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Time:02:49 pm
Dear internets,

I wish to purchase a laptop computer. I am a little sick of my slow, old computer. I mean, it's totally functional, but it's getting to be a little outdated (it's been 6 years since I got it!). I assume that when I got it it had the best stuff... Well, I don't know that for sure, but you can tell me. It has 120 GB hard drive, 1.8 GHz, with 512 MB RAM. It doesn't have any problems, but if I have too many programs running, my computer thinks it can't handle it and starts getting lazy. It's nearly impossible to work on my company's website - I am sure part of it is Comcast sucking, but the pages always time out before they load. And the help desk said if I'm wired, it shouldn't be this bad and it's probably my computer's fault.

I am looking at a Sony, purely because it's CHAMPAGNE GOLD OOOH! You can customize it, and for $1429 I have it with 200 GB hard drive, 2.4 GHz, and 3 GB RAM (plus some other upgrades - Office, Photoshop, extended life battery and a mouse). Should I go for more? I am willing to spend up to $2,000 if it means I can wait another 6 years to upgrade. I'm not as concerned about the hard drive - I'm going to keep this one as long as it works - so I'll have that additional storage. It's more memory/speed that I'm worried about. I don't do much fancy stuff with this computer, but it'd be nice to watch movies on my laptop. I hear there's a new Starcraft coming out, but that'll probably be the extent of my gaming.

I am kinda tempted to get a Mac... I had one before and loved it, but I know that so many websites and programs don't have Mac versions. It also fought with my PC over which computer could use the internet. Mac was a jealous bully and said "If I can't have it, no one can!" (I think I just needed a different brand wireless router, but that was very aggravating). And I hated that I couldn't right-click!

If anyone wants to voice opinions and help determine the future of my home electronics, please comment!
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rpipuzzleguy
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Time:2008-04-12 10:28 pm (UTC)
OK, I got my laptop from RPI less than four years ago, and I have only 80 GB with equivalent processor speed and RAM. Stupid RPI. :-P

That Sony deal sounds really good, actually. For my part, 200 GB is more than I know what to do with, and having six times my current RAM sounds ample. I was going to suggest hooking you up with the Lenovo deals I can get as an RPI alum, but your prospect sounds better. Where on Earth did you find that deal?

For now, have you increased your virtual memory? Basically it uses some of your hard drive as RAM. Good thing to do if you have plenty of room to spare. Control Panel --> System --> Advanced tab --> Settings button under Performance --> Advanced tab --> Change button under Virtual Memory.
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mammothali
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Time:2008-04-12 11:07 pm (UTC)
Do I just change the "initial" setting? It says initial size: 768 maximum size: 1536.

I just went to sony's website: here
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rpipuzzleguy
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Time:2008-04-12 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the one. I have 1024 initial and 2048 max right now. You could probably make it even bigger, depending on how much space you have to spare.
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tisiphone
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Time:2008-04-13 12:00 am (UTC)
My new, shiny Mac has no problem at all with any wireless router, and plays nicely with all manner of Windows machines. As for software... eh, I've found very few programs that don't have Mac versions, and those that do there's almost always a good (or even better) substitute. Then, of course, if you absolutely must have a Windows program and there's no substitute a copy of Parallels will fix you right up. I'd take a look at the programs you use or want to use and see if there's a Mac version.

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firedancer44
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Time:2008-04-13 12:19 am (UTC)
I miss right-clicking too, but it registers the right-click with the mouse I have (Logitech). I used the mouse with my HP laptop, and when I got this one I just plugged it in and it worked. :) The only thing that's a bummer about the mouse is it has buttons on the side to go back a page (or forward, also) while surfing the web (and through windows), and those don't work.

Also, on the laptop's actual touchpad, if you touch with two fingers as if you're clicking, the right-click menu pops up. If you touch with two fingers and move them up and down, it scrolls. Makes up for not having the right click button.

I love my MacBook, and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't program and game a lot. If you want a good gaming computer though, I'd definitely go with a PC. Good luck. :)
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eyow
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Time:2008-04-13 12:41 am (UTC)
I (heart) my Mac. No problems using the internets either...in fact, for a while, we had an Airport Express hooked up to the PC, which gave us WiFi in the house. Ray uses his (Dell) laptop on the couch, I'm in my recliner with my PowerBook, no problems. Current router is something else, not an Airport, but still no problems.

Also don't forget that as a student, you get a (slight) discount on many Apple products. It used to be more, but even 10% is something, you know?

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godfather1337
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Time:2008-04-15 12:40 am (UTC)
If you don't play games- which I do- you could probably get a Mac and be OK.

In fact, Vista is such a shit heap that if I didn't play games, I may have even gotten a mac myself. :(

That being said, if you want your laptop to last a long time, MAX OUT THE RAM!! 3Gb is good... but on Vista, get 4Gb if you can. Don't get more than 4Gb, however, because if your Vista OS is 32 bit (and it will be, I assume) than 4Gb is the most you can use. It's technical but just trust me. :)

So yes, my recomendations:

4Gb of RAM.
Max out the CPU

DO NOT GET AN IBM/LENOVO. they get worse and worse.
I've heard bad things about Dell
I've heard good or OK things about HP
I have no idea if Sony is good or not.

Good luck!
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