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Paul asks…

When are the next dell notebook color laptop coming out ?

Last year they had dell 1454 you can choose from green, pink, purple, gray, black, blue orange all sorts but what about this year besides the switch lids my friend still has hers green dell laptop my cousin has purple one as well 1454 still running does anyone know when the next set of notebooks come out ???

steve answers:

The Ultrabooks have already come out, I don’t think that they’ll be anymore coming out this year.

- FunkyFruitCup

Chris asks…

Why does my internet only show blue and black font?

My laptop isn’t that old. I have a Windows xp Dell computer. I recently updated internet explorer, it’s now IE 8. But, for a long time the font and graphics has sucked! What used to have color is now white and there is now only blue and black font. So all the websites i visit are now blue, white, and black. I mean the yahoo sign is still is purple and google is still colorful but other than that no color.

What is up with my computer???

steve answers:

Well, CSS styles internet pages. By default, all font is black, the background is white, and pictures only show up. We use CSS to make everything look better. IE has always had problems rendering this CSS. If the CSS is not properly rendered, or completely failed to render, the browser reverts to the default black font, and white background.

Carol asks…

What is the last thing you bought online?

I ordered some heart shaped sunglasses from Popkiller. Should arrive soon :]

How about you?

steve answers:

My new Dell Studio laptop in purple, my fav colour. Arriving in a week time.

Ken asks…

Can you reccommend a good replacement charger?

My Gateway’s charger always ran hotter than usual. Yesterday it was getting extremely hot and I left my laptop on w/ it plugged in. I got up this morning and it was off. I tried to turn it on and all I got was a red light (low battery, within 5%). I plugged in my charger to a different outlet and left the laptop’s battery to charge for about an hour. It is still not showing a purple (charging) light.

I hope the problem lies w/ in my charger because my battery still says it has between 0-25% left. Can anyone reccommend any good replacements that will run cooler or do I have to stick with whatever Gateway offers?

Thank you in advanced.

steve answers:

Assuming u’r charger is faulty, u got highly limited choices

if u r getting new adapter from different source other than gateway, and assuming it to be ditto 2 original in volts & amps and is a true smps unit, its ok 4 u’r notebook operations, minus the batteries !

Battery charging is a tricky business,
once charged, the batteries r not further charged,, this is controlled by a cut-off mechanism in adapter
> the trickle charge / boost charge & the charge level supervision is done by adapter & hence only an original adapter should be used for permanent solution !

>>> however, i’ve come across a universal charger


i’ve seen it being sold as an extra optional accessory on dell, hp & few other sites
> suggest u ask u’r local dealer bout it & check it out

in case u buy it, i would request you 4 feedback on product plz.

Laura asks…

How do I set my laptops screen brightness and stuff like that?

Its a Dell.

steve answers:

It’s usually a purple button (Fn) and you hold that down and then press up or down on ur keyboard. Or just press one of the keys that has purple stuff on it.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Google Translate]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/15/your-questions-about-google-translate-12/ 2014-12-15T17:08:15Z 2014-12-15T17:08:15Z

Helen asks…

Can someone translate the following Japanese text without Google Translate or Babelfish?

Please translate the following: 【猫招き歌劇団】むすんで ひらいて

Google Translate and Babelfish end up giving me a confusing song name. Many thanks to the most comprehensive translation.

steve answers:

Neko maneki kagekidan
cat-beckoning opera company
(maybe named after a lucky cat beckoning customers
‘maneki neko’. But in this case, sounds like beckoning cats.)

musunde hiraite
make a fist then open your hands
(this is a first part of a children song. Like ‘open, shut them’)

Mary asks…

Google translate function I can not find. In the past when I was reading any website, google would translate?

Google translate function I can not find. In the past when I was reading any website, google would translate the words into a foreign language (Spanish, Italian, ect)
For example if I am reading an article on Yahoo news, whenever the cursor is positioned over a word, google would give you the foreign translation of that individual word.

This cool function was on my old COMPUTER, but I can not find it on Google translate. Anyone know what it is called?

steve answers:

I think you need to have Google Chrome and check offer to translate pages. Or you can translate webpage, go to google translate, choose your language and past the link of the page, and will translate that page in choosen language.

William asks…

Which Application which can translate entire file, similar to Google translate?

My company’s risk management won’t allow Google translate as it stores the data in its servers. Hence, I am looking for a downloadable application.

steve answers:

Not sure.

Exodus 20:8-11

Robert asks…

what is the best alternative to Google translate?

I am using Google translate from a long time and now I am looking for good alternative to it.

If I used it for technical article it’s will start making jokes. The technical document become a comic or funny stuff if I do this.

but it’s work fine in context of lyrics. small small paragraph which is not too difficult are easier to get done on GT.

but I feel is this is not something good for students. I have told many time to stop using it. I found some other guys using http://dictionary.reference.com/ which is perfect but I don’t know if I can do this for much more word..

OK, Finally I figure out GT is best for small kind of work and dictionary work fine for learning better.

I am looking for other alternative. Do someone know some better option to make me help on creating better vocabulary.

steve answers:

No machine translator will ever be perfect because “Language” is an inherently human capacity. Machine translators such as Google Translate are okay for private purposes- if you just want to know the general meaning of a text, but if you want a true, natural-sounding, quality translation, then you have to hire a human translator.

Carol asks…

Is my title incorrect french and google translate?

I am making a french brochure. It is called Mont Une Roche .
I want to know if the title is correct or if there is no “une”
Also If I use google translate will my sentences be incorrect? ( English – French )
Im Canadian Sadly I fail at french ;(

steve answers:

Rocky (Rockies) Mountains = Les Montagnes Rochoseuses


Choose the english version.

