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    Thumbs up Dell PC deal going on.. $579 for 2.8 Dual Core Pentium + 19" LCD
    Dell Dimension 5150 Pentium D 820 Dual Core, 2.80GHz, 512MB, 80GB, 48x CD-RW / DVD-ROM Combo Drive, 19" LCD (Flat Panel), 1yr Warranty for $579.00

    http://www.dell.com/content/topics/s...cs=04&l=en&s%3

    -Basic daily tasks, Intense multimedia applications, Enhanced video editing, Digital photography, Web content creation
    -Click on Desktop offers
    -Click on Customize it under Dimension 5150 model (with 19" Monitor)
    then keep continue and add to cart for $899
    -Final Price: $899 - $320 instant = $579 + Free Shipping + Tax

    Credit goes to this website
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    I jumped on the deal..
    with a 19" LCD, you can beat that
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    Eric, that looks like an affiliate website.
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    popdawg,

    It might be but the dell link is not an affiliate link (i think)
    just trying to abide by the ABW copyrights policy and mentioning the credit..

    Nice catch

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    just checking

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    Either way, I bought it
    sucker for deals..

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    "It might be but the dell link is not an affiliate link (i think)"

    Do NOT Post Affiliate URLs or links - it is a violation of our policies!

    Not just links but sites also.

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    Hmm. I ordered a very similar system last week, except it has 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, TV tuner, and a 2-year on-site warranty, BUT no monitor.

    Total charged to my credit card: $824.33.

    Strange thing is, Dell's online system tells me that my package is "shipped" but they won't tell me which carrier, claiming they can't give me a tracking number until the package reaches a "regional distribution center."

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    I can tell you that they usually ship via UPS. Usually..

    And they would upload the tracking info as soon as they have it. Only time I got another shipper was when I ordered a couple of servers and they shipped it via a freight company which totally suck cos they were not able to find my address after giving them directions a many of times.

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    Not a great deal, I ordered the same thing last week, except it had 1GB Ram instead of 512, and I think it was $549.
    Its a great machine though. I didn't realize it'd be white, but I like it.

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    did it come with a LCD and was it a Pentium 820 or Pentium 805.

    If it is the same PC, please let me know cos I better cancel mine...

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    here's the specs I guess mine was only 2.66 and yours is 2.8 (maybe mine was missing something else, because your original price was more too??):
    Dimension 5150
    Was: $869
    Now: $549
    Expired 09/13/06.


    Pentium® D Processor 805 with Dual Core Technology (2.66GHz, 533FSB)
    Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
    19 inch E196FP Analog Flat Panel
    1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz (2x512M)
    160 GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/ 8MB cache
    Single Drive: 48x CD-RW / DVD-ROM Combo Drive

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    Dell Bloatware
    My Dell E510 arrived yesterday, and I've now spent quite a bit of time just removing all the "bloatware" that came installed on the system. What amazed me was that there were at least a dozen items that I could not identify, and when I called Dell to ask, they also could not tell me what they were or what they did. After uninstalling all the bloatware I could identify (at least 2 dozen items in "Add/Remove Programs"), here is my list of "leftover" installed programs whose function I could not determine:

    Creative MediaSource
    Dell Digital Jukebox Driver
    Digital Content Portal
    EducateU
    Internet Service Offers Launcher
    Learn2Player
    Search Assist
    URL Assistant
    WebCyberCoach 3.2 Dell

    I had to be extremely persistent and insistent in both an online-chat and a phone call to Dell (escalating to a supervisor), before eventually Dell confirmed that I could delete everything except the first and last on the list above. Even then, they still could not explain what some items actually did.

    The pop-in front panel (bezel) was broken (apparently a poor design - 3 tiny plastic tabs broke off, so the panel just falls off), and it took nearly 10 minutes to get the phone-support person to understand that it's just a plastic panel that they can mail me (not send a technician to my home), nor did I need to return and exchange the entire computer.

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    Mark, if you ever find out, it would be very interesting to hear what it is. My wife had a similar issue on her lap top last month when it arrived. I can't imagine Dell having something on there that they "actually" don't know what it is or why it is, or what their intended purpose is in having it there. Let me know what you find out please.

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    I Googled all that and it doesn't look like anything harmful.

    Maybe the The PC De-Crapifier can get rid of some of it:

    http://www.yorkspace.com/pc-de-crapifier/

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    Alan - I'm not going to find out anything more, I just removed all but the first and last items in the list. Dell (and other PC makers) should really post a list of pre-installed programs along with an explanation of the function of each. In most cases, the "support contact" in the "Add/Remove Programs" menu identified Dell as the contact, but Dell couldn't explain what they are, and there is no mention of most of these programs on the Dell support web site. Eventually, the chat technician relied on Google searches to try to identify some programs; the phone-support supervisor was more helpful, but still vacillated on several items in the list.

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    Oh - ok, thanks. I thought it sounded as if the discussion was not final yet. Thanks anyway Mark.
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    The first thing is just:
    http://www.soundblaster.com/mediasource/

    And the last thing, a Dell mod said:
    "WebCyberCoach is the software that Dell Support 3.x uses to control your mouse and show you how to fix issues it discovers. Go here to dwonload/reinstall Dell Support 3.1. "

    http://forum.us.dell.com/supportforu...ssage.id=44763

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    With all the "bloatware" dell is getting some money from those vendors. Anything ranging from 20 cents to a dollar or so for each machine that has their software.

    What i did in the past was to low level format the hard drive. Then reinstall the OS. Last I heard, they do not supply the Windows CD with your PC. Have to wait and see when mine gets here

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    I wish they still shipped the plain windows cd with the machines. I used to re-install plain windows and add the dell drivers from their website, but now it's too hard. Even if I have an old cd now, sometimes the Key listed on the computer doesn't work on the install

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReallyBigGuy
    I wish they still shipped the plain windows cd with the machines. I used to re-install plain windows and add the dell drivers from their website, but now it's too hard. Even if I have an old cd now, sometimes the Key listed on the computer doesn't work on the install
    Sounds like an opportunity to me. Any good programmers on ABW? If so, make a program that uninstalls all the crapware that dell pre-installs.

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    You can uninstall all the crap ware by going to the "add/ remove programs".
    As dell is always adding new partnerships with those companies, you will have to be on the curve with dell. Sometimes, they have different software for diff platforms/pc

    "I wish they still shipped the plain windows cd with the machines. "
    you can get it the CD but i think they charge like 10-20$ for the cd.

    to format hd:
    -make sure you have OS, drivers and all other CDs and net access (to get updates).
    -identify your hard drive brand (seagate, WD, Maxtor, IBM).
    -Go to the corporate website of that website. download "hard drive utility"
    -run the utility to low level hard drive. it will format hard drive and write 1-0 to the hard drive. So it will be like a brand new hard drive.
    -pop in Windows CD. It should automatically install (Click "yes, yes...I agree")
    -install virus scanner and/or firewall
    -Secure PC
    -get online, update virus definition, update windoows
    -download missing softwares/updates, etc

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