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Laptopsunder500bucks.com » Your Answers to Questions about Laptops,Netbooks & Tablets http://laptopsunder500bucks.com Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:07:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 Your Questions About Macbook Black Battery http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-macbook-black-battery-8/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-macbook-black-battery-8/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:07:55 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-macbook-black-battery-8/

Donald asks…

What is wrong with my MacBook display?

All of a sudden my screen is all black went I power my machine on. If I see it from an angle, I am still able to see me desktop, but the screen is all black as in completely dim. Even the back Apple logo is not lighted up? Unfortunately my Apple care insurance ran out this last year.
There is nothing wrong with the brightness. If I see it from a certain angle, my brightness bar is all to max’d out.

steve answers:

Its sounding like your having a video card issue..
Im sorry your apple care ran out.. Lucky for you
i am an advisor for apple care.

First let me say NO prefs will keep your apple Logo on the
cover from lighting up. That is a hardware issue.

*Try these steps – unplug everything from it – take out the battery if is not built in
Then hold the POWER BUTTON 5 seconds.
*Plug the charger in if you have too, then you are gonna reset the PRAM – hardware
Find the keys command/apple key then option , P, R,
Turn the power on and hold those 4 keys down – YOU have to do it FAST
Do not try to hold the power button and these keys it has to be AFTER.

*This will be successful by the sound of 2 start up chimes then you can let go.
You will hear the first one BUT keep holding till you hear it again.
Aftr that if it is not severe damage it should go back to normal.

Donna asks…

how to safely remove smudges from my macbook screen?

its backlit lcd if it makes a difference. also, how can i keep the battery “healthy” so it lasts more charges?

steve answers:

If you ask, the mac store will give you a black cloth to clean your mac screen with. It really cleans my computer. But you cannot get the cloth through the mac store on line. Hope this helps.

Sharon asks…

What would be the best laptop for graphics and the processor?

My budget is around £600/£700. I looked at a few in pc world and on ebay and they all seem to have only the minimal graphics card. I will be using the laptop for programs like AutoCAD and 3DS max design I know I will require far more powerfull specs but I can update later.

steve answers:

Hey im selling my mac on good condition !

MAC BOOK WHITE 13.3″
- Machine Type Macbook 5.2 ( July 2009 release )
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz FSB 1066.
- 2 GB DDR RAM
- 250GB HDD SATA2.
- VGA nVidia Geforce 9400M 256M dedicated VRAM ( good for 3D , game 3D )

- 10/100 LAN port
- Airport Extreem Wireless ( OK )
- Slot -in DVD RAM ( original )
- 2 port USB ( OK ) , 1 port Firewire , bluetooth ( OK )
- I-Sight Camera ( OK )
- Mac OS Leopard 10.5.8
- Battery original Apple ( 4 hours stand by, cycle count 130)
- Adaptor original Apple ( White , cablel and converter )
- Sound integrated di motherboard ( OK )

and

SONY VAIO CW21

PROCESOR CORE i3 330M 2.13 GHz
MEMORY 4GB DDR3
HARDISK 500 GB 5400 rpm
VGA NVIDIA 310M 512 Mb
DVD RW
DISPLAY 14″ WXGA
WEBCAM
BLUETOOTH
WiFi
BAG
WARNA BLACK
WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM

just choose you like its at your budget !!!

Carol asks…

Which dell is best for a community college to a university student?

School work, school projects, some internet browsing for entertainment and some music and i repeat NO GAMING!! what is important is not the screen size but the memory, battery life, comfort while typing, and core or whatever those things are. Yes I am ware of the macbook pro and its too expensive. I think a dell would suit me. I have gotten so far as the insperon but the little details are confusing.

steve answers:

Get what I got. With 2 gigs of Ram, my results show 1 gig which I upgraded from Frys.

Inspiron 1520 Notebook: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/4MB cache)
1 90W AC Adapter
1 15.4 inch WSXGA+ Notebook Screen with TrueLife
1 9 Cell Primary Battery
1 8X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
1 Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
1 Jet Black
1 3945 802.11a/g Wireless Mini Card
1 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
1 120 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
1 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz (2 DIMMs)

This laptop is great. Especially the screen resolution.

Or you can get a Vostro 1500 for less, with the same specs. Vostros are identical to Inspirons except for the color. Vostro’s are solid black.

Daniel asks…

Which laptop is best for me as a college freshman?

I’m starting college in the spring, and was wondering which I should purchase. I was looking at macbooks. What’s the difference in a macbook air and a macbook pro? And how many gb hard drive do I need? I know nothing about computers. So please help. I just know I will use it for all my school work, and store all my music, pictures and videos. and for my social networking. thanks :)

also what about IPads? Are they good for college?

steve answers:

Ok let me start. So your starting college. Now its time to get a laptop. Have an older brother who started college and bought a laptop too!!!! I know he put a lot of work into it so I would recommend a laptop with a lot of memory. Your going to have to take it practically everywhere. So it must be lightweight. Also not just for school but you also want it for looks. It has to be nice and cool. Lol . Try to make sure to get an antivirus. You dont want to end up having to replace it because of a nasty virus. You should get one with a lot of battery life. You might have to take it to school and you really dont want to have to charge it in class. Ipads are more of an entertainment product if you ask me so I would say no, Just go with a laptop. The main difference in the 3 computers are the processor and the casing.The difference is that the Macbook is not made of aluminum but more like a hard plastic. It has a slightly slower processor and you can only upgrade to 4GB of RAM.
Macbook Pro is made of precision unibody aluminum enclosure. The processor is one of the fastest you can get in a laptop. The screen bezel is also black to make the screen color pop and make watching movies more enhanced. It includes a SD card slot, Firewire 400 & 800. The RAM is upgradable to 8GB. Macbook Air is very light and thin. Good Processor and great keyboard and screen that’s similar to the Macbook Pro. However, no firewire and no DVD drive is a major drawback for someone who wants to burn movies or create movies by importing DV video.

For a college student, I highly recommend the Macbook Pro 13″ or 15″.

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Your Questions About Gucci Watches http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-gucci-watches-8/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-gucci-watches-8/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:07:51 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-gucci-watches-8/

Donna asks…

How to get my watch fixed?

I have a Gucci Watch, and its an older one, but not too old. It needs to be De-Magnitized, and i want to wear it again. Where should I take it to get it fixed thats close to Charles Town, West Virginia? Or Virginia. Please Help!

steve answers:

Call Gucci they can give u a certified dealer/repair shop
973.360.0907 thats the phone number

Helen asks…

How much do Gucci Watches cost?

