Hardware

Laptop or desktop computers and any components within.

Should I buy a refurbished A/V receiver?

Episode 1378

Steve from San Diego, CA
Yamaha RX-V575P

Steve is looking to buy a refurbished Yamaha receiver. Leo says that refurbished devices are best bought from the original manufacturer. That way he can still get a warranty to go with it. All too often, they are brand new devices that were returned, and as such, can't be resold as new. So they're sold as refurbished instead. If he's looking for a great deal, refurbished is the way to go. He should just make sure to get it from the original manufacturer.

Can I still buy a copy of Windows XP?

Episode 1378

David from Chatsworth, CA
Lubuntu

David has an old PC and he needs to get Windows XP for it. Can he still buy it? Leo says not in regular stores. He could find it on eBay, but he would need to make sure it's an official copy of XP. He'll have to be sure it has a hologram on it, serial number, etc.

Leo recommends getting a copy of Linux instead. Lubuntu or Xubuntu would be better, free, and more secure.

What's a good printer for use in a truck?

Episode 1378

Scott from On the Road
Printer

Scott is a long haul trucker and he wants a printer for his cab. He has heard that the constant jarring and jiggling while driving on the road will turn the ink into gel. Is that true? Leo isn't sure, but an inexpensive laser printer would work better because it uses a powdered toner that is placed on with static electricity and heat. So the vibration wouldn't likely affect printing.

Microsoft Announces Fastest Gaming Console Yet

Episode 1378

Microsoft Announced their new Scorpio Game Console, which will be faster, stronger, more powerful, and vapor cooled! It will be capable of over a trillion floating point operations per second. It has a graphics processing unit with 40 units clocked at 1.1Ghz. It has an 8-core processor. 12GB of DDR5 RAM with 8GB for games, and 4GB for background processes. Leo says it's more powerful than any computer you've likely had in the house. Microsoft is promising 4K, but have stopped short of saying it will play at 60fps.

Is buying a laptop from eBay safe?

Episode 1377

George from Maine
Laptop

George bought a laptop from someone online and there's a problem with it, and he can't set it up. He bought it on eBay. Leo says it's likely that George doesn't have much recourse here. He simply can't trust that the laptop is safe.

Leo recommends immediately wiping the hard drive and reinstalling Windows. He can't even trust the recovery partition, either. Chances are, reinstalling from the recovery partition will be fine, but he'll never really know for sure. He should completely wipe the drive. eBay should protect him though, and Leo would advise returning it.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1376

Dick DeBartolo

Think vinyl is dead? Then you haven't heard of DigiVina! This company has a record making machine that can turn any or all of your digital music into vinyl records! And you make them out of old plastic bottles! (A special blackening agent makes them look just like an old vinyl record!) Yes, instead of ending up in a landfill, the empty bottles from your dining table end up on your turntable! The Digital to Vinyl Recorder does have some downsides: The cost is $499. But an interesting idea. Pity it's an April Fool's joke!