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  1. Washington D.C.

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    Just ordered this laptop.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2150869,00.asp

    Metal case, 14 inch screen, large battery, 2 gig's of memory, Intel Core 2 Duo and Nvidia graphics, it's just the laptop I wanted and the only other one I could find close in price was an Acer. It's my first laptop since an old black and white Mac with Mac OS 7.5 on it. That was pre-internet. I ordered this one for my mother to use. She is going to be in the hospital for four weeks for kidney cancer surgery and treatment.
     

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  2. IndyGunFreak

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    Looks pretty good..

    My prayers are with your mother for a speedy recovery!

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    I too hope your mother gets well. Four weeks in the hospital is a long time and I'm sure the laptop will help her past the time.
     
  4. Washington D.C.

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    Thanks guys. It's a 1.66 Mhz dual core with 2 gig's of RAM. The more expensive models with TFT displays might be a bit better but for $1100 this one is a bargin. My mother's home PC is a 733 Mhz Pentium III with 256 meg's of RAM so it should be plenty fast enough for her. I looked at cheaper and larger laptops but the 2 gig's of dual channel DDR2 RAM, the Nvidia graphics and the metal case made this one look like the deal.
     
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    Just curious, whats she gonna use it for in the hospital? Watching her own collection of DVD movies would be a definite plus. I guess she could try to use the phone for dial up internet (can't help but think they'd frown on wireless, given the sensitivity of medical equipment)

    I know during my extended stay, I used my old el cheapo Compaq to watch DVDs, play solitaire and some other mind games, which was were all ways to pass the time. Mine didn't have a modem so internet access out of the question.

    Man, if I could have gotten on GT during that 2-2.5mo, I'd have more posts you, DC! :tongueout:

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  6. Washington D.C.

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    She likes playing card games and and board games on the PC. She doesn't have any DVD's and is not big on watching movies. It's a university hospital. They have internet. Some hospitals charge for internet access and some don't. I'm not sure about this one. They have proven it's a myth that wifi and cell phones interfer with medical equpment but I don't think she is too concerned with using the internet. She'll give solitaire and chess a workout.They have TV and I think it's better than what she has at home.
     
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    She is a computer programmer but she never worked with Windows.
     
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    Smart Mom :)

    I was looking at an Alienware PC to play Worlds of Warcraft on and that sucker was running like $3500.00 after it was all said and done.

    Screw that!
     
  9. Washington D.C.

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    Well Dell lost my order. I called customer service. I got Dell's phone center in India. I am really tempted to order from IBM. The guy in India said he could give me a concession. I guess that some sort of coupon I can use once I buy something and become a customer. The guy in india sent me an e-mail from India, The price code I used before is suppose to be good until the end of July but they only allow a certain number of people to use it. I think I'm going up to a 15.4" screen model and get an anti-glare screen instead of the high resolution that part of the original deal with the 14.1" model. I'll check the prices at IBM and Dell and sleep on it for now.
     
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    I hope your mother is doing OK. My last experience with Dell was not good. No wonder they had 8000 people layoffed. I'll never do business with them again and will go Apple from now on.
     
  11. Washington D.C.

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    I seriously considered a Mac. A friend recently bought this year's previous Macbook Pro model that has been replaced by Apple with a newer model. He saved about $200 buying the discontinued model. I'm sure my mother doesn't want to learn a new OS but I know they will also run Linux and Windows too. Nice but expensive. She is concerned about it being stolen at the hospital. My friend bought an extra battery pack for his Macbook Pro. It cost $130 plus shipping. I guess he could have bought one locally at the Apple Store. By the time he paid tax and everything he has $2000 in it. I was thinking to get an el cheapo notebook but after adding enough memory they run in to the medium price range models that already include enough memory and have upgraded conponents. I tried a Celeron based notebook and it was just too slow.
     
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    I have had nothing but great luck with HP laptops for the ladt 6 years. I use mine daily and really put a big workload on them and still have had none fail one me.
     
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    The laptop arrived today. Since I had to reorder it and got $100 off because they lost my last order I went with a Dell. They just came out with a new model called "Vostro". It's the same line as the Inspiron but is all black and in the small business sales. I went to a larger 15.4" screen instead of the 14.1" because it was available with a larger video card. It's a bit larger than I wanted to get but a better deal. I got the low resolution display with anti glare because Mom's eyes aren't so good. The memory upgrade was much cheaper than the Inspiron so I got more memory. After I ordered it I realized I has chosen the newest Intel wifi card and may not work with everything. The card is changeable so I just ordered a spare Intel wifi card of the older version just in case. the Nvidia graphics card is the newest. i chose a slightly smaller hard drive and the small battery to keep the price down. It was on "Sale" at $215 off plus my $100 credit doe $316 off list. I think the $215 off is still an ongoing sale. I just took out of the box I haven't tried it yet. Mom goes to the hospital this Friday so it was just in time. The only thing missing that would have ordered on a more expensive laptop is a mini DVI connector. It does have VGA out though. I found or the larger battery protrudes from the rear by almost an inch so I nixed that. Only the lowest resolution display is available with an anti glare screen so I went with that. The hard rrive upgrade was $75. I can buy a whole extra hard drive for that much. The memory was the best deal. The 17" can be had with a faster processor but it's too large and cost more. For that price I'd get one with a mini DVI jack but still not a 17".
     
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    Well it seems the DVD drive isn't working.
     
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    Okay I got the DVD drive working now. The latest wifi network cards and the latest video cards aren't the easiest to get work with Linux.
     
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    Vista chess only comes with Vista Ultimate, I think.

    Good machine, mi amigo. My mother has a computer for the sole purpose of deleting spam daily and playing Freecell. :supergrin:
     
  17. Washington D.C.

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    Oh, I got another $100 credit from Dell today because when I ordered the laptop they advertised the Nvidia video card had GDDR-3 memory and it only has GDDR-2 memory. They have updated their website now to show it is GDDR-2.
     
  18. IndyGunFreak

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    LOL.., Keep finding things they screwed up, they'll be in the hole to you here soon!

    Was just reviewing that laptop over at Dell.com, looks like a good machine. I don't know what version of Linux you're trying to get the wireless working in, but the *buntus are pretty good about supporting Intel wireless devices "out of the box", not even needing NDiswrapper.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs

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  19. Washington D.C.

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    Ubuntu Feisty needs NDiswrapper for the Intel 4965 wifi card. For the native driver kernel 2.21.5 or later is required. Feisty will support the Intel 3945 wifi card. The Dell notebooks that come with Feisty have the 3945 and Intel graphics. They wouldn't use NDiswrapper in those PC's because they would require a Windows driver which they can't do unless Windows was also included with the sale. The next stable versions of Ubuntu and Fedora should support the new hardware. Fedora 7 has kernel 2.21.3 and can be changed of course but might not be so stable. The graphics card in the laptop is an Nvidia 8600M which has Linux drivers but the current install CD's and DVD's don't even support it in VGA so the screen is blank. If I had to do over I might gotten the $419 sale on the Dell Precision 4300M with the Nvidia Quadro graphics card and the Intel 3945 wifi. The laptop I got had the best deal on memory and I wanted to load up on memory. There's only two slots in a laptop and the 2 gig modules can be expensive.
     
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