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: "Rob Hudson" <caveatrob -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l List" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 07:28:29 -0700

Ah, there we are, then this is *not* true about Dell laptops. Good good good.

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At 07:23 AM 5/13/2008, Rob Hudson wrote:
>I've always had good luck replacing hard drives in my Dell laptop with
>cheaper, bigger, faster versions. Maybe that's one part that is
>standardized.
>
>I figure with laptops that parts aren't going to be universal in general.
>
>On Tue, May 13, 2008 at 10:15 AM, John Hedtke <john -at- hedtke -dot- com> wrote:
> > 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.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Al Geist
> > > > Technical Communicator, Help, Web Design, Video, Photography
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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
Re: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know): From: John Hedtke
Re: Laptop Question (off topic? I don't know): From: Rob Hudson

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