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#115840 9-Apr-2013 01:13
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I need a wifi laptop with a disk drive for cd's. Powerful because I'm rough on computers, I have a bad habit of getting lots of windows up and I mean *lots* (record 68) with youtube videos and watch them later. I tend to hibernate a laptop alot so I need something that can handle that.

I do that because I'm quite data capped so if I would like to watch something again I have to load it again then...

What brands are really reliable? What software should it have to run the computer?

I was going to make a post about all the problems I have with my laptop and what I could do to fix it but it's stuffed I think. It was my Dad's and he used to lend it to me and I noticed then it had issues. Like it wouldn't turn off :( I'd have to wait for the battery to go flat before I could leave the house ><

He fully let me keep it and I've had it for a year. Now it's got a battery warning appearing when I turn it on saying I need a new battery and it won't charge it's at 0% charge right now and if I bump the cord it will turn off obviously.

It always say's it's suffering memory loss and once when I turned it on the screen was blue with a message saying the driver was on infinite loop or something and it was very unwell after that and the screen went pixy.

This laptop and my phone are all I've got and I don't acually have the internet at home I use the wifi modem of my phone to run the laptop.

I'm thinking I need one designed for a full on gamer ''I'm not one but if I turned into to one'' I want to know I made the right choice at the shop for future things I might get into and not be held back in any way with something that isn't up to any job I throw at it.


My laptop gets very very hot and I don't want one that heats like this. They're meant to be a laptop for your lap, mine almost burns my lap :s I'm always trying to boost it up with something so it can get enough air around the underneath of it or it turns itself off (In the middle of doing a long email usually)



*Ahh* I hope you guys can help me choose a good laptop. Because I enjoy watching youtube and things and even videos don't play well on this thing, they skip *Cries*

If you could give me quite a few brands to choose from would be cool and can you tell me their specs?

Oh and by the way this laptop is 4 years old

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  #795331 9-Apr-2013 07:00
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Preferred manufacturer?

budget?

screen size?

why need a optical drive?

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  #795335 9-Apr-2013 07:31
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If you are opening lots of tabs, use firefox with the following settings "Don't load tabs until selected"
This way they wont use up resources unless required

I have heaps of tabs open and this makes firefox run smoothly

 
 
 
 


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  #795336 9-Apr-2013 07:38
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every brand has cheaply made and business grade laptops ...

you write that you are only using it to open multiple video windows up to 68 - lots of ram (at least 6gb) and a fast hard drive preferably an SSD but it costs money

you don't need a high end video card but you want a 1080p screen or something

what else do you use your laptop for???


i'm going to blatantly self advertise i have an i7 (1st gen) laptop high end consumer grade (not business grade) but built like a tank which is recently completely rebuilt by Dell (everything is new apart from battery) - see my FS section or pm if interested




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  #795337 9-Apr-2013 07:38
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oops my lappy won't suit you coz it does run very hot and i can't put it on my lap :D




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  #795338 9-Apr-2013 07:40
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I'd say you could save A LOT of money if you had fixed line Internet at home instead of mobile for your browsing.

Fixed line broadband (DSL, cable) is a lot cheaper than mobile data and the money you'd save would buy you a laptop pretty soon.

Best brands for some good laptop would be ASUS, Dell, HP.





 

 

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  #795344 9-Apr-2013 07:59
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needanewlaptop:
I was going to make a post about all the problems I have with my laptop and what I could do to fix it but it's stuffed I think. It was my Dad's and he used to lend it to me and I noticed then it had issues. Like it wouldn't turn off :( I'd have to wait for the battery to go flat before I could leave the house ><

He fully let me keep it and I've had it for a year. Now it's got a battery warning appearing when I turn it on saying I need a new battery and it won't charge it's at 0% charge right now and if I bump the cord it will turn off obviously.

It always say's it's suffering memory loss and once when I turned it on the screen was blue with a message saying the driver was on infinite loop or something and it was very unwell after that and the screen went pixy.


I'm not sure about your level of understanding as more info would help. Just don't treat your new laptop the same way.

Fully discharging the battery all the time reduces its life.

Usually there's a better solution to turning off the laptop - a marginally better one is to remove the battery to switch off. But almost every time somebody tells me they can't turn off their laptop, the solution has always been to reconfigure the power settings.

If you aren't able to shutdown the operating system - I presume you're using Windows - then that will create other issues for you. You may have corrupted/damaged data on your disk. That can give you a blue screen and other errors.

"Memory loss" problems are often insufficient memory due to having too many programs/windows/tabs loaded. It is not generally a problem with the physical memory.



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  #795795 9-Apr-2013 19:13
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Hey guys, Price is not a problem and yes I want a big quality screen, that is a must.

I plan on doing a lot more things once I get a new one so I want a really powerful laptop that would suit a gamer maybe...I might like to get into that oneday. I'm 100% buying a new laptop shortly and I'm giving the old one to my Mum ;)

Sorry I just put the probs my old laptop had been having as an example to why I want to buy a new one. This is just for what brands I should go see at the shop.

Please I need more suggestions on makes and models

@Skewt my fellow *lots of tabs opener* I will use firefox next time thankyou :)

 
 
 
 


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  #795797 9-Apr-2013 19:17
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Dell M6700 with 32GB RAM with 17" screen
1 240GB mSata SSD
2x512GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
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Server in a Laptop format

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  #798236 12-Apr-2013 09:37
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This Lenovo
is very good for the price.  For any laptop you look at, check out the specifications of the graphics chip it comes with on the notebookcheck.net website, as a lot of the cheaper ones come with not very powerful graphics, which will limit you in the future.

If you have more money to spend, get one with a 17" screen, or a higher resolution than 1366*768, or another option is to buy a separate monitor for when you're at home with it, for gaming, video etc.

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