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Need Advise on Purchasing a Laptop

Q: Need Advise on Purchasing a Laptop

Hi there,

I'm very new to the computer world and am really looking forward to purchasing a laptop for my boyfriend for his brithday. Trouble is. I'm not sure what to look for, what to look out for and most importantly..... that's in my price range... He would be using it for school.. so basically internet researching plus doing some research papers

Used/Refurbished/New.... doesn't matter to me... as long as it's in decent condition ....

Second it needs to be wireless internet.. preferrably built in wireless..

Third, this is the main one.. My ceiling limit is $500 CDN.....

Does anyone have any leads to this???????


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Wow! your BF is really lucky to have you as GF....lol Anyway to help you with your inquiry. First thing to remember when purchasing a laptop you should consider is the dependability of the computer. Second will you ue it for gaming, school projects, downloading or just for browsing the internet. Since you mention that your BF will use for school I say look for laptop that could handle hyperthreading...Hyperthreading means having to open multiple applications on your laptop but the speed is not very much affected. For the wireless connection there are laptop brands that has a built-in wireless card. Last thing to consider is parts availability if in case the a problem occur with the laptop.

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Here's the situation: I've got a PC I built about a year and a half ago. It is on 24/7. I awoke this morning to the screen being frozen in the Win desktop. I ended up pushing the restart button, and the PC did not POST --> uh-oh. No beeps what-so-ever. I reset the bios using the jumper (and of course I did place it in the correct position afterwards . I also removed the CMOS battery for 15 min or so. Still no POST. The fans are turning, the CD-ROM drives are on, the HD is even spinning a little. So I removed everything from the mobo except for the CPU. Switched her on to see if it was the memory, no beeps. I'm pretty sure it's not the PSU, since I upgraded to 400 watts a few months ago. I assume it's the mobo or the cpu.

I've been playing a lot of games lately and have been taxing my little comp more than usual. Last night I left one running. Here's my question: which sounds more likely, the mobo or the CPU? I'd rather hit the problem on one try, rather than getting an unnecessary extra part. btw - anyone think AMD would service my CPU? I'm in the 3-yr warranty period, never applied an overclocking kit, and still have the AMD fan and heatsink. Anyways, I can already tell I'm gonna need to open up the wallet. So what do ya think? CPU or mobo?

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I'm not sure if I'm on the right board or not, but I'm giving this a go.

I have a superb desktop but recently a need has arose for a laptop. I need something rather cheap, my expenses are up right now and I can't really go over $500, (I know, not many good ones that cheap)

My only requirements (other than the standard stuff) is the ability to smoothly run all Adobe CS2 applications (not simultaneously), would you say any of these computers could handle it?


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What are the main points to look for when puchasing a laptop in the price range up to about ?700.It will be used in the main for e-mailing,surfing the internet and games.Is a SSD superior to a hard disk drive and if so are there any drawbacks with them.Also what processor would you recommend.Any advice and guidance would be appreciated..

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Quote: Originally Posted by denwilliam

What are the main points to look for when puchasing a laptop in the price range up to about ?700.It will be used in the main for e-mailing,surfing the internet and games.Is a SSD superior to a hard disk drive and if so are there any drawbacks with them.Also what processor would you recommend.Any advice and guidance would be appreciated..

Obviously features and basic specifications would be a primary consideration, but I'd also give a lot of thought to build quality and support---what is going to happen if you have failure of some type within warranty?

SSDs are inferior only as regards price and capacity. They are noticeably faster than standard drives. If your laptop will hold only 1 hard drive, an SSD may not be large enough to hold all of your data--in which case go with a standard HDD.

At your budget, I'd guess you can get an Intel processor of some type. They are generally better performers in the mid and upper price ranges.

If you have a supplier picked out, maybe you can post a link to the web site.

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What is the most durable/best long lasting type of laptop that you can purchase? Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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Hello, I need a new laptop and I'm not quite sure where to start because I know nothing about computers. I know that I need something that is very durable because I move my laptop a lot. I do a lot of music downloading, so I guess I need something with plenty of memory, I'm not quite sure. I was reading that it was good to get an external hardrive to add on to the internal hardrive, but I don't know if that's hard to do. I was thinking of going through Dell, but not sure if that is the best bet. If anyone can give me some tips and recommendations, that would be great! Thank You

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I would go to dell. Get me one of them XPS lappys lol.

