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Mandy asks…

Laptop with i5 processor & UMA graphics or i3 processor & Intel HD graphics?

Mostly for general use; surfing the web, downloading movies/shows and watching them, running Photoshop, etc.

I really like this Asus model (i5 processor & UMA) but would the UMA card hold me back too much if I played something like the Sims compared to the Toshiba model (i3 processor & Intel HD)?

Asus laptop: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+K-Series+15.6%26%2334%3B+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Covellite/6890562.p?id=1218810613878&skuId=6890562

Toshiba: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+15.6%26%2334%3B+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+640GB+Hard+Drive+-+Mercury+Silver/6927355.p?id=1218814309452&skuId=6927355

steve answers:

I would go with the core i5 laptop becuase it has a newer processor, therefore it is faster and more effective in doing daily work and movies. The uma graphics are basically there to make everything look nice clear. I think you shouldnt have any problems with sims 3 as its is not that graphically intense. In any case when buying I would send a question to the best but guys asking them the capabilities of the graphics card. Hope this helps

Donald asks…

Can you change a i3 processor on a laptop to a i5 processor?

I have a HP 630 Laptop and I want to improve the performance. I want to change the i3 processor to a i5 processor is this possible, if so how would I change it over?

steve answers:

Here is the Service manual for your laptop. See link below.
Before embarking on a journey like this, I strongly advise you to contact HP, especially if your laptop is still under warranty.

Lizzie asks…

best laptop with i3 processor below 40000?

intel core i3 processor 4GB RAM

steve answers:

Go through SONY “VAIO E-Series” laptops
good thing is that these have GENUINE WINDOWS 7 Home Basic already installed with..
And price range of these laptops is also quite good
this link can help u decide which one to choose

Mary asks…

Which laptop is better? HELP?

I was going to buy this laptop http://www.powercity.ie/?par=10-30-448099&pages=1&prod=448099&brands=ASUS&image= but then I saw this one. They’re the same make and all but slight difference. http://www.powercity.ie/?par=10-30-448099&pages=1&prod=448099&brands=ASUS&image=

Which is better.. Intel i3 processor 2.3GHZ or Intel Pentium 2.4GHZ? I’m confused thank you.

steve answers:

First of all , i3 has hyper threading technology that enables 2 threads to be processed by a single CPU core at any time.In fact , i3 is seen with 4 cores by Windows 7 (2 cores x 2 threads). The volume and the speed of cache and memory. Also matter . And so on.. To compare two processors we can use bench software .Three things are important single core test , multi core test and 3D test.If an app can use more than 2 threads , you ll lose as Pentium has only 2 threads.

Let s compare i3 2350M-2.3GHz,2cores/4threads and b980-2.4Ghz,2cores,2 threads.
In single core test i3 2350M is only 2% slower -Cinebench 11.5 but
in multi-core test i3 2350M is 23% faster than B980..

In 3Dmark 06 ,to measure 3D performance of the integrated video card
i3 2350M is up to 20 % faster than B980.
I3 2350M has HD Graphics 3000,but B980 HD Graphics is similar to HD Graphics 2000

For application as games using more than 2 threads and 3d graphics , i3 will win ! In 2D apps using up to 2 threads , the difference will be about zero. So i3 2350M is more preferable.

Here is a laptop with i3 for example


My laptop is with i3 2350M and with int HD 3000 , I play Need for speed Shift 2,Gothic 3 and so on.Of course Intel i5 3230M is a better choice but budget is a limit.

Paul asks…

does i3 or i5 processor gives better battery life in laptop than dual core processor?

I mean if it use dual core and advanced core intel versions laptop simultaneously, with which i will get more battery life in laptop

steve answers:

Laptops with I3 are equipped with the battery that is necessary to power I3.
I5 are equipped with the battery that is necessary to power I5.
Ex-If you purchased a laptop of I3 (may be ur laptop supports I5) and later replaced replaced it with I5,you will get less battery backup.
If you get 4 hours with I3
You get 3 1/2 hours with I5.

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Mary asks…

I have an LLC that I made for a website that is coming soon. If I buy a laptop is that tax deductible?

The company is an LLC wholly owned by me, which at this point has no other assets or expenses (the website is being designed by a friend). This laptop will be used to maintain the site, is this a decutible expense?

steve answers:

Whoa, it’s not that simple!

The general rule is that expenses incurred to produce income are deductible. First,however, understand that in buying the laptop you have not incurred an expense, you have purchased an asset. Another general principle… Fixed assets are deducted over their life, not in the year you purchase them. This is achieved by calculating depreciation, using IRS tables and the percentage that the asset is used for business. (If circumstances are just right, you may elect under IRC sec. 179 to deduct the full cost in the year the asset is placed in service.)

Now, computers that are used from home are called “listed property” and special rules apply if business use is less than 50%.

So, before you fall into a trap, understand that you have a rather obvious attempt to defraud the gov’t if you think you can get away with deducting the full cost of a laptop in this scenario. The first question an auditor will ask is, “if you are using it for a website, why go to the extra expense of a laptop when a desktop will do the job way cheaper.” It sure looks like you are trying to deduct a partly business asset as a 100% business use asset.

Another issue: the hobby loss rule. Unless you can show that ths is a bona fide for profit enterprise, you show any income but only deduct enough expenses to offset your income. In other words you cannot show a loss to deduct against other income.

Hank Roitman, EA
Sacramento, CA

John asks…

What is better for school and gaming a 15 inch Macbook pro or a Alienware laptop?

i just want to know which is better for gaming and for school. Plz give me a discriptive answer if you can.

steve answers:

Clear cut answer. Alienwares are better for gaming by FAR (galactic far), and a macbook Pro is better for school. Take this from an Alienware M17 owner :)

Macbook Pros are not gaming machines, and do not listen to ANYONE who will tell you the opposite. Without sinking hundreds of $ into a macbook pro will it ever be a gaming machine. They may be adequate for light gaming, but their graphics cards will not blast away games like crysis or world in conflict. The macbooks graphics card the 9600M GT is equipped with 256 MB of video memory on the cheapest setting (still not cheap). That is an iffy number but should run games on medium low fine. Heres are few benchmarks:
FPS = frames per second, 30 FPS is considered playable, anything under 15-20 FPS is not

FEAR 2: on high settings you get around 20 FPS
GTA IV: on all maxed completely unplayable, will not load, on medium 22FPS
Far Cry 2: 19 FPS unplayable
Crysis Warhead: on high 7 FPS unplayable
COD4: 18-24 FPS semi-playable
Anno 1404: ultra 14 FPS semi-playable

Now the macbook does have something that the alienware doesn’t, a light profile and small form factor. This is a definite plus as it makes carrying it around that much easier. For productivity purposes ONLY the macbook fits the bill. I personally wouldn’t be able to take the gaming graphics or framerates, but depending on your tastes you may find them acceptable.


