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Betty asks…

Some advice needed for a new laptop. Looking at the HP DV6T Select Edition or Quad Edition?

I’m looking at this model laptop. The Select Edition comes with a i5-2430M 2.4 GHz or can upgrade to a i5-2450M 2.5 GHz processor for +$20 more, or a Dual core i5-2520M 2.5 GHz for +$100. (Is dual core worth it?

Graphics card comes with Intel HD 3000 but can upgrade to 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7690M GDDR5 for +$100 or 2GB AMD for +$150

My main question I would like help with is the display. It comes with a 15.6″ High Definition HP LED Brightview (1366×768) or can have a Full HD HP Anti-glare LED (1920 x 1080) for +$150
… I’m mostly looking for performance and speed, fast internet use, occasional stock trading so a laptop that can handle software and streaming quotes/date for 6-7 hours. Also maybe a few games or movies here and there but I have a HDTV that I’d prefer to watch movies on than a 15.6″ screen for 2 hours. If I connect a cable to this new laptop to hookup to my TV to watch movies, will the clarity be the same regardless of which display I choose? If the TV will show movies better than I don’t see the need to pay the extra $150 for a display I wont use often and in such fine detail.

Also the laptop has blueray player for +$75 or includes a regular dvd player/burner. Again if I get the blueray player with the intention of sending the signal to my television for occasional movie watching will it look clear and play smooth or will it lag or be distorted?

The computer will come with 8GB RAM, 750GB Harddrive
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The other laptop I am looking at is the DV6T Quad Edition (not sure if that means all processors have quad cores?

Processors are as follows
includes a 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2670QM (2.2 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz or can upgrade to 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2760QM Processor (2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz) for $150 more. This laptop starts out pricier but includes more such as the blueray player option already and 1GB graphics and can upgrade to 2 GB for $75 more.

Anyone who has the latest models from HP or some links or info would be appreciated. Do I go for the i7 or is the i5? If both come out to similar prices is one much better or faster/reliable in the long run. Is the HD display worth it or should I save my money and out it into graphic, blueray, or a better chip? Thanks

steve answers:

If I was you I would go with the dv6tqe, as the i7 processor will make a performance difference. The “QE” means quad edition, as the i7 processors you get to choose from are quad cores. I have been recommending this laptop frequently because for how much of a powerhouse system it is, you can get them for a screaming deal.

**A very good write up can be found here: http://www.laptopreviews.com/hp-pavilion-dv6t-quad-edition-review-2011-12

**current deal on HP dv6tqe:

HP has the HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad-Core Sandy Bridge 15.6″ Notebook Computer for $770.49 Free Shipping after Coupon Code: “NBDV6967″ (Exp Soon).

$1149.99 – 33% off Code: “NBDV6967″ = $770.49 Free Ship

5.78bs; 15.6″ 1366×768 LED; Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-Core Sandy Bridge; 8GB RAM; 750GB HDD; Blu-Ray; 802.11n; Windows 7 Home Premium; ATI Radeon HD7470M 1GB; HD webcam; fingerprint; 6-cell battery; 1yr warranty

For those who need a 1920×1080 screen

HP has the HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad-Core Sandy Bridge 15.6″ Notebook Computer for $870.99 Free Shipping after Coupon Code: “NBDV6967″ (Exp Soon). Tax in most.

$1299.99 – 33% off Code: “NBDV6967″ = $870.99 Free Ship

5.78bs; 15.6″ 1920×1080 LED; Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-Core Sandy Bridge; 8GB RAM; 750GB HDD; Blu-Ray; 802.11n; Windows 7 Home Premium; ATI Radeon HD7470M 1GB; webcam; fingerprint; 6-cell battery; 1yr warranty

Susan asks…

Advice on which laptop to buy HP dvt6 or dell inspiron 15?

I have a budget of 700 dollars and I’ve built two slightly different things. According to the specifications (especially the processor, the memory, the battery & graphic card) which one would you choose:

• Espresso Black
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T6600 (2.2GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
• FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) from 2GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
• 500GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
• Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
• 15.6″ diagonal High Definition LED HP Brightview Widescreen Display (1366×768)
• LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support
• Webcam Only
• Wireless-G Card
• No TV Tuner w/remote control
HP Color Matching Keyboard
• 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
• No Modem
• Microsoft(R) Works 9.0


Jet Black edit
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T6600 (2.20GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
OFFICE SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9
WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1 Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis – Important Information SECURITY SOFTWARE McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
HD DISPLAY Glossy, widescreen 15.6 inch display (1366×768)
HARD DRIVE 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
VIDEO CARD Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
BATTERY OPTIONS 9-cell battery
WIRELESS CARDS Dell Wireless 1397 802.11g Half Mini-Card
INTEGRATED WEBCAM Integrated 1.3 MP Webcam
SOUND OPTIONS High Definition Audio 2.0
DATASAFE ONLINE BACKUP Dell Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
MEMORY 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0
Network Integrated 10/100 Network Card
PROCESSOR LABELS Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor
LOJACK 1Yr LoJack for Laptops Theft Protection

I appreciate your help asap :)

steve answers:

Ooh, that’s a tough one! Flip a coin, there so similar, I would go first with the HP but either would be fine I would look at consumer reports to help make your decision to see which brand has better support or life of product, stuff like that. Other that? What feels better (typing ergonomics and stuff like that because your going to be using it) or looks better.

