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Re: Laptop
« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2011, 07:49:55 AM »
Since the only stores that we have is WalMart and Dollar General, I'll go shopping this morning.   :-\
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« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2011, 12:31:52 PM »
I have exceeded my comfort level.  I bought a Dell 14R "Switch" laptop.  Right now I am probably clicking stuff that I should not,  :-\  but I don't want a bunch of garbage on it.

It's making a "recovery disc" now.  Time will tell.

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« Reply #22 on: September 26, 2011, 01:25:35 PM »
I'm on it, but I have a loooong ways to go.   :-\
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« Reply #23 on: September 26, 2011, 01:35:39 PM »
My TV sound went over the weekend. It was an RCA picture tube type TV with analog tuner. Anyway, I've had such good luck with Toshiba laptops that I went straight for a Toshiba 32" LCD for $349 dual analog/digital tuner. I didn't get the extra 5 year warranttee because the TV isn't expensive and the last few TV's I have gotten only last 5-6 years and that's it. Go get a new one. TV's are more like computers now, you can even update the firmware with a USB thumbdrive.
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« Reply #24 on: September 26, 2011, 02:01:27 PM »
Of course, now I'm suddenly going from Windows whatever to Windows 7 and all of these other good ideas.  The function keyboard keys are rearranged, so I'm touching the wrong keys and typing "not" what I want to type.   :-\

I downloaded Firefox, but I have not found my Bookmarks options yet.  Some kind of way I've got to get my tool bar back.

This is no fun.
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« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2011, 02:38:52 PM »
MM,

Did your fan on your laptop fail? I am having an issue with my brothers laptop going to a white screen and found that the internal fan is out causing the laptop to over heat. Waiting for a new to arrive to see if that takes care of the issue.

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« Reply #26 on: September 26, 2011, 02:48:12 PM »
I had an over-heating problem with my laptop. Seems the fan blade warped a bit causing it to hit something and slow it down. A new fan was prohibitive to get installed. Tried to bend the blade back which was just a temporary fix.

With many pics on it that I wanted to salvage, I fired it up and rested it on two packages of frozen deer sausages to keep it cool while I downloaded the pics. Worked great and thawed out some sausage to eat. :)

Heard yesterday that HP is getting out of the computer business. Don't know what all is involved, and if it means printers and printer ink as well.
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« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2011, 03:01:11 PM »
They know printers and scanners, forget about computers. ;)
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Re: Laptop
« Reply #28 on: September 26, 2011, 03:04:42 PM »
Were you using Firefox on the old computer?

If so, go to Bookmarks | Organize bookmarks. You will see a tab on the top called Import and Backup. Click it and you will see Export. Do it. That gives you a file to take to your new computer and do the same, except this time it is Import.
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« Reply #29 on: September 26, 2011, 03:07:49 PM »
Even if the fan is still running laptops have very small and fin finned heatsinks. These get clogged with "dust bunnies" after a couple of year. The fan runs full speed, but things just keep getting hotter until the machine locks up.

Some are easy enough to remove a cover or the keyboard and clean out the cooling, others are a real pig. I thing the assemble process starts with the heatsink and everything else is added around it...  >:(

Either way, that cooling is the first thing to check.

HP may be going to sell off the PC and laptop business, like IBM did with their part of the business. They simply sold the whole deal to Lenovo who were making the PCs for them anyway.

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« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2011, 05:08:23 PM »
Of course, now I'm suddenly going from Windows whatever to Windows 7 and all of these other good ideas.  The function keyboard keys are rearranged, so I'm touching the wrong keys and typing "not" what I want to type.   :-\

I downloaded Firefox, but I have not found my Bookmarks options yet.  Some kind of way I've got to get my tool bar back.

This is no fun.
I know your not close to a Best Buy but if you can get to one they can fix you up for a $140. Geek Squad recovered all my mothers pictures a other business information and put it on a external hard drive for her. The $140 includes them doing it and the hard drive. Then as you collect more pictures you can save them on your computer as well as the external hard drive. Just another option. Good luck.

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« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2011, 05:27:52 PM »
Good day

I know I will have response on both sides of this argument but for the money you are best to go with a MacBook Pro 13 or 15 Inch. Take the max extended warranty offered and you should have her set for her college career. Apples for apples you just cant beat the reliability and the service you get from Apple.

We switched to Apple 4 years ago and our over all cost for computers has dropped by almost 50% year on year as compared to the PC system we used to run. We have about a dozen of them in the family and all the Lap tops (8 of them) have replaced desk PCs and 3 Mac minis that are running in place of 2 desk PCs we kept as backup that rarely if ever run. One of them has not been turned on in 2 years if not more. The other one only runs when we need the scanner. We have not replaced the scanner and we cant get Mac drivers for it but will be replacing it before the year is out. We will be PC FREE! BEFORE the switch to Apple we had 10 desk PCs, 2 PC servers and 6 Laptops. Total 18 computers. Today we run 8 laptops, 1 Mac Mini as a server 2 Minis as entertainment system brains/servers. Total 11 computers. Saving maintenance, software Licensing and  hardware replacement cost on 7 computers is a good sized chunk of change. Licensing  alone can save a hundred bucks +, a year minimum per computer.

