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Your Questions About I5 Lenovo

Lizzie asks…

HP or Lenovo please suggest?

I have to buy a laptop soon and the range is of $500 (Pakistani Rupees 50, 000)

I have searched for two laptops with a big price difference and a different processor

1. Lenovo G580 Core i5 3210-2.5GHZ 4GB RAM 500GB HDD 15.6″ LED Win 7 Color ●

2. HP Probook 4540 Core i3 3110-2.4GHZ 4GB RAM 320GB HDD 15.6″ LED Win8 Color●

The first one is cheaper then the second one, this confuses me.

and what is 3rd generation i5?

steve answers:

Go for lenovo, first one. It’s better (i5) and reliable +cheaper

Laura asks…

Macbook Pro i5 or Lenovo YogaPad i7?

Well I have asked before the same question but still confused!
With Yogapad at 1200USD I can get a hybrid and also i7 processor and with Macbook at same price only i5 processor but sexiest OS.
I am studying software engineering,which one is better for me?
My mind says Lenovo Yoga and Heart says Macbook.
What to do?

steve answers:

Dude…I think u shld buy Mac,…..
Best Battery Life…
Unibody Design…
Best Build Quality…
Best Customer Support…
Best OS as u said….

And if you are a software developer…its best…bcoz on windows you cant develope iOS apps….but on Mac you can develop c# apps too….baki kai b hoy to mane contact karo… :P :P

Charles asks…

Lenovo Ideapad Y500, help?

I am having trouble with finding a lenovo ideapad y500 under 1000 dollars on amazon and actually anywhere… the cheapest one i found was on amazon for 1050 bucks. Can anyone help me out?

steve answers:

@Wcdihbdecihdcenucehqin: An i5 is not crap. Gaming depends a lot more on the Graphics than Processor. Your view may be a tad skewed by the false marketing surrounded components like CPU and RAM.

@Alex: Actually, you can regularly find it under $1000. Back not too long ago you could, at least.

Anyway, here’s what you want: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312438


Mandy asks…

Replacing lenovo processor?

Hi, so i have a Lenovo U410 Ultrabook with an i3 processor, is it possible to replace this processor with an i5 or i7 processor? would it fit in, and would it work, and if so, which processor should i get? i want to upgrade the laptop for gaming so any advice would be much appreciated! for example other things i should update/replace (video card etc)?

steve answers:

I3 Is PGA (Pin Grid Array) 1023
i5/i7 is BGA (Ball Grid Arry) (soldered) 1023.

So no

and it’s a intel processor, not a lenovo processor. Bin it, it cannot game.

David asks…

Is the lenovo g500 good?

I might be getting the Lenovo g500 i5 proccesor, 1 tb hard drive, 8 gb memory. How will the computer run? I won’t be doing any hardcore gaming or anything.

steve answers:

I would be careful buying Lenovo. Lenovo has serious stand behind their product problems. They bought IBM PC division and proceeded to drive the quality of the system into the ground. Their customer service is well below par. They even makes Dell customer service look good. Lenovo will not allow people to read instruction on how to access the BIOS menu or to get info on their puters on their web site unless you connect to them thru Facebook. They do this so they can spy on their users. The last and final thing to remember about them is they are a Chinese Government own company. It is up to you if you want to trust them.

You get what you pay for. Systems with high end parts with low prices are to be viewed with suspicion. They have to cut corners somewhere to get the price down.

What cost you less today is going to cost you more tomorrow.

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Your Questions About Windows 7 Professional Product Key

Robert asks…

how to tell Windows product from product key (Windowx XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7)?

Windowx XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7

I get to see alot of laptops with serial key stickers, whose serial numbers are visible but product name is gone. Is there a way to tell which CD should i use for laptop. Sometime you can read Windows XP but hard to tell if its home professional or media center, same for vista and 7.
1. Computer wont boot into windows
2. I am willing to pull out HDD and put on other computer(if there is a way).


steve answers:

Put the hard disk in another PC, download “Produkey” you will have to browse for a source on the secondary hard disk (windows folder)

Nancy asks…

Product key help! Windows 7!?

