My new laptop =)

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by NetRyder, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Ordered a new laptop today, and I just wanted to share my excitement with you guys :)
    It's goint to be my first laptop, and I'll be using it at university.

    Specs:

    Dell Inspiron 5100
    Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 2.4GHz
    14.1" XGA screen @ 1024x768
    512MB PC2100(266MHz) DDR SDRAM
    30GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive
    24X CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
    16MB ATi Mobility™ Radeon™ 7500
    Microsoft® Windows® XP Home
    Integrated 10/100 Ethernet & 56k Modem
    Built-in, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) wireless antennae
    Type II PC Card slot, S-Video out, VGA out, FireWire, two USB 2.0 ports
    12-cell Lithium-ion battery (approx. 3 hours of battery life)

    It should arrive sometime towards the end of this month or the start of next. :happy: :happy:
    Will let you all know how it goes...
     
  2. Mubbers

    Mubbers Shoot! Political User

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    Keep those hands steady - don't drop it!

    Mub's
     
  3. xsivforce

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    Very cool NetRyder! :cool:
     
  4. sboulema

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    whatch out that you dont burn your d*ck with it :p
     
  5. Krux

    Krux Nissan Powered

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    I just got my first one about 2 weeks ago, my desktop is lonely now haha.
     
  6. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    sounds great........just get lemmings on there and u'll be sorted:p
     
  7. NetRyder

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    Thanks guys! :)
    I will make it a point to be very careful with it.
     
  8. the_music_man

    the_music_man aka prodj88 =P

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    ::::::is jealous::::::::::p
     
  9. NetRyder

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    The UPS guy came and delivered it today.
    Woohoo ... this thing kicks my desktop's ass! :D

    Lots of reconfiguring/installing to do ... and it came pre-loaded with XP Home. Might upgrade that too.
     
  10. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

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    COngrats on your laptop.
    Couple of things
    Ghost it right out of the box.
    Get a good backup program ( I use second cup ) and do it regularly. This is not not to protect from system crashes but from dropping it (my first compaq - two years ago ) or getting stolen ( my second compaq - nine months ago ). Though with insurance I now have a very nice Tosh Satellite 5105.
    And one other idea, I find with the different lans one tends to plug into as you are now mobile, it is a good idea to get a pcima lan card and use this for your more temp locations. Set up the onboard lan for your usual log in location. This works really well if you to set your dns etc. instead of using dhcp.
     
  11. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Hey RetNyder, congrats on the funky new boxen :D
    Gotta agree with jdn, backup is a definate must. My mate has a lappy for uni and he's took it back and had it swapped for a new unit (or had the hdd wiped) at least 3 times now (varying problems)

    Oh, and are you gonna try and get slack on there for nixxin on the move ? ;)
     
  12. NetRyder

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    Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I created a DriveImage backup last night, and burned it to a couple of CD-Rs

    SPeedY: I just moved the P3 desktop to the other room, and I'll be installing Slack on that sometime later (probably June, so I can play with it all summer before going to uni ;))
    Not sure if I'll dual-boot with *nix on this thing yet.

    Lovin' the responsiveness of this ... now I gotta test it's 3 hour battery life :D
     
  13. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    You gotta put nix on there! scare newbies on the move with a none-windows o/s :D
     
  14. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    I didn't say I wouldn't ;)
     
  15. Nick M

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    Nice, nice laptop! I'm impressed with all but the graphics card :) How is the screen's ( and cards ) performance in games?
     
  16. NetRyder

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    The screen seems fine to me for movies ... I haven't tried out any games on it yet :)
    I'm sure it beats the hell out of that old TNT2 tho :p
     
  17. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

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    Cool, I ordered a Dell laptop a few days ago, I'll be installing Debian on that for sure!
     
  18. NetRyder

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    Nice! :D
     
  19. Geffy

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    let me know if the nix install works well, I been lookin for a lappy that works fine with FreeBSD and such
     
  20. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

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    Will do.