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Old 02-23-2007, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Northeast
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I loved my Dell laptop. Bought an Acer a few months ago and not very happy with it. Doesn't "remember me", freezes up. Screen is too reflective. And when I close it, I sometimes have to push harder than I think I should- just doesn't seem to catch very well. I had heard that they had gotten better, but I regret the decision.

5 people I know with Acers and all satisfied. Mostly because of price. However, lol, that doesn't mean there aren't bad machines out there.

If your machine is suddenly "freezing" up, there are three common causes....

1. Search for a piece of software called "Memcheck86". d/l it and run it. That will tell you if you have bad memory in the machine.

2. Run "Disk Defragmenter". This will find and block out any issues on your hard drive. It's not absolute, but it comes with Windows.

3. Check your video drivers. The easy way is to run "Windows Update". If will usually point you to a more current driver.

-TT
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Old 02-24-2007, 12:47 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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5 people I know with Acers and all satisfied. Mostly because of price. However, lol, that doesn't mean there aren't bad machines out there.

If your machine is suddenly "freezing" up, there are three common causes....

1. Search for a piece of software called "Memcheck86". d/l it and run it. That will tell you if you have bad memory in the machine.

2. Run "Disk Defragmenter". This will find and block out any issues on your hard drive. It's not absolute, but it comes with Windows.

3. Check your video drivers. The easy way is to run "Windows Update". If will usually point you to a more current driver.

-TT
Great info- thank you! The only thing I have heard of that you have suggested was the defrag, but it never occurred to me to run it, as this is so new. I will try all!
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Burlington VT
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Na, Vista has a minimum with 512 Megabyte RAM, it recommends 1 Gigabyte for all the colorful features.
It depends what version of Vista you're going to be using. Lots of RAM is required even to make the "Aero" graphics work. That's the part that makes it look as pretty as a Mac ;-)

It's true - MS recommends a certain amount of RAM, but ask somebody who's used VISTA how it works with the minimum recomended amount of RAM.
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:16 PM
 
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Brian, I checked those on TigerDirect, one of those is refurbished are u saying that is a good choice?

That site does have some pretty nice computers that are refurbished, but I am a little leary.
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:10 PM
 
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It depends what version of Vista you're going to be using. Lots of RAM is required even to make the "Aero" graphics work. That's the part that makes it look as pretty as a Mac ;-)

It's true - MS recommends a certain amount of RAM, but ask somebody who's used VISTA how it works with the minimum recomended amount of RAM.
*Talks to self*

I've used it while it was still codenamed longhorn. I'm still not impressed. I don't care that they hardened the TCP and Network stack of the OSI model. I don't really care that it's as good as an ISA server now. No operating system should have those kinds of requirements. It's ridiculous!

And no all the requirements are the same for all editions.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...e/default.mspx
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Why not a MAC and not simulate one?

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It depends what version of Vista you're going to be using. Lots of RAM is required even to make the "Aero" graphics work. That's the part that makes it look as pretty as a Mac ;-)

It's true - MS recommends a certain amount of RAM, but ask somebody who's used VISTA how it works with the minimum recomended amount of RAM.
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Old 02-25-2007, 04:38 PM
 
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Why not a MAC and not simulate one?
I'm upset with MAC for choosing Intel over AMD! That makes me sad! *cries* lol.

But no really, If MAC went with AMD I'm pretty sure they could lower their price to something even more affordable. Not 600 for a 1.6 GHZ system.
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:43 PM
 
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Brian, I checked those on TigerDirect, one of those is refurbished are u saying that is a good choice?

That site does have some pretty nice computers that are refurbished, but I am a little leary.
Have you searched half.com?

Or geeks.com?

Many people like newegg.com never used them myself.

The one thing I would check with on tigerdirect is to make sure that have the smallest warranty. Because even 2 days is more than you get with ebay.
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:45 PM
 
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I loved my Dell laptop. Bought an Acer a few months ago and not very happy with it. Doesn't "remember me", freezes up. Screen is too reflective. And when I close it, I sometimes have to push harder than I think I should- just doesn't seem to catch very well. I had heard that they had gotten better, but I regret the decision.
Don't forget regular disk cleanup as well as virus scanning and malware/spyware checks!
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Northeast
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Don't forget regular disk cleanup as well as virus scanning and malware/spyware checks!

Ahh yes, that's the next thing, spyware. It's generally not responsible though for "freezes" or more commonly known as "hangs". I use two free apps, one called AVG Anti-Spyware, and the other is Ad-Aware from Lavasoft.

-TT
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