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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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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About 2gb = Mb]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/01/23/your-questions-about-2gb-mb-4/ 2015-01-23T10:08:06Z 2015-01-23T10:08:06Z

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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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit Download]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/01/23/your-questions-about-windows-7-professional-32-bit-download-8/ 2015-01-23T06:08:02Z 2015-01-23T06:08:02Z

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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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Tablets With Usb Ports]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/01/23/your-questions-about-tablets-with-usb-ports-9/ 2015-01-23T02:08:18Z 2015-01-23T02:08:18Z

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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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Asus Netbook Review]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/01/22/your-questions-about-asus-netbook-review-8/ 2015-01-22T22:08:19Z 2015-01-22T22:08:19Z

Carol asks…

What is the best make of tablet to buy, not too expensive!?

steve answers:

If you want to have the Apple App Store, your only option is an iPad. You could save some money by getting an iPad 1 instead an iPad 2, but sadly there is not as big of a price difference as some would hope (we are not talking hundreds of dollars less or anything).

If you are not dead-set on an iPad, what is generally considered the best Android tablet available to date when you also consider price is the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Look around on YouTube at its reviews. People love it. The 16gb model is $399, and the 32gb model is $499, but I suggest the 16gb model since you can use SDcards in it to expand its storage yourself. It is a very capable Honeycomb tablet that can even do some things the iPad doesn’t (at least natively), such as remote access of your desktop (someone even demonstrated playing Left 4 Dead 2 on their desktop from their tablet, and it looked good). The “Transformer” part of the name refers to an optional keyboard attachment that turns it more into an Android netbook than a tablet, adds USB slots, another SDcard slot, and adds 8 hours of battery life.

The main downside of Android tablets is their app market. There are nowhere near as many apps for Android tablets as for the iPad, but it growing all the time.

Nancy asks…

Where can I buy a cheap, yet still good, netbook?

I’m in college, working only 2 days a week as of now, so I need something as cheap as possible yet still good enough to write papers and maybe serf the web from time to time.

steve answers:

I am not sure how much you are able to spend. But I HIGHLY suggest the ASUS Eee. They are getting great reviews all over.

Donald asks…

What would be the best laptop for me?

So my little netbook has died on me about three times and its not worth the money to get it fixed. I primarily want one that would be good for gaming, but gaming laptops are a little too expensive for me. I only play one game on the computer, but i also used my netbook for a bunch of other things that it could barely handle. I’m looking for a 17.3 inch display with 8gb of ram and an i7 processor. i know it won’t be the cheapest but it’s cheaper than paying for a razer blade or an alien ware. I’ve been looking at the ASUS N76VJ DH71, because it has everything i’m looking for and at a price that doesn’t rip you off from the product or empty your wallet for what you’re getting. I would like to hear any other suggestions for even better prices if possible. I don’t mind going down on anything, i would just like a laptop that is reliable and can handle a fairly big game.

steve answers:

That one looks like about $910



Newegg has only a few, mostly in 15.6″, and that laptop did not get great reviews in 15.6″.
Lenovo.com has Y500
Graphics to gaming:


Low performance CPU Dell?

Mary asks…

want to compare entry level laptops in Asus, Lenovo and HP?

pentium dual core 2.2GHZ or more, comparing price the asus is good, but can some one share theexperiencee of product quality and after sale service, handling etc.
* I have regretful experience with Acer, they don’t cover the warrantee as they premiss, specially for the LCD screen
* Toshiba given good service but the laptop gets problems frequently!

steve answers:

http://web.consumerreports.org/test/SEM/version5.htm?EXTKEY=SA9MBBD On line consumer reports and review.
Computers, netbooks, phones, tablets and many other items are always being reviewed in Consumer Reports magazine…
Google for reviews and read them… Go to your Public Library or look on line and look at the last
few issues, there are several out there to pick from.
You have to get familiar with specs to be able to judge. It is best if you have not used the product or item go to the local electronic store and try it out and see if you like it…
Sony, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba there is little or not way to say one is better than the others it is more important to get the one that fits your needs. (I am a tech with
several years of repairing all brands.)




