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Michael asks…

Does Windows 7 in XP mode can play any XP games if I use 64-bit operating system of my Windows?

I would like to upgrade my Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional, but the problem is that I heard when you run on XP mode and playing games, it can only supported with the 32-bit operating system, but my system is 64-bit. So that mean that it will not work at all or having problems. Is that true? Please Reply. Thank You!

steve answers:

It depends. Like manhunt only runs (supposedly) on xp. But i have gotten it to work on vista and 7. Certain games just require certain extra steps. Same with halo 2. It was only supposed to work on vista but a method was developed to get it on xp.

Some of the easiest ways are just changing compatibility mode and checking run as administrator under properties can do wonders. Not saying that is the solution but if there is a will there is a way. Email me the game and i will let you know if there has a solution yet.

Carol asks…

Should I get windows 7 or keep vista?

So I have an XPS M1530 that’s a bit over a year old. I take good care of it so it’s still very fast after a long startup process. I’m currently running vista 32bit home premium, but I’m also dual booting windows 7 RC, and before that I was using the beta. My question is, do I upgrade to windows 7 32 bit (upgrade, not clean install), leave vista and clean install windows 7 professional over the RC on the other partition (I got the professional version for free from my school and the upgrade for $30 if I want), or do I just forget about windows 7 and wait for the RC to expire?

Also, I COULD clean install the 64bit version just because my processor can handle it and I already have 4 gigs of RAM (is this a good move or will 32bit do just fine?), however I want all of my files, settings, applications, saved game data, and everything else on my hard drive to come back (I have TONS of programs that are crazy expensive to replace). Would this be possible? I back up regularly, but can these backups restore everything on top of a new OS? If that is possible, how does it work, can someone break it down as much as possible? Ideally I want get rid of my other partition so I can put that free space back onto my main partition.

And if I were to do a regular upgrade, can that be reversed through a backup like a system restore or do I need the vista disk? I am usually very good with computers, but I haven’t had to deal with OS changes so I am pretty clueless when it comes to the risks of data loss and would appreciate any and all help. I know my computer can handle windows 7, I know it can handle 64-bit, I know how windows 7 works, I just need to know if an upgrade would be worth it

Computer specs:
XPS M1530 : Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Processor: 2.4GHz core 2 duo
Video card: nvidia 8600 GT
Hard drive: 250 GB (which is why I want the other partition gone)

steve answers:

Saved games are usually kept in your Documents folders or in the Programs folder of the game, so tracking them down shouldn’t be that difficult. Many online games keep your info on the server (like Diablo II for example), so again, nothing to worry about. As far as the programs that you’re worried about, don’t you have the install disks for them? If you have legitimate copies of them on your computer, I see no reason you couldn’t torrent to get a copy for re-installation, just be careful of where you get it. For instance, I have all The Sims 2 expansions, but I don’t like dragging out ALL those boxes and CDs, so I use torrented .iso’s to install the game when I need to since I can fit all the EPs on three DVDs and the mounted .iso’s install about 5x faster then from the CDs. I use my purchased keys to install, of course (copied to a text file on the burned DVDs). This also keeps my CDs in perfect condition since they just hang out in their cases.

Anyway, for your situation, Make an image of your Vista install using something like Macrium Reflect and then do a clean install of 7 Pro x64. It will allow you to use all 4 GB of your RAM and you won’t have to worry about upgrading anything again for a very long time…


Betty asks…

I need help Uprdrading to Windows 7 from XP Professional?

I bought a Windows 7 Pro 64 bit upgrade disc from Software4Students. I am currently running Windows XP 32 bit with Service Pack 3. All of my hardware is compatible to any 64 bit OS, and all of my programs will be fine.
I fully understood that you can’t “upgrade” from any XP version to any 7 version, however, I fully understood that you can perform a fresh intsall of Windows 7 using the upgrade disc. I have been trying to do that for the last week, and running into this problem – there’s no install menu.
When I boot from the disc, it is literally “starting windows” (i.e. windows XP) and then just displays the normal home page, with a mouse pointer. No dialogue box, menu, or any thing other than that background is on the screen. I have let it sit for over 10 minutes, and nothing ever appears.
When I try to run the disc from auto start it gives me the error message, “This installation disc isn’t compatible with your version of Windows. To upgrade, you need the correct installation disc. For more information, check your computer’s system information. To install a new copy of windows, restart (boot) your computer using the installation disc, and then select Custom (advanced).”
When I try to run the setup executable, it gives me the error message, “D:setup.exe is not a valid Win32 application.”

I have installed and run the Windows Advisor and am told that my computer is compatible for 32bit and 64bit

Please Help!

10 Points for best answer

steve answers:

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7
Do a Clean Installation if:

Your computer has no operating system installed, or it’s running a version of Windows prior to Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (including Windows XP).
You do NOT want to preserve your data, programs, or system .
You want to delete your current operating system and replace it with Windows 7.

Heres a step by step how to for you with illustrations>

Charles asks…

Can you answer my question about my pc?

I have this pc specs and i play assassin’s creed 1,2 and brotherhood, crysis, COD 1,2, 4, 5, 6, COD blackops, sniper ghost warrior, warhammer, sp;inter cell conviction, dota, red alert 3, kane’s wrath, CS source, hitman, NFS carbon, demigod and many more games…

Question: which is a better OS for gaming; Windows XP(32 or 64 bit) or Windows 7(32 bit or 64bit)? Is there something that needs improvement for my current OS?or should I replace it?

my pc specs
Operating System
MS Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP3
AMD Athlon II X2 240 @2.8GHz 35 °C
Regor 45nm Technology
3.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz 6-6-6-18
Emaxx Technology.,Ltd EMX-ANF82HD-PRO V3.0 (CPU 1)
X163W @ 1366×768
1024MB ATI Radeon HD 4670 (Sapphire/PCPartner)36 °C
Hard Drives
244.20GB Seagate ST3250318AS (SATA)46 °C
Optical Drives
MagicISO Virtual DVD-ROM0000
Realtek High Definition Audio

550 watt power supply

steve answers:

I would recommend using windows 7 with the 64 bit because getting it will erase any viruses you may have, or unused files that build up after a while, and windows 7 is much faster than windows XP. Or you could get a new OS, but that could be expensive. That’s my opinion.

