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Old 01-22-2010, 11:19 AM
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Laptop Question

I am looking for a laptop with good memory,XP os and not very expensive.
What bran has the least amount of problems?
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:30 AM
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Ebay!

Get an old Dell Inspiron notebook. I've owned one for years and use it as an old game and music player when I travel.

Just snarf up a gig of ram and change it out yourself. That will be perfect.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:43 AM
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Ebay!

Get an old Dell Inspiron notebook. I've owned one for years and use it as an old game and music player when I travel.

Just snarf up a gig of ram and change it out yourself. That will be perfect.
Looking for something Bigger with 3gb and a 15" screen
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:53 AM
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Hmm, I've purchased a lot of odds and ends on ebay. A laptop can be pretty generic in terms of longevity. I can't really tell you what the "w123" is of laptops.

Do some searching on ebay. You can definitely find something cheap for what you're looking for there.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:53 AM
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All of our company aircraft were stocked with a Sony VAIO. Our 2 kids have their own VAIO’s. All were less than a grand each. None, have ever given us any problems.
The only changes ever made were going from 4GB to 8GB, and I'm still not sold on how necessary even that was.
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Old 01-22-2010, 12:01 PM
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All of our company aircraft were stocked with a Sony VAIO. Our 2 kids have their own VAIO’s. All were less than a grand each. None, have ever given us any problems.
The only changes ever made were going from 4GB to 8GB, and I'm still not sold on how necessary even that was.
+1 on that; my old VGN-S460 still runs perfectly, with the only issue being a sticky E key from using it almost non stop for 5 years

I recently upgraded to a VGN-SR, but that runs on Vista or 7, but totally recommend any Sony VAIO computer; hands down amazing.
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:09 PM
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My experience with Dells is not so pretty. In fact, I have three sitting in my closet right now that I fixed up and used as servers for a bit. Random hardware has failed, basically pieces of junk IMO. Same with emachines.
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:26 PM
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I am looking for a laptop with good memory,XP os and not very expensive.
What bran has the least amount of problems?
If you really want to stay with Microsoft XP, I would recommend IBM ThinkPad series. Just ask why every system administrator in a big company run for their own laptop IBM. You can find plenty of ex-corporate IBM's on E-bay fully stocked for around $400.00 to $500.00. Many of them are upgraded to 2GB Ram/160GB hard disc etc. Almost all of them are with WiFi and many with finger-scan security. Very well built machines and proven over the years to be THE one to have for the people who work on IT industry. If they run IBM ThinkPad why not you? Recently there was one R51 with IBM on site warranty till 10/2011 sold for $478.00 You can't beat that - period

I've used T61 for years and I didn't have a single problem ever.

Just one example bellow, look at the spec..fantastic. Fast hard drive (7200rpm) finger security chip, everything you need without paying over the top.
http://cgi.ebay.com/IBM-Thinkpad-T60-T2500-2GHz-Core-Duo-100GB-2GB-RAM_W0QQitemZ220542464856QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLaptops_Nov05?hash=item33595af358
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:44 PM
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:46 PM
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I think the HP laptops sold at Best Buy are great for cheapos.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:55 PM
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Thanks.
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I had a thinkpad (T43) for 3 yrs at my old job. Travel, dusty conveyor systems - it held together ok. One issue- the IBM bloatware takes over the wireless network card, I was ALWAYS helping co-workers (some of whom were programmers) get their wireless internets going at a hotel or Starbucks) If it were mine, I would remove the IBM software they ship those things with.

I just figured that all big IT departments used thinkpads becuase IBM cut large users a special deal around lease/pricing season =)

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older IBMs for under$400 are great workhorses.

think t40 anything
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:07 AM
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Forget XP. Get something with Windows 7 and 4gb of RAM. Should be pretty cheap nowadays. I know learning a new OS might be a little daunting, but it is really very similar to XP, except the stupid taskbar with billions of windows is gone, so it is really more streamlined. You can switch it back to XP style AFAIK. Been running windows 7 for 6 months now and have not had a single crash.

Also, forget about brands. Each brand has different laptops with different hardware and different case designs (read: better or worse cooling), and making a broad statement like "x" brand sucks or "y" brand is good is just oversimplified nonsense.

Look up specific models in your price range and look at the reviews for them, and go from there. Laptops are inherently less reliable than a desktop because the parts are more delicate and there is a lot more heat and less air circulation.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:32 AM
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Forget XP. Get something with Windows 7 and 4gb of RAM. Should be pretty cheap nowadays. I know learning a new OS might be a little daunting, but it is really very similar to XP, except the stupid taskbar with billions of windows is gone, so it is really more streamlined. You can switch it back to XP style AFAIK. Been running windows 7 for 6 months now and have not had a single crash.

Also, forget about brands. Each brand has different laptops with different hardware and different case designs (read: better or worse cooling), and making a broad statement like "x" brand sucks or "y" brand is good is just oversimplified nonsense.

Look up specific models in your price range and look at the reviews for them, and go from there. Laptops are inherently less reliable than a desktop because the parts are more delicate and there is a lot more heat and less air circulation.
I hate to put you on the spot,but if you were going to buy one today,which one would you buy?
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