Compaq Presario 7477 (189518-034)

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Compaq Presario 7477 (189518-034)

The Presario desktop PCs feature Compaq's One-touch Easy Access Internet buttons, which offer Instant Internet, Instant search, Instant email, and Ins...

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Review of "Compaq Presario 7477 (189518-034)"

published 25/04/2003 | Freddo
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Pro A brand new machine at a bargain price.
Cons May be cosmetically marked with rough packaging.
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"Advice on buying from Compaq's UK Auction Site"

I had an old home built computer. 166 Pentium, I Meg Hard Disk 32Mb memory with just a CD-Rom running Windows 95 in an AT case.
My son had an Elonex with a 366 Pentium 11, 6Meg Hard Disk 64Mb memory with a CD-Rom running Windows 98.
It all started with the unsucessful attempt to add a CD-RW and DVD player to his machine.
I had been considering upgrading my machine for over a year, but it would require a complete new start.
I was also nervous about building a machine with Windows xp due to problems of incompatible or non-existent drivers.
By a very roundabout route weighing up various options, including cost, which seemed to rule out a new machine I started to look at Auction Sites. Again being nervous of dealing with unknown Companies or Individuals ( although I had recently bought a Laser Printer from one of the sites ) I kept coming across Compaq and discovered they had their own Auction Site at which also carries some Hewlett Packard Equipment.
I sucessfully bid for two Identical Computers and Monitors for myself and my son at a total cost for both machines of £885 ( which will reduce when I sell the old machines). The computers are Presario 6240EA and the monitors 17" S7500. Windows xp and all the drivers sorted by the manufacturer.
The goods are either End of Range, Discontinued or Refurbished which is what I bid on. Refurbished means it has been delivered to a customer who for some reason returns it. The company then checks and carries out any work and the machine is then retested. Also it "may" have cosmetic blemishes. The packaging may also be tatty where it has been opened and labels torn off. Neither of my machines or monitors have a mark on them - they are just as new.
Each machine is three months from first manufacture and has 9 months warranty remaining.
Note the Compaq machines do not have monitors but the HP machines being sold at the moment do.

Tips on Buying.
Check the machine you are interested in is a current model. Make sure you understand how the bidding works. Take your time, check the prices the machine sells for over two weeks - each Auction lasts a day and finishes at about 5.30 pm though late bidding often carries it past that time. New machines are then put up on the site as the Auctions finish at about 6pm.
Only bid when there are several machines available, prices tend to be lower then. The price also seems to vary during the week. Make clear you understand how the Bidding works these are "Dutch" auctions.
Don't forget to allow another £35.25 for delivery.
Once you have made the decision to go ahead put your bid in as early as possible when the site opens and enter a "Proxy" bid for the maximum you are prepared to pay - based on previous prices. Now sit back and wait. Your bid will increase from an initial £1 to remain a winning bid at the lowest possible price.
Now if there were only one machine and somebody put in a Proxy bid 1 minute later the price would race up until one of you hit their bid limit. If their bid were the same you would win since your bid was earlier. However if someone bid £10 more than your top figure they would win since the amount is greater. If there are several machines this is less likely to happen.
What if you are outbid - well simply wait until the next day's auction starts and bid again. If you have set a realistic price you will win a machine but not necessarily at the first attempt - be patient.
Personally I think it was a great way to buy, but recognise that there could slight marks or damage and make sure the machine is what you want.

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  • xxxpartygalxxx published 13/06/2004
    great review terri x
  • Maharaja published 29/07/2003
    You've got the process down to a tee. I purchased a Presario 5432EA in September 2002 through the auction, it broke down and they replaced it with a brand new machine. Definately good service, and a good review!
  • spobz published 25/04/2003
    excellent first op! welcome to ciao. robyn x
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Product Information : Compaq Presario 7477 (189518-034)

Manufacturer's product description

The Presario desktop PCs feature Compaq's One-touch Easy Access Internet buttons, which offer Instant Internet, Instant search, Instant email, and Instant shopping at the touch of a button. The Compaq Presario desktops also have improved Web and integrated technologies for ultra-fast Internet connection to present an unrivalled Web experience. CD playback controls are situated on the side of the keyboard, including play, next track, previous track, and volume controls, along with a Quick Print button and a Favorite Application button. The Compaq Presario 7477 is a high quality, affordable, fully featured PC. This expandable and upgradeable minitower machine features a powerful AMD processor with 3DNow!, very spacious and speedy hard drive, a lot of memory and a 17-inch monitor, and all this at very affordable price!

