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I just bought a new computer with a plug in bios but no os.

What do I need to have for an os and then what do I need to do to program the bios so I can upload the os. What os in windows do I need to have? Thanks much for your help.
 

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The first step would be to figure out what version of windows you would like on the computer. Windows 95/98 come with a floppy to help you install it, while ME/XP will boot off the cd to install itself. Once you figure out what version, you will then need to buy the software. If you buy a retail version from a place like office depot or best buy then there should be step by step instructions with it. If not let us know and we'll see what we can do for you.
 

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thanks for the reply,

I just cancelled my order from ubid. com who seems to be listed too often in complaints.com. There seems to be alot of rip offs going on in the buying selling of computer ware, know any body who cares about their reputation?

I have a 4450 hp 366mhz celeron mounted on asus mevb which is the pits, buses in at a whopping 66. wonder if their is a way to upgrade this? I don't believe I can use the windows 98 (recovery disc) on any other computer including another hp mptherboard, I tried to completely format hard drive and was only able to get 50 % wipe which makes me think that HP has 98 windows locked in the hard drive as a propriatory move. If so that means I have to spend $200.00 on a full 98 win edition, though I paid already for windows 98 on this computer. Got any ideas on what I can do?

I went to pricewatch but it seems some of the vendors operating there are not trustworthy either ....ashame-- they seem to have some great deals with windows included.

Well , thanks again for your quick response.
 

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thanks for the reply,

I just cancelled my order from ubid. com who seems to be listed too often in complaints.com. There seems to be alot of rip offs going on in the buying selling of computer ware, know any body who cares about their reputation?
I have found TCWO to be a good company to deal with, and they are somewhat local for me. You may want to check out Reseller Ratings before buying from somewheres.

I have a 4450 hp 366mhz celeron mounted on asus mevb which is the pits, buses in at a whopping 66. wonder if their is a way to upgrade this? I don't believe I can use the windows 98 (recovery disc) on any other computer including another hp mptherboard, I tried to completely format hard drive and was only able to get 50 % wipe which makes me think that HP has 98 windows locked in the hard drive as a propriatory move. If so that means I have to spend $200.00 on a full 98 win edition, though I paid already for windows 98 on this computer. Got any ideas on what I can do?
Upgrading the computer will depend on the motherboard. I would think you should be able to upgrade some, but if you know the model number you can go to Asus's website and find out exactly what you can do with it. HP recovery cds are specific to their model. You can run into problems if you change out stuff like motherboards also. Are you running the restore on a machine that has had nothing changed? If so and it is stopping at 50% youc an either have a bad CD or hard drive. Are you getting a error message when it stops? Also a copy of Windows 98 shouldn't cost more then about $100.00 U.S. If you search PriceWatch you may be able to find one cheaper. Legaly though the restore cds are supposed to stay with the HP.


Well , thanks again for your quick response.
Your welcome. Hopefully we can figure out what is going on and get you up and running again.
 

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Hello, yep- asus does not leave much for an upgrade and I believe you are right concerning the hp recovery disc. I am running win Me and perhaps this is why I was blocked from a deeper format.

I am thinking about putting a computer together, mainly looking for something in terms of graphics and acceptable speed for my son as well as myself.

Ofcourse after dealing with ati rage2c intergraded on this board -anything i guess would have to be better. Do you have any ideas for a system?

Thanks for the info especially the site on who is who. I found on price watch full oems for about 100.00 even less , though I don't trust all ad's at price watch.

Let me know what you believe for the money is the best combo-MB and processor and graphic card within a poor mans pocketbook. Thanks again for the pointers and direction.
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I am thinking about putting a computer together, mainly looking for something in terms of graphics and acceptable speed for my son as well as myself.

Ofcourse after dealing with ati rage2c intergraded on this board -anything i guess would have to be better. Do you have any ideas for a system?

Let me know what you believe for the money is the best combo-MB and processor and graphic card within a poor mans pocketbook. Thanks again for the pointers and direction.
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If you have to watch your money, I would say go with a MSI motherboard and a AMD cpu. If your main thing is graphics, I would get a good video card and 256megs of memory. If you looking at graphics editing, then I would say a ATI video card, if it is more for games I've heard good things from GeForce. I personaly have a ATI Radeon which I love.

I have personaly bought from TCWO before and have heard nothing of good things from them. They are local to Tampa FL so that is also a plus for me. I would suggest checking them out. They have a some biostart/amd combos which seem like a decent price. Just a quick look I found a :
M7VKD w/1.4Ghz 266FSB CPU 1 Year Warranty! $188.00
Which is their current low end amd athlon motherboard/cpu combo.
They also have some durons as low as $133. You can check out some of the local people also. I'm not sure where your from, so I don't know what is local, or if I even can find someone local to you to recomend.

They also have the video card I have there, their listing is
Radeon 7500 64MB DDR AGP 1 Year Warranty 134.00

Again the video card will depend on the use. Maybe some gammers here can recomend a better card for gaming then the GeForce.
 
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