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Santa's clock was a little off, but...
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February 14, 2010
9:17 AM
Wheezer
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I'm still SO shocked over what happened to me two days ago that I'm gonna share it with ya'all. Just so you will know that there are still some really good people in the world today.

Some of you have helped me out when I had problems with my old Compaq laptop. It has a whopping 512mg of ram and 55gb on the hd. I kept trying to make it do more than what it could, and ran into problems all the time. But as a disabled, unemployed, 50+ yr old, finding money to buy a new computer wasn't in my future.

So a couple days ago, thanks to the best brother and sisters anyone could ever have and that understood how outdated my Compaq is, I was given the money to go buy a new computer.

I've now entered the 21st century!

I got a Toshiba Satellite laptop. With Windows 7 and a ton of features that I think are gonna make my computer time a lot more enjoyable.

Since folks on dotTech seem to know more techie stuff than I do, I'll give you a list of the features. Then you can tell me if I picked a good one or not.

Features:

  • Intel® Core™ i3-330M processor
    Features a 3MB L3 cache and 2.13GHz processor speed.
  • The all new 2010 Intel® Core i3 processor
    Features smart 4-way processing performance for HD quality computing. Intel® HD Graphics provide extra graphics power for your laptop when you need it.
  • 4GB DDR3 memory
    For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
  • Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
    Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible media; also supports DVD-RAM and Labelflash direct-disc labels using compatible Labelflash media.
  • 16" TFT-LCD high-definition widescreen display
    With TruBrite technology and 1366 x 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity. Native support for 720p content.
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
    Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times. Toshiba hard drive impact 3D sensor for enhanced security.
  • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD
    With 32-1696MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory for lush images. HDMI-CEC port for connection to an HDTV. Built-in Harman/Kardon stereo speakers with Dolby Sound Room support.
  • Media control buttons
    Include Toshiba eco utility, mute, media, CD/DVD control and volume up and down.
  • Built-in webcam and microphone
    Make it easy to video chat with family and friends.
  • Multiformat media reader
    Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card formats.
  • 3 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
    For fast digital video, audio and data transfer. 1 eSATA/USB combo port.
  • Built-in wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
    Wirelessly connect to the Internet.
  • Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN
    With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.
  • Weighs 6.5 lbs. and measures just 1.6" thin
    For portable power.
  • Long battery life
    Of up to 6 hours and 30 minutes to give you more time away from an outlet.
  • Fusion finish in quantum black
    For a stylish look.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
    Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
  • Best Buy Software Installer
    Personalize your PC! Discover and install just the software and services you want. Learn more.
  • Software package included
    With Microsoft Works 9, Adobe Acrobat Reader and more. 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Edition also included.
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
    Designed to use less energy and meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.

So far I'm as happy with this computer as I can be. It's a fun challenge to figure out Windows 7 too. I'm getting it set up the way I want it, just not very fast.

Altho I must say how glad I am to have the dotTech website to search for programs that I want to make sure get installed.

To everyone that thinks Santa Clause isn't real, let me assure you that he is. He just isn't always a big round guy dressed in red, with a sleigh and reindeer.

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February 14, 2010
10:04 AM
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Congrats, Wheezer! 'Tis a tale to warm the heart! Have fun with the new comp! Laugh

Hi-diddly-ho, Ozzie must go … See you round, dotTechies!
February 14, 2010
12:03 PM
Pwnana
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You've got the best siblings ever! Thats looks like a pretty dang good computer, have fun with it! :lol:

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February 14, 2010
12:23 PM
Ashraf
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Grats! How is the "new computer feeling"?

As for how good the deal is: the specs look fairly good, but it would depend on how much you paid for it.

February 14, 2010
12:25 PM
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Nice computer!  I wish I had one of the new i(number) lines of processors. Frown

The only thing I have to say is if it came with bloatware you want to uninstall, try this:

http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/download

Oh, the site that was :(
February 14, 2010
1:37 PM
Refpeuk
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I really want a new computer. Ah well, I will just have to wait 'til after the summer. (I'm guaranteed to get one then)

Any comments? Questions? Outbursts?
February 14, 2010
2:02 PM
Jyo
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Awesome, the feeling of getting a new computer never gets old. Do you plan on gaming on this new laptop?

