Re: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know)

Subject: Re: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know)
From: John Hedtke <john -at- hedtke -dot- com>
To: "Collin Turner" <straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 07:15:02 -0700

I don't know if it's true about their laptops, but I've run into the
problem on Dell desktops that you need Dell parts and not just
anybody's parts. For some odd reason, Dell parts always cost
more. It's like the old joke about putting the words "marine" or
"Mac" in front of a part name and the price doubles for no apparent
reason. You may care to add "Dell" to that list.

(Having probably irked all the Mac users--which wasn't the point; I'm
just repeating the joke--I'm going back to work.)

Yours truly,

John Hedtke

At 07:07 AM 5/13/2008, Collin Turner wrote:
>Windows XP Pro supports up to 4GB.
>http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/evaluation/features.mspx
>
>I would *always* recommend the 7200 RPM hard drive and as much RAM (up
>to 4GB) as you can afford.
>
>Go with the advice about separate memory for graphics.
>
>Dell is a good brand, but I've had several of them require service. I
>have been hearing good things about Gateways recently and will
>probably be buying one myself, soon.
>
>When buying a laptop consider this:
>1. Always get the most memory you can afford/the laptop or OS will
>support (seriously!)
>2. Large, fast HD's will only add to the useful lifespan of your
>laptop (fewer upgrades down the road...software isn't getting smaller
>or less hungry)
>3. If you're traveling, or will be traveling? THINK LIGHT and smaller.
>You can always connect a laptop to external keyboards, mice and
>monitors.
>4. Put your money on your use. What is the main purpose? Concentrate
>on that...don't waste money on features you'll never use.
>5. Buy a REALLY good bag.
>6. Personal preference...I hate the shiny screens.
>
>-Collin
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>On Tue, May 13, 2008 at 7:38 AM, Al Geist
><al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com> wrote:
> > John made a good point about graphics RAM. My Gateway was configured with
> > 512 MB of dedicated video RAM for the ATI Radeon interface. When I was
> > researching laptops, I also discovered that many stated they had 2 GB of
> > RAM, but 0 RAM for the video. Instead, they used shared RAM...so a
> > percentage of your system memory would be gobbled up by the video card and
> > the amount gobbled would be determined by whatever action you were doing at
> > the time. For most Word Processing, the amount would be minimal and the
> > affect on system performance marginal. For heavy graphics applications, the
> > laptop could slow to a crawl. When you add Vista (a known memory
> hog) to the
> > picture, the speed reduction would be impossible to bear.
> >
> >
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References:
Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know): From: Hemstreet, Deborah
RE: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know): From: Al Geist
RE: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know): From: John Hedtke
RE: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know): From: Al Geist
Re: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know): From: Collin Turner

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