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Windows broke my webcam

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
11 of 33

I came up in a PC world. My first few laptops were furnished by employers. Later, it would've been disruptive to use a Mac when 90% of my clients and all of my colleagues and collaborators (except designers) were on PCs. It's a more seamless world nowadays, I know. At one point I considered switching to a Mac but it was so expensive compared to a Windows machine. And a techy friend told me that I could upgrade the Windows OS on the same machine, whereas when there was a major Mac upgrade you had to buy a new machine. Maybe that wasn't really the case--it was about 10-12 years ago, maybe longer. Anyway, my economic frame of reference is that I bought this Samsung for about $600 five years ago. I'd had it 24 hours when I dumped a cup of coffee on the keyboard and had to send it off to Texas for 10 days to get repaired. Of course, that voided the warranty. But it's been an absolute workhorse and is still going strong except for this webcam problem. It's gotten sluggish, though. I really need for somebody to take a look at it and tell me whether apps are fighting over resources, or I've outgrown its capacity, or what.

 

It used to be the case that I had a huge investment in knowledge of Windows. But for a while now, MS changes things in ways that force you to abandon huge chunks of your knowledge base yo learn the "improved" version. (The golden hour was when my Windows PC and my second generation Palm Pilot communicated seamlessly and gracefully, and my tiny flip phone was just a phone that fit nicely in my pocket.) I'll be looking carefully at Macs on the next round. 

 

ETA: I've also had an intense case of anti-Apple snobbery for many years. But I'm prepared to get over that. It's the age of diversity, why not add a Mac to my little Android-Chromebook-Windows tech family.

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Well,  it's true Macs are more expensive ... but on the flip side they last longer. I came up where computers looked just like the one on the desk in the corner of Seinfeld's living room.  Smiley Very Happy

 

My MacPro (an expensive model) ran well for over 10 years. I now have a 2012 iMac that's still going strong. My niece uses PCs, and I swear she has to buy a new one every 3 or 4 years. But I think some of it has to do with knowing how to maintain a clean machine by running diagnostics and learning a few basic ways to keep a computer running smoothly - which I do on a regular basis.

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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Virginia F wrote:

Well,  it's true Macs are more expensive ... but on the flip side they last longer. I came up where computers looked just like the one on the desk in the corner of Seinfeld's living room.  Smiley Very Happy

 

My MacPro (an expensive model) ran well for over 10 years. I now have a 2012 iMac that's still going strong. My niece uses PCs, and I swear she has to buy a new one every 3 or 4 years. But I think some of it has to do with knowing how to maintain a clean machine by running diagnostics and learning a few basic ways to keep a computer running smoothly - which I do on a regular basis.


Yes, good housekeeping is critical and I suspect that's why the Samsung has slowed down. And again, I used to know how to keep Windows running pretty well but now they've made everything too opaque.

 

I just counted... I'm on my fourth laptop in about 15 years. The Gateway (which I adored) became obsolete and was replaced by an HP, which had a motherboard failure in the middle of a big, time-sensitve project and the mfr dithered about replacing it, so I bought a Toshiba which I never bonded with and replaced before I needed to, with this Samsung.

 

I recently bought a Chromebook for personal use and really like it. But I hate Google docs and also have a (possibly irrational) distrust of letting everything live in the cloud. I like my trusty backup drive that sits on my desk where I can see it. I do love the Writer app I installed on the Chromebook, that has optional typewriter sounds.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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I've sworn time and again the next will be a Mac ... and each and every time the cost puts me off.  I'm one of the  lucky ones; I have a tech guru pal who fixes my 'puter problems for the price of good bottle of wine.  But I'm still vowing the next one will be a Mac.  I'm sick of Windows nonsense.

 

Melissa and/or Virginia, can't you use a hard drive with a Mac?  Or at least flash drives?

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Eve L Member Since: Feb 17, 2017
15 of 33

My vote goes for Mac as well! 

 

Bought my first Macbook Pro when i started freelancing 2,5 years ago, and I hated it! Getting used to new systems just isn't my thing. After a frustrating week I bought a frind a couple of beers, and he helped me fix all the stuff that was annoying me (by default opening everything in numbers, pages and all that other Apple stuff). Now I love it and will never go back to a PC.

 

However, I think the unstable electricity in SE Asia has ruined my battery (it only lasts for about 3 hours now), so I have to figure out if I should just buy a new one or change the battery in the one I have.

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
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Eve L wrote:

My vote goes for Mac as well! 