Michael asks…

Is it worth it to upgrade my laptop?

Here are my system specs:

HP – Compaq Pavillion dv8301nr

RAM- 512 MB

Total Disk Space- 60gb

Processor- AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology ML-34

Graphic Card Memory- 128mb

I know i need to upgrade the RAM and disk space, but i’m wondering how much it will cost me. I want to delete everything off my laptop and install Vista Home Premium but my laptop doesn’t have enough RAM. This computer is fairly new and i’d hate to have to buy a new one.

steve answers:

You have plenty of RAM. You can even run enterprise edition of Vista on it. One of my test machines is an old eMachines m6811 with an Athlon 64 3400 processor in it which predates the Turion 64 and I have 512 M on it with Vista Enterprise on it. I used it to test RC1, RC2, Ultimate and Home basic on it and it runs fine.

Now I would spend a little money to upgrade the machine and I would do the following based on my budget.

(1) Upgrade the memory to 1 Gig
(2) Upgrade the memory to 2 Gig
(3) Upgrade the HDD to a 7200 RPM HDD
(4) Upgrade the HDD to >80 Gig @ 7200 RPM.

You can read the list in this manner:

Spend money to upgrade at least to 1 Gig. If you have a little more to spend make that 2 Gig.

If you still have more money to spend, make sure you get a FASTER hard drive over a larger hard drive.

As a side note, Vista will tax your video card so you will probably want to turn off AERO once you get it loaded. I also have to be frank with you in that Vista works best on dual core machine. If you take the same machine and load XP Pro or Pro 64 on it you will find that it will be more responsive than Vista and I have not found a compelling reason to upgrade all of my laptops to Vista.
Enjoy -

Lisa asks…

Can a HP G72 Notebook PC run skyrim?

Or is there anyway to upgrade the graphic card in the laptop?

steve answers:

Nope(on the upgrading your video card question). You can upgrade RAM and the processor and hard drive, but you’re pretty much stuck with the onboard GPU. Skyrim’s a pretty intense piece of software, even on the lowest graphic settings you’re going to be lagging, and possibly crashing without a gaming oriented video processor. One possible workaround is running in a window in a lower resolution.

Recommended Specs
•Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
•Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
•4GB System RAM
•6GB free HDD space
•DirectX 9.0c compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher (i.e GTX550Ti); ATI Radeon 4890 or higher).
•DirectX compatible sound card
•Internet access for Steam activation

Minimum Specs
•Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
•Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
•2GB System RAM
•6GB free HDD Space
•Direct X 9.0c compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
•DirectX compatible sound card
•Internet access for Steam activation

Mark asks…

PC graphic solutions……..?

I am planning to buy a graphic card which must be below 200$ and in which i would be able to play the mainstream games and which must not need an upgrade for about 1.5-2 yrs.
The specs of my laptop are:
1)HP Pavillion dv6899ee
2)Intel T9300 Core2Duo 5.53GHz
4)Nvidia 8400M GS Graphics

Now the graphic card was pretty much good till now but i want to play the new games like GTA 4 and POP The Forgotten sands which my PC meets only the minimum requirements. I am sure to upgrade my ram so that’s not the question here. I have been browsing on the nvidia site and most of the products under the laptop branch are GPUs. My first question: My laptop has a graphic card, so does that mean i have to replace it for a graphic card or is it possible to replace it with a GPU provided that i can only add 4GB RAM to the PC?
Second question: I want some good recommendations on both the card as well as GPUs (If it is possible in my case)

I would be glad if you could answer this too:
I have an old desktop which has pentium4 3GHz, 1.25GB DDR1 RAM and nvidia 128MB graphics (Definitely not worth an upgrade). Its been 4 years since i am using it and instead of upgrading all these on the laptop i think i’d rather buy a new PC. Would cost more but i feel desktops are more upgradable and reliable when it comes to performance. Also another factor i consider is i do not have a PC with windows 7 (1 is vista and other is XP) so it might be better to buy a new one as i see a lot of options are available in desktop graphics unlike the laptops. So should i go with a new PC?

Thanks in advance………..
correction: 2.53Ghz

steve answers:

I was gonna say 5.53 GHZ Dual core??? Wow…. But then I see your notes say 2.53 :P much more normal.

And I repeat, I repeat, I repeat. YES YOU CAN upgrade the graphics card of a laptop! But it’s going to be a lot more hassle than it’s worth unless you are really tech. Savvy. In some cases you cannot though as many of the parts in the laptop are made specifically for that series/model.

If no one answers your questions in 24 hrs I’ll attempt to though.

Good luck!

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Richard asks…

Would you support a constitutional amendment that put 3rd party candidates on an equal playing field?

with democrats and republicans… From campaign finance reform to media and advertising requirements that would remove the lock of the dem and rep parties on our political 2 party system?
Many keep saying if you cant get enough support you cant win… I don’t think it is a matter of getting the support, its a matter of a system that is going to defeat a third party candidate because the system has all the power, they control all branches of government, regardless of the support.