Now the alienware (lets assume the M15 upgraded to a Nvidia 260M to match the price of the macbook config), is a gaming powerhouse compared to the mac. If you spend a few bucks to upgrade itll be even a more powerful machine, but its plenty powerful as it is. Not only does it have CPU FSBs and RAM frequencies maxed out (ensuring maximum performance), it also has an Nvidia 260M with 512 MB of dedicated video memory(great gaming chip). Overall this machine is way more powerful than the mac and you should get faster speeds with it. Again, here are some benchmarks:

FEAR 2: on high settings you get around 42 FPS
GTA IV: on all maxed out 26+ FPS
Far Cry 2: 50 FPS7
Crysis Warhead: on high around 15 FPS still unplayable
COD4: ~76 FPS fluently playable
Anno 1404: ultra 34 FPS
Overall a great gaming scorer

Now the cons of the alienware are its size and weight. This thing is going to be heavy, and it will be a much thicker laptop than the macbook. The battery life will only come down to about 2 hours (no gaming), and the power brick is way larger than the macbooks. This will play games out there across a broad spectrum, and it can do productivity software (word processing and stuff) almost as well as a mac.

Total cost at spec: 1750$ starting at 1500$

You have picked two polar opposites, generally the rule goes like this. Macs are for productivity and World of Warcraft, Alienwares are for people who like to play heavier gaming. I own an Alienware M17 (not sold on their site anymore) and I have never been happier with the gaming performance, though the size and weight is a bit of a hassle at times. I cannot recommend a laptop for you at this point, but use my points up above to make your decision.

Steven asks…

What’s a good printer that will work with my DELL but also with a Mac?

I have a dell laptop and a dell printer. The printer has started pulling out a bunch of pages every time a print and it’s impossible to print on two sides of a page. I will be getting a Mac at some point in the future so I want a printer that works with both. I don’t need anything fancy, just something that prints good. I have an all in one photo dell printer now. I never print photos so don’t need that. Thanks for your help.

steve answers:

Epson wins for best price/feature comparison, best warranty and lowest cost of ink. You can’t beat their warranty. If anything goes wrong, they will fedex a replacement and pick up the old one at their expense. You can get ink for under 50 cents a cartridge at www.ccs-digital.com. You pay under 2.50 for reusable cartridges and then get $2 back for the empties. Or you can buy refillables (which is what Im using now) and refill yourself for pennies. The latest deals from epson can be found at https://www.ccs-digital.com/Best-printer-deals.asp

The Epson Workforce Pro combines the best features of inkjet and laser. Like an inkjet it uses less electricity and gives off less heat than a laser. It produces high quality photos better than a laser. Ink cartridges are cheaper. Like a laser, it has high speed (up to 16 pages per minute) and high capacity 65ml cartridges (up to 2400 pages). Ccs-digital has refillable cartridges with 100ml of ink for up to 3600 pages for $50 per set of 4. They can be refilled for under $5. Prices for the printer start at $99 with free shipping here (this is for a printer only, not an all in one):

Mark asks…

How much would it cost to totally refurbish an old laptop computer so that it was like new again?

Sony Vaio
About 5 yrs old.
Can i do it on my own?

steve answers:

Refurbishing doesn’t necessarily mean rebuilding and upgrading everything. A lot of people buy broken laptops, refurbish them, then resell them for profit (just look on eBay).

The cost depends on what is broken (if anything). A screen, for example, could cost anywhere from $50 to $300 to fix depending on the cost of the replacement and whether you can find it used. But generally, you should only need to upgrade/replace a few parts.

If the notebook is 100% functional, but is 5 years old, it probably could use the following upgrades:

-Max out the memory. You should be able to upgrade to at least 1GB for under $50 assuming it uses DDR. A 5 year old notebook likely uses 200-pin DDR SODIMM’s or 144-pin SODIMM’s, but double check just to be on the safe side.

-Replace the hard drive. If it’s small or if it’s faulty (which is likely the case on a 5 year old system), it could probably use a replacement. Since hard drives are generally the bottleneck in a system, go ahead and splurge a little on a 5400RPM. It probably has a 4200RPM (or slower) in it right now. You can pick up a 60GB 5400RPM ATA6 drive for under $50.

-Give it a thorough cleaning. This usually involves disassembling the notebook and thoroughly cleaning the dust out. A 5 year old notebook is probably clogged with dust. At the very least, you can blow out the vents using canned air or the blower attachment on your air compressor (if you have one). You also want to clean the exterior and LCD. DO NOT USE CLEANERS. They will wear away the paint. Water works best, but use it sparingly, you don’t want it dripping into the hardware. Isopropyl alchohol also works well, but avoid using it on painted areas (use it on the screen, keyboard, and under side, but generally not on the palm rest or elsewhere that is covered in paint).

-Replace the battery. If it’s 5 year old, it’s likely the battery is dead or only holds a few minutes worth of charge. You can go through Sony and purchase a replacement and likely pay upwards of $150+, or you can find a cheap Chinese refurbished battery on eBay for about $50.

-Reinstall Windows. If you decide to replace the hard drive, you will be forced to do this anyway. It’s very simple. Just make sure you have all the drivers handy (they can be downloaded from Sony’s web site). If you have a recovery CD, you can give that a try. Instead But I prefer to just install Windows myself and keep all the OEM bloatware off. Windows XP should install nicely on a 5 year old notebook.

-Buy a wireless card. If you don’t already have one, get a wireless card (whether internal or external). Internal will be hard to install since it requires routing of antennae. External cards are less desirable since they stick out, but they generally get better reception and are easier to install (just pop it in and maybe install drivers if they aren’t auto recognized).

Can you do it on your own? Maybe. Depends on how comfortable you are working on and in laptops. If you bring it to a repair shop, you will be given a bill equal to the cost of a new laptop. If you do it yourself, you can expect to pay about $150 – $200, which may or may not be worth it.

Good luck!

Maria asks…

What is a laptop under $500 that will run Star Wars, The Old Republic, decently?

