Buying a new PC.


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Trip SkyWay
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Had a miserable time with a laptop I ordered from PC Specialist. Bought it to use whilst I was in the UK for 4 months sent it back 3 times during my stay, and they must have had it at their shop for a month total, and they had me running hours and hours of tests on it. I'll not be using them again.
#31 at 10:58:29 - 08/09/2011
Binky
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Quick question to those in the know.

I've just nicked my dad's old laptop as he bought a new one recently and I figured if it's just sitting there I might as well have it. I've not used a PC for years as I'm a fully paid up member of the Church of Apple.

Still, a free laptop is a free laptop.

I think it's a naff old Celeron processor, and I intend to defrag/format and nuke the thing from orbit in all but it's original state.

My question is thus. Are Laptops in the main (this is a 3 year old HP I believe) easily upgradable with a stick or 2 of RAM, and where's the best place to *cough*obtain*cough* a usable OS? It came with Vista on it I believe.

Thoughts?
#32 at 17:09:49 - 08/03/2012
billdoor
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Most laptops have a hatch on the bottom that allows you to add a stick of ram. As for an OS, yet to see a self Windows genuine validating ISO of W7 about.
#33 at 17:21:23 - 08/03/2012
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erm... I don't know what that means.

Basically, "go and buy it you tight wad or make do with Vista" ? :)
#34 at 17:24:16 - 08/03/2012
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Binky said:Quick question to those in the know.

I've just nicked my dad's old laptop as he bought a new one recently and I figured if it's just sitting there I might as well have it. I've not used a PC for years as I'm a fully paid up member of the Church of Apple.

Still, a free laptop is a free laptop.

I think it's a naff old Celeron processor, and I intend to defrag/format and nuke the thing from orbit in all but it's original state.

My question is thus. Are Laptops in the main (this is a 3 year old HP I believe) easily upgradable with a stick or 2 of RAM, and where's the best place to *cough*obtain*cough* a usable OS? It came with Vista on it I believe.

Thoughts?


I'm a recent ubunti convertee. Never really bothered with Linux before but it's easy to get hold of Ubuntu, shove it on an old laptop and end up with something very usable.

S'long as you don't really want to do any gaming or daft stuff like that, it's a fairly cool way of making old kit live again.
#35 at 17:40:18 - 08/03/2012
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Using something like that scares me a bit though, as I'm really not anywhere near as clued up as I used to be with this sort of thing.

Tis the reason I went for Apple stuff to be fair. It looked after itself on the whole.
#36 at 17:45:39 - 08/03/2012
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re: OS. I think I'm going to stick with Vista, which should run a bit smoother once I chuck some RAM in the laptop. I just hope it will take a bit more. Assuming they all do to an extent?

#37 at 11:12:42 - 09/03/2012
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Should be able to. Only machines I've ever encountered that get grumpy about too much RAM are Apples!
#38 at 11:41:03 - 09/03/2012
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.... and PC laptops it would appear.
2GB max. Tsk.

Ho hum, I shall sort that at the weekend. Managed to nuke to factory default and reinstall Vista in a lunchtime. It was completely unusable before I pressed that button. Almost 20 mins to get to the control panel :-/

Seems alright now. Just left it running doing system updates whilst I went back to work.

Free stuff o/
#39 at 15:52:15 - 09/03/2012
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I can tell you what will make the biggest difference to the performance of an older, but not too old, laptop : take the hard drive out and put a 60-70 quid SSD in it.

It will zoom along.
#40 at 15:59:20 - 09/03/2012
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Probably a good idea if I was going to use it a lot, but I don't think I am. It's more for the mrs to be honest.

Nice idea though, ta.
#41 at 16:06:34 - 09/03/2012

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