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Laptopsunder500bucks.com » Your Answers to Questions about Laptops,Netbooks & Tablets http://laptopsunder500bucks.com Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:08:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 Your Questions About Laptop Cases Walmart http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-laptop-cases-walmart-10/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-laptop-cases-walmart-10/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:08:04 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-laptop-cases-walmart-10/

Donna asks…

I’m looking for a laptop for gameing in my budget.?

I’m looking for a good laptop for gameing it doesn’t have to be a gameing laptop but it has to run games well. My budget is 775 or under
Dear Troy. Do u know what king of processor like what speed and which model.

steve answers:

Just go to walmart and get one for 500. Mine works. Then go and by a mouse and a USB cerial converer. Last buy a external Blueray drive and a case of CDs, dvd’s and bluerays for programs. Next go to susestudio.com or http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvpEm2xpabw5rkahWia1hHojzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20120916120315AApOetV and download the Linux distro that you would like. Last start playing with style.

Chris asks…

Help Right laptop mouse button not working?

idk wats wrong my laptop mouse button the right one it works but i have to click like very heavily so it works and when i type i find my laptop automatically highliting stuff and mixing up sentences like the mouse is moving by its own dont tell me to get an external mouse i want this problem fixed ASAP thanks
Btw it still does that with an external mouse like highlighting stuff and moves my words

steve answers:

I say you would need a USB mouse . . . Round 15 – 30 dollars or so at walmart
or…………..

You can go to control panel -> mouse -> and select the switch primary and secondary buttons and see if it works. In this case the left will act as a right, but the right may still not work. In that case, your mouse may have hardware issue. You may try to open it or clean inside with a q-tip and switch back the buttons and try it. Worst come to worse, just use a $5 usb external mouse

Laura asks…

Which laptop is better?

Hey! i want to know which laptop should i buy?

- HP dm3 -> http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=12347236
- VAIO nw -> http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=13377944&findingMethod=rr

Which one would you choose?

THANKS!

Oh yes and tell me why plz!

steve answers:

The Sony in this case, the Intel processor is faster inside it than the AMD processor inside the HP, the Sony comes with a CD/DVD drive, the HP doesn’t, the Sony is capable of faster wired Internet speeds because it has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet card, the HP only has a 10/100 and the size, I own two laptop computers, a 14.1 inch and a 17.3, the 17.3 is much nicer because A. The screen is easy to see and B. The keyboard isn’t so cramped. In this case the HP is even smaller so unless you going to strictly use it for short periods of time I would recommend the larger screen, which in this case is the same price and is a better computer anyway.

John asks…

Toshiba Laptop from Walmart…Advice?

Is Walmart a store that I want to purchase a Laptop from?
I found a Toshiba Laptop at Walmart for $600.00 – Here are the specs:

Brand: L305D-S5900
3 GB Ram
250 GB Hard Drive
Read & Write CD
Built in Wireless Card
Windows Vista
Built in WebCam
15 ” Screen
AMD Processor
Ati Graphics Card

I’ve heard that Walmart Does not honor certain service warranties?

The Computer will be used for Simple gaming like Pogo.com, World Series of poker CD., Seek and find game CD’s….( Not the extreme gaming). I want to see movies and streaming media without it pausing every other minute, I want to be able to open multiple windows without having the puter freeze up, see good graphics, and the basic uses. Is there anything missing in the specs that I need? Thanks

steve answers:

I am actually using that laptop to answer your question. I love it, it is reliable and fast, although I prefer Windows XP. It is great for multitasking, the only downsides that I have experienced include:
-short battery life
-Can’t play games like COD4(which in your case doesn’t matter)

Edit:
As far as Walmart goes I, personally, have had no problems with them(and I shop there a lot…good prices usually), but there are records of people making claims of them exploiting loopholes in their contracts, also Walmart normally tells people that in order to use the warranties on their customer’s products they should take it up directly with the manufacturer.

Mandy asks…

what are good specs for a laptop?

what is good ram, memory, processer speed, screen size?
anyone suggest good website or computer for under 500$?

steve answers:

Office depot usually is good.

Here’s my YA! Laptop buying guide:

with any computer, you need to sit down and make a list of 3 things:

1. Budget. By far, this will decide your choice more than any other factor.

2. Uses: here, you have to be brutally honest. Don’t think about what you _could_ do, but what you _need_ it to do.

3. Do the research, wait for sales, check different places, etc.

A few rules of thumb:
1. CPU: you definitely want at least a dual core chip. A single core chip has trouble even with XP, much less Vista, and a quad core chip will drain the battery faster.

2. OS: A few budget computers come with Linux or Leopard, try to avoid those unless you are relatively tech savvy, since you have to locate drivers individually in most cases. Vista uses more battery than XP, so if you have to choose, pick XP over Vista.

3. Weight: in general, the “best” laptops have 13″ or 14″ screens, because of the tradeoff between weight, convenience, and graphics. Bigger is not better in the laptop world. Avoid 17″ screens unless it’s going to be a desktop computer. If you plan on carrying it around at all, 5-6lbs is the maximum weight you should consider, and don’t forget to include 1-2 pounds for accessories and the power supply. As a general rule, a 7 lb computer will end up 10 lbs in the case, a 5 lb computer will end up ~6.5-7lbs. 14″ laptops usually weigh in at under 5 lbs. My coworkers have 4 lb macbooks, and they don’t bring their computers to work anymore.

4. Memory: as a rule of thumb, you want 1 gig minimum for XP, 2 gig for Vista.

5. Battery: couple things you need to know here:
Type: Li-Ion is the industry standard now, because batteries without Li-ion explode from overcharging. It’s rare now, but if you buy a used one or old one, make sure you check for that.
MAh: what this means is the storage capacity of the battery. 2000 mAh means a 3 cell battery, 4000 mAh means 6 cell, etc. As a general rule, the bigger the battery, the longer it lasts and the more it costs. Most netbooks come with 3 cell batteries and run 2-3 hours. A 15″ laptop will run the same amount on a 6 cell battery. However, a 13-14″ laptop will run around 5-7 hours on a 6 cell battery.

6. Return policy: I bought mine from Office Depot. They have a no-return policy (exchange only.) If you aren’t sure you will like a particular laptop, my advice is to buy it from Walmart, that will do refunds within 14 days on laptops. My first purchase was an Acer Aspire One from walmart, and the battery was so pathetic, i returned it.