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I'm in the market for a new 15.6 laptop. I’ve been testing one of the new Acer models and it appears to be the best bang for the buck. It comes with a multitude of features including at least 4G Ram, 350G HD, Four (4) USB ports, HDMI, Modem, Card reader, Video, audio, microphone inputs, 8 X DVD, Web Cam, Windows 7, Intel Processor, etc, etc., for about $650 at Costco. The only downside I see is the terrible Acer support. Doesn't seem they have much interest in supporting their products. Their English is very difficult to understand and they are quick to hang up. Costco is the big plus. Two year warranty support and 90 days full refund if you are not satisfied. I'm not familiar with Acer at all and need some opinions. Does anyone have an opinion about Acer and please let me know what other brands you would recommend that can match up with these features and price?

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As my previous thread "HP Laptop doesn't work" I am planning to get a new one. I still plan to fix the old one to give to my Dad. Which was the original plan before I dropped the laptop.

I kinda like the Asus laptops but the 17.3 is so wide it won't fit in my carrying case at almost 18 1/2" wide. The Dell Studio 17 doesn't seem bad but would prefer a 17.3". I can spend about $900 and want something that has good reliability.

I primarily will use the laptop as a desktop replacement.
Office 2007
Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks CS3
Working on Website
Going to school online.

I am not into gaming except for the occasional game of hearts. However, I would like to connect the laptop to the LCD 1080p Television I plan to purchase in the near future.

There are so many choices and brands out there: Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, MSI, etc... it is scensory overload.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

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I like HP...

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Ok, I'm looking for a laptop under 2000$ that is powerful (um, something above 2.8ghz that's not a celeron), upgradable (that is in graphics card and up to 2gigs of ram) plus a case that looks cool (kinda like the alienware laptops). I've seen the new AMD 64's for only 1,600$ but they don't have nifty cases. Any ideas my dear friends?

A:I need help purchasing a new laptop.

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I am looking for a nice decent stable laptop that i can if possible run Windows and Linux on. I am also considering doing the Mac OS X on there but not sure. Ive never used OS X or rather any mac before but i am after all a Geek and need to know how to use them. Price Range: as low as i can. its not going to be a power pc or anything just something to get me through the day, possibly doing some Wireless Security Checking for clients and general things like typing and such. Any laptops that dont break down so bad over time? For instance: My sister purchased a compaq 2 years ago. so far she has had, A Failure, DVD drive failure, Screen failure, and keyboard failure. Anything anyone can suggest. Pretty much any software issues i can easily take care of myself so i dont really need the tech support i just NEEd FAST hardware repairs if the computer breaks down. Apple i hear makes a nice pc. probably a grand is my max price just doing some browsing. Or i plan on just getting a desktop i build from scratch which will do about 5 times the power as any laptop i can get for the same price, more stability, but no portability. The whole idea of carrying a small laptop around would be nice.

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they do make very small factor boxes these days
I have a HP dv5094ea - excellent machine and great value for money given the spec
1GB memory

but it is a HP which meged with compaq 4 years ago...

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I am purchasing new laptop. I am tired with boot speed & performance of SATA drives & want to go with SSD.

Currently, I am comparing
XPS 17 Laptop - Feel the Thrill with 3D Laptop Screen | Dell
XPS 15z Laptop Details | Dell
Premium Laptop, Professional Audio Laptop | HP Envy

My requirements are

-> Slim & Stylish
-> SSD drives for OS & Sata for data
-> Long battery life
-> Shouldn't more than 7-8 lbs

Remaining things like Processor, RAM etc any thing will work from Core i7 range & 8GB will be good. Not high end gaming cards, just normal will work. I don't want any heating & rebooting issues.

I hope someone will help to choose some good laptop.

BUDGET is not an issue.

Waiting for some responses.


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Well given the three choices I would automatically lean toward the HP. I have a grudge against Dell, they don't stand behind their products and their tech support is hopelessly useless. I've had good luck with the HP machines I've worked with. I currently run an Acer *See my system specs. that has been great. They just released a bunch of second gen iCore powered machines, might be worth a look.

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Do you have a recommendation re: buying a laptop with 4GB ran dual core must have windows XP home???

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what do you mainly use a laptop for, gaming, school, general usage. It makes a difference.

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I'm in the market for a laptop. I've settled on one that looks good, but I'd like to get a second opinion. I'd most likely use the computer for word processing, running iTunes, and light-to-moderate gaming. I'd also like to not spend more that $575 on it (yeah I'm a cheapskate, I know ). Anyway, here we go:

Compaq V5000Z Series Notebook PC

OS: Windows XP Home Edition
Processor: AMD Sempron(TM) 3300+ (2.0GHz/128KB L2 Cache)
Display: 15.4" WXGA Widescreen (1280x800)
Memory: 256MB DDR SDRAM (1x256MB)
Graphics Card: 128MB ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/Hypermemory(TM)
Hard Drive: 40 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
Primary CD/DVD Drive: DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive (Q: Does this write DVDs and CDs, or just CDs?)
Networking: Integrated 56K Modem + 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Primary Battery: 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Productivity Software: Microsoft(R) Works/Money

Final Price: $489.99 (after rebates and savings )
So, any thoughts?

