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Your Questions About Cheap Laptops At Best Buy

John asks…

How can I unlock a laptop without administrator password and system disk?

I bought a cheap laptop but it doesn’t have disk drive. So I can’t insert system disk. Plz help me unlock my laptop!!!

steve answers:

Here is a password reset tool.
It’s very easy to reset ur password without re-installing ur OS.
And it offers u step by step tutorial.
Even u dont have any pc sense, u can reset it easily within minutes.
I used it and successfully reset the password. I think it should work for u too:)
Good luck!

Helen asks…

What sort of cheap laptop will be okay?

I want to buy a cheap laptop for my partner for his birthday. We have a desktop computer which has all the important things and programs on. He goes away a lot and misses being able to use the computer when he needs to. What sort of memory and stuff would I need? I have no idea about that sort of thing. I found a laptop that has 512 MB memory and 8 GB SSD and 10 GB Eee storage. Would this be okay or is that not very much? Any brands I should avoid?

steve answers:

Great inexpensive laptop… Http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9382946&type=product&id=1218095770391

Sandra asks…

Do the iMac and MacbookPro have differences between the capabilities of their programs?

I’m considering getting a MacbookPro, but I was wondering whether there were any features that are missed out on the programs that come with it?

Is there a difference between using a program like iMovie or GarageBand on iMac, compared to if you used it on a MacbookPro? If so, what are they?

Just a side question. Do you think its worth getting a cheaper laptop and just buying programs that are similar to Apple ones?

steve answers:

The iMac and Macbook Pro comes with the same programs that are used in exactly the same way. The only difference between the two is the larger screen and lack of attached keyboard and trackpad on the iMac (because it’s not meant to be moved).

Also, I do believe it’s a better idea to purchase an Apple laptop than a cheaper one. You get what you pay for — Apple laptops are very high quality. There will be some answers telling you that they’re stupid and people only buy them because they’re pretty, but this simply isn’t true. They are a bit overpriced, but they’re also very good machines. You’ll really like your Macbook Pro.

I hope this helps — congrats on your new computer!

David asks…

i want to buy a cheap laptop with good memory with good enough graphics?

all i want is were to buy a cheap laptop that has lots of GB and has enough graphics to play games on it

steve answers:

View here…

Michael asks…

What is the cheapest laptop/tablet I can buy for word processing?

Well. My laptop died and I bought a desktop for gaming and stuff I need.

I would like to know what is the cheapest mobile computer (laptop or other device) I could use for writing (microsoft word, generic office work) and web browsing on the go.

I saw that Toshiba had some laptops for $200.00

Don’t just post the Newegg website.

steve answers:

Low cost laptops here is where to find it. The computers below are good and will meet most needs. Buy one and put the rest of you money in the bank…




Hey, I enjoyed your question, I have worked as a technician most of my life, I hope I have helped you…
Good luck…

CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

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Your Questions About Netbook Mouse Wireless

Mark asks…

what is a good laptop for me?

I’m looking for an inexpensive laptop, on which I can do word processing, run excel and access the internet via my wireless connection. I would need to manage my email on it, This would be a work computer. I wouldn’t mind if I could also plug in a remote keyboard and mouse (which I have). I wouldn’t be running games, watching video, or anything else. Any suggestions? I would like to spend as little as possible and still get a reliable computer. Thanks

steve answers:

You should get a NETBOOK if you do not mind 10″ screen.

Go for Dell Mini or Acer Aspire One or Toshiba NB2500.
Dell is the most expensive and will come in 450$. Others are much cheaper (as low as 250$)

Donna asks…

i have a logitech M515 wireless mouse and how do i conect the mouse to my laptop without using my small dongal?

please help

steve answers:

Hi nico
basically you cant mate….. The logitech M515 wireless mouse requires that dongle to communicate with your laptop…. Without it the mouse couldnt transmit the movements that the mouse makes
some peripherals are now avalible in bluetooth which is better since most laptops and netbooks support bluetooth and you can simply connect directly to the laptop/netbook without any need for any dongles or adapters
one such mouse is the “Logitech Bluetooth® Mouse M555b”( http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/peripherals/miceandtrackballs/910-001266.html ) …and this uses a laser sensor for enhanced precision …. And from my experience i have allways found logitech products to be top notch
also check out the “Verbatim 49033 Mouse”( http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/peripherals/miceandtrackballs/49033.html ) .. This is less expensive but still has all the features you expect from a bluetooth mouse…… And at £19 this represents excellent value
i hope this helps nico,any questions let me know
good luck mate and happy xmas !

