Life on the edge - the Diary of a C5

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Re: The diary of a C5

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Hello, Jim!

Papa knows little about computers but he does know a bit and is electricity savvy. He's always careful with that sort of thing and puts it down when he starts swearing. Bit like he stops spannering me when he gets frustrated, except now he has a BIG impact driver to use. Yes, the blows are heavy but they come so fast they tickle a bit. And it is much better than the big hammer!

He tells me has ordered a power supply and is waiting for the postman to do his stuff!

Love

Otterchops,
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Excellent :D Those power supplies, once they fail are irreparable and if they fizz and go bang they can take the laptop with them so he's being very wise in replacing it....
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I recently took my Asus laptop for repair. Sadly this wasn't economically viable so opted for a replacement used laptop.
While the owner of the shop demonstrated various models, most rejected as I need a very large and clear, sharp screen, one he plugged in was a bit slow to respond then he suddenly cleared the shop - the power supply actually caught fire :)
I was impressed!
Eventually went back for a non self-igniting Dell. Not a make I would normally go for but it has proved to be excellent - they have definitely learned some tricks from Alienware.
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Dell, in my opinion, are hard to fault Steve. Good choice..

Best screen I have is on the laptop I'm using now - an elderly Compaq Presario. It's running Ubuntu and all-round it is a perfect treat. No good for Windows though; it originally had Vista on it and it was rubbish then but Ubuntu has transformed it. Screen is way better than my two Toshiba Laptops...
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I have used Dell laptops. One thing I do know is that they are easy to strip down and rebuild (workshop engineers find them a doddle to work on), unlike Sony Vaio laptops that need specialised training just to take them apart!
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That's true James.. My Lexia laptop is an old Delll and was built from three scrappers... As you say, easy as pie to work on...
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I had a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro. Abysmal spec and as slow as - even with stripped down Linux Mint.
The screen though was incredible, exceptionally sharp and crisp clean colours.
It allegedly had cost >£1,000 and I'm sure £999 was for the screen, the rest wasn't worth tuppence.

Gave that and the Asus to the shop and got a bit of discount on the Dell.
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Hello

The one Papa uses is a Toshiba Satellite of some description. Normally it runs Windows 7 but for Lexia Papa swaps the hard drive for one with XP. He tried this with his very swish red HP Pavilion but then went hysterical and wanted it's old drive back! That nearly felt the benefit of Papa's hammer, I can tell you!!!!!

I know nothing about computers, even less than Papa but I know a polite one when I speak to one. And Ginger is very polite indeed,
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I see we are a bit off track, but why the return to XP? I found it slow on my "car" laptop so updated to 7 which I find much faster. Lexia/Diagbox works ok on 7 for me on both our Xantia's and C4! Question is - am I missing some functionally?
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Excuse me, Otterchops.....

Ay up!

I've used XP Because the version of cheapo Chinese knock-off Lexia I have will not run on anything more modern. I've tried setting up a virtual machine and all that but to no avail. XP and it worked, for a while.....
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May I, Otterchops?

You may, Papa.

A solution has presented itself. Just discovered I can get a 32bit Win 7 for under £20. Both my win7 and win10 machines are 64bit so that should sort it.

Or am I oversimplifying this?

Any computer experts out there like to express an opinion?
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That should work. My Toshiba Netbook is running Windows 7 Starter, which is 32bit.

The Lexia software is so old it runs in a 16bit environment (which is not supported in 64bit O/S). One way around this is to set up a 32bit Virtual Machine (don't ask me how to do this).
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Hello, Uncle James!

Papa has tried a virtual machine which did NOT work which made Papa go purple and start swearing! Looks like the Wallet will attack once more.....
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Re: The diary of a C5

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Oh, I,say!!!

Hello, friends.

I shall not trouble you with WHERE Papa just put that screwdriver but it hurt!

Cati did warn me about MOT preparation and how Papa has HIGHER standards than the MOT. He never checked me over last year so I had it easy. This year, he has dismantled my brakes, cleaned them and put pry bars into many of my important little places!

With temperatures approaching 30 degrees, Papa,has,gone inside for,some serious drink and,a rest. Can't blame him really, he is,soaked in sweat. The sweat of honest toil,

MOT for,me tomorrow, see what happens,

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Don't worry, you will pass the MoT, the way Papa takes care of you. If you don't (very unlikely) Papa will see about getting you sorted; he likes you.