Source: CompTIA A+ Certified Computer Professional

Mark asks…

will a 1ghz processor handle what I want it to?

So I’m looking at a netbook (the asus x102) and all the specs fit my needs perfectly. However, I’m unsure about the processor – its only 1ghz. I want the netbook to:
Play facebook games (mainly candy crush)
Browse websites like facebook, twitter and google+
Do homework on microsoft office, which comes free with the netbook.
So, will the 1ghz processor handle my requirements? (The netbook runs windows 8 home edition, has 4gb ram, a 500gb hard-drive and the processor is made by AMD)
It comes with the full version of microsoft office and the processor is dual core

steve answers:

Yes, it will do what you want.
I was just reading a review on that computer


It really seems to be a nice kit. It’s got it’s own graphics processor separate from the cpu and 1366×768 screen.
Look at the Asus page for your computer


It’s a darn nice machine.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Orange Laptops]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/01/22/your-questions-about-orange-laptops-6/ 2015-01-22T18:08:27Z 2015-01-22T18:08:27Z

Mandy asks…

Charging light on laptop is solid orange?

I recently got a new laptop, its like 4 days old. When i charged it before it was usually a solid white light. Now when i charge it its a solid orange. Its is a hp g6-1b28ca its that helps. Does it mean that the battery is dying? Or is it just really low on power? It was at 49% when i turned it off and it said it was charging. It still boots up fine and everything is normal. Just want to know why the light changed colours. Thanks im pretty nooby when it comes to these things.

steve answers:

Well myne is orange when charging and blue when charged just like most laptops i think, but i dno about the white light at first

Steven asks…

How do connect my PS3 to my orange livebox so i can access the online features?

I connected my laptop to orange livebox with the WEP code but my PS3 says WPA-PSK and I tried using the WEP code anyway in the WEP bit but it did’nt work can i get the WEP to work or how do i find the WPA-PSK code?

steve answers:

I don’t know anything on the playstation side of it, but i do know how to change it for your livebox.

Go onto your start menu and click ‘orange’ then ‘configure the livebox’

then click ‘Access to the configuration pages (access to these pages is restricted, you must have the password). ‘

and your username and password should both be ‘admin’

Click on ‘configuration’ which opens a sub-menu then click ‘advanced’ then ‘wireless’.

You should be presented with 4 selections of
WPA or WEP security
WPA security only
WEP security only
No security

make sure the tick box is selected on the first two or the last. And i think it might work, theoretically it should but i dont know about the playstation end of this, for example the playstation might require a key so you wouldn’t be able to use no security or something. But anyway have a play around with this.

Michael asks…

Hitachi laptop has theese two orange spots on it when I start it up what could it be?

I started my laptop up a couple of minutes ago and on the screen when I turn it on it has theese two bright orange spots on it and its gray around it. Its even on my desktop. I don’t see it when the laptop is off.

steve answers:

By desktop, you mean you’ve hooked up your laptop to an external monitor and this also appears?

My guess is that it is your video card then. Try reinstalling the video card drivers. If that doesn’t work, perhaps your video card has overheated and been damaged

Helen asks…

Orange light on laptop?

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop and there’s an orange light above my battery symbol, it’s not flashing though. Is this bad?
I also ALWAYS have my laptop charger plugged in, so it’s always charging.

steve answers:

Most likely your battery is dying soon.

The light operates as follows:
Solid orange: The battery charge is critically low
Flashing orange: The battery charge is low.

Batteries gradually lose their capacity to store energy as they age over time, maybe its time for a new replacement. You could also try some tips below to see if this will help.

Remove the battery and charger/ac adapter/power cord from your Toshiba Satellite 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 laptop on.

Check if it’s something to do with your laptop power cord or power source problem. Insufficient power might cause some of those issues as well. Take the battery out and power on your Toshiba Satellite laptop with the charger only.

—Make sure your laptop power jack and charger plug tip are securely connected. If power jack is loose you can find laptop power jack on ebay. However, fixing and soldering the power jack requires professional skill.

—Always, the green/blue LED on charger needs to be constantly on. If not, replace the defective charger. Since battery/ ac adapter has its own lifespan and does not last forever, to help you save up some, you can consider getting a Toshiba Satellite charger under lifetime warranty from store like topmic.com

Wish the Best.

