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Laptopsunder500bucks.com » Your Answers to Questions about Laptops,Netbooks & Tablets http://laptopsunder500bucks.com Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:08:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 Your Questions About Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-windows-7-professional-32-bit-7/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-windows-7-professional-32-bit-7/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:08:09 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-windows-7-professional-32-bit-7/

Ken asks…

Can I install Windows 7 64-bit on my Toshiba Satellite A205-S5825?

It’s running the standard 5400rpm SATA HD that came with the computer, and I honestly don’t know how all that works when you upgrade to 64-bit. I do know that I’d love the extra speed on my computer.

So my question is, can I upgrade my 32-bit Windows Vista OS to this pretty new box which contains a 64-bit Windows 7 Professional disc?

steve answers:

Well if you are looking for speed its not necessary that you will get speed but if you want to use more than 3gb of ram then you can opt for 64bit ..what i have seen there is a lot of incompatibility with programs when u run them on 64 bit and it dosent feel fast on the surface but if u have a lot of ram like 8gb then you must have 64 bit as 32 bit can only use max 3gb ram …

Betty asks…

Will Adobe Photoshop 7 work properly on Windows XP Professional 64-bit? (Drivers compatible)?

I’ve heard that some programs that have 32 bit drivers won’t work on Windows XP Pro 64-bit. Is Adobe Photoshop 7 compatible with 64-bit Windows XP?

steve answers:

Programs don’t have drivers. Hardware does.

Most 32-bit software will work fine, but occasionally there are some problems.

However, Windows XP 64-bit had very poor 32-bit support. If it does work, not only features may work 100% correctly. I know that even Illustrator CS3 has some bugs with Windows Vista 64-bit, which handles 32-bit applications even better.

So, if you are planning on getting Windows XP 64-bit, wait for Windows 7 to come out. It gets released tomorrow.

Charles asks…

Windows 7 64 bit or 32 bit for gaming on macbook pro?

Hi all :)
What should I install ,,,,,,, Home Premium ,,,,, Ultimate ,,,,,, Professional ….. 32 bit ,,, 64 bit
For 3d Gaming , Video Editing and huge softwares…

I have Macbook pro15 intel core i7 ,, 4GB Memory

steve answers:

Well all those versions do the same core functions, they just have more features as you get higher up. So for gaming only you dont need ultimate or pro (unless you have older games that require ‘xp mode’ to run) and 64 is always better then 32!

Maria asks…

Can my computer run Windows 7 32-bit?

I was wondering if I could run Windows 7 32-bit despite the 7 year old motherboard.
It is running a Intel Pentium 4 processor(3.00GHz),
2GB of RAM,
160 GB hard drive space,
Current OS is Windows XP Professional SP2, version 2002

steve answers:

Download the Windows 7 upgrade advisor, it will scan your pc and tell you whether it`s possible.

William asks…

How do I upgrade from Vista 32-bit to 7 Professional 64-bit?

I bought Windows 7 Professional 64-bit today. Currently, my Dell XPS is running Vista 32-bit. It came pre-installed with 64-bit except it was incredibly glitchy so I installed 32-bit myself. Anyways… After hours of mindless downloading and unpacking, I’m having trouble installing 7. My belief is that it has to do with the fact that I’m running 32-bit now. However… Microsoft said nothing about incompatibility on their website. It seemed as though my choice between 32-bit and 64-bit depended solely on whether or not my computer had the specifications for it to run. Anyways, I tried restoring my computer to the original factory image so that I would be able to upgrade the Vista 64-bit to the 7 64-bit. Unfortunately, my computer told me that because 32-bit is installed, I can’t restore it to the original 64-bit.
I’m so completely frustrated!!! Does anyone know how I can force the install so that I don’t have to retrieve the Vista 64-bit installation CD?

steve answers:

Unluckily, it is not possible to upgrade a 32-bit system to 64-bit system. So, if you try upgrade option during setup, you will get an error. The only way you can install is either using recovery cd to return to factory state or using custom option during setup and formatting the drive where your current os is installed and making a clean install. As you say factory image does not work, the only that will work for you seems like a clean install.

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Your Questions About 2gb Ipod Shuffle http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-2gb-ipod-shuffle-3/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-2gb-ipod-shuffle-3/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:07:56 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-2gb-ipod-shuffle-3/

Lizzie asks…

How many songs will a 2gb ipod shuffle hold?

steve answers:

About 250. But depends on how large the songs are. If your downloading 8-9 minute songs like Stairway to Heaven then youll probably only get about 150 on it.

Mandy asks…

How many songs can a 2gb iPod shuffle hold?

steve answers:

About 500 Songs

James asks…

Should i get a 6gb ipod nano or keep ipod shuffle 2gb i like new style got enough mo?

or keep ipod shuffle 2gb i like new style got enough money anyway all my sings on there are rubbish and i wont a fresh start.
sorry meant 8 gb also theres a 16 gb but to much money

steve answers:

There is no 6 GB ipod Nano.

Steven asks…

How to delete a single song from apple ipod 2GB shuffle 4th generation?

steve answers:

Plug in to itunes
Click on it under devices
Now scroll down
Check “Manually Manage Music and Videos”
Go back to under devices.
Click on the drop down menu to the left of your devices name.
Find the song you want to delete.
Right click and “Delete” :)

Donna asks…

2gb ipod shuffle in stores when?

I know its supposed to be near the end of the month, but does anyone know when the new 2gb ipod shuffle will ship to stores?

steve answers:

Sometime next week, my guess is Tuesday-Thursday.

Just preorder it online from somewhere out of state, where you won’t have to pay shipping, then you won’t pay sales tax…and you’ll get it when you get it.

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Your Questions About Orange Laptops Contract http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-orange-laptops-contract-6/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-orange-laptops-contract-6/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:08:04 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-orange-laptops-contract-6/

Steven asks…

If I change my broadband provider would I be certain to get a better speed?

As they all use the same cables anyway, I’m wondering if it would make any difference. I’m with Orange who regularly give me speeds of less than 5 but although they all advertise fantastic speeds it’s well known that these are the maximum and not everyone will get them. By the way, I’m not far from an exchange.

steve answers:

If close to an exchange you should get a lot more than 5mb. Could be your computer might need tweaking before you go to the hassle of changing companies.
(try something like tune up utilities)

Keep in mind that wired is much much faster than wireless so try that.