A:Purchasing a Laptop: What do you think?

I would up the Ram to 512MB, 256 will work but you will get a big performance boost from 512.....especially since the graphics card will be using some of the system memory for itself.....

as for gaming....don't plan on too much with a laptop...that graphics chipset won't play much.........

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Current one is down on its last legs, umm so looking for the usual, good deal, but yet somehow built for gaming. Is www.IBuyPower.com a reliable site? Been eyeing a computer they have


Basically I would like something that won't be outpaced my minimal system requirements for games for at least the next 2 years, don't need max, just playability is fine with me oh and something that can easily handle current games like Oblivion and The Orange Box. Current one crashes on portal which was a sign....

How important is CPU speed? Dell has some great deals but all their duo core processors are 1.5 GHz and no graphics chip to speak of...

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I've gone ahead an ordered the y510p, Thanks for the help.

I live in Indiana, USA

My current laptop has probably died on my graphics wise, and I'm planning on getting a new laptop. Whether or not Wal-Mart abides by the warranty I purchased from them.

It's the sort of screen corruption seen when the integrated graphics are shot. The laptop probably needs a new motherboard. Playing high intensity video games for long periods on laptops isn't a good idea unless they have been designed to do the job. That warranty should come in handy.Click to expand...

With this in mind, I want to purchase a laptop that can handle prolonged gaming, as that is my primary use for the laptop. The secondary usage is for my college courses. As I have not spent much time comparing computer products, I'm not sure where to begin my search, or what to look for.


My current laptop is an Inspiron N5050
Intel Core i3-2330M Processor
4GB Memory
Integrated Intel HD Graphics (Stupid no 3D shadow shading)
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Dell Stage software

The main games I play are Minecraft, Pay Day 2, and League of Legends. I would like to play games such as cube world, Planet Side 2 without lag as I have invested money into them, but not had that much opportunity to play extensively due to current lag issues.

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Bought my son a Sager from Xotic PC. They certainly build gaming systems and they give you some latitude to configure. Their customer service is excellent. I never heard of them before until I went here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/ and through research - a ton of research - I went ahead and pulled the trigger. Other excellent companies are PC Digital, Power Notebooks, and Mythlogic. Seriously, check them out.

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So I'm thinking about buying a new laptop!

I've got a set of questions for you.

Background Info: I've pretty much decided that I want the current Dell Inspiron 1420, or that I want to wait for the new studio/inspiron laptops to be released (there seems to be controversy over how exactly the newer laptops will fit into the current lines of laptops as well as when they will be released.) Here's a link about them: http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/03/dell-studio-line-details-leak-out/

Other things to keep in mind: I'm not in a huge hurry to replace my current laptop (which is a dell inspiron 8600), but I kind of want to I'm slightly nervous about it since that blue screen incident (even though that turned out to be not a big deal)--it also does some other slightly disconcerting things, like beeping upon startup (which apparently indicates errors?), the screen flickers sometimes (particularly when it's not plugged in), and the fan is louder than it used to be (I think). I don't know if any of this indicates anything very negative, but these things combined with the age of the system (about five years) makes me slightly nervous--whether that is justified or not. *shrug* I would also like to be able to at least have the option of carrying the laptop to campus when I need to without dreading it--my current laptop is very heavy, and I can't take it if I have almost anything else to take with me.

On to the questions!
1. Do you think I s... Read more

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personally i would wait.
When you do buy a laptop i would make sure it has a core 2 duo at least 2.0ghz with at least 2gb memory and a 250gb hard drive...

If you could afford it i would actually go with:

which i believe also has a new model coming out this month or next..

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Hi all,
I am in the process of purchasing a new laptop and I was thinking if
Dell Inspiron is a good choice.
Any of you guys has good experience or bad with this brand, please share this with me.
I will apreciate it.
Thanks in advance.

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You should also consider post-purchase support.

Dell generally makes pretty good stuff--as good as any major OEM, better than most.

Dell support is fair to decent, not good. But as far as I know, NONE of the manufacturers have "good" support any more. It's all been sent offshore to Asia. If you ever have to deal with support, you will probably become frustrated, regardless of your brand choice. Part of it is the language barrier, but there are other shortcomings.

You may be able to choose a Dell support option for extra money that will provide support from a US source, but it isn't cheap.

About all you can do is hope you never have to deal with support. Dell is probably as good a choice as any, but you can have bad luck with any brand. I did.

