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Old 05-16-2008, 01:37 PM   #141
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4 x 160GB drives = 540gb of storage - what are you storing on theses things?
They're mirrored so it's 2x160.

But they're striped too so they're really fast.

I'm storing virtual machines. Basically, my host computer is running 2 virtual operating systems plus I have a couple more stored for other specific work.
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Buy the Acer Extensa EX5620-4025 15.4" Widescreen Laptop and other Laptop computers at circuitcity.com

Not bad. A dual core 1GB/120GB vista premium acer for $449.
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Be careful about Acer... when I was researching laptops they seemed to have significantly higher than average quality and service issues.

But they do have some great deals.
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:13 PM   #144
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I've had good experience with geeks.com a lot of "refurbs" are repackages of returns.

Cheap Laptops, Discount Laptops, Notebook Computers, Laptop Computers, Refurbished Laptops, at Geeks.com
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The Dell Online Store: Build Your System

Vostro 1500 15.4".

Some actually cheap upgrades to this. Core 2 duo upgrade for free, an extra gb of ram for $25, upgrade from the cd writer to the dvd writer for $15, and get a 120gb hard drive instead of 80 for $5.

Looks like you could tweak up a pretty good machine for $449-499.
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Costco - ACER Extensa EX5620-4025 15.4" W IntelĀ® T2370 1GB RAM 120GB HDD

Not bad if you're a costco member. Intel dual core, 1gb ram, 120gb hard drive, 15.4" screen, dvd DL writer, vista premium for $499.

Whats nice is you get a 90 day no questions asked return, 2 years full warranty, and costco gives you the tech support through their concierge service so you dont have to deal with cruddy tech support.

Only thing thats not good is the 2 hour reported battery life. Thats a little weak.

Not super cheap, but readily available and maybe a good choice for someone who wants to try it and be able to take it back and be well supported in the warranty and technical question area.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:32 PM   #147
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Well its not that cheap but helped daughter buy a Dell 1525 3gig ram 160 HD 15.4 3 year at home warranty - with alumni discount - $875 complete.

Dell and others have educational discounts - with Dell you can be a student, a parent, work at a school, or an alumni. Here's a link to my computer shopping experience including the Dell vs Apple decision.
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Newegg.com - Acer Extensa EX5620-4025 NoteBook Intel Pentium dual-core T2370(1.73GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 1GB Memory DDR2 667 120GB HDD DVD Super Multi Intel GMA X3100 - Laptops / Notebooks

Use code "EMCAGBKAH" for $50 off bringing it to $400.

Not too shabby for a basement price.
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I made the mistake of making a side-by-side comparison of my E1505 with DW's refurbished $399 Inspiron 1525. Her screen is way brighter and better. Until then, I liked mine.
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Everything looks great until you put it in a side by side comparison.

So...dont do that!

The basic Dell screens are pretty mundane compared to some of the entry screens from toshiba and acer. Its not a bad idea to bump a notch or two for $50-75 where available.

But if you dont put it next to another computer, you'll probably never notice.
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I made the mistake of making a side-by-side comparison of my E1505 with DW's refurbished $399 Inspiron 1525. Her screen is way brighter and better. Until then, I liked mine.
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Everything looks great until you put it in a side by side comparison.

So...dont do that!

The basic Dell screens are pretty mundane compared to some of the entry screens from toshiba and acer. Its not a bad idea to bump a notch or two for $50-75 where available.

But if you dont put it next to another computer, you'll probably never notice.
Sorry - don't understand above -Acer is better than Dell ? Or other way around ? I'm looking at the Acer. Thanks.
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My experience has been that the basic screens that acer and toshiba use are of the "better" quality, while Dell (in their bargain slabs) often use a "good" screen with the options for "better" and "best" for a small kick in the price.

I really liked my wifes E1705 screen until I set it next to my 17" acer's screen, then I noticed the acer was a little crisper.

Check the resolutions, the type of screen, and other info to make sure you've got an apples to apples comparison.

Then rest assured that unless you set one next to the other, that all modern first tier-ish laptops are going to have a pretty readable and usable screen.

If you've got really bad eyes, presbyopia (or whatever that religion is that Martha is always suggesting I join), you're setting page type or other specific eye issues, then looking for a higher resolution, higher quality screen might be in order.

Otherwise, dont sweat it.
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The cooling fan on my 4+ YO Toshiba Satellite has started making a noise. It's intermittent now, and not loud at all, but this can't be a good sign. It looks like a used fan will be about $35 (plus shipping), and a new one is $90. The repair procedure looks complex ("pry off x to access Y . . . be careful not to ") with plenty of potential for a poor outcome. My present plan is to backup the info on my HD and start looking for a replacement machine. Any guesses on likely longevity given a fan with intermittent growling would be appreciated.
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Somewhere between 5 minutes and 14 years.

Take a shop vac (or regular one if you arent equipped) and find what looks like the inflow vents on the bottom, sides or back...apply the vacuum liberally with the power to the notebook off.

Then do the same for where the air blows out.

The bigger the vac the better. You oughta hear the fans spinning backwards inside the case.

Vacuum the keyboard good too. Some notebooks draw air through the keyboard. At a minimum you might have a half pound of skin cells, dust and animal hair in there.

The good news is there are a ton of great laptop deals around...so many I havent even bothered posting any.
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If you like toshibas, walmart has one for <$400. 120GB/2GB, dvd writer, 15.4" screen. No idea what cpu is in it. At that price it might be a single proc celeron.
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Or you could try one of these...

Toshiba Launches First Cell CPU-based Laptop - HotHardware

Toshiba 18.4" notebook with a core 2 duo AND a PS3 quad core cell processor handling the graphics and multimedia. A mere $1549 base price.

Just watch that "gesture control" while on e-r.org...
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Not too shabby...
Toshiba - Satellite Laptop with Intel&#174; Pentium&#174; Dual-Core Processor T2390 - Onyx Blue - L305-S5875

Toshiba, dual core, 3gb, 200gb, dvd writer, good screen and keyboard, $499.

Good reviews, not too heavy for a 15.4"er
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I'm not a huge fan of Compaq machines, but if price is your primary consideration...

On sunday Office Depot will have a Compaq 15.4" laptop, pentium dual core, 2gb ram, 160gb hard drive, dvd writer for $399 after two mail in rebates. I think its $549 in-store.

You might want to get there early, or go get it now and go back on sunday and price match it...check with the store manager to make sure you can do that first. Sometimes these el cheapo sunday circular items are only stocked @ 1-3 items and they're hidden away until the store opens.

For $100 more, a better machine and no rebates, that Toshiba machine in my last post is still available.
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For $100 more, a better machine and no rebates, that Toshiba machine in my last post is still available.

I have a Toshiba and absolutely love it .
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Generally pretty good machines. Good keyboards and screens. Structural integrity can be questionable at times...I've had a couple that when you picked them up they flexed an awful lot...but nothing bad ever came of it.

Stomper of a machine for $499. A bit better than the bog standard Dell machines for about the same price.
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