Mark asks…

windows 7 build 7077 [not beta, rc1] or windows xp professional. which one is better?

i already have windows xp on my computer but i’ve always wanted windows 7 but program capability could be an issue. i have both windows 7 build 7077 32 bit and 64 bit. my computer is capable of running the 64 bit.

i’m looking for featues such as

program capability- programs such as microsoft office xp and kaspersky internet security. also some games
speed- i’ve heard windows 7 is faster and windows xp is faster
looks- yea windows 7 looks cooler
stability- will windows 7 crash?

which one is better?
i just put both os on my computer. windows 7 seems to be faster than xp

steve answers:

Install Virtusl PC 2007 and see if Windows 7 will install in that. If it does, try it and see what runs on it and what doesn’t. If you don’t like it, just delete the virtual drive.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Sony Vaio Bios]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/29/your-questions-about-sony-vaio-bios-14/ 2014-10-29T01:07:46Z 2014-10-29T01:07:46Z

Helen asks…

Is it possible to repair cpu fan on lap top?

I have a sony vaio lap top model PCG-6Q1L and it wouldnt turn on, so i took off the back panel and it turns out that the fan doesnt work. I cant even get into bios. It doesnt have a warranty. Is there anything i can do to fix it? or is it possible to replace the fan?

steve answers:

You could search for the part number of the fan in the internet or go to your local technician (geeksquad?) and let the, diagnose it .

Mandy asks…

How to find the right CPU/Processor upgrade for my system?

How do I find the right CPU/Processor to purchase so i can upgrade my system?

I currently have a Pentium 4 2ghz in a socket 478.
It is a Sony Vaio PCV-RX752


steve answers:

The cpu you can upgrade to is limited by what the BIOS will be compatible with. A compatible upgrade for the Sony Vaio PCV-RX572 is:
Intel P4 2.6GHz 400MHz 478pin 512K CPU OEM $174.95
400 MHz Front Side Bus

Check compatibility manually

Donald asks…

I have a sony vaio and want to restore it to its original factory settings?

I did not make a recovery disk. I know it can be because I did it once before. Please help if you know how. I believe I had to go into the bios by hitting f2 or something like that. Thanks.

steve answers:

Use the “System Recovery CD(s)” that came with the computer. It will give you the option to “Restore to Factory Settings”.

Lizzie asks…

Can you use an external hard drive without an internal one?

my cousin has a sony vaio but the hard drive crapped out and he just bought a new laptop, if i get an external hard drive can i use it on this laptop that doesnt have an internal hdd even hooked up?

Alsop i have his 2 vista recovery discs, could i use these to install the os from scratch?

steve answers:

If your bios will let you boot to a USB device you should be able to boot to an external.

George asks…

How do I disable the startup noise on my Sony Vaio laptop?

I’m talking about the creepy electronic sounding noise that plays when the computer first boots, when the black screen with “VAIO” appears. Help me get rid of it!

steve answers:

Here are the many, many steps in detail:

Restart the computer.
At the initial Sony screen, press the F2 key to enter BIOS setup.
In the BIOS Setup window, press the RIGHT ARROW key until Advanced is selected.
In the Advanced menu, press the DOWN ARROW until Speaker Volume: is selected.
Press the ENTER key.
In the Options window, press the DOWN ARROW or UP ARROW to select 0.
Press the ENTER key.
Press the RIGHT ARROW key until Exit is selected.
Press the ENTER key.
In the Setup Confirmation dialog box, press the ENTER key.
If the sound is not disabled, continue this procedure.
Restart the computer.
At the initial Sony screen, press the F2 key to enter BIOS setup.
In the BIOS Setup window, press the RIGHT ARROW key until Advanced is selected.
In the Advanced menu, press the DOWN ARROW until Show VAIO Animation Logo is selected.
Press the ENTER key.
In the dialog box, press the DOWN ARROW to select No.
Press the ENTER key.
Press the RIGHT ARROW key until Exit is selected.
Press the ENTER key.
In the Setup Confirmation dialog box, press the ENTER key.

Hope that helps you and others turn off that pesky Sony Vaio chime!

The following are steps to mute the Windows sound as well

Windows XP
To turn off the startup sound in Windows XP, follow these steps:1. Click Start, click Run, type mmsys.cpl, and then click OK.
2. Click the Sounds tab.
3. Under Program events, click Start Windows.
4. In the Sounds box, click (None), and then click OK.

Windows Vista
To turn off the startup sound in Windows Vista, follow these steps: 1. Click Start , type mmsys.cpl in the Start Search box, and then click mmsys.cpl in the Programs list.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click Continue.
2. Click the Sounds tab.
3. Click to clear the Play Windows Startup Sound check box, and then click OK

I hope this is helpful to you… Good Luck

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Tablets 2012]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/28/your-questions-about-tablets-2012-7/ 2014-10-28T21:07:52Z 2014-10-28T21:07:52Z

Ruth asks…

What is montelukast sodium with levocetirizine tablet?

For last 30 days i have severe phlegm / mucus in my deep lungs. Its not coming out because i have no cold & cough. My doctor gave me tablet “montelukast sodium with levocetirizine tablet”. What is this tablet for? its it for alergy?

steve answers:

Montelukast (singulair) block leukotrienes, a substance produced by your immune system that promotes inflammation. The other drug is an anti-histamine.