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Your Questions About Hp Support http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-hp-support-11/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-hp-support-11/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:08:07 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-hp-support-11/

Lizzie asks…

can anyone give me the legit hp technical support number?

i google for the number and i still cant find the legit number for hp

steve answers:

HP site:

http://www.hp.com/

All Tech Support:

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/contact.html

you select what help you need there.

Joseph asks…

Hp Help and Support Does Not Work?

When I open HP Help and Support and then click on any topic it shows this

Script: C:Windows|Help|OEMscriptsLaunchHPSF.jse

Line: 51

Char: 3

Erroe: Unable to open register key

“HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE|Wow6432NodeHewlett-PackardHP Active SupportHPTCA” for reading.

Code: 80070002

Source: WshShell.RegRead

Then when I close that window this pops up;

Execution of the Windows Script Host failed. (0×80020102)
And no I cant run system restore either, so that is not an option
There are no system restore points, I have searched and I can not reinstall the hp support

steve answers:

So: restore your registry backup.

Or: Download and reinstall the HP help & support centre.

Http://h18021.www1.hp.com/helpandsupport/hp-self-support.html

Or if you really are technically minded – doesn’t matter if you can’t run system restore as long as restore points exist you can easily mount an old one and even convert it to a VHD and then to a drive image.

Can’t run system restore but can search for restore points? Can’t install software? Just reinstall windows. Ideally make a backup first. And if you’re going to say you can’t do it – get a friend to help you boot into Linux from USB as it runs outside windows but can still grab your files.

Daniel asks…

www.hp.com/support?

I have a hp Officejet 7410 All in One Printer which has poor print and makes a loud noise when printing. I have changed cartridges and still have the same problem.

steve answers:

This isn’t HP’s support site. You need to visit HP’s support site (link below) and find troubleshooting information there. You could also get help by posting your question in a printer support forum.

My initial thought, however, is that your printer needs cleaning. As with finding troubleshooting info, visit HP’s support site to find how they recommend you do it. Good luck.

Maria asks…

Is HP support assistant legit?

I was just minding my own business on my laptop when suddenly I notice there’s a icon I’ve never seen before and asked me to restart my comp it was called “HP Support Assistant” I am curious as to if this is a virus or it is actually supposed to help me and if anyone knows where it came from too that would be great.
Already clicked on it and nothing bad happened but I still am worried about it. Don’t know how to get rid of it though.

steve answers:

Do not click on it or open it. Here is HP support http://www8.hp.com/us/en/support-drivers.html?pageDisplay=support contact them.

Ruth asks…

How can i contact hp customer support ?

Is there any email of hp company ??,
Cuz I have prob with my laptop so I want to ask to them ,
If u know the email address please tell me !! :)

steve answers:

Http://www8.hp.com/us/en/support-drivers.html icon at top right

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Your Questions About Pink Slime http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-pink-slime-12/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-pink-slime-12/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:07:54 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-pink-slime-12/

Jenny asks…

Why doesn’t the beef industry just throw the pink slime away.?

Do you really want to eat something treated with ammonia? This country is giving us cancer by poisoning the food supply with chemical preservatives. Just read the labels on most of the junk sold in the supermarkets.
http://news.yahoo.com/dude-beef-governors-tour-plant-reject-pink-slime-152946398–abc-news-topstories.html

steve answers:

MONEY. The industry and the workers pay taxes to the states. (I think if Rick Perry were still running he wouldn’t be supporting Pink Slime.) Now they’re trying to gain our sympathies because they’re laying off workers. Tough! If pink slime is so wonderful and so safe: 1) Why don’t they just put it on the label so we can choose to buy it if we want to? 2) Why isn’t it sold as a separate entity molded into a hamburger patty, for instance? 3) Why won’t they answer questions from reporters?

I bet dirt would be safe if we spritzed it with ammonia to kill the organisms in it before we ate it but I don’t think anyone wants to buy that and serve it at a barbeque.

Even my son wouldn’t eat the cheeseburgers at school, he’s 8. When I asked him why, he said, “Hello? Pink Slime?” He didn’t want to mention it to the kids who were eating them, though, because he didn’t want them to throw the burgers back up. LOL

Yeah, I’d really like to know what they’re adding to ground chicken and turkey, too.

Linda asks…

why are people so digusted by “pink slime”!?!?!?

IT’S MEAT TRIMMINGS SEPERATED FROM FAT. Srsly this stuff is like $3 a pound, practically no difference in taste, it’s also minimally processed.

steve answers:

There are pluses and minuses to so-called pink slime. I believe the beef industry didn’t take the lead in explaining & promoting the product. Marshmallows, jello, gummy bears/worms or gummy anything, pudding, some brands of yogurt, even gel caps—would consumers want to eat this stuff if they realized what gelatin was derived from (in all these products & much, much more)? What if the ingredients list stated boiled horse or beef spines, bones, hooves, horns instead of the word “gelatin”? Or maybe the ingredients list should say “added leather manufacturing by-products”?

Most people don’t take much interest in the production of the food they eat. They just get all out of joint when they hear a biased, one-sided repot from a so-called news show. Everyone has an agenda so I don’t know why people don’t use the resources that are so readily available to get a little knowledge and perspective. Ever here the phrase “The masses are asses”? Just say’n.

Richard asks…

is there pink slime at in n out (in there meat)?

I would like to know my sister says there isn’t but I want a second opinion

steve answers:

In todays news on Yahoo, the company that USED to manufacture Pink Slime has closed three of its four factories and filed for bankruptcy. Pressure from activist groups caused all their customers to stop buying the product. GO PEOPLE POWER!!!!!!!!!!

William asks…

Which would disturb you more in hamburgers: horse meat or pink slime?

It is also known by the dysphemistic slang term soylent pink. Pink Slime is a processed beef product that was originally used in pet food and cooking oil and later approved for public consumption..blah blah (more obnoxious blah blah blah about the crap we eat).

The resulting product is exposed to ammonia gas or citric acid to kill bacteria.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_slime

steve answers:

Damn! I hate food questions when I am hungry… Just give me a big honking horse burger mixed with pink slime, hold the mayo.

Laura asks…

Can you get mad cow disease from pink slime beef?

steve answers:

That’s the most likely way one could contract it actually.
The fact is that the tissue used in pink slime is made out of those parts of the cow that are more likely to get infected with the faulty protein. I would stay away from mass produced beef in general and get in contact with a local farmer and get to know how he raises them and what he feeds them. Some Universities raise and butcher their own.