Mont Tremblant
Mont Sutton
Mont Cascades
Mont Ste-Hélène

My gess is

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Edge To Edge Lcd]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/15/your-questions-about-edge-to-edge-lcd-13/ 2014-12-15T13:08:06Z 2014-12-15T13:08:06Z

Donald asks…

LCD TV problem?

I just bought a 42inch LCD HD tv and there is a faint line that appears on the bottom half of the TV the line can only be seen when the picture is white or black….anyone know what this could be?

steve answers:

That’s just the backlighting leaking out around the edge of the LCD panel…occurs on all LCD panels…

Of course the TV station may be showing the first line of the Blanking/Sync/digital data bar that is normally hidden….you’d have to take that up with the station(s)….I’ve seen them on my TV too….

Ken asks…

Which television technology is better for eyes? Plasma, LCD, LED or CRT.?

If a child wants to play game sitting at around six feet distance from the screen for say one hour, which tv will harm his eyes the most and which will be least harmful.

steve answers:

What’s wrong with existing LCD TVs?
Up until now, LCDs used fluorescent tubes to light the screen. As a result, LCDs have trouble creating deep blacks. That’s because fluorescent tubes are always on, and some light leaks through to the front of the display even when a part of the image is supposed to be black. A lack of deep blacks reduces the perceived sharpness of the set’s image.

Also, fluorescents lack a wide range of colors; hence, color saturation is limited.

What’s an LED TV?
It’s an LCD TV that uses LEDs to illuminate the display. There are two ways to do this: either by placing LEDs across the entire back of the display, or by placing LEDs just around the perimeter, which is called an “edge lit” display. Both techniques use less power than plasma TVs and LCD TVs lit with fluorescent tubes.

Which technique is better?
They both have their pros and cons. LCD TVs using edge-lit LCDs can be ultra-thin, because the LED sources are on the side. Edge-lit LED-lit LCDs are also less expensive than LCD TVs using LED backlit technology.

On the other hand, LCD TVs that use LEDs across the rear of the display can create sharply deeper blacks, through a technique called “local dimming.” When a scene calls for a dark image, the LEDs in that area can be shut off completely, so no light leaks through what should look black.

So if I want an LED-lit LCD, I should buy one using back-lit technology?
It’s not so simple. An LED back-lit TV may contain only about 1,000 LEDs. And those LEDs can only be dimmed in large groups, because it is too expensive to control each LED individually. So when you shut off or dim a group of LEDs you may also be darkening part of an adjoining scene on the TV that really should be bright. If you cut back on the dimming, then the blacks will be less dark than blacks in another part of the image that are not surrounded by lighter images.

Theoretically, you could increase the number of LEDs so that each lit just one pixel on the 2 million pixel LCD screen. But then you could just throw away the LCD screen because you would have actually created an LED television — just like the Walgreens LED sign in Times Square.

. Plasma and LCD technology – what’s the difference?

Plasma and LCD panels may look similar, but the flat screen and thin profile is where the similarities end. Plasma screens, as its name suggests, uses a matrix of tiny gas plasma cells charged by precise electrical voltages to create a picture. LCD screens (liquid crystal display) are in layman’s terms sandwiches made up of liquid crystal pushed in the space between two glass plates. Images are created by varying the amount electrical charge applied to the crystals. Each technology has its strengths and weaknesses, as you’ll read below.

2. Is there a difference in picture quality between plasma and LCD screens and normal CRT TVs?

It’s not what’s happening behind the screen that’s important – it’s how the screen performs as a television that matters the most. In that regard, both plasma and LCD sets produce excellent pictures, although many home entertainment specialists and gamers still say CRTs produce the best overall images (although plasmas and LCD sets are quickly catching up in terms of quality).
Those same home entertainment specialists will tell you that for basic home theatre-like usage, plasma screens have a slight edge over LCDs. This is because plasma screens can display blacks more accurately than LCDs can, which means better contrast and detail in dark-coloured television or movie scenes. The nature of LCD technology, where a backlight shines through the LCD layer, means it’s hard for it to achieve true blacks because there’s always some light leakage from between pixels. This is steadily improving with every new generation of LCD, however.

3. What advantages does plasma have over LCD?

Apart from better contrast due to its ability to show deeper blacks, plasma screens typically have better viewing angles than LCD. Viewing angles are how far you can sit on either side of a screen before the picture’s quality is affected. You tend to see some brightness and colour shift when you’re on too far of an angle with LCDs, while a plasma’s picture remains fairly solid. This is steadily changing, however, with more and more LCDs entering the market with viewing angles equal to or greater than some plasmas. Plasmas can also produce a brighter colour, once again due to light leakage on an LCD affecting its colour saturation.
Plasma pundits will also tell you that some LCD screens have a tendency to blur images, particularly during fast moving scenes in movies or in sports. While that was true for older generation LCD screens, newer models have improved significantly – so much so that the differences in performance between LCDs and plasmas in this regard is almost negligible (here’s a tip — if you’re shopping for LCDs, check the refresh rate. The lower it is, the better the image quality

Steven asks…

whats the difference between plasma and LCD and which do you recommend?

Getting a 42″ TV, LCD or plasma? whats the difference between the two?

steve answers:

It’s not all doom and gloom for LCD though, as it has the edge over plasma in several key areas. LCDs tend to have higher native resolution than plasmas of similar size, which means more pixels on a screen. If you’re a true high-def junkie who’s keen to see every pixel of a high-res 1080i/p image reproduced pixel-by-pixel (providing you have a source that high, of course), then LCDs are the way to go.