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Hi there,

Apologies if posting in the wrong thread!

I have recently purchased a CEH course and it has supporting documents which talks about running labs. As I will be running a few VMs it has said there are some minimum spec requirements of the laptop/desktop.

Can someone help me on finding a laptop/desktop with the below specs? My budget is not huge and I was initially thinking if I buy a low level spec device and then upgrade individual modules to meet the min requirements. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz 64-bit CPU or better (multiple cores is preferred)
16 GB RAM (32 GB or more is recommended)
200 GB free disk space, 7200 RPM or faster drive (SSD is preferred)
DVD drive
1 Ethernet network adapter
Sound card
Internet access
Wireless network adapter (built-in or USB)
Thank you in advance.

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Hey there,
I'm planning to purchase a laptop from Futureshop here in Vancouver,BC. Canada.
It's a Toshiba (Intel Centrino Duo Processor Tech. with Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450)
2GB Memory (type unkown)
250GB HD Space
GFX:ATI Radeon HD 256MB Dedicated
Wireless: 802.11a/g + Pre-N WiFi +BlueTooth
TruBrite Screen, Webcam and Mic, 5-1 Media Adapter
Price: $1599.99 CDA
$70.83/Month for 24Months

I kind of hate how Futureshop give such vague specs on the products they sell. :T I kind of don't want to buy it from here, but the laptop looks pretty good in terms of specs and Futureshop has financing available.
I'm just wondering if this will be a good buy..I'll be mainly using the computer for school, a little bit of gaming (WC3, CNC, ..etc, mainly RTS Games)
I'm fairly new to laptops..
basically want a decent one with a dedicated gfx card for my rts games and one with a fair bit of hd space.
any tips, suggestions, or comments please share them with me
I keep second guessing on laptops I want to purchase. I do want to get the most out of what I pay.
Thanks in advance! Cheers-

Here's another Laptop I'm Considering
HP Intel Centrino Duo Processor Technology intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5450
Ram: 2GB DDR
HD: 200GB
GFX: NVIDIA 8400M 128MB Discrete Graphics
Wireless: 802.11b/g Pre-N +Bluetooth WiFi
12 Cell Lithium-ion Battery, Webcam,Mic,5-1 Media Reader,Remote & Earbuds
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First off I will say that most of the time, Best Buy is pretty overpriced. Also I've never been a huge laptop enthusiast, as I use my computer for gaming, it's a little pricey to get a gaming laptop (and by a little I mean VERY pricey). But from when I have looked at laptops, I've noticed that if you know what you are looking for, you can often find something cheaper on warehouse like websites, such as Newegg.com. Also, if you go with Newegg, they offer extended warranty plans.

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I am wanting to check that the Notebook is maybe able to be upgraded in the future to a larger SSD without resorting to expensive technician soldering tasks - i.e. is the SSD simply a plug in device like the older generation notebooks?  ThanksOBuck 

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Hi,Specs: https://support.hp.com/lamerica_nsc_carib-en/product/hp-pavilion-14-al000-notebook-pc-series/1086215...Your laptop came with 256GB M.2 2280 SATA-3 SSD. It is not soldered, it is plug and use.Video guide: https://h20574.www2.hp.com/results.htm?SID=10862154&MEID=65618DC0-D54F-403A-B3DA-F4E22780C9BFManual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05122703I just bought a HP Pavilion 14 al111tx notebook which is having exactly same internal configuration like yours.If I think in putting M.2 SATA SSD, I'll go for this one: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-EVO-Internal-MZ-N5E500BW/dp/B00TGIW1XGNow it's currently having Samsung 850 EVO SATA SSD replacing factory built in hard drive. Just upgraded 2 weeks back.RegardsVisruth

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I didnt know whether to put it in the Vista forum or the XP forum so I put it here. Question. I have heard that the license that comes with a Vista product will work for a XP Pro installation. Is this correct? Will I be able to install XP Pro using the Vista license or would I have to purchase a new XP Pro license, or at least use one that we have?


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Only if you have Vista Business or Ultimate ... (According to this) ...

Don't know anyone who's done it yet.

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I need to purchase a 3rd machine for my wife that will not have the heavy use of her office and home Win7 desktops. That would mainly be used at meetings for spreadsheet, Word, Quickbooks and mail. We'll get the same machine for her brother whose use is minimal.

We had previously purchased the now not available Acer 15.6" Aspire Windows 8 Laptop i3-3217U 1.8GHz 6GB 500GB | V5-571-6891 for another person at her office and he's been very pleased with the machine since.