All companies using the same copper line will have the same speed.

The only other option is to get Virgin Media fibre optic broadband which, is much better.

I pay for 60mb broadband and I actually get around 62.4mb and it never goes under 58mb.
(my other laptop in the bedroom uses wifi and i still get over 22mb on that one!)

Its definitely worth getting fibre optic… Not sure if Sky is doing it as well, but shop around first and see whats available in your area, and compare the prices.

Also cancelling a contract may cost you cancellation fees that you may not have expected.

I hope that helps!

Linda asks…

Cheapest place to rent a laptop for a month?

I’m traveling to Europe for a month and taking a class, and I’d like to have an Internet-access laptop with me. What’s the cheapest place? I cannot buy one, so please do not just say to.

steve answers:

Most places that rent notebooks are going to require minimum 3 month contracts. If you get a notebook it will pretty much work at most hotels and coffee shops over there. All notebooks you get will have wifi built in, but of course you’ll need to use a hotspot.

But if you think youre going to go WWAN (anywhere access) you aren’t going to be able to do this. You would have to PAY for a WWAN card (like tmobile, verizon, cingulair, orange, etc) about 150 US dollars, then have to pay for a WWAN contract at about 60 a month and most of those have 2 year minimums. Even if you get the card here, you would need to make sure it works on their network.

Europe has tons of internet cafe’s and all good hotels will have business centers and will have wifi hotspots for their residents. You’ll have no problem with this option

Have fun on your trip! Good luck in your class!

Carol asks…

Who is the cheapest company to connect my mobile via bluetooth to my pc to surf the web in the uk?

Gonna be without an internet connection and want to know how I can get round it. I’m connected to O2 if that makes any difference?

steve answers:

Contact 02, your probebly resticted to a contract, If you want to fork out the expence you can buy a card to plug into your laptop that links to the mobile phone network, but it doesn’t come cheap. That is avalible from vodaphone, Orange, (that I know of).

Hope that helps.

Susan asks…

Can i put my phone sim into my dongle and get unlimited internet access?

I have a 3G unlimited internet contract on my phone, can i take the sim out of my phone and put it in my 3G dongle and get unlimited internet access on my laptop with no extra charge to my phone bill?

steve answers:

Yeah it is possible to do that , i dont it only i connected my mobile to the computer and used it as i had unlimited mobile internet from orange. But be careful though when you are doing it though, there is a fair usage policy on unlimited tariffs, if you go over that you might get a nasty suprise when you get your next phone bill.

Lizzie asks…

[UK]Whats the best monthly mobile contract for Unlimited data?

I don’t text very much or call very much but i use the internet/data a hell of a lot on my iPhone 36S. I used to be on contract but went pay as you go, i want to switch back but on the lowest contract possible with unlimited data. Im currently on Orange, dont mind moving.

steve answers:

If you particularly want to go on contract then I would suggest 3. However, the lowest they go with unlimited data is £13 per month, for the Samsung Galaxy mini. Have a look at the Ultimate Internet 100 plan, on the page below.

Http://store.three.co.uk/view/product/ql_catalog/threecatdevice/2253;jsessionid=21063A760F1EB08EBCA840B9973ACA85?priceplan=PAY_MONTHLY

If you want to stick with pay as you go, then I would suggest giffgaff. Have a look at the £10 goodybag, and see if it suits your needs. The unlimited data here is truly unlimited, with no fair use policy. As long as you don’t tether your phone to your laptop, you will be fine.

Http://giffgaff.com/goodybags/10pound-facebook-goodybag

If you decide to order a giffgaff sim, please do so from the link below. The first time you top up by at least £10, you get an extra £5 credit, and I get 500 points towards payback credit, which earns me £5. I will receive this payback just before Christmas. You can earn payback too, by recruiting customers and participating on the forum. The payback could pay for your usage for the year, if you earn enough of it.

Http://giffgaff.com/orders/affiliate/borobabe

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Your Questions About Pedal Board Cables http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-pedal-board-cables-6/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-pedal-board-cables-6/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:07:56 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-pedal-board-cables-6/

John asks…

can some one please explain guitar pedal boards to me?

in a pedal board do you hook up all of the pedals together and what do i do with the remaining chord after i hooked all of them together. explain everthing. yes im a begginer

steve answers:

It’s pretty simple. Every pedal has an input and an output. Some will only have one input / output, some will have a stereo input / output that has 2 options for each.

For the time being just use one cable for each piece of the chain.

So guitar goes into the input of your 1st pedal with a cable. Then use another cable to go from the output of the 1st pedal to the input of the 2nd pedal. A 3rd cable will go from the output of your 2nd cable to the input of your 3rd pedal. Then last cable runs from the output of the 3rd pedal to the input of your amp.

If one of your pedals does have a stereo input / output combination just use the mono connection which is usually the Left channel.

There is a recommend order for pedals as well. Distortion – Vibrato – Chorus – Delay is ideal.

But without listing what you have, you’ll just have to play around with it.

Patch cables are best for in between pedals.

Mandy asks…

How could I build my own mini pedal board?

I have:

BOSS AC-3 Acoustic Simulator Compact Pedal
BOSS RC-2 Loop Station Compact Pedal
BOSS DS1 Distortion Compact Pedal
a Pocket POD

I also have a boss psa adaptor, and daisy chain cables and all the wires I need. Its just building a cool little board.

steve answers:

You can get really cheap pedal boards without power, that come with bags or in a hard case, but if you want to build one. . . (been thinking about this myself lately.

I’d start by spacing out my pedals on a piece of paper and tracing a rectangle around them. Maybe leave room for a couple more.

I’d probably go with 3/8″ plywood and cut the board, trying to round the corners if you have the tools for it. The next step would be to get some dark fabric, or paint to cover the board. To make it look nice, use a dark primer to start, then paint multiple thin coats. If fabric get a heavy-duty staple gun to attach.

Then, you need to think about feet, or angles. You might cut some wedged pieces as a base to angle your board up.

You might build little “rails” for the pedals to rest on the front.

You could also use velcro tape to secure the pedals.

I saw a guy who built a box that clipped onto the board for carrying.

The sky is really the limit, but it all depends on your carpentry skills, and how much your time is worth to you. If you spend hours and have to buy new tools, perhaps buying a manufactured board would be cheaper.