I’m 15, and for my moms birthday I bought her a used Gucci Watch. I only paid $30 for it at the thrift store. Now that I think of it, I can recall seeing Gucci referenced in several movies… doesn’t that mean they cost a lot? If so, how much do they cost usually? Would my mom like it? Would you appreciate it from your kid?

steve answers:

Did it say Made in Italy? Not fake.
Did it say Made in China? Fake.

China, after all, is the fastest growing luxury market in the world.
The 10 Most Counterfeited Products in America http://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-10-most-counterfeited-products-in-america-180942491.html

I would appreciate ANYTHING my children give me, but it doesn’t mean they’re my style and was reckon to wear it! Just as they don’t NEED to wear everything I bought for them. I once visited NYC, and bought YS a Sean Combs label shirt, it cost $98. But I never saw him wear it. I have a feeling, he gave it to one of his Asian friends – who adore Sean Puffy Combs!

Robert asks…

Where is the best place to sell a rolex in pittsburgh?

I have a rolex and a gucci watch that were passed down to me by my grandfather. I want to sell them, but I want to make sure someone doesn’t rob me. Does anyone know of any good places?

steve answers:

Used jewelry store or the guy on the corner.

David asks…

I need advice on how to be a ebay wholesaler?

You know the ones who sell everything from flashing key chains to gucci watches. Infomation on dropshipping and overseas contact would be a huge help. I’ve done all the research i can on the net and can find no more :-( Ive seen lots of “buy this wholesalers list” but i bought one before and it was crap.

steve answers:

Okay.. First off.

Say NO to dropshippers. They are a hassle, and unless you find someone offering items that do not exist on ebay yet, you are wasting your time.

I’ve been selling on ebay for 2+ years now, and have been pretty successful. But, You are best to find somewhere you can buy multiples of one item, and a very low price. Good luck with google, it took me a whole year to find a wholesaler i was satisfied with.

Garage sales, auctions, and antique shops are really the way to go. You find unique items, and usually at a really low price. When you get into the name brand stuff, there is so much competition, with so much customer base, you would probably be way in over your head and go belly up.

Just my personal advice, but know that ebay success doenst happen over night, or even over a month :)

Good Luck. :)

Lisa asks…

How much is this Paolo Gucci watch worth?

I have a stainless steel Paolo Gucci watch with a gold-plated face that also has a diamond at the 12 o’clock position. I don’t know anything about watches, but I’m listing it for sale or trade.

How much do you think it’s worth?

Picture: http://images.craigslist.org/5N45G85J73Ec3G13M4c7f88e0427b324c1b98.jpg

steve answers:

Probably 150-200 dollars. Around there. It looks in good condition too.

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Your Questions About Tablet Comparison http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-tablet-comparison-10/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-tablet-comparison-10/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:07:50 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-tablet-comparison-10/

Nancy asks…

Do you love your tablet/fire?

What do you have(a nook or a kindle) and whats great about it?Im looking into buying something like that and i really don’t know exactly what to buy.opinions please on nook tablets and kindle fires!

steve answers:

Not really.

You should type “Nook tablet and kindle fire comparison” into Google. It will give you the pros and cons of each, and the similarities and differences between them. On that basis, you can decide what it is you want most from it and choose which you prefer.

There’s no point in someone telling you which one they prefer as everyone is different and looks for something different in a tablet.

Laura asks…

Which tablet is best for me?

Hello!
I am a high school student looking for a decent tablet (not something super fancy or over the top) that has…
-Extra storage
-Easy to bring around
-Reasonably priced (less than $300)
-Decent app selection (google/android)
-Reads pdf files quickly
-No camera
-Good battery (8-10hrs)
-Headphone outlet
-Speakers
-High definition
-Something that is made to read books/ long texts on
-Not the ipad/ipad mini!
-Reliable
-No add-on keyboard

Thank you and sorry if there are too many specifications!

steve answers:

I suggest you look at this tablet comparison of most popular tablets under 300 bucks:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&docId=1001069011&linkCode=ur2&pf_rd_i=1232597011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=1557096962&pf_rd_r=E1E93B81E3284ACC9FB5&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&pf_rd_t=101&tag=aebml-20

Kindle Fire HD would be the best option regarding all what you need from a device. But you do have a Front facing camera on it (no rear facing camera).

- Other than that you have 16/32Gb storage space. I prefer you go for the 32Gb version. It is still under $250
- 7″ screen is pretty portable as you can carry it around easily
- Yes
- Amazon app store has around 90k apps plus you can side-load apps from google play store whenever needed
- PDF’s work good
- It only has front facing HD camera
- You can get around 11 hours battery backup
- Headphone jack is there
- It has stereo Digital Dolby speakers
- 1280*800 HD display
- It is made specifically as an eReader tablet
- Not an iPad or Mini
- Pretty reliable
- The on-screen keyboard is good enough but if you type a lot then you might need one

Hope this was helpful!

Michael asks…

what is a good drawing tablet?

Ok I want a drawing tablet that shows you on the tablet what your drawing it also has to be pressure sensitive(the pen) Any ideas? Oh and something that comes with a drawing program like photoshop or something.

steve answers:

The tablet that shows your drawing right on the tablet’s only Cintiq.

Http://www.wacom.com/en/Products/Cintiq.aspx

There’s 2 versions of Cintiq.
Cintiq 21UX
Cintiq 12WX

And here’s the comparison link.
Http://www.wacom.com/en/Products/Cintiq/Compare%20Models.aspx

Betty asks…

Tablet PCS?? Please Help!!!?

I want to get a tablet laptop (one of those laptops with the rotating screen that is touchscreen) but are they any good??

I’m an arty student so anyone who has or has used one before would you recommend this laptop?

If so can you recommend any?
Im looking for one with good memory as i will want to install software such as Adobe photoshop and Illustrator also a good processor so the laptop runs fast.
I can spend up to £1000 (im English aswel so if the laptop could be in pounds not dollars! Please Help!!! =)

steve answers:

Tablet pcs tend to be much more expensive than ordinary pcs because of the extra tablet features so your budget of a £1,000 is realistic. They tend not to have very fast graphics in order to save battery power and some come with slower hard drives than ordinary laptops for exactly the same reason. Some don’t even include cd/dvd drives.