Http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/24/column-madcow-idUSL2E8FOKRB20120424

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Your Questions About Samsung Corby http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-samsung-corby-10/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-samsung-corby-10/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:07:58 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/25/your-questions-about-samsung-corby-10/

Donald asks…

which model is best in samsung corby?

steve answers:

I suggest dont go for samsung corby or corby pro. Instead go for nokia 5800 xpressmusic which has good features than corby or corby pro. Main thing is corby doesnt support 3g which 5800 has. Corby has 2 mp cam while 5800 has 3.2 mp cam with dual led flash and carl ziess optics. Talktime is more in 5800 than corby. Full and mini qwerty kepad, 35 hrs non stop music with 8 band equalizer, fm radio, its a symbian 60 handset which is the latest. It has gps, phone tracker, 8 gb memory

thus 5800 xpressmusic rocks than samsung corby and apple iphone

Maria asks…

About Samsung Corby mobile ?

Hi

I buyed samsung corby mobile new last week for Rs.8000 is good and worth ? which is the best antivirous software for that where can i download softare for this ?

steve answers:

Samsung-Corby (S3653)
Rs 7,500/-
works on Samsung OS operating system. 2 megapixel camera with video recorder. Memory of the phone can be upgraded upto 8 GB using a MicroSD card. Connectivity options like Bluetooth, USB connector and EDGE. JAVA enabled phone supports SP-Midi, i-melody, MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA formats. Other features include, PC Studio, pop-style contours and curved body design, fashion Jacket (changeable battery cover), pop-Up SNS, cartoon UI, one finger zoom, dictionary, smart unlock, additional standard black cover and gesture control.

A good choice with all features. Provides good battery backup, good overall performance and durability. Value for money product. Go with it.
=====SM=====

John asks…

lg rumor 2 or samsung corby?

i going buy a cell :)

steve answers:

Samsung corby is better than lg rumor2.
But nokia 5230/5233 is even better than both of the above mentioned…

Sandy asks…

are all samsung corby fones touch screen?

if not then which models are touch screen

steve answers:

These are Samsung Corby series touch screen phones

Samsung Corby (form factor BAR)
Samsung Corby Plus (slider QWERTY keyboard phone)
Samsung Corby Pro (slider QWERTY keyboard phone)
hsj

Laura asks…

Samsung Corby Pro or Samsung Monte?

Hi guys!!! i had actually planned to buy samsung corby pro…..but then i came to know about Samsung Monte…Both have a similar kind of features….but the latter is priced lesser….so now im totally confused .on which one to buy………so pls gimme ur suggestion….. Thank You:):):)

steve answers:

Samsung monte is a new model than Corby pro.. More than monte, Corby & Corby pro is moving well.. Still Corby is a successive model… So u buy Samsung Corby pro it seems…

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Your Questions About Asus Netbook Review http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-asus-netbook-review-10/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-asus-netbook-review-10/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:07:51 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-asus-netbook-review-10/

Ruth asks…

Is it a bad idea to buy the old MacBook air?

I don’t have the money to buy the new one but practically any computer is better then the one I have now! So I was thinking of getting the MacBook air 13.3 inch laptop (old version) for $500 it only had one bad review out of 30 but I’m worried since this was from 2011 I think that the computers will be damaged or something!? Opinions

steve answers:

It depends what you are looking for.
Macbook owners generally only use the canned programs that come with it. They are mostly internet access computers. MacBook Air batteries (most MacBook batteries) are not user replaceable and wear over time. MacBooks in general after the first two years are industry average in reliability and cost of repair is high.
Just as new MacBooks cost double for the CPU, graphics, ram performance compared to thicker Windows systems, the used ones also cost double and equivalent Windows one. You get no warranty in a used MacBook.
Here are specifications of MacAir

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBook_Air

Here is CPU performance:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

If you can get a MacBook Air 13 of 2011 for $500
MacBookAir4,2 A1369 1440 × 900 with HD 3000 graphics 1.7 GHz (i5-2557M)
Core i5-2557M @ 1.70GHz2707
vs: Core i3-2350M @ 2.30GHz2702 as a 2nd gen core i3 for laptops also with HD 3000
4GB RAM and probably 128GB SSD
at about 3 pounds.
ISight (640 × 480) camera VGA level

They are susceptible to damage and spills. Anything you buy should be checked.

It just depends what you are looking for.
Here is also $500

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Ultrabook+14%26%2334%3B+Touch-Screen+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/Silver/8721052.p?id=1218888211863&skuId=8721052

Asus – Ultrabook 14″ Touch-Screen Laptop – 4GB Memory – 500GB Hard Drive – Black/Silver
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i3-3217U processor is slower. No optical drive. About 4 pounds.

A netbook running Chrome can be bought for $300 and do a lot of the same things.

“reviews” are based on new laptops, and while under warranty, Apple products are good.

Chris asks…

What’s a good notebook for HD movies?

I have a Dell XPS M140 that is finally about to crap out. I was looking to get a notebook computer instead of a laptop because i want long battery and light weight. The only thing I need is to play HD movies and do some minor editing… Any recommendations? What should I look for?

Thanks!
Also, any brands I should avoid? I had bad experiences with Compaq and HP in the past, and my Dell has been great so far…How’s Acer?

steve answers:

Well, laptops and notebooks are actually the same thing. If you mean netbook then I can’t be sure if there is one that can be used for HD movie editing. The thing is, it needs a graphic card to make it run smooth and netbook usually don’t have it.
Acer is okay. It’s not the best choice but it’s okay. I’ve heard that people like Toshiba. I did a review myself and it seems decent. The specs and designs are good. I use Gateway and so far I haven’t got any major problem except for overheating (due to congested dust in my laptop’s fan) and OS problems. Asus make great laptops too. Look in that area or you can stick with Dell. Price wise, Acer might be the cheapest.

Steven asks…

What is the cost of an Asus G46VW equipped with an intel® Core™ i7 3630QM Processor?

please provide source

steve answers:

Computers, netbooks, phones, tablets and many other items are always being reviewed in Consumer Reports
magazine. Go to your Public Library or look on line and look at the last
few issues, there are several out there to pick from.
You have to get familiar with specs to be able to judge.
Sony, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba there is little or not way to say one is better than the others it is more important to get the one that fits your needs. (I am a tech with
several years of repairing all brands.)
Reviews

http://www.laptopmag.com/

http://www.toptenreviews.com/

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&x=7&ref_…

Source: CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

George asks…

Is this a good laptop, based on what I tend to do on computers?