I have a budget of $500 and would love to play Star Wars the Old Republic. I can go a hair over the budget ($50) but would prefer not to. I am wondering if there are any laptops out there that can fit my description.
And If there are any, can you name a specific laptop that will run Star Wars Old Republic.
I will NOT be raising my budget

steve answers:

Sadly, $500 is not going to get you any kind of laptop that’s capable of gaming on any decent level, not brand new at least. The cheapest “gaming” laptops you can get are probably the ones with the AMD Fusion APUs in them (the Llano processors preferably, like the A8-3500) and those run usually around $600 at the lowest, and they only play games on low-medium settings. Laptops with actual dedicated video cards are usually more like $700-800 or more.

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John asks…

Weird/unique piercings?

I have had many piercings in the past and was wondering what weird, unique piercing I could get, pictures would be appreciated thanks :) ?
Please don’t suggest corset, cheek or hips or anything rude such as genitals or nipples as I have had my hips done and the others are just ridiculous :’)

steve answers:

Microdermal implants are gorgeous! They can go anywhere you want them to, and they look great anywhere :)
http://greatpiercingshop.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Dermal_Anchor_Brilli_finger_by_2Face_Tattoo.jpg This is a microdermal on the finger and I think it looks rather cool :)
My friend has three of these microdermal implants on the bottom of her back in a line, and they look brilliant on her :)

Bridge piercings between the eyes, on the bridge of the nose! But be careful, these can leave pretty icky scars xD

Vertical labrets? Http://www.ael-labret-piercing.co.uk/VerticalLabret.jpg This is gorgeous :) You can play about with them, and get vertical snakebites or spiderbites too :D !

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medusa_piercing < you can also get a vertical medusa piercing :) !

Vertical tongue piercing ?:) http://news.bmezine.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/pubring/steppingback/20050404-htongue-modsbymatt1.jpg

For ears you can get; industrial/scaffold, rook, snug and horizontal tragus piercing :D

weave piercing? :) http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/body_piercing_information/location_types/ear_weaving.cfm I don't see many people with this ^-^

Back to microdermals: you can get them anywhere and I definatley sugguest one :) Hell, one of my friends even has one on her big toe :'D

Frowny piercing? :) Lower lip webbing : http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/body_piercing_information/location_types/oral_lower_fraenum.cfm

Smiley piercing :D Upper lip webbing: http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/body_piercing_information/location_types/oral_superior_fraenum.cfm

You can get double nose piercing? Http://community.tribalectic.com/content/my-double-nose-piercing And if you wana be extra creative, you can get two on EACH side so you have four nose piercings :) Also, you can get a septum piercing and stretch it up :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCv1GKXHsWQ < these are PAINFUL, they're called dermal punches :) Instead of stretching up, you use a mega sharp puncher to cut the skin out :) People also do these on their noses D:
Wrist piercing? :D It's a surface piercing, the same material and process for piercings such as hip :) http://s4.hubimg.com/u/105467_f496.jpg and also for the back of the neck, which is called a nape piercing :D (again, gonna have to search this yourself aha)
Collar bones? :D Sorry, I'm not allowed more than 10 links in an answer so you're gonna have to search these yourself :)
If you have your bellybutton pierced, you could add more? Make a star or a triangle shape? :D

SORRY if these links don't work D: My laptop's extremely faulty ¬_¬ if not, just search the names on google :) <3

Carol asks…

PC World Are Telling Me To Return A Laptop, Do I have To?

Hello, I bought a Laptop from PC world and the power jack inside broke. I took it to PC World to be repaired by the Tech Guys and it was sent away from there (Or so I thought) 10 days later I phoned up for progress of the Laptop and they said they have not received it so I asked why and apparently it wasn’t picked up from the store like it should have been.

So it’s been sitting there for 10 days and they didn’t let me know (And I had to rebook it being collected) Cut a long story short 30 days later it still had not been collected or repaired and I got told by a PC World representative that I could get a replacement laptop. I then went to PC World and got this replacement laptop which was the same price £800 but not as good as the one I had before hand. Then a few days later I got a phone call telling me to go down to PC World and collect my other laptop as it had been repaired so I was like ok? I couldn’t collect it myself so I had to send somebody else (I didn’t have any documents because they where all taken, so I just gave them my ID and off they went) Later that day they returned with the Laptop.

A few days later I had a phone call from PC World saying if you have collected the old laptop please can you return it where so sorry it’s totally our fault etc. etc. Then the same message basically a few more days later. Then a while after that a woman called telling me that if it’s not returned in the next 3 days it will go through to the legal department. Oh and as my Laptop was away it also had university work on it that I needed and because it wasn’t back in time I failed some assignments. If it would have been back in the 10-14 days that PC World said it would be gone for I wouldn’t have failed them.
So what can I do about this? Either I want to keep both Laptops, give them both back and get a better one, or can I do something about them messing up with the old laptop thus making me fail assignments?
It wasn’t a replacement whilst mine was being repaired it was a replacement all together, they have a policy where if somebody doesn’t get there product back in a certain amount of days then they have to replace it. So the new laptop was here to stay, so why would they give me my old one back? (Btw sorry if this is all set out wrong, first time using this service)
Sorry to add another detail but the Laptop I had was the Acer Aspire 8930g and they gave me HP Pavilion DV7-3111ea as a replacement.
Oh I didn’t realise that returning the HP was an option. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to. Thanks for your help guys.

steve answers:

They are not responsible for you missing your assignments. Regardless of how long the repair actually took, you were responsible for removing any vital data that you needed. There is nothing you can do about that, and you can expect no compensation for failing the assignments. Whether you wish to accept that responsibility, that was on you.

You also currently have TWO laptops, where you only paid for one. You now must return one of them, or pay for it. You are not entitled to a free laptop because of all of this. You also cannot turn in BOTH working laptops in exchange for a third laptop, since your original laptop has been repaired and returned to you.

The only unique situation you are in, is that you have your choice of laptops to keep. You may keep the replacement laptop and return your original, or you may keep your original repaired laptop, and return the replacement. However, to repeat, you cannot keep both. They offered you the replacement HP because of the mix-up and the lack of communication in their own organization. You got your old laptop back due to that lack of communication. So, now you have to choose which one you will return, or you will have to purchase the HP.

You choose.

End of line

Sandra asks…

Laptop Help Pick And Descide please!!!!!!!!!!?