The wrinkle in the pending purchase is the OS. I do not want Win8 for either of the machines. The current crop of Acer Aspires in the referenced price range ($5-600) come with Win8. The only Win7 machine I'm finding that BOTH is listed as a good machine and comes with Win7 is the Lenovo Edge. I've always had Thinkpads (model T) but the reviews all discuss woes with the trackpad and left/right clicker.

I'm sure I've missed something and that there is a machine(s) that fits my bill and YOU likely know the answer so I'm listening...


A:Purchasing inexpensive laptop?

I found a site with a few Win 7 PC's. I just Googled "Laptops with Windows 7".

Windows 7 Laptops

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I am going to be purchasing a laptop and I would like some ideas and Brands to choose from. It needs to be great for gaming and graphics. Every store I go to has a different brand they say is best, I would like to know from users their opinions I would like to keep it under $1400.00 Canadian Thank-you

A:Purchasing a Laptop in Ontario Canada

This thread might help...


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I'm looking for a *small* notebook that has gaming capability so that I can also take it, (outside of college) for example, to my relatives or friends houses.

I'm looking at Alienware's M11x, but am (VERY) open to anything else in that nature. Under 14" is very much preferred.

I'm looking at Asus' offerings on Newegg, and their smallest ones are running Intel IGP's.

Any suggestions?

A:Purchasing laptop in next 2 weeks, M11x worth it?

I ordered the M11x yesterday. Its by far one of the best ultraportable laptops out there right now. here is a great review


also youtube review from geek.com


Same guy opened it up.


Awesome machine!

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Hello guys?

I wanted to know your thoughts on laptops. I need to research a laptop, and one guy had told me that the really expensive ones are unnecessary, but the cheap ones not good. But that doesn't help me too much in selection.

What are the minimum requirements you would want in a laptop? The uses are home use... running this software: http://www.berninausa.com/product_overview-n6-sUS.html

And Windows XP or Vista... whatever comes with it, I guess. Oh... and it will be used to hold digital photos and run an edition software. It needs to have a disc drive.

I was just wondering what minimum requirements you would recommend.

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try pawn shops in your area. I work at one and we get them out all the time. They will usually be alot cheeper.

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Hi, I need to purchase a new laptop for my studies and general use. I?m a graphic design student and use Adobe Creative Cloud; mainly InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and occasionally Premiere Pro (least used/mainly personal use).

As I?m on a budget I am looking at the below laptops (most refurbished):

- HP 15 db0089au 15.6? AMD Ryzen 3 2200U Dual core 8GB 128GB SSD + 1T HDD Win10 Home 64-bit

- Dell Latitude E7470 Display 14" Processor Intel i5-6300U 2.40GHz Memory 8GB Storage 256GB M.2 SSD Optical Drive Win10 Pro 64bit

- Acer Aspire A5 15.6? Intel i5 8265U 8GB 1TB HDD Win10 64-bit

- HP Pavilion 15-cc060wm 15.6" Touchscreen Intel i7-7500U 12GB 1TB HDD Win10Home 64bit

- Lenovo IdeaPad 15.6? Intel i5 7200U 8GB 1TB HDD Win10 64-bit

- HP Pavillion 14-BK091 14? Intel i5-7200U 8GB 1T HDD Win10 Home 64-bit

I?m really after advice on which one to get, or if they are all on par with each other. I plan on connecting to a larger screen when using it at home. I?ve looked at reviews but I?m really struggling to make a decision.

Thanks in advance!

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hi, I ordered a new laptop through flipkart, after doing startup activities on new laptop I saw only one Drive ie C:,but in I could see apart from this drive,four other drives are there with name starts with Disk 0 partition 1/4/5/6.what is the use of them,should I keep them as it is in my laptop ? can I free up those drives ?

A:no hard drive partition guide from Dell while purchasing new laptop

All of the other partitions are required for system startup, recovery or operation.  DO NOT alter any of them - or you will be greeted with an unbootable system when you next restart.
This is a GPT disc - there is no longer a limit of four primary partitions on a disc -- so you can add a D: partition (or whatever you'd like for your data) without altering the factory layout.

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Hi, I have a query regarding OKR on Windows 10 Lenovo Z500 laptop where I'm expecting to get some definitive answers if after doing a One Key Recovery on my laptop will it remove all the partitions I added after purchasing this laptop?  So, it cam with only C and D partitions. I created few others for my data (let's say E, F and G). Will running OKR reset all my partitions or just the system 'C' partition? If someone has this kind of setup and have run OKR, please suggest based on your experience. I would appreciate if someone can respond to this soon as I need to do this recovery soon. Let me know if you need any clarification on the above query. Regards,Nick

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Hi, I recently purchased a new 12 cell battery for my HP dv-1659us laptop. I never have my laptop plugged in now days...as opposed to always having my laptop plugged in, becaues the HP OEM battery sucked. (So i couldn't tell you if it was the battery's problem.)

