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Sandra asks…

How can i improve my gaming performance in an acer aspire model number zg5 with ram 1gb?

processor: intel atom (R)cpu N270(TM) @1.70Ghz
is there any way to improve its graphic performance or any graphic driver that would support it the best fo speed?

steve answers:

Let me tell you one thing. Your pc won’t run minecraft (lowest cpu or gpu need game) over 10 fps…..
It probably has an integrated video memory, so the only way to improve your performance is to upgrade your ram to 2 gb, and that’s it. But it’s won’t help that much, and you will still lag like hell.

George asks…

Whats the best OS for Acer Aspire one zg5 ?

My Acer had windows xp but the wireless wastn working and it was running really slow. I would like to know where i can get an iso img i can make a bootable usb to format it I need this for before xmas please respond asap thanks in advance.

steve answers:

Why not just buy Windows 7, it works great on Acer netbooks.

LINUX on these netbooks tend to make the USB mal function.

If you want something super simple, cheap and gets the job done try

Mandriva InstantOn


If not you can try LINUX MINT 12 ( newer versions exist )


Instructions on USB bootable drive here


David asks…

how can i figure out if my laptop is windows 7 compatible?

its a laptop in the acer aspire series and the model number is: ZG5

steve answers:

I’m reasonable sure that it would run Windows 7, however, I think that you’d be much happier sticking with XP Pro SP3. Windows 7 is a great OS, but it really likes 2 GB or more of RAM and you can’t even upgrade your RAM past 1.5 GB. XP will be faster and run smoother…


Carol asks…

Why does Skype keep shutting down my laptop?

What do I need to download so that the entire computer won’t shut down during a skype call. It does this every time not even 5 secs during a call. I have an ACER ASPIRE ONE Model:ZG5 (mini laptop)

steve answers:

First do not use any remote access software to let someone check your puter, very bad thing to do.

You might have a driver problem. Make sure all your drivers are current. Yo have al the Windows updates installed. Make sure that you have the current version of Skpe.

Just in case make sure the fans and vents are clean and clear. Get a couple cans of compressed air and blow out the vents and fans. You can find some good video on YouTube on how to keep a laptop clean.

Lisa asks…

Acer Aspire ZG5 not turning on?

well my acer aspire zg5 will not turn on. the yellow charging led comes on when plugs in and the power led turns on when i turn it on. the led just flickers off. im not sure if its a mobo issue. any suggestions? any help is appreciated. thanks

steve answers:

Eventually you might need to fdisk, reformat your acer aspire zg5 laptop hard disk clean and reinstall OS. Before going that route, try following simple fixes to see if the problem goes away.

Remove the battery and charger/ac adapter/power cord from your acer aspire zg5 laptop, press and hold the power button for 20 seconds to discharge any residual current inside the laptop. This clears your RAM and is like a hardware reset. Replace the battery and charger/ac adapter/power cord and turn your acer aspire zg5 laptop on.

Boot in “safe mode”. As it starts up press F8, the computer ask you if you’d like to start in safe mode. Highlight “safe mode” and press enter. See if your acer aspire zg5 laptop works normal.

If it runs normal now, do the following maintenance and tune up,

Uninstall unnecessary programs and applications.

Scan with a antivirus program

Scan with a spyware/malware program



Clean up and repair registry problems with registry repair software of your choice

If the problem persists, did you check if it could be your acer aspire zg5 laptop power cord or power source problem? Defective or insufficient power supply might cause error messages that are misleading. Take the battery out and power on your laptop with the charger only. Make sure your laptop power jack and charger plug tip are securely connected. Did you notice the power jack loose? You can find laptop power jack on ebay. Fixing and soldering the power jack requires professional skill though. The charger green/blue LED should be on. If not, replace the defective charger. Acer aspire zg5 laptop battery charger has its own limited lifespan and does not last forever, consider buying a lifetime warranty charger online from company like topmic.com

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Sandy asks…

Does anyone have a Sony VAIO laptop?

I was planning on buying a Sony VAIO laptop. Does anyone recomend Sony? Does anyone recomend the Sony VAIO VGNNR160ES from the NR series?