Okay, Im going into gr9 and im getting a laptop ill be usimg it for school work, socail networking and surfing the web, photos. And music i wanna keep my price from about $400-$600 ish and I want a webcan and windows 7 ! People have told me dell is not good but i have no clue please help me! And also NOT referbished and screen size from 15+ no smaller ! Thanks please leave names of LAPTOPS not NETBOOKS! and what store xarries them the would be great thanks :)

steve answers:

The 15.6-inch N53Sv-XE1 notebook and prepare to be impressed. Featuring ASUS SonicMaster Technology—co-developed by the audio experts at Bang and Olufsen ICEpower—and a unique top-mounted speaker design, this multimedia powerhouse combines hardware and audio for an unsurpassed, ear-pleasing experience. Powered by the 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2630QM processor with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology, the N53Sv-XE1 delivers the multitasking muscle and smart performance that senses the tasks at hand and dynamically boosts the processor for a stutter-free experience. Boasting powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics with NVIDIA Optimus Technology, the N53Sv-XE1 excels in video editing, DirectX 11-enabled gaming, and graphic rendering while conserving battery for less-intensive tasks. And with ASUS VideoMagic 3-in-1 software package, you get image-enhancing programs like PowerDVD 9 with True Theatre that instantly scales DVD-quality to Full 1080p HD with smoother frame rates so you can enjoy videos and movies in the quality they deserve. Specially built into the N53Sv-XE1, the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine extends battery life via the ASUS Power4Gear Hybrid utility. The N53Sv-XE1 also comes with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 that charges USB 3.0-enabled devices quickly and transfer files from USB storage devices to your notebook up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

Mandy asks…

Powerful Laptop – I need HELP please – which of these should I get?

Dear Reader -

This is a re-posting of an older question. I’m hoping to get better/more answers
I am a Computer Engineering major – but my knowledge of PC’s is limited
I I would like some suggestions as to what I should get – below are some of the things I’m looking for

Something with a powerful processor – dual or quad if possible (i7 preferred, but i5 is also okay)
Large RAM
Nice design (if possible)
Price Range – willing to pay up to $1500 for something decent

As you can see, I don’t have that many wants -
I need something powerful – it would be nice if it had a sleek design – but that’s not a necessity
Feel free to explain your recommendation(s)
Thank you very much
PS. Please do refrain from posting rude comments


steve answers:

For style and power I have always like the alienware machines.
You can get a really kicking machine for 1500.

I have spec’d one out below, you see even with the i7, 4 gigs of memory, AND a true video chipset, it is still under your price range!

Not to mention the case is a really cool design, with name etching and a very very unique look!

Alienware M11x

Market Value1 $1,413.00

+ Tech Specs

Alienware M11x

Date 11/29/2010 6:51:31 PM Central Standard Time

Catalog Number 29 Retail 19

Catalog Number / Description Product Code Qty SKU Id

Intel® Core™ i7 640UM (4M Cache, 1.2 GHZ with 2.266 GHz Max Turbo Frequency) – Overclockable I7640UM 1 [313-9774] 2

Operating System:
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit) AW7HP6E 1 [420-6436][420-9691][421-0092][421-1400] 11

Video Card:
1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 335M 1GBNIV 1 [320-9857] 6

11.6-inch WideHD 1366×768 (720p) WLED NWANBLK 1 [320-1467] 5

4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 800MHz 4GB 1 [317-4706] 3

Hard Drive:
250GB SATAII 7,200RPM 250GB72 1 [342-1322] 8

No Internal WWAN Antenna Installed NOWAN 1 [430-3773] 114

Internal High-Definition Surround Sound Audio (5.1) IS 1 [313-9958] 17

Adobe Reader:
Adobe Acrobat Reader ADOBER 1 [410-1883] 15

Hardware Services:
3 Year Basic Service Plan, DMLP S3OS 1 [421-1721][922-2597][922-2608][926-5392][929-5570][950-3339][993-8582][994-3730] 29

Security Software:
McAfee SecurityCenter, 30-Day Trial MC1130D 1 [410-2461] 25

Power Adapters:
Alienware M11x 90W A/C Adapter 90W 1 [330-9945] 4

Integrated NIC:
Integrated 10/100 Network Interface Card NIC 1 [313-9856] 14

Automatic Updates:
Automatic Updates: On AUTOON 1 [330-6348] 20

1.3MP Web Cam CAM 1 [330-8995] 21

Standard Nameplate Trigger:
Standard Nameplate SPLATE 1 [330-9855] 748

System Color:
Alienware M11x, Soft Touch Stealth Black P2STBHN 1 [224-8847] 1

Quasar Blue BLUE 1 [313-8792][421-3095] 10

OS Customization:
Alien Red Glyphs WAL7 1 [421-1587][421-1597] 110

Alienware M11x a/b/g/n 2×2 MIMO Wireless MIMO 1 [430-3796] 19

Paul asks…

What’s the best laptop cooler pad?

Mine just broke today and it lasted about a year, and one of the fans broke…. And I plan to buy another one.. I just want maybe top 3 of your best picked Laptop Cooler Pad. (Provide a link that has reviews on them?)

Notes: My laptop is about 17 inches… (9 3/4 x 14 3/4 about)

steve answers:

Well this answer is subjective.
The best completely depends on the laptop itself. And also depends on your budget. I mean do you really want to spend $60+ on one lol?

But there are like 4 different cooling pad designs.
-passive (no fans)
-passive gel pad
-Cooler with fans blowing up into the laptop
-Cooler with fans blowing down out of the laptop

Well if your laptop exhausts hot air down, then either a passive no fan, or one with fans blowing down would be best.
One with lots of ventilation and/or an intake fan on the bottom, then a passive no fan or cooler that blows cool air into the laptop would be best.
One with not much ventilation and no exhaust on the bottom, then the gel pad would be best.

Also another thing to remember about ones with fans is that they are only powered by a usb port. That means 1.5A of 5V…. Desktop case fans use 12V.
So you cant expect much airflow with such little power input, all fans you will “barely feel any airflow” like most negative reviews post lol

I bought this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834997727 and it dropped my laptop like 10-12C under load. The way its designed is very unique and efficient. It basically has no way for air to escape but up into the laptop and across the metal mesh. Its completely enclosed except the top and a small area around the fan to intake air.


one seems to plug into the wall, so it will have more power, meaning it should give pretty good airflow. As it has 2 140mm fans and spins up to 2600rpm. It also seems to use a similar design to the one above, where its enclosed and almost no air escapes elsewhere.

If you want the best/max cooling, then you definitely want one that draws more then USB power, and is more enclosed, with more even distribution of airflow so all the airflow is going to cooling the laptop. (though thats assuming yours has intake(s) and lots of ventilation on the bottom, but thats usually how they are designed)

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Steven asks…

My Acer Aspire One ZG5 wont start?