David asks…

My laptop won’t charge?

My laptop won’t charge even though I have it plugged in. mostly when I first put the charger in it’s fine but then the charger light starts flashing on and off and the power light flashes blue and orange. I have no idea why. My laptop is an Acer aspire 5332. I think that’s right.

steve answers:

Laptops are ubiquitous, and cell phones even more so, but the vast majority of their owners know virtually nothing about how to properly care for the one element that makes these devices portable: their batteries. The peculiar characteristics of the lithium ion battery, as well as its expense, demand a little more care and attention than the common alkaline AA or 9 volt.

All laptops use lithium ion batteries, a battery design that generates electricity through the movement of lithium ions between the cathode and anode. Lithium ion batteries are rechargeable and offer one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any existing battery design.

Most batteries of this design use graphite as the anode. The cathode is typically made from either lithium cobalt oxide, lithium iron phosphate or lithium manganese oxide. The choice of cathode is usually based on the balance between voltage, capacity and charge deterioration. Safety is also an issue, as some mishandled lithium ion battery designs have been known to explode. Electrical current is generated by the migration of the lithium ion from the anode to the cathode, and the reverse when it is being recharged. The electrolyte, or medium between the anode and cathode, is usually a solid lithium salt plus an organic solvent.

One of the problems with a lithium ion battery is that, unlike other battery designs, it is prone to shelf decay whether it is used or not. While the design is rechargeable, from the time of manufacture a lithium ion battery gradually loses its capacity. The amount of charge it can hold steadily shrinks. If kept fully charged and at room temperature, a lithium ion battery will lose 1/4 of its capacity every year.

Another problem with lithium ion batteries is that keeping a high charge level will quicken the decay of the battery’s capacity. Whenever you have your laptop hooked up to a power outlet recharging after it has already been recharged, you are essentially destroying the battery.

There are two solid tips to follow with laptop batteries. First, try to avoid paying for an off-the-shelf battery. You have no idea how long it has been there, and therefore could be paying full price for a battery that has already lost a substantial portion of its capacity. Instead, buy directly from a manufacturer or wholesaler, a simple task in the age of Internet retail. Second, never leave your laptop plugged into the wall for no good purpose. It is, of course, a necessary convenience to recharge a laptop (or cell phone) battery overnight, but there is no need to leave it charging when it is already at full or nearly full charge during the day. If you are working and have your laptop hooked to a power outlet, either unplug the laptop or remove the battery.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Pink Slime]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/01/22/your-questions-about-pink-slime-9/ 2015-01-22T14:08:21Z 2015-01-22T14:08:21Z

Betty asks…

Does In N’Out use pink slime?

steve answers:

Please keep in mind that since I am not employed by In-N-Out Burgers, my answer is only an “educated guess”.

In-N-Out is one of the few burger chains that actually maintain a certain degree of control over every every aspect of the food their suppliers produce and they do have extremely high standards of quality. Since the use of “pink slime” is sort of a short cut I would think that there burgers never had this filler.

Also please keep in mind that that the current hysteria surrounding the use of Lean Finely Textured Beef (the proper name) has no basis in reality. It is simply the trimming of beef that is too small to be sold as steaks, roasts, fillets, etc. The meat is then ground up into a very fine texture (emulsified) and is the exposed to Ammonia Hydroxide gas or Citric Acid to kill any E.Coil, Salmonella, and other bacteria that might be present. The LFTB is then used as a filler, usually around 5% but no more than 15%, for ground beef which is sold to grocery stores, butcher shops and restaurants of all types. But of course a vegan news producer recently put together a “report” targeting McDonald’s for their use of this product. And in the “report” they made that they repeatedly used the very unappetizing nick name “pink slime” and of course showed countless images of the LFTB which of course doesn’t look very appealing. But lets face it if you were to take the best Porter House Steak you can find and run it through a blender it’s going to look pretty gnarly.Then they gloss over the use of Citric Acid and concentrate on the Ammonia Hydroxide gas (a big, scary sounding chemical name) an ignore the fact fact that these minute amounts of A-H gas are harmless to humans. And voila you have a population in panic over something that is perfectly harmless. The same food activist types ignore the fact that soy beans are soaked in Hydrogen Peroxide, also a harmless methode of ensuring food safety that sounds scary.