Linda asks…

How long do netbooks last if well looked after?

how long do they last if well looked after

steve answers:

My first generation Acer One (N270) bought in September 2008 is running like new on the original XP installation (knock on wood.) It’s used every day, and is generally left (next to an armchair) on AC in standby mode overnight, for days at a time. There was only one warranty issue, a faulty power cord for the AC adapter. I use a wireless USB mouse instead of the little touchpad, keep it on a flat surface instead of my lap to avoid overheating.

I don’t keep the little 3 cell battery in the machine, but store it at room temp on 50% charge, and only cycle it every month or two except when travelling – on that basis it still has over an hour left, but most users probably use the battery more and it would normally wear out before year 2.

Ken asks…

what is the best netbook?

i’m planning to buy one and in need of recommendation. i need it to be long lasting and i prefer windows.

steve answers:

The one I have in front of me! An Asus 1000HE Atom 1.66Mhz (N280) 160Gb HD, Bluetooth, and 1GB of 667-bus ram (upgraded to 2GB!), WinXP Home and at a mere fraction of the price of that above Alienware! Oh yeah not to mention the 6-cell battery with up to 9hrs of battery life!

It’ll run anything I have and atm I have a 1 terabyte external drive running through it (along with a wireless mouse)

Joseph asks…

usb not recognized any wireless mouse on acer netbook?

i tired troubled shooting with ms usb shooter and it says no problems found how do i fox this i am running windows 7 and my wired mouse works with my netbook

steve answers:

Hello, Microsoft answer desk is free, give it a try and you will like it.
Http://www.answerdesk.com/ This is new and very good… Speak to Microsoft Certified Technicians Call 1-866-610-3132 Toll Free
microsoft-support.fixnow.us Here is the
old stand by http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/#tab0
Hey, I enjoyed your question, I have worked as a technician most of my life, I hope I have helped you…
Good luck…

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Your Questions About Asus Mini Desktop

Jenny asks…

the new Mini notebook gaming?

would the new mini notebook play top of the line pc games very well? i know there is different versions of the mini, but would the 199$ one do it? if not, what is the cheapest one that will?
thank you

steve answers:

I think i know what you talking about, its one of the netbooks i beleive, no. Probably one of the best mini notebooks, (netbooks) for low cost is the asus 900 series (mine is the asus 900ha) and it costs 300 dollars, it can play world of warcraft at slow fps but thats pretty much it. Your NEVER going to play top of the line games (fallout3, crisis, orangebox, halo3, whatever) on a pc for 200$

if you want to play top of the line games, you must get a desktop pc (unless you feel like paying 3000.00 for alienware or something…)

Susan asks…

What’s better for hardcore gaming: laptop or desktop?

I am thinking of starting WoW again and right now i am typing this on my laptop that i use to use for WoW, it worked good, not bad at all actually but in LFRs it would freeze/sometimes crash. Before MoP i had 60+ fps which is insane considering that this is not even a gaming laptop, but after MoP it dropped to 15-45 fps sometimes even lower and in raids that does not help. I have also played on a desktop and i liked it because i could relax and put food on a shelf or something and eat while i raid, with a laptop i could lay in bed and be comfy but have to have cord constantly plugged in so it wouldn’t die. Also desktops are not portable but laptops are and if i go somewhere i might or probably would want to play WoW obviously i can’t bring a desktop with me but a laptop i can. I would also play for hours on end usually 40-50+ a week so it has to be able to maintain itself. I mainly want something that can give me 50+ fps in 25m raids which i know will be expensive probably but i have money. Please I only want answers from either hardcore gamers or veteran wow players who know a lot about the fps of the game/ect.

Thank you!… also looking for a guild veteran pally tank & destro warlock. they are my mains, also have priest, shammy, rogue, huntard, mage, you get the idea

steve answers:

Well you know desktop computers have come a long way too.