Long time ago I bought windows 7 professional online and I didn’t realize that professional cannot upgrade from home without loosing all the files. Now I have a laptop and backed up everything and I decided to use the CD they sent in addition to the online download. I did everything and now I have to enter the product code and of course I deleted that e-mail with it long ago and I can’t seem to find it on the white envelope they sent the cd in now. What should I do? Where should it be?

steve answers:

Well if you have some kind of receipt, you may be able to call MS and get your license key back, but chances are kind of slim.

When you buy software, you are really purchasing the license key. If you lose the license key you lose the software. As that is proof of purchasing it, you can always redownload the software on the internet, but the license key is what makes it legal/legit.

Steven asks…

Changing Windows 7 Professional edition to Windows 7 Home edition?

i was wondering if i could enter my product key of windows 7 home edition into my computer which currently is running non genuine version of windows 7 professional?
The reason i asked is because recently i had to reboot my OS from a burned CD of windows 7 pro, but i dont not have a registration key.
when i reinstall it automatically recognizes it as windows 7 professional

steve answers:

I think the keys are different

its like the answer above says, when installing, depending on the key u use that the version u will get or the version u select u will need the key for that specific one.

Other option is to
download something called windows 7 loader, youtube it, u should find links to download it in the descriptions and tutorials

Donna asks…

Can you install Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate with Home Premium disc?

I have genuine product keys for Professional and Ultimate but only ordered a Home Premium with the actual disc. My question is can I pop in my home premium disc and then when it comes time to put in the serial, put in a professional or ultimate key and have it install those versions? Please don’t guess, only answer if you know for sure.

steve answers:

You can copy the installation files off the disc. Then go into the sources folder and delete the file ei.cfg. You can then select which version you want to install when you run setup.

It’s not known yet if you can simply enter an appropriate key to get a different version.

Joseph asks…

Windows 7 pro. prduct key does not work can any help me with this problem?

I have just bought Windows 7 Professional and i installed it on my computer but i got an error messege saying that my product key is invalid. could someone please give me a new product key?

steve answers:

Hi Mike,

Where did you purchase Windows 7? If you purchased from a reputable retailer, you can try contacting them and letting them know. You can also contact Microsoft as the answer suggests.

If you purchased this copy of Windows 7 somewhere other than Microsoft or a reputable retailer (such as Best Buy), you run the risk of purchasing a non-genuine copy of Windows. If this is the case, you will have to purchase a full retail version to be able to move forward. You can learn more about genuine Windows below.

Hope this helps,
Microsoft Windows Outreach

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Your Questions About Affordable Laptops For Students

William asks…

Decent looking notebooks…?

Is there any manufacturer that designs notebooks that look nice but arent too expensive. Normally with a stylish notebook you get all the high end hardware as well which makes it way too expensive. Is there such thing as a basic laptop pc whose looks wont suck all the fun out of a room???

steve answers:

I would say the macbook. Esp, if you’re a student, it’s very affordable and it does loads of stuff. Otherwise I would say the vaio but that’s too expensive. All the other Dells and etc are really ugly :(

I just converted to the macbook and it looks great…I get loads of stares. And the plus is that you can install windows on the macbook too. What’s to hate. :)

Paul asks…

Is Dell Inspiron 1525 with Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1 a good option?

I am a student looking to buy a laptop and came across the Dell Inspiron 1525. It includes:

- Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1
- Intel® Celeron Dual Core Processor T1400 (1.73Ghz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB)
- 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive

I was all set to buy it but then I was told about some of the problems Vista has had. I will be using my laptop to mainly write essays, use msn, the internet and maybe watch films.

