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Susan Q

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No, haven't done that yet.
you mentioned ram stick .....ram module ......
uh ........1 ....2 ......I don't know
and if I have 2 I don't know how to only use one.
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Skip the part about testing the ram sticks by themselves. You only have one 512 meg stick so you will need to run the program to test it.
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ok, i'm going to do that. I'll get back to you
just as soon as I can.

Thanx RS
(what is your first name? if we keep meeting
like this .... I should at least stop calling you RS <grin>)

Susan
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OK I will be here for at leats another 8 hours and it's Ron.
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Thanks Ron,
OK ..I've been working on this since I last wrote.
Start....freeze....start ....freeze ......start ....
you get the idea...
I haven't yet gotten to write the disk.
I'm doing my best.
~S~
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With her PC messing up as badly as it is, I can not see an ISO being written correctly to CD-R. I believe it should be written on a functioning PC.
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Ron,
I tried to change BIOS but hitting DEL button didn't work
I did notice that on the boot there is a Prompt that
refers to F12 and I did press that.
Unfortunately, after that I get worried because it
doesn't offer the same stuff you described.

Let me know, OK?

I'm still booting ....freezing ..and so on.
I'd better post this before it freezes again.
OH ...I did get the disk written.
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OK you managed the hard drive diagnostic from a disk so I'm thinking your system is already setup to boot to the cdrom. If not clicking F12 should give you the options of booting to either the hard drive or the cdrom. You want the cdrom. Let me know if it works.
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Hiya Ron :)

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.
Yes, the memtest did run .......ran so well, in fact,
did 39 passes <grin> and 0 errors. That, I'm afraid,
is all the good news I have.

The computer has now quit. Won't boot from anything.
SO ........ I bought a new tower. See the specs below.......

Desktop includes keyboard, mouse, power cord and recovery CD
Monitor not included
Processor: 3.4GHz Pentium 4®
System memory: 1GB
Hard drive: 80GB
Optical drive: CDRW-DVD combination
Video: Integrated video with DVI port
Sound: Integrated sound with microphone and headphone jack
Network: Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
External ports: Six USB, 1 serial and 1 parallel
Operating system: Microsoft® Windows XP Professional
Specifications:This high-quality off-lease item has been factory refurbished. Please click on the icon above for more information on quality off-Lease-reconditioned merchandise.

Dimensions:
3.3 in. x 10.5 in. x 10 in.
Warranty:
1 year Limited Distributor
Materials:
Electronic components
Model No:
Dell GX620 USDT

cost: $235.00 +2.98 shipping

How'd I do, Ron?

OK so I'm going to have to have the data transfered, I guess, I hope, I pray .......but I didn't think I had much choice.

Would be very interested in your opinion.

Thanks again
Susan
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Decent system from the specs. Hard drive is small by todays standards but I'm sure to you it is huge. :)
Data transfer is not that hard really.
What you can do at this point is purchase a external hard drive enclosure and take the old hard drive out of the now dead system.
You put it in the enclosure and hook it to your new system usually through a USB connection. This should allow you to gain access to the data on the hard drive and transfer it over.
This will work if the old hard drive is still operable.
If it is and you can backup the data then I would suggest then formatting the old hard drive and use it for a extra drive for the new system.
What you would be looking for is like this HERE.
The tricky part is making sure the actual hard drive connection inside the enclosure matches the type of drive you have.
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Thanx for the info, Ron.
Doing the transfer myself worries me.
Would I be able to come back and have you
help me with that? A computer tech here says
it'll cost 200 to have him do it. <eeek>
Also .......have you heard of "clickfree"?
It's a backup that you just plug in to
a usb and it automatically back up docs and pics,
stuff like that ..not programs. Is that a good one?
I realize that may not work for what I have to do in
this transfer, but I thought maybe just for protection
on my many photos (dates back to mid 1800s).

Anyway, thank you, Ron and everyone at G2G for spending
so much time on my problem. I cannot tell you how very
much I appreciate it.
Much gratitude
Susan :)
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this is another easier option than spending money just open the case of the old machine and take the hard drive out and place it on the side of the new one and connect it to power and IDE cable from the Cd drive and boot
it will see the drive and you can then copy what you need
remember that even doing this will not make the programs work due to the fact they will need to be reinstalled but the data like IE favorites and my docs contents will be OK along with saved files andd tunes and pix
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Hi Susan Q

Looks like Ron took good care of you. I have (unfortunately) been buried with work.
Sorry to here the other one completely crashed.

Due to your low knowledge on computers, I would also recommend the enclosure.
I would recommend 1 of the 3 below (or something similar) because they come apart with thumbscrews. The side comes off easy to expose where you hook everything up.
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=2779
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=2779
http://www.tigerdire...e...66&csid=_21

Once you have the cases, then let us know and we will assist you with getting the old drive out of the other computer.

As for backup, I use the free program called Syncback

Since you have pictures dating to 1800, I will assume you are researching your ancestors (so am I). I will also recommend that you have a alternate backup such as burning to a CD.

Paul
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Opening the new system and slaving the old drive is a option I would recommend but since the new system is under warranty you may void your warranty by opening it up.
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Ron, Paul, TP
Wow, this is all great information.
Have I said you are the best?!! :)
I expect to have the new HDD in 4-10 days.
I sure hope all this stuff is still here on the forum when I get it as I have no printing capabilities right now.
Ron, I am going to go ahead and add that extra 1GB RAM. I can't say I've really comprehended all the things in the last 3 posts but I will
study it further when I have the new HDD.
I'm guessing that once I hook the new HDD up to my hardward (ie: printer, keyboard ..etc) that it'll just work (good grief, I sure hope I'm right about that!<grin>).
I do realize I'll lose programs, but I'm not at all worried about that. I'm sure I'll find a way to get what I need.
Paul, yup ..you'd be right that it's family archiving. I have roughly 20 - 4" three ring binders filled with memorabilia (mostly pics) but stuff like invitation to inaguration of Woodrow Wilson and JFK (aunt was PMG Day's personal assistant under Kennedy's administration)....I have birth certs, marriage lic, death records, even a tin type or two.......the list is endless. Little by little for the past several years I've been scanning into the computer.
So that is the most important of those things which are on my computer.
Good luck with your research.

Anyway, what I am understanding here is that it IS possible for me to work out this transfer myself(well, ok..not by myself ..with you guiding me). That would surely be great.

I'll tell you all, this is not the first computer issue I've had that has been handle with the help of G2G. You are just wonderful and I cannot say enough how very grateful I am for the time and energy you have put into helping me. :)
You're the best. Thank you.


If I can ever return the favor... let me know (although might I suggest that it not be computer related :) )
visit www.elegantfinishes.com to view my expertise.

:) Susan
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