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Old 01-16-2010, 07:09 PM   #21
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We've had experience in both business, private life, and college life with Dell and HP. In both cases zero issues and the college life HP unit has had a hard life. Two of these units have Intel chips and one has AMD.

Batteries need to be really exercised or they will begin to fail. I've purchased aftermarket batteries at a site called My Upgrade Place and had very good results with longer life than even when new with the OEM batteries.

Also new to our "fleet" is a ASUS netbook that in the first 3 weeks of use is quite impressive. This little machine may in fact outperform our expectations when we first thought about acquisition. DD is going to Europe for the semester and will take both her HP full size unit and the new netbook. We'll know more in 5 months. Good luck on your quest to search out a new machine!
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We've had our Toshiba laptop for a couple years or so now, and so far no problems at all. I did quite a bit of research before I bought it, and felt it was the best value for the money at the time, and I have not been disappointed.

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Old 01-16-2010, 08:52 PM   #23
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inquisitive, I would stay with Dell. I just like them. Another laptop I like is the ASUS. Also would you be interested in selling your defective Lenovo ? oldtrig
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:12 PM   #24
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When I was w@rking I had Dell, Toshiba, HP, Compaq, and Sony laptops. I have had an HP for 5 years and it is now my 8 year old grand sons. Still going strong, however, I put Ubuntu on it for an operating system. I also have a newer HP and a Asus 1000 HE. I have not had any problem with any of these machines. However, That does not mean that one you buy will not be a lemon. I think any name brand machine you buy will most likely be a reliable machine.
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As fate would have it my old Dell laptop started having issues over the weekend. Husband, daughter had been pushing me to replace it for a couple months, out of fear I think that the dirt in the keyboard would start sprouting grass in the spring.

I purchased a Sony from Costco. I like the screen and the touch of the keyboard, the touch-pad will take some getting used to, BUT Win 7 isn't compatable with key programs I use. My issue out of the starting gate is my Office Suite and Outlook in particular. I am not happy with MS!!

Live Mail does not appear to have a provision for sub-folders and automatic filing of incomming mail. Suggestions, please.
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Live Mail does not appear to have a provision for sub-folders and automatic filing of incomming mail. Suggestions, please.

Not sure if this is what you mean, but I'm using Windows 7 and Live Mail, and it does allow you to create subfolders (right click on a folder and select New Folder...) and rules to automatically sort incoming mail into specific folders (look in Tools|Message Rules|Mail...).
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Hmmm. My Acura is a flawless car, but I would prefer to pay a couple of bucks more for a Vaio laptop. At recent sale prices at our local Best Buy, they're almost a steal.

Even if a computer breakdown is easy to fix my own preference would be to get one that won't break in the first place.
Well, Acura /Sony is a good comparison too...
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Not sure if this is what you mean, but I'm using Windows 7 and Live Mail, and it does allow you to create subfolders (right click on a folder and select New Folder...) and rules to automatically sort incoming mail into specific folders (look in Tools|Message Rules|Mail...).
Thanks, I didn't know that.

Is there any way to save e-mails and my contacts on my computer so that I can read them off-line?
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Thanks, I didn't know that.

Is there any way to save e-mails and my contacts on my computer so that I can read them off-line?
As far as I can tell, Windows Live Mail works pretty much like Outlook and Outlook Express. The menu structure is slightly different, and you need to select "Show menu bar" from the Menus tab (or press Alt-M on the keyboard) to display the "Tools" menu item mentioned above. One minor annoyance is that Windows Live Mail isn't compatible with Outlook calendar, so if you receive emails with Outlook calendar attachments (.ics), they will not appear in the Windows Live Calendar.
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I've provided my own (and my parents) tech support for about...10 years now I think. My latest adventure involved my desktop losing power momentarily when I plugged my laptops AC adapter into the power strip. It then went into an infinite windows configuration screen, where it would go to step 3 of the process, then reboot.

Had to create a rescue disk on my laptop, try a few system restores (which failed), then found a solution which told me the configuration file to delete through the DOS interface of the recovery disk I made. Apparently the configuration file can sometimes get corrupted, and cannot be restored through a system restore.

Most problems can be fixed with system restore/doing things through the DOS interface/cleaning up viruses/spyware. At absolute most, the company may have to swap your hard drive for you. That is why warranty plans usually make the computer companies a lot of money.
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To those who want to buy my Lenovo, I'm not going to buy the new laptop for at least a month. At that point I might sell this one or put it on ebay. It is a Lenovo 3000 N200, 1.7ish Ghz, has 1 MB RAM, 15.4 in. monitor, fingerprint scanner, 100 GB harddrive I think.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:39 PM   #32
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To save $ on the extended warranty, I use my American Express Card. It extends the Mfg. warranty by one year. I think for AE, it's a maximum of $ 1K.

I've used AE on my Compaq. computer. Received 2 power cords. And 1 battery under the "extra 1 year added warranty throught AE.

My understanding is other credit cards offer this feature also.
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