Antihistamines probably are better than Montelukast types of drugs, with less serious side effect risks. If you get benefit from this, more than likely it is the antihisamine doing the work. A good antihisamine is Claritin, a month’s supply of the generic can be had for less than $5 at the General Dollar stores (here in the USA).

The USA FDA link below tells about Singulair and also a clinical trial for allergic rhinitis comparing it to Claritin, and Claritin won.


Paul asks…

Who can work in the london 2012 olympics?

i am a college student in Georgia, US, and i am interested in working in the 2012 london olympics. do i have to be a citizen of UK in order to work there or would they hire people from around the world? i really want to go to the olympics in 2012, and i thought it may be a good experience to work there while watching the olympics.

steve answers:

Most of the people working there are volunteers, but there are job opportunities. I volunteered for the 2010 winter Olympics, and it was the best experience ever. All I did was submit an application on their website, and got accepted.There were several training programs I had to do before the Olympics as well. For those Olympics, you could have volunteered if you weren’t a citizen. However you would have to pay for accommodation. I’m not sure how is goes for the 2012 Olympics. Go to their website…


I saw a “get involved” tablet, so I suggest you go there to get all the information. :)

Sharon asks…

I heard that Jesus will come down in 2012 and kill people with an axe. Is that true?

Also, is it true that Mother Mary will fly over and drop cyanide tablets down to Earth? I heard this is how the end of the world will be before Heaven opens up to let the 12 tribes of 12 thousand in.

steve answers:

Jesus can’t use bladed weapons.

He will kill people with a mace, assuming they miss their THAC0 roll.

Carol asks…

How can I get info regarding a Pandigital Tablet?

I have a Pandigital Tablet that I have been having trouble with. I tried a Google Search and came up with a website (Pandgital.net) that will not come up. Does anyone know their web address? Is the company out of business.

steve answers:



Laura asks…

Is this true that Nokia will launch a windows Tablet PC before end of 2012?

As most people know that Nokia’s Lumia Windows phones are not good as expected.But I definitely think that Nokia’s Windows tablet will be my choice.
So Is it true that Nokia will launch a Windows Tablet or it’s just a rumor?
[should I wait for a Nokia Tablet?]

steve answers:

If you dont like the currect lumias
just wait till september when nokia will launch 2 lumia windows phone 8 powered devices
they have better processor,higher resolution display,and many more
windows phone 8 lumias will be amazing
will nokia lauch a windows tablet pc before the end of 2012 it could be true
and yes you should wait
i know that the microsoft surface will be for sale in october which also is amazing
hope i helped :)

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Sobre]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/28/your-questions-about-sobre-13/ 2014-10-28T17:07:57Z 2014-10-28T17:07:57Z

Daniel asks…

Notícias sobre Katekyo Hitman Geração X?

Bom, desde 2010 eu vejo as pessoas comentando do fim do anime e tal, mas ai depois começaram a comentar que em 2011 iria lançar a segunda geração do anime, a Geração X e bom… ja estamos em 2012 e eu nao estou sabendo de nada, queria muito saber de alguma notícia sobre essa continuação e tal pq esse anime é F.O.D.A. hahahha

steve answers:

Categoria, quer dizer, versão do site errada, amigo. Você perguntou isso no Yahoo! Answers dos Estados Unidos.
Bem, eu nunca ouvi falar sobre KHR Geração X. Deve ser invenção dos fãs.

William asks…

Ayuda Sobre Odontologia?

Fui Al Dentista Ayer, Me Tiraron Placas Por Todos Lados ect ect. Cuando Duermo Mis Dientes Me Duelen Y Siento Mi Macada Torcida Aunque La Odontologa Dice Que Todo Anda Bien. Ademas Tengo Paletas Y Los Dientes Que Le Siguen Estan Un Poco Torcidos. Mi Pregunta Es… Hay Posibilidades De Que Pueda Ponerme Braces??(Brakets, Frenillos No Se Como Les Llamen Ustedes.)
Tengo 18 Anios En Enero Cumplo Los 19.

steve answers:

A cualquier edad puedes usar Braces, pregunta a tu odontologo sobre ponertelos, probablemente los haya obviado de decirte porque son caros. Igualmente consulta, yo los use y me salvaron la vida.

Maria asks…

What does QUE SOBRE actually mean?

When I ask someone “about what?” I like to say it in spanish “que sobre?” But when I put it into a translator it says “that on” lol am I saying it right??

steve answers:

You’re actually saying it wrong, it should be: ¿Sobre qué? Or ¿Acerca de qué?

Sharon asks…

slogan sobre pie de limon en español?

steve answers:

Its been ages since spanish classes, but what i am guessing you are asking how to say the slogan “sobre pie de limon” in spanish.

Isn’t “sobre pie de limon” already spanish?

James asks…

HOw do you say “Put your hands on me” in Spanish?

is it Pon tus manos sobre ?

steve answers:

Pon tus manos en mi.
Put your hands on mi.

Pon tus manos sobre mi.
Put your hands over me.

Pon tus manos encima de mi.
Put your hands on top of me.

Touch me.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Lenovo Core I3 Laptop]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/28/your-questions-about-lenovo-core-i3-laptop-13/ 2014-10-28T13:07:52Z 2014-10-28T13:07:52Z

Donald asks…

What is the best laptop for under £500?