 

The Mac will save you significant  $$ in the long haul and is almost always more computer for the money. If you add in the cost of soft ware and licensing well thats were Apple is so far out in front the competition cant even run in the same race.

You will not regret the decision to go with a MacBook Pro. Depending on her needs you may find she will be very happy with a MacBook Air. They are a lot of computer for the price and my Daughter working in the university environment every day in recruiting,  says that many students find that the Air is more computer then they need and it is half the weight to lug around campus.
  
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« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2011, 06:25:30 PM »
HP may be going to sell off the PC and laptop business, like IBM did with their part of the business. They simply sold the whole deal to Lenovo who were making the PCs for them anyway.

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« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2011, 08:07:05 PM »
MM,  Did your fan on your laptop fail?  Ron

The fan did not fail, but the heat sink was clogged with lint, big time.  I did a dis-assembly, cleaning, and re-assembly.  It will not log onto wireless any more, which probably is just the modem.  It still has issues with the broken printed circuit board where the power cord plugs in.  The mother board will have to be removed to re-solder this.

My thoughts were to just replace the stolen laptop at the Cabin with it and get a new one for daily use here.  I only use the cabin laptop for looking at and storing trail camera pictures.

So now I have this new laptop here with all of the file moving, and drivers to load.  What was I thinking  ???
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« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2011, 08:18:21 PM »
It could be worse.  You could be hanging sheetrock and breaking in a new computer  :D.
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« Reply #35 on: September 26, 2011, 10:17:11 PM »
Good day

I know I will have response on both sides of this argument but for the money you are best to go with a MacBook Pro 13 or 15 Inch. Take the max extended warranty offered and you should have her set for her college career. Apples for apples you just cant beat the reliability and the service you get from Apple.

We switched to Apple 4 years ago and our over all cost for computers has dropped by almost 50% year on year as compared to the PC system we used to run. We have about a dozen of them in the family and all the Lap tops (8 of them) have replaced desk PCs and 3 Mac minis that are running in place of 2 desk PCs we kept as backup that rarely if ever run. One of them has not been turned on in 2 years if not more. The other one only runs when we need the scanner. We have not replaced the scanner and we cant get Mac drivers for it but will be replacing it before the year is out. We will be PC FREE! BEFORE the switch to Apple we had 10 desk PCs, 2 PC servers and 6 Laptops. Total 18 computers. Today we run 8 laptops, 1 Mac Mini as a server 2 Minis as entertainment system brains/servers. Total 11 computers. Saving maintenance, software Licensing and  hardware replacement cost on 7 computers is a good sized chunk of change. Licensing  alone can save a hundred bucks +, a year minimum.

 

The Mac will save you significant  $$ in the long haul and is almost always more computer for the money. If you add in the cost of soft ware and licensing well thats were Apple is so far out in front the competition cant even run in the same race.

You will not regret the decision to go with a MacBook Pro. Dependign on here need you may find she will be very happy with a MacBook Air. They are a lot of computer for the price and my Daughter working in the university environment every day in recruiting,  says that many students find that the Air is more computer then they need and it is half the weight to lug around campus.
  
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« Reply #36 on: September 26, 2011, 10:39:45 PM »
Say what?  This is the old laptop after cleaning caked lint from the heat sink which is in the top right corner.
 

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I haven't decided if this new one is going to stay or go.  Right now, I think that it will go back.  The text will jump around and insert itself in places where I didn't put it.  Looking at an SD card in "My Computer" it only shows me the file #'s with a thumbnail of the file that is highlighted instead of the entire card's contents.   :-\ 

So far, I really have not seen much of anything that has impressed me. 
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« Reply #37 on: September 27, 2011, 04:47:41 AM »
Shoulda went Toshiba.  :)

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« Reply #38 on: September 27, 2011, 07:29:03 AM »
I just may go Toshiba.  One good thing about dealing with WallyMart is that you can return with no questions asked.  They just send it back to the supplier.  I would work through the software differences, because they will be the same with any brand, but this one will just start typing somewhere else on the screen.  I can't imagine any option that would cause this to ng happen?  I will type somethi

As you can see above, it placed the "ng" back into the previous sentence.  Sometimes it will back up to the middle of a word or even up on the previous line.
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« Reply #39 on: September 27, 2011, 12:18:10 PM »
Looks like my problem was the "Tap" feature.  I had it disabled on the old Laptop, and now it's disabled on this one.  I just prefer to click a button when I want something to happen.

Now to Software.  I have to get accustomed to Windows 7 and this newer Firefox, and get my Bookmarks moved.  The word processor is completely different so I hope that I can move those files.  I'll also have to re-figure out how to load the D-Link wireless for the printers.   :-\

If all else fails or when I get it good and screwed up, I'll go to see Radar67.   ;D
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