James asks…

How do you power your pedal board?

I heard of this Voodoo Lab Pedal Power i was thinking on getting it because right now they are on batteries and die all the time

steve answers:

I’ve got Voodoo Labs supplies on 2 of my pedal boards, and I can’t say enough good things about them.

Each output is isolated from the others, which means 2 things:
– If a pedal shorts or fails in a way that draws a lot of current, it won’t affect the power to anything else
– NO GROUND LOOPS!!!!!

The ground loop thing is huge. If you use something like a 1-Spot to power your board, then you’ve got a ground through the power AND a ground through your audio cables. Sometimes it works…sometimes it’s noisy.

There are others out there now as well. Dunlop makes a fine supply, as does a new company called Decibel 11.

I’ll say this…running your pedals on batteries is (electrically) the most noise free way to go…but they do die. The Voodoo Labs is just as quiet.

Greetings from Austin, TX
Ken

Robert asks…

Guitar Pedal Board – Set Up …?

How do i set up aload of guitar pedals about 5 – 6 to an amp….

Thanks

steve answers:

If you have the cables for the pedals (they are small, about 3” or more, you can buy them at the music store if you don’t), you should be able to plug them into each other. I.e plug the wah pedal into the distortion, etc… So once you have them connected to each other, you want to plug your guitar ( with a regular length cable, or wireless adaptor) into one side, and the amp into the other side.

Charles asks…

How do I make a pedal board?

how do i make a pedal board for my guitar pedals, with outlets for plugs and ac/dc adapters?

steve answers:

Hello, this is actually a very personal question. Making a pedalboard is like choosing a guitar, everyone has different ideas of what is right. First research in the web, look at boards that are made by companies and find the features that you like in a board. Some good sites are:

http://www.lytpedalboards.com/

http://www.nycpedalboards.com/

http://www.nycpedalboards.com/

http://www.trailertrashpedalboards.com/index.htm

http://www.trailertrashpedalboards.com/index.htm

http://www.pedaltrain.com/

I chose plywood for mine, but I routed out 3 openings through the center of the board so that I could route cables under the board, similar to a pedaltrain board. You also need to decide how you want to secure your effects to the board. Most people use hook & loop material (Velcro). Another option is an industrial double sided tape. Power….hmmm, there are many power supplies – Voodoo Labs Pedal Power, The pedal Pad, Dunlop DC Brick, Gator G-Bus-8 and many more. Don’t skimp here, a good power supply will do you a lot of good and keep noise at a minimum. Next determine the maximum amount of pedals that you may have, then plan a layout to determine the size of the board. Cut it out, add Velcro (or whatever you choose to use), attach power and effects. I have 1 – electrical outlet strip and 2 Gator GBus 8′s attached to the bottom of my board that sits at an angle. This allows me all the power that I want and also maximixes my room for effects layout. The other option is to look into a premade board from any of the aboved mentioned companies. Also search musiciansfriend.com, searcxh under pedalboard to see what is available, that may give you more ideas. If you build your own oedalboard, your options are limitless, you just really have to plan and take your time with it. Good luck.

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Your Questions About Pink Slime http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-pink-slime-8/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-pink-slime-8/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:07:52 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/17/your-questions-about-pink-slime-8/

Steven asks…

Pink Slime Ground Beef Q..?

My hubby & I love ground beef & basically meat. This whole pink slime thing is getting me worried. We don’t mind to pay extra to have something healthier or better for our bodies. We shop at Walmart since it’s like 2 mins away but I’m wondering what grocery stores DOESN’T sell pink slime. I thought walmart was fine but some friends of mine don’t say so. Also what brands don’t carry pink slime? I don’t know much about this but I really hate knowing that we are eating stuff like that. Thanks
I hardly eat at mc donalds..thank God. I heard it’s at taco bell too? .. Nevertheless they said they removed it and some grocery stores said the same but I am not one to believe what they say. We aren’t sure where a butcher is at? We are busy people so it can be difficult or out of our way to do that.

steve answers:

I would like to say that the “pink slime” debacle has been blown out of proportion. I know that because I work for Beef Products, Inc. I would first like to say that the official name for “pink slime is Lean Finely Texture Beef (LFTB). LFTB is a 100% USDA inspected beef. There are no bones, no tendons, no organs, no scraps, no additives and no fillers used in the making of LFTB. It is a 95% lean beef. The next scary part is the use of ammonium hydroxide. Not so scary when you get into in. Ammonium hydroxide is used to slightly elevate the pH level in ground beef. This creates an unfriendly environment for bacteria such as samanella and E. Coli O157:h7. Ammonium hydroxide is actually ammonia gas that is puffed onto the meat in very minute and highly regulated amounts. When the ammonia gas comes into contact with the naturally occurring water in ground beef, it becomes ammonium hydroxide. Many foods have ammonium hydroxide used in their process such as baked goods, breads, cheeses, jams, jellies, pudding, chocolates, and condiments. Ammonium hydroxide is naturally occurring in ground beef, plants and in your own body. Tofu actually has 4 times more ammonium hydroxide that a ground beef patties with LFTB. Beef Products, Inc prides itself on food safety. It is the #1 priority of Beef Products, Inc. They also are 1 of the first companies to test for STEC’s Shiga Toxin (Verocytotoxin)-producing Escherichia Coli. Beef Products, Inc started testing for STEC’s in July of 201l although it was not mandated by the USDA until June 4, 2012. Beef Products, Inc has a strict test and hold process. Each finished box of beef is sampled. The samples are sent to an independent laboratory for testing. The boxes are all put on hold until negative test results come back for the facility. Dr. Elisabeth Hagen from the USDA stated that they have tested LFTB for E.Coli O157:h7 and salmanella over 7000 times in the last 3 years without out a positive test result. Beef Products, Inc has served 300 billion meals without a reported sickness or illness of any kind. My conculsion to this question is the “pink slime” is not bad for you. It is lean, safe, nutritious, cost effective and sustainable. According to Dr. Temple Grandin, “pink slime is the new green.” Many food scientists and food safety advocates have come forward to stand behind LFTB, yet none have came forward against it.

Ruth asks…

Does applebees use pink slime?

steve answers:

Applebees food is so bad they most likely use something way worse than pink slime.

Joseph asks…

What is this: pinks line, pig slime, pinks slime?