What is the best laptop for under £500?
I’m looking for a new PC to run my games better and preferably have bigger storage.
I don’t mind the operating system but I’ve been with Windows 7 for a while so that is what I’m most used to.

steve answers:

£450 to £550:


Understand that you cannot upgrade the CPU easily, and graphics upgrading is even harder. What you buy should be used for years, so try to find some more money if you really want a better laptop.
Gaming is controlled by the graphics card, unless the CPU is really weak. A second gen core i3 is a bit weak in the Acer, but probably just enough for 80% of gaming supporting a GT 640M as shown.
GT 740M is better than GT 635M is better than HD 7670M is a little better than GT 630M and do not go lower. Strike the GT 710M and GT 720M off the list. Lenovo Ideapads are the best, and Toshiba Satellite Pro should be OK, and Acer is not as reliable generally.
You need to consider each one at its price and what it offers.
There are 15 in the link, but 6 are GT 710M and 720M, leaving 9 to choose from, and 3 are are just different colors of the same Lenovo Z580 laptop. Some have free delivery, and some have a fee to deliver. At £550 is Lenovo Z580 with a touch screen, core i5-3230M and a GT 740M with a full terrabyte HDD and 6GB RAM. It is the best of them, but over your price limit.

The other place is Curry’s with £100 cashback on £499 and over laptops.
One to consider:


£550 minus £100 cashback a few weeks later.
HP Envy with a core i5-3230M and HD 7670M 500GB HDD 6GB RAM.
That would be like Toshiba L870 £480. The Toshiba has a slower CPU but a 17.3″ higher definition screen and 8GB RAM. The Toshiba is heavier.

GPU to gaming:


Windows 7 is leftover systems and refurbs and used systems now, except a few custom builds.
You can put back the start menu, and skip the start screen


Windows 8.1 did some fixes.
If you have heard of Apple Dock, that is interesting to put in Windows


Windows 8 may need a media play. Realplayer, VLC player and others are free.
Win 8 boots and shuts down faster normally, but has an annoying full screen mode. You change the OPEN WITH application to have it more like Windows 7.
Windows Update hangs sometimes. That too is fixable. Windows 7 is better than 8, but I would not take an inferior laptop to get it.

Beautiful left-over Asus, but is £600 as mark-down from £700


The GT 630M is not great, but in older games is fine, and this one is 1920×1080 resolution. That’s 1080p with twice the pixels of 1366×768. It also has a bluray player and an external sub-woofer speaker. It’s a top 3 brand in your price range (Asus, Samsung, Lenovo Ideapads)
Very nice laptop, but the 1080p does slow the frames per second. It is WINDOWS 7.

Sandra asks…

Would a Lenovo laptop be good for a college student?

I need to get a laptop for college, and i can’t afford the Mac book pro. So I was looking at Lenovo laptops. My price range would be anything below $550. But i need something to last me a long time and that i can depend on. any suggestions?
I also used Skype quite a bit so anything with a webcam and microphone would be great!(:

steve answers:

I wouldn’t recommend Lenovo because of their unreliability regarding their warranty, repairs, and phone support. Their products are pretty good, but if anything ever goes wrong, it’s a nightmare trying to get it fixed.

I would definitely recommend the HP Pavilion dv4t-5100 Entertainment Notebook PC. Here are the specs:

14-inch HP Pavilion dv4t-5100 Entertainment Notebook PC for $549.99
2.3GHz Intel Core i3
4GB memory
500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
Intel HD Graphics
Built-in battery (10 hours)

It does have a webcam and microphone too. It’s great value for the price. And I really trust HP, they have great customer support if anything ever does go wrong with your laptop. And I’ve had an HP desktop for more than six years now and it’s still going strong. They’re a really great company, and this is a really great laptop.

I hope this helps!

George asks…

What is the best price(in india) for lenovo G580 laptop?

3rd GEN

steve answers:

You’ll probably find better answers to this question in the India’s Answers! Forum. More people in that forum would have better and more current information on prices in India than people here in the USA.

Jenny asks…

What does a decent gaming laptop require?

I would like to purchase a decently running gaming laptop. I really want it for Minecraft but It’d be nice for it to work well for other games, I’m not sure which ones. Anyway… I don’t know anything about this stuff so I was just wondering what I should look for, like how many GB etc. I was looking at the toshiba satellite c855-S5201 at Best Buy. I don’t have a lot of money so this would be a great price for me. Thanks. Just as long as Minecraft runs well it’ll be good for me

steve answers:

That laptop is a very low performance laptop
E1-1200 / HD 7310. Same basic specs as I just answered here:


Minecraft runs on just about every new laptop, including that overpriced low performance one you found.
That laptop is C55D-A5240NR with a little bigger HDD storage.
“No, I am afraid to say that unless you think Minecraft is gaming.” is the way I start, because Minecraft is a very low graphics and CPU requirement. If you want higher level gaming, you need a higher level graphics, and raising CPU cannot hurt either, and both are available at a lower or similar price than the Toshiba you show at $300 at Best Buy.

Just about every laptop except C-50 and C70 CPUs and the E-300 and E-450 run better than E1-1200.
Lenovo.com outlet for scratch+Dent+refurb
The Asus at Best Buy


The Dell at Best Buy


Or go just a little higher at Best Buy, or find a different store. Both of these above are also low performance, but better than the Toshiba.

Not many new laptops are around at $300 and lower.
Use the graphics and CPU table in the referenced answer.
You would be happier with at least HD 3000 or HD 4000 in the core i3′s or an AMD A6 or A8, even if it has a few dead pixels or surface scratches at the big discount at Lenovo Outlet at Lenovo.com with a 1 year warranty.

Lisa asks…

How good is this processor for a laptop?


AMD Dual-Core E1-1200
- 1.4 GHz
- 5 GT/s
- 1 MB L2 cache memory

Additional info’:

Operating System: Windows 8
Memory: 6GB
Hard-drive: 750GB

You can view everything here:


Many thanks!

steve answers:

Your other question deleted.
Both Compaqs are weak choices.
Will give you a little background information to understand one from another first and lay out another few choices.

First, as long as they have a standard 6 cell lithium ion battery, the battery life is never as long as advertised because that is measured wireless off, minimal tasks, screen set lowest brightness. Instead, the weaker the CPU and graphics, the longer the battery life, and that is a tradeoff you have to decide.