I’ve been looking into buying a new laptop, but I know little-to-nothing about them. So I’m going to ask other people.

The laptop I’m currently looking at is a X201E-DH01. It’s an Asus, which is a brand I’ve never heard of before today. So anything anyone knows about them would be cool.
Also, it runs on Ubuntu Linux, which I’ve never used before, though I’ve been told it’s great, although, I think it’s more for people who, you know, know what they’re doing with computers…which I don’t. So any quick little reviews of Linux would be awesome, too.

I really only use my computer to browse the internet and type stuff up in Word, so I don’t need anything too bad-ass. Just an affordable laptop that’s not too crappy (and not a Mac).
A problem I have with a my current computer (a 2-year old Presario CQ62) is that when fiddlefarting around on Imgur and similar websites, it freezes up and stops working for a couple hours. No one else I know has this problem, so I’m assuming it’s a problem with the computer and not the site.
Also, I use Netflix a lot, so I need a computer that’s Netflix-capable. I’m not entirely sure what that specifies.

Thanks to any tech-savvy people who decide to help me out.

steve answers:

ASUS is a great puter company and make quality products. The only thing I would advise is that netbooks are not that reliable. If your looking for a puter for what you do with Windows and want to jump up to around $530, take a look at these HP.

Two HP that can be customized to what you need

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/B5Y73AV;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ000046kL18cI;sid=9zDf3cQuLykz6ZWxCIeGSR0hwywaiPAyMmXy0Rex_etSdk9VLxt6fHwh?HP-ENVY-dv6z-7200-Notebook-PC

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/B6C46AV;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ0000ptFcn-Ce;sid=UfkUk5vYup7bi8p-xu5OB0LXZeXRxq_ElKxaT319WyKZOCFLk0_Q5UIX?HP-Pavilion-g6z-2200-Notebook-PC Your choice of 5 colors

These are not customizable

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/C2K91UA;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ0000ptFcn-Ce;sid=UfkUk5vYup7bi8p-xu5OB0LXZeXRxq_ElKxaT319WyKZOCFLk0_Q5UIX?HP-ENVY-Sleekbook-6-1110us

HP SleekBook AMD Quad-Core A8-4555M APU AMD Radeon HD 7600G 4 GB DDR3 500 GB SATA (5400 rpm)

Buying advice.

Apple makes a good quality laptop. The problem comes when it requires service or minor upgrades. It is near impossible to do anything with them. They even glue the battery and hard drive down so you can not change it. They solder the ram to the logic board so you can not increase it. They lock up most of the software so your stuck with what they approve.

Lenovo has serious stand behind their product problems. They bought IBM PC division and proceeded to drive the quality of the system into the ground. Their customer service is well below par. They even makes Dell customer service look good. The last and final thing to remember about them is they are a Chinese Government own company. It is up to you if you want to trust them.

Toshiba, Panasonic, Sony should be avoided because of their heavy modification of Windows and the drivers. If you remove some of the bloat they install, you can cripple the system.

Acer, Gateway, and eMachines should be avoided period. Low end system that are driving the race to the bottom.

Dell once made a good system and fell from grace. They are now struggling to regain their place in the market. Customer service is one of many problems with this company.

Alienware are glorified Dells and are more name then product. Priced extremely high for what you get. They do perform but you can get the same for less by looking around, just not packaged to be eye candy to the gamers.

Samsung has a history of using cheap parts in critical areas. Capacitors has been one area Samsung has a known history of going cheap, causing units to fail early. For that reason I would avoid them.

ASUS and HP do not modify Windows as bad as the other manufacturers. They have excellent build quality. They might add a lot of bloat but they also makes it easy to get rid of it.

Ultrabooks are the higher end of Wintel laptops but they have some of the same concerns as Apple. They make it next to impossible to change any hardware in them. Service of them will have to be done by the manufacturers. With most of them, you can not change your own battery or hard drive. They are designed to catch your eye but they are not any more special then other laptops except for the fact that they are slim or thin. Your paying for it being thin and slim. For the money your going to spend on it you can buy a much better laptop with more power.

Tablets are just toys to me. They can not handle the work load like Laptops and Desktops and do not have the storage capacity you will end up needing.

Hybrids are the worse of the worse. The flip or detachable touch screens are just a disaster waiting to happen.

Never buy an All In One. They are far worst then laptops of any kind to service and they have a higher failure rate. My experience with them are limited because the few I worked on made me think they were designed in such a way as it would take a blow torch and a jack hammer just to disassemble them.

Choose wisely.

Linda asks…

what is the thinnest and best looking mini laptop on the market?

also with good memory, video quality and good battery life

steve answers:

Depends on wat u consider gud bat life, memory, vid quality…
As u demand more features the laptop gets thicker.

Macbook air is an option but there are alternatives. Also macbook air is NOT the thinnest laptop.
Macbook air = 0.76″
mitsubishi pedion = 0.71″ (1998, cancelled)
voodoo envy = 0.70″ (available)
sharp muramasa (2003, cancelled)

voodoo envy pros:
-excellent build quality – carbon fiber and u can get it custom painted (but this is expensive)
-up to 1.8ghz (gud for sumtin so thin)
-free superdrive
-free wifi device built into ac adapter (so u dont use up a usb port to conect to internet where theres no wifi – like with mac air – also mac air only has 1 usb port so if u wna b connected to internet u cant connect any other usb device to it unless it has wireless or bluetooth)
-2 usb ports and 1 doubles as an eSATA port (thats rare on laptops)
-user replaceable battery rated at 3hrs (comes with a spare battery for free. Mac air doesnt let u replace bat, u must take it to an apple store and pay for the bat and service to replace bat wen it dies out)
-instant on OS (boot up a linux based OS in 5 seconds while vista boots up in backround)
-cheaper than macbook air if u consider all the free accesories u get with it (eg: free superdrive, there r more)
-dolby sound which is stereo. Mac air only has a mono speaker so if ur watching vids u hear better sound quality coming from ur laptop. Also music sounds much better
-backlit keyboard
-big multitouch enabled touchpad
-proximity sensor on the keyboard. This senses wen ur fingers r over the keyboard and disables the touchpad while ur fingers r above the keyboard

if u want better specs/features go for an alienware (gr8 specs), falcon northwest (v gud specs and lets u custom paint ur laptop), puget systems (several customizable choices, lifetime warranty on the product), or velocity micro (high quality build, hand assembled)

if those r too expensive and u ment a netbook:
sony p-series lıfestyle (looks v nice)
asus eeepc http://eeepc.asus.com/global/products.html?n=0
netbooks r small but hv no place to insert a CD/DVD. Also they hv less memory and usually a small screen. However a lot of them hv gr8 battery life.

