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    Calling all computer geeks

    I know this is the wrong section, but I couldn't find another suitable one to ask a question. I'm a computer dummy, so I need help.

    I've had a rash of computer problems in the past few days. To make a very long and upsetting many trips to the computer shop I am told that my either my computer is too old or my air card is too slow. Take your pick.(the way it was told to me)

    Yes, my computer is 9 years old and I realize that's old in the tech world, but it works fine on a high speed wire. So, I'm taking option two, the air card is too slow.

    My question is, can air cards get too old as well? Is there anything in them that would make a 7 year old air card faster than a new one?
    All advice and comments appreciated. Thanks

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    Yep the technology has roaring along the last few years. Especially the sim card/3g network. There's new nano sim card technology which isn't compatible with some of the older devices.

    A 7 year old computer would need replacing for sure or retired to other uses.

    I was just forced to upgrade devices when I subscribed to a new TrueMove 3G service. The new sim would not work in my 3 year old samsung tablet which I use as wifi hotspot for me notebook computer. So I got a new Samsung galaxy tab 3. It's work like and aircard and a computer together for 9000 baht, it's a reasonably good deal for a very versitile and capable device. The TrueMove 3G internet is pretty fast too.
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    more details required Ralph

    make and model of your " aircard "
    company - AIS - TRUE - CAT ..... ?
    general location - ie. 50 klms west of phuket etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    more details required Ralph

    make and model of your " aircard "
    company - AIS - TRUE - CAT ..... ?
    general location - ie. 50 klms west of phuket etc
    It's an edge modum with a Detac sim card. About 25 klms from a Detac tower. It's always been slower that a wire, but it has gotten to the point now that dial up would be faster.
    My neighbor advised me to ask Detac, but everytime I went in the past I come away disgusted because my dog problably understands more than they do. None speak even a little English and I don't speak Thai. When my wife goes with me to translate it's even worse. HELP!!!!

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    Yeesh. Buy a new usb dongle. A few hundred baht.

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    maybe a new one might be the easiest and least amount of heart ache

    you could also check to see if TOTwifi is available

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    You could try the aircard in another computer if its one of those you plug into the usb. If it works on the other computer well, then maybe it's not the aircard and it is your computer.

    As the Internet advances and so do computer processors, you will see a slowdown. The programs running just demand more than in the past. Not much you can do about that. If you like tech, you really have to get that better computer at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funklestein View Post
    You could try the aircard in another computer if its one of those you plug into the usb. If it works on the other computer well, then maybe it's not the aircard and it is your computer.

    As the Internet advances and so do computer processors, you will see a slowdown. The programs running just demand more than in the past. Not much you can do about that. If you like tech, you really have to get that better computer at some point.
    Yeah, I considered another computer. But, if a new modem will speed it up some, that will be enough. At my age I really don't want to spend a great deal of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Yeesh. Buy a new usb dongle. A few hundred baht.
    Please tell me what a usb dongle is and what it is supposed to do. Is that what I would ask for or is that a falang term?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphlsasser View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Yeesh. Buy a new usb dongle. A few hundred baht.
    Please tell me what a usb dongle is and what it is supposed to do. Is that what I would ask for or is that a falang term?
    The USB dongle is the bit that you plug into the computer for your aircard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphlsasser View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Yeesh. Buy a new usb dongle. A few hundred baht.
    Please tell me what a usb dongle is and what it is supposed to do. Is that what I would ask for or is that a falang term?
    It looks like this and replaces you aircard modem.
    You put your sim in it and plug it in your USB.




    DTAC will sell you one.
    Ask them if your area has 3g also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphlsasser
    To make a very long and upsetting many trips to the computer shop I am told that my either my computer is too old or my air card is too slow. Take your pick.(the way it was told to me)
    don't listen to those Thai shop retards, they have no clue and all they can do is sell you more RAM or a new HDD. They belong to the "Harry School of Thought" that when it doesn't work, you need to upgrade, even if you don't know why.