I had a problem with virus so I decided to format my Hard Disk but after reinstalling windows, it wouldn’t start. After some tests I found that if the built-in keyboard is disconnected then there is no problem but if I connect it, the computer doesn’t start. What can I do to fix this?

steve answers:

Does it shows some sort of blue/black screen…if it is then surely your Windows is properly not installed or got corrupted.Try going to Acer care in your city!! Or try once by your own !
And if it completely not starting then probably your computer crashed and may be BIOS or motherboard got disturbed.Now only one chance left—>GO TO ACER CARE…
Hope it helps…nd Gud Luck

Richard asks…

How do you disassemble an Acer Aspire 0ne ZG5?

steve answers:

Just on a quick look around, I didn’t see a full field service guide for that netbook. I did find this, which should give the same kind of breakdown/rebuild steps


It is a wiki-style site, so the info is user-contributed, but checking a couple of the steps they seem to be complete and fairly well documented.

Helen asks…

I need to find out how to bypass the login password ?

I bought a acer aspireone zg5 from my brother inlaw and he forgot the password. thanks

steve answers:

Lost Acer Windows 7 Logon Password? | How to reset Acer Aspire One password if you don’t know it?


* The netbook is redefined with the arrival of the Acer Aspire computer and many people like it. Sometimes, you lost Windows 7 logon password, how to reset it on your Aspire laptop?

Charles asks…

Acer Aspire One ZG5 more ram?

i got a Acer aspire one ZG5 with 1gb ram
can i put more into it ?

if yes how many


steve answers:

Here is a site that will help you http://www.crucial.com/?cpe=pd_msn_us&ef_id=vStOWnP1KVEAAITC:20110905040012:s

David asks…

Acer Aspire one ZG5 wont boot?

I have asked Acer for help but the best thing they can say is “send it in with 99$ plus one way shipping” so i am relying on the community. The netbook is a acer aspire one ZG5, When i hit the power button to turn it on from being off. i can hear the fans start spinning, the hard drive spinning up to speed and after 4-5 seconds of hitting the power button the system just shuts down. there is nothing on the screen while the netbook is on for 4-5 seconds. Acer told me to do a bios flash and i tried it knowing it would work and it did not work. please help
i didnt get a chance to flash the bios. it wouldnt let me

steve answers:

Sometimes it takes more than one try to get the bios flashed


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Ken asks…

how to unlock samsung corby pro?

steve answers:

What’s so special about our Samsung Corby PRO unlocking?
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We regularly help customers to unlock Samsung Corby PRO mobiles. Many of whom simply want to maximise the Corby PRO’s use and lifespan. Buy your Samsung Corby PRO unlock code to free it from any SIM lock restrictions instead of letting your old Corby PRO sit on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. Unlock it today using our codes and give it to someone you love :-)

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We unlock & free Samsung Corby PRO handsets all day every day.

Mary asks…

Which is better? Samsung Corby TXT or Samsung Corby PRO?

steve answers:

Samsung Corby PRO is wayyy better than corby txt in many ways like
1. Its has wifi which is not present in txt
2. It is 3G, to be frank, 3.5G
3.keys of corby txt are way too small and make texting difficult
4. It has a touch screen which is again not present in corby txt
So, i suggest Corby PRO anyyytime..
Hope this helped

Charles asks…

Which one is best, samsung corby s3653wifi or c3 nokia?

Plz tell me

steve answers:

Samsung corby s3653wifi Samsung Corby GT – S3653 Wifi complete original package … And Smartphone samsung corby, samsung corby wifi, Nokia C3, … Its the lowest price of corby wifi ever! Samsung corby s3653 wifi in excellent condition 10/10 with all … This mobile Samsung S3653 WIFI and also wifi is the best and speed if any one

if you want to see the website i hope it help with you choice

Richard asks…

Which is better? LG cookie or Samsung Corby or Lg pep?

After seeing all functions.

steve answers:

Samsung Corby has many models and I am not sure which model are you talking about, but there is one more good phone of Samsung i.e. Samsung Star S5230.

Having used Cookie and Samsung Star phone myself, I would suggest you to go for Samsung Star 5230 for the reasons: -

The Touch Screen response is better
Sound quality is better
Camera pictures are clear
Internet connectivity and browsing the net is faster
Battery life is extremely good

Carol asks…

which is best nokia 5233 or samsung corby ?

steve answers:

Samsung S3650 Corby Unlocked Quad-Band Phone
i was looking for a phone with wifi, when i came across this one,
this phone actually does not have wifi. Its a good phone
all touch, good speakers, its set up good, but still no wifi



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Chris asks…

Serious Samsung Projection TV Problem?

Im not sure, but it is definitely older than 2004. The model code is hcn4727wx/xaa. It is a 1080i rear projection hdtv. my main problem is that one night, the colors just separated, so i assume it is a convergence problem. i left it overnight, then it recovered in the morning. Later in the afternoon, it started having the convergence problem again, then bam, it just turned all black. i tried to adjust the volume, or press the menu button, but nothing. i did some research with no significant progress.

now i got 2 problems. do you think the convergence problem had to do with the screen turning all black? I power the tv up, but only the power indicator on the front turned on. its blinking for like 10 seconds, then turns off.

based on the research i did, this is what i came up: convergence problem, and dead bulb.

I want to be positive about this situation because i am no tv expert in anyway. please tell me whats up. please no answers such as: call customer service or something like that.

If i do end up having to replace something or have it repaired, please estimate how much it would cost and what retail store to buy the supplies.

And does Geek Squad fix this sort of problem? How much probably?

Please help me out.

steve answers:

Dunno exactly but a friend has a projection TV (sorry can’t remember which) and the bulb ‘went’ he did some searching round the web and found it was something that could be re-set inside the system ..the bulb hadn’t failed at all some manufactures scam to screw money? The bulbs cost big time.

Mandy asks…

Having problems with my Samsung DLP TV?

I watch my TV in 4:3 aspect ratio when watching non-HDTV, don’t like the stretched look. Lately I’ve been noticing a smoky, spotty film like stain when I watch HDTV in 16:9, where the black bars usually are. But it goes away after a couple hours of watching TV. Does this have to do with the lamp going out. I’m wondering if there is something on the lamp, or if there is a stain on the lamp. Samsung said they’ve never heard of this problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

steve answers:


IF it is an LCD projo….you are BURNING the LCD panel by watching too much 4:3 mode !! (only 15% or less of your viewing time should be 4:3)


You don’t like FAT people on TV right? Well do you LIKE nice bright bars on the left and right side of your TV screen?

