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New computer - Good deal?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by cyphertext, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. cyphertext

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  2. IndyGunFreak

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    Looks like a reasonable deal to me.. I paid 325 for my Acer laptop, and it only had 1gig of ram, but I nuked vista, so it doesn't matter.

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  3. cyphertext

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    This was the cheapest I found here locally. Kind of an impulse idea, buy the kid a laptop for his birthday. I wish I would have seen something for less!
     
  4. denfoote

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    If you get it, I'd up the memory to the max right off the bat!!
    These stupid computer makers finally have realized that Visduh is extremely memory intensive!! My wife's laptop came with only 512 and it takes forever for Bill's latest monster to load!!

    I've heard so many bad things about Visdork SP1 (do ya get the feeling I really don't like Vista ;) ) I would be very leary about even buying this. Like I said, my wife's laptop has this monstrosity and I've had first hand experience with messing with it!! Other users have reported that SP1 freezes up their machines in endless boot up mode, which means the software destroys your computer!! This is something I would expect from Gates!! I'm sure he has an unholy alliance wirh the computer makers to sell more machines!! 'Ol Bill has SP1 on the automatic download curcuit. I swear to God, the first hint of trouble with this turkey and I'm nuking the whole shebang and installing Ubuntu, whether my wife likes it or not!! I'm not gonna have Satan's little buddy, Bill F'ing up my brand new machine!! :steamed:
     
  5. cyphertext

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    I think with 2GB already installed, this particular machine is maxed out.

    My current machine is a Pentium 4 with 256MB running XP. It is starting to get a little long in the tooth. I am thinking about getting more memory and trying Ubuntu, but I am a total Linux noob. It has been at least 15 years since I took a Unix class in college.
     
  6. bteen2

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    Like mentioned previously this rig can only support up to 2Gb of memory. While this is good for now, you’re going to want room to upgrade. Look for something with a maximum memory of 4Gb; it might cost a bit more now but you'll get a much longer life out of it.
     
  7. IndyGunFreak

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    If you're really concerned about Vista not having enough ram(although I'd think for a 9yr old this is fine), you could buy XP, search out xp drivers for all your devices, save them, then nuke Vista.

    I think you got a pretty good deal.

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  8. cyphertext

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    I agree Indy, I think the machine will work fine for him. He will use it for some Internet surfing, Power Point presentations for school, typing a book report, and playing games that teach typing, math, spelling, etc. If he wants to play games, he can play his Wii or Playstation.