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Paul asks…

What halloween costume is way to overused?

hahah, i think a baby is used way to much haha :P
&what are you being, if your going trick or treating? :)
im being hello kitty!!

ps: i accidently deleted all my fans and i had like 200 :(
please add me :)

steve answers:

Princess costume, Dorothy, Spiderman, Superman

I’m going to be Luigi.

James asks…

How should I wear my make-up for halloween?

I am being hello kitty for Halloween, I’m not sure how I should do my make-up… I have every colour of eye shadow, except for yellow and orange. Any ideas?

the dress:

steve answers:

Any way you want it

Lizzie asks…

Where can I find a HELLO KITTY headband?

It’s for my halloween costume, and I really need it before Saturday! /:

I looked on the hot topic website and they had it, but it was sold out. would it still be in the store? :o

also, could I find something like that at Claires?

steve answers:

Yeh, you probably could get one at Claires, it depends on where you live though and what they carry. Also if you have like a Hastings….they would probably have one there.

Michael asks…

Halloween costume size help?

I found this really cute hello kitty teen flapper costume, but it only comes in pre-teen size 14/16 and teen 7-9. I wear a size 2 dress size. Can I fit into the pre teen size?


I weigh about 113 and im 5ft. 1

steve answers:

Oh my gosh, that dress is adorable! :)
It’s too cute not to try it. I think it’ll work.
My sister is 5’2 and she wears a size 2
and I’m pretty sure it would work for her.

Donald asks…

I’m a 13-year-old girl; ideas for a Halloween costume?

I thought about being Hello Kitty, or maybe an 80′s (work out) girl? But I want more fun, exciting, cutesy ideas? Thankss! :)

steve answers:

When I was 13 (3 years ago) I was a fairy. I wore my friend’s old dance costume with fairy wings. It was sooo cute! Hello kitty would be wayy cute also. Haha and I like the work out girl.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Asus Mini]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/25/your-questions-about-asus-mini-15/ 2014-11-25T17:08:00Z 2014-11-25T17:08:00Z

Susan asks…

asus mini laptop!?

im saving up for the $300 model of this laptop. i really want to know more info about it so if you could post that would be great! i will be possibly picking best answer, if the answer is truthful and helpful. thanks

steve answers:

More details please?

Thomas asks…

ipad mini vs asus google nexus 7 2nd gen 2013?

its main job is reading pdfs ” books ” and internet stuff … not a gamer but useful apps are useful , which one should i get ??

steve answers:

In this case both would do you job just fine. But for the cheaper price and better specs I would recommend you to go for the Nexus 7. Since if it can do all you need in a cheaper price only then why need to spend a fortune on iPad Mini.

Here are few comments on iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 that I found to be really helpful:


Nexus 7 2nd Gen has more powerful specs in most places and at some places it is at par with the iPad Mini.

So IMO Nexus 7 would give you better bang for your bucks!

Richard asks…

whats a good mini laptop?

also what laptop was it that had a 10 hour battery life because the screen was lit by an lcd?

steve answers:

Mini laptop would be asus eeepc. Its got a 7″ screen and is really tiny in person. Sony Vaio ultra portable range often have ~10 hour battery life claims http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=16154&SR=nav:electronics:computers:notebook_computers:shop_compare:ss&ref=http%3A//www.sony.com/index.php

John asks…

My mini laptop LCD screen goes black – How do I fix it?

I turned off my mini laptop the other night but when i turn it on today, the screen wont display the usual starting mode. It’s black, totally black even if the mini laptop is on as indicated by the led lights. Can you please tell me how do i fix this problem? Thank you so much.

My mini laptop is Asus
Windows 7

steve answers:

Assuming there’s nothing wrong with your LCD screen, you may try resetting it to factory defaults. Is it an Asus Eee PC? If yes, follow these:

1. Turn on or reboot/restart the computer.
2. Tap the F2 key repeatedly to access the BIOS.
3. Disable Boot Booster if it is there in the Boot menu.
4. Save and exit from the BIOS setup.
5. Tap F9 when the Asus logo appears. This must be done before your operating system begins to load. If you see the Windows logo appear on screen, you’ll have to restart and try again.
6. When finished with the reset, access the BIOS again and reenable Boot Booster if it is there.