LCDs also tend to consume less power than plasma screens, with some estimates ranging that power saving at up to 30 per cent less than plasma. LCDs are also generally lighter than similar sized plasmas, making it easier to move around or wall mount.

LCD pundits also point to the fact that LCDs have a longer lifespan than plasma screens. This was true of earlier plasma models, which would lose half of their brightness after more than 20,000 hours of viewing. Later plasma generations have bumped that up to anything between 30,000 and 60,000 hours. LCDs, on the other hand, are guaranteed for 60,000 hours.

You might have also heard that plasmas suffer from screen burn in, an affliction not as commonly associated with LCDs. Screen burn in occurs when an image is left too long on a screen, resulting in a ghost of that image burned in permanently. Newer plasmas are less susceptible to this thanks to improved technology and other features such built-in screen savers, but we still hear anecdotal reports here of burn-in with new plasmas.

Mary asks…

When TV manufactures talk about EDGE LED are they referring to the slimline edge around the TV?

What is HDMI?
How can I go about transferring my DVDs to a USB stick?

steve answers:

Edge led means the led are lined up across the edge of the screen full led mean they are spread across the entire tv led are a improved version of lcd so it will often say led-lcd led are brighter produce more color have high hz for motion last longer than lcd and use less power. HDMI stands for high definition multimedia interface it is the best cable for hd and support 1080p/i 720p/480p. Hdmi cables transfer high def picture and audio through one cable and are better than componet. And usb sticks cant hold many movies unless you have a lot of space maby a portable harddrive would be better.

Betty asks…

What is the difference in picture quality between an edge-lit LED TV and an LCD TV?

steve answers:

Edge lit uses fiber optics to route the light to the screen and the televisions are thinner. But the difference in length of the fiber near the edge to the center can sometimes cause inconsistent brightness across the screen.

Back lit televisions are thicker but can have slightly better/more consistant brightness.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Samsung Fascinate]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/15/your-questions-about-samsung-fascinate-12/ 2014-12-15T09:08:01Z 2014-12-15T09:08:01Z

William asks…

Does anyone knw about samsung fascinate?

I want to kne if there is an application I can download for my samsung fascinate for mobile hotspot but without having to pay those extra $20 ….pls somebody help me?

steve answers:

This is Words & Wordplay
I would advise you to refer to
Consumer Electronics —> Cell Phones & Plans

Richard asks…

how do you block a number on samsung fascinate?

I have the samsung fascinate and I was wondering if theres a way to block numbers just on your phone aka not going into the store

steve answers:

You can log into verizon wireless website and block a number from there.

Michael asks…

would you recommend the samsung fascinate from verizon?

I’m thinking about upgrading my phone to the samsung fascinate. Wanted to know if you would recommend or if you know someone who has the phone and if they have had any problems or what is great about the phone? Comments and suggestions welcomed! Thanks

steve answers:

Actually AT&T is not faster than Verizon.

Verizon has better service and AT&T has terrible service, but it just happens that AT&T has more (not better) smartphones.

I wouldn’t switch to AT&T if I were you. Also, Verizon is going to get iPhone, 3G, 3GS, and 4.

NOW: Get Samsung Fascinate

pros: cons:

worth it none!!!

Rated 5 stars

great screen display and mobile apps

swipe type technology is awesome

great battery life

5.0 camera

can do skype

lots of memory, up to 32 GB


I was looking at phones too and posted a question about it on Yahoo! Answers and when I came to recover my point loss by answering your question, you made me look at how Samsung Fascinate was and now I think it’s the perfect phone to get!
Thanks again!

Lisa asks…

What are some pros and cons of the Samaung Fascinate?

I’m sorry I’ve been asking so many questions on these phones. This will be the last time because I’m going to verizon soon. So what are some pros and cons of the Samsung Fascinate?

steve answers:

Big, bright screen
light in weight
android operated
touch wiz OS (which i really like)
swype (i dont like it but a lot of people do)
battery life isn’t bad at all for me

some lag sometimes
no android 2.2 update yet, but it is coming

Hope this helps.

Thomas asks…

which phone is better for a 15 year old girl..a droid incredible or a samsung fascinate?

droid incredible or a samsung fascinate?

steve answers:

I highly recommend you with Samsung Fascinate, it’s a great phone. I can provide you with an opinion from an actual user from where you can find the good points about the cell phone. Here is the link:


Fascinate has a faster processor
Fascinate’s GPU is much faster
Fascinate has a bigger screen
Fascinate has smooth and pleasant web browsing
Fascinate has a interface similar to that of Iphone

You can get this phone on a real good price from the links below:


BUT if you to go with Droid incredible, have a look at the link below:


You can get this phone on a real good price from the links below:

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About What Laptop Will Run Minecraft]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/15/your-questions-about-what-laptop-will-run-minecraft-10/ 2014-12-15T05:07:45Z 2014-12-15T05:07:45Z

Donna asks…

What would make my laptop run games faster?

I am looking to make my laptop run games faster (Mainly Minecraft, Skyrim and other steam games). I do not know what I may need to purchase to get my laptop to run faster. Would it be more ram, a better graphics card, better processor or what?
It is not slow at running the games, but I just want to have a better edge on other players.
System information;
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Graphics card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
Monitor Name: ThinkPad Display 1366×768
that is all the info that I think that you will need

Thank you!
If anyone wants to get anymore information please email [f69ab014{@}opayq{.}com]

steve answers:

Go to Black Viper’s site(www.blackviper.com). You won’t be able to upgrade the processor-video card-or display.SSD will help but I’d only resort to that expense after reading blackviper’s suggestions

Chris asks…

Where can I get a cheap Laptop for Minecraft?

