ironically, i’ve never seen an eMachine that wasn’t already obsolete before the shrink wrap came off. seriously, that company specialized (are they still around) in selling cheap components from that hadn’t sold in the previous year.
back when i fixed computers for a living i always hated those things. dam chassis was full of cheap metal with sharp edges that bent so easily you couldn’t open and close it without risking having it not fit together right anymore.
if you are properly motivated your computer will never be obsolete. You can just continue to swap out parts for new ones.
Anybody buying an emachine isn’t going to do be doing any part swapping any time soon.
I bought an emachines 5 years ago. Since then I have:
Installed a second HD for RAID
Replaced the graphics card
Expanded the RAM up to the maximum the board can handle
Installed a new OS 3 times
Replaced the screen with a large LCD
Briefly via USB I attached an FPGA board running a design I was working on. Sadly, I found that the USB was not able to communicate fast enough with the CPU to justify keeping it. Also I was too lazy to modify my complier and re-make every program that called that function, maybe in the future I will attempt it again. Currently I am building a cooling system for my new case and saving up for a new motherboard. The long term goal is to eventual build a nice little server and setup three dummy-terminals around the house to save on repair time.
If you do it right you only buy one computer your whole life and just keep on swapping/replacing.
LMAO that wont even run GTA4
Infidel, I wish I had the time. Not into gaming. I assume you mean this…..
Bring back the Tandy…
Richard,I just found one in the basement. Yours free for the asking, thanks.
I have a Dell that’s about 5 years old that has been upgraded many times over. It’s currently running Windows 7 and can play Call of Duty 6 quite well. I have no plans to replace it any time soon.
I really don’t know much about computers at all. I holler at my son that somethings not working right. Either that or DJ and Gary help me out. DJ helps me out a lot. Thanks Guys!
Let’s think about obsolescence for a minute: according to the label in that computer, I believe it can run Windows 98 and Office 97. That’s enough for typing a letter, checking e-mail and playing minesweeper. I know there are thousands and thousands of homes and offices where dual core computers, with several gigs of RAM and lots of HDD space are used for those tasks.
A computer should be considered obsolete when it can no longer run the applications you need, instead of being compared and judged against newer models.
I still have my 386
I have an eMachine sitting in a closet and it’s constantly running. I bought it in the fall of 2000. The only thing I’ve HAD to replace on it was the power supply, but this is to be expected from any computer that’s constantly running. It serves as a file server, has 3 hard drives attached to it. No complaints about it.
And as the first person suggested, eMachines made a living off of using year old parts in their computers. From what I understood from my geek squad buddies, this also meant that they tended to be more reliable in that unlike other computer manufacturers that were trying to make their own cheap parts, eMachine was taking the best of last year’s technology and putting it to good use. Obviously with a year of usage on the open market, it’s apparent which parts were good or bad before they ever installed them in an eMachine.
way ahead of you KLAW I always get the cheats as they come out,I have a new HP computer (DAYUM $1300)and GTA4 pushes it to the limit just to run the game,hey Mike I still have my 486 its one of those with the monitor and computer all in one
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