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    Re: HELP ME convince the governors!

    Quote Originally Posted by CM786
    She is using Target Tracker so says she needs a machine able to run it - guess where the money is coming from?
    Oh, don't get me started on Target Tracker. It's a shocker of a program (if you can call it a program, more of a mish mash of vba macros) even by educational standards. NOTHING will make it run quickly, slowness is inherent in the design. You could stick it on Blue Gene, working at 135 teraflops, and it would still run like a dog (a very sick one, that only has 2 legs and a gammy knee).

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    Re: HELP ME convince the governors!

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    And the old PCs that I wanted to upgrade to 512Mb PC133 might be a problem, having a look on the crucial website shows only 256Mb PC133 DIMMs for the PC as being compatible!! Thankfully I can take the PC to my local PC shop and they said that they would test their 512Mb PC133 Ram for me - hope it works!

    You're in Tameside right ?

    So does that mean these old machines are the Elonex boxes ? With the Intel i810 motherboards ? The ones that only take single-sided ram (...the expensive stuff!!)


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    Re: HELP ME convince the governors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CM786
    And the old PCs that I wanted to upgrade to 512Mb PC133 might be a problem, having a look on the crucial website shows only 256Mb PC133 DIMMs for the PC as being compatible!! Thankfully I can take the PC to my local PC shop and they said that they would test their 512Mb PC133 Ram for me - hope it works!

    You're in Tameside right ?

    So does that mean these old machines are the Elonex boxes ? With the Intel i810 motherboards ? The ones that only take single-sided ram (...the expensive stuff!!)


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    Not in this case. The Machines are NEC PowerMate VL3 MicroTowers.

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    Re: HELP ME convince the governors!

    i HATE the build quality of NEC powermate's they have to be the cheapest i've had to encounter.

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    Re: HELP ME convince the governors!

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    i HATE the build quality of NEC powermate's they have to be the cheapest i've had to encounter.

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    I would use a word beginning with S and ending with T to describe them.

    All the machines are on to their second Power Supplies, since they kept failing and thankfully becasue we had a 3 year warrently they were replaced a few years back. 5 out of the suite of 19 have also had new motherboards..

    These machine are P4 1.7Ghz (Socket 423), 128Mb Ram. I'll get more info when I am back at the school.

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    Re: HELP ME convince the governors!

    Yea, they're not bad specs for the price, but except for hardware failure, the actual quality of the casing etc is very weak and easily bent etc, especially around the monitor connection.

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