My friend and I started a server, and we want to build
But I can only play when at his house on his moms laptop
I need to get one now, but I don’t want a 1000 dollar laptop, only one that can smoothly
Run minecraft, where can I?

steve answers:

Any laptop can run minecraft pretty much. You just need java, in said laptop. I have an HP radeon computer, and minecraft runs fine for me.

Betty asks…

Is it possible to play Minecraft on Windows 8?

For my Birthday I’ve been thinking about buying a laptop as I have been using my mums for the last 5 years. Now, all the laptops me and my parents have looked at that we think are a suitable price etc etc run Windows 8. I’d really love to have Windows 8 (looks epic) but unless it could run Minecraft I’d still be using my mums a lot. I’ve been looking on forums and many people say they have ways of running it, but I’d just like to be sure. So does Windows 8 run Minecraft?

Thanks, Emily.

steve answers:

I’ve been running Minecraft (Versions 1.4.5, 1.4.6, 1.4.7 and Snapshot 13w04a – AKA 1.5 Beta) on my Windows 8 PC (2 TB HD, 6GB RAM, Quadcore i5) and it’s running like a breeze. Of course, like all third-party software, it runs in “Desktop Mode” (AKA Windows 7 Mode) and not “Windows 8 Mode” (AKA Metro Mode). So, yes, it does run on Windows 8 (but NOT Windows RT, make sure to remember that).

Daniel asks…

What’s a good laptop for minecraft and surfing the internet?

I need one that’s under 750 and can run minecraft smoothly on medium settings

steve answers:

This HP can be customized to what you need. If you want better performance upgrade the APU to a A10, the graphics to AMD Radeon HD 8750M + HD 8000 Series Dual Graphics. And increase the ram to 8GB. That will bring it to $700. Add the 1080p screen for just another $40. Starting at $530

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/C9W57AV;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ0000fb8mNv9y;sid=NID2W1inOb6JXwkRbh2qz4GoAJwzDmy78dUe8LW2AJwzDtPc7Kuhl6jI?HP-ENVY-15z-j000-Notebook-PC A8-5550M APU HD 8000 Series Graphics 6GB DDR3 750GB 5400 rpm HD

This HP can be customized to. Upgrade the Graphics to 1GB AMD Radeon HD 8670M Discrete, and 8GB ram should bring it to $640. Do not get this lappy without the graphics upgrade. Starting at $530

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/C8F68AV;pgid=c7twGfjc0ptSRpIq7ZUcoGXQ0000126GzpjJ;sid=wOckgE5TxtvuuRxANE-PCJZc9Pvh1XpPBbJgQ7vGyjypK_TAAlGILMhM?HP-Pavilion-15t-e000-Notebook-PC i5-3230M 4GB DDR3 500GB 5400 rpm HD

Brand buying advise

You get what you pay for. Systems with high end parts with low prices are to be viewed with suspicion. They have to cut corners somewhere to get the price down. What cost you less today is going to cost you more tomorrow.

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

Lenovo has serious stand behind their product problems. They bought IBM PC division and proceeded to drive the quality of the system into the ground. Their customer service is well below par. They even makes Dell customer service look good. Lenovo will not allow people to read instruction on how to access the BIOS menu or to get info on their puters on their web site unless you connect to them thru Facebook. They do this so they can spy on their users. The last and final thing to remember about them is they are a Chinese Government own company. It is up to you if you want to trust them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chrome books are useless. They are designed by Google to make you dependent on Google. If you can not access the web then you can not do anything.

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

Never buy an All In One. They are far worst then laptops of any kind to service and they have a higher failure rate.

Always avoid refurbished units. They only come with a 90 day warranty and have a higher failure rate. The service contacts are normally just a one time replace contract.

Choose wisely.

David asks…

What is this laptop called and will it run minecraft on medium settings?

2GB AMD Radeon HD 7730M
6GB of RAM
750GB Serial ATA (7200 RPM)
What is it called and will it run minecraft on medium to max settings and will I get more then 20fps

steve answers:

Its called overkill and yeah it will run minecraft on medium up to “ultra” settings.

Hell…even my smartphone can run minecraft….if you run minecraft with that computer you will get around 140fps on max settings….

That computer is equal to use a Ferrari to go trough commute traffic…

Get something like Crysis 2 or Metro and see what that beauty can do

And on those specs, its Probably an Alienware, or a Dell XPS

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About 3rd Street Promenade]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/15/your-questions-about-3rd-street-promenade-4/ 2014-12-15T01:08:03Z 2014-12-15T01:08:03Z

Linda asks…

Who was discovered along Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade right before April Fool’s day in 1995?

steve answers:

Waldo of course!

Joseph asks…

Do I need a permit to talk with a mic on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica?

I’d like to counter a rather bigoted viewpoint being expressed, but the perpetrators have a loud mic. If I bring a mic, do I need a permit? I know you need a permit to do a performance, but I don’t think protesting/responding to a performance is really a performance. There are legal issues with interfering with a performance I’m sure, if their presentation is a performance, so my plan is to set up shop nearby to give a different view.

But I’m terrible with bureaucracy and only just moved to the area (LA). I’d appreciate any advice about how to go about this legally!

steve answers:

Id check with the cops and city with this as you might avoid a ticket

Nancy asks…

Do you have to have some kind of a permit to perform at 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica?