Im not talking about nut cases or people not being able to get the vote, Im talking about opening up a closed system.

steve answers:

I would support it, we need new blood, new choices, a new direction….this bypartisan cr@p is dragging us down.

Maria asks…

Are there any Supreme Court cases involving the 3rd amendment?

List as many as possible.
i couldnt find any online.
D; my reports due on wednesday!

steve answers:


” However, the Third Amendment has proven to be one of the least-litigated sections of the Constitution. The Supreme Court has never directly reviewed the meaning of the amendment. Indeed, only one court has ever confronted the meaning of the amendment, in a case decided nearly 200 years after it was ratified: Engblom v. Carey, 677 F. 2d 957 (2d Cir. 1982), on remand 572 F. Supp. 44 (S.D.N.Y. 1982), aff’d. Per curiam 724 F.2d 28 (2d Cir. 1983).

Engblom grew out of a “statewide strike of correction officers, when they were evicted from their facility-residences … And members of the National Guard were housed in their residences without their consent.” The district court initially granted summary judgment for the defendants in a suit brought by the officers claiming a deprivation of their rights under the Third Amendment. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, however, reversed on the ground that it could not “say that as a matter of law appellants were not entitled to the protection of the Third Amendment.” 677 F.2d at 964. On remand, however, the District Court held that because the officers’ Third Amendment rights had not been clearly established at the time of the strike, the defendants were protected from suit by a qualified immunity, and this decision was upheld by the Second Circuit.

The Third Amendment has been cited in passing in other cases, most notably opinions arguing that there is a constitutional right to privacy, such as the Supreme Court’s decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 484 (1965). In other cases, courts have cited the Third Amendment as proof that the Constitution carefully distinguishes between times of war and peace. Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. V. Sawyer., 343 U.S. 579, 644 (1952). Perhaps because of its obscurity, the amendment also has attracted its share of crackpot theories, such as that Army reservists ordered to march in a parade had a Third Amendment right to sit it out instead. Jones v. United States Secretary of Defense, 346 F. Supp. 97 (D. Minn. 1972). ”

There are other sources cited, READ some of them.

Lisa asks…

What are the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th amendment rights?

What are the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th amendment rights?

steve answers:


Jenny asks…

How does the 3rd US Amendment apply today?

Its for SS hw…. I don’t really know how it applies today, though…

steve answers:

It applies today because it STILL prevents the government from forcing you to house soldiers in your home.
It’s the only amendment in the bill of rights that hasn’t been the subject of lawsuits.
It’s not a problem now, but it was a big problem at the time of the revolution.

Ken asks…

Summary of 1st 2nd and 3rd Amendment?

Can you help me summarize a paragraph for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Amendments. Please Please Please help me I cant think of any paragraphs for them. Thanks for any help
LOL ok come bitching to me because i go to private and i learn this in 5th grade not 8th grade like the rest of the U.S. So dont come complaining that I dont know my Amendments for being a 5th grader and going to one of the best schools in the nation.

steve answers:

Well the First Amendment designates certain freedoms the Founding Fathers wished to specifically instate. It covers the Freedoms of Speech, the Press, Religion, Petition, and Assembly. These were things they obviously felt a strong need for in order to create a government ruled by the governed.

Next came the Second Amendment, which gave all citizens of the United States the right to possess and bear arms, giving the people the ability to protect themselves or others if they needed to do so.

The Third Amendment is, to today’s standards, an odd and essentially obsolete one. It bans the practice that commonly took place in the late 1700′s where British soldiers would be quartered in one’s residence, with or without the permission of the owner. The Third Amendment rid England of its “right” to do that anymore.

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Daniel asks…

Why do FedEx likes to leave packages in the front door without knocking to see if anyone was home?

I heard a noise(It wasn’t a knock just footsteps) in the front of my door and when i looked I didn’t see anyone but I saw a package. What if someone stole that package? Are they liable for it? One of these day if I didn’t get my package and turns out someone stole it. . . I’m going to SUE FedEx!

steve answers:

The post office does it all the time. My sister lives in Maryland and has repeatedly asked the post office to keep her packages and she will pick them up herself. They can leave notices. They never do and she has had several packages stolen from her front door. FedEx and UPS do it all the time to me but fortunately I live in an area that is somewhat isolated from mainstream traffic and I have a big dog so I haven’t lost any packages because of that. I don’t think you can sue them. Call the main office and see if you can request for them to leave you notification whenever you have a package.

Donald asks…

What does FedEx do when they think they have a suspicous package?

If you send a package that has street drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, etc or anything that is illegal to send. Will FedEx open the package and then try and contact the sender and try to arrest them or will they try to contact the receiver and arrest them?

Like will they bait them and allow the package to go through and then arrest the person or will they just not allow it to leave the FedEx center.

Anyone who works for FedEx or UPS, etc that knows would be appreciated.

steve answers:

This is a legitimate question.

Contrary to the childish statement of the person above me.

