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  Author  Subject: Re: compaq prosignia vs

Posted on 05-07-2003 08:31 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: dave wrote:

>Date: Wed May 7 17:30:05 EDT 2003
>Name: dave
>Subject: compaq prosignia vs
>thank you. I am already an ebay user, so what do u think is approx. worth
>of machine? I only paid $20 so im not too invested yet...

Hi Dave:

From the sounds of it and knowing the model now, I'd say it's worth
anywhere from $5 to nothing.

If your goal is to learn about hardware and more, fine. That said, if
the goal is to get an inexpensive machine running for your sis and her
digital cam you'd be far better off buying a new Microtel PC from

By all reports they are decent machines and do run linux out of the box.
Priced at $199, they include all but a monitor.

The machine you have, IIRC, uses SIMM memory and that is not cheap now.
will cost you about $100 for 128 MB unless you find a deal.
You'll also need a USB adapter for her digital cam--and I doubt the VS
has a PCI slot.

Let's look at it this way:

Original cost of the VS for you: $ 20
USB card: $ 20 (most digital cams
require USB, and your machine does not have it, thus the adapter card
Memory: $120 (I just sold 4 sticks of
32 MB SIMM to a friend the other day for $30 each and he knew it was a
fair price)
IDE Adapter card: $ 10

Add $40 for the excellent book Jym suggested and you are at $220, plus a
lot of pain for old legacy hardware that IMHO was not that great to
begin with when new.

No offense, but as Jym wisely suggested you are in way over your head.

Do you really want to put yourself through all that pain and expense for
an old PC that will still only be worth $25 after you finish?

Here's the link for the Walmart machine (only available online)

It's a 1.1 Ghz AMD Duron, has a 10 GB hard drive and all but monitor,
modem and floppy.

Figure $10 for a Winmodem if you shop around and another $10 for a
floppy drive (yes, you will need this to install Win 98.)

Hmm..$199 plus $25 shipping, add for the modem and floppy and you are at

For one in your situation it's a no-brainer to me. I know money can be
tight but if I were you I'd wait and save the $250.

Good Luck,


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