I see all kinds of wacky people there..from the professional to the not so professional… tap dancers, guitar players, singers, …. I wanna go basically dress up in a bear suit as a joke bring my boombox and just start break dancing basically… i thnk it would be funny. Do u think the authorities would take me away?? !! can u just set up shop there or do u have to have a permit.
how can u need a permit when I’ve seen that homeless guy with no legs and arms yodeling with his monkey running around on his back? he’s literally crazy. How is he not taken away??!!! I see all kinds of crazy down there!!

steve answers:

Little bear person, yes you will need a street performing license because Santa Monica is regulated. Call the licensing bureau of Santa Monica for information or applications.

Ken asks…

Do they still customize Keychains on 3rd Street in Santa Monica, CA? Cali License plate keychains?

When I went to 3rd Street Promenade a few years back, there was a cart that customized keychains that looked like a California license plate. I was able to give names of my friends in Japan and they made the keychains on the spot. Do they still have that shop on 3rd Street or anywhere else in the L.A. area?
Cali is the nickname for California. By the way, we call Los Angeles, “L.A.”. Glad I could help…..

steve answers:

They could care less about Cali, but CALIFORNIA maybe.

Sandy asks…

Name of street performer at Santa Monica 3rd St. Promenade today?

I went to 3rd street in Santa Monica today and saw these two guys, one on guitar and one on the cello… they were awesome. I wanted to buy their CD but didn’t have any cash, I went to go get some and they were gone by the time I got back.

I saw them around 3:30pm in front of Victoria’s Secret and the Apple Store. Did anyone happen to see them and catch their name? I only remember one song they played that I recognized, it was “Hallelujah” by Rufus Wainwright.

Thanks for any help

steve answers:

That was Ken & Ed. Or to be more specific, Ken Oak and Ed Gorski. They form Oak & Gorski.

Here’s their myspace page. They have a few great albums out, and I personally love them and discovered them the same way. Http://www.myspace.com/oakandgorski

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Acer Mini Pc]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/14/your-questions-about-acer-mini-pc-5/ 2014-12-14T21:08:02Z 2014-12-14T21:08:02Z

George asks…

How to reinstall Windows XP Media Edition in a Vista desktop?

My desktop is a Acer Mini Pc.The Media Center XP do not come with a disc. I install Vista Home Premuim given by Acer but i found that Vista is not nice as it does not surpport a lot of things. I want to reinstall XP MC but i cannot. Can give me any hel on this? Pls don’t give floopy disk as my pc don’t have the reader.
erm sry but i found my XP MC disc but how do you reinstall it on Vista.(I want to have 2 partitions) Will the CD Key of both still worked? (I using back the old ones) Pls help me !

steve answers:

I also have acer aspire 360E, It came with xp MCE, today i installed the Vista home premium , every thing went like a charm, very happy with the whole outcome. I have loaded Vista on partition D so i could keepmy XP, so far i find Vista much faster and stable than the XP,im sure many ppl have been having problem with Vista.

This is how u reinstall the XP MCE. First format the whole drive in to a c:partition and a d; partition,, Then just boot up the disk 1 and follow the instructions, It will take abt 30 mins. Dont bother calling Acer tech support, bunch of morons, most of them dont even know the confi guration of their own products and they r suppose to provide tech support what a pathetic bunch, The only answer u get frim them is acer dont support it, no matter what the problem is .Seems like the only thing acer support is the power on/off switch lol . Otherwise the quality of their prodcut is not bad

Lizzie asks…

How do I upgrade my Nvidia GeForce GT435M Graphic card ?

I got an Acer Mini-PC with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

I have the NVIDIA GeForce Driver version 259.33. I can’t start playing NFS The Run as it tells me I should get the version 285.38 of my graphic driver !
I downloaded the newest from http://www.geforce.com/Drivers

Once I try installing the graphic driver. the installer tells me that the Installations program cant locate any compatible Graphic Hardware … ( Translated that from German to English .. )

So please. I bought the game and I don’t want to lose the money for it now ;o !

steve answers:

You cant upgrade it.

Not all drivers are compatible, sometimes the latest driver might not be designed for your GPU.

GT435M is a mobile graphics card. (for laptops/small computers)

If your laptop has one of those removable graphics cards, then you can upgrade it but it is unlikely since only the higher end graphics cards in laptops are upgradeable.

Try activating the game on a computer that is more powerful and has better specifications.

Next time, you might want to review the specifications. Even if it might say a 1GB graphics card is needed, and you have a 1GB card, it might not work. You need to determine the kind of card you have and look up benchmarks for the game with the card.

You might want to ask on a forum next time if the game will work with your computer.

Try “Can You Run It?”


It isn’t the best thing to use, but it does work. It will tell you if your computer can run it, but even if it says you can your computer might not be able to. It’s not always accurate.

Chris asks…

Is this PC a mid tower, or mini tower?

Im planning on a Graphic and Power supply upgrade in the future if I buy this system.

And can you look at the pictures of this pc and tell me if it will be difficult to upgrade, and what the Motherboard brand is because I cant find the name of it.


Please and Thank you.

And is the PC worth the money.

steve answers:

>It looks like a small tower to me. The fact it has a graphics card usually indicates a mid or small mid tower:


The problem is that pictures can be deceiving and so I cannot be sure because they aren’t saying. If you want to know for sure, call them and ask.

They are probably using a generic motherboard which they contracted with one of the motherboard makers to make just for their computers. This is true for all the OEM system builders except for very specific models (I am talking, Dell, HP, Acer, etc.) not one of the OEMs you contract with to build one from scratch.

Sandra asks…

Which PC is better?