Apparently his purpose is to demean and humiliate people, instead of being helpful and supportive.

He must be the child of a cop.

Laura asks…

Will shipping Fedex International Priority to the Philippines be delivered straight to our home address?

Will shipping “Fedex International Priority” to the Philippines be delivered straight to our home address? or will it be held at the post office for claiming? thanks in advance!

steve answers:

It will be delivered to their home. Be sure to give a cell # just in case they need to contact them.

Robert asks…

How can i tell if Fedex is sending me something?

A local construction company said that they had Fedex‘d me something and that it should’ve arrived 2 days ago. I already asked them about it and they said it should be on its way. I hate to bother them again, so is there any way that I can see if FedEx is sending me something?

steve answers:

Ask the construction company to give you a reference like a tracking or Door Tag number. If they have really sent it they should be able to give you a number. Then you go to fedex’s tracking site http://www.fedex.com/Tracking and type in the number. The site will then tell you where your package is.

Sandra asks…

What time does FedEx usually stop delivering on Fridays or Weekends?

Around what time on Fridays/Weekends does FedEx stop delivering packages to houses? Do they deliver at all on these days?

steve answers:

The short answer is, “when they’re done”. For Ground and Home Delivery, there is no set-in-stone time that they stop at, it’s when they’ve completed all the deliveries that they intend to do.

All operations operate on friday, but only Home Delivery and Express will make deliveries on saturday.

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Michael asks…

Can I use 2GB data plan on Verizon to text/call with?

My parents have a shared plan with my sister and myself, from Verizon. I have a Samsung Rogue at the moment (which is the worst phone I have ever owned), and I want a smartphone. My parents think it is too expensive to add another 30 dollars a month onto their phone bill, even though my unlimited texting and unlimited calling to all Verizon customers costs 10 dollars a month. I am wondering if there is any way I can use a data package for both texting and calling with either the new iPhone 4S or the Droid Bionic for only 30 dollars a month with the 2GB plan (I am not done debating over which is better). If there’s any way I could make this work out please let me know! :)

steve answers:

First, the android is a far superior phone to the i- hype phone.( Motorola has THE best phones period! ) Next, texts and calls are separate from the web. The $10 is for the added line to the family plan. It would still be $10 + $30 for the data plan AND the cost of the phone. New with a contract is expensive but since the contract isn’t, it would be even more expensive. You’ll just have to wait.

Robert asks…

Should I get a 200mb data plan or a 2gb data plan for the new iPhone? What’s the difference?

steve answers:

Well, for $10 more a month, 2GB is more than 4 times the amount of data you get to download/access as opposed to the 200MB plan. In the world of data plans, a download isn’t just a song or app from iTunes, it is also every email you read and every Facebook check you make. Unless you are a very disciplined person and have easy access to wi-fi 200MB is very low–and I know from experience that AT&T seems to set their low-end plans TOO low so you either end up paying out the nose in overage fees or pick a higher, more reasonable plan that you might not take full advantage of. I’ve included a link to AT&T’s data usage calculator that might help you get an idea of how much data you would actually use in a month. I typically use about 1.6GB a month on my iPhone, but have never EVER had a month where I used *less than* 500MB, and I have home wifi.

My advice is get the 2GB when you sign up and watch your data usage for a few months. If you can keep it below 200MB EVERY month, you can change to the lower plan, and you’ve only paid an extra $10 a month for a while. If you pick the 200MB plan and then go over every month until you change it, you’ve probably given AT&T anywhere from $50-$100 in overage charges each billing cycle until you move up to the 2GB.

Hope this helps.

Paul asks…

Should I get the 200MB or 2GB iPhone Data plan?

I’ve never had an iPhone before, so I’m not sure how much data I’d use. I plan on using Twitter, email, GPS, and youtube mostly.

steve answers:

Well at&t has a data calculator on their website. If you think you’ll be a heavy data user then go ahead and get the 2GB data plan. It is an iphone so you probably will get apps and go on the intrernet alot.
But if you decide to get the 200MB data plan, when ever you have the chance to connect to WIFI do so that way you are not on at&t’s 3g. Thats what i do, i have an iphone 4 and at first i had the 2gb but i was only using about 300MB a month. So i got the 200Mb and started to connect to wi-fi hot spots to save on my bill. So using wi-fi my data comes out to like around 185-190MB a month.

Jenny asks…

Does the new AT&T 2gb data plan include text messaging?

I’m in the previous contract and wondering if the 25$ data plan include text messaging like the $40 one

steve answers:

What are you referring to …. Previous contract…. Only 40.00 data and messaging plan is for original iphone. 30.00 data and messaging plan is for non-smart phones. The 2 gb for 25.00 data plan is for smartphones and does not include text.

Sandy asks…

I have a question about verizon’s 2gb data plan?

Ok so I just got my first smart phone the droid 3 and I wanted to know wether when your connected to wifi am I using part of my data for the month? Oh and another quick question is free apps from the android market place don’t show up on your bill right?

steve answers:

Android market is sep from your bill, and any fees incurred would show up like:

Additional Fees* for number 111-111-1111

It doesn’t tell you what vendor, just the amount you owe. Also android market apps that are payed for don’t charge to your bill, I believe they charge to your google account. (someone please correct me, I may be wrong about billing) Also correct if you enable wifi you can use it to bypass your 2GB limit.

