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I am not really very computer literate

My PC at home (a Compaq Presario) currently is partitioned into a 7.35 GB main drive and a 2 GB backup. Both are practically full. Our needs have changed in the last few months, as Fergal has discovered games and I have discovered, cough, archived videos. We've had it for just over five years.

Is there hope? Can I add much extra memory to it without having to resort to buying a new machine? If I do get a new computer, is it worth while considering getting one that I can just plug into the existing peripherals (printer, monitor/microphone, speakers)?

Your advice is welcome.

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pvaneynd
May. 8th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
I'm betting you're talking about USB 1.0 ports, so limited in speed to something like 2 Mbit/sec. You would not want to talk to a harddisk at that speed given that even an 3 year old portable (slow) HD can read at 17 Mbyte/sec so ~ 135 Mbit/sec.

I would strongly suggest you to get a newer computer. Personally I always have problems with hardware, so I don't buy Dell or something like that but from a local shop so I can just walk in and talk to the tech. If you're not so lucky then almost any PC would be 'good enough' these days, the difference in just in support you get.

Saying this, I'm waiting for the right moment to get me an iMac (with Applecare of course) from a not-so-local dealer :-).

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