You have to make the choice now before it worsens….16:9 pictures are the only choice you have for a good picture over the next 10 to 15 years…

Donna asks…

I have a problem with my Samsung tv which will not turn on everey time.?

I have a Samsung LCD tv which doesn’t come on every time. The red neon flashes once then goes out even if I push the button on the side. It is model LN32A450. What do I look for to fix it?

steve answers:

You probably have filter capacitors going bad on the power supply board. To confirm, take the back off and look on the circuit board that the AC cord hooks to. This is the power supply board. Then look at the capacitors. They are cylinders and the tops should be flat. Put your finger on them and feel if any of them are slightly puffed up. If so, then change them. These parts are available @ radio shack, and the value is printed on the side. Many are 2200 microfarad @ 16-25 volts DC.

Lizzie asks…

Samsung LCD TV Problem?

i have a 6 year old Samsung LCD TV, last night i turned off the tv at night, i woke up this morning, to turn it on, but all i can hear is the audio of the people talking, but i can’t see people on the screen.

what is the problem with my tv?, do i have to buy a new tv or can i just get it repaired?

The Warranty expired along time ago.

any tips of how to fix the tv by myself would be great!

steve answers:

It’s probably the backlight or the inverter. Call a repair center and ask for an estimate. If it’s going to cost more than a couple hundred I would just buy a new tv.

Paul asks…

Comcast Samsung HD TV problem?

This past Christmas I received a 37″ HD TV from Samsung. It showed all the HD channels that by service provider, Comcast, provided (specifically TCM, or FOX in HD).

Up until recently, however, it worked fine. But within the past couple of weeks, it stopped working. When I go to many of my HD channels, they don’t show up, and the message that comes up is ‘Scrambled Channel or Weak Signal.’

I’ve messed with the wires in the back, but nothing worked. Is it something I can fix manually, or should I contact Comcast?


steve answers:

It sounds like an Internal or Programming issue That needs to be resolved by Comcast Cable. There is nothing you have done to cause the problem and is a Comcast problem.

Hope this Helps


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Robert asks…

Women’s hello kitty/ninja turtle costume?

I am attending a costume party on Saturday & can’t decide whether or not to be hello kitty or a ninja turtle? anybody have costume ideas that would make up a cute costume? the costume is for an adult.

steve answers:

I think hello kitty would be easier, and cuter. You could go get a hat that has her face on it or paint your face white and get white ears and a bow, and then wear a pink jumper with a white shirt underneath.

If you really want to do ninja turtle, you could get a bandana of the color of your choice and cut holes in it and wear it around your face and then paint your face green and find a green shirt and green pants and a turtle backpack.

Joseph asks…

Gothic/emo hello kitty costume?

How can i put it together to look “goth” but it doesn’t look all mismatched? So far i have long black netted fingerless gloves and a regular hello kitty headband w/ the ears& bow attatched to it. what should i wear for the outfit part? i want it to look somewhat cute, afterall its hk. pls idk if this would work though. what should i use for the rest of the outfit part? provide links if you can as well? thanks!

steve answers:

Well this is one of the typical hello kitty costumes: http://www.partycity.com/product/teen+girls+hello+kitty+costume.do

Think what you can do to make it similar but gothic twist.
Black or dark colored Tutu
Black shirt or make a hello kitty gothic shirt, even get a plain hello kittly shirt :)
Paint nails black
Shiny lipgoss over dark colored lipstick
And smoky eye shadow look :)
Maybe even some whiskers :)

Good luck

Happy Halloween!

Charles asks…

hello kitty costume!…?

so for halloween i’m going as hello kitty. btw i’m fifteen. i was thinking wear some white cat ears, yellow dot on my nose, whiskers, etc. but what should i actually wear? something that truly channels the cuteness of hello kitty :) any suggestions are appreciated — thanks so much!

steve answers:

TUTU!! Or if you really want the hello kitty look wear a bow in your hair and then get outfit ideas from google (look up hello kitty) good luck answer mine?


James asks…

Why hello kitty has no mouth?

steve answers:

“Hello Kitty, as well as her family and friends, is generally depicted without a mouth, especially in merchandise. There are many debates on why Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth. Her current designer says that she should have one because without, she lacks emotion. However, in response to this statement many fans said that her costumes depict her emotion, so she has no need of one. The official position of Sanrio is that she speaks from the heart, having no need of any particular language. Hello Kitty was depicted as having a mouth in a segment in the series Sanrio World of Animation, where fans could see a smile on her face. However, it has been said that Hello Kitty does have a mouth, but it is not drawn, as the creators wanted Hello Kitty’s emotions to be interpreted by the viewer.”

Sandra asks…

where can I find 6-9month hello kitty costume ?

steve answers:

Find at http://halloween2008.net/?q=hello+kitty+costume
It’s really nice costume, i guess.

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Joseph asks…

is 512 mb and 2gb hardrive barly anything for a laptop?

is tht decent amount of memory or will i not be able to store anything?
is it not going to beable to do anything? :(
oops just found out is actualy 5gb is tht still; bad?
5gb hardrive tht is
coz ive alrey got it nd it waz second hand 100 pounds but it look like a modern 1 it has 5gb hardrive and 512mb ram

steve answers:

While 1gb and higher is better, I would have to disagree with anyone who says 512mb is not enough memory to do anything. There are plenty of applications, including new ones, that will perform quite well with only 512 mb of memory with Windows XP. If a person is doing mostly word processing and surfing the net 512 would be fine. Most gamers would not be very happy though.

As for the 2gb hard drive, that would not be adequate for much of anything other than as an external drive for file transfers.

Sharon asks…

What will be better?Upgrading 1GB RAM to 2GB or 256 MB AGP to 512 MB? ?

steve answers:

Well the memory will not improve speed, it will only improve multi tasking or amount of graphics + in game data.

You can free up ram by disabling items in msconfig(startup).

The 256 to 512mb graphics memory is a nice improvement if you play games at resolutions higher than 800×600, BUT, this greatly depends on the card as well.

On the same card, more memory is of course better. However, more memory on an older card or lower model will NOT perform better.

If you purchase a nvidia 8600gt with 512mb, a higher model 8800gt with 256mb of memory will still out perform it. At higher resolutions, this gap will close, but the 8800gt is still a beast compared to 8600.