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Linda asks…

Can the iPad or Nexus tablets get wireless internet? (not wifi)?

Like how smartphones have it nowadays? They have wireless internet connection?

Can you do the same for ipads and nexus tablets? how about laptops?

steve answers:

Yes, they both can. (Look out for 3G versions, there are iPads/Nexus also without mobile internet)

The wireless internet is called “3G”, – and you would have to get a plan. For example you buy your iPad at T-Online or Orange – and have a contract with them. Same for the Nexus.

Also laptops – but it’s very unusual that you can put a sim-card into a laptop. Usually need a usb internet stick to plug into your laptop. They can be found on Amazon for example.

Chris asks…

My mobile phone contract has expired, does anyone know about new contracts with free laptops?!?

Whats the deal? are the laptops any good?!

What are the phones like?!

Do you think its worth it?!!

Thanks x

steve answers:

Carphone warehouse and orange and 3 do all these deals but they do come with an 18 month contract and a fair usage policy on the laptop so u should shop around laptops n phones r ok

William asks…

Orange broadband question?

I bought the orange mobile broadband at £35 a month ….unlimited it says…but is it really unlimited or some catch?

steve answers:

The ‘fair usage’ on Orange’s ‘Unlimited’ mobile broadband plans, both with and without laptops, is 20GB per month. If you go over this limit, you will be charged. However, this is the biggest Mobile Broadband allowance in the UK, the next best being Three’s 15GB for £15 (£25 with a netbook/£30 with a laptop).

It’s important when choosing Mobile Broadband to look at three different things network coverage, speed and pricing – at present the Three, Orange and T-Mobile networks all have pretty good coverage – 93% or above – for Mobile Broadband, but O2 and Vodafone aren’t so good in terms of coverage. The only way to check for sure is to view the coverage checkers the individual networks provide on their websites.

In terms of speed, the latest generation of Mobile Broadband dongles are all pretty much the same – most of them run at a theoretical maximum of 7.2mpbs, but some are still lagging behind at 3.6mbps. This said, most customers should only expect between 1mbps and 2mbps anyway, so these theoretical maximums don’t really matter.

Which brings us to the most important subject, that of price. Pricing in the UK for mobile broadband is fiercely competitive, which is great for consumers. At the time of writing this Answer the best price is £15 per month for 15GB on Three for contract customers (24 months), and £30 including one month of usage on Vodafone or Three on Pay as You Go. You can also get a bundle with a laptop from Three and Orange.

It’s hard to fit all the details of mobile broadband into a short ‘Yahoo! Answer’, so I’ve included a link to the full Mobile Broadband article on our website in the sources – it compares all the different ways you can get Mobile Broadband and the prices, so it might be worth taking a look if you want to switch providers based on the information above.

Maria asks…

Can i use any dongle network provider for a laptop that came free with a contract phone?

i received a free laptop with an orange contract mobile phone, can i use say a vodaphone contract dongle on this laptop or does it have to be orange as they supplied the laptop? i cant see why i would have to go through orange for this? and they do not have a package suitable to be where as vodaphone and o2 do…can any one help?
obviously not understanding me…i have a free laptop which came with a contract mobile phone.

steve answers:

Hi ok
is it a Asus Eee901 with the embedded sim card or is it laptop and dongle as if we supplied the orange laptop and dongle we would be billing you for a phone and dongle+laptop for 24 months normally at £25 a month for the laptop/dongle + how ever much your contract is,
Now u dont have to use the orange dongle but you will be paying for it so i would use it, but in regards to your question

Yes you can use any dongle with any laptop just remember tho untill you complete the 24 month contract with orange techically the equipment still belongs to us untill the full contract is paid.

I recomend checking your bill to see what your paying for and if you have any other question call us free on 150 (from your handset or 07973100150 (from a lineline (normal call charges apply))

Hope this helps

Carol asks…

Shopping in Dominican Republic (iPhone etc., Punta Cana, Higüey)?

I am going to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I might need to quickly get an iPhone, iPad or Mac laptop. How easy/expensive can that be?
I am staying in Punta Cana, I think the most mayor city I can get to is Higüey.

What about having stuff mailed from the US? (Delay and costs in customs).
(Could be other items)

Comparisons to EU are most useful.

steve answers:

Iphone 3g/3gs without contrat brand new cost about 1k dollar, they dont have apple store here
ipad/mac products they sell them personally or some weird stores,
if you buy from usa online pages ebay/amazon, ship to dr, dont ever think about shipping it directly, it can get lost. U need to use some mailbox company such as mailboxes etc. Vimenpaq. Stuff like that. If your on vacation, dont buy any apple products from here, if your staying, then buy whatever you want, it will be cheaper for iphone with contracts i think they are 18months. Www.orange.com.do
www.claro.com.do phone companys from here

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Joseph asks…

Graphic Card?