Thank you very much!

steve answers:

Yes, definitely get a Sony Vaio.

They beat Macs by a long end, and even Apple has copied some of the Vaios keen qualities, like the keyboard, and integrated webcam.

I don’t know much about the NR series, but I heard all Sony Vaios are great. I use a FZ and it’s awesome. Several of my other friends use other Sony laptops, and there’s been no problem.

BE AWARE though, Sony likes to bundle a LOT of junkware with their laptops for some reason. Just one minor flaw.

It only take about 10 minutes or less to find them, and delete them off though. By putting junkware, Sony is making the laptops more affordable when they’re paid by other companies to do that. So it’s a good thing.

So definitely get a Sony Vaio.


Paul asks…

HP Pavilion G6 or a Sony VAIO?

I recently bought an hp pavilion g6 but I’ve been having some buyer’s remorse over the sony vaio. The vaio is nicer and sleeker in my opinion and it comes in more colours and it apparently has a faster processor but I’ve heard that the hp pavilion lasts longer. So now I’m having some mixed feelings and I don’t know if I should go ahead and return the hp for a pretty pink sony vaio? Please help!
The reason I chose the HP over the Sony at first was because the HP was $70 cheaper and it has a 750 gb hard drive compared to the 500 gb for the Sony. They both have the intel core i3 inside and the hp is 0.1 inches bigger. So there isn’t a huge difference with how they work but it seems as if Sony is a more popular brand and it also seems nicer. So now I can’t make up my mind!

steve answers:

Personally, I like sony vaio much better. Even though I own nothing but HPs now, if I could afford a sony again, I would buy that brand. About 12 years ago, I bought a sony vaio home computer. It was the first computer my family & i have ever owned. We really beat that thing, it lasted 10 years. I just had to buy new home computer 2 years ago..

Sony is my favorite brand. But, I mean, how come you chose the hp? Price difference? If it isn’t a huge price difference, i’d go back & get the sony, especially if they have it in pink!

Sandra asks…

Sony Vaio laptop questions?

Im contemplating buying a 14 inch sony vaio laptop, and i need something input on people who use or have used them to push me to a decision. Just say any bad things or any good things you’ve appreciated about them, thanks.

steve answers:

I have a sony vaio cr-520e/r, this a very good laptop, i get about 3hours battery life on normal use and 2hours on high usage…
The lcd screens are very good, bright display and colors…
No problems uptill now, been using it for 1 and a half years…
Touch pad is very easy to use (not sticky)…
Sony has a built in vaio care function, with this function you can control your battery charging, this function allows you to stop battery charging when it reaches 80% and this ensures a long battery life…
My laptop has a 14.1″ screen, the resolution is 1280×800, its a reasonable size, because when you watch movies the laptop is very close to you so you dont have problems watching them, on the other hand a smaller screen means less weight and battery usage…
Weight matters a lot and when the screen is small, the weight is reduced and size as well which makes the laptop more handy…
So i’d suggest that you go for a 14″ vaio with your eyes closed!!!

Nancy asks…

Sony Vaio, Yes or No?

So i’m getting a laptop for my birthday. I thought that a white sony vaio looks nice, and my friend has a vaio and she said they’re really good.
I really like it because I think white laptops look really nice.
I don’t want a macbook, those are way to expensive.
If you have a vaio, are they good enough for a grade 9 student? I’m not looking for anything fancy or expensive.

steve answers:

Sony Vaio is good but price is very High In that range You can get Better laptop

this product and it performs really well I would definitely suggest

Toshiba Satellite A505-S6030 TruBrite 16.0-Inch Laptop (Black/Silver)
*2.8GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Processor
*4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM Memory
*500GB Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive (5400RPM); DVD SuperMulti Drive with Labelflash
*16″ CCFL (16:9) 1366×768 Display; NVIDIA GeForce 310M Graphics
*Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit


Also check out at Ebay there are really good deals going

Richard asks…

Would you recommend Sony Vaio laptops?

