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    Nov 19, 2014 4:00 AM GMT
    I just returned a brand new computer that had Windows 8 installed.

    It's the ASUS G10AJ-US004S Desktop computer...supposedly a fairly high-end gaming computer, with which I'd intended on using for video editing.

    It never would connect to my wireless network, and its location was too far for a LAN cable.

    I'm seriously considering a Mac, since all my other devices are Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod).

    Any other ideas?
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    Nov 19, 2014 4:01 AM GMT
    Additional info: I've been building PC's for over a decade, and always used Asus motherboards. All three of my other home computers (one desktop and two laptops) are Asus. I've never had a problem with them until now.
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    Nov 19, 2014 4:13 AM GMT
    Really? You want to return a computer because it can't connect to your wifi? Such a simple problem to solve. icon_wink.gif

    Did you try updating the driver? If that doesn't work, just return it and get a Mac Pro. imacs are somewhat mediocre for video editing. They're essentially laptop guts in a desktop form factor.
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    Nov 19, 2014 4:15 AM GMT
    xrichx saidReally? You want to return a computer because it can't connect to your wifi? Such a simple problem to solve. icon_wink.gif

    Did you try updating the driver? If that doesn't work, just return it and get a Mac Pro. imacs are somewhat mediocre for video editing. They're essentially laptop guts in a desktop form factor.
    It's kinda hard to update when not connected to the internet. icon_wink.gif

    However, I'll definitely look into the Mac Pro, even if it means selling one of my bikes. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 19, 2014 4:39 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidReally? You want to return a computer because it can't connect to your wifi? Such a simple problem to solve. icon_wink.gif

    Did you try updating the driver? If that doesn't work, just return it and get a Mac Pro. imacs are somewhat mediocre for video editing. They're essentially laptop guts in a desktop form factor.
    It's kinda hard to update when not connected to the internet. icon_wink.gif

    However, I'll definitely look into the Mac Pro, even if it means selling one of my bikes. icon_sad.gif

    LOL. I meant, find out the model of the wifi adapter. Then use your laptop to download the driver from the manufacturer site. Then copy onto a USB drive, copy it to your new computer, install the driver, etc. If the wifi adapter is built in to the motherboard, then go to the Asus website and grab all the latest drivers for your motherboard.

    Yeah, Mac Pro is pricey. I think some video pros are dumping their Macs and building a Hackintosh. Cheaper parts and better selection of video cards.
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    Nov 19, 2014 4:49 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    paulflexes said
    xrichx saidReally? You want to return a computer because it can't connect to your wifi? Such a simple problem to solve. icon_wink.gif

    Did you try updating the driver? If that doesn't work, just return it and get a Mac Pro. imacs are somewhat mediocre for video editing. They're essentially laptop guts in a desktop form factor.
    It's kinda hard to update when not connected to the internet. icon_wink.gif

    However, I'll definitely look into the Mac Pro, even if it means selling one of my bikes. icon_sad.gif

    LOL. I meant, find out the model of the wifi adapter. Then use your laptop to download the driver from the manufacturer site. Then copy onto a USB drive, copy it to your new computer, install the driver, etc. If the wifi adapter is built in to the motherboard, then go to the Asus website and grab all the latest drivers for your motherboard.

    Yeah, Mac Pro is pricey. I think some video pros are dumping their Macs and building a Hackintosh. Cheaper parts and better selection of video cards.
    I may look into that (gonna take a few days before the return is complete anyway - bought it through Scamazon).

    But my decision was pretty much complete when I turned on the hotspot on my iPhone and it still wouldn't connect.
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    Nov 19, 2014 4:51 AM GMT
    Well, if you lived closer to me, I'd help ya fix the problem. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 19, 2014 4:55 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWell, if you lived closer to me, I'd help ya fix the problem. icon_biggrin.gif
    If I lived closer to you, I'd have other "problems" that may need fixing as well. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 19, 2014 4:57 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    xrichx saidWell, if you lived closer to me, I'd help ya fix the problem. icon_biggrin.gif
    If I lived closer to you, I'd have other "problems" that may need fixing as well. icon_razz.gif

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    Nov 19, 2014 11:31 AM GMT
    I recently upgraded my 7 year old laptop from Vista to Win8 (and 8.1). I think Win8 is great, particularly that all my previous programs and hardware are still compatible with the new version. It's much faster too (hard boot-up in 25 secs). Wish I could say the same for my 3 year old iPad 1, which is fast becoming obsolescent due to many app creators only designing for newer iOSs.
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    Nov 19, 2014 12:19 PM GMT
    Windows 8 has grown on me. 8.1 is definitely the way to go if you need to use a Micro$oft OS.

