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June 27, 2006, 01:21:24 PM
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Kodiac

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So, I've been looking around at laptops for college.  This is the one I like the most.
dv5000z from HP   [customized]
 
Operating System    Genuine Windows XP Professional    
   
Processor    AMD Turion™ 64 ML-40 (2.2GHz/1MB L2 Cache)    
   
Display    FREE Upgrade to 15.4" WXGA BrightView Widescreen!!    
   
Graphics Card    128MB ATI RADEON® XPRESS 200M w/Hypermemory™    
   
Memory    1.0GB DDR SDRAM (1x1024MB)    
   
Hard Drive    100 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive    
   
Primary CD/DVD Drive    DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive    
   
Networking    54g™ 802.11a/b/g WLAN    
   
Primary Battery    12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery    
   
Productivity Software    Microsoft® Office 2003 Basic    
   
AC Adapters & Batteries    HP 90W AC Adapter    

I have decided several things about the one I'm getting.  You should know these things before you give me advice on what to get in it, so there are no misunderstandings.

1.  It is not primarily for gaming.  I need a solid laptop that is durable, and won't die after a few months.

2.  I don't need and don't want all the unnecessary frills and cool LED lights and add-on keyboards and stuff.  It's all useless, and don't tell me they're cool.  They're needlessly expensive.

3.  Durability and reliability.  I plan to use the thing to hold my presentations for classes, store projects-in process, as well as type term papers and so on.  I don't want the thing crashing two days before my [paper is due, and me needing to tpye it all up from memory.

So, tell me about the parts that are in the thing, what you thought of them, whether they're reliable, and so on.  Thanks for the help- I'm not exactly a genius with computers, and I know it.
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June 28, 2006, 03:37:15 PM
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It seems fine. The only thing that could be upgraded is the video card, but you said it wouldn't really be for gaming. Hopefully you have a PC that you'll take for gaming.
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June 28, 2006, 06:50:15 PM
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Eh, gaming has actually lost a bit of the luster for me.  All the games seem to be the same, and it feels like I'm just going through the motions.  The gaming I do now is with a few good friends for an evening of fun, or with my brothers in celebration of something.

Anyway, What do you guys know about Macs?  I know absolutely nohting about them, and I'd like some user feedback from poeple who acutally know, not my loser friends who rave about Linux.  So, ask your friends, and feed me your knowledge!

Mal-  Thanks.  I wasn't sure how it stacked up to other comps these days.  I'm way behind the times.
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June 29, 2006, 01:07:47 AM
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What I know about Macs - They cost more.

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June 29, 2006, 02:01:38 AM
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Anyway, What do you guys know about Macs?
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June 29, 2006, 06:12:55 AM
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Actually, I was playing around with Apple's website yesterday, and I can get a laptop almost exactly the same as the one above, for something like $100 or $150 cheaper, with only a small downsize in the screen.

       Processor-
2GHz Intel Core Duo

80 GB Serial ATA drive

1 GB DDR2 SDRAM

"super drive"- reads and writes both cds and dvds.

13.3" widescreen display

Intel GMA 950 graphics processor

The rest is just details, but this one costs $1449, and the Dell cost some like 1600, I can't remember off the top of my head.   And, this one has a better grpahics card, so  :p

Also-  have you heard anything about something called "boot camp"?  It's supposed to be some kind of a program that lets you install windows on a mac-  it partitions the hard drive for you and everything.  It's in beta testing right now, but you can download a free trial from their website.  Know anything about how well it works?
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Kodiac teh Pirate Bear
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June 29, 2006, 07:38:30 PM
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yeah, I heard of that

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June 29, 2006, 09:17:55 PM
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I've used Macs before when I had to or they were convenient. I can't say I like them better than PCs. They don't seem as fast (but I don't know the specs for the ones at college). My uncle actually uses one and loves it. I just can't really get into. It just seems they are really made for looks and people who don't want to do as intensive things (i.e. media center type things).
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June 29, 2006, 09:55:36 PM
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They don't seem as fast (but I don't know the specs for the ones at college).
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Well yeah, those were slow macs for schools, the good ones are all expensive. Computers with windows in media centers are usually just as crap.

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