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Old 04-26-2007, 11:23 PM
 
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After all the bad things I'm hearing about Vista I'm about to buy a new laptop with XP. Any opinions? I know Vista is not compatible with quite a few programs and I'm not in a position to go out and buy all new. I have no problem with XP on my PC and from what I've heard (from Microsoft) they will still handle any XP issues for the next several years.
Microsoft is suppose to cut the date for support for XP home in 2008, and Pro in 2009. However, since most people are happy with a finally WORKING operating system XP with SP2 they won't be too gun-ho to move on to Vista. However with Microsoft's new decision to take the leap to say "This hardware will no longer be supported" and increase the requirements much more dramatically I'm passing on any more IBM compatible desktops and keeping what I've got and take a leap and say, "No more Microsoft" and move on to... Dun dun dunnnn!!!! Macintrash. No more Personal Crapupters for me! :P

As from brands, people can tell you whatever they want, it's all personal opinion.

I've got a Medion, it's made in Europe and then imported here the only problem with mine is the CD drive went out. My brother has a Toshiba and his wireless doesn't work anymore. My other brother has an Ashton Digital system, it works fine, but it's an Intel Celeron piece of poo poo.

Acer has some nice notebook computers. And so does everyone else. The only problem is as much as I don't buy Intel, the Centrino is the best for any mobile computer. I've raced my 1.5 to my brothers 2.4 and they work about the same. His even had 512 RAM and mine had 256 MB. The Centrino has a WICKED L1 and L2 cache size and a nice FSB as well. And now they come in dual core. The reason I like the Centrino is they are great low voltage processors, while AMD has nice processors Intel actually does give you more battery life on the Centrino line of processors. Before my battery started to go it use to get about 3.5 to 4 hours of battery life. Now it gets about 1 oh well I rarely unplug the thing.
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Sunny SC
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They sell a new OS long before it is ready for prime time and expect the user to bear the grief and teething pains.

XP was sort of that way. Apparently Vista is even worse. I actually also use Win2000 on my surfing machine. MS will play the same game, suspend support at some time to attempt to force users into crap that really doesn't work and is more inefficient than what they presently use.

Maybe the real problem is like most monopoly(s) they really lose sight of the customer. The big question being what are the good alternatives. I tend to do like many, stick to the older technology as long as possible.

Bought my sister a new computer, had XP with an option to upgrade to Vista, that option has been deep sixed, definitely not going there. Laptops can be weird in their own right, no way would I want one with Vista from what I am hearing.
Cosmic-
What brand laptop did your sister get and is she happy with it?
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Sunny SC
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I know everyone is going to rip this apart but I'm considering a DELL. My SO gets a discount through his job and they are still offering XP. I have purchased several DELL computers and have had no problems. A friend on mine who is sort of a computer geek said that most of them are the same thing anyway with different packaging, similiar to cars. He only buys DELL because their inexpensive and work fine. So far I agree but appreciate any feedback.
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:04 AM
 
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Dell is like any other computer. I don't like them one bit, but some people have great luck with them. Their customer service is lousy so don't ever use it.

And yes, most of them are virtually the same thing. Most companies don't producer their own motherboards, processors, hard drives, etc.. However, it's how worried they are to get decent brand products from the companies they buy it from.

Acer and toshiba on the other hand are a tad different, they both make their own motherboards with the exception of Toshiba who also manufactures hard disk drives. Mine is a Toshiba hard drive, and it's about ready to go on me. I'm hoping I can get a western digital before it does.

As for everything else, memory, cpu, cd-drives. Some make their own, and others buy it and get it branded their own. Like Dell. Their printers are Lexmark printers they just get branded Dell.
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:13 AM
 
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I have a Dell Inspiron 9400. I really like it, but i've never had to use their support line. I have a friend that's a certified puter person, so i'm pretty lucky in that respect.

The only thing i've noticed with the Dell is that unless there's a TON of ventilation, it get NASTY hot. It definitely removes the "lap" from laptop! I keep mine on a small lap service tray when i'm using it.
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:38 AM
 
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I have a Dell Inspiron 9400. I really like it, but i've never had to use their support line. I have a friend that's a certified puter person, so i'm pretty lucky in that respect.

The only thing i've noticed with the Dell is that unless there's a TON of ventilation, it get NASTY hot. It definitely removes the "lap" from laptop! I keep mine on a small lap service tray when i'm using it.
I have used Toshiba Satellite a lot and Dell.Toshiba looks cuter but I still prefer Dell.
by the way,I know it's kinda of off-topic,I just wonder how many people really use laptop computers on their laps.
I never use them on my lap!
Maybe I should name them"Desktop notebook computer"
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:50 AM
 
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I have used Toshiba Satellite a lot and Dell.Toshiba looks cuter but I still prefer Dell.
by the way,I know it's kinda of off-topic,I just wonder how many people really use laptop computers on their laps.
I never use them on my lap!
Maybe I should name them"Desktop notebook computer"
I believe that's why they moved to "notebook" instead of "laptop" because in the manual mine suggests NOT to have it on your lap. Because when the processor starts going and the battery goes, it can get really warm.

It would make a nice heating pad, but I'd rather smash it with a hammer. I mean... No that's what I meant smash it.

I'm a certified A+ Specialist. Anyone can do that, it's the easiest thing you can do. I'm also going for Net+ and CIW. =) I missed out on my Linux BARELY. =(
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:54 AM
 
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So, after reading all these posts, and since I am considering buying a laptop, which one would be the better of all evils and cheap?

I too get a discount through my employer on Dells or Macs but I would not switch to a Mac (can't teach an old dog new tricks type of stuff) :-).

Dell? HP? Compaq anyone? I'm thinking about discount possibilities or Costco inventory. My son has given me what the minimum requirements would be for what I would do with it (everyday simple stuff) and so that it will have some shelve-life of a few years vs months.
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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Dell? HP? Compaq anyone? I'm thinking about discount possibilities or Costco inventory. My son has given me what the minimum requirements would be for what I would do with it (everyday simple stuff) and so that it will have some shelve-life of a few years vs months.
I have a HP desktop. It's very nice, HP likes to pay people to make proprietary motherboards for them so it becomes hard to find drivers and updates for them, unless you search their site.

My brother owned a compaq didn't run very well. But then again it was a piece of trash from ebay.

Everyday simple stuff, like e-mail, Internet, word documents and solitaire?

Then just about anything you buy will be sufficient for what you want. =)
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Old 04-27-2007, 10:49 AM
 
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So, after reading all these posts, and since I am considering buying a laptop, which one would be the better of all evils and cheap?
Vpcats, I can't praise Toshiba highly enough.

I used my last Toshiba Satellite laptop (heavily) for about five years -- with Windows XP. It's still working perfectly and I've passed it on to a relative. Now I have the smallest one with a 12.1 inch screen for ease of portability. It's so light and does everything I need. I just love it. It has Vista, but there was no significant learning curve with it, as far as I can tell from my boring, typical user habits.

I honestly don't know what Toshiba's customer service is like because I've had absolutely no problems and never needed them.
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