I have the sims 2+expansions fsx deluxe editions. I need a new graphic card for an hp pavilion ze4400 notebook. what card works for me that is really well. and where can i find it help me.

steve answers:

All processors, sound chips, and graphics processors are hard soldered to the motherboard. IF you don’t care to ever use this laptop again, you can try soldering on a new graphic chip. Forget any warranty, you will have to completely disassemble the laptop, removing the monitor and entire case to access the motherboard. If you have the confidence to put the hardware back together, you still have to deal with software support.

I hope this explanation dissuades you from even trying this.

It is always cheaper to buy a new laptop rather than trying to upgrade an old one. If games are that important, upgrading a desktop is far cheaper and much more effective. If you get a new laptop, choose wisely. You will be stuck with whatever you buy in the new laptop until your next upgrade.

Charles asks…

Graphic card upgrade recommendations?

I was thinking of buying the pc in the link below:


I wanted to know what anyone would recommend for upgrades on at least the graphics card to run current games decently. I currently play wow but want to run things like rift and mass effect 2 as well as anything else that might come up such as mass effect 3 and SW: the old republic which I have reserved at a moderate frame rate. If anyone knows any cheaper deals similar to this than please recommend them.

I know that it’s cheaper to build your own from scratch but I’m not that great at it and would really just rather buy as cheaply as I can from a pre-built and upgrade from that.

Thanks for any assistance.

steve answers:

The above desktop is great for gaming if you want some cheap graphic card which more increase your gaming performance look below information.

Here are some Top Budget to Mid-Range Graphics Cards

AMD Radeon HD 5670 $95
AMD Radeon HD 4770 / 4850 $110
AMD Radeon HD 5750 $145
AMD Radeon HD 5770 $170

Robert asks…

graphic card upgrade and psu?

ok i want to upgrade my power supply and graphic card this is my computer http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=120&prodSeriesId=4162245&prodTypeId=12454&objectID=c01701270

but i upgraded the ram to 4gb and the processor is now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103903

i want to be able to run mw2,black ops,battlefield 3 —budgets like 200$ if that’s not enough tell me the best thing i can get for 200$
this is the power supply i have now bestec atx 250 12z rev d7r 250watts

steve answers:

Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125345 is a good budget choice.

Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127593 one heck of a card @ that price

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125357 if you like AMD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171038 cheaper power supply

minimum 500W power supply.

With the 6870 AND the 560 you receive a 4-10-7 CPU GPU RAM respectively. When you build a computer you want it to be balanced. This computer will not be. You want to upgrade your CPU in the future.



John asks…

Need Help With Graphic Card Upgrade?

I have hp pavilion p6616f i was looking for a graphic card upgrade to play gta san andreass on very high and i do not know what graphic card to get can you please help me thank you…

steve answers:

You may check out for the sapphire radeon 6870 it is an amazing graphics card! It gets the job done. I can play crysis 2 easily with max 30+ fps remember that you do need a 500w+ power supply so keep that in mind when buying a new graphics card. This was an easy install and runs very cool.

Daniel asks…

I am planning to buy an “HP – ENVY Desktop” and planning to upgrade the graphic card, Is it possible?

The specs are:
CPU – AMD VISION FX-6120 (3.5GHz)
RAM – 10GB
Hard Drive – 1TB
Graphic Card – AMD Radeon HD 7450 (Going to upgrade to Radeon 7770 or 7750)
PC Model – h8-1414

Also, here is the link to the PC (Best Buy):


p.s. I just want to know if the graphics card is compatible, and i will upgrade the power supply if needed…

steve answers:

I have that desktop and unfortunately I had bad luck upgrading the graphics card.
I tried an ASUS AMD Radeon 7750 HD 1gb and it would not work for that desktop even though you dont need to upgrade the power supply for that card. I also tried a NVIDIA card and it did not work as well even though it was slightly better than the Radeon 7450 and worked with a test computer that had a very low power supply.
I have yet to try the Radeon 7770 but I had checked with a local computer store claiming it could be either the motherboard or power supply that need to be upgraded.
If you find the right graphics card, let me know please!
I read reviews that the 7770 is just right so its best to try that one first.

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Maria asks…

Where can I watch 3rd Rock from the Sun online?

i recently rediscovered this show. i remember i used to watch this show all the time. Can anyone tell me where i can watch a stream of the complete seasons 1 through 6 online?

steve answers:

You can watch all episodes on youtube.


Hope this helps.

PS: I love this show. It’s my favorite. I can’t watch it unless I dedicate LOTS of time for it- or else, when I put it on, I’m hooked for hours.

Joseph asks…

Does anyone have any ideas like 3rd rock from the sun but for a 4th grade class?

I have a page assignment for my yearbook class but can’t think of anything catchy. Our teacher says we can’t just say 4th grade, it has to be something different. Please help!!!!

steve answers:

4th rock from the sun.

Jenny asks…

In the show 3rd rock from the sun did tommy ever have sex?