Do you think they’re good? I’m thinking of getting Sony Vaio F series, it looks amazing!

steve answers:

The Sony Vaio F series is really good. The display just so sharp! I never had have this higher class laptop before, it’s just feels so great to own this one laptop!! Keyboard, body, graphic, and etc.. Wow oh nice! I never get trouble with the mouse pad what so ever but it could be better if the pad has the scroll bar. All in all this is a very good price for what this Sony laptop has to provide!

I got mines at a discount and the laptop has been a money saver for its performance…


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Linda asks…

Do you think Pink Slime Burgers is a good name for a restaurant?

It’s honest and folks will know what they get. I also want to have “Sugary Drinks” on the menu and “Full Fat Fries”. I have a few names for my special burgers too: “Artery Clogger”, “Ammonia Residue Baconburger”, “Obesityburger”. I will serve the “Diabetes Express” double milk shakes too.

steve answers:

No …

Mandy asks…

When will people begin suffering from pink slime withdrawals?

Now that almost everyone has stopped eating hamburgers?
I thought it was an over reaction by the media at the beginning & now there are people in the food industry that are out of work. Also consider that the processed “pink slime” is probably no different than Spam which so many of us love.
I thought it was an over reaction by the media at the beginning & now there are people in the food industry that are out of work. Also consider that the processed “pink slime” is probably no different than Spam which so many of us love.

steve answers:

We’ve been safely eating it for years and we can thank the media once again for blowing something way out of proportion with scare their scare tactics. I’m sure the people who have just lost their jobs die to the reports are thankful the talking heads have saved us again!

Jenny asks…

Will you still continue to eat ground beef with the pink slime?

As for me, I really have no choice since I am a minimum wage worker and beef with filler is cheaper than pure ground beef and around here, chicken and pork are just as expensive as ground beef. And no, I’m not going vegetarian since vegetables are pretty expensive too. And I won’t live on beans, potatoes, and rice for the rest of my life.

steve answers:

It’s never bothered us so far, so we’ll keep buying it since it’s the cheapest. Or at least we only buy the cheapest ground beef since we need the fats and it’s economical. I guess it’s just no big deal, it’s not like an ecoli scare.

Lisa asks…

Is there anything actually dangerous about Pink Slime?

is there any evidence that this is actually dangerous, or is it just public speculation?

steve answers:

Not really. “pink slime” is essentially liquid you get when you wash out the meat residue from a grinder with disinfectant (A weak ammonia solution). It’s not toxic, just kind of gross looking, and isn’t particularly harmful.

Personally, if I had an issue with “pink slime,” it’s that the practice “waters down” the beef, so I’m paying more for less. You’re paying more per pound of actual meat, since a bigger portion of the weight is from added water (the weak ammonia solution).

Donald asks…

If Romney wins will we have to eat more pink slime?

@ Billy Bob; If that’s all it is then why not make all the beef that way? Oh that’s right, it’s just the beef byproducts you would not normally eat. Have a glass of ammonia while you’re at it. You’ll find some in yourPiss because your body doesn’t want it.

steve answers:

Probably. He probably have stock on it. We have been eating it for a while. Unfortunately, they do not understand that it may be the reason why obesity is rampant in the US. It is empty calories.

What bothers me is that they sold it to me as Ground Beef. It is a fraudulent practice.

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Donald asks…

What is a good drawing tablet for a beginner?

For now, I just want a good tablet that is suitable for a beginner/hobbyist. I draw a lot of anime/manga style drawings. I already know that the Wacom Bamboo tablets are good, but which one is more suitable? The Bamboo Splash? Bamboo Capture? Are the software included any good? I really have no idea.
I forgot to add that I’m also considering the Bamboo Create! So the three I’m considering are the Bamboo Splash, Bamboo Capture, and the Bamboo Create. Sorry for any confusion.

steve answers:

If you are limiting options to Wacom Bamboo, then the medium may be best , form that you look aty size and costs,
Capture $99, Create $199


next up could be Intuos versions,
Intuos Small $229



there are other models and brands available at some stores,

Adesso tablets


G-Pen Tablets


UC-Logic tablets


XP-Pen — Pen Tablet


Hanvon Pen Tablets & Displays









Richard asks…

What is the best and cheapest Pen Table to buy for doing interior renderings on Photoshop?