Excel and powerpoint can run faster with a good CPU and sufficient DRAM.
Brand quality articles/surveys – read the last two years, ignoring Apple as completely crazy in price.



HP-Compaq and Acer-Packard Bell can be considered on a par as relatively low end quality/reliability after reading both articles.

CPU and graphics performance here:


1) COMPAQ CQ58-241SA at Curry’s £299
AMD Dual-Core E1-1200 (passmark 718 (netbook level)), Radeon HD 7310 (G3D score 153 – very weak), Windows 8, 6 GB low speed ram, 750 GB, 3 x USB 2.0, 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN (slower version. Gigabit is faster when ethernet cable plugged), 0.3mp low light cam, multi-touch gestures and on/off button, 6-cell Li-Ion polymer, 2.45 kg. Summary: Big HDD netbook of larger size with DVD.
2) Compaq CQ58-151SA at HP £280
Celeron B820 (passmark 1496) Intel HD Sandy Bridge estimated G3D 180, Win 7 HP64, 4 GB DDR3
single 1x4GB probably 1333 speed can add another 4GB for about £25, 500 GB, HDMI, 3 USB 2.0, 0.3mp low light web cam, TouchPad with on/off button and support for multitouch gestures, 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN, 2.45 kg. Summary: faster performance, Less RAM, smaller HDD, Win 7, HDMI. Otherwise similar.

3) Acer-Packard Bell TE11 with free mouse. For £305 delivered.


Core i3 3110M (Passmark 2900). Intel HD 4000 (G3D about 400), 4 GB, 500 GB, Windows 8 Home (64-bit), 3 USB 2.0, webcam, HDMI, 10/100 ethernet, 2.5kg. Summary: higher CPU and graphics power substantially. Brand a little lower than Compaq, but not by much.

4) Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E535 £297.47 after rebate


AMD A4-4300M (passmark 1787), Radeon HD 7420G (G3D 275 (corrected from error in table)) Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit, 1x4GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM open slot, 500GB HDD


2.45kg, gigabit ethernet, 4 usb 2.0, bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, esata, expresscard, fingerprint reader, pointing stick (little red button), superior quality business level. 1mp cam, other features unstated.

5) Thinkpad Edge E530


Similar to #4 but Intel Pentium Dual Core B980 Processor. Passmark 2301, G3D appx 270

Of the 5 PCs, Unless you are dying for the big HDD of #1, there is nothing special about either compaq. Not quality or features in any way, unless you want long battery life and don’t mind response delays.

The Packard Bell has the best CPU and graphics. That would be the fastest response time.
#5 Lenovo Linkpad E530 is an interesting choice. Small business class system with better ethernet, keyboard, fingerprint reader, and a better CPU and graphics than either compaq.

I would say #3 and #5 are best choices in a personal decision of performance vs features.
In your use, with a touch more patience in computing time in spreadsheets and powerpoint that you were going to see even bigger with Compaq, I would go a Thinkpad – #5.

To answer this question directly:
The Compaq is a netbook put into a bigger shell adding DVDRW with a bigger HDD and more RAM. Its processor and graphics are a cheap netbook to match the build quality. If you understand initials, it is a P.O.S.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Black Apple Macbook Pro]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/28/your-questions-about-black-apple-macbook-pro-24/ 2014-10-28T09:07:38Z 2014-10-28T09:07:38Z

Sharon asks…

MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

Hello there!:)
I am about to start my second year of college and I am thinking of buying a MacBook as I need something that is going to last!:)
I need one with good memory and that is pretty fast.
I don’t know much about computers, how much does 128gb flash storage hold? Is that enough? Is it better to go with 256gb flash storage? And if so how much does that hold?

Thank you!! :D

steve answers:

Can I suggest this. It may not be an apple, but it is a perfect student laptop. But to answer your question 128 should be more than enough. At the end of the day documents do not take up much space. If you need extra you can get a flash drive.


George asks…

Do Mac book pros come in black?

And another question:
Which would be better for a 15 year old? Mac book or mac book pro?
I would use it for school; obviously. Just doing projects and write ups. And i would also use it for the internet and for my ipod, oh! and for pictures. :D
oh, and for elektrey:
i did! but my friend kept saying they did so i decided to come here for the answer. . .


steve answers:

Go with the MacBook. I have a White MacBook and a MacBook Pro. The Pro is only in silver. I love them both but if you are going to just use them for school, go with the MacBook. The Pro is what I use for work and gaming.

Good luck! You can never go wrong with an Apple.

Thomas asks…


My macbook pro went black after i plugged in my ipod touch charger?

My Mac book pro went black screen after I plugged in my iPod touch 4th gen charger. I went to the apple store and it passed all the test they have so it is not my computer, they gave me a new charger for my Mac thinking that was the problem. I wanted to update my ipod software from my Mac and it suddenly went to black screen.

steve answers:

Unfortunately, apple locks down their products as much as they can because they think the average user is too stupid to need to troubleshoot or repair something, and that’s also how they get you to shell out $1500 for a new mac when it breaks. This may be a hard issue to spot. Your black screen could be a number of problems but there’s so little diagnostic information included with Mac OS that it’s incredibly hard to spot.

Apple store “geniuses” are also functionally stupid so I wouldn’t trust them on telling you what the problem is.

Next time, don’t get a mac. Other laptops are a lot easier to diagnose and repair.

Mary asks…

Macbooks…. Please answer …?

Can you give me the full names and images of Pink Macbooks please? Thnx. ;)

steve answers:

Sorry, but Apple does not make Macbooks in any color but white as of right now. The Macbook Pros and Macbook Airs are aluminum colored with black back-lit keyboards.

However, you can buy cases that are colored, or you can pay to have it airbrushed another color.

