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  1. #31


    I have a 2008 toshiba laptop that has served me well. No hinge issues (that seems to be later years...). I agree that they seem to consistently have issues with hinges, though. The hinges themselves are metal, but they screw into plastic mounts. Common sense does not rule the day.

    Glad to hear about the Dell, whs. My friend will be happy too, I think. I've built my own systems since the mid 90s, but it's not always practical to do so for others. I'm not so sure I could do it as cheap as buy it these days anyway. Good to hear about the warranty too. Didn't notice that when I ordered it. Sorry to hear about your hp fails.

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  2. #32


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    The HP laptop had a heat problem. It got better after I had replaced the HDD with a SSD, but it was still pretty hot. Maybe that's what got to the capacitors. On my HP desktop I have no idea. That was a 'cool' box. But they were both from 2008 and had served well for 7 years. Only one of my Gateways is older and that is still working.
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  3. #33


    My Toshiba doesn't get used everyday/all day, but it gets pretty hot. I just woke it up from sleep and speccy shows 106/96f (mb/cpu). After a few minutes, it's 123/112. The other day I used it to create and image from a desktop (I just plugged the desktop's HD into the Tosh's esata port). It was blowing some pretty hot exhaust. I'll have to take it apart to see if dust is an issue.

    Between technolgy advancements and cheap prices, computers are almost disposable these days.
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  4. #34


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Between technolgy advancements and cheap prices, computers are almost disposable these days.
    Absolutely. I bought the laptop on the picture and it works really well. That is my travel pet now. It weighs only 2 pounds.


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  5. #35


    Nice! At that price, why not?
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  6. #36


    Another problem with some of the older Toshiba laptops is that the 2 buttons for the mouse touch pad tend to mess up easily, and it causes them to get stuck. That's why it's best to use a wireless mouse. I've experienced that on 2 older Toshiba laptops that I've done work on.
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  7. #37


    Quote Originally Posted by msalton1 View Post
    Between technolgy advancements and cheap prices, computers are almost disposable these days.
    Yes, but reinstalling programs, moving data, and customizing the interface makes me hate moving to a new pc.
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  8. #38


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousOne View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by msalton1 View Post
    Between technolgy advancements and cheap prices, computers are almost disposable these days.
    Yes, but reinstalling programs, moving data, and customizing the interface makes me hate moving to a new pc.
    Nah, that's nothing and you can always learn something in the process. To setup a new PC takes 3 hours of work. But most of the time is spent updating the OS and the programs.
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  9. #39


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    ...most of the time is spent updating the OS and the programs.
    wsus offline helps with Windows & MS Office.
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  10. #40


    I've had this system for a few days and am about done with the setup...removed most of the junkware too, including the dell junk. Surprisingly, there wasn't as much as there used to be. That said, what's the prevailing opinion on:

    1. Dell Backup and Recovery (an average user knowledge-wise...uses Mozy for data to cloud backups. I've already created teh Factory Restore Disk Set...any usefulness for the novice beyond that?)
    2. Dell Data Services (not sure what this is for or if it's essential)
    3. Dell Update (I guess only if I leave the other Dell programs installed)
    4. My Dell (PC Doctor, inc)
    5. My Dell Client Framework
    6. And then there's Dell Product Registration (I know he doesn't have to register, but do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?)

    Thanks.

    BTW, cleaned up and with a 240GB SSD (had 120GB in, but after app installs, down to 25GB free space, so I cloned it to a 240, giving him room to install other programs later without eating all his space), this machine kicks. I'm impressed.
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