Product Details

Product Description: Compaq Presario 7477 - K6-2 - 64 MB

Type: PC

Form Factor: Micro tower

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Processor: 1 x AMD K6-2

Processor Socket: Socket 7

Cache Memory: 512 KB (installed) / 512 KB (max) - L2 Cache - Pipeline Burst

RAM: 64 MB (installed) / 256 MB (max) - SDRAM - 100 MHz

Storage Controller: IDE ( ATA-66 ) - PCI

Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy

Hard Drive: 1 x - ATA-66

Optical Storage: CD-RW

Graphics Controller: AGP 2x - Trident Blade 3D Shared Video Memory (UMA)

Audio Output: Integrated - ESS Allegro - PCI - stereo - 16-bit

Communications: Fax / modem - PCI - plug-in card - 56 Kbps

Power: AC 230V ( 50/60 Hz )

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition

Dimensions (WxDxH): 21.9 cm x 43.3 cm x 41.4 cm

Weight: 11.5 kg

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty


MPN: 189518-034

Type: PC

Recommended Use: Home use

Product Form Factor: Micro tower

Colour: White

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Processor / Chipset


CPU Qty: 1

Max CPU Qty: 1

CPU Upgradability: Upgradeable

CPU Socket: Socket 7

Chipset Type: VIA MVP4

Front Side Bus: 100 MHz

Cache Memory

Installed Size: L2 Cache - 512 KB Pipeline Burst


Installed Size: 64 MB / 256 MB (max)

Technology: SDRAM

Memory Speed: 100 MHz

Form Factor: DIMM 168-PIN

Upgrade Rule: Max 256 MB module

Hard Drive

Type: HDD

Capacity: 1

Interface Type: ATA-66

Storage Controller

Type: 1 x IDE - integrated - PCI

Controller Interface Type: ATA-66

Floppy Drive

Type: 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy

Optical Storage

Type: CD-RW - IDE

Write Speed: 4x

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 4x

Media Load Type: Tray


Monitor Type: None

Graphics Controller

Type: Integrated

Interface Type: AGP 2x

Graphics Processor: Trident Blade 3D Shared Video Memory (UMA)

Supported Display Graphics: VGA (640x480), XGA (1024x768), SVGA (800x600), SXGA (1280x1024)

Video Interfaces: VGA

Audio Output

Type: Integrated

Signal Processor: ESS Allegro

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Compliant Standards: Sound Blaster, Dolby Digital Surround, Sound Blaster 16/Pro

Speakers: 2 x right / left channel

Input Device

Type: Mouse, keyboard

Audio Input

Type: Microphone


Modem: Fax / modem - PCI - plug-in card

Max Transfer Rate: 56 Kbps

Protocols & Specifications: ITU V.22, ITU V.22bis, ITU V.32, ITU V.32bis, ITU V.34, ITU V.90 , Hayes AT command set

Expansion / Connectivity

Bays: 2 (total) / 1 (free) x internal 3.5" x 1/3H ¦ 2 (total) / 1 (free) x external 3.5" x 1/3H ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x external 5.25" x 1/2H

Slots: 1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU ¦ 2 (total) / 1 (free) x memory - DIMM 168-PIN ¦ 4 (total) / 3 (free) x PCI

Interfaces: 1 x VGA ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard ¦ 1 x PS/2 mouse ¦ 1 x parallel ¦ 1 x serial ¦ 4 x USB ¦ 1 x gameport / MIDI - generic ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x audio line-out ¦ 1 x modem ¦ 1 x audio line-in


Features: Administrator password, system password, power-on password, boot without keyboard or mouse, diskette I/O control, hard drive I/O control, parallel port I/O control, serial port I/O control, mouse disable, USB port control

Compliant Standards: Plug and Play


Device Type: Power supply

Nominal Voltage: AC 230V ( 50/60 Hz )

Power Provided: 145 Watt

Compliant Standards: EPA Energy Star

Operating System / Software

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition

Software: Drivers & Utilities, McAfee VirusScan, Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Works 2000

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - carry-in

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 21.9 cm

Depth: 43.3 cm

Height: 41.4 cm

Weight: 11.5 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 10 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%


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