I suggest you look at the model comparison. Sometimes you are paying for a card by a different company, and dont improve at all. Such as nvidia 5 series vs ati 9 series. Buying in parallel for alittle more memory isnt worth it in my opinion.


if you ever want to learn more. Just use that website, ask a friend, or google.. Whatever model you have, and type vs in google. For example.

If you have nvidia 8600GT and want to buy an ATI 3650.. Just google 8600gt vs 3650. Tons of results will come up. Also check youtube for fun comparisons and advice.

Lisa asks…

Which Mp3 player is better Rca 2GB, or the zvue MP3 512 MB?

Got them for the Christmas i don’t know which one is better to keep.

steve answers:

MP3 512 MB

Paul asks…

If I upgrade my data plan from 200 mb to 2gb, will at&t remove my overage charges?

I just signed with att and got an iPhone with 200 mb data plan. Unfortunately I didn’t know much about it, and I am currently at 800 mb. Att charges $15 for every additional 200 mb used. Obviously I owe a lot. But i was wondering, if I change my data plan right now to 2gb (same month that I have overage charges) will att remove the charges? Afterall I will be paying $10 more a month for the next 2 years.

steve answers:

No, they will not. You incurred the overage charges under the 200 MB plan. If you upgrade now, the changes will go into effect next month, and in their records for this month you have still used 600MB over your alloted limit.

However, if you use that much, upgrading is still a very good idea to avoid charges like this in the future.

Robert asks…

How come its says that there’s only 30.9 mb on my blank 2gb SanDisk mempry card?

steve answers:

Format it and see what it reads then.

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Robert asks…

I need to upgrade my computer in the best possible ways, I need a professional and their valuable time?

This is all my computers system information.

System Information
Time of this report: 9/26/2011, 13:57:53
Machine name: MY-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: AU840AA-ABA s3905f
BIOS: BIOS Date: 07/27/09 18:21:27 Ver: 5.17
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 4450e (2 CPUs), ~2.3GHz
Memory: 2814MB RAM
Page File: 1417MB used, 4434MB available
Windows Dir: C:Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

I use a NVIDIA GeForce 9100 video card.
These are my expansion slots available.
PCI Express x16
PCI Express x1
PCI Express mini card socket
And my drive bays.
Pocket Media Drive

This of course is the HP Pavilion Slimline s3905f Desktop PC. And to be honest, it is horrible. I can’t do ANYTHING on it but browsing and basic stuff. Every game I download is slow, and I’m running out of memory quick. I don’t know that much about computers, as I just started comp. net. and sec. class. I really need a professionals help, I want the best of everything or close to the best video card, what can I put inside my expansion slots and should I get Windows 7?

One last question, I’m wondering how to get a 64bit computer? Mine is 32 bit but can I change it to become 64 bit?

steve answers:

>Get a better video card and by the way, that cpu you have is an AM3 cpu, but I think you could easily double performance if you just got a better cpu to go along with another video card. I think your best bet is to call HP and ask them what the best upgrade cpu there is you could put in there.

Mark asks…

I wanted try to play msn games but cannot Mozila cannot IE7 not to what problem is that system Requirement?

Windows Vista™ FAQ

Please view the following article for information about MSN Games on Windows Vista.

Windows Vista FAQ

Minimum System Requirements

· One of the following operating systems installed:

o Microsoft Windows 2000 with an account that allows you to download and install software (ActiveX Controls), for example an Administrator account*

o Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

o Microsoft Windows XP Professional with an account that allows you to download and install software (ActiveX Controls), for example an Administrator account*

o Microsoft Windows Vista™ with an account that allows you to download and install software (ActiveX Controls), for example an Administrator account*

· Pentium II 450 MHz (or equivalent) or higher processor, or minimum processor for the operating system

· 128 MB RAM or the minimum requirements for the O/S (Recommended: 256 MB RAM)

· 8 MB Video Card

· 55 MB hard disk space

· VGA 16-bit (high) color, 800 x 600 display (Recommended: 1024 x 768 display); Bankshot Billiards™ games require 32-bit color

· 56.6 Kbps Internet access (Recommended: Broadband connection)

· Microsoft Internet 6.0 or higher or MSN Explorer 9.0 or higher

Install the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer


MSN Explorer users can upgrade to the latest version of MSN Explorer by signing out of MSN Explorer and clicking Upgrade Now.

· Mouse or compatible pointing device.

· Macromedia® Flash Player 7.0 or higher (Recommended: Adobe® Flash Player 8.0 or 9.0, which requires 128MB RAM) Macromedia Flash Player is now Adobe Flash Player

· Windows Live™ Messenger games require DirectX 6.1

*If you install game software for a Restricted user, that user should be able to play any free single-player online game.

Macromedia Shockwave Player Games

· One of the following operating systems installed:

o Microsoft Windows 2000 with Administrator Privileges with at least Pentium III, 128MB RAM

o Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with at least Pentium III, 128MB RAM

o Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Administrator Privileges with at least Pentium III, 128MB RAM

o Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Administrator Privileges with at least Pentium III, 128MB RAM

o Microsoft Windows Vista™ with an account that allows you to download and install software (ActiveX Controls), for example an Administrator account, and at least Pentium III, 128MB RAM

· Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 with Service Pack 1

Joboo’s Gems System Requirements

· One of the following operating systems installed:

o Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

o Microsoft Windows XP Professional with an account that allows you to download and install software (ActiveX Controls), for example an Administrator account*

o Microsoft Windows Vista™ with an account that allows you to download and install software (ActiveX Controls), for example an Administrator account*

· Pentium III 800 MHz (or equivalent) or higher processor, or minimum processor for the operating system

· Required: 512 MB RAM (512 MB recommended) – Game performance may be affected by the size of your My Pictures folder. For larger folders, more RAM is recommended for an optimal game experience.

· 16 MB Video Card (Recommended 32 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible)


The GoPets system requirements list is available at:


Jigsaw Too Photo Edition Additional System Requirements

· Required: 128 MB RAM (512 MB recommended) – Game performance may be affected by the size of your My Pictures folder. For larger folders, more RAM is recommended for an optimal game experience.

PC Download and GameSpring™ Games

Each game has its own set of requirements which are listed on the game page in the “System Requirements” section. View the game page to make sure your computer meets these requirements before installing the game.
Sorry, we were unable to install your game;

Bricks Of Egypt

steve answers:

Whats up with the long ass Question?

Ken asks…

I cannot start minecraft because my video card is not fully updated, How do i fix it?