My opinionated aunt was freaking out, as usual, about something. I’m pretty sure it was pink slime, pig slime, pink lime, pinks line Something but im pretty sure it was pink slime and people were consuming it with animal tits??? and it was gross blah blah blah. Anyway What is it?

steve answers:

Pink slime is something added to ground beef. It’s trimmings left over on the meat house floor that they gather together, put through a process, add chemicals that may not be good for human consumption, etc.

Read about it. Yuck.

Sharon asks…

Do boca burgers contain pink slime?

I really worried about boca burgers containing pink slime. I know it’s in a lot of our meats but why in boca burgers? Anyone know if it does? Also, I got nutted in 3 times last week. My uterus hurts and I puked all day! My boobs are huge as always but are even bigger now! So, do boca burgers contain pink slime and am I Pregnant?

steve answers:

I doubt it isint pink slime a meat filler boca burgers dont have meat they use soy and id take a pregnacy test good luck :)

Lisa asks…

Do boca burgers contain pink slime?

I really worried about boca burgers containing pink slime. I know it’s in a lot of our meats but why in boca burgers? Anyone know if it does? Also, I got nutted in 3 times last week. My uterus hurts and I puked all day! My boobs are huge as always but are even bigger now! So, do boca burgers contain pink slime and am I Pregnant?

steve answers:

NO, there is not pink slime in the Boca burgers. I hate when you girls let your male friends just fuck you, knock it off already.

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Your Questions About Soft Case http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/16/your-questions-about-soft-case-9/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/16/your-questions-about-soft-case-9/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:08:39 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/16/your-questions-about-soft-case-9/

Betty asks…

Where can I buy an ipod classic case online?

I just got an ipod classic (160GB) and i would like a hard case but a soft case would also be ok.

It needs to be able to ship to Australia.

steve answers:

Go to Amazon, you can get anything what you want:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2F&tag=topfivproinf-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325

Paul asks…

What are some ways I could carry my french horn to school on a bike?

I want to ride my bike to school as often as possible, but I have a french horn to bring to school with me. It’s a fixed bell, hard case. Are there any ways I could attach straps to it, or something like that until I get a soft case with straps? pics would be helpful, thanks.

steve answers:

Getting a soft case would make it much easier :)

Do you have a bike basket which can fit your horn? That would probably be the easiest option, though you’d still have to hold it down with luggage straps (http://www.partsworld-uk.com/images/thumbs/0003281_300.jpg) or risk damage.

If not you’ll have to be a little more creative. Do you have an old backpack that will fit the case? Alternatively you could try and fix it to yourself or the back of your bike with hiking clips (which are safe because they won’t open by accident) and elastic cord (http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j00yeCaZAcdiwkt/Elastic-Cord-With-Metal-Clips-in-Each-End-for-Baggage-Cord.jpg). The cord doesn’t have hook ends like the luggage straps so will be safer when you’re cycling. Use the cord to make straps and attach them firmly to your case with the hiking clips. Experiment with that until the straps feels really secure and you’re happy to cycle with it. Remember that you’ll have to go over bumps on your bike – the case mustn’t be able to slip out of the straps (but you have to be able to get your instrument out!)
Good luck!

Sandra asks…

What kind of case would be best for my droid razr MAXX?

I just got the razr maxx for verizon and I definitely am going to be needing a case. I want something I can put into my pocket without it snagging or pulling but is still a softer case (the ones with the silicone under and hard cover are actually preferred). I would also prefer that it doesn’t make the phone much bigger or heavier since it’s already big enough. What I’m most looking for in a case is durability and some extra grip.

steve answers:

You can read user reviews & ratings to help you find a good one for Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX cases & accessories such as the OtterBox case, and more at Amazon.com, the most trusted store online.
Check them out.
> http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&tag=uce-phn-20&node=2407755011&keywords=motorola+droid+razr+maxx

Chris asks…

What iphone case is big and has a soft outside?

I was originally looking at otterbox cases on amazon but I forgot to write down the style otterbox I was looking at. It had two parts: a hard inner case with a screen protector and an outter softer case. It was not straight down the side but rather had raised and flat parts. That’s a terrible description, but I need to find what type this is. Links if you think you know what on earth I’m talking about.

steve answers:

You’re describing the otterbox defender series, the most rugged and tough case otterbox has to offer

Jenny asks…

When traveling, what is the best way to save space in your makeup bags while protecting them?

1 plush soft case- small
1 large caboodles case.

steve answers:

Pack it like usual then wrap it with plastic wrap some ppl even plastic wrap large pieces of luggage

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Your Questions About Intel Graphics Card Download http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/16/your-questions-about-intel-graphics-card-download-4/ http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/16/your-questions-about-intel-graphics-card-download-4/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:08:15 +0000 steve http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/16/your-questions-about-intel-graphics-card-download-4/

Mandy asks…

thinking of buying a a Acer Aspire 5750, it has a Intel HD3000 graphics card will that ruin experience?

i am going to buy a laptop, the Acer Aspire 5750, 8GB ram and 500GB HDD, I5 processor, but it only has a Intel HD3000 intergrated graphics card, will this affect my gaming experience? i am going to be downloading from steam, games such as portal 2, gta…etc Any thoughts?

steve answers:

Few things first, DO NOT buy an acer for games. You will be disapointed as they all use intel graphics GPU that are only fit for displaying documents.
Secondly 8GB is too much memory as windows and games are only designed and constructed around 2GB. (Not many people know this). 4GB ram (proven under testing) will only give the same performance as 8GB.
Dell’s XPS and Alienware range are aimed at gamers and their specs reflect this. Go for an XPS at about £500 GBP or an Alienware at around £1000 GBP and you will have a laptop fit for gaming.
Prices are obviously a lot cheaper in US Dollars $

Lizzie asks…

what graphics driver do i need to download for maplestory?

i have a HP compaq dc5700 and i need to download a graphics driver but i dont know what one to download from this list..

Set Video Refresh Rate Utility for Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, and Vista

Intel Graphics Driver for Microsoft Windows XP

NVIDIA Graphics Driver for Non-HDMI Graphics Cards

Intel Graphics Driver for Microsoft Windows XP

steve answers:

If you have no idea on which driver is needed, you could use driver detective to make choices for u.
Http://www.hp-driver.net/

Mark asks…

Unreal Tournament 3 on Intel Graphics Card?

