Posted 11 May 2012 - 11:00 PM
We are looking for store, where we could buy computer components (like computer cases, Monitors). We are taking the inside of our computers, but I will need to rebuild them. We looked at department stores they don't sell them. Or at least they don't show them online.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 12:41 AM
Hopefully, this question makes at least semi-sense... do all peripherals (mouse, monitor, speakers - even printer) work like the keyboard? If peripherals are originally manufactured to be plugged into an "in Spanish" Windows, would a computer blow its top if somebody plugs in peripherals made to be plugged into "in English" Windows?
Depending on the answer to that question, would avons be able to bring a computer running on Windows in English and then plug a "made in Mexico for Windows in Spanish" monitor into it?
Since my incident with the keyboard, the subject has never come up again for me. Since then, I have always driven my entire computer system to Yucatan. The computer case fits perfectly on the floor in the back seat and, covered with a quilt, gives the big dogs extra leg-room for sleeping on the way down.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 02:01 AM
and it worked just fine, except for having to learn what all the keys do differently.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 05:47 AM
Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:50 AM
Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:21 PM
Good to know that those kinds of things don't happen anymore. Thanks, Ya'll...
Posted 12 May 2012 - 02:47 PM
Even with XP, there are specific language restrictions on the operating system and there may be issues because of the chips in the keyboards (those which use old PS/2 type connectors) being incompatible with the Windows version. Outside of the USA, Windows versions may not be "multilingual":
The Multilingual User Interface (MUI) is available only for Volume Licensed English versions of WinXP Pro. For any other type of WinXP license, you cannot upgrade or convert from one language version of the OS to another, so you'd have to purchase and use the full version of WinXP (in whatever language you want) to perform a clean installation.
Keyboard layout issues can even plague XP and USB connections as discussed in various MS Support articles.
Here's one for Japanese USB keyboards: Article ID: 927824
Anyway, going back to Win95, Win98, Win 2000, WinME, or WinNT, the situation was more hardware-specific than after the introduction of USB connectors and MS got Plug-and-Play working well. Printers and all sorts of things had issues "in the old days."
Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:41 PM
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 10:26 AM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 02:55 PM
Sure, you can import the parts, but by the time you pay duty, maybe it would have been cheaper to buy them here anyway.
The other thing is that you can bring in small quantities of things when traveling. A hard drive or circuit board would be no issue, especially if you retain receipts showing the total is less than $300.
Sometimes, the receipt is very helpful. I once brought a packet of gaskets for a friend's engine rebuild. I got the Red Light, so had to be searched. The gaskets raised eyebrows, but the receipt for under $150 got me through with no issue. I taped the receipt to the packet and brought them in my carry-on.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:10 PM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:46 PM
If you are coming to live on an FM-3 (or whatever it is called now [FMM?] -- have they completed the new rules yet?), you can ship all sorts of things as household goods, providing you follow the rules. You also have the choice of bringing only the hard drives and "ghosting" the software onto a new laptop or whatever else. There are many solutions. Building a computer from scratch seems to be a complicated one.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:55 PM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:13 PM
A personal computer - desktop - can be brought in by you without hiring a customs broker if the value is under $4000 and you declare it and pay duty on the market value (bring some papers to establish value).
I've brought a 17" flat screen monitor in my luggage with no questions asked. And yes, they knew it was in there when they x-rayed my luggage just before the "red light / green light" post. (I also had a receipt showing the price under $300 US).
For your resident visa importation of household goods, there is no such limitation. You could bring a 52" flat screen tv on your menaje de casa or however it is done these days. But for that you need a resident visa. (used to be called FM3 -- now it is an
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