Warning: Resetting computer to factory defaults will erase everything that is stored in drive C. If you need to back up important data, prepare this bootable CD and boot Mini Windows XP:

Mark asks…

whats the best mini laptop?

steve answers:

In order:

acer aspire one
HP Mini

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Tablets With 3g]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/25/your-questions-about-tablets-with-3g-7/ 2014-11-25T13:07:38Z 2014-11-25T13:07:38Z

Sandra asks…

Thinking of buying a dell streak… Is it a phone as well?

I’m thinking of buying a dell streak to replace my Xperia X10. I was just wondering is it a phone? could you text on it? or is it just a tablet with 3G

steve answers:

It is a phone, it may be big but I use for my daily phone and it has almost replaced my laptop

Sharon asks…

Do the Sony S Tablet and Samsung Galaxy Tab come with 3G automatically built in?

steve answers:

Yes, they have 3G built in.

Betty asks…

Bought a PS Vita 3G from the states last ight, was wandering if I can run a Bell 3G sim in it? or is it locked?

I bought the 3G vita last night at the sony store. It is labelled with ATT 3G. I was wandering if i could pop in my tablet data sim and use it with my new Vita right away? I will be using my Bell 3G sim in it.

steve answers:

Yes you can run in it :) all you need to do is remove the lock of it :)

Paul asks…

Does the kindle fire come with the one time pay for the 3g just like the other kindles?

I am thinking of getting a tablet to use for driving around directions and I see that you can get a one time pay for 3g with the other kindles but I’m not sure if it is the same thing for the kindle fire.

steve answers:

Hi, Parker, Kindle Fire is a Wi-Fi-only device thus no 3G on it. More, even new e-ink Kindle Touch or Keyboard with 3G now limit what web sites you can access (only Amazon store and Wikipedia are allowed) thus no point in getting 3G Kindle now anyway. The only models I would take into consideration are Nook Simpletouch from Barnes & Noble and the new Kindle Touch (non-ad-supported) that both cost $139. Ad-supported Kindle models show full page ads to you (and everyone around you) every time they go to sleep mode and also show 2 line ads right there at your home screen – so annoying that Amazon even released a software that for $30 can convert ad-supported Kindle into non-ad-supported one. Non-touch screen Kindle models are such basic stone age devices (with page turn lag, buttons, and black blinks/flashes on each page turn) that I would not even speak about them. Nook (unlike Kindle) supports eBooks in ePub format that is the universal format most used in the world. Current e-Ink Nook Simpletouch has the latest generation touch screen display, no page turn lag, it weights less, its battery lasts twice as long (two months on one charge), it has microSD slot and it doesn’t blink on each page turn – much better than current Kindle 3 or Kindle Keyboard. Nook Touch is still better designed than even the new Kindle Touch with battery lasting two months with ONE hour reading a day with Wi-Fi off thus it’s still twice as long as new Kindle’s two months with HALF and hour a day with Wi-Fi off. It looks like Kindle didn’t get any battery improvement in the new model, they only changed the test condition. More, Kindle Touch still flashes black on each page turn while Nook Touch reduces the flashing by 80%. Nook Touch and Nook Color (unlike Kindle) have microSD card slot to take a card (class 6 or above) up to 32 GB. If you walk in with the Nook to Barnes & Noble store, you’re allowed to read ANY available eBook for free while in the store via free provided in the store Wi-Fi.

Sandy asks…

Will a Netsurfer TOUCH tablet made in South Africa work in USA. It uses UMTS 900, 1900, and 2100 Mhrz for 3G?

Can I buy data bundles on a USA sim card to connect to the internet in the US as we do here in Lesotho and South Africa? It can connect with Wifi also. Is there anything else I would need to be careful about in using my tablet from Africa in America?

steve answers:

Yes, it will work in USA!

Good luck!

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Lenovo Laptops]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/25/your-questions-about-lenovo-laptops-6/ 2014-11-25T09:07:44Z 2014-11-25T09:07:44Z

Chris asks…

Lenovo laptops. How are they?