If he didn’t it just seems odd that they where here to learn about human life and he never had sex wich is a big part of human life.

steve answers:

Season 5 Episode 11

“Dick Puts the ID in Cupid”

Valentines Day is approaching and Tommy hopes to get a hotel room and

“lose his virginity to Alissa, however, he is nervous when he discovers that she is sexually experienced and so loses his virginity to Mary’s niece Tiffany first”.

Meanwhile, Dick discovers that Mary is seeing a therapist and, paranoid, he starts seeing her too, in order to find out what Mary has been saying about him. Paranoia fills Sally also, when Don gives her a gift which he teasingly says is from her ‘secret admirer’, and she mistakenly believes she has a stalker.

Thomas asks…

Is French Stewart from 3rd rock from the sun a stoner???

What is the deal with French Stewart from 3rd rock from the sun (harry)?I love the show but why the hell are his eyes always shut?Well very almost shut-he looks like a stoner or druggy of sorts to me!Don’t you think?How the hell does he manage to do that all the time and still see??Is this just his character or does he always look like that?Answer these questions and explain please people.

steve answers:

I love that show a great deal. Just been watching the re-runs on SKY.

He actually does that as part of his character. How he is able to keep his eyes like that for so long, I really don’t know. But it really adds to his character. Yes, you are right, it feels as if he is a stoner. But that kinda goes with the Harry character who is a bit gormless and away with it.

But I have seen him in other movies where he looks perfectly normal.

He is actually my favourite character in 3rd Rock.


James asks…

3rd rock from the sun episode help – harry cooking naked?

What is the name of the episode where Harry is cooking naked?

steve answers:

“Indecent Dick”, season 4, episode 8.


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Robert asks…

HP laptop or Lenovo laptop, which one is better?

if for students?

steve answers:

Go for HP Probook. Its an excellent laptop with great specifications under reasonable price. It is more durable and reliable as compared to dell or lenovo. Read this opinion from an actual user, and you’ll know why I recommend this laptop


Here is the best price for the laptop:


Laura asks…

Urgent!!! Does the Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 come with 3g or 4g capability?

steve answers:

Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 4311
Installed Size: 4 GB / 8 GB (max)


btw most modern laptops are upgradeable to 8 GB

Jenny asks…

Can someone find a good laptop for me?

i’m in 8th grade and i’m getting my first laptop for christmas. my mom told me to pick out the one i wanted. There are many laptops out there and im looking for a good one that would fit me:

i love to make music videos so there would need to be a movie maker program available
i like to take photos
i play instruments and i like recording my voice and the instrument
i need a writing program to do my school work and reports (such as microsoft word)
i’m very creative

have any ideas for a laptop that would suite me? i dont mind if its a laptop or netbook.

steve answers:

LENOVO U350 = Superb for school, Uninstall everything except windows, install open office, Panda Cloud AntiVirus and your good to go with the best super portable full power laptop (450-800$)
Lenovo makes the Highest quality, sturdy very well thought out laptops for school and business out of ALL laptop manufacturers.




(the one I have)


I also want to note, all those reviews, all over the place are bull doodie, Im a real owner, not a paid worker from a competing company paid to leave bad feedback, I love my laptop its a head turner and Invaluable in my daily routine!!!

HP DV7T = Large, Extremely good for value for the parts you get, pretty much a Power house that will last for at-least 5 years, also pretty simple to repair and maintain on your own, will play all the latest games, and if you get the one with ATi graphics, WILL be the TOP of the very top Multimedia laptop!!!
Overall good everything nothing bad about HP, but they really shine when you want the best bang for your buck!
(I would get this one here)


(The best one but 3 times as costly as the recommended one)


ASUS G73JH = Heavy, Large Lamborghini when compared to anything out there, its one of the Fastest most powerful NEW laptops out there, came out recently and has the best and newest parts but its also quite costly at a whoping 1500$+ It also looks very frigin COOL
Asus is also the MOST reputable manufacturer of the highest quality, Highest end and the newest technology that they sometimes create!




ACER is like HP, but they are also the worlds largest manufacturer of TV/Computer flat screens, Samsung is next in line, Acer isnt bad but they haven’t released anything really really good for the past 6 months so… Nows not the best time to get ACER

EMachines is owned by ACER and is best known for making good quality laptops FOR DIRT CHEEP, FULL size laptops for 240$ !!!!!!!! Brand NEW

To much info?

Here is a good website you should use often when you chose a laptop and you NEED to know what others think about it and What all those parts inside really do!, You need to know!!

Mandy asks…

how is the lenovo G570 for programming ?

im about to buy the lenovo G570 laptop and i want to start learning computer programming (C++,Phyton etc.) how is it for programming ? how is the laptop itself ?

steve answers:

You can program on a 1Ghz netbook if you want.


Lenovo G570 is an exellent laptop.


Compare these



Ken asks…

I am overwhelmed by laptop choices out there. What are your recommendations?

