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Basic Lab Setup

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Smorg, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. Smorg

    Smorg Bit Poster

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    Hi guys
    I'm just about to set off down the long (not too long I hope!) road of A+ self study.
    I was wanting to know if you guys had any advice on what I'd need for a basic lab setup to help with my studies. How many PC's should I be looking to have networked? I 'spose I should start looking on eBay for PC bits!
    I have wireless already set up on my PC, so I should be able to set up a network no probs. I suppose I can install different OS on each PC (XP, 98 etc) so as to learn more about each OS. Any advice on what I should be getting and any experiments I could do once I have it set up?
    Thank guys. Long live CertForums! :beers2
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Well, as a starting point get yourself one PC that you can tear to bits and rebuild over and over again. You could choose to set this PC up with a dual boot configuration.

    Tear the thing to bits and start over again! Seriously. Nothing helps you learn better than actually doing something over and over again.

    8)
     
  3. Smorg

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    Thanks for that! Now I just need to hunt for some cheap bits - ebuyer seems quite good. Any other suggestions?
     
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  4. hbroomhall

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    Second-hand dealers at fairs I find to be good. And ordinary dealers are always getting rid of old stuff!

    Harry.
     
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  5. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    yeah, as Harry said computer fairs are good- you also save on postage too :)
     
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  6. troubledtony

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    HI smorg i'm just alittle further down the road from you and as the chaps have already said scrounging pays off, i found two old pc's in friends lofts, oh yes they were old one still had 3.1 on it , i also bought neat little desktop with xp prof installed for £55 inc postage. all in all i,ve spent about £120 all in and as i type i'm just finishing setup of 98 on one and the ics on another, my mates think i'm mad but i love it'. I'm an engineer( marine) and it,s nice to get stuck in and not end up smelling of diesel! so have fun and good luck! :biggrin
     
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  7. Smorg

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    As a matter of interest - where did you manage to buy desktop for £55?!?
     
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  8. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Smorg,

    Ebay is great for all as you well know, but, i find that the weight of a desktop costs a lot to send, therefore loosing the bargain appeal.

    Try looking in your local paper, "freeads", car boot sales and computer fairs. One thing i would say to keep in mind is if they have the XP disc.... If you buy a machine with the intention of using the operating system that is installed you want it to be legal....
     
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