witch (9th March 2010)
witch, PM me your work number, I will be happy to discuss everything I did at my school as last year I was in exactly your position. You can learn from my mistakes
witch (9th March 2010)
If you know the HP Protocols you can jump the gun and just log it online, basically the way to do it is use the website and say you have swapped everything with each other, reseated everything, everything you tested with is known good etc etc and that you have diagnosed its a dead X and they just ship it out no questions asked and saves time. I used to have the script in a document somewhere that you needed to cover so I just pasted it in and filled the blanks every time I used it and it was great.
If i know whats wrong/or think i do i just make up the answers to the questions aslong as you get the answer right and it ticks the boxes on there screen they will send you the parts!
and...back to topic.....
SO....netbooks - Several votes for the the Samsung? Please can I have your opinions of the ones you have
PCs: Generally all in ones seem OK but will be pricey to replace and would waste all our screens. It has been suggested that I do my own with brackets but not sure - anyone?
We are a poor primary and do not need to go for a top-of-the-range machine, so what I am going to do is amass 2 sets of info - one for the mid-range and one at the expensive end. I suspect that the boss has no idea how much this is all going to cost him!
Also - suppliers? I use CP but will need more than one
CPLTD (9th March 2010)
I don't like all in one systems. A pain, usually, if you do have to carry out any repairs. That could have changed in recent months though.PCs: Generally all in ones seem OK but will be pricey to replace and would waste all our screens. It has been suggested that I do my own with brackets but not sure - anyone?
Some all in one makers use a standard motherboard inside the case - this means that if the PC bit fails then it's relatively easy to replace the MB. You could also upgrade it at some point in the future without throwing away the monitor (which will last longer then the computer bit)
Are you looking at all-in-ones for space saving or "niceness"? If it's the former then, as has been said, several companies do a unit which can be fixed on the back of the monitor but watch out for ones which have a separate power brick. The Dells I looked at a while back had a nice compact unit on the monitor (so you got good looking, space saving) but the power brick really was a brick!!
Personally I dont like all in ones. We have some Viglins here in a couple of rooms and the first thing I was told is that a few of them have had power issues which has resulted in them being out of use until replacement parts where ordered. Had they been standard desktops (as there are in the rest of the site)I'm sure there would have been spare parts knocking about.
The other thing I dont like is the fact that different users may need to move the screen but users tend to be a little heavy handed when the equipment isn't theirs.
Maybe it's just the all-in-ones I've seen & used, but the appeal seems to come from teachers who like the look but the practical side of them are not right. Of course newer models may have improved.
I personally like the Toshiba NB200s netbooks. Small, well made, webcam and excellent battery life.
For the PC's the one's where they sit on a cradle at the back are probably best due to being a normal PC where you can easily service them if needed.
The HT just likes the look of all in ones and is thinking of space - but we arent too bad so I would like to turn him off that idea.
Are there brackets I could get?
As I said, we have the screens already.
Next question is - what sort of spec would you look at? I am presuming that these beasts will have to last 5 years but they dont have to be whizz-bang as this is only a primary.
Dual core? Not? Def dont need big HD as everything saved on to the server.
I'm trying to strike a balance between something that will last but wont be TOO expensive. SFF would please the boss.
*edit: boss has just come to me and said that another HT has got these: http://www.trustedreviews.com/pcs/re...m-Factor-PC/p1
Anyone any experience of them?
Last edited by witch; 9th March 2010 at 11:38 AM.
I'd be wary of anything small and "stealable".
I'd go for mini-towers. Won't get as hot, and easy to upgrade yourself as everything's not so tightly packed, easy to get spare parts, PSU etc.
Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM (2x2GB), 80GB HD.
Don't touch those 'cute' things with a barge pole!
Brackets for?Are there brackets I could get?
brackets to slot in a PC to make it look neater? I dont know - I'm confused!!!
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