I’m looking for a laptop that HAS to be able to run Adobe PSE, store quite a few photos, connect to the internet and be fast. I know PSE requires 512MB RAM & 1.5 GB Hard Disk – but I don’t really know what that means. I would like the screen to be at least 14-15 inches, but would love 17ish. I don’t care about other stuff – office programs and things like that. I am not looking to spend a ton, ideally around $500-700. Thanks so much!

steve answers:

Well you’re definitely right, there are tons of choices. The perfect site for you would be http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/?tag=TOCleftColumn.0 which is a guide from CNET.com, an extremly trusted electronics review site, you can choose your price range, then browse laptops by brand, screen size, manufacturer, whatever you want to fit what you need, come i found that might be good for you are



Those are two excellent choices I think, they’re both under $600 and come with fairly decent specs, perfect for your needs. Hoped this helped and good luck!

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Carol asks…

How soon does the school or FAFSA send your financial aid award if you applied on time but needed to?

How soon does the school or FAFSA send your financial aid award if you applied on time but needed to clear up a problem with the department of education, if you cleared up the problem about 2 days ago. The school is now only waiting for an academic plan to be filled out and then they said the financial aid file will be complete , so when should they send out the financial aid award?

steve answers:

You need to ask this question of the Financial Aid Office. Each Financial Aid Office has a different timetable when financial aid awards will be processed.

William asks…

Do i need to reapply for FAFSA if I want the information sent to an additional school?

I efiled the FAFSA application (The application for federal student financial aid). I intended to have the information sent to one school- but since the application, have decided on a different grad school.. To have the results of my FAFSA sent to a different college , do I need to reapply for FAFSA from scratch?

steve answers:

No. Once you have filed the FAFSA for a particular year, you cannot file another one. It will simply tell you that you already have one on file.

If you need to make changes to your FAFSA after you have filed it, including adding a new school, you can go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to make corrections to an already processed FAFSA. The link will be under Section 3 of the home page. You will need your PIN to access your application and submit the correction. If you have lost or forgotten your PIN, you can obtain it again at www.pin.ed.gov by clicking on “Request Duplicate PIN.”

You can include up to 10 schools on your FAFSA.

Mark asks…

When do you start filling out FAFSA and other for UC or CSU?

When do you start filling out FAFSA and other scholarships for UC or CSU? is it before there deadline (Nov. 30) or afterwards?

steve answers:

The FAFSA is available online on January 1st of the new year (so you definitley can’t fill it out in November.) No school really tells you when you should apply for your FAFSA, but the sooner the better. (It’s said that the earlier you apply, the more financial aid you could possibly get.) However, one problem is that you have to get your taxes/income from your family’s (and your own, if applicable) employers – which usually takes at least until february or march. The earlier the better, though.

Richard asks…

How much does FAFSA help a Sophomore student?

I am in the very bottom range as far as income. I am wondering about an estimate of how much money FAFSA might give me since I am a Sophomore student at a university. Please don’t give me the website to FAFSA because that didn’t help me.

steve answers:

You can never be sure until you fill it out. But what I do know is first come first serve; ie the earlier you get it in, the more money you could get.

David asks…

What happens if you miss the fafsa deadline?

So tomorrow is the deadline for the fafsa, but when i went to fill it out today i had to change my pin #. Then when i logged back in it said it would take 3 days before i can use my new pin, which means i will miss the fafsa deadline. So what exactly does that mean? Can i still apply for scholorships and grants if my fafsa is late? Can i still sign up for classes? Or am i completely screwed? Please help!

steve answers:

It means you don’t get your money unless you talk to the federal aid reps at the college you’ve chosen and ask them for an extension which they may give for you.

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Charles asks…

How much is 64 MB for a cell phone on a SD memory card and what can it be used for? And how many songs is 2GB?

steve answers:

The 64 mb is probably for the operating system and settings on the phone. More then likely it is not user accessible. 2gb of songs is between 1 and infinity. Every song is a different length. Every song is encoded differently. Any other numerical answer is simply a guess.

Ken asks…

Can i run max payne 3 core todue 2.6ghz Nvidia 8400GS 512 mb 2gb ram?

steve answers:

Big no. It will work but it will be not playable. Ie: very laggy gameplay. Fps will be around 5-12fps even at lowest settings and resolution. I recommend u upgrade graphics card to atleast a HD6670 1GB GDDR5. Priced around 4700/-

Sandy asks…

I have used a 512 MB(533Hz) and 2GB(800Hz) RAM on intel D102ggc2 board. Is it a problem?

steve answers:

They will work but badly. Take the 512mb stick out

Sandra asks…

Is a processor of 233 mhz, 64 mb of RAM and a 2gb hard drive enough to surf the internet and use email?

steve answers:

Well it sure will not play Quake 3 mate. As for the internet, yes it should manage it. The problem would be the operating system. It will not run XP or Vista. Your best bet is to try a Linux distro. Damn small Linux (DSL) would be ideal Hope this helps.

Susan asks…

On a computer what is better; a 4086mb ram or 2gb, and why is it in mb instead of gb?

steve answers:

1 gigabyte is equivalent to 1024 megabytes.
So, the 2gb would be 2048mb

4086mb is 4gb and so is better, than the 2gb.
However, 32-bit Operating Systems cannot access more than roughly 3.2gb of RAM, so you wouldn’t get the full benefit of the 4gb (unless you’re talking about a 64-bit computer) but the 4gb would still be a lot better than 2gb.

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