But, now, whenever I'm unplugged, ever so often, usually when im on Youtube, my laptop automatically goes to sleep and turns off the HD. I have to press my power key to wake it up..log back in..and my applications/ youtube video resumes. I checked my power management, put it to sleep at around 30 minutes, so I know that its not sleeping because I'm "inactive". Anyone know what might be the problem?

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The model of this laptop hard drive is a Western Digital (WD1600BEVS-60RST0). So, in order to replace the hard drive, would it be alright to purchase any WD1600BEVS model hard drive, or does it have to be exactly WD1600BEVS-60RST0? Thanks.

A:Solved: Quick question about purchasing a new laptop hard drive.

Basically anything even slightly resembling the specs of the old drive will work. Hard drives are pretty much just a generic storage device and don't need to be replaced by the exact same model.

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hey all, i just bought a TOSHIBA TECRA 8200 PENTUIM 3 LAPTOP but it only has a 10gb hard disk drive and i was thinking about buying a larger HDD from ebay...could any one recomend what i should get like eternal or internal and if internal how i wud go about keeping my data on my laptop now and inserting a new one....thanks guys

A:advise on getting new HDD for laptop

Well, it depends on what you want the drive for. If you want to store data, perhaps a USB drive would be handy, though since you only have USB 1.1, it would be considerably slower than an internal drive.

There is no way I'd buy a hard disk off eBay, I'd find a real dealer and buy one that might have a chance of actually working.

Why don't you start with the size of drive you had in mind, and the price range you are shooting for. You also need to consider the vintage of the machine and the largest hard disk that it will accept...

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I need to know if a Toshiba satellite A75-S1253 is a good pc. Also
if I can upgrade it to a dvd-rw and can I upgrade the hard drive?
I'm trading my PS3 for this and don't want to get burned.

Windows XP Home
Intel 3.2Ghz w/ Hyper Thread technology
768MB Ram
15.4" WXGA Toshiba TruBrite technology
802.11b-g wireless
ATI Mobility RADEON 9000 video Is this a good graphics card?
Video Memory 128MB Shared

A:Laptop advise

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I am looking to purchase a laptop for my partner, who works from home teaching online learning, we are a family of HP Desktops and Laptops already ( as well as one Lenovo p70). I am looking for the best advice on what to purchase next so err indoors can have something light and very quick to take away to our other home in France. Currently looking at I7 cores Kaby Lake Procs, not a huge fan of SSD would rather look at SATA for the amount of info she stores (Over 300 GIG), Ideally 8 GIG Memory. I am based the UK, so UK Specs would be ideal. Offers please

A:New Laptop Advise

Hi,I guess it depends a lot on what you want to spend. I personally like the Spectre x360 a lot. I do not own one, but have used them and they are a beautiful and powerfull product. Light and fast with a luxury feel to them.  There are many options, however I believe they all come with ssd. There are full hd options and 4K options. http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/Offer.aspx?p=c-spectre-x360  I think you should also reconsider about SSD, it is the sole product which changes your everyday use of computer dramatically. Especially PCIe SSDs. The whole system is a lot faster and the SSDs are secure and lasting (not like years ago). The OS will nearly be instantly on instead of having to wait 30-40 seconds and all applications will have a very responsive feeling. Hope it helps,David

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Hi all hope you can help me

I am looking to buy a new labtop for around 1000.00 and not sure what would be the best to get.

I do alot of video and pictures and websites.

some thing i would like to have in it

1. 17" screen
2. lightscribe blu-ray rom double layer
3. 7200 rpm drive
4. very good video card
6. 5 in 1 card reader
7. hdmi
8. 4 gb ddr or more
9. intel core

here are some i have been looking at.





A:Need Advise on Laptop

First things first.

It's spelled laptop, but hey we all make mistakes some times don't we?

Out of the current laptops you have been looking at, I'd go with..


Probably the best performance out of all 4 you chose, might not have the nicer look such as the hp laptops would give off, but appearance isn't everything.

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Good Day,

I have a standard Dell Inspirion 6000 laptop, OS is window xp home.

I need to upgrade the memory from 512 to 2 gig

I'm looking at a OCZ Dual Channel 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz SODIMM Memory (2 x 1024MB) . Any problems with this selection ?

I also need to upgrade the hard drive from 30 gigs to 160 gig.

I'm looking at a Hitachi Travelstar 5K160 160GB 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive - EIDE, 5400, 8MB, OEM. I'm not sure if I should be looking for an EIDE or SATA drive, any advise ?


