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B.M.
28-10-2004, 03:10 PM
Bit of an awkward one guys but what approximately would you expect to pay for a tech to fix a computer with corrupt boot.ini file, (unmountable_boot_volume), half a dozen viruses that Norton quarantined once it was run, :D over the top reinstall of XP to recover missing or corrupt files, registry sort out of redundant entries, defrag, addware / spyware removal and general tidy up.

I appreciate some techs charge their time out a $40hr and some at $90hr but Iím just looking for a ballpark figure, $50, $100, $200 more?

What do you think?

Bob

Bletch
28-10-2004, 03:13 PM
not sure exactly what the figure is, but why not fo it yourself? I'm sure myself and many other PF1 users would be hapy to help you in a "B.M.'s computer problems" thread. Plus, you would save a lot of money by doing it yourself - paid tech costs a lot

POTUS
28-10-2004, 03:15 PM
I do lots of work like that for friends and friends of friends. I have never 'charged' anything, leaving it up to the individual concerned. Before I gave up drinking the standard payment was a bottle of Malt (of varying quality). The last time I did a job like the one you described I was given $100 and 3 tickets to the pictures.

TonyF
28-10-2004, 03:40 PM
"the standard payment was a bottle of Malt (of varying quality" says POTUS. What a nice idea. For varying quality of malts, see www.maltmadness.com....

B.M.
28-10-2004, 03:42 PM
Sorry guys should have made it clear.

It's not my computer but belongs to an acquaintance that took it to a shop for repair and thought the bill was a bit steep.

They asked me for an opinion and frankly I haven't a clue.

Like most people on here I prefer to fix my own so have no experience of charge out rates.

Just thought some of the techs that make a living doing these repairs may have a ballpark figure.

Pheonix
28-10-2004, 03:43 PM
In shop, about $80 - $100

Pheonix
28-10-2004, 03:45 PM
Though I do like the idea of the Malt :D

After repair I think. Before could be entertaining, but dangerous.

POTUS
28-10-2004, 03:45 PM
> In shop, about $80 - $100

About the same cost as a bottle of malt then? ;)

metla
28-10-2004, 03:49 PM
Depends on how much work was carried out on it,I would have charged $100,but that would have been a complete system overhaul.

Usually when someone asks to get a virus removed the system is littered with spyware and corrupt system files.

How much was the bill?

drcspy
28-10-2004, 04:39 PM
yep around $100 probably not less anyway depends on the pc really and how much hdd space has been used up, (how many files one needs to scan etc to check out viruses and spyware etc etc), and the speed of the pc will also affect that outcome too......altho sometimes one can just start a scan and leave it then run off to fix something else while it's going.......sorta 'double duty'.......(double dipping ? ). Anyway for friends my rates cheap...............bottle of whiskey per day - in advance - no work guaranteed !!!

drcspy
28-10-2004, 04:42 PM
"Usually when someone asks to get a virus removed the system is littered with spyware and corrupt system files."...........you bet metla and then of course their antivirus program is often either 'missing' or out of date......and their MS updates may be non existant etc etc

45South
28-10-2004, 04:46 PM
Approx $140 for a single account machine (maybe more depending on which viruses & spyware were found)
Up to $500 for a machine with 5 a/c's

Pheonix
28-10-2004, 04:49 PM
Ummm posting in the right thread there 45south.

Too much of that 45south NZ imitation whiskey?

45South
28-10-2004, 04:52 PM
>Ummm posting in the right thread there 45south
Yes, why do you ask?
>Too much of that 45south NZ imitation whiskey?
And no, I don't drink

Pheonix
28-10-2004, 04:59 PM
>>Ummm posting in the right thread there 45south
>Yes, why do you ask?
Because it didn't make sense to me.Thought maybe there may have been a hidden meaning.

>>Too much of that 45south NZ imitation whiskey?
>And no, I don't drink
My condolences.

45South
28-10-2004, 05:03 PM
>Because it didn't make sense to me
Too much of that 45south NZ imitation whiskey? :)

B.M.
28-10-2004, 07:13 PM
Thanks Guys.

Yep, the fee was $125 and I thought that would be fair enough and so it seems.

Seems SP2 was installed also, so maybe if they keep their AV up to date they may avoid a repeat.

The guy that had to sort it all out probably needed a stiff malt by the time he'd finished. :D

Cheers

Bob

Baldy
28-10-2004, 08:14 PM
> Ummm posting in the right thread there 45south.
>
> Too much of that 45south NZ imitation whiskey?

That brings back the memories: 45South Whisky! and its stablemate Wilsons Whisky!