As a result of this bad press, the use of Lean Fine Textured Beef has been ceased or limited by most meat processing companies. So, if the burgers from In-N-Out did contain this filler at one time odds are pretty good that they no longer do. Just as with the burgers from other restaurants including McDonald’s.

Robert asks…

Why are Republicans backing Pink Slime?

I just read the story of a handfull of Republican governors going to Cargill and BPI the makers of pink slime to show their support for the companies use of this stuff? I wonder if they feed it to thier kids?

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/governors-urge-consumers-rethink-pink-slime-092044078.html

steve answers:

The big pink slime industry are big contributors to the Republican party!LOL

Laura asks…

Please help! what is pink slime?

so on a lot of the news(including yahoo) says there’s a type of meat containing pink slime…how can i tell if there is any and which products to not eat? im 14 :D

steve answers:

It’s the parts of the cow that used to only be served to dogs treated with ammonia gas so that it can be served to human beings. It is only used in Ground beef (hamburger meat) not in other kinds of beef.

It is served in 70% of the ground beef out there. To avoid it you can buy ground beef from one of these stores that say they definitely do not use it.

Whole Foods
Price Chopper

Or you can just got to a butcher shop, pick out a roast and and ask them to ground it right there. McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King have also agreed not to serve it anymore. If you get ground beef in anyway other than the ways I have listed, you may be getting pink slime.

You can also try to petition for your school district not to serve it in school lunch. Each school district chooses whether or not it will serve it on it’s own.

Mark asks…

Does carls jr use pink slime?

steve answers:

I believe they do. In n out does not, and all of Safeway’s and Costco’s meat is pink slime free.
Another resteraunt that is proven to have been using pink slime is taco bell. Also, taco bell puts flour on their corn tortillas. :/

James asks…

What is the name/characterization of the pink slime on this tree?

I came across it when I was on the golfcart path. I live in a deciduous forest and I believe the tree is cedar. The slime covered pretty much the whole trunk and there were little gnats in some places.


steve answers:

I’m sure a professional mycologist will post a better response after me, but I’m pretty sure what you have there is a slime mold. That’s a very interesting organism, because it starts out as an accumulation of amoeba-like organisms, which is what I think you have in that picture, but in later development those independent organisms unite into a single, more solid, mold-like structure. You can Google “slime mold” to get a better understanding than what I can explain here. Because of the great changes it makes in appearance over its life, you might see a lot of pictures of slime molds on the internet that don’t look anything like what you have here, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the same thing.

Also, slime molds are, I think, most often found on dead and decaying wood, which might match where you found your example.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Fafsa]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/01/22/your-questions-about-fafsa-4/ 2015-01-22T10:08:11Z 2015-01-22T10:08:11Z

Mark asks…

How long after your fafsa application is processed do you actually get the money for school?

Im wondering if i fill out the fafsa it takes two weeks to process application. How long do i have to wait for the money for school? How does it work?

steve answers:

This was my experience.

Did FAFSA, processed 1 day later, my school got it a few days later, they asked for verification, I printed out the Dependent Verification form I was asked to fill out and attach my parents IRS tax form 2009, I gave it to my Financial Aid Office personally however you can mail this if you are too far away, THREE weeks later, it verified and has “satisfied requirements and processed”, so my status says in my schools website. Now, you will receive the money shortly before classes start. What happens is, they need to determine how much you need so in order to do that, they have to see how many classes you are signed up for, and estimate what you’d need for books etc. However, for the cost of tuition, you don’t get the money, the school does. For books however, you get a check in the mail.

If there’s any money left back, you keep it. :D

Ken asks…

I filled out my FAFSA towards the start of classes. Will I be able to receive money from them?

Is it to late? I had to pay for my tuition because If I didn’t I would have been dropped from all my classes. But I filed the FAFSA and if I was eligible to receive money from them for that year will I get a reimbursement for all that I paid for? If yes, when will I receive it?

steve answers:

You need to talk to your schools financial aid department to get accurate answers. Call them, e-mail them, go see them in person – but talk to them.