There r some reviews of netbooks here:
http://www.cnet.com/topic/netbook.html

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Your Questions About Windows 7 Professional Key http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-windows-7-professional-key-7/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-windows-7-professional-key-7/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:08:20 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-windows-7-professional-key-7/

Mandy asks…

Windows 7 Professional Product Key online?

Could somebody tell me where to buy the windows 7 professional product key? I need to activate my windows 7 professional right now. Thanks, very urgently.

steve answers:

Hi windows 7 professional is easy to use. Thanks. I would like to suggest you the microsoft official site first. It is most people would think of it. But here I would like to suggest you this online MSDN Windows Key Shop: http://windowskeyshops.com/windows-7-professional-product-key-p-3527.html , it is fast shipping and working perfectly. Maybe you have no idea about what is MSDN, just go to here to have a look: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx , it is the best service that microsoft has supplied to us customers. Best wishes to you.

James asks…

Can I reuse my OEM Windows 7 Professional Product Key? (64-bit)?

So I bought an OEM Windows 7 copy from a retailer and I was wondering if I can reuse the product key if I used it on this computer, deleted the OS, and re-installed Windows 7, can I reuse the same product key? It’ll be on the same computer, and the old OS would be gone. Just wondering if the product key would still work.

steve answers:

I am not exactly sure what you mean by this … If your oem windows 7 has ever been installed on another machine or a different motherboard then no, you cant. Even if it was erased from said machine it won’t work because oem windows is locked to the motherboard. Retail windows 7 does not lock, it can be installed on any one computer at a time. If you bought a new copy of w7 and erased the current OS on the machine and installed your copy then yes. The whole re-install is a nit confusing, makes it sound like you are trying to reuse a copy of w7. And that won’t work, after 30 days it will tell you your copy of windows is not genuine.

Chris asks…

Where can i buy a windows 7 professional product key?

My product key for windows 7 professional has been considered invalid during the activation process and i cant find the section of the Microsoft store that sells new cd keys could somone provide a link to where i could buy a valid key?

steve answers:

Hey, guy, i compared about ten online stores, like ebay, amazon, microsoft.com, newegg, and some independent sites, like Windows7onlinestore.com .
You will be assured to purchase from ms online store, but from my once experience, their service it not that good. So I decided not to go there.
The price on ebay and amazon seems a little high. They i google it, and found many sites selling it.
It’s really hard to recognize which one sells the genuine key. Therefore, i sent emails to several sites i’m interested.
Windows7onlinestore.com was the fastest site to reply to my email. And i continued to ask many questions, about the ligelity, payment, guarantee, and refund policy.
I was very satisfied with the reply, ps. They gave me 10% discount as i need two, aha. So I decided to try to buy one first to check.
In 20 mins, i received my key and download links. What happened? It worked perfectly… And then i bought another one with 15% discount they gave me
really a happy online experience, so i recommend you.

Mark asks…

Can I reuse my Windows 7 Professional Product Key?

I want to completely delete my OS and reinstall it because the current version I’m using is not genuine, but my entire computer right now has a bunch of issues I can’t seem to fix, and it has nothing to do with malicious software, adware, malware, worms, viruses or anything. Just weird corrupted programs and features of windows 7 itself.

So I want to know, if I use my product key now, but delete my OS and redownload Windows 7 but genuinely with the new CD and the product key, will the product key work again? The old OS would be gone btw.
Yes the Key and CD is legit, and I think its retail since I bought it from a retailer.

steve answers:

If the product key is legit, it is good for up to 3 uses I believe.

*EDIT: 3 uses on 1 system.

Lisa asks…

question using my windows 7 product key?

ok so… on my desktop i have windows 7 my brother installed it (illegaly) im assuming and it says i have to activate my product key whenever i get on my computer but i can just hit activate later on it like i can still do everything get on internet and upload files and everything else but i might get a laptop and i want to move windows 7 from my pc to my laptop but i dont have any of the papers so is it possible? also my mom bought a laptop from rent a center with windows 7 on it already and i need to clean out her laptop so i just want to uninstall everything but the product key and everything is smudged/ faded away except for the number above the barcode could i somehow get the info from it?
also how do i find the (i think its the product code) on my computer i thought you could find it without going to a website..? is it possible?

steve answers:

You can work on your computer even if you don’t have a genuine windows key but the pop ups are very annoying. You can transfer data from the PC to your laptop, you just cant do it yourself. You need to take your PC to a local Computer Shop and have them transfer the data.( or call an professional over to your house). If you want to get the Barcode info just use Barcode Scanner, its an app both for iPhone and Android. (assuming you have one ) You can find lots a keys on the internet. Search for them on The Pirate Bay or KickAss. Also you can find them on Youtube, just search Windows Genuine Key. Of course you can use the key for a while but then it will ask you for a genuine key.

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Your Questions About Gucci Watches http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-gucci-watches-12/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-gucci-watches-12/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:08:09 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-gucci-watches-12/

Sandy asks…

I have money saved up and want to spend it?

I recently broke my watch accidently and i am lost without one. I also need a new laptop because I’m starting sixth form soon. I have around £900-£1000 saved up and would like to buy a nice gucci watch that would look stylish and last a long while. But I also would like a laptop. Any ideas? And before you guys say to buy a cheaper watch and get a laptop, the watch I saw was pretty awesome and my hearts set on that. Any ideas on what to do? My dad said he MIGHT consider buyin me the watch for my eighteenth

steve answers:

You’ve answered yourself! Your dad might be buying you the watch. Just be patient and take the gamble. You can still buy it later if he doesn’t. Win/Win!

I wouldn’t buy a watch that is made in the same factory in china as everything else. Following brands is being SOLD to. This is why that rapper in the song on the radio rants about £$50 for a T-SHIRT!?” don’t get conned buying a Gucci watch. No one will be able to tell.

As for a laptop. Again don’t be sold to by marketing. Most laptops are Intel inside. Don’t spend double on a Mac/very high end model that has the same hardware under the bonnet.