I think the best budget tablet pc at the moment is the HP Pavilion TX2000 series – this has a reasonably fast processor and better than average onboard graphics – very attractively designed, it has a dual active digitizer and touchscreen which means you can use it with a stylus pen (for drawing, taking notes etc) or even your fingers – it has HP’s own media software for photos,music and videos in addition to Vista media center – this tablet pc is exceptional in that it includes a spare second battery which is usually very expensive and very hard to get hold of! It also has a lightscribe dvd burner, mini remote control and webcam.
TX2530

http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=24864&category_id=502&manufacturer_id=0&tid=cj942ea#abu

TX2130 (older model – not so fast)

http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=21986&category_id=502&manufacturer_id=0

More about this tablet pc from HP’s own site

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/ho/WF25a/321957-321957-3329744-64354-64354-3717590.html

Possible drawbacks:
1. Perhaps a little heavy to use in tablet mode (but then lighter tablets have fewer features and cost a lot more)
2. Screen a little grainy (this is typical of touch screens – also be aware that if you want a screen that is viewable outdoors or in direct light, you will have to pay a lot more) However, there is nothing stopping you from using a good quality LCD monitor and attaching the tablet to it for more graphics intensive work.

My advice: if you can see a tablet pc in the flesh and actually hold it, DO SO!

Reference:
Studenttabletpc – US centric but a great resource

http://studenttabletpc.com/

Reviews/forums for advice:

http://www.tabletpcreview.com/

http://www.tabletpc2.com/

http://www.tabletpcbuzz.com/ (section for artists/designers)

Tip: If you purchase Office 2007 Home &Student Edition you get OneNote – a great note taking software that allows you to take notes in digital ink and these notes are searchable

To give you some idea of price comparison:
Refurbished Toshiba tablet

http://www.morgancomputers.co.uk/shop/detail.asp?ProductID=4918&CategoryID=11&SubCategoryID=363

Refurbished Dell tablet
http://www.sterlingxs.co.uk/scpages/latitudeXTtablet.htm

Mandy asks…

Kindle Fire vs nook tablet?

So I’m thinking about getting one of these for my birthday do I can take it with me to college. Is a e-reader a good idea for college textbooks? And which is better kindle or nook? My cousin has the kindle fire and I really like it but I haven’t seen a nook before so I need help deciding between the two. Any other recommendations? Thanks *oh and I really want it to be tablet-like so yeah

steve answers:

Hi jazzyy, don’t listen to all those Amazon trolls like George Y and Rose D (there are hundreds of them on Amazon’s payroll posting at Yahoo Answers) that post untruth about the “great” Kindle Lemon. You need to understand that Kindle Fire is really such a badly designed lemon that cannot be fixed with any software updates. What use of apps if they load maddenly slow or what use of movies if the playback is choppy? Known issues with Kindle Fire are that it runs hot to touch, video playback is jerky, touch screen is not responsive and it takes 2-3 touches to register, power button placement is very poor and is prone to accidental power off, all the hype of Silk browser is not true where the browsing is actually slower than on other Android tablets, Wi-Fi connection gives a lot of trouble to users on it, etc. Amazon’s own web site has hundreds of reviews (over 1900 already) of Kindle Fire’s new owners that gave it 1 or 2 star reviews and over 1,000 of 3-star reviews because of choppy/laggy experience they got from this underpowered device.

Nook Tablet has Cloud storage as well as all your apps and ebooks you get from Nook store are stored there as well as on your device. Also, Nook app store has thousands of apps as well and Netflix has many more movies than Amazon store. Nook Tablet is much better without a doubt, it’s a class above Kindle Fire. All pro reviewers on the web clearly voiced that Nook Tablet is a much better device with superior performance compared to Kindle Fire. It’s got Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, Angry Brids, etc., the best battery life (30% better than Fire), the best non-glare laminated screen (no lamination on very reflective Fire screen), double the RAM and space for apps/photos/movies than on Fire, microSD slot and a microphone for Skype (not on Fire), physical volume controls on the side (not on Fire), very smooth video playback with excellent screen, and very fast apps load (unlike on Fire).

Consider this pro side by side review to back me up:
CNET:
We streamed Netflix side by side with the Kindle Fire, and head-to-head comparisons were very favorable to the Nook–it simply looked better. Both tablets have the same app, but the Nook Tablet’s picture looked more vivid and detailed. The Nook Tablet also has physical volume controls on the side, which come in handy–the Kindle Fire strangely lacks them. The screen, which is a higher-quality IPS display than the Kindle Fire, really shows off Netflix and Hulu Plus to amazing effect…
It’s the best screen on a budget tablet that I’ve ever seen. More storage–both onboard (16GB) and via microSD expansion–and the ability to read EPUB files could be big news for those who want flexibility. There’s plenty of expansion room, and you’ll have a hard time running out of space for your apps or your magazine downloads.

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Your Questions About Google Laptop Chrome Os http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-google-laptop-chrome-os-9/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-google-laptop-chrome-os-9/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:07:38 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/22/your-questions-about-google-laptop-chrome-os-9/

Lisa asks…

Is Google Chrome OS good?

steve answers:

Chrome OS is good with chrome book or a notebook with similar hardware configuration…
If you’re planning to install it on your Laptop, don’t do it or you’ll mess your hardware and your data. Even being very precautionary.

Also, Chrome OS is good for business class people who have a great interaction with internet, keeps their files, presentation everything over internet.

And, Chrome OS is designed to access internet fast and rapidly, and so it has no applications.

Ruth asks…

When is the Google OS coming out for the PC?

If/When is that craz-ay OS from Google coming to ordinary laptops, I heard it’ll be out for netbooks and such later in the year, but I’m wondering when its coming out on PCs and such.
Yes I used and such a little to much in the post.

steve answers:

Google is developing an OS and is changing their browser “Chrome” to an OS right now Android is their current OS for Mobile devices but don’t know when the browser will become the OS it was kinda a surprise to me really that they decided to make Chrome into an OS you would think that the OS would still be Android even for computers

John asks…

Lenovo G580 15.6-Inch Laptop vs. Samsung Chromebook 550?

