500... they installed and overclocked a 1300.
Dude!
What board did you have that took both Intel Celeron AND AMD Athlon processors?
upgraded the MOBO and the CPU.. wiseguy:p
haha. you guys remember that ECS mobo that took pc100 and ddr though?
Hell yes I do.. K5 something or other...

Either way he would have still had to reinstall the OS...

Not really, both Celeron and AMD are x86 processors, so they both run the same instruction set. So Windows will run fine on both, only thing the technician have to do is run sysprep on the machine to remove all drivers before swapping out boards and that should bring Windows into a new install state and autodetect the new board's hardware.
 

Rogeee

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No worse than auto mechanics.
You've got alot of nerve, there are many honest automotive technicians out there including me, please don't label us all a bunch of theives because you got burned by a few bad apples.
 

slpaulson

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Jun 5, 2000
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Originally posted by: akshatp
Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
Originally posted by: jupiter57
Originally posted by: Don Rodriguez
i once brought my PC to get upgraded (at the time it was a 500mhz celeron (maybe 00 or 01) and they said they'd upgrade it to an Athlon 1500... they installed and overclocked a 1300.
Dude!
What board did you have that took both Intel Celeron AND AMD Athlon processors?
upgraded the MOBO and the CPU.. wiseguy:p
He would have had to upgrade the RAM too. And more likely than not reinstall the OS, becuase the instruction set for an AMD is different to that for an Intel processor..

Hmmmmmmm
The only difference in instructions are in some of the extensions such as 3dnow. Otherwise they are both x86 processors. If they had different instruction sets something compiled, such as winamp or any other executable, for intel would not work on amd and vice versa.
 

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