Technically laptops doubnle in power and half in price roughly every two years. If I had £1k for a laptop… That’s right. Id spend 500 now. And then another £500 in a few years time.

Put £300 in the bank.
Let your dad buy the watch
Spend no more than £500 on a laptop.
Spend the leftover £100 quid on treating yourself for being smart about it :-)

Meanwhile the £300 in your bank kicks off saving for your next object of desire!

Good luck!

Sharon asks…

can i identify my gucci watch, i have the model # and serial #?

I need to identify the year (age) of my Gucci watch. I have the model and serial #’s

steve answers:

That information is good to have, but pictures on here or a link to the pictures would help. Do you still have the box and/or papers that came with it?

Susan asks…

What are the most popular luxury watch brands worldwide?

I’m doing a bit of ad-hoc research, and was wondering what the most popular luxury watch brands in different countries were.

I read a report that said Rolex and Tag Heuer were at the top for the USA.

Does anyone know what the top 5 are in places like Britain, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia etc?

Thanks

steve answers:

Omega
Citizen
Seiko
Breitling
Tag Heuer
Cartier
Invicta
Kenneth Cole
Patek Philippe
Guess
Bulova
Longines
Skagen
Rado
Rolex
Gucci
Tissot

George asks…

What are a list of well known & lasting quality watches?

Hey guys I’m interested in purchasing a new watch for around no more than $1000 dollars at maximum and i was just wondering if anyone out there has some advice for maybe a certain brand / model but I’d be thankful of i could grab a list of well known brands for their quality etc.

Cheers.

steve answers:

Skagen
bulova
gucci
coach
tag heuer (my favorite!) – they last forever (think your son’s son could wear it someday), the warranty is excellent, service is superb and people recognize the tag.

Nancy asks…

Where is the cheapest Duty Free shop to buy a watch?

I’m thinking of buying a nice watch as a gift for my father, something like an Omega or Tag. In your opinion, what is the best place to buy one in Asia/Middle East?

steve answers:

In Karachi I bought a ‘Gucci’ diamond/gold ladies wrist watch for $50 off a guy in the local market.

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Your Questions About Titans http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-titans-6/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-titans-6/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:07:56 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-titans-6/

Thomas asks…

How much longer should Chris Johnson keep holding out on the Titans?

He definately out played his existing contract last year gaining over 2,000 running the football. But the Titans seem so far not willing to re-structure his contract. Last night at the ESPY awards he seem to open the door to temporary contract in order to participate in training camp. Do you think he should stick to his guns and keep sitting out? Or should he admit he wants to come back and just report to training camp?

steve answers:

99.9 percent of the time i dont believe in hold outs, but Chris Johnson is the exception to the rule. He is undoubtedly the best RB in the NFL right now and is getting paid less than some back ups, including his own. Football is a dangerous sport, and if he gets hurt seriously in the first game of the season, where does that leave him??? I say hold out until he gets his money.

Charles asks…

Is anyone else rooting for the Titans to do good?

Besides the teams in the AFC south I think this is a great story for the NFL starting out 0-6 then reeling off 5 straight. Then the amazing drive to end the game today. Im not a Titans fan, but I hope they beat the Colts next week. Anyone else agree?

steve answers:

I’m a Cowboys fan; but since the Titans don’t play Dallas this year I’m kind of pulling for them, too. Good for them; this has the making of a nice comeback story for both the team and Vince Young.

Daniel asks…

Who do you think wins the TItans Patriots preseason game?

I have to think it’s the Titans. They are approaching it like a regular season game and they do have Vince Young playing for four series. Not to mention they have to face Bullocks wrath after the Patriots crossed the line with unproffesionalism in their postgame celebration of the 2006 final game.

steve answers:

Here’s the key word,”PRE-SEASON” coaches honestly do not give a rats ass if they win or lose in the preseason. You dont want to show to much and you dont want to risk injuries.
So flip a coin and you have a good chance of being right. But we all know who the better of those 2 teams is!! Pats would kill ‘em. And i totally dont like the pats. I’m a seahawk!!!

Maria asks…

What is the order of the teen titans go comic books?

so i wanna buy the teen titans go comic book series but i dont know the order of the books. i dont want to depend on wikipedia cuz i know they mess up sometimes.

steve answers:

1: A Kid’s Game (#1-7)
#2: Family Lost (#1/2, #8-12)
#3: Beast Boys and Girls (#13-15, Beast Boy #1-4)
#4: The Future is Now (#16-23)
#5: Teen Titans/ Outsiders: Insiders (#24-26, Outsiders #24-25, #28)
#6: Life and Death (#29-33, Teen Titans Annual #1, Robin #146-147)
#7: Titans Around the World (#34-41)
#8: Titans East (#42-47)
#9: Titans of Tomorrow (#50-54)
#10: On the Clock (#55-61)
#11: Changing of the Guard (#62-69)
#12: Deathtrap (#70, Teen Titans Annual #2, Titans #12-13, Vigilante #5-6)
#13: Child’s Play (#71-78)
#14: Hunt for Raven (#79-87)*

Robert asks…

How can I write to the writers of Teen titans on cartoon Network.?

I am personally outraged by the ending to the teen titans series and i need some answers. I thought the best way to do this would be to write to the creators of teen titans. I realize that The Teen Titans was discontinued but i still have hope that maybe they could continue the series. The point is I need some kind of address for the creators of teen titans i need a way to get in touch with them so that they will respond. Thank you for your help.

steve answers:

Teen titans was my favorite cartoon. Tell the writers how much money they’d make if they made a teen titans movie in theaters. If they made a movie the cartoons will probably show up on t.v. Again kind of like spider-man, x-men, batman, etc.

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Your Questions About Pedal Board Setup http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-pedal-board-setup-9/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-pedal-board-setup-9/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:07:49 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-pedal-board-setup-9/

Nancy asks…

I’m having trouble with my pedal board configuration. whats the best way to arrange pedals?