I am an Interior Architect student and I need to render a drawing on Photoshop and using just the mouse is a nightmare. So! My professor suggested buying a pen table. However, as are most student,
I am tight for money and would like to speed it as wisely as possible. In addition I would not even know where to start in choosing a pen table. So please help me out!

steve answers:

Hello Katy, there are several good pent tablets are available in the market. To doing interior renderings on Photoshop you can use pen tablet such as,
1. Wacom Bamboo 0CTL-470/K0-CX Pen Small Tablet
2. IBall Pen Tablet 8060U(8×6)
3. Veegee Metal Stylus Touch screen pen pencil
4. Amzer 94860 Petite Dual Styli and Pen – Silver
5.iBall Wireless 22.9cm Pen Tablet

all the given pen tablets are cheapest in rate. And best in performance.

Joseph asks…

What drawing tablet is good for beginners?

I enjoy taking photos and making photo-manipulations with photoshop, I’ve been thinking about getting a drawing tablet . Which it best for beginners? I’d one in the low $200 USD price range. I also, move around a lot, so I use a laptop and don’t use a desk. Therefore, I’d need drawing tablet that doesn’t need to lay flat.

steve answers:

I guess you can buy a tablet from Wacom’s bamboo range. Cheapest one is the Wacom Bamboo pen which will cost $69 and the best one in this range is Wacom Bamboo fun which has a medium size tablet and also both pen and touch features. It will cost you $199.


Since your budget is $200 I think you can go for Wacom Bamboo fun pen tablet. Specially it’s better for photo editing because it has a bigger tablet which means bigger screen area.

Mary asks…

What is the best accurate graphic tablet for drawing cartoons?

I need a tablet that reproduces my hand drawing with fidelity i don’t care about other stuff.
Thank you.

steve answers:

The Wacom Intuos5 Touch Medium Pen Tablet is awesome for drawing Cartoon.. It is very accurate and allows you to zoom as well as edit already drawn cartoons.. Overall, it has top ratings from hundreds of buyers.. See full specifications as well as customers review at amazon: see link below

Nancy asks…

How well does a Wacom Bamboo tablet work?

I am looking into purchasing a Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet, but before I do so I was wondering if it was really worth it.

steve answers:

The bamboo is really good choice for starter, but the pen and touch model may not really functional if you use with a large monitor. I would rather go with Bamboo Fun which is the medium size instead.

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Linda asks…

Should I buy a Nook Tablet?

I am interested in purchasing a table but I’m fairly frugal (i.e. cheap). I mainly want to use it as an e-reader and for the internet with internet usage being fairly simple – read the news, check email through Yahoo, Facebook and possibly on-line shopping. I want something to do the simple things, not pay a lot and be able to take it with me at all times…is the Nook Tablet for me?

steve answers:

Hello, Mindy, I believe Nook Tablet is the best deal on the market for the device of this quality and performance. You can do all the things you mentioned on it and much more. Here’s the features of Nook Tablet – 1.0 Ghz dual-core processor, 1.0 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, battery is 11.5 hours reading and 9 hours of video, microSD slot up to 32 GB, fully non-glare laminated HD screen with the best viewing angles on the market, loaded with optimized Netflix, Hulu Plus and bunch of other apps (Pandora, Angry Birds, etc.), has a built-in microphone can be used with Skype for voice conferencing and for dictations with speech recognition software, physical volume buttons on the side, weights only 14.1 oz. It’s been getting very good reviews on the web and it the hottest item on the tablet market.

Carol asks…

Which site sells Phentemine weight loss tablets online. Best deals needed?

steve answers:

Http://www.phentemine375.com/ is the official seller of Phentemine tablets online. You can get the best and the cheapest deals with them online. Be careful and buy original and genuine products online.

Steven asks…

Good deal or nawh?…..?