I am looking to get a laptop, and I’m planning on using it for working (Word documents, PowerPoint, etc.) along with surfing the web. Which one of the laptops that I mentioned should I get?

steve answers:

Google Chromebook: you do every thing through the browser and is stored in the cloud online.
You can not add software to the Chrome OS like MS Office etc.
About Chrome devices http://support.google.com/chromeos/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=177870

Buy a Windows laptop for work and personal use. Http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/home.to?utm_expid=1188295-3

George asks…

question about Chrome OS…?

Okay, i know not many people know much about it but maybe you have heard something i havent…i didnt do much research on it…is chrome OS only going to be for netbooks or is there going to be a downloadable OS for laptops and desktops too?

steve answers:

The Google OS is going to be preinstalled in netbooks – some manufacturers are going to release the netbooks. Their first step is mobile version – its a huge success.
Next, the OS is just like going to be like chrome. From Google news forum, they said it is not going to have heavy OS – its going to be like Ubuntu-more lighter than it.

It is downloadable to laptops/Dtops. You can install
1. Chrome OS in hard drive from a USB/flash drive.
2. You can virtualize Chrome OS

For step by step installation guide, pls find detailed steps under
http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/12357

Donald asks…

What’s different between Google Chrome and Chromebook (OS)?

I would like to get a new computer. I’m considering getting a Chromebook, but I don’t really know what it’s like. Is it really just like Chrome for Windows, or do you get something different on startup? What are the differences between the two?
I’m just looking for the differences between the OS and the Desktop one. Does the Chromebook browser have the same look? And can you have multiple Chrome windows open?

steve answers:

Wow – lots of problems with the existing answers here.

Inaccuracy #1: The Chromebook does not have Windows (or anything at all from Microsoft) on it.
Inaccuracy #2: It does not come with a special version of Chrome – it’s the identical codebase as Chrome on Win/Mac/Linux with one small exception – the only plugin allowed to run (for security reasons) is Flash. For other plugins (like Java – which are notoriously insecure), solutions like Rndr from the Chrome Web Store work well (basically hosting the Java plugin elsewhere).
Inaccuracy #3: There is absolutely no virus scanner on the machine because… Guess what.. You can’t have a virus on a machine where you can never run an application.

So, given all this, why get a Chromebook? The question comes down to use case – if any of the following are important to you, then a Chromebook may be right for you:

- Fast – Get up and running quickly (from completely off to being online in less than 8 seconds – no other computer in the world can do that). And, because there’s nothing else running (like other applications, etc.), the browsing experience is very fast.
- Long battery life (Chromebooks have longer *real* battery life than any laptop on the market – charge it in the morning and the battery lasts the entire day – literally)
- Shareability – when a user logs in, a completely encrypted partition is created for the user so if someone comes over – you can literally hand this to them and they can’t see anything from any of your web sessions and nothing they do will affect how you run the Chromebook the next day — it’s been called the most shraeable computer in the world.
- Security – Absolutely no viruses, worms, etc. Further, it’s got a technology called verified boot which checks every bit of the OS upon boot every single time to make sure nothing has been changed or corrupted.
- Always up-to-date – no concept of, oh god, I’m still on Windows XP – I’ve got to migrate to Windows 7, blah blah. Boot and you’re running the latest – period.
- No data loss – since this computer forces you to live in the cloud (e.g. Music online, pictures online, docs online, etc.), if you leave it in a taxi or it gets run over by a truck, you lose nothing – not a day’s worth of work. Just get another and continue where you left off.
- Sync – Which leads to this point – all your settings, your themes, bookmarks, extensions, whatever are synced to the cloud so if you log in to another Chromebook somewhere, it’s as though it’s yours.
- Lower cost – because it’s just the web, need a lot less powerful machine so you can get one for $300ish.
- Offline – yes, there are thousands of offline web apps that work great even if you’re offline – even hundreds of games.

So, basically, a computer that lets you skip right to the good stuff and leave the days of old-school work alone.

Hope this helps.

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Mandy asks…

Looking for the right computer for the right price.?

I am doing online classes and simply just need a computer that has microsoft word and internet. I do not need a big fancy screen or amazing speakers. just something that is easily portable and basic for everyday use. my budget is set for around $300

Netbook, notebook, laptop or tablet?

What’s the difference? which is best for me? Confused on what to get and which ones can i depend on and if its cheaper/possible to get one with Microsoft office already installed?

Please help..

Also what internet company would be good for just basic dsl wireless internet? I’ve seen those usb sticks that you can just plug in and turn on and u have internet but just pay a monthly bill.. wondering if there’s a company that’s pretty cheap?

steve answers:

I would recomment a netbook personally, maybe a laptop if you can find one cheap. MS Office is never free, it’s almost always a 60-day trial that comes preinstalled so expect to pay for it. If you’re on a strict budget you could give OpenOffice a try but it is inferior to MS Office in my opinion; the benefit being that it’s free.

If you’re a student you can find a very good deal on MS Office here: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/pd/productID.229301900

Don’t get a tablet, they’re time wasters and designed for data consumption, not creation. Also, notebook and laptop are the same thing.

Sandra asks…

Any good Tablets to buy?

I really wanna have a tablet so it would be easier for me to draw and color on my computer. Any good Tablets i could buy at a fair price?

steve answers:

Wacom Bamboo.

Don’t buy anything else; seriously; don’t.

Thomas asks…

i would like to be able to do art and design using my computer… any cheap hardware or software suggestions?

i really want to draw using my computer, like drawing something, someone or even me without using papers, but i really don’t know where to start.. can anyone help me?
i heard about graphic tablets and their expensive prices.. any cheaper solutions??
and how do we use a computer light pen???

steve answers:

Wacom Graphire4 4×5 Graphics Tablet, Silver or Black is availabe for $99.00 it get good reviews amd comes with some somftware. It is a good starting point. After you find out if it is all you hoped, you can get an upgraded tablet and software. They run from $99.00 to $1,500.00. I suggest checking cnet or another online reviewer when its time to upgrade. You can get the WACOM 4X5 Tablet from CompUsa www.compusa.com They also have a 6X8 Tablet for $199.00.

Lisa asks…

Ipod 4g or a tablet/computer?