Ok, so i just bought minecraft, and i downloaded it, but i cant play it.it displays:

Bad video card drivers!

Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode.
This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.

— BEGIN ERROR REPORT 7fe0271 ——–
Generated 9/15/10 4:55 PM

Minecraft: Minecraft Alpha v1.1.0
OS: Windows XP (x86) version 5.1
Java: 1.6.0_21, Sun Microsystems Inc.
VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (mixed mode), Sun Microsystems Inc.
LWJGL: 2.4.2
[failed to get system properties (java.lang.NullPointerException)]

org.lwjgl.LWJGLException: Pixel format not accelerated
at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.nChoosePixelFormat(Native Method)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.choosePixelFormat(WindowsPeerInfo.java:52)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsDisplay.createWindow(WindowsDisplay.java:185)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.createWindow(Display.java:311)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:856)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:784)
at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create(Display.java:765)
at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.a(SourceFile:196)
at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.run(SourceFile:554)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
— END ERROR REPORT 52b63e18 ———-
***************************my compuer specs are:********************
System Information
Time of this report: 9/15/2010, 17:19:14
Machine name: JOHN
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.100216-1514)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 1520
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A04
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2310 @ 1.46GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2038MB RAM
Page File: 1217MB used, 2711MB available
Windows Dir: C:WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.5512 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
DirectX Files Tab: No problems found.
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Music Tab: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
Network Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (n/a)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (n/a)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: EnumPCIVEN_8086&DEV_2A02&SUBSYS_01F11028&REV_0C
Display Memory: 384.0 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: igxprd32.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.4831 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 7/9/2007 23:58:42, 57344 bytes
WHQL Logo’d: Yes

Please help!!!

steve answers:

Go here www.driverstorer.com they have the drivers. By the way you have an integrated video chipset so i dont know what kind of performance you expect to get for your game.

Lizzie asks…

Sony Vegas Pro 11.0 won’t install! Help!!?

I have downloaded the installer many times, but whenever I try to install it, it says “This software requires that one of the following operating systems be installed: Windows Vista Service Package 2/ Windows 7“. I HAVE A WINDOWS VISTA! I have also tried running it as administrator, and that doesn’t work. Whenever I download the installer again, I always delete the last installer. I have a 32 bit Acer Laptop and, yes, I did download the 32 bit version. It might have something to do with the compatibility in the Properties Tab, but I’m just confused with it all. Lastly, I HAVE searched everywhere and I can’t find anyone with the same problem. I really want to continue to make drawing videos on Youtube, but more professional, so PLEASE HELP!

steve answers:

You need to update to service pack 2

Maria asks…

Will my laptop be able to handle Fallout New Vegas?

I just downloaded Fallout: New Vegas to my Acer Travelmate 4060. When I press play, I get,
“Failed to Initialize Renderer.
Hardware T&L required but not supported by adapter.”

My computer specs :

Windows 7 Professional
Rating: 1.0 Windows Experience Index
Installed memory (RAM): 1.00 GB
Graphics Adapter: Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chip
System type: 32-bit Operating System

Is it because of my graphics card? Why is it doing this, and can I fix it? Can I fix this by just deleting some programs on my computer? How can I update my drivers? I have 54.9 GBs left on my computer.
Where can I get one, and what kind?
Bahh this is so depressing lol

steve answers:

Yeah, your graphics arn’t up to scratch

My best guess would to go into your local computer store and ask them what can be done about it
They will be able to give you all the facts and figures

Good luck
It is a pretty awesome game :D

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Sandy asks…

Can anyone recommend some cheap tablets with usb 2.0 ports?

I’m looking for some cheap tablets with which I can use my flash drives with. It doesn’t have to be a top end one i’m just looking for one for ease of access for schoolwork.

steve answers:

I recommend Acer Iconia B1-710. It is under $150.


It has android 4.1 jelly bean and 8 gb flash memory and 1 gb ram memory. It has really positive reviews. I hope my answer helped.

Nancy asks…

Looking for a tablet that has a USB port and Microsoft Office (or can add).?

Help…looking for more or less a mini desktop in a tablet. Needs to have WiFi and wireless internet capabilities. Any suggestions on the right ones to look at?

steve answers:

Most latest Samsung Tablet has this features.
Wifi – that can connect to a wifi hotspot
GSM – can be inserted with a sim to have an internet access
OTG – On-theGo- where you can connect a USB to transfer files
Office – Kingsoft Office for free and its compatible to MS Office (See link below)

Cheap in price compared to Ipad. 100 percent compatible to Windows Desktop Computers.



Ken asks…

Does the tablet ‘ZeePad’ have a USB port?

I wanna know, so I can get the Zeepad and a tablet keyboard case for it. Please answer, thank you! :)

steve answers:


according to the desciption here, yeah, it has and can support external keyboard too.

Steven asks…

Internal usb port in tablet broke?

The port on the side of my tablet where you plug in the usb cable is broke, it will not properly plug it, it wiggles.
It is not the cable itself, ive checked, so im curious is i could get the port repaired somewhere/ is that possible to fix? Or must i buy a new tablet. ://

My Tablet is a wacom intuos 4
thanks C:
My warranty ended, ive had the tablet a couple years, i havent had any problems with it other than this.

steve answers:

-go to yellowpages.com , .ca for Canada or in Canada http://canpages.com .
-type your city/town
-search electronic repair or electronics.
-call up a few repair shops you find and see if its worth getting fixed

Tip: The manufacturer of the tablet, such as Blackberry or Apple, should know your repair centers for their tablet. Visit their website for more details.
Tip #2: Some shops offer first time to continuous repair discounts, just ask them.

Look at it, this way, even if it costs a bit more to repair, do you want it collecting dust and waiting on the classifieds for a buyer and giving it to them below cost? Or ending up in the landfill?

See the electronics industry wants you to buy from the store, again, again and again. And with some electronics being repaired you’ll get better parts installed, than when you bought it from the store.

Now if the repair is just too expensive. You could put it on KiJiJi or Craigslist. But, your other option, could be to trade in and get a discount. I’m praying you get 20% to 15% off trade in for your almost working device.

If the usb is the only broke part, you won’t pay as much as the whole circuit board. Under $150 to $100 or lower I’d estimate.

Just my thoughts and best of luck.

Linda asks…

Does anyone know if the new miscrosoft surface tablet will have a USB port?

steve answers:

Yes. It will feature a USB 2.0 port and the professional version of the surface will feature a USB 3.0 port as well.

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