So my computer was making some odd noises last night, and then in an almost dramatic last stab at life, the computer made a LOUD knocking noice from the inside at start-up, it was so loud and hard that you could feel whatever parts that were hitting by placing your hand on the top of the unit, it was vibrating to the point that it almost shook. It then just quit running. It won't startup, even in safe mode and it will not boot up from the reformat disks....so i'm thinking it's dead. The computer was purchased in June of 02 so it's fairly old, but i've never had any problems with it until i attempted to uninstall Norton about 5 weeks ago, and it's been downhill ever since. Here's my question. I'm planning on building(maybe, i think i'm too much of a noobie though) or buying a new computer. My question is, should I attempt to purchase a computer that is Vistas ready or should I purchase a middle of the line computer that isn't Vistas ready and wait a few years and just continue with XP? How long will most of you wait until you go out and buy Vistas? I do not game, unless you count a few games off of shockwave.com gaming
I mostly surf the net, view DVD's and online streaming videos, and edit photos.