So me and my sis have been saving up our money for a ipod touch.When we were telling our older sister she said since the price is about equal to getting a tablet you might as well get one of those.She said you can do much more things then on a ipod touch.She also said if we saved more money it would be best if we got one of those you know small computers for like 300 dollars.Out of all three of these which one would you get?At this point I really don’t know which one to get.I don’t want to get a i pad because i heard it over heats and battery life is horrible..So anyone who has any good advice please share,,I would greatlly appreciate it.:] Thank youuu!

steve answers:

Well for one, i have 2 iPads and none of them overheat and they have great battery life? But in all case it all depends inn what you want to do with it… An IPad is a big iPod. Thats the catch. Whatever a iPod can do, an IPad can do. If you want to play fun games and some internet browsing I would suggest the iPad. But if you wanted to carry it around listen to music and what not, I would suggest the iPod. Now getting a notebook (the $300 computers) they are reliable if you are not downloading anything large, and don’t have any plans of upgrading anything or playing any hardcore games. A notebook is good when you just want internet and document creating.

In your case it sounds like you would be good for any of the bunch. But i would strongly advise not getting a notebook. Ive only had the worst times with them. The apple products have the most reliability and will never have any problems, have a good one and I hope you make the right decision.

Steven asks…

India makes 35 dollar tablet computer. From where do I get it in US? Will you buy it?

The price is too cheap. I want to get one. Where can I get it from? How?

http://news.yahoo.com/india-announces-35-tablet-computer-rural-poor-162004958.html

the screen doesn’t look bad

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/indian-student-poses-supercheap-aakash-tablet-computer-she-photo-142108307.html

steve answers:

His tablet will be commercially available within 60 days after it’s announcement on Oct 5. There will be two models – wifi only for $35 and wifi+3g for $60. It runs android 2.2 is having a 7 inches resistive touch screen. 256 mb ram and 2 gb flash, 366 MHz processor ;on chip Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor. Its a really good tablet for such a low price. Yeah and the tablets name is Akash. Visit wikipedia you can get more info there

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Laura asks…

Is this a good gaming computer?

Ok so I just got a new computer. It’s a acer aspire laptop.The specs are as follows: AMD Phenom II X4 N970 (2.2GHz), ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics card, 4Gigs of Ram, 500 Gigs of hard drive, nd a 17.3″ HD LCD screen. I personally love the computer so far, but am wondering if I can run on high settings for world of warcraft.I know the graphics card isn’t amazing, but I’m hoping the Ram will make up for it. I have never had higher than 2 gig ram so I don’t know how much of a boost it will have. By the way you don’t have to water things down for me you can use computer talk I understand it haha, thanks!
It is a Aspire 7551-7442, and I do not think I will be doing any upgrades since I am limited on money

steve answers:

The RAM doesn’t make that much of a difference. Its the graphics card that is important. I don’t think so that you’d be able to play WOW in high settings using this configuration.

William asks…

can this laptop run these games well?

Hard Drive Capacity 320 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Blu-Ray SuperMulti DVD±R/RW DL
Processor Cores 4
Processor Speed 1.70 GHz
Processor Type AMD Phenom II X4 P940
RAM 4 GB DDR3

Discrete Video Memory No
Expandable Video Memory No
Graphics Chipset ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
Integrated Video Memory No
Native Screen Resolution 1366 x 768
Upgradable Video System No
Video Memory Up to 1917MB Total Graphics Memory

I want to play World of Warcraft and all expansions, Oblivion, Fallout (3 and New Vegas), and MAYBE Mass Effect (1 and 2). Mainly WoW and Fallout, though.

I want to play the game at the VERY least without latency and lag. If I have to put up with sub-par graphics, so be it. But at long as I can play these games without lag/latency on this computer, I’m content. Thanks in advance.

steve answers:

I would say that should be more than sufficient. The total processor speed is 3 gigs right? Yeah, you should be fine running Fallout 3. I have an AMD Phenom 2 X4 810 with an inferior graphics card (ATI Rad HD 3200) to yours and a slightly slower processor and my Fallout 3 and Vegas work like a charm. Note: I also have 6 GB DDR2 (I’m not sure the difference is between DDR 2 and 3, but thats 2 more gigs of ram I have than you). I’d say get that computer if all thats holding you back is the specs. It sounds more than sufficient. Worse thing that can happen is that you’ll need to buy 2 GB ram (and ram is dirt cheap) to keep it from lagging when you have large concentration of mobs in 1 area. But then again, you said you don’t mind lowering your graphics setting, so you should be fine. Get it! Note: Lag/latency online is not always a result of your computer. It can be your internet connection, the game server, or both.

Mark asks…

Does my computer have the right hardware for gaming?

I have a lap top that I’ve been using for a good year and a half now and I’ve never been able to play World of Warcraft on anything above fair with out too much lag.
AMD Phenom II 960 Quad-Core processor, 8gb RAM, AMD M8880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250

steve answers:

Hi Isaiah
everything looks good with your pc except for the graphics .. The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 is a intergrated graphics processor (igp ) and isn’t the best choice for gaming …
Its really designed for more basic desktop tasks such as web browsing,photo editing and office applications … Although you may be able to do some light gaming with reduced detail and resolution
which is a shame really since your core components ( cpu,ram ) are pretty good .. The AMD Phenom II 960 is still a powerful processor ( considering its age ) and 8gb of ram is enough for both windows 7 and windows 8
im guessing your using a laptop ,and if this is the case then upgrading your graphics is extrememly difficult ( and expensive ) …. Theres only a few laptops were the graphics can be replaced/upgraded and these are generally expensive models such as alienware and rock … And then the replacement cards ( known as mxm expansion cards ) can cost in excess of £200
the other option is a external graphics card such as the vidock ( http://www.villageinstruments.com/tiki-index.php?page=ViDock ) .. However these are expensive and you also require a dedicated graphics card ( to install in the vidock ) and a external display,so as you can imagine it can become expensive
in summary your existing graphics will struggle with some of the latest games,however try using the ingame settings and options .. Reduce all settings to low/minimum and then work your way up checking frame rates after each change …. Once gameplay becomes laggy(stuttering ) then revert to the last good setting …
At the end of the day laptops were never designed for gaming ( except for high end models ) and that’s why you experience problems ….. But try the settings and see if this can improve gameplay in world of warcraft.. Also make sure any updates/patches are applied since these can fix performance issues
finally have you tried “cloud gaming ” such as “onlive”( http://www.onlive.com/ ) which can run the latest games with even the most basic laptop or desktop .. This is because the game is streamed from a powerful server which means you don’t need to latest graphic card to run the most demanding games ,however you do need a decent broadband connection.. ( at least 3meg ). .. However the faster the connection the better your game will run …. ( ive run a game on my 5meg connection and then a 60meg fibre connection and the difference is amazing … ) .. Give it a go !
I hope this helps … Any questions let me know
good luck mate !