There is a little something called the mini-itx form factor.
Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811345016 is a mini-itx case and they make mini-itx boards which are more then capable of supporting high end gaming builds (and they ahve things like built in wifi and bluetooth). The downside to mini-itx is alittle less overclockability on cpus (but they actually make boards which can like some of the asus with vertical VRM which are amazing).
But the biggest downsize to mini-itx is there is usually only one expansion slot, so you likely will not be able to buy/use a sound card.

Something like this is awesome board which can handle overclocking a cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132028
but wow isnt something that will need overclocking tho lol
but this board is still amazing none the less

use that and hook it up to a big 1080P TV and you can sit in your bed and play if u wanted, and its easily portable.

Michael asks…

is ASUS HD 6570 requires 400watt? my psu is 275w?

i have a SFF gx620 and i want to buy ASUS HD 6570 ,,, but my psu is 275w..

will it work fine? without any problems?

what if i get Asus AMD Radeon HD 6450??
does that require 400w? and will it work for my pc psu 275w?
MY pc is dell OptiPlex GX620
it has
intel pentium D 3.00GHz

steve answers:

Before you even get this far you need to check that your Dell will accept normal height graphics cards, these models came either as mini tower, desktop, small form factor(SFF), and ultra-small form factor (USFF).

The mini tower will accept standard height cards, the others only half height cards (desktop and SFF) or not at all (USFF)
The ASUS HD 6570 is available as a low profile card and this is about the only one that will fit your SFF case. The 400W recommendation is for the whole system including the card, this allows for the fact that the card itself uses 75W. The other problem is if you are planning to upgrade it, is to check that the PSU is standard ATX dimensions,- it may not be. Initially I would try without upgrading the PSU if you are lucky it make work.


Paul asks…

Whats a good laptop / nice small desktop for a decent price?

steve answers:

If you’re just looking for basic functions, try one of the new Mini-Notebooks offered by companies such as Asus, Acer, and HP. I’ve heard good reviews on the HP model, and you can customize it to your specifications. They are very portable and affordable.

I also recommend HP for desktops. I personally have the Pavilion Slimline. It’s a little bigger than you’d expect, but half the size of a regular desktop.

HP makes solid machines. They’re affordable and customer service rocks.

Sandra asks…

Good desktop for gaming? Read description?

I’m in the market for a desktop that isn’t just for gaming but is good for overall everything. I already have a monitor picked out so I just need the desktop. I want to play arma, dayz, battlefield, and a lot of simulators. Please give me some links or recommendations on towers. I was looking at an Asus, is it anygood? I’m looking to spend no more than 1000 dollars. I can’t put the link but the one I was looking at is an Asus with 16gb memory and a 2tb hdd. It was at bestbuy.com listed for 947.98 if you want to check it out. Thanks in advance everyone!

steve answers:

In the common brand names you know, almost always, the computer case is cheap with bad air flow and a top mount power supply. That power supply is minimal performance. The motherboards are custom and hard to get upgrade information about them. They never support crossfire or SLI. The graphics card is often either low end for the GPU used, or a custom one. Gaming is based on the graphics card performance unless bottlenecked by CPU or ram. Without looking, I can tell you it is not a great deal without further upgrades.

What you refer to is Asus Model: M51ACUS002S
i7-4770 is good, but note that the i7 hyperthreading does not help gaming (except crysis-3 or in recording gaming). The graphics performance is below entry gaming level as NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 graphics.
The GT 640 is a custom with 3GB RAM, but should be DDR3, so is useless extra ram.
It would cost $812 to build on your own and would get you a windows disk


A high quality pre-built to order is $1059 plus shipping, and sales tax collected in California


It is not the highest performance for the price, but it is made from high quality parts.
The CPU is lower performance, graphics is a powerhouse for gaming in relative terms, and it is gaming optimized.
Buildup cost, $975 including an LED light bar inside the computer and an extra fan they include


GTX 760 is slightly below GTX 670 (by 6%), but to get a compare to GT 640, I needed 2012 data which excludes the GTX 760


That is the gaming difference of the Asus to Digital Storm Level 3

Newegg.com has some decent gaming PC’s pre-built of a lower quality of parts and construction as compared to the Digital Storm but at higher performance for the price.
Newegg collects sales tax in NJ, TN, CA


There are several decent choices.