    Drivers and Wifi adapters aside, Windows 8 and 8.1 are no longer compatible with the older and lesser forms of WiFi encryption. The problem may not have been your new PC, but if your wireless network really hasn't changed in recent years to use the new and more secure encryption technologies, Windows 8 just won't connect.

    I don't have the specifics, but Googling can shed some light.

    But Macs are sexier anyway, and as far as I know they are not restricted from any of the "old" forms of WiFi.

    Good luck!
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    Nov 19, 2014 1:33 PM GMT
    I worked with ASUS laptops for few years through an online gaming laptop company. We did everything from ram upgrades all the way to full tear downs to upgrade the CPU's.

    Their wireless hardware had a ton of issues with Windows 8 when it first came out, to the point where BIOS updates were issued a few weeks after getting their hardware.

    It's possible all you needed to do was update that. Did you contact their tech support? As many issues as I had with their systems, their support is fantastic.

    As far as upgrading to a Mac for video editing, just remember you're going to be pay considerably more for the same level of hardware. Depending on how intensive the editing is going to be you may want to look into the Mac Pro.
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    Nov 19, 2014 1:44 PM GMT
    Just install Ubuntu. Problem solved!!
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    Nov 19, 2014 2:35 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI just returned a brand new computer that had Windows 8 installed. It never would connect to my wireless network, and its location was too far for a LAN cable...
    years back it was something like that that made me switch up to apple. The phuck factor is high on the microsoft stuff. Ya Apple is expensive but the their product approaches commercial days up times w/o the commercial power consumption and fan noise. The home network and your cell phone are the most used tools you own and this will not change any time soon.

    shopping for a macBook, look at the Apple refurbished site:
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

    their products are somewhat standard so shopping on craigslist is very doable.

    verify used hardware has an existing upgrade path for a few more firmware software revisions. Consult macRumors forums.
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    Nov 19, 2014 2:42 PM GMT
    __morphic__ saidJust install Ubuntu. Problem solved!!
    i think they sell hardware with linux pre installed.
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    Nov 20, 2014 3:41 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidI recently upgraded my 7 year old laptop from Vista to Win8 (and 8.1). I think Win8 is great, particularly that all my previous programs and hardware are still compatible with the new version. It's much faster too (hard boot-up in 25 secs). Wish I could say the same for my 3 year old iPad 1, which is fast becoming obsolescent due to many app creators only designing for newer iOSs.

    I agree Windows 8 is fantastic for older computers. So weird/great that it can run pretty decently on such minimal hardware. You're probably not going to be able to do any CPU intensive tasks, but it's more than sufficient for web browsing and office tasks.

    Windows 9 (or 10 or whatever they're going to call it) is going to be awesome. I believe they're switching back to the desktop experience and running metro apps inside of widgets instead. And hopefully by then, they'll unify the Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps.
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    Nov 20, 2014 2:00 PM GMT
    Just get a newer wireless router.
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    Nov 22, 2014 7:05 PM GMT
    pellaz said
    __morphic__ saidJust install Ubuntu. Problem solved!!
    i think they sell hardware with linux pre installed.

    Not that easy to find. I tried it once. DELL does do that, but it isn't that cheap either.
    May be, it's easier in USA.
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    Nov 22, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
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    pellaz said
    __morphic__ saidJust install Ubuntu. Problem solved!!
    i think they sell hardware with linux pre installed.

    Not that easy to find. I tried it once. DELL does do that, but it isn't that cheap either.
    May be, it's easier in USA.

    Not so easy in the US either. Dell and Lenovo have made it harder to order a pc with Linux pre-installed. And you're right, it isn't cheaper. Maybe $20 cheaper. Yes, I've tried in the past. The cost of Windows is heavily subsidized. It just makes more sense to order a Windows pc, then format the drive and install Linux.
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    Dec 07, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
    JonSpringon saidWindows 8 has grown on me. 8.1 is definitely the way to go if you need to use a Micro$oft OS.

    Drivers and Wifi adapters aside, Windows 8 and 8.1 are no longer compatible with the older and lesser forms of WiFi encryption. The problem may not have been your new PC, but if your wireless network really hasn't changed in recent years to use the new and more secure encryption technologies, Windows 8 just won't connect.

    Good luck!


    I second that. I bought my Wifi modem when I was on Windows XP. Now that I am using Windows 8.1, it didn't broadcast a steady signal until I update the modem's firmware. It now runs smoothly with occasionally mishaps, due more to the ISP I think.