Jenny asks…

Will my computer run World of Warcraft?

I’m thinking of getting the Battlechest but I don’t know if my laptop will run it. I have a HP G62 laptop with:
- 64-bit operating system
- AMD Athlon(tm) II P340 Dual-Core Processor @ ~2.2 Ghz
- 3072 MB (3 GB) of RAM
- AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics Card

I went on http://systemrequirementlab.com/ and it said I passed every test except my CPU processor. Will my processor run World of Warcraft? If the website is correct and my processor doesn’t run it correctly, how will the game run if I try? Will my computer slow way down or will it completely refuse to run or is it something else?

Thanks!!

steve answers:

Never play that game.

Lizzie asks…

Will my Dell laptop run Guild Wars 2?

I have a Dell Inspiron M5010 laptop and on the site: systemrequirementslab.com, it says that my laptop will not run the game. Yet it also says that my laptop can’t run World of Warcraft, which it CAN. I was wondering if any of you know if my laptop would run the game, i dont mind the settings being very low, all i wanna do is play it! Here are the specs:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-installed w/CoA
AMD Athlon II P320 2.1 GHz dual-core processor
Supports HyperTransport 3.0 technology
3 GB DDR3 SDRAM
320 GB hard drive
DVD±RW Drive
No floppy drive
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250/HD 550v graphics processor
Supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1 w/Shader Model 4.1
AMD High Definition Audio with built-in SRS Premium Sound speakers
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN

steve answers:

Yes, but just barely. You will need lowest settings.

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Joseph asks…

Nexus 7, hp mini 1000, or other?

so im wondering whether to buy the nexus 7 hp mini 1000 or some other electronic… so i have an ipod touch…. i have a shared old laptop (by shared i mean i have to share with my brother and the laptops close to 10 years old!!) so should i buy the laptop or the tablet. they r the same price… actually the mini is $1 less LOL. or whats another good electronic if i shouldnt buy either. maybe list some pros and cons so i can decide. most helpful answer= best= 10 pts. thanks in advance

steve answers:

If you use your Touch unless you backup/sync to iCloud you need a PC to sync to iTunes.

If you like iOS on the Touch you might not like Android on the Nexus 7.

An HP netbook is ok for netbooks, but netbooks are pretty wimpy.

Very personal decision depending on how you use your devices.

Betty asks…

Is HP Mini 1000 good for programming students?

Programming Languages:
Perl, C++, Phyton, PHP, and others

steve answers:

I’m a CS major and I tell EVERYONE to steer clear of HP products. I’ve had nothing but problems every time that I have used their products. My previous HP laptop was sent out 5 times for repair before they replaced it, now my replacements hardware is starting to act up.

If you’re looking for a netbook, get a Dell Mini 10, Asus Eee 900HA/1003HD or Acer Aspire One (I can’t say enough good things about Asus and Acer). I’ve never had a problem with a Dell either.

Anyway, I program in Java, C(++), VB, PHP, ASP, etc. And I use an Asus Eee PC during school; I love everything about it except the keyboard is hard to get used to and you’ll make alot of typos even when you do get used to it.

James asks…

what is the difference between a laptop and a netbook?

steve answers:

A mini laptop (or netbook) is essentially a laptop scaled down until the screen size is between 7 and 10 inches across. Most feature simple applications pre-installed. Netbooks aren’t designed to replace laptops, merely supplement it. They cannot match the specs of a laptop, but they can compete on three main things.
1) They are cheaper out of the box – generally, although you can pick up a bargain laptop, it’s unlikely to be brand new
2) The are lighter – with the exception of laptops like the Toshiba Protege R500 which costs a bomb, this is true in almost all cases. Most netbooks weigh around 2-3lbs
3) They are smaller – in almost all dimensions (although the MacBook Air is 194mm thick at it’s thinnest point)

Good examples of netbooks include the Asus Eee PC 901, HP Mini 1000 and Acer Aspire One.

Chris asks…

Visual C# 2005 won’t install?

I’m trying to install Visual C# 2005 Express on my netbook running Windows 2000 (HP Mini 1000).

When I run the web installer, an error message will pop up saying:

“The Windows Installer package:
E:Documents and SettingsAdministratorLocal SettingsTempSIT12921.tmpvs_setup.ms_
could not be opened.”

It seems the file is meant to be a .msi file but for some reason shows up as a .ms_ file. I’ve tried manually changing the file extension to .msi and retrying, but it still doesn’t work.

I’ve also downloaded the offline installer, but when I try to run that install, I get another error saying:

“The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2228.”

I’m absolutely positive that Visual C# 2005 is fully compatible with Windows 2000 and I’ve already downloaded all the updates for Windows 2000 from Windows Update. Does anyone know how to fix this problem? Thanks!

steve answers:

Install the Visual C# 2012.

Steven asks…

WHY DOES EVERYBODY HATE NETBOOKS?

Everyone says that they are failures to the computing world: cramped keyboard, low resolution screen, ridiculously weak, bad quality speakers and overall just a poor solution for people that can’t afford a “real” laptop, and tablets are taking over the ultra-portable computing world anyways.

I love my netbook. It’s an HP Mini 210-4150NR. it’s a beautifully made netbook with a spacious island style keyboard and beats audio that can easily beat the sound quality of some normal sized laptops out there, The resolution is 1024 by 600 and although that may sound like a low resolution display compared to newer screens, the picture of this screen is good enough for me to see every detail on the screen. Since my eyes are horrible, I thought that getting this thing would be a drag since the screen is small and the resolution isn’t much either, I thought I would have to hurt my back by zooming my face to the screen while squinting and straining my eyes. NOPE, the screen on this particular netbook is elevated so that problem is eliminated. This netbook carries the intel atom n2600 clocked at 1,6ghz,,it is a dual core and I’ve boosted the RAM from 1gb ddr3 to 2gb ddr3….BLAZING fast. and I get 8-9 hours from it in every use. I can take this anywhere and do work on it or anything else. (except for game on it ofcourse). Heck, even the adobe suite works great on it.

So, if I can say all of this positive stuff about a netbook and nothing negative, why is everyone against it? I have a ton of bad things I can say about any other tablet on the market.

