buying a laptop

This is a discussion on buying a laptop within the Tech Board forums, part of the Community Boards category; Hmm, reading through a few posts, I've managed to put together a bit of a summary: a) Dells screw you ...

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    Hmm, reading through a few posts, I've managed to put together a bit of a summary:
    a) Dells screw you over horribly
    b) IBMs screw you over horribly
    c) Compaqs suck terribly
    d) Toshibas are super expensive
    e) Packard bells are bottom-of-the-line

    So, my solution is: Buy a Mac They're not overly expensive, they boot fast, run fast, don't crash, and they even look good.
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    mart, I turned on the comp. Then, I got some funky blue screens. They proceeded to accuse me of screwing with the computer. (I don't remember the exact details, it was like 3 years ago).

    EDIT: Gangly, is the HD fried? If not, you might be able to extract it from the laptop and copy the data using another computer.

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    So, my solution is: Buy a Mac They're not overly expensive, they boot fast, run fast, don't crash, and they even look good.
    everything you just said is wrong. sorry.

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    My HD isnt fried golfing, its just this batterie required a bios update.
    It also came with this cd-rom wich had 14 different bios updates on it. Normally you would just insert the cdd-rom boot from it and the cd-rom detects the system and determines wich update to install according to your system. And thats where it went wrong somehow this cd-rom managed to install a wrong bios=>laptop screwed.I tried degrading from bios but without any result.

    Im getting errors all the time and i have a max resolution of 640*400 with 16 colors, infrared device is dead so is the video-card, the ethernet card, the soundcard...

    PS: i did need to update the bios according to the booklet that came with the battery because this battery had a different voltage etc as my older battery... i wish id never bought that battery in the first place..

    anyway i hope this IBM fellow can fix it.( wich dell refused).
    I even know the exact bios i need, thats what i also said to dell but hey they cant help me they say, i mean its just one louzy file of 400 kb and they refuse to send it to me.

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    I don't think a bios update would fix giving the computer the wrong voltage... voltage regulation is a hardware issue, the bios is software (although it could control some of the hardware)
    Away.

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    everything you just said is wrong. sorry.
    I'm sorry, you're wrong about that I know for a fact that macs boot fast and run fast (faster than pc's given the same cpu speed and all that). And, they don't crash. All this I know from my friend, who HAS a mac, and loves it to pieces. Only part I don't really know is about it looking good () and being non-expensive.

    And, besides, I was just kidding.
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    I'm sorry, you're wrong about that
    nope, i had a g4 for a couple days, its slow. some apps seem faster just because there 1/4 of the size of what their supposed to be.

    they do crash, just not that often. theres alot of lag in some apps(i managed to pi$$ the finder thing off good once). so it feels like you need to control-alt-delete, then you find out that it doesnt work! i had nightmares for weeks.

    the g4-ish case doesnt look that bad, but i dont like the half a sphere on a pole case, or the i-vac.

    i think blackrat364 is right. you normally flash the bios for a bettery if it send s a signal another way. some use the acpi(i think thats what it is, im not a big laptop guy) and some use something else. so if it was the battery it would of power on and said it was at 0%(or some random number).

    again, did you have a warrenty when this happened?! unless you order the laptop with a extra battery they dont have to help! is that how you did it?

    i have a couple dells, i know there great, this seems fishy.

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    I did what the booklet and cd-rom said i was supposed to do before inserting this battery.
    Dont blame me, blame the cd-rom and the booklet .

    Discussion closed on this, i know im right Dell knows it top they just wont accept it.

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    to bad its not a 802.11g.

    does look nice, but arnt that vaios not linux friendly? i remember something about that, i dont remember what.

    sounds good.

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    Originally posted by mart_man00
    to bad its not a 802.11g.

    does look nice, but arnt that vaios not linux friendly? i remember something about that, i dont remember what.

    sounds good.
    one of my profs runs linux on a vaio just fine.

    that laptop posted above only has 16mb of vid mem. and at $1799 USD thats like $2400 CDN, i can get a laptop with a 1.4Ghz centrino (1.4Ghz P-M out performs a P4-M 2.0Ghz), 64mb radeon 9000, 512 RAM and a 15' SXGA screen for that price from staples

    :edit:
    i think i might buy something along the lines of this, opinions?
    look at me! (CDN $$)
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    my config came up to $3272, no office. you can get that online

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    Originally posted by mart_man00
    my config came up to $3272,
    you mean your laptop? how much did you pay for it?
    (what are the specs? pentium-M or pentium 4-M ?)

    Originally posted by mart_man00
    no office. you can get that online
    already have...

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    Whats your price range in US dollars?

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    Originally posted by Speedy5
    Whats your price range in US dollars?
    $1800 max. needs 64mb vid memory, wireless networking. (centrino preferred)

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