Jump to content

Recommended Posts

I'm after a new desktop for the bairn. Had a quick scoot around PC world in a Newcastle the other day but couldn't see any. Didn't want the hard sell so didn't ask if they still did them.

 

Anyway, my ideal combo is a decent PC mainly for homework but also to allow her to watch Telly on a larger monitor. Sub £500

 

Anyone bought anything similar recently?

Link to post
Share on other sites

While we're on the subject, does anyone know where I could buy a PC with a parallel port? It needs to be built in rather than an after market board added in. It's unsurprisingly rarer than hens' teeth these days.

I've got a couple lying around in my garage :) - decent spec about 7 tears ago (Athlon/2gb etc)

Link to post
Share on other sites

btw what the majority of those boards do to save space on the I/O panel is they supply the LPT port as a seperate bracket that goes in a spare pci slot on your case (where the graphics card etc sits)

then plugs into some mobo header/pins directly

 

eg on the board i linked it's bracket plugs in here

 

port.png

Link to post
Share on other sites

This is the point where I turn into CT.

 

So I would put an aftermarket parallel port into the computer and connect it directly to the motherboard? It doesn't need any further power source or connections? And what sort of cable connects the two?

 

I do realise that this may be basic stuff.

Link to post
Share on other sites

You need a board that supports it, generally like the above board the port/bracket comes with it as an extra "just in case" you need it, they just put it on the bracket because they know 95% of people don't need it and they want to save the space on the panel/use it for other things like more usb ports and the like.

 

Bracket will be like this one below (this also has a serial/com port on it, it's likely the exact same as that that motherboard will supply and the com connection is the little pins directly below the ones i ringed...again next to no one needs lpt/serial but if you do.. this is how that you make use of it, it's a matter of just hoofing those preattached cables onto the pins.

rs232-parallel-bracket-1.jpg

 

 

if you have a pc that doesn't have the port on the back but take a picture of the motherboard for me or get the model number i'll tell you if you can get a generic bracket for it like the picture.

Link to post
Share on other sites

no bother, remember you'll prob need to get the drivers for the thing as well/possibly enable the lpt port in the bios if it's not turned on by default but it's a matter of hitting del/F2 or whatever when you turn the pc on and finding the "onboard device/port" and hitting enable.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry was in a meeting all morning,

 

Naw doesn't seem to, least the port isn't listed, but without the exact motherboard model in the pc i can't look it up so it's impossible to tell

Link to post
Share on other sites

CT , 500 is a lot for a pc for a youngen. I'd revise down as your going to get wastage buying an i5 or i7 for someone web browsing and doing homework. 400 with a monitor would seem appropriate. Look at i3 processors with about 6gb ram. Should be sufficently future proof too

Link to post
Share on other sites

CT , 500 is a lot for a pc for a youngen. I'd revise down as your going to get wastage buying an i5 or i7 for someone web browsing and doing homework. 400 with a monitor would seem appropriate. Look at i3 processors with about 6gb ram. Should be sufficently future proof too

Cheers, just been looking as it happens and came across this for just over £200. Not sure what "mini PC" means but can't really think she would anything much more complex for homework at 9. Basically web surfing and using office?

 

http://www.falconcomputers.co.uk/computers/desktop-pcs/home--office-pcs/falcon-mini-pc-amd-5300-dual-core-4gb-ddr3-320gb-hdd-amd-radeon-hd7000-3d-gfx-windows-7.html

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...