This is my main machine by the way. Everyone makes me feel so bad for having a netbook, so outdated. If I have this, do I need a tablet?
Andy, you’re right about this netbook being made from the cheapest parts, that is clear seeing that this netbook‘s housing is COMPLETELY plastic. I can’t speak for everyone else, but customer service from hp is great, I can’t say anything bad about them, but that first link’s article definitely says a lot. Here’s where you’re incorrect. The cpu of newer netbooks are NOT slow…older ones, yes..crazily slow…but newer ones, no. They are low powered and made for lightweight applications such as the internet and word processors, however, newer atom processors are capable of running heavier applications smoothly as well. The graphics chip for netbooks are the same as any other integrated graphics chip in other laptops- and yes, they are weaker than dedicated ones of course but we all know that to get a laptop with a good, dedicated card will cost at least $600 and up. The laptop you listed as a comparison is much newer than my netbook therefore it has an update
and about the audio…let me clarify: I know that the audio is NOTHING compared to a middle or high class laptop, but it is on par with entry laptops and at the size it is, it’s just GREAT how they fit that kind of quality in there
I use InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, and it’s not like I’ve never used a laptop before guys, I know that they’re stallions and netbooks are pony’s basically. My point is that they’re not as bad as people make them out to be and they are far better in productivity than tablets. Although their performance for high end applications aren’t as good as today’s mainstream laptops, they can still get the job done!< that's my point.
I use InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, and it's not like I've never used a laptop before guys, I know that they're stallions and netbooks are pony's basically. My point is that they're not as bad as people make them out to be and they are far better in productivity than tablets. Although their performance for high end applications aren't as good as today's mainstream laptops, they can still get the job done!< that's my point.

steve answers:

Part of the transition between being a teenager and being a grownup is that you stop being so susceptible to peer pressure. What other people say doesn’t matter to you so much, you tend to decide things for yourself. 8^) If you’re happy with your netbook, you don’t have to justify it to anyone. I don’t have either a netbook or a tablet, but I think I’d rather have a device with a real keyboard! A netbook would be smaller, cheaper, easier to carry around, lighter, etc. Etc. And perfectly adequate for most things. For me ‘most things’ is surfing the net, probably in a Starbucks or something. (Though I do use my laptop sometimes to rip CDs at the library, and you couldn’t do that with a netbook).

There’s an ad for the Google Chromebook on TV every two minutes. I really like that ad. But it makes the Chromebook look like something you get for your toddlers, something a 2 year old would be thrilled to have and use. 8^P Nowhere in the ads do they mention that it’s not a whole computer, it’s only for surfing the web. You can’t play games on it. You can’t listen to music on or watch movies on it unless they’re streaming. You can’t even write a document on it unless the doc is stored on your DropBox account or something. I think that kind of sucks.

OTOH how many portables get 6 hrs of battery time? And the atom dual core is moderately fast, probably more than adequate for most things. And your little netbook is probably 20 times faster than the computers that landed men on the moon in 1969, and maybe 1000 times faster than the computer that broke the German Enigma code in WWII. 8^) Whatever works, I say.

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Daniel asks…

How much does it cost to cancel a Rogers pay as you go phone?

I have a pay as you go (pay by the month) phone with Rogers and I want to cancel it. How much does it cost to do so, or does it cost anything at all. I have the Samsung Corby Plus.

steve answers:

You have to pay $$$$$$$ mony

David asks…

How do i get pictures from my phone onto my computer?

I have a Samsung Corby Plus, and it didn’t come with a USB cable or anything. How do I take the pictures I have on it, and put them onto my computer? Please help!
sending them to my email will cost me 25 cents per picture :/

steve answers:

Send your pics to your email address. Then retrieve your mail and download them with your computer.

Sandra asks…

Why do I crave to change my cell phone every few months?

I’m 15 and I’ve had 4 cell phones since I was 11. Is there really an addiction of cell phones? I owned two nokia models and a sony ericsson yari and presently own the samsung corby plus. Recently I saw a movie, an american girl-chrissa stands strong and the cell phone the girl used got me hooked. Its the motorola razr v3xx I want to buy. Is something wrong with me?

steve answers:

There is nothing wrong with you, you just seem to get bored easily! I do the exact same thing…

I personally think that this just shows that you like change often!:)

William asks…

How can i read an ebook on my cell?

my mobile, a Samsung Corby plus says it supports eBooks but i don’t know how to download or read on it. Can anybody please help me?

steve answers:

Simple just go to www.umnet.com,at the left extreme top there would be a ph. Model option & below it just rite ur mobile model & then press search just beside it,all d features & supported games,apps etc. Will come on ur screen just click on e-book of any format u lyk eg..txt which will b there at d rite,nd u wud get many e-books just click on them and rite the download code. Then go to m.umnet.com , give the download code and enjoy

James asks…

How to convert you tube videos to my phone?

I have a Samsung Corby Plus 320 by 240 resolution 15 fps but idk what to convert it to like wmv files and so on so whats the right one? nd also whats a good site to convet? i dont wanna dl anything accept da vid.
Guys but what file format should i convert it to because when i dl to my phone it says not supported content.. is it wmv, avi or what

steve answers:

You can use Total Video Converter. It can convert video to MP4/MKV/WMV/AVI and other popular formats such as: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, FLV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, 3GP, 3GPP, DivX, Mov, M4V, DivX, XviD, ASF, SWF, VOB, DV, Super VCD(NTSC, PAL, SECAM), VCD(NTSC, PAL, SECAM) , DVD(NTSC, PAL, SECAM) and HD video.
It is also multifunctional such as video trim, effect, crop and watermark.
For more information, here:

http://www.aiseesoft.com/total-video-converter.html

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Charles asks…

Netbook internet slowdown = computer slowdown?

Hi I recently just installed Windows 7 on my net book which is the Asus EEE PC 1000H and what is happening is I have installed all of the necessary drivers and the laptop is connected to a router wirelesly. The system runs good and all but my problem is as soon as I start to download something the internet speed just goes from its optimal speed and slows down to a bog, and its the same with the system the mouse starts to glitch everywhere and programs take an age to open up. If it helps I have 2gb of RAM in the system which is more than enough.

steve answers:

Have check you pc make sure why is your pc is slow.
<–http://registry-checking.com/Slow_PC

Linda asks…

DELETED HARDWARES HELP!!?

