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Attn Grif: I could really use your advice

by shaner7575 / January 23, 2006 9:40 AM PST

You've helped me so much in the past, without laughing, so I thought I'd direct this question to you. I hope you don't mind...
I have windows 98SE, with only 64MB ram, and the problem I am facing is my Lexmark x83 is dying,(carrier continuously stalls) and I'm really having a "hard" time trying to replace it, because of my "limited" ram. I've been frantically "searching" for a similar model; multi-function, not interested in the "fax", or photo copying, but most machines want a minimum of 128MB ram. They will work on my OS, but not 64MB. I've called Lexmark, as well as HP, and they don't make the "older" ones. I was wondering if you knew of any "other brands", or direct my search better. I love my old OS because of how good it runs, and I also "loved" my all-in-one printer, but may have to just replace with a printer.
Thought I'd try and get some feedback from you first.
Any suggestions from anyone will be appreciated!
Thanks Grif in advance! If any more info is needed; please let me know!


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by synicyde / January 23, 2006 1:10 PM PST

Why don't you just get more Ram for about the price (sometimes less) of a new printer.

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Because eventually,
by shaner7575 / January 23, 2006 9:10 PM PST
In reply to: advice

I'd like to get a whole new system; since mine only has a cd-rom, and limited capabilities. But for now, while old faithful is still running, I only "need", and would "like" a multi-function. Looks like I'm going to end up with "just a printer", until I can save up for a system which can handle what I would really like!

Thanks for your input, though!

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by Bob__B / January 23, 2006 11:15 PM PST

If the 128MB is so they can load all the bells and whistles that a home user might be impressed with.

I have a plain vanilla printer.
The home user software installs an amazing array of junk/features.
I downloaded the corporate software.
Much smaller, no glitz, functional.

Anyway look around at the Lex and HP site see what they have to offer.

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Found a compatible "printer" only; sort of
by shaner7575 / January 24, 2006 10:04 PM PST
In reply to: Wonder

I did call Lexmark, as well as HP, and all their "newer" all-in-ones had to have "at least" 128mb, and they no longer had anything that would work with my machine.
Told me to check ebay...
I noticed a HP Deskjet 3740 series at my local Walmart's the other day, marked down to $15.00. Went there yesterday, and got it. Minimum system requirements 64MB...
During my installation, I got a warning about the requirements, saying it would work on my machine, but I only had the "minimum". I knew that. And this is "only" a printer. . .
Anyway, I did get it installed, but I am getting a couple of "invalid page faults", at startup, but when I need to print, it does the job.
I'm going to contact HP to see if I can get the bugs out. Wished things didn't get "obsolete" so fast! I don't want "bells and whistles" just a printer with a copier, but for now I'll have to stick with "what works".
In the meantime, I'm going to take my old Lexmark X83 apart and see if I can fix it... that will be another story...

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Don't even waste your time
by Glenda / January 25, 2006 6:22 AM PST

as to fix it will probably cost more than it's worth:(
The best thing would be to put in another stick of ram, as you have the minimum to even run win98SE. Your OS would improve a lot with more memory:)

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More RAM is sounding better and better,
by shaner7575 / January 25, 2006 9:02 AM PST

just not sure where to even begin. I did (finally) get my
"new" printer installed correctly, with no more errors, so I'm very happy, at the moment!

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I think you will find
by Glenda / January 25, 2006 11:19 AM PST

that more memory will solve a lot of problems for you, And I also think if you do add it, that you will find you can keep this PC longer than you thought:) Just make sure when you put it in, that you seat it firmly! Several years ago my son had a Compag PC ( I hate them) But,,,,, LOL
Any way he went from win95 to win ME with 32 mgs of ram!!! And screamed that it wouldn't work properly!!
I told him that at a minimum he needed 64 mgs, So I bought him some PNR memory that would go up or down, LOL! Any way this brat thought I didn't know what was doing and installed it himself! PC wouldn't boot just beep Devil Well he was mad and I had to wait for him to go to work, I went in and he hadn't seated it properly Devil Of course he knew I fixed it while he was gone:)

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Checked out
by shaner7575 / January 25, 2006 11:55 PM PST
In reply to: I think you will find

and they have a 256MB compatible with my Compaq for $65.99; which is sounding good! Should I just leave in my original 64MB, and just add this one stick, if I decide?
Believe it or not, my sister still has a Compaq with windows 95 and only 32MB ram; so maybe mine does have hope; especially if I do install more ram!
Wish you could come do it for me!!

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I would leave in both
by Glenda / January 26, 2006 2:23 AM PST

if they are compatible, otherwise the 256 is plenty:) And that is a great price:) If you were close I would do it for you:) I am in AZ! LOL But putting in ram is very easy, just listen for the click, and if it is seated well it won't move:) Go for it:) There is nothing easier than putting in ram. Good luck:)

I started upgrading my own PC's when I got tired of paying tech prices, when you get iside the pc there is a place for everything and it will only go into the place it's supposed to be:)

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Try here ......
by CharleyO / February 2, 2006 1:07 AM PST


If you have not bought ram yet, try the link below and make sure you buy the same type of ram (pc66, pc100, pc133, etc) as you have now so that you are sure what you buy will work on the motherboard you have. Otherwise, you might be wasting money for ram that will not work. Here's the link:

I hope this helps you. Happy


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(NT) (NT) Thanks; looks like better prices; will investigate!!!
by shaner7575 / February 3, 2006 3:24 AM PST
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