Trying to buy a new laptop. Have been seeing some Lenovo laptops sales. Was wondering are they any good? Postitives and Negatives.

steve answers:

Negative- a bit pricey. Positive- most reliable make around according to a survey done by rescuecom (customer support phone line and website). Second was mac. Lenovos are very portable and powerful and you are buying from a very good make. They are worth the money (unlike mac). In response to Robert’s comment, sonys are just like macs. If you are one who judges computers by the way they look, you should get one. If you judge them with performance, reliability and portability in mind, get Lenovo. Thinkpads are the best laptops you can get and they come with vista ultimate. Vista ultimate = vista home premium + business. You can always install windows 7 or a Linux distro.

Susan asks…

How good are the brand Lenovo for laptops?

steve answers:

Don’t know but i use vista and it is powerd by intel pentium sorry can’t help wish i could :(

Carol asks…

what are the disadvantages of lenovo laptops and asus laptops?

steve answers:

Lenovo is more of a business pc —anus is more general use –both are good to have

Mark asks…

Question about Lenovo Laptops?

I need to buy a PC laptop and i came across a few lenovo laptops with really nice specs for the price. I just wanted to know if lenovo is a reliable brand.

Please don’t tell me to consider a mac. Some of the software i use either doesn’t have a version for mac or is better used on a PC. Im not saying i hate macs. They are a good brand but PC is what i’m looking for period.

steve answers:

Lenovo is about as good as it gets, they are the old IBM Company. A lot of techs buy them. They come with lenovo soft ware on them for recovery of the os. I see them everyday form the early 2000′s with no service history.

Maria asks…

How good are LENOVO laptops?

pls i need some help..i want to buy a new laptop in like a week…my old one was a DELL and i want to change the brand..a friend told me LENOVO laptops are good but i’m not so sure..i want to choose between that and a TOSHIBA…i’m a student on a kinda low budget of $800
i’ll really need you help and i’ll appreciate some suggestions

steve answers:

Lenovo is ok. They put a lot of useless bloatware on their machines, but aside from that they are pretty reliable. Toshiba can be a mixed bag. If you buy a higher-end machine you get a good deal, but if you buy lower-end you get what you pay for.

I would Google some professional reviews online. People on Yahoo Answers can’t be trusted to have any idea what they’re talking about. Half of them will say “LOLZ GET A MAC CUZ THER SEW EZ, EVEN MY DEAD HAMSTER CUD UZE IT!!!” and the other half will say “I don’t like X brand because I had one and it exploded when I put it in the microwave, so don’t get one. You should get Y brand because they are over-priced but all the cool people have one”.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Laptop Cases Walmart]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/25/your-questions-about-laptop-cases-walmart-7/ 2014-11-25T05:07:34Z 2014-11-25T05:07:34Z

Sandy asks…

How much do laptop cases cost on average?

steve answers:

600 bucks for a laptop bag? Wow, I’m in the wrong business. I’ve never paid more than $30. I was in the Walmart the other day and they had one identical to what a Dell comes in, minus the dell logo, for $20.

David asks…

Will my laptop case qualify for carry on?

Going with US Airways. Couldn’t find a number to call and ask them about this.
Their size requirements: Up to 45 in/115 cm (14 x 9 x 22 in or 36 x 23 x 56 cm)

The laptop “case itself” measures 14x7x19 when packed – but if you have to measure the handle the width measures 17 instead of 14. It still won’t exceed 45 linear inches, though I am worried they might not accept it if it exceeds the 14 width. Will that cause issues?

This is what the case looks like:


steve answers:

Your laptop case is fine, so long as it does not exceed 45 linear inches. There is enough space in the overhead bin, as we can always put our bag lengthwise or widthwise.

Linda asks…

Laptop emergency?

After weeks of reasearch, I’ve conconcluded to these two laptops. Which one seems better to you? Would you recommend any other ones within this price range? pleas reply, thank you



which laptop has the best features and price overall, thank you
ok you bitches, I just want to buy a laptop, which one would be better, like faster and more durable
what’s wrong with these video cards?

steve answers:

The laptop from bestbuy will be slightly faster. Thats the only difference i noticed besides the color of the laptop cases..the jet black vs the design. It is a much better deal to get the one form best buy because its faster. The 1.83ghz processor speed vs. The 1.73ghz from walmart

Mary asks…

Dell Inspiron N7010 laptop?

