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Old 09-17-2009, 10:20 PM   #1
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Lovin' my new Dell laptop

So after 5 years of service now, my trusty old HP laptop will be accepting a demotion to make room for my uber-fast new Dell Studio XPS.

My old laptop was running Windows XP, and at w*rk we still run Windows 2000 (!!!) so this is my first experience with Vista. I did look at the Macs as well, even went to one of their in store demos, but at the end of the day I wanted all the "stuff" that came in PCs (Blu-ray, full HD, built in TV tuner, etc...).

I thought I'd hate Vista based on all the bad mouthing folks do about it. I have to say I'm lovin' it...super easy so far and I like how customizable everything is. Although it is a little over-enthusiastic on the security front (constantly keeps asking me if I initiated stuff...well, duh, I'm logged in and working, aren't I?) so far I am pleasantly surprised.

The laptop is nice too...very sturdy feeling, beautiful display, and oh yeah...its about a gazillion times faster than my old one.

Anyway I am a happy camper and am planning a cozy weekend alone with my new laptop so we can get to know each other
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:29 PM   #2
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Did you get a voucher for a free upgrade to Windows 7?

I use Visata also, and like it much better than XP, but I hear Windows 7 is better yet.

Could you post more details about the laptop you bought?

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Yes, it comes with an upgrade to Windows 7, originally I was going to wait but then Dell reduced the price on the line I was looking at. I'll think I'll wait a little while until they get the kinks out of Windows 7 before I install the upgrade. Didn't see an actual voucher in the box but there is still stuff I'm unpacking so it may be in there somewhere.

I ordered the Dell Studio XPS 16 online directly from Dell. Was pretty good, it took them about 3 weeks to ship it though. Loads of multimedia features (blu-ray, full HD, 5.1 audio connections, built in TV tuner, HDMI port, etc...will probably take me a few weeks to figure out all the features...).

Here are the details for the laptop I bought (posted the wrong link originally...): http://www.dell.com/us/en/home/noteb...16&s=dhs&cs=19
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canine - I did the opposite of you - I retired my Dell in favor of an HP. It would have taken too long to get the Dell and I got the HP yesterday after ordering it 2 days earlier. Only used it a few hours so I don't have much of an opinion yet. It has Vista, with no bells and whistles, but has better graphics for CAD work.
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Ronstar, I guess that is the way the PC universe remains in balance...

Hope you enjoy your new HP as much I'm enjoying my new Dell
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Old 09-19-2009, 06:23 AM   #6
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Ronstar, I guess that is the way the PC universe remains in balance...

Hope you enjoy your new HP as much I'm enjoying my new Dell
Thanks - I'll enjoy it when I can get the HP popups to quit.

Enjoy yours as well!
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Thanks - I'll enjoy it when I can get the HP popups to quit.

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If I remember my old HP right, I believe Ronstar is referring to all the useless "bloatware" software that HP installs all over their PCs...they pop up will all kinds of "useful" information letting you know "important" updates are available for this software you never wanted, will never use, and then have to take extra time to try and figure out how to uninstall it.

I think most PC makers have this issue but HP is really notorious.

Has anyone figured out how to get Windows Vista to stop with the security alerts asking if you initiated something
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control panel -> security center -> other security settings -> user account control

I'd suggest you reconsider though, it's much worse when your computer is new and you're installing/running stuff for the first time. You mind find that after awhile you very rarely encounter it and the inconvenience tradeoff will be worth the benefit.
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control panel -> security center -> other security settings -> user account control

I'd suggest you reconsider though, it's much worse when your computer is new and you're installing/running stuff for the first time. You mind find that after awhile you very rarely encounter it and the inconvenience tradeoff will be worth the benefit.
I second this recommendation, it is annoying to begin with but a very good security feature. I also recommend that you set up a regular account that you use that does not have admin rights. That way whenever a new program attempts to install you will be prompted to enter your admin password. There may come a day when you pick up a rogue program that attempts to install itself to run in the background such as keystroke logger.
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control panel -> security center -> other security settings -> user account control

I'd suggest you reconsider though, it's much worse when your computer is new and you're installing/running stuff for the first time. You mind find that after awhile you very rarely encounter it and the inconvenience tradeoff will be worth the benefit.
That makes a lot of sense....thanks, I think I'll follow this advice...
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I second this recommendation, it is annoying to begin with but a very good security feature. I also recommend that you set up a regular account that you use that does not have admin rights. That way whenever a new program attempts to install you will be prompted to enter your admin password. There may come a day when you pick up a rogue program that attempts to install itself to run in the background such as keystroke logger.
OK, I guess you are all correct...thanks for the advice...just annoying right now as I am trying to download/install all my stuff...
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I also just got a Dell laptop Studio this week. So far so good! Only thing I don't like is it's too hot on my lap. We have a Mac desk top so I didn't want to have 2 Mac's and ordered a PC. The Mac lap top doesn't get hot and I sort a wish I bought the Mac.
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I also just got a Dell laptop Studio this week. So far so good! Only thing I don't like is it's too hot on my lap. We have a Mac desk top so I didn't want to have 2 Mac's and ordered a PC. The Mac lap top doesn't get hot and I sort a wish I bought the Mac.
I had the same complaint about the heat from my Dell laptop that I got a couple of years ago so I bought an e-pad laptop rest from Brookstone. The e-pad is a cushion thingy with a hard top and does a great job of insulation. It also makes a good tray to eat a meal from
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Thanks Alan, my SIL also told me that Target has something like what you mentioned. I'll take a look at Brookstone also.
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I also just got a Dell laptop Studio this week. So far so good! Only thing I don't like is it's too hot on my lap.
Too bad CFB isn't around to point out you wouldn't have that problem if you hadn't bought something with an AMD chip in it...
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Too bad CFB isn't around to point out you wouldn't have that problem if you hadn't bought something with an AMD chip in it...
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Yes, it does run hot, hotter than my old HP for sure. I read the user reviews that all pretty much said so and ordered the notebook stand with it. But I don't find it to be much of a nuisance. Actually when the weather turns colder it may be a feature
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my dell studio (purchased earlier this year) gets really hot too - the area where my wrists rest almost feel like they can burn me and sometimes the mouse is too hot to use...
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