If you filled out the FAFSA you should have gotten an e-mail or letter from them saying they received it, and you should have an estimated family contribution as well as something from the school with an estimated amount of financial aid pending.

However, though most students DO get aid through the FAFSA if your parents make too much money you may not qualify. Which is why you need to talk to your schools financial aid department to make sure that you received money – and how much. If you applied late you would get less than the students who applied early as well. The amount given is determined by need, but there is only so much to give – early applicants get more.

As for reimbursement, that is a policy determined by the school. Any money from federal aid that is NOT used for school goes directly to you in a check or direct deposit to be used how you see fit. So if you got full payment, and had to pay for school before it was given to you, the school may reimburse you or they may just give you the full amount in a check.

Again, to get accurate answers for your school contact your financial aid department. And I’d say as soon as possible is best. E-mail them, then follow up with a call to make an appointment.

Joseph asks…

When filling out the FAFSA, do I need to include my unemployment benefits as income?

I’ve been on unemployment since September ’10 (it ends either this October or next October) and I want to go to school full time. Will getting unemployment benefits affect how much financial aid i can get based on my income? Or does FAFSA not count unemployment benefits?

steve answers:

It will be taken into consideration how much FA u will get. It will be computed accordingly

George asks…

How long will it take til my husband get his FAFSA after sending the transcript?

So he applied for Fafsa (California) for Fall. He had just transfered from anoher school up north and he didn’t send in his transcript. Now almost 2 months later we still havn’t received his Fafsa yet and we received an email requesting the transcript. He sent it in today and I was just wondering how much konger will it take? Is he still gonna get his Fafsa for Fall?

steve answers:

Give it a couple of weeks :)

Daniel asks…

What is the best date to file your FAFSA if you want to maximize the amount of Federal Assistance you’re given?

I received my W-2′s and immediately filed my FAFSA that morning. Considering that they’d been accepting FAFSA applications for the Fall semester since the 1st of January, was the 31st too late to maximize my potential federal assistance?
My taxes were done before my FAFSA.

steve answers:

There is only one critical date for financial aid eligibility, and that is the “priority aid deadline” at your school.

Schools do not process aid applications as they arrive – schools process aid applications beginning immediately after their own “priority aid deadline” has passed. If your school’s deadline is March 15th, they will begin processing aid on or about March 16th.

There is NO benefit to getting your aid application in first – when the school begins processing aid, they evaluate all of the applicants on the basis of financial need. Funds like Pell Grants and Stafford loans are not limited – the school can award those to everyone who qualifies. Other forms of aid are awarded from a limited pool of funds, but the school first determines how many of their applicants qualify for those forms of aid, and then allocates that aid to as many students as they possibly can.

The only aid applicants who risk getting shut out, or receiving reduced aid packages, are those students who do not meet their school’s priority aid deadline – otherwise, financial aid application is not a race.

I hope that doesn’t disappoint you.

Good luck!

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Pedal Board Order]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/01/22/your-questions-about-pedal-board-order-7/ 2015-01-22T06:08:43Z 2015-01-22T06:08:43Z

Mandy asks…

Can you use a pedal board with an ACOUSTIC guitar?

You see I have an acoustic guitar and I want different effects without buying an electric guitar. Will it sound the same?

steve answers:

Effects pedals go between your guitar and amplifier. You would have to add and acoustic pickup to your guitar in order to use a pedal. You’d also need an amp.

Your guitar would still sound pretty much the same with the amp turned off, but with the pedal and amp turned on you’ll get a whole new world of sounds.

So the answer is a qualified ‘yes’.