Donald asks…

When can i expect the Apple MacBook Pro line to be refreshed this year?

steve answers:

There might be a delay, Intel has had problems with the Sandy Bridge processors in fact actually recalled them, but PC Vendors howled they would lose money so Intel is releasing the faulty chips for computers that don’t use the flawed portions.

Apple hopefully won’t accept such inferior products as it could result in more warranty calls, refunds and replacements. So they might wait for Sandy Bridge rev2 to arrive and pass the tests of a few months in the field.

Rumor has it the hard drives and the Superdrives are leaving the MacBook Pro line, if this is true, then it would mean very expensive FLASH memory. $1200 for 500GB, but then with no Superdrive could cut the cost a little. Also they likely will remove the anti-glossy displays to save money.

It’s not even funny, one can buy a 1TB external drive for a mere $100. But will have to pay $1200 for 500GB of FLASH. Very stupid of Apple to go all Flash, but they are like that. Think we are all made out of money.

I hope Apple doesn’t make ANOTHER mistake like they did removing all the popular black MacBooks for those crappy, underpowered, near worthless iPads.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Orange Laptops Contract]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/28/your-questions-about-orange-laptops-contract-5/ 2014-10-28T05:07:53Z 2014-10-28T05:07:53Z

William asks…

Can i use a dongle just for the evening, once my dad has turned the home internet off?

Starting next week, the internet will be going off from 11pm due to my sis who is on her laptop far too later at night, shes starting college so dad wants her off her computer ect.

this is starting when he goes on holiday, so it will just be me and my sis at home (i’m nearly 19) so its not a case of taking the laptop away from her, and not turning it off so i can still use the internet.

can i buy a dongle that i can use after the internet is off? whats the best one to get, a pay as you go, or a contract? i’m on contract with orange on my phone if that helps :)

no silly answers – i’m hopeless with computers haha

i’m not in his good books so to speak – i’d rather not turn it on and off – anyway i won’t be able to – its in his room anyway
it will be mostly facebook and skype really – talking to friends who live abroad

steve answers:

A dongle would do the trick, except that they all have usage limit, 1GB/3GB/5GB etc but they go up in price with usage limit, so could work out really expensive, I use an O2 one when travelling , its almost £25/month for 5GB usage, do NOT go with ’3′, they are really crap, you will be in tears after a few days.

Should talk to your dad, why waste money when you already have internet. Sad,

Sharon asks…

Iphone 4s help please! 10 points! and i will answer yours! ?

Ok so I have just took out a iPhone 4s on contract with 600 mins, unlimited texts and internet. It will be delivered to me on Wednesday. I took out the contract from Orange and I’m from the UK. Well my question is will I be able to use the phone as don as its delivered? Or will I have to set it up on a pc first? Ad I don’t have a pc or laptop or even a internet connection in my home. And if I do have to set it up on a pc could I use my friends pc? Even though she don’t have an iPhone, and how do I set it up? Is it easy? I’ve never had an iPhone before and am pretty excited about it :) just want to use it as soon as I get it mainly for apps and siri.

Thanks in advance.

steve answers:

You dont need a computer for anything on you iphone unless you need to download off itunes like music.

Joseph asks…

Look at this?

Can you have more than one broadband supplier coming through one phonle line in the uk if you pay for the both. The reason why I am asking is because pc world has an offer on -
If you get Orange Broadband you get a FREE laptop, you might think well, what’s the point of having another supplier when you’ve already got one? but, for that price you get the laptop so for the broadband price I’ve got the laptop which I was thinking of buying anyway (which is much cheaper this way) and the orange broadband aswell-FANTASTIC!!!! I t does say that you can not get this offer if you already have another supplier but you can if your contract has ended or ending with another supplier but maybe they don’t think about the people that will or don’t mind having two broadband suppliers.The website for the FREE laptop at PC World is here:

steve answers:

No only one broadband supplier on one line at a time.

Maria asks…

What can I get if I want to keep my phone but change my contract?

Hi, my UK mobile contract is coming to an end and I don’t really need a new phone.

I see all these adds for a “free iPod Touch” or “free laptop” if you switch over to them and take one over their overstocked handsets but does anyone know if this there are any companies that will do better if you don’t need a phone?


steve answers:

I went to orange kept my old phone got a sim only deal no contract you can stop it at any time i got 1200 mins to mobiles all landlines free and 150 texts

you can change options to unlimited texts instead depending on if ur a text freek or not you can keep the same number to just port it over prices start at £20 up to £35 good value

go to orange.co.uk sim only deals pay monthly

Paul asks…

Can anybody tell me how good are these mobile broadbands?

I want to use my laptop outside the house, I’ve contemplating these mobile broadbands, vodafone, orange, O2, Tmobile, but I don’t know how good they are and if it is worthy, do you use mobile broadbands? Are they good? Which one is the best one? Please advise me. Thank you folks.

steve answers:

If you need broadband on the go then the only real option is 3G technology as provided by the mobile phone companies. Of course the speeds are not going to be what you would get from fixed line broadband so make sure you do need to internet on the move. If you don’t need it on the move, stick with fixed line broadband and install a wireless router so you would at least have wireless access in yout home.

If you do decided to go for mobile broadband then you have to choose between O2, Orange, 3, T-Mobile, and Vodafone. The most important thing is that you have a good 3G signal in the areas you want to use your mobile broadand. If you currently have a mobile phone, check the 3G signal in the desired areas with your phone, and if they are good stick with your mobile phone provider.

Or if you want to look at all providers visit a comparison site (see the links below to resources) and look at the following; coverage, price, contract length, and other peoples opinions.

Look at the links below and you will get everything you need.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Asus Netbook Battery]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/28/your-questions-about-asus-netbook-battery-6/ 2014-10-28T01:07:39Z 2014-10-28T01:07:39Z

Steven asks…

Is MSI a good brand of netbook? Is it better than Lenovo or Asus?