Philips LX2000 Mini-PC
Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2060
1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1MB Cache
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
1024MB RAM Memory
160GB Hard Drive


Acer Aspire L100 Media Center PC 2.0GHz, 250GB HD, 1GB
Place a bid on brand new Acer Aspire L100 Media Center PC

Featuring the power and performance of an AMD/NVIDIA platform in an ultra-quiet, compact chassis, the Aspire L100 enables you to play music, view photo albums, create home movies, watch the latest DVDs, and much more. The Aspire L100 boasts a modern design and intuitive layout to enrich your entertainment experience and seamlessly fit into your home environment.

Features and specifications:

Processor – AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Dual Core 2.0GHz)

Hard Drive – 250GB SATA

Optical Storage – DVD±RW (+R double layer)
Graphics Controller – NVIDIA GeForce 6150
Audio Output – Sound card
1 x network – Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T – RJ-45
1 x Fi
Both are Vista Home Premium, I am not bias just got more info on one over the other.

steve answers:

Althou I favor Intel cpus I’d still go with the Acer. Im not a fan of mini-pcs plus games such as Call of Duty 4 require a 1.8 dual core cpu and you may not be able to even install some games with a puny 1.6 dual. Of course, you’ll have probs with those onboard graphics for games but that can always be addressed somewhere down the road with a nice video card. You’ll want to put in another 1GBs of ram especially running onboard graphics and Premium that has Aero that loves chomping on ram. After getting whichever rig you choose make sure to put all the Windows updates in as they really help Vista run smoother. Also go into “power options” in the control panel and select the “high performance” power plan. Also turn that annoying UAC off.

Helen asks…

wich computer is better?

i want to buy a new computer and i have 2 computers selected and i want to now which one is the best. plz comment why that comp is better.

Acer Aspire L5100
Processor:AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core 5000
ram: 2048 MB
Harddisk:500 GB S-ATA
videocard: 527 MB (max.) ATI Radeon X1250
(it’s a mini pc)

Acer Aspire M3640
Processor:Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Processor Q6600 2.4 GHz
Ram: 4096 MB (2x 2048 MB)
Harddisk:500 GB S-ATA
videocard: 512 MB nVidia GeForce 8600GS

if someone else got any suggestion for a good pc for 400 – 600 euro
(i think it is 600 – 900 dollar) post the name of it, i don’t want to build it myself because i am not so handy with pc‘s. sorry for my english.

steve answers:

The Acer M3640 is better for a couple reasons. First the processor is a quad core vs a dual core. As time goes on, our software will be written for multiple cores, making the quad a better choice. Also the quad cores are usually a slower speed to offset price. 2.4ghz is a great core spead for a quad core. Although I believe the Q6600 is 1.8ghz. It is still the better choice if it is the 1.8ghz quad core, since you can overclock up to 3ghz quite often with these cpus. Invest in good cooling if you can either way, since either of these machines will get warm, if not hot.

Also, that is another great point. The mini pc holds a lot of heat, which is the major holdback and enemy of all computers. This lack of space creates more heat, less air flow, and less expandability as well. This is why I’m guessing the video card is 527mb(max) memory. That means it is onboard/integrated. That means it shares your cpu, and memory for 3D graphics. You can change the amount of memory shared in your BIOS settings to “527mb (max). If you have integrated graphics now, you can usually tell how much is dedicated by right clicking my computer, and looking at memory amount. If you were sold 512, and see 496, this does not mean the salesman pocketed the extra or sold you a lesser computer. The 512mb total computer ram amount dedicates 16mb to your integrated graphics. Giving you 496mb total for your system… Like I said, you can change this amount in BIOS.

Since the mini pc has integrated, as has less space, there might not be an expansion slot for graphics or offer as many PCI slots.

The M3640 has 4GB of ram, that is twice as much as the mini pc.

Also, the 8600GS might be a PCI-Express graphics card. If it is, you will get much better 3D performance and of course gaming. Also, with that expansion slot, you can later replace the 8600GS with a better one, if you have the PCI-Express x16.

If you are looking for a new pc, I’d stick with the new pentiums. I own both, and right now the Core 2 Duo is amazing. Quad cores too. They are more bang for the buck, and overclock nicely even on air cooling systems.

If you game, I suggest you look into PCI-Express atleast. Or running multiple graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire. That is for extreme gaming, and might be out of your price range as well. Either way, the options are nice to have on the motherboard if you ever do plan to upgrade down the road.

M3640 is better choice here. For more great deals try TigerDirect.com or Newegg.com. Compare a build your own Dell too. Add what you want. And have fun =)

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Macbook Black Screen Fix]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/14/your-questions-about-macbook-black-screen-fix-9/ 2014-12-14T17:07:50Z 2014-12-14T17:07:50Z

Michael asks…

my macbook is stuck on a white screen how do i fix it?

the screen is white with the apple and that loading symbol below it(not the rainbow loading symbol though)

a few weeks ago i spilt hot tea on it and took it to a mac shop and they said the screen was busted but i could use a cord and hook it up to a monitor. so thats what i did and it was fine for a wile but the cord was weak and it broke. but then when i got a new one and turned my mac on the screen suddenly lit up. it stays on a white screen with the apple though. for hours on end. or when i turn it on it goes back to being black, and i tried plugging the cord into a monitor but its not working.

what do i do to fix it? im desperate.
its a macbook pro by the way.

steve answers:

Get a pc

Richard asks…

can a macbook screen malfunction be caused by being too close to the tv?