Is this a good deal or no?
Wifi HD touchscreen multi media tablet . 8g memory, 720p HD hdmi. Andriod 4.0

Its brand new, still in box. I saw an ad online for it. And this is the information they gave. Also its only $50.00.

steve answers:

Well nina, if the seller is a legitimate seller and not a scammer then yes it is a fairly good deal. With that said I will caution you to go slowly and investigate the legitimacy of the seller. The scammers and rip off artists are everywhere online and at this time of year they increase in leaps and bounds always trying to make as much money as they can before disappearing never to be heard from again. Anyone with a little knowledge can create an absolutely great looking website with what appears to be affiliations with sites like Microsoft,Norton,McAfee and so many more when in actuality it is nothing more than a nice looking page they use to rip off unsuspecting shoppers. Please before making any purchase from any site or e-tailer check them out and ask either your friends or here on Y!A if anyone is familiar with the seller and are they safe to buy from.

Good Luck, keep your chin up, a smile on your face and may the sun always shine upon your day.

David asks…

iPad1 vs. Android Tablet?

looking to take notes and small stuff like that.
so android tablet and ipad1

already i have the ipod touch 4

steve answers:

Quality Control shop


The only difference is android tablet is much better than a iPad for the half of the price!

I can sugest you two choices ….. New android 4.0 tablets now available. Those tablet are the “iPad killers”!

- Cube U9GT2 (16GB) ~249$

- ONDA vi40 Elite (16GB) ~289$

Both the Onda VI40 Android 4.0 IPS Capacitive tablet PC and the Cube U9T2 ICS have very similar specifications and features. First is the 9.7″ Capacitive multi-touch IPS screen.

Onda made its name way back in 2008 when it released a 4.3″ touch screen mp4 player that please called an iPod Touch wannabe or alternative. This model did well, but the marketing and product development of the company went astray.

This is why I was both suprised and happy to be reviewing first 9.7″ Android 4.0 tablet PC by Onda, the VI40 Elite Edition Tablet PC. Boasting 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 capacitive multi-touch IPS display it seems to be 5-point touch. It adopts the fastest yet 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A10 processor with Mali-400 GPU (graphics processor).

The onda VI40 Elite tablet also packs dual cameras, a 1.3 Mega Pixel front-facing camera and a 5.0M pixel rear-facing camera. More the VI40 supports 2160p Super HD video playback.

It has a 6500mAh battery giving you around 4.5 to 5 hours of internet surfing time.

The Cube U9GT2 also has a 9.7″ IPS screen but with a more responsive 10-point multi touch screen. The processor is not as fast but will do the job clocking in at 1.2GHz on a Rockchip RK2918 CPU.

In addition to a better screen, the Cube Android 4.0 Tablet also has 16gb of built-in memory compared to Onda’s 8gb. The Cube tablet also has larger 8000mah battery for 6 hours of internet surfing or “10 hours music, 4 hours video, 5 hours wifi.”

The Cube doesn’t have a 5mp camera but it does have dual 2 mega pixel cameras for quality photos and video from front and back.

The Onda VI40 Elite may prove to rule supreme as today’s android tablet forum enthusiasts like the cheapest deal, even if the battery only gets an hour less usage from a full charge.

Both have microSD card slots so one could buy a memory card to make up for the 8gb of memory the Onda so dearly misses.

Last thought, the Apple iPad 2 should be wetting its pants now. Both of these tablets are more powerful and have just as responsive capacitive screens. Not to mention extra goodies like dual cameras and open source Ice Cream Sandwich. Yum!

Full specificatons, reviews and buy links here:


Mark asks…

advice on graphics tablets?

im looking to get a decent graphics tablet, one that can be used for digital painting. i have not used one before and don’t know which one i should get. i would appreciate any help and thank you for it.

steve answers:

Any Wacom tablet is a good investment. If you want one for a cheaper price but good quality, the Bamboo Craft(around $100) is really great! If money isn’t an issue, go for an Intuos tablet. Those are for professionals. I would suggest buying a tablet from Amazon because I found that they often had better deals than retail stores.

