My younger daughter’s computer died earlier this week. I finally tracked the problem down to the drive controller, which is on the motherboard.
There’s no way I’m buying a new motherboard. Not for that computer. So I went on eBay and bought a IBM NetVista with Pentium 4 – 1.6ghz yadda yadda yadda for a whole $20. That’s cheaper than a hard drive, even with shipping. And it’s nearly twice the computer as her old one.
Twenty bucks. Wow. Computers really are a commodity.