I dorm and my desk is quite small, my printer, macbook and tv are all side by side. Lately my macbook screen has been blacking out randomly, i know it’s not shutting down because I can still slightly see the images on the screen. When I turn the brightness completely down then at level one, i can see the screen, but at any level higher than one, the screen immediately blacks out. My macbook is two years old, could this problem be caused by being inches away from my tv or simply from being old?

And if anyone knows, how can this problem be fixed?

steve answers:

I have used three different Apple notebooks right on top of my TV, and no problems ever. I use two of them to watch movies through the TV night after night, no probs. How often is random? If only once a week, you can never test a solution. If the video goes off at least once in ten minutes, try booting to the DVD, and wait for the failure. If it fails while booted to the DVD, it needs repair service. If not, reinstall OS x.

Carol asks…

Messed up Macbook Pro screen?

My computer display looks like a widescreen movie, with black bars on the sides that make my 13 inch an 11 inch screen. How can I fix this?

steve answers:

SYSTEM PREFERENCES (from the ‘Apple’ dropdown menu) >DISPLAYS >Detect Displays.

Once detected, choose one that is not listed as stretched. 1280×800 would be a nice start.

Some troubleshooting here if that doesn’t work:

Lisa asks…

Macbook insurance craked screen HELP?

Ok so i have a black macbook no pro or anything and by accident me & my cousin fought & broke the screen [(craked]) & tht was my fathers computer but we have insurace the best one [500 dollars for iht] would the insurance cover to get it fixed or for a new one or for anything?
or would i jus have to waste my Bday money to get it fixed [ like a new screen installed]
Ok so i have a black macbook no pro or anything and by accident me & my cousin fought & broke the screen [(craked]) & tht was my fathers computer but we have insurace the best one [500 dollars for iht] would the insurance cover to get it fixed or for a new one or for anything?
or would i jus have to waste my Bday money to get it fixed [ like a new screen installed]??



the computer i HAD =

thts how it sortta is but worse now

steve answers:

Insurance could cover the repair price … An extended warranty usually wouldn’t.

Insurance is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent loss. Insurance companies will indemnify (pay or fix)) a policy holder against loss under specified circumstances, ie, fire, flood, accidents. Like with automobile insurance will pay to repair a car if you’re in a fender-bender. The words in the policy are the contract. The contract will say exactly what it will cover. Anything not in the contract is not covered. Read the contract or talk to an agent of the company to see if your horse-play accident is covered. My guess is that it isn’t.

A warranty, like AppleCare, covers you against manufacturers defects that may present themselves over a specific time. For example, your new computer’s hard drive fails within a year (or three?) of purchase. Or the screen cracks without you doing anything to it. AppleCare would replace the hard drive or screen at no charge.

Sandy asks…

macbook help screen problems?

ok well my macbook has been acting up for about a month and its now up to the point where the screen just goes black or white with weird lines which change each time and the only way to stop it is by holding the screen back with some pressure could someone please tell me whats wrong and how to fix thanks alot

steve answers:

Go to Control panel.screen resolution

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Gucci Watches]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/14/your-questions-about-gucci-watches-9/ 2014-12-14T13:07:50Z 2014-12-14T13:07:50Z

Chris asks…

I need help setting my I-gucci watch. It was a gift for Christmas?

I need help setting the time on my I-gucci watch black. It was a gift from my girlfriend and I can’t find the manual.

steve answers:

Take it to a place that sells the watch and ask for help.


download the manual



Charles asks…

How long does a gucci watch stay on sale at the gucci website?

I saw a really nice one on the ACTUAL gucci website www.gucci.com it was te g-timeless black 12 diamonds. I really have fallen in love with it and planning on buying it in a year when I get the money. Does anyone know whether it will still be on their website till then? Because it is their own design so I’m thinking it may stay on for quite a while but need to make sure. Thanks!

steve answers:

Im 100% sure it won’t be there in a year.
You see they dont take items off sale for the fun of it, the item is most likely an old design (doesnt make a difference for you weather its new or old design) but Gucci and all other big names try to get rid of old stock and they bring in new fashion. The other reason they might take it off the sale is if LOTS. Of people buy it it means that watch still has high demands but i dont think that any sale item will remain in the sale section for longer than 3-4 months. If it takes that long it might even get cheaper it can go to final reductions and you might be able to afford it then or they might send it off to a Gucci outlet hope this helped and i hope you can buy the watch in time

Ruth asks…

Does anyone know if WatchSavings on Amazon is authentic?

I want to get my boyfriend a Gucci watch for Christmas, and I saw one for $350 on watchsavings; but it seems like way too much of a discount from $850. I would obviously like to pay $350 rather than how much I would pay off of the Gucci website or in the store.

steve answers:

I know Amazon is …not sure bout the other one..

Mark asks…

Is my Gucci watch real or fake?

I was at a charity shop this afternoon and was looking around and found a Gucci watch for $10. It appears to be older, probably from some time in 90′s, its a round face with a leather band, on the front there is a logo and then Quartz, and swiss made in very small writing at the base. On the back of the watch it says switzerland, goldplaited, all stainless steel, a serial number . The front has two small diamonds. Real or fake?

steve answers:

From what you describe, it sounds real.
Mock-ups don’t ususally have serial numbers.
Check E-Bay and compare what you have to some
of the vintage Gucci. You might find a match or
something similar to what you have.
Some of my best buys were in Salvation Army (Valentino
Coat) or off track vintage shops, so it’s not surprising
that you found something of value. Even if the watch turns
out to be a fake, it sounds nice. After all, for ten bucks
it’s a steal, either way!

Donald asks…

Has anyone bought of Lingray Watches of Distinction?

