is this a decent laptop?

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  1. 97guns

    97guns

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    my laptop got a virus and it finally died today. its almost 5 years old so im looking at a new one at walmart.com. its an ACER and here are the specs:


    Key Features & Benefits:

    CrystalBrite 17" widescreen liquid crystal display

    Presents 1440 x 900 WXGA+ resolution with more than 16 million colors

    1.73 GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor T2080

    Delivers reliable performance and advanced power-saving technology for extended battery life

    2 GB of DDR2 system memory

    Offers improved performance with today's demanding applications

    120 GB hard disk drive (5400 rpm)

    Provides enough space for data, games, photos, music or even videos

    SuperMulti DVD burner with double-layer capability

    Supports popular disc formats so you can play and burn DVDs and CDs for data and entertainment

    5-in-1 media card reader

    Reads memory cards so you can conveniently upload photos, music or data



    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition

    The latest PC operating system makes computing more efficient and more entertaining


    Additional Features:
    Mobile Intel 943GML Express chipset with integrated 3D graphics, featuring Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
    Intel High Definition audio support
    Two built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers
    Built-in microphone
    WLAN: Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi certified solution, supporting Acer SignalUp wireless technology
    Modem: 56K ITU V.92 with PTT approval
    105-/106-key keyboard
    PC card slot (Type II)
    5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)
    Four USB 2.0 ports
    External display (VGA) port
    Headphones/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support
    Microphone-in jack
    Line-in jack
    Ethernet (RJ-45) port
    Modem (RJ-11) port

    any opinions would be appreciated
     
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    Looks pretty good, the only things that would concern me is the HDD and Graphics set up. 120GB can get eaten up pretty quick with audio and video files. I'm not sold on Intel's graphics set ups, I'd rather have something done by Nvidia or ATI. The 2GB of Ram is nice thing to have with Vista. If the price is decent on it and you aren't planning on doing any heavy gaming I'd say go for it.
     

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    I'd be real concerned that the wireless won't work with Vista Home 'Premium'...:sad:
     
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    what do you mean, please explain
     
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    Some people claim they have difficulty connecting with wifi using Vista. Most of the early troublesome drivers and firmware have been updated now though.
     
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    I just bought an ACER laptop a few weeks ago when WallyWorld had 'em on sale for $398.

    I needed a spare laptop to carry around for basic emailing and surfing. If it gets crunched traveling, I won't be too upset.

    The build quality on it is surprisingly good; the screen is nice and bright,etc.

    I pulled VISTA off of it and went to ACER's Europe site to find the XP drivers that I needed.

    I like the little ACER just fine! I am kind of a Toshiba laptop guy but the ACER is a winner so far.:thumbsup:
     
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    Google 'vista wireless problems' to see how widespread this is.
    I just bought a HP with all the latest drivers & it still has the problem.
     
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    how widespread can this possibly be, i cant seem to find a laptop that doesn't come loaded with the vista windows. has the premium gotten any better than the basic vista?
     
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    Try this

    1) Go To Start>Settings>Network Connections
    2) Right Click "Wireless Network Connection"
    3) Click "Properties"
    4) Uncheck "Internet Protocol Version 6" and the two "Link Layer" checkboxes
    (Make sure all the others are checked)
    5)Click "OK"
     
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    This is a fix on the internet that I tried, with no results. Thanks for giving it a look though.
    I really think M$ and Broadcom have to rewrite their software to make this work.
     
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    If all else fails you can most likely change the wi-fi card. The new ones are Mini PCI-E or "minicard" which are the same thing. I bought an Intel one to use with Linux. Price depends where you buy it. From less than $20 to $100 for the exavt same card. Average is $30 to $60. I paid less than $30 froma local shop but they raised the price $4 the day I ordered when they saw their current cost.
     
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    paccw ARE YOU READY !

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    I just picked up a low end Acer from best buy for my work truck.$449.00

    It's every bit as nice as the higher end Gateway I got when Vista first came out.

    Both run Vista Home Premium with no issues.


    The only problem is battery life with all notebooks.
    But I see they now have LED screens coming out that increases the battery life to 10 hours.The Toshiba price was over $2,000 :shocked:
     
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    well i just bought it so well have to see how the vista will work with wifi. walmart has a 15 day return policy for computers so ill run it through its paces before this.
     
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    You may be able to salvage the old laptop, for a backup. I have an old Inspiron 8000, Pentium III, WinME, which finally "died". Almost used it for target practice, but tried reformatting the hard drive, and installing XP.

    It's still ticking. I've been using it at the office for the past 4 years. For what I do (word processing, presentation, internet, electronic records, DVD's) it still does quite well.
     
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    when i power it on it does nothing, i dont hear the harddrive or anything moving at all. the only indication i have that the power is on is the power light.
     
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    paccw ARE YOU READY !

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    It can take up to a hour for Vista to turn on after you first power it up.

    Don't turn it off just make sure it has a power supply for at least an hour before you touch anything.
     
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    i was talking about my dead laptop