would anyone know under what section of dell.com can i find a carry bag or case to put a Dell Inspiron N7010 laptop 18inch screen i cant seem to find what section that is under i dont have a case or anytihng to keep the computer in i need something to keep it in so it dont get dirt in it.

steve answers:

The verizon shop and walmart have a great selection of cases

Donna asks…


Im trying to buy a laptop for sale. is there any places or websites that have GOOD laptops for sale. I have 230 dollars in my wallet. does walmart have GOOD laptops for sale. if i add 50 dollars of my walmart gift cards to my 230 dollars i will have 280. IS there any place i can get a laptop for sale.

steve answers:

I guess you could get a somewhat decent laptop for the money you have. But if I were you, I’d save up so you can buy a better one. But in case you need it now, here’s some that could work from Wal-Mart for $280.




You could always check out the website too and order online:


Good luck!

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Unique Looking Laptops]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/25/your-questions-about-unique-looking-laptops-13/ 2014-11-25T01:07:40Z 2014-11-25T01:07:40Z

Helen asks…

Good, Low Budget Laptop & Headphones for Music Producing? (Just Starting)?

Hey, I’m just looking for a good, low budget laptop and headphones for Christmas, I’m going to start making music with FL Studio, I’m planning to start making Electronic Dance Music, Thank You Guys!

steve answers:

You’ll be good with any powerful laptop, but I’d recommend anything from MSI. The only thing you’d really be worried about in music producing is your budget on MIDI devices that you’ll need to connect to your laptop. Of course, MIDI devices aren’t too necessary, but it’d be better if you did. MIDI devices will help you put your ideas onto FL Studio much more easier, quicker and more conveniently. Secondly, you’ll need plug-ins, otherwise you’ll be very limited on the sounds you can create on FL Studio. You want your music to be unique, to stand out in front of the other producers, so making your own sounds is important. And with headphones, I started off with the Sony MDR-XB500s. They’re great when you want to get into crisp detail in your music, and again, very low budget. A few months later, if you want to take producing seriously, you should go for anything from Sennheiser, like the HD 280 PROs for instance, brilliant headphones if you ever want to look deep into your music.

Maria asks…

Help looking for a laptop HDD?

my friend has this old dell latitude laptop that needs a new hard drive… I having problems buying one as I don’t know what to look… I don’t want to buy the regular IDE HDD for desktop. How do I differentiate?

I think I need something like this:
80GB Ultra ATA-100

But how do I know if it will physically fit the laptop??

here are the specs:



steve answers:

First visit this link: http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/details?c=ca&l=en&s=gen&~tab=2

Enter your service tag, this tag on your computer helps Dell deliver solutions tailored to the products you own.

Your Service Tag is a unique five- to seven- digit alphanumeric (letter and number) code, which is found on a white bar-coded label affixed to your Dell computer

(For Portables, look on the bottom of the system. For Latitude LM systems, the Service Tag is located under the plastic cover on the rear of the system, next to the docking station connector).

When you have found the information needed, head to: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/latd400/en/index.htm

There, get ALL the manuals but especially the Service manual.

You might also look at the drivers section here: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=&SystemID=LAT_PNT_PM_D400

For the entire portal page with many more things, go here: http://support.dell.com/support/topics/topic.aspx/ca/shared/support/product_support/en/product_support_central?~ck=ln&c=ca&l=en&lnki=0&s=gen&SystemID=LAT_PNT_PM_D400

Hope this helps

David asks…

Help me for choosing my first laptop?

Im planning to buy my first laptop very soon. my budget is 50k. i want my laptop to have these spec and features:

> Slim, unique and stylish look is the first major thing
> 2nd generation Core i5 or i7
> Minimum 4GB RAM memory
> Minimum 500GB of hard disc
> 1GB Graphics
> USB 3.0
> I want Battery backup to be 4hrs minimum
> i dont want display exceeding 15.6″
> I want to have Fingerprint reader also, but if its not there, not a big issue.

I can manage up to 55k but i want to have best. I have choosen DELL XPS-15z, but want to have some more options..

please help me friends..
Details for my question itself:

1) my maximum budget is 55k, that is 55,000 Indian rupees.
2) i dont want any apple, bcoz there is no spares and service available in india.
3) I dont want my laptop to be look bulky.

steve answers:

Okay. First off, I have no idea what your budget is so I’m just going to go with good laptops. 55k? Seriously? That’s 55, 000!