I want to buy a Gucci watch for my wife this Christmas. The price on Lingray is really good but I am concerned that it may be fake?

Anyone with any experiences or feedback would be much appreciated?


steve answers:

Get luxury watches here

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About 10 Unique Laptops]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/12/14/your-questions-about-10-unique-laptops-14/ 2014-12-14T09:07:46Z 2014-12-14T09:07:46Z

Donald asks…

Netgear password not working on laptop?

we just re-set up our wireless and used a password. i go to use my laptop, type in the password, and it doesnt work. I’m absolutely positive im typing in the right password. This happened last time, does anyone know whats wrong and/or how i can fix this?

steve answers:

Stop using the passphrase garbage. Use an actual WEP key.

Reset the router.
Change the SSID to something unique.
Go into the wireless security
Pick WEP key, and 64 bit.
Now, that means that you need a 10 number/letter key.

There’s one.
There’s another.
Use a-f, and 0-9. Use pairs…. 00 a1 b2 c3 00 and when using the letters, put them first.
Make it something you find easy to remember.
THEN, connect with your computer, and put in that same key.

You’ll get online, and you will have a secure connection to your router.

End of line

Charles asks…

I need a new laptop, mines getting old?

I need a built in webcam
windows xp
I travel non stop and mines too big and undependable
maybe a 10in?
any ideas?

steve answers:

Based on what you want, a good computer is the Dell Inspiron Mini 10. Here is a link:


It has the webcam, Windows XP, and good enough to do basic things such as checking email and using the internet. Since you travel, it will run basic business programs and you can put your photos on there without too much of a problem.

If you want something more powerful for games or larger ability of multitasking, you can browse the rest of the Inspiron line, or customize the Mini 10 a little different.

In response to rαcµει: But Macs cost a lot more.

In response to Serge: Woah Woah Woah, thats a bit too much for his uses. Why have that much when it won’t be necassary. Computers are all unique so they have to be different for the person, but flexible, which the Mini 10 I mentioned is.

Lizzie asks…

Some unique features in new “15 macbook pro?

So users of new mb pro, can you pls
tell me top ten UNIQUE features
which only this device has?

steve answers:

1 – Aluminum Body (It’s not a cheap build like PC’s)
2 – The Screen Resolution is unbeatable, Retina Display kills other Laptop Displays.
3 – Uses a Thunderbolt Display, if you own anything else by Apple, then you’ll notice the difference in Speeds for Syncing, Copying Files off of another Apple Device..
4 – Much quicker Processor, with great Turbo-Boost Speeds.
5 – Much lighter than the previous model 15″ MacBook Pros
6 – The Optical Drive was dropped out.
7 – Thinnest Laptop you can buy with the Power and Specs it offers.
8 – Offers Twice the amount of RAM standard than the previous 15″ MacBook Pro.
9 – More Advanced Graphics Chip, not a standard Intel 4000 Chip…
10 – Uses Flash-Storage Standard, as opposed to the old Hard Drives, which offers much quicker start-up times, less power-usage, quieter performance, and much more reliable Data Storage with quicker access times.

Sandra asks…

Which laptop to get???

I want a new laptop but im not sure what to get. im going to be using it for editing videos uploading to youtube internet and i have a transfer cable for my xbox360 so i connect it to my laptop. i dont want it to be over $1000 and i dont want a mac.

steve answers:

Have a look at this (free shipping):


Its so pack with everything you’ll ever need:
Core i5-430M 2.53GHz, which is much more faster than Pentium & “Core 2 Duo”.
16-Inch HD LED LCD Display
500GB Hard Drive
It has the latest USB 3.0 which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0
Multi-touch touchpad (like iphone)
Scratch resistant coating
more etc…

3-year long survey proves that ASUS laptop is highly reliable.


But what’s truly unique about this laptop, is that it has the new “NVIDIA Optimus technology”. Currently only ASUS’s limited laptops has this technology exclusively from Nvidia (No other brand has this). This technology really allows your BATTERY to LAST LONGER.
You can find out more here, official site:


(check out its introduction video)

It also comes with:
1 month Zero Bright Dot Guarantee. (if you get even one single bright dot, they’ll exchange for free. While others may require 10 & above)
1 year ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty – Drops, Fire, Spill, Surge (others don’t have this)
1 year battery pack warranty
1 Year GLOBAL Warranty (free two-way shipping )
24/7 toll-free phone tech support

Chris asks…

my computer lags in a unique way when i play games?

first let me start off by saying that i DO NOT have a virus and that i DO NOT play games with a lot of programs running in the background or with an anti virus in the background while i play.

when i run a game it starts out completely normal and it runs with out lag at all. but when i am like 10 or 15 minutes into the game it starts to lag uncontrollably ( it ususally lags for about 3 minutes), then it turns back to normal. then the process repeats its self.

i know its not a computer virus because i just reinstalled widows xp on my computer and the problem still persists. I have 3 gigs of RAM, a Geforce 8600 GT video card, and a dual core processor @ 3.4 Ghz.

this lag problem has happened with all the games i have played with, like worms reloaded, vindictus, and World of warcraft. the games run perfectly fine for like 10 minutes and the just start lagging uncontrollably. it makes the games unplayable… again, usually the game stops lagging after 3 minutes but then the process repeats itself in another 10-15 minutes or so….

what can the problem be? is it my video card or some other hardware problem? also, my internet connection is fine, it has nothing to do with this problem.

this problem only happens when i play games, there are no problems when i am not playing games.

steve answers:

If it is a laptop it could be that it overheats after a bit and starts lagging til it cools enough, then heats up again.

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