Also, when choosing a tablet size, the smallest size will suffice, trust me. Good luck choosing a tablet! :D

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Donna asks…

I got laptop formatted and i want google chrome is it safe to download?

I used to have firefox but my grandad dont trust it and told me off everytime he uninstalled it i re installed it.

steve answers:

Google Chrome is indeed Safe and lightweight..

Already installed it on ALL my Friends their laptops and Desktops ^_^

And Google Chrome OS is in the make, can’t wait =)

Also according to the papers here, Google Chrome (and safari) are officialy faster than Firefox

(Ps: It never hurts to have a good Anti-virus ;-p )

Helen asks…

Google Chrome OS… Well?

Google will shortly bring out their operating system… what are your expectations ?? …. I think it will be much better than windows…. all google applications are smooth and friendly …..
If you have any information other than that on google blog , please share it …. thanksss
Unbuntu sounds great,too …
I didn’t take notice that Chrome is for netbooks … I read it as notebooks :p…
Are they willing to make it for all computers ??

steve answers:

*Yes, it will work on DeskTops and most likely including NoteBooks/LapTops!. Because it most likely will be Linux, and most likely FREE download, you heard me correct, FREE download.

*Make a ISO (not data ) BackUp of your Windows Operating System, before installing any other Operating System, unless you have a Windows or Recovery Disk (not upgrade). All you need is a CD or DVD blank.


Google News


Windows Killer? Nope.

Ubuntu is close to being a killer (owner Mark ShuttleWorth)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Ubuntu (Super Version)
http://ubuntu.com (Standard Version)
http://lubuntu.org (Light Version)
http://u-lite.org (Light Version #2)
http://xubuntu.org (Lighter Version)

All Operating Systems Website, DisCluding Windows and MacOSx


Google’s focus will always be internet.

For the time-being, ChromeOS will be available on NetBook’s, hence the word, “Net” or “Internet” or “mostly for Internet Surfing”, but , won’t happen till 2010.

Until ChromeOS is released, check out Google’s Cloud-Computing:


( also available on http://distrowatch.com )

Robert asks…

Problems with Google Chrome OS?

Hi. I desperately need to meet a deadline for Monday. The problem is is that I just bought the Google Chromebook Samsung laptop yesterday and I was hoping to complete work for Monday. I inserted my USB but I’m trying to open up a document that is a Microsoft Word document but it won’t open it for me and it doesn’t give me any apps for it. I tried downloading Microsoft Office for free and that won’t open either. Please tell me there is some way I can work on a document that is a Microsoft Word document on Google Docs… PLEASE D:

steve answers:


That’s the problem with a Chromebook, it’s only meant for internet usage. Can’t you upload a file to Google Drive from your flash drive and edit it there?

Charles asks…

Is Google’s Chrome OS practical for a college student?

Alright, so I’m going to college next year and my parents said I can get any laptop I want. I’m undecided between getting a Macbook Pro or the Google Chrome Pixel. The problem is I love the hardware of the Pixel, but I am skeptical if Google‘s operating system is good for college. I realize the Pixel is pricey, but I’m not asking about the laptop itself. Also keep in mind that I have also own a Mac desktop computer that I could always use as a fallback.
Cronin: I will probably go with a Macbook then. But not with windows. Everything I need for college is covered with Apple’s OS, but thanks for your suggestion.

steve answers:

I say don’t get either one and get a PC laptop.. Both will cripple your ability to run necessary software for school. Granted you can run windows on a macbook pro.

The extra cost of an Apple product can be spent buying you a much better PC laptop.

Google Chrome Pixel is a waste of money under Google Chrome OS. It’s like buying a nice car but only an old lady with vision problems can drive it and you can only get rides.

Either way you go, if you want the most bang for your buck you have to wait for the Intel Haswell chips later this year.

Richard asks…

Is Adobe Photoshop Elements available for Google Chrome OS?

I would like to edit my photos on the new Google Chrome laptop.

steve answers:


Adobe Photoshop (Elements 11 and CS6) only runs on Windows or Macs.

Google Chrome OS is a Linux based operating system.