Anyway, the best I can think of off the top of my head are the apple macbook air and the alienware m14x.

Apple Macbook Air – http://www.anandtech.com/show/4528/the-2011-macbook-air-11-13inch-review

Alienware M14X – http://www.dell.com/au/p/alienware-m14x/pd.aspx?c=au&cs=audhs1&l=en&s=dhs&ST=alienware%20m14x&dgc=ST&cid=33101&lid=783203&acd=10589619862341422

The macbook air is a brilliant computer for general work (only has USB 2.0) whereas the Alienware M14X is a gaming laptop and offers a better selection of ports and a FAR better graphics card. M14x has got two USB 3.0 ports and one 2.0 powered port.

I would go with the m14x but it’s all up to you.

George asks…

Need a sturdy, reliable, good laptop… Help?

Hi, I’m looking to buy a new laptop and I’m not sure what to get.
I’m very good with technology in general, but when it comes to buying my own laptop, I’m useless, despite knowing all the things I need.
I have the TOUCH OF DEATH, any laptop I touch always DIES. So I need a reliable, strong, sturdy laptop. My first thought was a mac book pro because everyone says they last for ages. I’m talking steady state hard drives because I’m not risking it anymore. Hard drives always die on me!!!!!!!!
I want it to be modern and powerful, I’m tied between getting a 15″ because I don’t intend to move it around a lot, and it’s a bigger screen for Digital Art, but I also like 13″ beause that way I CAN move it around easily.
The key point is that I’d LIKE a macbook pro, but they’re so expensive and elitist that if anyone can suggest something exactly alike but cheaper, I’d probably prefer it, as I’m not a fan of mac software.
My budget is £1,300 (and I know you can get a new macbook pro on ebay for that price if you’re a good ebayer, which I am)

So to summarise:

Potentially macbook pro (should you suggest that I just get one because it’s unique) but also any others if you can suggest them. (Perhaps Alienware? I’ve heard about them, but not sure if they’re reliable.)
£1300 budget.
Sturdy and reliable (Steady State Harddrive)
Powerful (i7+, 8gb Ram+, 2.5 GHz+)
Min 250GB memory
13″ OR 15″ (depending on whether you think I’m being fussy and don’t actually need 15″)
Any kind of graphics card, providing it can support gaming!

If you’re not sure and can suggest a good nerdy/geeky website to refer my question too, that would be appreciated too!
Many Thanks!
Just so you know, ebay is a perfectly valid form of purchase. They are required by law to include all relevent details of the purchase. Yes you have to be careful, particularly with expesive eectronics, but if it says ‘new’, it must be new. Ebay have refunded me all the money from difficult sellers and have the information required to deal with serious freudulant behaviour. You can purchase items with warranty, so that’s not something I am concerned about.

steve answers:

Macbook pro, very sturdy and reliable. Owned many laptops before in my life and i have to say mac’s are reallyyyyyy Great for anything you use.
All the features you mentioned are in the lowest model of the macbook pro. Also meets your memory need, i7, but the ram you can get by upgrading. It also comes with 3.0GHz, and you can choose eiher a 13.3 inch of 15
You also have the choice of choosing retina display.
If you dont need a mac then why not still get it and then Bootcamp it so that you can use Mac and windows on that one laptop.
I bootcamped my macs. I have windows 7 and mac on one laptop and they last a great long time and comes with updates regularly.

You should think about a Mac

check out the Apple website and choose your mac, upgrade if you need. They come with warranty also.
YOU should be able to get it for £1300.
You can put windows and mac on it. I use my mac for engineering, and thers nothing better than this laptop because its really fast! Arts would be no problem for a macbook pro

-also use mine for gaming and its great, never had a problem besides the heating up aluminum case, but i got a laptop cooler.

