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Old 02-22-2006, 02:27 AM   #1
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New laptop coming my way

Due to friggin Dell coupons, I just ordered a new laptop. Ah well, it's been nearly a year since I got the last one. It'll probably be here in a week or so. If there's interest, I can post a review.

Inspiron E1705
T2500 (core duo 2.0GHz)
17-inch WUXGA LCD
go7800 GPU
DVD+-RW
100GB SATA HD
802.11g
3-year warranty
+ a few extra goodies

$1500 + tax

It's sort of high-end, almost twice as fast as my last laptop, and I'm already familiar with the chasis and most of the components, so I expect to be very pleased.
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Old 02-22-2006, 06:02 AM   #2
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I thought you just got a new laptop. How much for the "old" one? This forum needs a Swap and Sell section
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Seems like there is an excess of "errata" with the core duo...

good luck...

Here's also hoping you actually get what you ordered...
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How much does it weigh?
That is my criteria for upgrading.

But not everybody actually lugs the dang thing around the world I guess.
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I really can't stand those insanely high resolution laptop screens- webpages always end up looking like total crap due to (speculation) some sort of scaling algorithm to compensate for the high resolution/small physical dimension.

It does sound like you picked up an uber laptop though *What's the video chipset in that thing? Any possibility it will run halflife 2? *
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Thats about an eight pounder.

Marshac, you think funny stuff happens on laptop screens? You should see the interesting web page rendering and layout problems you get running on a 32" monitor... :P
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I haven't upgraded my system for six years(!), because I don't want to go through the hassle of moving/installing apps, and more importantly, I didn't want to change the development environment for the application that I sell.

But in five months and one week, I'll be totally retired, and that will no longer be an issue.

I'm considering purchasing a laptop instead of a tower this time. I'll connect my nice keyboard, trackball, and monitor to it. Anyone do this?
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I've used a little optical mouse intended for a laptop now and then, its a nice change of pace. Have also hooked the laptop up to the big screen monitor. My wife likes that as she's getting that religion Martha keeps trying to talk me into...presbytopian? But she doesnt want to wear glasses and admit it.
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I thought you just got a new laptop. How much for the "old" one? This forum needs a Swap and Sell section*
My most recent purchases were desktops.* *My year-old laptop is perfectly good, but the resell value is still high enough that I can upgrade to the new one for almost nothing.

That's what I love about Dell.* *Their deals make it possible to keep me in the latest gear without worrying about the traditional computer depreciation problems.

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Seems like there is an excess of "errata" with the core duo...
Yeah, I think they've already rev'd the chip.* *I'll see which rev I get.* *If there are any serious bugs, I'll whip up a test case, complain to Dell, and return or exchange it.

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How much does it weigh?
It's a big mutha.* Almost 8lbs, but that weight is spread across a *large* surface (to support the 17-inch display).* *This sounds like BS, but the result is that it really feels like a feather weight on your lap.* * Of course, it'll still feel like 8lbs in your backpack (unless you distribute the load across your back by walking hunched over.* )

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I really can't stand those insanely high resolution laptop screens...
Have you tried a high-rez 17-inch?* *It's the pixel density that matters, and this one is the same as WSXGA+ on a 15.4-inch widescreen.

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What's the video chipset in that thing? Any possibility it will run halflife 2?
nVidia go 7800.* *Not only will it play HL2 maxed out, but it'll blow away most desktops.* *The only faster GPU out there for laptops right now is the 7800GTX.

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I'll connect my nice keyboard, trackball, and monitor to it.* Anyone do this?
Yes, you can do this.* *This is one of the few laptops on the market that has DVI output (and VGA).* *It'll support two external monitors simultaneously and has a ton of USB ports.* * It doesn't have a docking station, though.* * And that could be a deal killer for people that hook it up to all their peripherals and want to unplug often.
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Published errata:
http://download.intel.com/design/mob...T/30922201.pdf

If I knew anything at all about the product, or anyone who did, which of course is preposterous, I might say that there are about a hundred more that arent published. A surprising number they havent and dont expect to fix. A really surprising number can cause a sudden hang or full crash in some fairly plausible circumstances. The errata rate on this chip is substantially higher than most intel chips...uhh...from what I read in an article or something. That might suggest it was rushed out to market even though the engineers felt it was still six months from being fully stable and ready for production, although thats just a speculative guess...

Suffice it to say I wouldnt buy one? Not just yet anyway...
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Published errata:
Suffice it to say I wouldnt buy one?* Not just yet anyway...
So, which of those errata do you consider more serious than the errata in the Pentium-M that you bought?

http://download.intel.com/design/mob...T/25266519.pdf
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Mostly the unreported ones. That may nor may not exist. I wouldnt really know. Not that I could elaborate because I dont really know anything.

I did have a dream or something where someone kept yelling "wait for merom! wait for merom!"...
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A 17 inch laptop is bigger than my desktop! - I have a 15 inch LCD for my Desktop and a 10.8 inch screen for my Lappy.

SIze matters - I like small!
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(cough)

Never admit that again.



I'll take "things that a woman would never say for $500, Alex..."
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Yet another thread disintegrates into innuendo and/or obscenity in 20 replies or less.* *
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I said 'Small' - but also firm, very firm! 8)
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Yet another thread disintegrates into innuendo and/or obscenity in 20 replies or less.
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I said 'Small' - but also firm, very firm! 8)
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