Hi, i just recently bought Unreal Tournament 3 for my PC but have had some trouble installing it.
I installed it and when i try to run it it gives me an error report. I have gone over the specs recommended and all of mine surpass them except my graphics card. I am currently running on an:
Intel 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
128 Mb Memory
Running with DirectX / Direct3D

I have been searching for somebody with the same problem but have yet to see something. I was thinking maybe there is a patch for me to download to fix a bug like this? Any help would be appreciated.

steve answers:

There isn’t a patch that will fix this problem. And it’s not so much that you need to “change” your graphics card, really you need to purchase one. I’ll explain…

The “Intel 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family” featuring “128MB Memeory” is really just a fancy way of saying that: the Integrated graphics controller on your motherboard is appropriating 128 MB of your system RAM for the purpose of rendering your monitor output. It’s the computer’s way of squeaking by without a graphics card.

You need to go out and buy a physical card with it’s own on memory and processor for the purpose of rendering your game.

Next, considerations when purchasing a new video card:

1) Slot type: Find out what card type your motherboard accepts (PCI-Express or AGP or PCI)

2) Price: A good all around card like a GeForce 8600 GT goes for about a $100. But it, or anything more powerful than it will likely require too much juice for your current supply, so really you’ll end up purchasing two things.

3) Power requirement: The power supply your computer came with may not be sufficiently powerful to run the shiniest of the shiny new cards. (Think 500 watts as a baseline requirement)

And finally some good news… You’ll get your money’s worth. Just by using a physical card versus the integrated processor, you regain the 128MB of RAM the had been allocated to the graphics rendering, which will feel like a RAM boost in terms of performance. I’d even hazard that virtually ANY card will be better than what you have now, for that reason alone.

Now some links:

1) a wattage calculator – should help you get an idea of where you are in the grand scheme of things

2) a graphics card whose performance I was impressed with when I build my friend’s computer, its specs should be fine for playing UT3

Feel free to post a refined question and bring my attention to it in your comments.

Best of Luck…

John asks…

Will this program work for my intel 965 graphics card?

http://www.gmabooster.com/download.htm

Can I pick anyone of them programs to work with my Intel 965 Graphics accelerator?

steve answers:

From the page http://www.gmabooster.com/home.htm
“currently supported chipsets: GMA 950 (mobile Intel® 945 family) and GMA 900 (mobile Intel® 915 family)”
So no… Not according to the people who make it.

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Paul asks…

Is it possible to download graphics drivers so they mimic Nvidia?

I don’t have a very good graphics card (a mobile intel 945GM express chipset) and was wondering if it’s possible to download something for it so that it acts like Nvidia.

I know…probably wishful thinking. Thanks for any answers though.

steve answers:

Yep that’s wishful thinking…Nvidia drivers only work for Nvidia graphics cards, Intel drivers only work for Intel graphics chips. Your Intel graphics chip won’t recognise the Nvidia drivers. Graphics performance is limited to what the graphics HARDWARE is capable of

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Charles asks…

Which is a best laptop HP,COMPAQ,DELL for Graphic Designing.With 3Ram,160GB HD , 512 Graphic Card around 1000$

steve answers:

Compaq

Ruth asks…

Which is a best laptop HP,COMPAQ,DELL for Graphic Designing.With 3Ram,160GB HD , 512 Graphic Card around 1000$

steve answers:

I think Dell is the best.

Sandy asks…

laptop Graphic card help on HP compaq?

hey i have a HP compaq Presario V6000 and i was wondering in i could get an extendable graphics card

steve answers:

Most compaq presario’s are really easy to add things to. I was amazed when i searched for some RAM and it came up with about 1200 pages of reults. You should be able to get a graphics that works just fine.

Ken asks…

Is it possible to take out graphic card from laptop and install it on desktop?

i have a hp laptop but i dont use it anymore. it has a nvidia graphic card
can i take that graphic card out and install it on my hp desktop which has no graphic card at all.

Is it possible
is it gonna work
thanks in advance

steve answers:

No the graphics in the laptop is just a chip not a card. It is soldered in.

Nancy asks…

Which processor and graphic card should I choose for playing PC games on HP Pavilion laptop?

I’m looking online at the HP Pavilion dv6z Select Edition series laptop. I’m not a hardcore video game player but I do want to be able to occasionally play PC games later on in the future such as Crysis 2, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, or Shogun 2: Total Waron. I have already chosen some of the laptop‘s specifications (6GB DDR3 RAM, and 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive) but I’m not sure about the Processor and Graphics Card.

Would the below processor and graphic card be okay for playing PC games like the ones mentioned above.

Processor: AMD Phenom II Triple-Core Mobile Processor P860 (2.0GHz, 1.5MB L2 Cache)

Graphics Card: 512MB DDR3 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6370 switchable graphics [HDMI, VGA]

If not which one of the below processors should I choose. The next available graphic card is the 1GB DDR3 ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6550 switchable graphics [HDMI, VGA].

Processors:
AMD Phenom(TM) II Triple-Core Mobile Processor N870 (2.3GHz, 1.5MB L2 Cache)

AMD Phenom(TM) II Quad-Core Mobile Processor P960 (1.8GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)

AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Mobile Processor N970 (2.2GHz, 2MB L2 Cache)

Also, the above processors and 1GB DDR3 ATI Mobility Radeon graphic card are more expensive, so if the AMD Phenom II Triple-Core Mobile Processor P860 and 512MB DDR3 ATI Mobility Radeon HD graphics card will be okay for occasional PC game playing, it would help bring down the laptop price.

steve answers:

1. Get the Triple core N870 instead. It has the best clock speed of the 3, and most games do not use more than 2 cores though. Really an Intel Core i5 or optimally a Sandy Bridge i5/i7 would be best here

2. If those are your only video card choices, go with 6550 Radeon. It’s an okay gaming chip, not high end or anything,. But it beats the hell out of the 6370

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Sharon asks…

Does tablet and android phone hv same software ?

Or does tablet has more feature, android 2.3,

steve answers:

Depends on the tablet.

You certainly can call and text on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Hey, it will even take phone SIMs too. No need to cut it into a micro SIM like an iPad.

You can hold the big thing right in your ear and respond to calls with it. But if you don’t want to look like Maxwell Smart, you can also use a Bluetooth headset with the Galaxy Tab to respond to calls.