I would be grateful if anyone could let me know if this laptop with Vista will be a good choice and reliable?


steve answers:

This is a great choice because dell are good relaible computers and they are also very affordable…makes it great for college students..(i have one myself)…and vista does have some bugs but they are being worked on and just do the updates and you should be fine…FYI if you are concerned about vista…give windows 7 a try i heard very good things about it…it is very stable and very fast…the beta is out right now and many people that have it are pleased..most of the drivers are preloaded like the linux os

Nancy asks…

My Macbook has suffered water damage and is now useless, what should I do from here?

Apple wants $800 to fix it and I do not have an insurance policy or a warranty. The computer technician that I took it to will not release it me until I pay the $100 diagnostic fee, and I have to pay up soon or they will scrap it. So is it worth me paying the 100 bucks, are there any options? Cheaper repair, sell it for parts etc.? I’m a student and can’t afford 800 bucks when I could by a bran new PC for less. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

steve answers:

What good is getting back a computer that doesn’t even work?
Let those f*cker’s scrap the computer.

Dell laptop (may not be the same as mac, but it is affordable)

John asks…

So I’m looking for a computer…?

Basically I’m a senior in high school getting ready to go off to college and need to purchase a laptop sometime in the near future. The only thing is though I don’t know what to look for in a machine, I’d like to keep the price under $700 if its possible to get a good machine for that price but I know better quality costs better money.

I usually use my desktop mostly for things such as word processing and making spreadsheets, however I also listen to music on it and have been known to download the occasional movie. I also play a handfull of small games on my current machine so I need something with a little speed to it. Also I do NOT like Macs so please nobody suggest one of these to me.

So basically what I’m asking is what do I need to look for when I compare prices and products and what brands have good reputations.

Thanks in advance.

steve answers:

Hi Chuck,

You can definitely find a laptop under $700. You should check out a tool called PC Scout to get an idea of what your options are. The site allows you to enter specs (such as RAM, screen size, weight, price, etc) and then it generates recommendations. One laptop that is great for students heading off to college is the Dell Studio 15 because it has a screen that is ideal for watching movies and doing other schoolwork. It is also very affordable and light enough to take to class.

I hope this was helpful!

MSFT Windows Outreach Team

Carol asks…

What device would you recommend for internet surfing?

I am currently looking for an easily portable device for wifi internet access. I would like to be able to surf the internet and check e-mail with this device. I do not want to pay the expensive data charges so I’m not looking for a phone to do this. I am wondering if perhaps an ipod touch is a good option? I have also heard good things about the mini computers such as the Asus. I am looking for something that I can take with me at all times easily. I do not want to lug around a heavy laptop. Thanks in advance for any help.
Note that I cannot afford a data plan so I am looking for something where I can just access regular wifi without a paying a monthly data fee.

steve answers:

I think ipod touch is the best solution. Not too costly and have many features especially the internet access (video, mp3 and so on). I already have one. It’s great and really help me in my daily life as a student.

You can visit this site http://gizlocker.blogspot.com/2008/12/apple-ipod-touch-8-gb-2nd-generation.html if you are interested. You can buy one. It is affordable. I hope this answer will help you.

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Your Questions About Best Laptops To Buy Right Now

Michael asks…

I need Laptop Buying Tips!!?



I am buying a laptop and i have choosed these laptop.i don know which is best.. help me out.

And i have ques.. are these two laptop HD compatible???

steve answers:

I think that this website will help you a lot
Notebook & Laptop Reviews and News


Buying Guides Laptops


Cheap Laptops



Linda asks…

which laptop should i buy?

i don’t know which laptop i should buy, i need help to decide which is the best from this two laptop, SONY VAIO —> http://www.sony-mea.com/product/svs15116ga
HP DV7 —> http://www8.hp.com/emea_middle_east/en/products/laptops/product-detail.html?oid=5258896

steve answers:

I think you would buy sony laptop because it is very old company and very good company of this secotor. I suggest to you there product are good and guranted we know about this all people are like this company product.