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Sandy asks…

Where is the disc drive on the Samsung NC10 notebook?

I can’t find the damn thing anywhere. It’s driving me mad!! Does it even have one?? I thought all laptops had them!!
Thanks for the answers :) So if I have no disc drive then how am I supposed to install things?!

steve answers:

Netbooks do not have any optical (CD / DVD) drives

The netbook’s form factor prioritizes small size and low weight — with a smaller size than a notebook and a typical weight of 2 to 3 lb (about 1 kg). To this end, netbooks typically feature an LCD screen of 7-10 inches, measured diagonally, and a keyboard usually 80 percent to 95 percent of a full-sized laptop’s. Netbooks may include wireless connectivity and solid-state drives — and may forego a hard disk drive or optical disc drive


an external optical drive you can connect via your usb ports
SAMSUNG Gray & Black USB 2.0 Slim External 8X DVD Drive Model SE-S084B , $49.99


these are your options at bestbuy, but more expensive


LG External DVD Drive, Model #: LG GSAE40L , $59.99


also download from internet, where ever possible

Susan asks…

Information on the Samsung nc10?

Im hoping on getting this laptop for christmas and i was wondering, does it need a stick coming out of the side to make it connect to the interenet or is it just simply using built in resources. + any other cool things about this laptop, may get you the best answer winner… TYVM

steve answers:

It has a built-in wireless network card so will connect to a router in your home or to a public hotspot when you are out and about; because it runs Windows XP, you will also have no trouble using a 3g mobile broadband modem from Vodafone, T Mobile, 3 etc so you can connect to the internet wherever you are.

There is a full review of the Samsung NC10 here


“It’s better made and better looking than either the MSI Wind or Asus Eee PC 1000H, runs cool and quietly, has the best keyboard and arguably offers the best balance of features and price. “

John asks…

Recommend a netbook to me?

Ideally it would have the Intel Atom processor, at least 1GB RAM and preferably have a solid state drive.

Recommend one for me please!

steve answers:

I bought a Samsung NC10 after doing a lot of research on netbooks. The NC10 is a good price, has a larger hard drive, RAM and better battery life than the rest of the competition. Sony’s are expensive and the spec on Dell’s aren’t as good.

There is also another one called MSI Wind or Asus EEE PC which also seem to be pretty good but I haven’t used either but they have good reviews.
Here is the link of where I bought mine – Small Laptops Guide via Dabs.


Maria asks…

Linux Lovers – Netbook Help?

I got a samsung NC10 Netbook not long ago, And i Have windows 7 on it right now, Runs well all good! I would like to Put a Linux OS on it. Out of Kubuntu or Ubuntu what one should i put on it, And if so Netbook or Desktop version?

I would like the one that looks better, and is faster :)

steve answers:

On a netbook, the netbook versions will run faster, as these are intended for netbooks. The netbook versions also have a special interface for netbooks, which in my opinion looks better for a netbook and make the netbook easy to use. Ubuntu comes with the Gnome window manager. Kubuntu comes with the KDE window manager. I personally prefer Gnome, others will prefer KDE. The choice is yours.

Nancy asks…

Which of these netbooks are best?

Inspiron Mini 9
MSI Wind
HP Mini 1035NR
Samsung NC10
Acer AOA150

I’m going to get it from a freebie site so the price doesn’t matter.

steve answers:

Samsung NC10. Has great reviews on Amazon.

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Steven asks…

Are there sources of satellite imagery on par with google maps but more recent?

Also how old are the images on google maps on average?

steve answers:

Look at the lower left corner of the Google Map display. Depending on location, the photos are updated about every 6 months.

If you want something better, then you have to pay -

Laura asks…

How do i fix my location problem on google maps for iphone?

I have a iphone 3gs and everytime i press the find my location on google maps it sends me to about half a mile from where i actually am. I have no idea how to fix it please help!!

steve answers:

I guess it’s normal, Google map location is depends on GPRS data, that will be not that accurate, if you use GPS to get data, that will be much more accurate


Richard asks…

How to export co-ordinations (multiple points) from a map created on Google Maps?