Of course, its going to cost ya and it looks like at least 2x to 3x the original poster’s budget.

For the requested budget, none of the cheap Chinese made tablets can make a call and are entirely wifi devices.

If you want a cheap Android at that price range that can call, you need an Android phone. Period. Highly recommended is the LG Optimus S. It comes with Android 2.2 and LG made it a policy that all their Android phones will at least get a one version bump.

Lisa asks…

Are the android tablets any good?

I was thinking about an ipad but android is cheaper is it better or does it break easily get slower over time or is it just a great deal. Thanks

steve answers:

Android tablets are good they come at half the price and give you double the durability the people cursing android tablet might have brought some cheap chinese version of the Android tablet the best tablets come from Samsung and Google itself the Google Nexus you should read their reviews on the web and then make a final decision

Linda asks…

How can i change my tablet to android?

I have a archos Home tablet 7 and i has on it apps lib which i don’t like i would prefer Google play or android market , how can i change the operating system to make it android and get the tablet as an android that works properly and links would be great , or personal experience , thanks !

steve answers:

The Archose Home Tablet 7 already has Android on it, albeit an older (Android 1.5) “dumbed” down version.

You could root the tablet and install a custom Android rom. Doing this is not for the newbies as it could end up bricking the tablet. Http://goo.gl/WZCFkk

Mark asks…

android or ios tablet?

hello everyone santa is going to bring me a tablet and idont know what tablet android or ios can someone help and give some good reason for what i buy!!!i dont care about the money i just want a tablet

steve answers:

IOS Tablet,
Has considerably more tablet optimised apps than others
User interface is easy to use but not very customisable
Tablets are pricey but very well-made
iPads available with a 7.8-inch screen or a 9.7-inch one
Apple revolutionised the tablet with the original iPad, and iOS is the operating system that runs it. IOS is one of the easiest systems to use, even children get it, and if you’re new to computing then it’s one of the best to get started on. It’s had a total redesign recently with iOS 7 and it looks simple and pretty, but more importantly some useful features have been added such as easier access to multitasking and settings.
One of the biggest benefits of the iPad and iOS is the App Store. With almost half a million quality apps and digital magazines optimised for the iPad there really is an app for anything, from fitness to cooking and productivity to gaming. Android and Windows are still way behind in this area.
Another benefit of iOS is Apple’s support of it and second-to-none customer service. If you have any issues with your iPad just take it to the experts at any Apple Store, not only will they help you set it up, you can also attend free workshops to get the most out of it.
IOS is not quite as feature-packed as Android, though. It lets you tweak and change settings a lot more than iOS does, but that also makes Android a little more complex and therefore harder to use.
So what’s the catch? Simple it’s the price. The iPad Air and new iPad mini are still some of the most expensive tablets on the market for their size and don’t allow for external memory to be added like some Android and Windows tablets do. If you like travelling with lots of movies and music you’ll need to pay a premium for the extra storage up front.
Android tablet,
Often cheaper than other tablets – especially 7-inch models
Apps aren’t always optimised for bigger screens
Very customisable – you can make it look the way you want it to
User accounts allow for separate settings for each member of the family
Android has come on leaps and bounds since it first launched in 2008. Because it’s free for makers to use there is a huge array of Android tablets to choose from, some excellent and some downright dreadful.
One of the biggest benefits of Android is its customisability. You can tinker with it to your heart’s content and set up your homepages just the way you want them. For example, you can have a widget to check your emails or a Twitter widget to see and respond to the latest tweets on from your home screen. It sometimes means it’s harder to learn, but that’s not the case with the very best Android tablets.
The Google Play store is much better than it used to be, although most of the apps are designed for phones not tablets, which
means they don’t always make best use of larger screens. It also means 7-inch Android tablets are better to use than 10-inch ones because the screen size is closer to a mobile phone.
Because Android is open, makers are free to customise it to create their own experience. This is a good and a bad thing: it means there’s lots of choice, but also some aren’t as smooth and easy to use as standard ‘vanilla’ Android. Another potential problem is the lack of quality of control in the app store, which occasionally leads to some malicious apps sneaking through. It’s a small problem, however, that a little common sense can avoid it.
One example of a brand that customises Android heavily is Amazon’s Kindle tablets. Amazon goes so far as to make its own core apps and run its own app store, which unfortunately isn’t as well stocked as the Google Play store supported by most Android tablets. This is offset with excellent access to Amazon’s services, but they’re no as flexible.
Our favourite feature of Android, something you don’t get on iOS, is support for ‘user profiles’. User profiles let you give your tablet to your kids, for example, but keep certain apps and settings locked safely away. It’s not fool-proof but it does provide some level of security. Be aware, though, that this feature is only available on Android version 4.3 or later. Most tablets run earlier versions, but should get the upgrade at some point. If you want his feature, check which version of Android the tablet uses – our list will note what version is installed by default.
The other most impressive feature of Android tablets is their price. You can get high-spec 7-inch Android tablets for less than £200 – much cheaper than any iPad.
Which one, depends on your decision. Hope to help you.

James asks…

Android tablet, galaxy s tablet, ect.. whats the difference? which is better?

My boyfriend saw an android tablet in an ad yesterday and was talking about wanting one, So i thought… Christmas! (: but i want to get him a really nice one… i would get him an ipad if i had the money but i do not! but which is better? can someone give me reallly good detail on them… And on android tablet you can access the web right? and are they all wifi capable? thank you

steve answers:

Haha the galaxy s tablet is an android tablet along with multiple more like the motorola xoom. The two best Android tablets are the motorola Xoom and Galaxy tab. I personally think these tablets are better than the ipad since they basically come jail broken. The Ipad is more user friendly but if your boyfriend is tech savy then he will like the android better bc it is more complex and can do alot more. You can get apps like free music and movie down loaders on the android tablets that aren’t available to non jail broken ipads. And yes android tablets have 3g wifi and flash.

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Donald asks…

Need to buy a laptop under $500. Windows 8 questions!?

So ive had two laptops from my school before. one windows xp , and one windows 7. My parents have a windows vista. I would be fine with any of them, but I really wanted one that runs windows xp. But i cannot find one.

The only new laptops i can find are windows 8.
I looked on walmart.com and it seems like the only laptops they have are windows 8 . I hate windows 8 on phones. I like to customize(like have backgrounds and different cursors and stuff), thats why i have android.