Ruth asks…

Which laptop should I buy?

Friend I am going to buy new laptop i want configuration –
1) Minimum 2 Gb RAM
2) Minm. 2Gb Nvdia graphics card.
3) 1 TB storge.
4) I3 processor.
its my requirement so kindly help me choosing a gud laptop upto 40000/-.
Which brand should i buy HP? Dell?

Put your valuable suggestion thank you.

steve answers:

You can only buy ASUS Laptops with the above configuration, within Rs40,000/- price range.

HP & Dell with the above configuration costs more than Rs 40,000/-

Mary asks…

Which laptop should I buy?

I am going into a Bachelor of Music program in the fall, and I’m wondering which kind of laptop I should buy.
I would prefer if it had a number pad and an HDMI port. I want to have a trackpoint as well, but that would likely be impossible. I want it to be capable of editing HD video, and playing The Sims 3. My maximum budget is around $1000.
I don’t quite know what the BM program requires, but I’m hoping someone could answer who might know.


steve answers:

Im not a Apple fan-boy, but it sounds like a Macbook Pro would be good for you. I actually prefer PCs, but if you are going to be doing video editing and gaming, you will need to buy a laptop with a dedicated graphics card. Heres a good example of something you will need http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388092 it has a great dedicated graphics card and a huge amount of RAM. Ive been looking for a laptop for the past 2 weeks with the same stuff you will be doing, if i had $800 i would buy it.

Charles asks…

Which laptop brand to buy?

I am thinking about buying a new laptop. I either want to buy a dell or a hp, which one is better? i am only planning to spend between 600 and 750 dollars, nothing too expensive.

Thanks!, in advance.

steve answers:

HP for sure, dell is usually overpriced and with HP you can get some REALLY nice laptops for a good price. Another, not as popular brand that i would suggest, is ASUS. I just bought an ASUS laptop for a really nice price and it’s way better than any dell or hp laptop of the same price.

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Your Questions About Hp Support

Sandy asks…

set reminder schedule in HP support assistance?

Turned this reminder off to never remind me to make restore discs. Now have decided that I should have the reminder on. Cant find how to reset this.

steve answers:

I don’t know if this will work for you

Scroll down to bottom to “See Also” to download the latest “Hp Support Assistant”

Maria asks…

HP customer support told me to reset the BIOS to setup defaults. i did and now whenever I boot I get the BSOD?

Blue error screen pops up when the windows loading screen is shown during startup. Anyone know how to fix? Safe mode doesnt work and I have win xp pro.

steve answers:

Try to go to the bios again. See if you can reset again.
Otherwise, you should try to reset to factory settings if all else fails.

Jenny asks…

How much ram can a hp compaq nc6000 support?

I want to upgrade my laptop but im not sure how much ram it can support, can anbody tell me?

steve answers:

Standard Memory: 256MB or 512 (Removable)
Maximum Memory: 2GB
Memory Expansion: 2 Sockets

Richard asks…

What chipset can my HP Pavilion Laptop support?

I have an HP Pavilion Laptop dv8315nr Entertainment Notebook. I need a better graphics chipset to play certain games like Gears of War Pc. I was wondering which chipset would work with my laptop without it burning it up?

steve answers:

You cannot upgrade the graphics on your laptop only update the drivers, Use this one if you have XP http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx?p=xp/integrated-xp

Susan asks…

“I have downloaded HP Support Assistant on to my HP G70-212EM Notebook PC (Windows Vista), but it does not wor?

I have downloaded HP Support Assistant on to my HP G70-212EM Notebook PC (Windows Vista), but it is not working correctly. I don’t think that it is installing properly, as during the process, l keep getting Windows Script Host error messages. How can l remedy this please?

steve answers:

Is your machine still under warranty if so contact HP,if not you cannot.Had the same problem for pc and contacted HP by email and pc out of warranty was the reply, even though I was prompted to install new version

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