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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby The Doc » April 12th, 2019, 10:59 am

TerenureJim wrote:Ok so don't laugh but can anyone recommend a tech shop/service in town to upgrade a PCs from windows vista to Windows 10, I think it has to step to Windows 7 and then 10 as looking around online there's no one step move. The PC itself is fairly high end (well it was when purchased) and prefer to just update if possible rather than have to splash out on a new laptop although maybe I'm just kidding myself.

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You can apparently go via Windows 7 upgrades but it seems the advice is to do it via a clean install - means backing up everything on your PC, wiping it and installing Windows 10 from scratch. Described here - https://www.windowscentral.com/how-upgr ... windows-10 (you might want to check the hardware requirements in that article to make sure your PC is up to it.

I have used a tech shop in Rathmines before (http://www.thecartridgeshop.ie/) - they were fine. I'm always slightly iffy about handing hardware over but there's not really a lot you can do about it. They seem to have various locations so maybe one of them will work for you
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby rooster » April 26th, 2019, 11:20 am

If you still have not upgraded check if your motherboard is supported, use the manufacturer's site and also check on Google for problems with the board in Windows 10. I have a high end board that was only 2 years old when 10 came out and it gives serious problems, had to downgrade from 10 to continue to use it.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby johng » April 27th, 2019, 12:55 am

TerenureJim wrote:Ok so don't laugh but can anyone recommend a tech shop/service in town to upgrade a PCs from windows vista to Windows 10, I think it has to step to Windows 7 and then 10 as looking around online there's no one step move. The PC itself is fairly high end (well it was when purchased) and prefer to just update if possible rather than have to splash out on a new laptop although maybe I'm just kidding myself.

Also see rant thread

Not going to laugh but you would be batshit mental to put a single penny into a PC that is between 10 and 12 years old. Even if it was the most expensive and high end PCs in existence when bought.

Generally upgrading a PC that is more than 5 years old is questionable.

Any money you spend would be more than the value of the PC. And even if it went spectacularly well, you would end up with an old pc that would run slower with a newer os. The money would be better used if put towards a new PC.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby Peg Leg » April 27th, 2019, 1:09 pm

Agree with JG, you would be better served finding something someone is about to discard (which for the majority of us is likely to be 3-5 yrs old).

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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby Oldschool » July 31st, 2019, 5:19 pm

VPN
NordVPN seems to be the one to get.
However I'm always wary of going for the market leaders in something like this.
My thinking is along the lines that Mozilla Firefox was always considered a safer browser than IE because it was less likely to be hacked, IE being the Numero Uno.

Any thoughts or suggestions for either Android or Windows OS' (IOS too if you are that way inclined).

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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby Logorrhea » July 31st, 2019, 5:39 pm

Oldschool wrote:VPN
NordVPN seems to be the one to get.
However I'm always wary of going for the market leaders in something like this.
My thinking is along the lines that Mozilla Firefox was always considered a safer browser than IE because it was less likely to be hacked, IE being the Numero Uno.

Any thoughts or suggestions for either Android or Windows OS' (IOS too if you are that way inclined).

TIA


NordVPN is rock solid. Has a massive amount of nodes (harder to be blacklisted), offers decent speeds, doesn't log, and encrypts all traffic.

As for OS, its a personal preference but I'd stick with Windows over Android, if only due to the manner in which vulnerabilities are identified and updated. I'm not an iOS user so haven't an opinion.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby tomthefan » August 4th, 2019, 3:20 pm

Is nordvpn able to circumvent the geoblocks that Netflix and the BBC have?
Having thousands of IPs available is all very well but my understand is that commonly they exist as series of sequential addresses and this makes it simple for content providers to blacklist them.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby tomthefan » August 4th, 2019, 3:26 pm

Nordvpn also had some shady marketing strategies from what I've read. I wouldn't necessarily believe what they say about logging, shady in one way often means shady in others too.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby FLIP » August 4th, 2019, 5:20 pm

tomthefan wrote:Is nordvpn able to circumvent the geoblocks that Netflix and the BBC have?
Having thousands of IPs available is all very well but my understand is that commonly they exist as series of sequential addresses and this makes it simple for content providers to blacklist them.


Every time I've used them for that purpose I've had no issues. I think the general usefulness is the pure number of geographically disparate nodes they have in each country - and each will have a different ip address range.

tomthefan wrote:Nordvpn also had some shady marketing strategies from what I've read. I wouldn't necessarily believe what they say about logging, shady in one way often means shady in others too.


Citation needed on the first part.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby tomthefan » August 6th, 2019, 10:25 pm

I've seen a few bits and pieces here and there for example this https://www.reddit.com/r/nordvpn/commen ... _nord_vpn/.

I'm looking for a vpn that can overcome geoblocking by the BBC (currently for test match special) but at the same time I don't want to enter a honeypot
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby FLIP » August 7th, 2019, 9:46 am

That's not exactly a shady marketing strategy, and doesn't really have much substance behind it.

For your purposes nordvpn will be more than good enough. If the Russians were so interested in your cricket listening they'd find a way to get it regardless.
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby domhnallj » September 1st, 2019, 6:29 pm

Had some electrical work done recently, since then my TV keeps losing the broadband. Result is I have to re-enter the password every day and being unable to remote record. Anyone have any idea how I might rectify this revolting situation?
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby rooster » September 2nd, 2019, 6:33 pm

domhnallj wrote:Had some electrical work done recently, since then my TV keeps losing the broadband. Result is I have to re-enter the password every day and being unable to remote record. Anyone have any idea how I might rectify this revolting situation?
You try reset to default on the TV and start again
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby Oldschool » September 2nd, 2019, 7:27 pm

rooster wrote:
domhnallj wrote:Had some electrical work done recently, since then my TV keeps losing the broadband. Result is I have to re-enter the password every day and being unable to remote record. Anyone have any idea how I might rectify this revolting situation?
You try reset to default on the TV and start again

Process of elimination.
Can you check if the broadband connection to the TV has been damaged?
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Re: Techy advice needed

Postby domhnallj » September 5th, 2019, 8:54 am

rooster wrote:
domhnallj wrote:Had some electrical work done recently, since then my TV keeps losing the broadband. Result is I have to re-enter the password every day and being unable to remote record. Anyone have any idea how I might rectify this revolting situation?
You try reset to default on the TV and start again


I didn't know how to do that and there is no way I am reading a manual. I plugged everything out out for ten minutes lasat night and it seems to have worked in that the boradband which wasn't working pre-plugout was now working post-plugin. I will monitor the situation and report back.
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