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#150159 13-Jul-2014 15:01
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hey guys.

this is an old pc of mine, figured Id update it, seeing support for xp has been canned, then slap it on trademe as a cheap package - pc, keyboard, mouse, screen, desk & printer, good cheap basic package for a family or kids to etc.

Packardbell iMedia M866 - C02
intel pentium 4, 2,8GHz, 512kb
512mb RAM - UPGRADED TO 1.50GB*
Windows XP home edition - UPGRADED TO Windows 7 Ultimate*
80GB HDD
Radeon 9200 Graphics, 128mb, 8xAGP, TV Out
DVDRW Dual Format Drive
56k Modem

I realise this is a poxy old sack of...... lol. But its just an old pc i thought id update & flick off for few bucks rather than let it gather dust.

So far ive updated it to windows 7 & office 2010.

But since the update, 3 drivers have errors

modem driver
display driver
sound driver

Ive managed to update the modem driver...

but have been unsuccessful with the sound & display.
there is no support that i can find for the current 8xAGP graphics card with W7. ive found 1 or 2 for sale but price on them is $80-$100 - clearly not worth buying for a machine like this! but seems this is the only fix I can find online.

Theres no sound card, its integrated into the motherboard, ive tried searching the motherboard specs GA-8SIMLNF, but not much help to found

I keep getting these websites offering 'driver install software' popping up, saying they have the needed drivers, but these are either paid services or full of malware cr@p (or both!) and not worth using. I just went through the process of running antivirus & malware software on it & its all fine & clean atm.
On the other hand, if anyone knows of free/cheap legitimate malware-free driver software - please let me know!

I tried installing ATI sites updating software but it refuses to install, & their software for recommeneded updates which did install, only recommends some rubbish software for hand gestures! yeah na!

ive googled it a whole lot - so am at a loss & wondered if any PC gurus might have any pearls of wisdom on this to fix the errors? Other than telling me to throw it out!

cheers guys :)




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  #1088116 13-Jul-2014 17:02
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Are you selling it with genuine licenses for Win7 Ultimate and Office 2010?

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  #1088129 13-Jul-2014 17:36
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AGP Graphics? Pentium 4?

With a nice ex lease core2 quad for under $300, a machine like that has zero value. IMO paying for a windows 7 license for something like that is like putting a spoiler and mag wheels on a wheelbarrow.




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  #1088185 13-Jul-2014 18:45
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Use Linux.

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  #1088198 13-Jul-2014 19:10
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Win7 license is worth 5 times what the hardware is. Perhaps better to put WinXP (or better yet, a nice Linux distro) back on and simply give it away to a less fortunate friend or something... the Radeon 9200 is not DX9+ compliant, so there are no official Win7 drivers for it. You could try to force install some Win XP drivers, but be prepared for potentially major issues.

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  #1088515 14-Jul-2014 13:14
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Value of PC = $15

value of Win7 + Office 2010 = $300++
Piracy ??
dodgy dodgy dealings ??

But seriously. I have some ISA video cards I cant get Win7 drivers for either.
My 286 is perfectly usable, I see no reason to throw it out. It must of good value to schools or the poor ??
Now where can I get wiring looms for my 8track car player
:-)

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  #1088521 14-Jul-2014 13:18
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I agree, it seems like a silly exercise. Whatever spins your wheels I suppose.

Visit http://driverpacks.net/, if there are drivers, they should be there.




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  #1088585 14-Jul-2014 14:19
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Another vote for Linux - I recently put Linux Mint on a similar spec machine and it runs very nicely.  Perfectly good machine now for web, email, office (Libre Office) etc

There's no way you're going to sell a 12-year old (?) PC for even a quarter of the price of the MS software you have installed

 
 
 
 




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  #1088936 14-Jul-2014 22:42
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There's nothing dodgy.

My parents business has volume licenses & I work for them part-time.

At the time, I thought I'd update and sell, but am now using it ATM, it's fine except for the 2 drivers.

It's worth $15? May as well just keep it now I guess. Lol

But now wondering if the windows update was worthwhile with the driver issues. Live and learn.

