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Apr 21st, 2020 at 7:36pm
 
Last week.  Bought a new notebook and paid the store to try to migrate over all the data.  Surprisingly it worked.  Then wanted to install all the programs I had purchased and put on the old notebook, without paying a second time.  Email replies from a couple of the companies said I needed license # and sometimes other data from the old computer.  Fortunately was able to coax the old notebook into booting up again, and was able to open the programs and write down the important info.

If you are the cautious type, write down all the critical info on any programs you have purchased and store in a folder, just in case.
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Re: Before Your Computer Dies . . .
Reply #1 - Apr 22nd, 2020 at 2:25am
 
I hear you on keeping track of serial numbers etc.  One thing I also do is I have a box I keep all my source disks along with the serial number in it.  If I download software to install, I first write it to a CD and include the serial number and that goes into the box also.  If you have multiple computers, be sure to add which computer it was installed on.
That's my computer safety net.
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Reply #2 - Apr 22nd, 2020 at 6:35am
 
There is a free windows program called Belarc Advisor. Running it will produce a report of all your hardware and software, including licence numbers, serial numbers, etc.
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Reply #3 - Apr 22nd, 2020 at 7:43am
 
Grant Wilkinson wrote on Apr 22nd, 2020 at 6:35am:
There is a free windows program called Belarc Advisor. Running it will produce a report of all your hardware and software, including licence numbers, serial numbers, etc.

I ran the Belarc program and it said that it's time for me to upgrade my computer.  Smiley
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Reply #4 - Apr 22nd, 2020 at 8:48am
 
Paul Haus wrote on Apr 22nd, 2020 at 2:25am:
I first write it to a CD


You might want to start writing to a thumb (USB) drive, a CD/DVD player is an option on most machines these days.
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Reply #5 - Apr 22nd, 2020 at 11:15am
 
Grant Wilkinson wrote on Apr 22nd, 2020 at 6:35am:
a free windows program called Belarc Advisor
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Ed Weber wrote on Apr 22nd, 2020 at 8:48am:
You might want to start writing to a thumb (USB) drive, a CD/DVD player is an option on most machines these days.

I remember saying that about 8" floppy disks then again about 5-1/4" then the 3.5". Now laptops don't come with hard drives or cd/dvds. Something tells me thumb drives will be next with the advent of DNA storage. Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Reply #6 - Apr 22nd, 2020 at 1:22pm
 
Robert Fischer wrote on Apr 22nd, 2020 at 7:43am:
Brings back memories of learning Fortran programming with punchcards in 1971.  (Yes, I'm old.  ...)


i learned basic on a old teletype machine connected by modem to University of Oregon in 1978. storage was punched paper tape.

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Reply #7 - Apr 22nd, 2020 at 1:51pm
 
David Hamann wrote on Apr 22nd, 2020 at 1:22pm:
Robert Fischer wrote on Apr 22nd, 2020 at 7:43am:
Brings back memories of learning Fortran programming with punchcards in 1971.  (Yes, I'm old.  ...)


i learned basic on a old teletype machine connected by modem to University of Oregon in 1978. storage was punched paper tape.


Punched paper tape was what I used for CNC programming in the early 80's.    It was quite an improvement over punch cards!  Smiley
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Reply #8 - Apr 22nd, 2020 at 3:36pm
 
Something tells me thumb drives will be next with the advent of DNA storage.



So, I should store my thumb drives in Denatured Alcohol??

Also...completely unrelated.. is DNA different than alcohol used for hand sanitizer?

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Reply #9 - Apr 23rd, 2020 at 8:49am
 

Ralph Fahringer wrote on Apr 22nd, 2020 at 3:36pm:
is DNA different than alcohol used for hand sanitizer?


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Re: Before Your Computer Dies . . .
Reply #10 - Apr 23rd, 2020 at 9:14am
 
Thanks, Ron.

Now I know i can't use DNA for sanitizing purposes.
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Re: Before Your Computer Dies . . .
Reply #11 - May 11th, 2020 at 8:10pm
 
[quote author=774A474057517A634C56464D4057250 link=1587515780/3#3 date=1587559436]

Brings back memories of learning Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register programming with punchcards in 1971.  (Yes, I'm old.
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That brought back some memories ... in '68 and '69... along with Assembler, Cobol, and RPG.
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Reply #12 - May 12th, 2020 at 7:05am
 
Not as old as me Mike. I listened to little Orphan Annie on the Radio Lips Sealed
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Reply #13 - May 12th, 2020 at 7:38am
 
George Stratton wrote on May 12th, 2020 at 7:05am:
Not as old as me Mike. I listened to little Orphan Annie on the Radio Lips Sealed 

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Reply #14 - May 12th, 2020 at 8:30am
 
George Stratton wrote on May 12th, 2020 at 7:05am:
Not as old as me Mike. I listened to little Orphan Annie on the Radio Lips Sealed 



You had a RADIO???? Shocked Shocked


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