I created a map on Google Maps and tagged multiple places on it. How could I export the places, and get the longitude & latitude of each place of my map on excel file?

steve answers:

I do not know of a way to export the coords of locations created directly in Google Maps itself, but if you are willing and able to re-create those locations on DigiPoint ( http://www.zonums.com/gmaps/digipoint.php ) you can export the coords of your locations into a variety of formats.

Best way to go about it is to use the mouse wheel to zoom into the area you are interested in, change the map to Google’s street view by clicking Map and then the Map button, and then click on your locations same as in Google. When you are done, click the export button and voila.

Donna asks…

How can I put any address in google maps?

I want to put my colony in google maps.

steve answers:

When you go to print a map you can add an address in Google Map printout.

Go to Google Map Maker http://www.google.com/mapmaker

Betty asks…

Why is street view in google earth not as good as in google maps?

The title is pretty self explanatory.
Google maps has a street view that flows, and is much more convenient to use than the one in google earth, the one in google earth floods my screen with camera icons, and feels really dodgy when I try to move around.
Am I missing an option here? Or is it really like that.. And if so, why?

steve answers:

The quality itself is the same, but the user experience using google maps versus google earth is different.

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Thomas asks…

Can the Samsung Fascinate use google navigation?

Thinking About Getting A Samsung Fascinate. Can the Samsung Fascinate use google navigation?

steve answers:

Yes, contrary to popular belief it can. You will have to download Google Maps and Google navigation from the Android market which are free, and it works just fine. Has turn by turn navigation as well. I LOVE my fascinate.

Sandra asks…

Can you make the samsung fascinate run google?

I really like the video reviews for the samsung fascinate, but I don’t want to use bing. Can I make this phone use google instead?

Also if anyone has this phone what are some of the things you like or don’t like about it?


steve answers:

Yes you can, but you must root the phone and then install a file.

James asks…

Where can i get a slim case for my Samsung Mesmerize?

I’m looking for a slim case for my Samsung Mesmerize ( Samsung Fascinate). I’ve looked at some silicone cases before that were too thick and made the already bulky phone a handful. I want a case much like the ones that fit Ipod touches, slim, good grip, and colorful. If anyone has purchased one online or at a store like this please tell me.

steve answers:

Verizon has some plain cases you may like. Amazon has some too, and those are relatively cheap. I love my fascinate, but I wish it were more popular because its hard finding cases for it

Lisa asks…

Could I trade my Samsung Fascinate for an iPhone at Verizon?

I got a Samsung Fascinate in September of 2011 and it is in great shape still- no problems yet. I was wandering if it would be possible for me too trade it in for an iPhone 4? Also, both the Samsung Fascinate and the iPhone are under Verizon coverage and are or could be on a 2-year contract.

Any help is appriciated(:
Thank you! :)

steve answers:

Im just wondering how you bought your fascinate in september of 2011..?

Anyways, since you bought the phone in september (of 2010 im assuming), your upgrade is GONE

You can buy the iphone for around $650 – $700 –full retail price.

Possibly, you can trade in the fascinate (at radio shack) for around $50 dollars

Carol asks…

Why won’t my samsung fascinate sync all of my songs from i-tunes?

I got a samsung fascinate yesterday and i learned how to sync the songs from itunes to it. The problem is, I have 38 songs that says they were transfered successfully but after the phone scans it it only shows 8 songs in the music player on the phone. My wife has a Fascinate too and hers synced all off her 165 songs successfully and they all showed up. Any Help!?

steve answers:

Make sure those songs are in correct format, or you need to convert them before transfering.

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John asks…

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

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

steve answers:

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

Helen asks…

What sort of cheap laptop will be okay?

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

steve answers:

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

Sandra asks…

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

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

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

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

steve answers:

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

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

I hope this helps — congrats on your new computer!

David asks…

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

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

steve answers:

View here…

Michael asks…

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

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

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

I saw that Toshiba had some laptops for $200.00

Don’t just post the Newegg website.

steve answers:

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




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

CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

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