I have a Ibanez WH-10 Wah, Boss CE-1 Chorus & BD- 2 Blues driver. I also have a Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion on the way. I just dont feel im getting the crystal clear sound i want. I also have a MG 10 series Marshall and a Fender American Standard Stratocaster.

steve answers:

In general you want buffer, tuner, then compression to start your signal chain off. After that the rules are less set in stone, but my suggestion would be:

Guitar – BD2 – CE1 – Wah

This would follow the “standard” rules… Distortion then modulation then time-based. I have noticed that putting a chorus pedal before the distortion pedal can be interesting when both are on, but I prefer still prefer it after. Likewise a wah can be interesting before either of the others, but I tend to prefer it afterwards….. Especially if it has a volume or solo boost function, that way I can stomp on it and get a volume boost for single note solo stuff, if the song calls for it. Even without, the sound is better using the wah if it’s last in the signal chain.

I’ll tell you this… Tone does not come from pedals. The biggest impact on tone is your speakers and your amp, in that order.

If your amp has smaller than 10″ speakers, no pedal you can get will make it sound good. On the other hand, a couple of 12′s will really open up the sound and push more air.

As far as your settings go on your amp, it can be very easy to bog your tone down. If you want clarity, then you need to make sure you that don’t push too much bass and keep the gain down. More gain = less clarity, less dynamics, and more noise, which are all anti-clarity. You should only use as much gain as you absolutely need. If you feel that you can’t get enough crunch without diming the gain, then you need to get hotter pickups. Push plenty of treble, keep mids no lower than 50% (mids = volume, no volume = no clarity), and feel free to play around with the countour knob. I play harder stuff, so I like to keep it more to the right, but that’s up to you.

I would also recommend lowering the bass side of your pickups a bit. Reducing the bass response improves clarity, since it’s the bass frequencies that saturate a gain stage first. More room for treble = more room to hear wtf is actually happening in your sound. Less bass also = less mud for the other instruments you may be playing with.

Doing this reduces the “chunk factor” somewhat, and may or may not require messing with the gain knob. The goal should be to never have the gain knob over 75%.

Also, reducing the gain of your other distortion sources (the distortion pedals) will increase clarity overall as well. Of course, balance this against the type of sound that you want.

Since you didn’t say what type of sound you were going for, I can’t make too many assumptions, but usually the biggest issues with a setup come from level, gain, and eq differences.

Saul

Helen asks…

I’m starting my pedal board & need help. What’s best for the tone I’m going for?

Ok, so I have a peavey 6505 running through a marshall 4×12 (soon to be a mesa boogie). I play my ltd EC-1000 with EMG active pickups & it sounds amazing. Now I am somewhat new to pedals. I want to achieve a heavy yet melodic sound, somewhat like the bands adaliah, the ghost inside or for the fallen dreams. Like this: http://youtu.be/cx0ZOfB_HK4
So, I am think of getting a boss ch-1, dd-3 & a digitech digiverb to start off because they are all around 40$ used which is around my budget. Would those be good choices for the tone I’m going for? Would I need a noise suppressor for those pedals (I always thought you need the noise suppressor when you add a distortion pedal but am not sure)? Is there another forum page where I could ask this question & get some feedback? I have read elsewhere that a maxon od808 or Ibanez ts9 & a bbe stomp box maximizer would help get that high end when recording (With a noise gate of course). ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED :)

steve answers:

Definitely a Maxon OD808 or an Ibanez TS9 and a noisegate. ISP Decimators are great noise gates, but pretty expensive.

My setup is a Line 6 POD HD500 into a 6505+, and I use a screamer (based on the TS9), a delay (I forget which one, I think it’s a tape echo), a reverb (I dislike the amp’s spring reverb), a phaser (MXR Phase 90 copy), a digital chorus for cleans, a Wah (think it’s an Ibanez Weeping Demon copy), and two noise gates, a hard one and a soft one for technical reasons that I don’t really want to/need to explain.

David asks…

guitar pedals?

just wondering ive got a line 6 spider II amp and am intending to buy a few boss effects pedals. i was just wondering how would i run the setup and is my amp ok for putting the pedals through?

steve answers:

You have to run patch cords from the Line 6 into one of the Boss pedals, then from that one into the next etc. Most every amp should be able to handle the pedals. If you get crazy buying pedals, consider buying a pedal board for easier connecting your collection.

Carol asks…

What guitar effect pedals are being used in this picture?

This is the setup of guitarist Nick McCabe (of The Verve). What guitar pedals/effects are shown in this picture? What’s his setup?

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=193640499&albumID=0&imageID=9697571

Thanks!

steve answers:

I can only pick a few of them out.

The big green pedal in the upper left-hand part of the pedal board is a Line 6 DL-4 delay modeling pedal. The orange pedal in the lower right-hand section looks like a Seymour Duncan distortion pedal of some kind. The wah pedal is a Morley. There’s also a Voodoo Labs power supply on the board as well.

The orange box laying on it’s side in front of the pedal board is probably an MXR Phase 90. The long white pedal to the left of the pedal board is the controller for a Gibson Echoplex.

It’s not a very good picture, that’s all I can pick out.

Greetings from Austin, Tx

Ken

Ruth asks…

What type of guitar pedals would you recommend or would you use these ones?

I’m looking at creating my own pedal board. I have been playing guitar for about 3 years now and have just upgraded my guitar and amp. I did have an Epiphone Special II Les Paul and the little 10w practice amp it came with when I first started out. Just recently I saved up my money and bought a Gibson Les Paul Studio with a Vox Valvetronix 30watt amp. The Vox has a few effects built in but I’ve always had a bit of a thing for pedals and would now like to create my own pedalboard. So what I’m asking is what is the essential pedals to have? So far I would like a “Way Huge” Swollen Pickle Fuzz Pedal, Boss Blues Driver pedal and a Slash crybaby wah. They’re just the ones I have tried with my LP and have really liked the sound that they produced, powered by a Dunlop DC brick.

Do I need things like an equalizer or enhancer pedal? I’m not looking to buy a million pedals and go over the top, just a few that I quite like. Is there any other pedal I should add? Thank you!

steve answers:

Personally, I’m a big fan of KISS (keep it simple, Saul!). After spending a few years gigging, and having just about everything wrong happen that could happen, I went from a rack-mount setup with multiple MIDI-controlled preamps, at least six pedals, and multiple EQs, to no more than four pedals and a power amp.

Try to figure out the exact sounds that you want to make, and go from there. I’ve found that I like the *clean* sounds that many multifx pedals can supply – in that sense, something like my Boss GT-3 absolutely rules. I get an onboard tuner, compression, chorus, delay, EQ, all that junk, and I can use a separate wah and distortion pedal and get everything I need.