I know nothing about Linux though, but a couple of you reckon it's decent, but so I might research it some



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  #1088941 14-Jul-2014 22:58
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It must be a very different volume licence to the ones we have at work if you're allowed to give away licences for Win & and Office 2010 with an old computer.

If it's any help, I'm far from a Linux expert and the recent releases of Linux are very easy to install and use.  I don't use Linux very much (I have it dual-boot on an old XP machine) but it's quite interesting to see how it works and it can give an old machine a new lease of life

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  #1088993 15-Jul-2014 07:58
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pinkbellbird: There's nothing dodgy.

My parents business has volume licenses & I work for them part-time.

At the time, I thought I'd update and sell, but am now using it ATM, it's fine except for the 2 drivers.

It's worth $15? May as well just keep it now I guess. Lol

But now wondering if the windows update was worthwhile with the driver issues. Live and learn.

I know nothing about Linux though, but a couple of you reckon it's decent, but so I might research it some



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I don't think "volume licenses" work that way at all. :P
If you want to sell it then load linux on it. 

I also hope you have not been installing win7/office 2010 on non company machines.



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  #1089014 15-Jul-2014 08:32
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Pretty sure the VL our school has allows teachers to install it on home PCs, but even the HUP includes a clause for 'no longer valid if you leave the firm you bought it through'



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  #1089049 15-Jul-2014 09:15
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mrtoken:
pinkbellbird: There's nothing dodgy.

My parents business has volume licenses & I work for them part-time.

At the time, I thought I'd update and sell, but am now using it ATM, it's fine except for the 2 drivers.

It's worth $15? May as well just keep it now I guess. Lol

But now wondering if the windows update was worthwhile with the driver issues. Live and learn.

I know nothing about Linux though, but a couple of you reckon it's decent, but so I might research it some



[Mod Edit |BH| Profanity removed. There's no need for it.]


I don't think "volume licenses" work that way at all. :P
If you want to sell it then load linux on it. 

I also hope you have not been installing win7/office 2010 on non company machines.




I thought I already explained this, I work for my parents business part time.PC related work. To clarify seeing it needs it, work at home.





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  #1089059 15-Jul-2014 09:23
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PhantomNVD: Pretty sure the VL our school has allows teachers to install it on home PCs, but even the HUP includes a clause for 'no longer valid if you leave the firm you bought it through'


Your spot on there.

But yeah, as long as I'm using it while doing works work its ok. But to sell it I'll have to remove it, which was something that slipped my mind
Thanks for the reminder.

Looks like Linux & maybe Open Office will have to go on it instead when I try to sell




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  #1089060 15-Jul-2014 09:25
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pinkbellbird:
mrtoken:
pinkbellbird: There's nothing dodgy.

My parents business has volume licenses & I work for them part-time.

At the time, I thought I'd update and sell, but am now using it ATM, it's fine except for the 2 drivers.

It's worth $15? May as well just keep it now I guess. Lol

But now wondering if the windows update was worthwhile with the driver issues. Live and learn.

I know nothing about Linux though, but a couple of you reckon it's decent, but so I might research it some



[Mod Edit |BH| Profanity removed. There's no need for it.]


I don't think "volume licenses" work that way at all. :P
If you want to sell it then load linux on it. 

I also hope you have not been installing win7/office 2010 on non company machines.




I thought I already explained this, I work for my parents business part time.PC related work. To clarify seeing it needs it, work at home.



And thus legit... Until you go to sell it, then read your ULA v closely and see you're meant to wipe it?



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  #1089076 15-Jul-2014 09:29
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pinkbellbird:
PhantomNVD: Pretty sure the VL our school has allows teachers to install it on home PCs, but even the HUP includes a clause for 'no longer valid if you leave the firm you bought it through'


Your spot on there.

But yeah, as long as I'm using it while doing works work its ok. But to sell it I'll have to remove it, which was something that slipped my mind
Thanks for the reminder.

Looks like Linux & maybe Open Office will have to go on it instead when I try to sell



As I already said.... Above




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