laptop help

Discussion in 'Portable Devices & Gadgets' started by Krux, Feb 26, 2003.

  1. Krux

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  3. jonifen

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    as I expected... my work just got some i-buddie laptops recently... 1.3ghz celerons, 256mb ram, 20gb hdd, dvdrom... all looked sweet until we found there was no floppy drive (not so much a problem), but no battery???!!!

    also, remembering back... the ventilation fan is on the base of the laptop - meaning you need to put the laptop always on a solid surface otherwise the hot air cant leave the unit - causing problems :/

    also (another edit lol)... there are no PCMCIA slots :(
     
  4. Taurus

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    actually, i kind of like the lack of a battery thing. it's definitely geared more toward people that don't need to actually work or play while in a car or cafe. i have a laptop and it's only ever on here or at a friend's house when we lan. i pretty much never run off the battery.

    and the battery is heavy and expensive. so excluding it is smart... if you don't need it, of course. :)
     
  5. jonifen

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    true... lack of pcmcia slots caused us a problem though... had to return the 3com xjack wireless lan cards we ordered at the same time :( nice bits of kit they were too...

    one bonus is that it took normal 168pin PC133 memory - none of that SODIMM stuff :)
     
  6. Krux

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    this is good I like the feed back, its mostly so I can sit with my women while she does whatever and I don't go crazy with boredom.



    so no battery, it comes with a wall plug right?

    no floppy, I can still boot from a cd to install windows tho right?
     
  7. Krux

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    the page says it has intergrated lan and usb what would I use the pcim slots for? 56k? wireless? what?
     
  8. jonifen

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    krux: thats correct :)

    you can get a fair distance from the power socket cuz the cables are pretty long - you get 2 power cables... one from the laptop which has the transformer on and another one (standard kettle type lead - used on desktop pcs etc) which plugs into the transformer and plugs into the wall... and you can get extensions for them easily enough, so I spose it aint too bad :)

    you can boot from the cdrom yeah... thats how we got XP Pro on them :)

    i gotta admit though... although the lack of battery and pcmcia slots caused a bit of a problem for us at first... they're pretty solid laptops - i never got to use them much, but they installed with no problems what so ever... which is always a good sign.
     
  9. jonifen

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    you can use pcmcia slots for allsorts of things...

    bluetooth adapters,
    wireless lan adapters,
    standard 10/100 nic adapters (altho one is on the laptop already),
    56k modems (altho one is on the laptop already),
    compact flash card readers,

    etc etc etc :)
     
  10. Krux

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    what do you think I would need the pcim slots for? they important? I know they hold things like modems and junk.
     
  11. jonifen

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    nah, they aint really important for the normal user... it was a problem at work cuz we bought the PCMCIA wireless lan cards specially for the laptops only to find they obviously wouldnt fit :(

    anyways... off to bed - will check back tomorrow to see if i can help anymore :)

    btw... nice sig :)
     
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    looks like they all come with internal 56k modems. but no pcmcia slots isn't a big deal. anything that uses those can be found that uses usb 2.0 instead. that includes wireless adapters, external hd's, burners, etc.
     
  13. Krux

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    Thanks man first good comment Ive gotten on my sig :)
     
  14. Krux

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    ok I bought it 970 bucks 1800+ 512 DDR 2100 8xDVD-ROM 20 gig HDD
     
  15. Taurus

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    not a bad deal, man.

    just don't expect to play 3d games on it. :p
     
  16. Krux

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    was more of a movie photoshop on the go type purchase :)