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  1. #1
    oggy
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    Default New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    I saw a Dell Dimension 4600 desktop PC advertised on TV tonight. Reasonable specs and $1999 all up. Had a look at it on their website (www.dell.co.nz) and while what is there is adequate, you can see where the savings have been made. One is 'no floppy drive'. Not as important for storage now as previously but probably still nice to have. I know you can get external ones or install an internal one assuming there is a spare bay...but really, can you get by without one yet. (My main worry is emergency disks for when evil strikes).
    What about booting up from an external floppy drive. Anyone have any information to share on this?

  2. #2
    metla
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    Default Re: New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    Im no dell but i dont install floppies in many systems i build nowadays,besides its only 6 extra dollars if someone wants one.


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    beama
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    Default Re: New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    I know we boot laptops (yes they have no floppy drive) from a exterenal usb drive or make a bootable cdrom with all the evil fixers on it

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    peter.jonsson
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    Default Re: New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    How often do you USE a floppy? More and more companies did remove such feature, even tho its just a couple of bucks extra worth while producing the unit. 1.4Mb is just not enough. Most units do boot via USB memorysticks tho. Far more useful.

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    ilikelinux
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    Default Re: New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    And some of them u can fit linux on !

  6. #6
    CYaBro
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    Default Re: New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    What about people who use programs like MYOB or NZA Gold that needs to backup to floppy?
    Not worth buying a CDRW just for that is it?

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    ilikelinux
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    Default Re: New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    backup to a network!

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    robo
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    Default Re: New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    I like the idea of using a memory card reader instead of a floppy.
    Heck, I've got over half a gig of Ram in my camera now. Why would I want to use 1.44Mb?
    robo.

  9. #9
    Terry Porritt
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    Default Re: New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    Well, for one I use floppies all the time, cant see how anyone can live without them if you indulge in lots of playing around, running utilities from floppies etc.
    I know they can be put on a cd, but it is so much more convenient from a floppy most of the time.

  10. #10
    tweak\'e
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    Default Re: New Dell PC specs. What..no floppy?

    i still find the old floppy handy for booting and repairs. even loading lan drivers etc so i can geet it up on the lan to copy over the rest of the drivers etc.

    however more and more is being replaced by bootable cd's.

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