How good are MSI branded netbooks in terms of performance? I was looking for a reliable netbook to buy, and I came across this brand, but I don’t know much about it.
To be specific, I came across the model MSI Wind U210. Is this better than the Lenovo Ideapad S10-2 or the Asus EEEPC 1005P? Here are the criteria:
1. Multitasking
2. Battery life
3. Speed
4. Durability
5. After Sales Service
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

steve answers:

I bought my wife an MSI Wind U100 for Christmas 2008. She uses it almost every day and is very happy with it. I’ve used it a little and it seems pretty good. I looked at netbooks for myself early this year & considered the MSI Wind U135. I thought it looked pretty good, but I preferred & bought the Acer Aspire One AO532 with the 250GB hard disk & bigger battery. I’m pretty happy with it. It gets a good 8-9 hours of usage on the battery between charges. It feels pretty solid.

I looked at the Asus 1005 & really didn’t like the feel of the keyboard. The Asus seemed more cheaply made than many of the other brands.

I think all the netbooks are pretty similar in terms of performance, since they almost all have 1GB of memory and the Atom processor. For better battery life, you want the N450 processor, not the N270 or N280.

The Toshiba NB305-N410 is probably the top of the line, but it’s a little more expensive. Also, the Samsung model that Best Buy has exclusively seemed pretty good, although the battery isn’t as powerful as most of the other models.

The one review of the Lenovo I read said that the S10-2 touchpad was really bad. I never found a Lenovo locally that I could put my hands on to try it out, so I didn’t consider it further.

Donald asks…

If I want a mini netbook from Asus, should I get the eee pc 1005ha or the eee pc 1008ha?

For those of you who don’t know these model numbers, the 1005ha is thicker than the 1008ha, has a little better battery life, but has a removable battery and can have it’s ram upgraded if needed. HOwever, the 1008ha is much sleeker and thinner which allows for better portability but I don’t know if it’s worth the trade off of battery life and not having the option to upgrade my ram if I would ever want to in the future.
Do you think its worth the sleekness to sacrifice customability or should I get the thicker model?

steve answers:

The review for the 1005ha look promising here:


and the http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/04/asus-eee-pc-1008ha-hands-on/

The 1008ha is clearly the winner for looks and technology.
The 1008ha Is one of the more recent machines on the market and that alone is a dead giveaway of which one of the 2 is Better.

Mary asks…

Asus Notebook V/s Netbook?


According to you, which one of these two is better for casual video conversion? Is it Asus A52N http://in.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=Zfkff8kvHmCtwfIK or Asus Eee Pc 1215T http://in.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=rZuUAha4BV6gGBSc# Since 1215T is more compact & has better battery life, I don’t mind if it turns out to be slightly slower then A52N.


steve answers:

Asus Notebook is best from my point of view

Sandra asks…

Which netbook should I get? ASUS Eee PC 1005-HAG or Acer Aspire one A150?

ASUS has 160 GB, Win 7, 48 Wh battery, 1 Gb RAM
Acer has 120 GB, Win 7 Pro, 58 Wh battery, 1.5 Gb RAM
Im buying either from eBay, which one should I choose?!
Im just using this netbook to take to class, notes, websurf, thats it.
Both are valued at $160, I dont have enough money to push over the $200 limit

steve answers:

My opinion…. Is to spend the extra $100 if even that and get a dual core laptop off of ebay… You will be glad you did, most netbooks cant handle simple website browsing and sometimes even note taking. They are very slow an unresponsive. What is the max you want to spend? You should chexk your local criagslist site ass well

Laura asks…

My ASUS Eee 1005PE MU17 battery life…?

It kind of sucks. The description and manual says it’s supposed to last 11 hours fully charged. When I got my laptop, I charged it for 8 hours before turning it on. I turned it on, signed in, all that good stuff.

The next day, I let the netbook COMPLETELY die down, then charged it overnight.

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t anywhere near 11 hours of use, maybe 7, if I was lucky.

Same thing happend today, and right now, fully charged, it says 5 hours and 48 minutes lef, 100%.

Has anyone else had this problem? It’s slightly upsetting, I was looking forward to using this laptop for travel, and trying not to worry about charging the battery so much.
Oh, and my battery life icon bounces rapidly.. From 5 hours, to 3, to 7, to 8. Is that normal?

steve answers:

Battery life is dependent an a number of things, the Operating System, peripherals, etc. 11 hours may be the time you could expect out of an Operating System that’s a little more conscientious with it’s power usage, such as Linux.

You could possibly find out more on the Asus website to get an idea of what to expect for your specific setup.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Pink]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/27/your-questions-about-pink-7/ 2014-10-27T21:08:47Z 2014-10-27T21:08:47Z

Betty asks…

Is it weird to wear all pink?

I LOVE PINK so much and i dont mind of wearing all pink!
Wearing all black / white/ any other colors are good but why not pink?
Teach me some smart way of wearing pink pleasee??

steve answers:

I like pink too, so maybe wear 2 shades of pink! Add some silver or black! Maybe a dark pink shirt with some plaid shorts with other shades and the same color of pink too. Too much of the same shade is weird, and u can’t do different shades with black or white! You could also wear a cute pink dress, or a pink shirt and jean shorts and maybe add lots of pink accessories! Hope it helped!

Robert asks…

y is it pink???

ok y is pink lemonade pink?is it the flavoring?or just dye???i need 2 kno!!!!

steve answers:

Pink lemonade is made with a type of lemon that has pink flesh, this is pulverized and give a pink hue to the lemonade. Some companies that make it will add coloring but if you get fresh you can taste that the pink is a little more tart than regular.

Linda asks…

Blue or pink hair dye ?