A:I need advise on upgrading my Laptop

Go to Crucial and run a system scan, it will tell you what your options are and their ram is guaranteed to work.
You need to get a Dell compatible hard drive, if you just get one "off the shelf" chances are it won't work.
You also need to check if there is a bios limitation on how big a drive you can install

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Hi.  My laptop is locked and displaying an error code that states:  Call Windows Help Desk Immediately at 1-888-xxx-xxxx.  The message also says that Windows Firewall has detected Security Breach from this IP address.  Please let me
know if this is a valid Phone # for the Windows Help Desk.  My email address is [has been redacted for privacy]. thanks!

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I just bought a new Laptop with Windows 7 64 bit and I'm not sure what protection to install. I can't afford the Norton that came with the system, I'm looking for freeware.

A:New Laptop - Looking for advise on protection

Did you check the freeware alternatives section on BC ? http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic366982.html

Additionally, the following are free security suites (firewall + antivirus) :
Outpost Security Suite 7.1 : http://free.agnitum.com/
Comodo Internet Security : http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/free-internet-security.php

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Hi ya
Just joined up and hoping you can help. I have just done a search on the internet looking for an ADVENT 7082 Laptop 935200 reviews and folowed a link to this site :0)
And a fab site it is too :0)

I'm in the Uk and already have a home desktop pc its a fair few years old an AMD ALTHLON 1000MHZ which i have on my broadband connection which ive used for the past 6 years as a home pc.
We are planning on handing this comp over to my 10 year old next year and buying a new Desk top but in the meantime after years of having no xmas or birthday prezzies due to me being so difficult to buy for i mensioned to my hubby i would quite like a wireless laptop to use alongside the main pc not in place of it...
So was looking for something not super dooper as obviously i want to buy a sooper dooper replacement desktop later on next year but just a second wonder around the house able laptop i can use for brousing the net and checking mail and doing my ebay things :0)
Obviously i would like it to be quicker then the one i have at the moment but i'm so long out of the computer specs i don't really know what to look for i came across this one which i can get at curry's with discount codes for £450 inc delivery.... does anyone know if its any good? not sure about the AMD Sempron bit whats sempron never heard it of...
I'll list the spec below any advise would be fab :0)
The discount code runs out on the 20th so i'll need to act fast...

AMD Sempron 2800+
256Kb Ca... Read more

A:Help ADVISE Needed Re: Which Laptop To Buy

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Hi, I need to purchase a laptop for work I'll be starting, remote customer service, in and outbound calls. I have a HP laptop very old but is still works great. I have been hired to multiple companies, each company required a PING test which I failed miserably.

I'm on a very tight budget but desperately need to purchase a new laptop. I need something that's fairly quick with a webcam and Windows 7 or newer. The only requirement is that it can't be any Apple product. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Need advise on a purchase of a laptop

depends on you very tight budget - which is ?
What country you are in ?

Ping test would be your internet connection , are you expecting a new laptop to fix the ping test issue ?

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ok maybe this is the wrong plalce to come to  for advise on which HP laptop to purchase to replace my outdated HPG60-447CL.  I do not want a bunch of badges.  Should I just go to a salesman at Staples.  I though an expert at HP would be better or should I go to the cdnfusing HP website.   

A:advise on new laptop purchase

A few questions: What do you want to do with your computer? Which features of a PC are most important to you? (e.g., surfing the web, schoolwork, gaming, competitive gaming, programming, etc - big screen, fast keyboard, large capacity hard drive, processing power, etc) What's your budget?  

------------Although I am an HP employee, I am speaking for myself and not for HP.Please click the little thumbs-up dealybopper to the lower right if my reply was helpful to you. Please mark Accept As Solution if it solves your problem. This will help others, too!

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I read what I'm supposed to do before posting but the problem is that my husband's laptop is completely frozen. As soon as I turn it on a "spyware guard" program pops up & that's it. It's frozen. Is there anything I can do? I can't even access the internet to get the programs I need to fix it. I can't do anything. BTW he was using Morpheus when this all started happening. He says he tried to start it in safe mode but I'm not sure if he knows how to do that. I haven't tried starting in safe mode myself yet. Is it F10 that I'm supposed to repeatedly hit? I forgot. I appreciate your help. Thanks!

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Hi Tech Guys!

Looking to buy a new laptop that can host 2 operating systems: windows / Linux
some friend advise me to look at: HP 15-bc207TX
I never used a single machine with dual OSs before,
Any recommendations / comments about this?
have anyone tried using machine with Linux and windows?
how stable and efficient the machine's performance? or not a good idea to have 2 OSs installed?
The device will be used as a regular work station, fully use graphics and all other functions,
the whole job mainly done with Windows 7 or 10, then Linux to be used for learning, and practicing,
Kindly advise accordingly,
many thanks..