I’ve accidently deleted my audio and display hardwares. When i turn my laptop on it says ‘audio driver’ and ‘vga drivers‘ missing, i have an Asus Eee Pc Netbook so i have no disk driver. I have no idea of any other details really. Is there a way to get them back :/ the more i try and fix it i make it worse!! PLEASE HELP

steve answers:

Assuming you’re running windows, go into your device manager as admin, right click on the computer icon at the top and tell it to scan for hardware changes. I don’t run windows at home so this is from memory and my be off a little but I’ve done stuff like this before.

Sandra asks…

How do I get this back?

My wireless driver got deleted off of my EEE asus Netbook, and Im using my ipod touch right now, But I was wondering i get it back without going to best buy , or a computer tech store because it will cost 1000 dollars and i cant afford that.
So how can i get it back?
I cant put in any cds because it doesnt have the place to out dics in . so yeah.

steve answers:

Using another computer, go to the asus website and download the driver to a usb thumb drive, then use that to get the driver onto your netbook.

Http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx

Chris asks…

asus netbook webcam trouble?

ok so i have a asus netbook EeePC series
and i installed the msn messenger for this certain laptop which is … amsn
i can view my friends cams but when i try it says no webcam detected and obviously i have a build in webcam so i dont know what to do

also any site that you can use your cam on also says no cam detected

and help appreciated

x

steve answers:

Sounds like you need to install the drivers for the webcam (assuming that you are running Windows XP). The drivers come with the disk that comes with the EEEPC or can be downloaded direct from ASUS.

Joseph asks…

Do you trust Asus laptops?

I’ve got an Asus netbook, and it’s really sturdily built but when I got it, it was slow and was a virus magnet though I never visited strange websites. The touchpad mouse-thing also is unreliable. However, it seems to be a good laptop to the core, and it is only a netbook.
Do you trust Asus, or do you think they’re low quality?
Also, which brand do you prefer?

steve answers:

Netbooks in general suck, no matter what company.
You can not blame the laptop for getting a virus only the user. You cannot not blame a car for wreck-less driving, only the driver. Laptops have no power to prevent you from getting a virus. Its your job to use safe practices, and have antivirus. Just like for a car, its your job to fill it full of gas, the car isn’t going to fill it for you.

Netbooks are cheap because they use low quality components, don’t expect them to be great.
Asus is a fantastic band if you buy a laptop or PC. Never rely on net books from any company.

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Nancy asks…

What does “(x86)” mean in Windows 7 Professional (x86)?

Windows 7 Professional (x86) – DVD

I’m trying to download windows 7 on my netbook but it only supports 32 but so i’m confused? help?

steve answers:

(x86) means 32-bit. I never really understood why they just didn’t use x32, but that’s what it means.

Windows 7 Professional (x86) – DVD is what you want.

Joseph asks…

Which windows 7 download do i pick ? (not standard)?

I dont meant the home premium etc. Im downloaded it free from college, but theres a few options. Just wondering what they all mean. Heres the page pasted:

Product Name Platform
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Debugging Symbols (x64) – (English)Windows
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Debugging Symbols Checked Build (x64) – (English)Windows
Windows 7 Debugging Symbols (x86) – (English)Windows
Windows 7 Debugging Symbols Checked Build (x86) – (English)Windows
Windows 7 Language Pack (x64) – DVD (Multilanguage)Windows
Windows 7 Language Pack (x86) – DVD (Multilanguage)Windows
Windows 7 Professional (x64) – DVD (Chinese-Simplified)Windows
Windows 7 Professional (x64) – DVD (English)Windows
Windows 7 Professional (x86) – DVD (Chinese-Simplified)Windows
Windows 7 Professional (x86) – DVD (English)Windows
Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (x86, x64, ia64) – DVDWindows
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steve answers:

It’s one of the options below, depending on the type of processor you have. X64 is a 64-bit system, and x86 is a 32-bit system. Most modern processors are x64. However, you should check which version you have before deciding. See below.

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Windows 7 Professional (x64) – DVD (English) Windows
Windows 7 Professional (x86) – DVD (English) Windows
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To find out what type of processor you have, follow the instructions below. I would recommend that you match it with the new OS. For example; if you’re currently running x64, go for the x64 version (unless you have a good reason not to).

1. Click Start, then click on Run.
2. Type msinfo32.exe and then press the Enter key.
3. In “System Information”, review the value for the System Type item:
* For 32-bit editions of Windows, the value of the System Type item is x86-based PC.
* For 64-bit editions of Windows, the value of the System Type item is x64-based PC.

Mary asks…

Question about switch from Windows Professional 7 32bit to 64bit?

I upgraded to Win7 Professional 32bit but I want to clean install to 64bit so I was told that I could just use my previous key and that would work.
I was wondering if the following are links to legit versions of the iso

http://techpp.com/2009/11/11/download-windows-7-iso-official-direct-download-links/

and can I just use the 64-bit Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO even-though the iso isn’t marked an upgrade?

thanks
Oh and do I have to somehow deactivate the key first so I can reuse it again or will it just accept it right away?

steve answers:

You can. If your key doesn’t work for some reason, just install without a key (in trial mode), then use Windows Loader (google it) to activate.

Richard asks…

How can i fix an error when i install window 7 professional at expanding files the error comes?

I downloaded window 7 professional and burned to dvd. When i tried to install at expanding files an error comes 0*80070570, how can i fix this error? Please help me friends.

steve answers:

There may be some hardware incompatibility like amount of RAM memory. There can be a problem if you already have Windows XP installed and trying to install Windows 7 in the same partition.

Also try this : Start the computer in your old operating system. Insert the DVD in the DVD Drive and try restarting the computer with the DVD still inside the DVD drive and see if the installation goes ahead without an error.

Remember to backup all your data before trying to install Windows 7 – even after a successful installation you may face data loss.

Mandy asks…

How do I install a downloaded version of windows 7 using bootcamp?

I’m wondering how i can use bootcamp to install a downloaded version of windows 7 (aka not a disk version. First off I’m getting windows 7 professional so I’m wondering how big it is and if it can fit on a usb drive or cd so could I just rip it there and then use that disk or usb to install onto the partition? or is it absolutely necessary for me to have a disk copy?

steve answers:

Downloaded from where? MSDN/Technet distributes ISO files which can be used as install media without burning to disk, additionally you can create USB bootable install media with the MS windows 7 dvd tool http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

Looking through

http://superuser.com/questions/247682/how-can-i-install-a-windows-7-into-bootcamp-via-usb

it looks like this shouldnt be a problem if you dont also have a windows machine handy.

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