$1000 Avatar mini. Smaller HDD than the Asus, but has the GTX 760 and core i7. No bluray.
Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced case, and an ITX size motherboard.
It is an inexpensive case, but better than the asus.

If wondering about how a few choices compare that interest you, I can explain the difference.
Newegg almost always prices better than Best Buy.
You can get non-gaming and multitask performance here for a CPU:


Gaming hierarchy:


The 947.98 is just over $1000 with tax.



and others hold to $1000 ceiling.

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Your Questions About Hello Kitty Pictures

Maria asks…

how do u put pictures in the computer with a hello kitty camera?

steve answers:

Did you read the directions? My friend has a hello kitty digital camera. She said its just as simple as a regular digital camera

James asks…

were can i go in new orleans to get a hello kitty cake for my daughters 1st birthday?

i have visited several websites, but most dont offer pictures of a hello kitty cake and im worried that the detail will not be up to par.

steve answers:

Try Walmart they have everything and do a great job, or you can bring the picture you want and they can copy it to the top of the cake

Donna asks…

Who in her right mind would want to marry wearing a Hello Kitty gown?


Isn’t that plain crazy, lol?

steve answers:

no one in their right mind would marry wearing a hello kitty gown.
You may as well have unicorn decorated plates and dorothy the dinosaur cutlery
over and out =D.

Daniel asks…

Where can I find loads of pictures/photos of females with Hello Kitty accessories?

Websites? Forums?

steve answers:

Shall I puke now or later?

Helen asks…

URL to a really big picture of hello kitty?

I tried looking on google for a big image of hello kitty‘s face. Its for making this cake. Also, any suggestion or advice when making the hello kitty cake? It’s gonna be for my friend’s birthday (:

steve answers:


this is a really big picture of her face, and thats it, hope it helps :)

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Your Questions About Tablets Under 200

Carol asks…

How do you use 3G on a tablet?

I was considerin buying a tablet today, perhaps the Samsung Galaxy, it said it has 3G/Wifi, but how would it use 3G? Would you need a sim, contract or how does it work?

Plus if ylu could recommend a tablet under £200 that’s nice…

steve answers:

For 3G you would need a SIM – it could be contract or pay as you go.

Michael asks…

Looking for a good tablet or a reliable tablet brand?

A smartphone is not anywhere in my near future, so my next best option is a tablet. I’m looking for something to kind of mimic a smartphone- i.e. small, easily portable, app capabilities etc but just for wi-fi use. I want to stay under $200. Does anyone have suggestions of great tablets or good brands to look into? Everyone knows the Kindle and iPad and Samsung Note etc, but has anyone used any of the lesser known brands?

steve answers:

If you are looking in that budget. I would actually suggest a known brand for reliabilty otherwise you may end up in buying something which wont last for months.

I suggest you read this comparison between the most popular tablets in your budget:


The Kindle Fire HD IMO is the best option as you get features like:
- Dual WiFi antenna
- Digital Dolby stereo speakers
- Dual core processor
- Front Facing HD camera
- 16/32 Gb storage option with 1Gb RAM
- 1280*800 HD display @216PPI
- HDMI Out

Sandra asks…

Best Wacom tablet for a beginner in flash?

I’ve just started making flash animations and I want to buy a good Pen tablet to make them with. It would need to be under 200$ CDN but still good for animating. If you have any recommendations because you have used it or know a lot about it please answer!

steve answers:

From amazon

Betty asks…

Can I buy a tablet to replace my laptop?

And if so, which is a good tablet? Maybe under $200? I hear the Kindle Fire is good but would it replace the laptop I have (its awful).

steve answers:

The kindle fire sounds good. It can do everything that a laptop can for the most part. I can’t tell you you if it would be better than your laptop since I don’t know what kind of laptop you have.

Mary asks…

Need some help in buying a graphics tablet?

Need some help from people who actually use these for producing graphical art. My daughter has asked for one for Christmas and will be starting a university course next year where she will need it. I would like to buy one for under £200 but have a bit of flexibility on price.

steve answers:

I saw one for the first time–I was in a Circuit City Store..and was wondering about getting better results on the MOUSE-side/well there were 2-models..USD(150-300)..I think standard and deluxe..look up the website of Circuit City for a PART#..www.circuitcity.com/

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