Not again!

Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 10:18 PM
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  • I had a problem like that with a Gateway desktop computer that I bought several years ago when they were on sale at Wal-Mart. Within the first week of opening it and starting to use it, it crashed. I contacted Wal-Mart and was told to contact Gateway. They sent me an box with a new tower and had me send back the broken one. A few months go by, and the same thing happened again. We took it to Best Buy and was told that the mother board was bad. Sent it back to Gateway. Got another one. Third times the charm. The third one we got worked for almost a year. When it crashed, we went out and bought a brand new HP and haven't had a problem with it *knock on wood*.

    It's going on just about 4 years now. The only work that it's had is the drive tray had to be replaced after one of my kids broke it. But, we got it fixed here in town and got it back the same day with no problem since.

    What I did learn after working at a PC warehouse is that most of the "dirt-cheap" desktops and printers that are on sale, are refurbished PCs.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Sun, Jun 24, 2012, at 11:27 PM
  • Betty, your hard drive may be dead but that does not mean your information is gone. Could be a matter of how much is it worth to recover?

    It all depends on what has occurred.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 7:33 AM
  • if you paid for the computer with a Credit card it may be under warranty with the cc company. you have not had that computer long. Good luck.

    -- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 9:28 AM
  • Get an external hard drive to back up everything. They are so simple to use an save you a ton of grief. Back up often, because you can be sure your computer will crash when you least expect.

    -- Posted by Cal t on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 11:38 AM
  • You should store everything in "the cloud". There are lots of options and some are free for a limited amount of data.

    -- Posted by justwanaknow on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 9:33 PM
  • I'm not sure, but I dont think that cameras were ever installed at most intersection within Shelbyville. You may be thinking of the light sensors.

    -- Posted by memyselfi on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 5:23 AM
  • Betty,

    What it probab;y meant was the "boot sector" went bad (a virus can do that, too), but the data is still there; I had it happen to my laptop a couple of weeks ago. A computer guy can take the disk, put in another as a secondary, off-load all the files that you want. I have a tower PC that is a bit slow, CPU-wise, but runs like a champ; I built it more than 10 years ago.

    U-L,

    If it is getting updated every day, it is, more than likely, your anti-virus. What browser are you using? IE hasn't had many updates laterly. You can set flags that will allow updating automatically.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Wed, Jun 27, 2012, at 10:33 AM
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