Sandra asks…

i need help with my pedal board….?

hey i just recentlygot a gator pedal board nd im trying to find a way to use my pedals the best for sound on it….this is wat i got i got epiphone black beauty for guitar nd got a mxr evh phase,mxr carbon copy analog delay,boss distortion (ds-1),boss metal zone(mt-2),boss tremolo(tr-2) a zakk wylde crybaby wah and a triggerman amp from epiphone…but im soon buying a z vex fuzz factory as well so wat could be the best way to get 110% of best sound i can get outta of these pedals thanks
oh as well i ply rock as well if that helps any thanks

steve answers:

Here is the recommended ordering for effects pedals:

-Tuner pedal so it has the cleanest signal
-Filter effects, like your WAH pedal
-Pitch Effects
-Mod Effects (Flange, Phase, etc.)
-Level Controllers (Noise Suppressor, Tremolo, Volume)
-Echo Effects (Chorus, Reverb)

Check out more information at: http://www.rockdistortionpedals.com

James asks…

Which effects are on your pedal board?

Guitar or bass? Looking to find my perfect tone for metal (sludge,pantera,black sabbath) what can you not do without? In what Order do you run them? My amp is a fender tube amp so my distortion is crap. Playin in regular a little but mostly drop d

steve answers:

I only have 4 pedals on my board, a Fulltone OCD, a Fulltone Full-Drive II, a Fulltone Supa-Trem and a TC Electronics Polytune pedal tuner. Like Norm I love the sound of over driven tubes, and on my Mesa LSS I don’t use any distortion pedals, just the pedal tuner and the Fulltone Supa-Trem. But on the Blackstar HT-20 I use at rehearsals I prefer the OCD and Full-Drive II distortion tones to the tube distortion on the amp. The dirt channel on the Blackstar is a little noisy compared to the clean channel with pedals and the pedals give me a more compressed tone.

Mark asks…

Setting up a pedal board for my bass guitar. What order for the pedals.?

Basically what I’m asking is where in the chain is best for each effect? The effects are, Boss Distortion, Boss Chorus, Digitech Bass Synth Wah, Ashdown Tuner, Swollen Pickle Fuzz and Tech 21 Sana Amp Pre Amp. Is one any better than the other?

steve answers:

There are general guides for setting up pedal boards so that the effects work well with each other.

In general terms, there are 3 major types of effects:

Level Modifiers – This would be boosters, distortion, and fuzz

Tone Modifiers – EQ, Wah

Time Modifiers – Chorus, Phasers, Flangers, Echo, Reverb

There are a few others (like your tuner and noise gates), but that’s the high level view.

With your set up, the main thing to keep in mind is that your Synth Wah is going to respond best to a clean signal from your bass. Putting it after fuzz or distortion will likely confuse it.

The tuner (and I’ll assume that it mutes the signal) usually goes first as it wants to see a clean signal too. Some guys I know will put it at the end of the signal chain to mute everything. That’s cool, but you have to remember to turn off your effects before you try to tune.

Back to the general guide…you usually want to put your level modifiers first, tone modifiers second, and the time modifiers last. With your level modifiers, you usually put them in assending order of gain.

OK…putting this all together, this is how I would hook these devices up….

Tuner –> Bass Synth Wah –> Distortion –> Fuzz –> Chorus –> Sans Amp

That all said, rules are made to be broken! Try them in any order you like. You’ll find some will work better than others, but you just might find a sound you really like.

Good luck.

Greetings from Austin, TX

William asks…

Pedal Boards and Pedals?

I am looking into getting a pedal board and pedals for my husband for Christmas. As a non music player myself I have NO idea what I am looking for, much less what I’m looking at when I look at it. The only reason I know he wants one is because we were on vacation and there was a guitarist and he and my Husband were looking at the guitarists and he kept saying how much he REALLY wanted one….not throwing hints or anything of course.

He plays an acoustic guitar and I know he really liked the feature of being able to record a sound that you were playing and then play over that. He plays a lot of mixed music i.e. country, blues, rock, and tries, poor thing, to play a little reggae sound and I’m not sure if you need to know that. If someone could please help guide me I couldn’t tell you how much I’d really appreciate it!!! Thanks in advanced!!!

steve answers:

OU812 is right, But I believe from what your saying he wants a loop pedal.This allows you to play a line .record it, and play it back on the fly. Some you can loop up to ten tracks, Boss makes some great loopers.The Boss loop station which he sent you a link to, is the perfect starter pedal for this, The price is cheap.I,ve been playing 30 years, would love one of these for Xmas.You can order from Musiciansfreind an have it on your door step in three days, If you live in the northwest. They are out of Oregon.Very reliable site. I just bought a Guitar from them. Always been happy with there service.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Soft Case Iphone]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2015/01/22/your-questions-about-soft-case-iphone-11/ 2015-01-22T02:08:15Z 2015-01-22T02:08:15Z

Susan asks…

What gives more protection to a phone: Otterbox impact or Otterbox commuter case?

