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hi all! Any Recommendations for the poor PC who's going to get me and a A+ course..

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Ropenfold, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. Ropenfold

    Ropenfold Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi all and I'd first like to say a big thanks to all the threads I've read today that have made me realise I probably don't have to spend thousands of pounds to get somewhere in terms of training schools or whatever, have been sitting here for a few days (not literally!!) wondering what to do, I want to specialise in networking and although my website design degree is great its not going to get me where I want to go.

    Everyone seems to point towards to the CompTIA A+ course to start with and I'm a bookworm so a few books will suit me fine, I am gonna get a pc on the cheap but I'm way out of the game in terms of what kind of spec I need and/or software to run on it for the course, any suggestions on what I need?? I presume Windows XP is the os, I'm sure I have a hooky CD version lying around.........
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    You don't need anything exotic for this. You'll be pulling it apart, and re-installing quite a few times, so the latest and greatest isn't required.

    You might find a reasonable machine second-hand in the local paper, or at a computer fair.

    Harry.
     
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  3. Ropenfold

    Ropenfold Kilobyte Poster

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    Thankyou for the fast reply, Any specifications??

    I'm sorry but I'm well off the pace, what would be your minimum?
     
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  4. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Anything over 1GHz with 256MB memory will run XP and the previous versions of Windows reasonably happily.

    XP might be a little slow - but you aren't trying to use this machine say for mega spreadsheets, so it shouldn't matter!

    Edit: You should be able to find such a machine for less than £50 fairly easily.

    Harry.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Glad to know that the forum helped you! Welcome!
     
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  6. Ropenfold

    Ropenfold Kilobyte Poster

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    Cheers hbroomhall, thats been a great help, I'd imagine this won't be the last time there'll be a post on here with my name on it....

    Taking apart a pc, it can't be that hard surely? Frankenstien springs to mind.........
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    As with most things, taking them apart is easy, putting them back together again, well that is the challenging part :biggrin

    Welcome to CF mate!
     
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  8. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :D
     
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