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    ^ please uncle butters , tell us the story about the registry hack again .......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ralphlsasser
    To make a very long and upsetting many trips to the computer shop I am told that my either my computer is too old or my air card is too slow. Take your pick.(the way it was told to me)
    don't listen to those Thai shop retards, they have no clue and all they can do is sell you more RAM or a new HDD. They belong to the "Harry School of Thought" that when it doesn't work, you need to upgrade, even if you don't know why.
    Your anology was much nicer than mine would have been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ralphlsasser View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Yeesh. Buy a new usb dongle. A few hundred baht.
    Please tell me what a usb dongle is and what it is supposed to do. Is that what I would ask for or is that a falang term?
    It looks like this and replaces you aircard modem.
    You put your sim in it and plug it in your USB.




    DTAC will sell you one.
    Ask them if your area has 3g also.
    That looks similiar to what I have. Is this one a modum also? What would make it faster? I'm sorry for being a dummy, I'm just trying to understand what it does. I am a total dummy as far as computer problems go.
    Last edited by ralphlsasser; 18-12-2013 at 03:58 AM.

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    I assume you've taken the first step .. Decrapify your HD? Check for Virus'? Defrag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camel Toe View Post
    I assume you've taken the first step .. Decrapify your HD? Check for Virus'? Defrag?
    Yes, I've even so far as to have it wiped clean and started over. Or, that's what the shop told me. And yes, I lost everything, ie; documents, pictures, etc. which didn't really upset me much IF it would've fix the problem, but it didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funklestein View Post
    You could try the aircard in another computer if its one of those you plug into the usb. If it works on the other computer well, then maybe it's not the aircard and it is your computer.

    As the Internet advances and so do computer processors, you will see a slowdown. The programs running just demand more than in the past. Not much you can do about that. If you like tech, you really have to get that better computer at some point.
    Using an air card, of course it's going to be slower and that's expected, but in the past 2 weeks it's gotten to the point of almost stopping. I have a laserjet printer and it's always been super fast. Now, it takes a long time just to start printing. Once it starts, it's still super fast, but getting it to start is a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    Yep the technology has roaring along the last few years. Especially the sim card/3g network. There's new nano sim card technology which isn't compatible with some of the older devices.

    A 7 year old computer would need replacing for sure or retired to other uses.

    I was just forced to upgrade devices when I subscribed to a new TrueMove 3G service. The new sim would not work in my 3 year old samsung tablet which I use as wifi hotspot for me notebook computer. So I got a new Samsung galaxy tab 3. It's work like and aircard and a computer together for 9000 baht, it's a reasonably good deal for a very versitile and capable device. The TrueMove 3G internet is pretty fast too.
    I operate an English school at my house and that's why it's so important that I have a computer. I don't think a tablet would work in my situation. But, it sounds like you've got a fair deal.

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    interesting question..

    I just stopped using my 10yo Merlin modem and now use my old Nokia X2 via Nokia PC Suite software (replaced with newer Nokia as was going flaky) .
    Use DTAC GPRS/Edge ...the speed does seem to have improved considerably.

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    I wonder if DTAC is deliberately making its GPRS/EDGE service crappy because it is trying to force people to move to its more expensive 3g.

    do you have an android mobile phone ralph ? or access to one - you can set them to be a wifi hotspot and maybe use it to test

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    I wonder if DTAC is deliberately making its GPRS/EDGE service crappy because it is trying to force people to move to its more expensive 3g.

    do you have an android mobile phone ralph ? or access to one - you can set them to be a wifi hotspot and maybe use it to test
    No, I don't even own a phone. I use my wife's old Nokia when I need a phone. When I retired, there were 4 things I swore I would never own again: 1) a watch,
    2) a phone, 3) a pair of lace up shoes, and 4) a suit. LOL NEVER again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    I wonder if DTAC is deliberately making its GPRS/EDGE service crappy because it is trying to force people to move to its more expensive 3g.

    do you have an android mobile phone ralph ? or access to one - you can set them to be a wifi hotspot and maybe use it to test
    You know Baldrick, this IS Thailand and your wondering just may be a possibility. It's all about money and more of it.

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    This computer longevity shit reminds me of the life span of a footballer .. You're young, you're fast, everyone loves you. After a peak or two it's all downhill. What's the average player's professional affiliation in years .. 2? 3? 5? If you want to game, watch Bluray flicks, animate, do graphics, you'll need an upgrade more often than you want.

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    What does you're printer have to do with your aircard Ralph?
    What is actually slow? Your internet, or your computer with regular applications?

    Computer specs? Processor? Ram?
    Operating system?
    Solid state shit does wear out and 9 years for a pc is pretty good....

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