re buying a 486

Oberste oberste at fcs260c.ncifcrf.gov
Mon Mar 1 12:16:49 EST 1993

Let's all don our flame-retardant lab coats.

In article <9302270517.AA04570 at net.bio.net> preissj at CLVAX1.CL.MSU.EDU ("J Preiss--Seq Anal") writes:
>My $0.02 on buying a computer that is reliable.
>1.  Buy from a big name company.  Right now, I see 2, IBM and INTEL.  If
>you get an IBM or any INTEL machine, you can be pretty sure to get help, 
>parts, service, etc., for some time to come, anywhere in the world.  Also,
>you know you will have no compatibility problems with peripherals and 
>software.  You cannot say the same for the up-starts like Del, Compaq, 
>Compuadd, etc.

INTEL makes chips, not systems.
In my experience with IBM (a few years ago--I hope they have changed), the
last thing you could expect from the was help.
Upstarts? Dell and Compaq are both Fortune 500 companies.
I think your point is "buy a name-brand, not from some guy who assembles them
in his basement" Good advice.
>2.  Buy local.  You may save $50 or $100 by shopping mail order, but most
>machines do need warrenty service in the first year.  If you buy local, you
>can get immediate help at no cost.  If you buy mail order, you will have to 
>ship out your computer by UPS.  This leaves you without a computer and costs
>money.  Probably more than the $50- you thaught you saved by going mail order.

Some of the mail-order companies include free on-site service, but having
a local dealer is helpful, especially if you are a computer novice.
>3.  Don't even think about wasting your money on an SX, or SLC, or a doubled
>chip.  You will regret in the long run.  You will be better off getting a 
>beefed up 386DX than a whimpy 486SX, and a 486DX50 will do you better than
>a 486DX2-60 (really just a 486DX30 that runs too hot for its own good).

A 486SX isn't wimpy. It just doesn't have a math coprocessor (neither does
the 386DX).
I think you mean 486DX2-66, which works just fine, and is a little faster
than the 485DX50.
>4.  Spring for a 256 color SVGA monitor with a monstor controler board.  If
>you pay for 486 power, don't let a cheap monitor become the slow link or
>you might as well get a cheaper computer.  Besides, much new software 
>requires the SVGA.

Very good advice. Also make sure the dot pitch of the monitor is good. For
me that means <= 0.28 mm. Your mileage may vary.
Also be sure the video controller comes with SVGA drivers for the software
you plan to use, eg. MS Windows, Lotus 1-2-3, Word Perfect, etc.
>I suppose that's enough for one note.  Good luck.
>	Dr. Leonard N. Bloksberg
>	PreissJ at clvax1.cl.msu.edu
>	Dept. of Biochemistry
>	Michigan State University

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