February 14, 2010
3:56 PM
Wheezer
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Ashraf:

I'm still in that "is this really mine" stage. I sit up at night playing with it untill I can't keep my eyes open anymore. I decide I'm gonna do a certain task, then get sidetracked but don't realize I sidetracked until a couple hours later.

The price on the sticker was $799, but thanks to a sale that didn't start until the next day and a cashier that gave me the sale price anyway, I got it and a usb wireless mouse for $750, tax included (tax was $47).

Locutus:

Thanks for the link. It does have some junk on it I'd like to get rid of.

Jyo:

I'm not much of a gamer. Other than solitare and chess that is. I do make a lot of videos tho.

And Ozzie:

I like your new avatar!

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February 14, 2010
4:02 PM
Steelers6
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Congrats, sounds like a great program and you can always upgrade the Ram to at least 6 GB but you prob. won't need it. You got a good deal my friend.

Vidimo Se!

Steelers 6

February 14, 2010
5:30 PM
Ashraf
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I have been out of the laptop scene for a while now so I can't say exactly, but it sounds like a pretty good deal at that price.

February 14, 2010
5:39 PM
Jabtano
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Wow nice, hope your enjoying it.Yea it's pretty decent for the price. thing of it is.. it's not really what it has or how much it was at the store. It is what you get out of it, in the end that is what it's about. enjoy :lol:

In the end everything will be OK. If it's not OK then it's not the end.
February 14, 2010
8:32 PM
Ozzie
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Thanks Wheezer! I only just worked out how to put them on! (D'uh!). I saw that you like to make a lot of videos. If you're looking for freeware video-editing software, check out the rundown on Gizmo's website – you might find a gem there to help you in your endeavours: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-video-editor.htm

Have fun! Smile

Hi-diddly-ho, Ozzie must go … See you round, dotTechies!
February 15, 2010
4:50 PM
karen
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If you really want to "decrapify" the new laptop and assuming that you have the Windows 7 install disks, I'd reformat and install the OS from scratch.

Not sure on the price simply because I haven't shopped for a laptop in almost a year.

General comments on the specs:
-500GB is a good size for a laptop HD. 5400 is normal for laptop HDs. You would have to pay quite a bit extra to get a 7200rpm HD in the 2.5" form-factor that laptops use. If you have an extra drive bay, you might want to try adding a second drive especially since your videos probably take up a lot of space. Its easy to add a HD to a laptop yourself (at least on my HP it was).
-an integrated graphics card is also normal in a laptop and should be fine unless you do lots of gaming, but you said that you do not.
-3 USB ports is decent and if you find you need more you can always get a cheap hub.
-Awesome battery life. You might want to do a measurement just to see what battery life is like for real.

February 15, 2010
7:20 PM
Wheezer
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Hi karen! Good to see you got your internet connection back. I actually suspected you had when I saw the post counts at the bottom of the forum page and saw that you have more posts than I do.

The world is back the way it should be! Smile

I was starting to feel guilty every time I posted, because you've always been ahead of me in the post count and couldn't defend yourself by posting like normal. LOL…

And your posts are actually good, helpful posts. Mine kinda ramble on and don't normally help much. "Diarrhea of the mouth" is what it's called. Wink

So thanks for the input on my new computer. I do plan to test the battery life, I've just been to busy having fun trying to figure out Windows 7 and installing programs to remember to unplug the power cord. One other trivial thing is that altho the list above says it's got 3 usb ports, it's actually got 4.

Again, good to see you back and posting again! Cool

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February 15, 2010
9:21 PM
Pwnana
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Lol, what a coincidence. Mine said it had 3 USB ports, but it only has 2. One is "shared" with the firewire port. Cant really "share: if its permanent though…

I would like to recommend BattCursor for your new laptop, I find it very useful: http://en.battcursor.net/default.aspx

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February 15, 2010
9:43 PM
Locutus
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Pwnana:  Looks like someone stole your USB port.

Oh, the site that was :(
February 16, 2010
6:16 AM
karen
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My laptop has 3 dedicated USB ports and one that is a dual USB/eSata port which I think is kinda strange. I've tried it as a USB port and it works correctly but I don't have any eSata devices to try. So I don't know if I can switch the port back and forth or if I can only really use it as one or the other.

February 16, 2010
9:20 AM
Pwnana
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O wow, I must be slow. I didnt know that that was what it meant:yell:. I just tried plugging a USB into my eSata (correction, not firewire) port, and it works. Thanks, Karen! :lol:

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