Newer Old Computers

Unpaid Computer/Network Administrator

Well, actually I had a paid contract computer repair job two weeks ago.  It was simple:  Travel to another town, replace a hard drive, and start the recovery disk.  A few days later I got a call to go back and swap out the motherboard.  I turned that job down.  Another tech accepted.  A few days later, I saw another job from another employer:  Remove malware and virus.  Nope, didn’t take that job either, even after the spend limit was increased.  All for a six year old computer!

Computers Left Over From Upgrade

I happened to notice that a local junior was offering used computers for sale, so I got up early (for me) and got in line before the bookstore (where they were being sold) opened.  You could buy a maximum of two computers, but only one could be a laptop.  So, I scored a Gateway 400vtx and a MPC Client Pro desktop PC.


Purchased PC's


The mouse and keyboard came with the desktop.  An AC adaptor/battery charger came with the laptop.  Both had a fresh install of XP Professional, SP3, plus Open Office installed.  No monitor came with the desktop.  The total?  Sixty dollars, plus tax.

Laptop Mods

I am giving the laptop to my grandson for his birthday, so first thing I did was hook the laptop up to a switch port on my router and downloaded AVG Free anti-virus (my preference, due to familiarity) and set up Windows Update.

After downloading and installing 46 critical updates, it was time to set up wireless, no mini-card available.  I tried a Zonet g usb adapter, but it did not want to work with my Netgear N router, plus it was too wide for a thumb drive to be plugged in next to it.  I then tried an AirLink 101 Golden 150 Wireless Mini USB adaptor, problem solved!  I leave it running so that it is updated.  It works upstairs, downstairs, and anywhere in my 1/4 acre yard.

Desktop Updates in a Later Update


About reluctantretiree

recent last-minute retiree, husband, father, grandfather, student, technology nerd, fabricator, builder, etc., trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.
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