Is anything customizable on windows 8? Can you even change the tile color?
Can i install utorrent?
Would all my software work on it?
I have a digital tablet, would that work on it?

Does the processing power make a difference?
My current laptop that im using is 2.2ghz and it works okay. Should i get a 2.2ghz for windows 8 though?

steve answers:

You have several questions in one. Will take it in pieces.
Gaming needs a stronger graphics performance. General applications need better CPU performance. Longer battery life is generally from lower voltage more efficient but lower performance speed CPUs and graphics. Multi-tasking or opening lots of internet windows take more ram. HDD size is helpful. Gigabit ethernet is helpful in hardwire (ethernet cable) download and streaming (Gigabit is 10/100/1000).
Brand is a factor. Generally, Samsung, Asus, Sony, Lenovo Ideapads and Thinkpads (not Essentials), and business class Toshiba and occasionally an MSI are better brands according to PCWorld laptop reliability annual surveys, and Dell, HP-Compaq, and Acer-Gateway tend to be more troublesome or weaker performance of keyboards and fans and LCDs, but there is a lot of variability and the lowest priced laptops tend to have more issues than more expensive ones.

The clock speed (GHz) is only one factor. In a laptop, for CPU and graphics performance, these tables are better to use:

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

(Graphics on a second tab)

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html

15.6″ is generally the best value in a size. 14″ is typically smaller and lighter and more expensive at the same performance. 17″ is heavier and bigger and typically costs more.

About Windows 8 vs 7. Microsoft is supposed to be working on an 8.1 upgrade that is supposed to be offered free. WIndows 8 loses the start button and adds a start page of large icons. It does boot faster. The design of Windows 8 is for tablets and other touchscreen, but does work with a mouse or touchpad; just not as nice. 8.1 should put back the start button, and there is other freeware to do it also:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/windows-os-software/708472-list-start-menu-replacements-windows-8-a.html

among others.
Touchscreen laptops cost more for the same general performance.
Windows 8 is like a shell around Windows 7. The Desktop icon puts a look of Windows 7 on the screen. Many applications in Windows 8 are full screen. It is more of a nuisance that most people hate. Windows 8 looks more tablet-like, but unless you get a touch screen, Windows 7 is normally better. Most applications work on Win 8. Some old Vista and XP based ones have issues, and a few Win 7 ones fail to function right. There is not enough testing to know all of the issues yet.
You can get Windows 7 on customized laptops in many cases or on left-over inventory. If it is leftover inventory there are often reasons why it did not sell out.

Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com, bhphotovideo, Amazon (but hard to search), and lately a few at Bestbuy or an occasional sale somewhere else is best. Walmart mostly is the lower quality lower performance cheaper ones and not the best price.
There are customizing options and applications for Win 8. I posted one link as example already. Desktop backgrounds are changeable.

I won’t answer about file sharing software. It has too much illegal and virus/trojans involved. It kills too many laptops to even discuss it. In theory everything works.

Processing power is how fast things run, but internet is more related to receiving of data speed.

Laptops:
Very basic Lenovo Essentials for $380, but has a core i3-3120M and HD 4000 graphics

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312428

Same price for an Asus with A8-4500M HD 7640G graphics

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230960

This Acer at $500 has Touchscreen, but the performance parameters are lower, and the customers of the cheap Acer touchscreens are often not happy. You really need to be higher in price for a 14-16″ touchscreen laptop that is any good. I hear the Asus Vivobooks at that size are good, and Lenovo Z400 and Z500 generally get good reviews, but I think the prices are higher than $500.

Http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Acer+-+15.6%26%2334%3B+Touch-Screen+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive/8794056.p?id=1218895847432&skuId=8794056

This Samsung at $380 has a low voltage Core i3-3227U so is slower in speed but good in battery life:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+Series+3+15.6%26%2334%3B+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Sleek+Silver/8923922.p?id=1218952070178&skuId=8923922

I bought a Samsung with A8-4500M for $400, and am happy enough with the performance. The Asus above should be similar.

An Asus with Core i5-3230M at $500 is a good deal:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7708073&CatId=4935

William asks…

Need help finding a notebook laptop?

Ok so I need help finding a notebook laptop.I am 13 years old and i want one for christmas.My parents said i could get one under $500 but i cant seem to find any i like alot.Can you please help me and i do not care what color.If you could please list the website with your answer also please.Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate it alot.:)
Wow,you guys are really helpfull! Thank you so so so much!!! Keep the answers coming though!!! :)

steve answers:

You can get a Dell Vostro laptop for $430; it has a dual-core CPU, a gig of RAM and a 120 gig hard drive, with Vista. I would supplement that with an upgrade to 2 gigs from Crucial.com. The upgrade will cost you 16 bucks if Dell put a 1 gig stick in one slot; it will cost you 35 if they put a 512 meg stick in each of two slots. I can’t tell right now. At any rate, you can get for $470, a dual-core CPU, 2 gigs of RAM, Vista, and a 120 gig hard drive.

If your parents are going to give you the whole $500 to spend, I would strongly suggest spending that last bit on a laptop case. Most laptops get carried around everywhere (I know, I take mine pretty much wherever I go) and the opportunities to damage them, even if they are in an unpadded bag, are endless. Get a cheap padded laptop case for that last 30 or 40 and you’re laptop will last much longer.

Crucial link:

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Vostro%20A860

Dell link:
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=bqcwabp&c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&kc=productdetails~laptop-vostro-a860

Mark asks…

For $600, what are the best components to get in a laptop?

I’ve set my cutoff at $600 and wondered what might be the best things to look for when reviewing the papers and the internet for laptop specials. I know I’d want a dual-core processor, but how fast should it be? How much memory should I have at a minimum? Screen size? Anything else you think is important?

We have FiOS with the wireless router in the home. The computer will be used primarily for internet, word processing, yearbook editing (my wife is in charge of her school’s yearbook), and some basic computer programming–I just took one introductory course and plan to take another.

Thanks for your ideas.

steve answers:

Well, for what you want to do, spending $450 on a laptop would do you just fine. Why? Because for that $150 more, you are not going to GET all that much more.