I am also a bit hesitant about the impact as I am worried that over time the silicon will stretch and become loose and fall off of the phone or become really wabbly. This is why I prefer, so far, the commuter as I feel it will hold better. (I dont have either of them though and never have)

But which has better protection for my phone?

steve answers:

It depends which phone you have. For example i know that the Impact for the iPhone 4 will not stretch like regular soft cases.The impact case is a thick comparing to all other soft cases and very protective cover. Of course Commuter case will give you much more protection than the Impact, because the commuter case has two layers of protection: soft case and the hard case over it, also all of the otterbox cases come with the screen protector. I recommend commuter case. Hope i answered your question. Good prices on

Mark asks…

What is the best glue for Swarovski crystals?

I wanted to gem my Havianas flip flops with Swarovski crystals and I tried to use the E-6000 glue…. even after a few days the glue stayed soft and sticky, and the crystals were constantly sliding off. Can someone give me a recommendation for a good glue to use?? Many thanks!!

steve answers:

My friend recommended a Japan brand glue called the Deco Princess…it worked wonderfully with the flip flops and none of the crystals came off. It also didn’t have that awful smell that E6000 does. The deco princess glue is supposed to work really well with all kinds of materials and I used it to gem my iPhone cases and photo frames and stuff….really great stuff!

I bought mine from an online store. You may check it out as well! Hope that helps!

Ken asks…

What is that clear in unbreakable case for iPhone 5?

Looks like your phone doesn’t even have a case when it’s on

steve answers:

Sweety you dont have to buy the hard case for iphone or any smart phone. U need to buy the ones which are soft i mean flexiable plastic,because the dont break like the hard ones…..

Sandy asks…

What is the best tough iPhone case?

I really don’t like the soft, flimsy ones. I prefer the hard plastic or metal cases because they feel nicer. Which are some good cases for a reasonable price?
What about cool-looking cases too?

steve answers:

Get the OtterBox. Best thing ever. When you have the case on it, you can throw it, and it won’t fall out of the case and it won’t break. The lady at the store (when I was getting my iPhone) said, “Do you want a case?” and I was like, “No. I just got an iPhone that was a bazillion dollars, I don’t need a case.” (I didn’t really say that but I was thinking it). She said, “Well here. I’ll show you my iPhone.” She takes it out, she has an otterbox on it and she threw it accross the parking lot and I was like, “What are you doing?” and she is like, “That is how good the Otter Box is.” and I bought it! It’s hard and plastic. Also, one of my mom’s patients at her work got into a fire and the only thing that survived besides him was his phone because it has an Otter Box on it. :)
So you can have your iPhone for a long time, and have a nice, hard, plastic case. :)
I hope I helped you!
Good luck. :) (They also come in different colors).

Laura asks…

What to make someone when they are expecting their first child?

Well my teacher told me that she is expecting her first child. I was so happy for her and really excited. :) ) since I am very creative an already made her a scarf that he loved I want to make something for her first child! The baby is going to be born in July and we don’t know the sex but any ideas so that way I can try and get a head start? She already Asked me pick out some baby names that I like so she could take them into consideration.
She comes from a Portuguese family so I kind of don’t want to make the same thing as her other family members will.
Well the color of her room is gold.
She likes Bruno mars new album
She has a lot if pink stuff on her desk
She loves to write in purple
She’s very organized
She has bright colors on her desk
Her iphone case is pink and black
She wears neutral colors though
Any ideas?

steve answers:

A mom can never have too many baby blankets. Especially hand made! You’re so nice. I would do yellow or green. Unless you know the baby’s gender then pink or blue.

My friend knitted (?) crocheted (?) my baby a blanket in pink using a soft yarn and a seashell pattern. It’s my favorite blanket!!!

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