A:Laptop - to install dual OS - advise please!

To run a laptop or desktop with dual OS you first need to find out if there are any drivers available for the computer. I have never used Linux so I cannot tell you anything about it. I have a desktop with three OS and is running pretty well. Never had any problems yet.

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Here it is... Please advise as I'm about to need a straight jacket

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 08:28:57, on 25/08/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\ePerformance\MemCheck.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\analyse.exe\HijackThis.exe

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A:Laptop Invaded Please Read Hjt Log And Advise Please

Sorry for the delay. If you are still having problems please post a brand new HijackThis log as a reply to this topic. Before posting the log, please make sure you follow all the steps found in this topic:Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis LogThanks,Charles

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Hey guys, thanks for reading this thread. I'm planning to buy a laptop soon, but I want one to be pretty powerful and not lag like hell when I open up multiple applications, say media player and internet explorer, etc. But I also want it to play high end games and future games that come out, like quake 4, call of duty 2 or rome total war.

I have a laptop in mind, and it is the "Inspiron 9300" from dell. If I do the customization for this laptop and upgrade all the essential components to the highest possible for it's model, will this satisfy my needs?

After customizing and upgrading the laptops components it will have...

Intel® Pentium® M Processor 760 (2 GHz/2MB Cache/533MHz FSB)
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz 2 Dimm
60GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
256MB NVIDA® GeForce? Go 6800

(The Inspiron 9300 can be found here: http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/entnb_9300?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs)

Are these good enough? Or should I really just stick to traditional desktop gaming and just get a decently cheap laptop for homework only?

Thanks in advance for all your thoughtful opinions.

A:Need advise on new gaming/homeworking laptop

I think that would be a kick-*** system and be able to support any of those games.

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Anyone out there a pilot who uses a gps in his/her plane with Jepperson (?) or something similar? I am supposed to research and help my brother the pilot purchase a new laptop. He really uses it only for Internet and this Jepperson thing which updates his gps regularly when he connects some hardware device to a usb port. I'd be glad to have any/all tips and advice for a good laptop for him to buy. Thanks so much!

A:Solved: Please advise on laptop purchase...

jethsy said:

Anyone out there a pilot who uses a gps in his/her plane with Jepperson (?) or something similar? I am supposed to research and help my brother the pilot purchase a new laptop. He really uses it only for Internet and this Jepperson thing which updates his gps regularly when he connects some hardware device to a usb port. I'd be glad to have any/all tips and advice for a good laptop for him to buy. Thanks so much!Click to expand...

I think Dell would be best. You'll get arguments from people but here's why I say they are the best--I have four of them and parts for repair are very easy to get--they are everywhere on E-bay and very cheap--they are easy to service. For the price its hard to beat. I've dropped mine on numerous occasions, splilled stuff on it--only thing I've ever had to do was replace the keyboard, the hard drive and the power jack, but the abuse I give it, it would be a miracle if none of those things needed to be replaced but they were cheap fixes except for the power jack, but if you don't use it a lot you'll likely never have an issue with the power jack.

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Yesterday, my firewall (PC Tools Firewall Plus) told me a program called dc40.exe was trying to connect out. I blocked it, and looked it up, and found out it was a trojan, also known as (or sometimes part of) the PLAY_MP3 Trojan. I didn't notice any ill effects right away but it made me nervous so I ran a scan with malwarebytes (found nothing) then I installed the free version of Avast (found nothing) and started up the real-time protection module for MS Security Essentials. Not long after that MS SE told me that I had a Java Exploit that needed to be removed--CVE-2010-0840.HH. I told it to go ahead. It said that it had removed the problem.

Shortly after that, MS SE froze and my laptop locked up. When I rebooted it, it would freeze a few seconds after it had finished loading. I tried running Rkill in those few seconds, but it wouldn't work. Now it will not boot into my desktop at all (it freezes with the mouse arrow displayed against a light blue background) but I CAN boot into safe mode (haven't tried safe mode with networking yet). I ran several different virus scans--found nothing. I can not start the real time protection of either MS SE or Avast in safe mode EDIT: after reading up on this I guess that last part is normal.

I think I know which file started the infection. I already uploaded it to Microsoft Malware Protection Center but haven't heard anything back yet. (I thought about copying it onto a USB drive and uploading it on my other computer to Vir... Read more

A:Laptop Infected with DC40.EXE and Possibly Others, Please Advise

No one wants to help me with this?

EDIT: Sorry, didn't see the three days sticky above.

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