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So a couple days ago, thanks to the best brother and sisters anyone could ever have and that understood how outdated my Compaq is, I was given the money to go buy a new computer.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.
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.
Nice computer! I wish I had one of the new i(number) lines of processors.
The only thing I have to say is if it came with bloatware you want to uninstall, try this:
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).
Thanks for the link. It does have some junk on it I'd like to get rid of.
I'm not much of a gamer. Other than solitare and chess that is. I do make a lot of videos tho.
I like your new avatar!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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