 

Bought my first Macbook Pro when i started freelancing 2,5 years ago, and I hated it! Getting used to new systems just isn't my thing. After a frustrating week I bought a frind a couple of beers, and he helped me fix all the stuff that was annoying me (by default opening everything in numbers, pages and all that other Apple stuff). Now I love it and will never go back to a PC.

 

However, I think the unstable electricity in SE Asia has ruined my battery (it only lasts for about 3 hours now), so I have to figure out if I should just buy a new one or change the battery in the one I have.


Good luck with changing the battery. That is the main reason why I avoid Apple products.

 

Long, long time ago I had a iBook G4 but gave up because Trados and other software was not availble for it back then.

 

If I would change now, I would have to replace my husband as well but he does an awesome job cleaning at home and fixing my computer issues. I just tell him what I need and takes care of it. All I have to do is knit two pair of socks per year. Smiley Very Happy

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
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Jennifer R wrote:

 

Long, long time ago I had a iBook G4 but gave up because Trados and other software was not availble for it back then.

 

If I would change now, I would have to replace my husband as well but he does an awesome job cleaning at home and fixing my computer issues. I just tell him what I need and takes care of it. All I have to do is knit two pair of socks per year. Smiley Very Happy


Two pair of socks per year sounds cheap enough.Will he accept to repair other people's computers?

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
18 of 33

Luce N wrote:

Jennifer R wrote:

 

Long, long time ago I had a iBook G4 but gave up because Trados and other software was not availble for it back then.

 

If I would change now, I would have to replace my husband as well but he does an awesome job cleaning at home and fixing my computer issues. I just tell him what I need and takes care of it. All I have to do is knit two pair of socks per year. Smiley Very Happy


Two pair of socks per year sounds cheap enough.Will he accept to repair other people's computers?


Well, you will have to come and drop it off. Sometimes he is very fast and solves problems before you finish complaining.
The other day I was out aways for 48 with our kid, when I got back my old netbook has been updated including some of the inside. Don't ask about details it's all technobabel to me. When we started to go out and he asked about my computer all I could tell him was that is was grey.

 

There is only ONE rule: Don't let someone else fix your computer before he gets the chance.

 

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
19 of 33

Jennifer R wrote:

Luce N wrote:

Jennifer R wrote:

 

Long, long time ago I had a iBook G4 but gave up because Trados and other software was not availble for it back then.

 

If I would change now, I would have to replace my husband as well but he does an awesome job cleaning at home and fixing my computer issues. I just tell him what I need and takes care of it. All I have to do is knit two pair of socks per year. Smiley Very Happy


Two pair of socks per year sounds cheap enough.Will he accept to repair other people's computers?


Well, you will have to come and drop it off. Sometimes he is very fast and solves problems before you finish complaining.
The other day I was out aways for 48 with our kid, when I got back my old netbook has been updated including some of the inside. Don't ask about details it's all technobabel to me. When we started to go out and he asked about my computer all I could tell him was that is was grey.

 

There is only ONE rule: Don't let someone else fix your computer before he gets the chance.

 


Up side: perfect excuse to make a trip to Norway, a lifelong dream.

Down side: afraid my knitting skills wouldn't stand up! (I watched the National Knitting Night a couple of years ago and was transfixed.)

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Richard W Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
20 of 33

Phyllis, have you got any particular reason to think it's a Windows problem and not a broken camera (apart from the fact that Windows is responsible for 90% of what's wrong with the world)?

 

If you're not sure whether it's the hardware, it might be worth trying a cheap clip-on webcam.

 


Phyllis G wrote:


Yes, good housekeeping is critical and I suspect that's why the Samsung has slowed down. And again, I used to know how to keep Windows running pretty well but now they've made everything too opaque.


Then a reset to factory state might not be a bad idea, to have a clean out. In Windows 8 & 10 you can reset just Windows and programs, without losing your documents and other user files (but I'd still advise backing them up first). Of course, it's still a pain having to reinstall and reconfigure all your programs.

 

A few months ago my PC (Windows 10) was running extremely slowly. Most of the time there seemed to be some Microsoft process or other hogging access to the disk. So I exchanged my hard disk for an SSD (i.e. flash memory). Due to a software problem with the SSD I ended up doing a factory reset too. Now my PC is sooo much faster even than when it was new. On the other hand, I wasted a lot of time trying to fix the software problem, and then reinstalling and reconfiguring all my programs after the reset, so might not be worth the effort. But I'm glad now that I did it.

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