When I’ve had an only-analog-pedal setup, I’ve had a a distortion pedal (usually a Boss Metalcore, but after modding my Boss Metal Zone, I’ve been going back to it more often), a wah, a chorus, and a delay. A Dunlop 535Q wah, everything else is Boss. The CE-1 chorus is a great pedal. Another spectacular pedal is the H20 (made by…?), it’s a combination echo/chorus, really a gorgeous sound.

I really like having EQ, I think it is a good way to get a wide variety of tones, especially when put after a distortion pedal. If you like to tweak your tone, this is a great way to go about it. It’s better, in my mind, to have an EQ pedal than to buy pedal after pedal looking for that “perfect tone”… Sometimes a bit of tweaking with an EQ pedal can deliver the tone you’re looking for.

If your amp does not have an effects loop, then I would not get an enhancer pedal. They work best in an effects loop – they can give a lot of sparkle and extra “pop”, but.. Well, yeah. In an fx loop you’ll hear it, in your signal chain you won’t hear much of a difference, if any.

So, to wrap up…. I would say that you need a solid distorted tone, one or more “modulation” effects (chorus, flanger, phaser), a wah pedal, and a delay pedal. An EQ pedal is optional, but useful if you like to tweak your tone and want more usefulness/variety from your gear.

Something I’ve found is that I like to put my wah pedal after my multifx unit, rolled back just a little. This helps “smooth” out the sometimes-digital tone, and gives it a bit of mid emphasis, useful for cutting through the mix.

My two cents,

Saul

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Your Questions About Intel Graphics Card Comparison http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-intel-graphics-card-comparison-5/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-intel-graphics-card-comparison-5/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:07:53 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/02/24/your-questions-about-intel-graphics-card-comparison-5/

Charles asks…

which graphics card is better? AMD Radeon HD 6570 2gb or Nvidia 9800gt 1gb?

I’m fairly inexperienced in this stuff and I’ve looked at different comparison websites but they seem to contradict eachother, so i’m not entirely sure.

My pc specs are as follows if that is a factor in all of this:
Processors: Core i7-2600 3.4 GHz, DMI 2.5GT/s
Chipset: Intel H67
Memory: 8 GB DDR3

steve answers:

Get the 6570, generally, it’s better.

For a start, the 9800gt is about 3 years old…

The 6570 is a mid range card. Gets playable frames on Crysis 2, high settings @ 1680 x 1050.

The 9800GT actually has exactly the same score on:

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=GeForce+9800+GT

But, the 6570 tends to be cheaper, has an extra gig of memory and is a DX11 card… Which would tip the scales for me, personally.

Lisa asks…

Laptop comparison?

I was wondering, would a HP compaq 6510b having a specs of, Intel core 2 duo T7300 (2.0Ghz), 2GB of RAM, Intel 128MB graphics card, 120GB hard drive with 3 year warrenty for S$2099 be better than a DellVostro 1400 with specs of Intel Core 2 duo (2.2GHz), 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive and 3 year warrenty for S$1888? Thanks, please dont consider the support in this review!

Cheers

steve answers:

I would prefer DELL just for the brand.

Try googling arpound for comparison. BTW, few weeks ago I’ve came across pretty good directory – http://allreplies.com/laptop/choosing-laptop/

Mark asks…

Video Card Comparison? Which is better?

I purchased a new game, Civ 5, installed it, and tried to play it, but every time I try to launch it a black window pops up for about a second, disappears, and then nothing happens. I thought my computer was up-to-date enough for the game, but apparently it’s not. All of my system requirements seem to meet the minimum system requirements for Civ 5, except for the graphics. I am unsure of the graphics. Here are the minimum graphics requirements for Civ 5:

Graphics: 256 MB ATI HD2600 XT or better, 256 MB nVidia 7900 GS or better, or Core i3 or better integrated graphics

This is what is under Display Adapters in Device Manager in Windows XP.

Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family

I don’t which cards are better, so I come here in case you know off hand. I’ll search the Internet if you don’t know however. Thanks!

Isaiah

steve answers:

From most powerful to least
nVidia 7900 GS
ATI HD 2600 XT
Intel HD Graphics (i3/i5 processors)
Intel GMA 3100 (contained in the G33/G31 chipset)

Your GMA 3100 graphics are only half the power of Intel’s HD Graphics which is the minimum recommended. I.e. Your graphics solution is too weak to play that game.

If you have a desktop, ANY current graphics card will bring you up to the Core i3 level or higher (potentially MUCH higher). Civilization V recomments a moderately powerful video card of ATI Radeon HD 4800 series for the smoothest gameplay.

In current video cards, I would recommend the nVidia (Fermi) GTS 450 or ATI Radeon HD 5750 or higher. Those are in the $130 range and will usually require a power supply upgrade to your system as well. But they will play Civ V and any other game with about 8x more graphic power than your current integrated chipset.

Jenny asks…

In comparison, which of these video cards is better for gaming:?

I need to know if an ATI Raedon Xpress 1150 video card is better or worse than an Intel® Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD. The former is my current card, but I’m thinking about buying a new laptop that has the latter.

steve answers:

Ouch! If you’re shopping for a new laptop, go better than the Intel GMA 4500MHD, please :)

The Radeon Xpress 1150 is the 170th best mobile graphics adapter. The GMA 4500MHD is 136th best. So it’s better, but not by enough to justify a new machine.

While it’s much newer, Intel’s GMA chipsets are the dregs of laptop video compared to ATI and Nvidia. Here’s a list of most current laptop graphics adapters. I recommend sticking with something in the Class 2 category if your budget allows, certainly don’t drop below class 3.

For gaming, I suggest taking a look at Asus and Gateway P series laptops. Those often have better graphics cards than usual for their price range.

Mandy asks…

Which graphic card is better for gaming between these 2?

2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M Processor (3M Cache, 2.30 GHz) or
Intel® Core™ i7-740QM Processor (6M cache, 1.73 GHz)

heres the link for comparison:
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http://ark.intel.com/compare/52224,49024

which one supports nvidia graphics card better or don’t matter? or which is better in your view…
please explain it to me, you pros out there :)
shiiit my main question got wrong LOL… i meant to write “which processor is better for gaming?”… please compare em’ and give me ur views please.. thanks a lot :]

steve answers:

First of all, those are CPUs, not graphics cards. Second, the Core i7-740QM is about 7% faster than the 2410M. But for gaming, I’d prefer the 2410M since its cores are much faster and most games can’t take full advantage of the additional cores in the 740QM.

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