Http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+with+AMD+Athlon%26%23153%3B+II+Dual-Core+Processor+-+Graphite+Gray/9553896.p?id=1218123211002&skuId=9553896

There. A dual core Toshiba. 2 ghz, 3gb RAM, 320gb Hard Drive, 15.6″ widescreen. All that is more than enough for surfing the net, office applications, and basic programming. Is it a gaming laptop? Not by a long shot. But you are not going to be able to get a gaming laptop for $600 anyway. Oh, and that laptop is only $450.

Now, for $600

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+Duo+Processor+-+Midnight+Breeze/9577077.p?id=1218131141548&skuId=9577077

You get a 2.1ghz processor, 4gb or Ram, same size hard drive, and a 16″ screen. You get SLIGHTLY more of almost everything… But in all honesty, none of those increases will make an impressionable difference for what you want to do. So would it be worth it to get the $600 model in your case? Not really.

You *could* take the extra $150, and buy an external portable harddrive.. Like a Western Digital MyPassport drive for extra storage

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+My+Passport+Essential+500GB+External+USB+2.0+Hard+Drive+-+Black/9467105.p?id=1218109906721&skuId=9467105&st=mypassport&cp=1&lp=4

… Then you would be getting an additional 500gb of storage of music, movies, pictures, and data you want to keep.

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Jenny asks…

Getting hard drive wiped?

Okay so I’m 16 and my laptop has gotten a virus on it (not from porn or anything). So anyway, my step dad has this guy at work who’s willing to fix it for me by wiping the hard drive and reinstalling the hardware or whatever etc. My question is, will the guy be able to see all my computer history etc as this is happening? Like I said I haven’t done anything blatantly wrong, but I’m gay and have a lot of gay related stuff that I’ve looked at on my computer. How does the whole process work? Oh and a bit of an unrelated question, do you think the guy would tell my step dad what he saw if that was the case?

steve answers:

He could look at your search history if he wanted to, providing that the operating system is still functional. Most people will just format the hard drive though and reinstall the OS. He’ll probably just boot up the OS disc, format the partition and reinstall the operating system. I’d delete your search history if you are concerned though just to be safe.

That I can’t say, don’t know him.

Ruth asks…

Should I buy this Acer or Sony laptop?

Hi, I’m looking at buying a laptop and was wondering whether I should go for a cheaper Acer with seemingly more impressive specs or a more expensive Vaio.

The models in question are the Sony VAIO SVE1511K1EW (white) and the Acer Aspire V3-571.

Both have i3 processors and 750GB of hard drive space, but the Acer has 8GB of RAM while the Sony only has 4GB. The Acer is also better priced, at €479 compared €529 for the Sony.

Here are some links

http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/12681326/art/acer/aspire-v3-571.html

http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/12653549/art/sony/vaio-sve1511k1ew-white.html

On the other hand the Sony ”looks” sleeker, (in my opinion). But what do you think?

Also is it worth paying more for a supposedly better brand such as Sony compared to Acer? Are they generally more reliable/better? etc. Many thanks!
Mainly I’ll be using it for typical activities such as web browsing, word processing along with listening to music, watching movies. That kind of thing. But I don’t want it to be slowed down by numerous tabs open etc. and I want it to run smoothly and consistently fast

steve answers:

Will browse through Pixmania and PCworld UK in a moment. For now, note that ALL laptops are Chinese designed and produced other than Lenovo Thinkpad with a Japan design team. It is a procurement, sales, and support process.
Sony specifies better screens and keyboards, and generally cuts the CPU and graphics power to make up for it. Acer goes as cheap as possible on parts allowed, but assures those cheap parts don’t fail. So, Acer actually has a better reliability, and Sony the better up-front product received unless using the laptop for something more than casual (such as gaming or design) in which you need more CPU and Graphics.
Average in the table is alphabetical. Read the article:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/244419/laptop_reliability_and_satisfaction_macbooks_rule.html

and Macs plain cost far too much for what they offer.
Now, will look at your two, and edit, and then look at what else is around that is probably a better deal.

Http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php

GPU and CPU on other tab.
Acer: i3-2310M lower end value CPU, RAM8 GB, a good amount, Intel HD 4000, OK for basic use, 750 GB average plus in size and probably 5400 rpm, has USB 3.0, Webcam1.3 megapixels, Windows 8 ready touchpad, Std battery ignore “life” numbers completely as bogus with wireless off, dimmed screen, minimal apps running, Height: 2.52 – 3.32 cm, Width: 38.16 cm, Depth: 25.3 cm
Weight 2.6 kg and the standard combo of both useful and bloatware of software.
Sony: weird on the CPU why it shows HD 3000 vs HD 4000, so it is old inventory of a slightly faster CPU, minimized RAM, kind of similar otherwise.
Neither excites me as a great value. They are just plain basic but more than the cheapest possible, and I think I like the Acer better, because the Ram and HD 4000 is more than the slight CPU upgrade. They could even be made by the same supplier in China.
Will look around for you for € 500 laptops at two sources.
Wasn’t thrilled with any Pixmania offer. Looking at PCWORLD instead.
What do you think of the color red?:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/asus-a53e-sx1339s-15-6-laptop-red-11884685-pdt.html

i7-2670 = the power of both the Acer+Sony if working together.
RAM6GB adequate, is the same HD 3000 graphics of the Sony, a standard HDD at 500GB, No USB 3.0, and not as clear at web cam, but this is the speed demon of CPU in the same price and the good Asus brand.
This 350 pound is about the same as the 480 pound, in case that interests you:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/acer-aspire-v3-571-15-6-laptop-15254169-pdt.html

A bit smaller in RAM and HDD
And here is another winner – this is the type you should see:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/samsung-series-3-300e5c-15-6-laptop-black-15119696-pdt.html

Get this laptop for £399 after cashback. I5-3210M, a deserving CPU to the deserving buyer much better than i3, Samsung is lighter weight. It’s a nice laptop.
If you love the Sony, buy it for less:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/sony-vaio-e-series-sve1511k1ew-15-5-laptop-white-14732477-pdt.html

How about with a discrete graphics chip:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/lenovo-ideapad-z750-15-6-laptop-silver-12377721-pdt.html

And a core i5 2nd gen. Looks OK by me also. You never know when you want to try gaming.
GT 630M far outdoes HD 4000, and i5-2450M outdoes the i3′s,
So, each of these sparks me in different ways, instead of the bland products you found.

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