Blue or pink

steve answers:

I love my pink hair and i would personally say pink.
What ever colour you choose i have found the best dyes to use for pink and blue are made by special effects. Dark pink: atomic pink, light pink: cupcake pink and light blue: fish bowl and dark blue: blue mayhem.
I would either do a bit of both colours or flip a coin to decide or try a faster fading dye like directions so you can see what suits you best.

Ken asks…

Pink party food?

my little sister is having a pink party and i just want to know what food she could use that is pink

steve answers:

Those Pink wafer things

you could get some gelatine and flavouring and colouring make pink sweety/jelly type things

jelly beans

pop tarts

dolly mixtures

pink icecream cones and strawberry icecream

strawberry yoghurt

Pink cake – batternburg only the pink bit though you can amke pink icing easy enough

oooo Pink party rings :)

pink fairy cakes

healthy side is harder

pink lady apples

pink grapefruit

Beetroot- pink ish

http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,pink_food,FF.html- Theres pink receipes there :)

http://www.123child.com/color/pink.html- And pink activity party ideas there

Steven asks…

Why Was The Pink Panther…Pink?

I’ve never seen a pink panther before…

steve answers:

Pink panther was pink cuz s/he was not any other color…

And btw pink panther is a name of a pink colored diamond…
Hope is blue colored diamond
kohinoor is a clear diamond

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Pedal Board Order]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/10/27/your-questions-about-pedal-board-order-6/ 2014-10-27T17:08:19Z 2014-10-27T17:08:19Z

Donna asks…

Does a guitar cab speaker need a head in order to work?

Or is it possible to to get sound by just connecting the guitar to a pedal board, then the board directly to the cab?

steve answers:

Guitars operate at what is called “instrument level”

This is a really low level signal, and no matter what pedals you send it through it’s not going to get louder. You need to go through an amp to bring the signal up to a level where it has enough power to move a loudspeaker.

Mary asks…

Pedal board signal path help?

So i’m starting my journey into my pedals… I currently have a Cry Baby but plan to get a lot more soon, so what order should I put these in for the cleanest signal?
Cry baby
Boss TU3
MXR Carbon copy delay
MXR 10 band eq
Dunlop volume pedal
Digitech whammy
MXR Smart gate

Any help would be amazing, thank you

steve answers:

Since you do not mention a distortion pedal of any kind, I am assuming you will be relying on your amps distortion.
Most modern amps have an effects loop. I strongly suggest using it. This helps keep the signal clean and strong.
There is a basic order that effects usually go in. There are no specific rules, but just general guidelines. The 1st in the signal chain is usually preamps. This includes distortion, compressors, and equalizers. The 2nd step is usually modulation effects such as chorus, flanger, phase shifter, etc. The 3rd step is time based effects like echo/delay, reverb, and harmonizers. There are some utility devices that do not exactly fit any one specific criteria, such as volume pedals and noise gates. These cab be placed in almost and position but they are often used right before the echo pedal to insure that any echos and reverbs will not be cut off. There are some “musts” that should be observed. The primary one is that the wah pedal is best placed right after the guitar and before the amp. They just seem to function the best that way.
For your set up I would recommend the following order;
Guitar>Wah pedal>Amp input. Then from the effects loop out>Tuner>E.Q.>Noise gate>Volume>Whammy pedal>Delay>Effects loop return.
You can, of course, experiment with the order of various components such as whammy after delay, or E.Q. After other units.
You might wish to consider the use of a single, high quality, multi-effects unit as opposed to several single pedals. The sound quality is generally much better and you have the added flexibility of getting many effects for the cost of a few.

Sandra asks…

Guitar Pedal Board Question?

When putting effects in the order i want them, will i change the sounds any by putting certain effects in front of or behind other effects?

Example: Distortion- Flange
Flange- Distortion

Would that change the sound any??


steve answers:

Just to explain that a little more (the other answer was pretty much sufficient, but…) when you put the flange after the distortion its more noticeable, and tends to be more pleasing. Sometimes putting modulation before distortion can muddy the sound up, and sometimes it just ends up minimizing the sound of the effect… But when you put it afterwards, it tends to complement the sound better.

You should try both, and go with what you like the best, but just so you know, the normal order is distortion -> modulation -> time-based (ie metal zone -> boss chorus -> boss digital delay is a setup that I’ve run before). Ideally modulation and delay sound best in the fx loop, but they don’t *have* to if you don’t want to or don’t have an fx loop.


Laura asks…

Does My Pedal Board Look Good?

(Not In Order) MXR 10 band EQ, Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensembe, Digitech Digidelay, MXR Micro Amp, Boss CS-3 Compression/suistainer/, Digitech Digiverb, Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor, MXR M115 Distortion III I Know I have alot of pedals but does it all look good

steve answers:

If it sounds good

Jenny asks…

Guitar pedal board order?

I need some advice on a good order for my guitar pedals. I usually play either very ambient music or very reverbed/fuzzy/dirty blues. The pedals I have are all made by Boss. The pedals I have are:

TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
RC-2 Loop Station
RV-5 Digital Reverb
CH-1 Super Chorus
DD-6 Digital Delay
TR-2 Tremolo
DS-1 Distortion
FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz

Also, I was wondering if I should just take the DS-1 distortion pedal out of the chain since I have the hyper fuzz. Any advice is much appreciated!

steve answers:

Hello there,

First there are no absolute rules for pedal order. It becomes a matter of perference. The sequence determines the shape of your tone. To get exactly the tone you want you may decide that some particular pedal sounds best for your needs when placed out of the normal sequence. So do experiment. Place your time effects first and then a distortion to see how that sounds (normal sequence) Then try it the other way around, distortion before time effects to see the difference that makes. I always put my tuner first. I see no reason to remove the DS-1 as long as you still use it some. It will sound different than the Fuzz. So having both gives you more options.

Rather than writing a long explanation about the normal sequence of pedals, I will give you this link to an article on pedal order. I think it covers your questions.



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