Steven asks…

free realms safe for laptop?

hi i have a question that needs to be answered pronto i was thinking about downloading this game called free realms it looks really cool i was just wondering is it safe for my laptop computer.

steve answers:

Get to know them better. This is not a task only to be accomplished through dating. The more you get to know him or her, the more you can tell if you like them as a friend or something else. Just talk and do fun activities with the person.
Stop and consider why you like the person. There are many physically attractive and smart people out there. But if you see something beyond that really catches your attention, you’ve marked this person as unique and probably like them. Why else would they stand out from so many?
Consider how many times you think about the person. If you find yourself thinking about this person several times a day, and they are happy thoughts that possibly make your heart beat faster, then you probably like them.
Think how often you laugh at their jokes etc. When you like someone, you will find yourself laughing at things even if they aren’t that funny. This is a natural attempt to make them feel appreciated.
If the one conversation between you and the person is stuck in you head and you cant stop telling people about it. This means it was important to you, and you probably like the person.
Consider how much you try to be near them. If you’ve planned your walking speed to catch a glimpse of them as many times of the day as possible, there is a good reason for that.
Think about how you feel if you touch him or her, by accident or on purpose. If you’re still thinking about brushing shoulders several hours ago in school, then that is a special thought and you probably like them.
If you feel you’re ready for a relationship, and are confident enough for a positive response, then just go ahead and ask them out. If you’re unsure of their feelings for you, there are several wikihows on how to tell if someone likes you.

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steve <![CDATA[Your Questions About Acer Tablet]]> http://laptopsunder500bucks.com/2014/11/24/your-questions-about-acer-tablet-12/ 2014-11-24T21:07:43Z 2014-11-24T21:07:43Z

Steven asks…

Question about selling my Acer Tablet?

Just bought it 3 months for 250 with 2 yr warranty for 60. I’m trying to sell it on a local forum. Should I sell it with the receipt ( so they can use the warranty) because I paid with my debit card (is it safe?) also how much should I sell it for?

steve answers:

You can make a photocopy of the receipt with your charge/debit card number obscured.

You will be lucky to get $200 for it, because prices keep dropping and Android tablets are not setting sales records. The additional warranty will make it easier to sell, but I don’t know if it will result in a higher price.
If the tablet is stolen,lost, or damaged (as is very common) the warranty is wasted.

Helen asks…

can I download temple run on acer tablet?

steve answers:

If your tablet has a app store it could be in there so go there first, but mabe if you have a cable for your tablet to plug in your computer you could get it form there website.

Hope this helps

Sandy asks…

acer iconia tablet screen cracked, what’s my best option?

my dad bought me a new acer iconia tablet on december 28th from best buy and wasn’t offered a warranty. i was visiting my family out of state during that time, and when i flew back the 6th of january, the flight attendant put my boyfriend’s laptop case (with my tablet in the front pocket) in the overhead bin for us, and put his stuff in front of it, and the screen cracked. the touch screen doesn’t work at all, and i contacted best buy stating that i was within 30 days and wasn’t offered a warranty, and yet they could do nothing for me. neither could their corporate office. i was told to contact the manufacturer, meanwhile i’m also trying to file a claim at the airport, but everyone’s throwing me for loops.

i was told to go to a screen repair store, but i’m afraid that repairing the screen might not do anything, seeing as the touch part itself doesn’t even work. will repairing the screen on this tablet make the touch work again? or is that something internal that replacing the screen won’t even help?

steve answers:


I’m really sorry to hear the screen on your tablet was cracked. Replacing the LCD touchscreen assembly on your tablet WILL resolve the issue with the touchscreen not working any more.

Most manufacturer warranties do not cover any kind of damage due to accidents, handling, water damage etc. They cover defects in the original workmanship or defective parts.

Best Buy’s Geek Squad Protection Plans with Accidental Damage and Handling does cover this type of damage, but the plan must be purchased before the accidental damage occurs.

I can tell you that if you were to send your tablet to an authorized service center (like the one at Geek Squad CIty) they should be able to issue you a written repair estimate to let you know how much the cost to repair the unit would be. Did your dad use a credit card to make the purchase? Sometimes credit card companies have special plans for thier customers that will cover repairs. You should have your dad check into it. Also if you are filing a damaged product claim with the airline, they may require an estimate for repair.

Agent Kate B
Agent, HP-Gateway-Acer-Emachine Laptops and Tablets
Geek Squad City

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George asks…

Screen mirroring acer tablet to smart t v?

Is there an app for an Acer tablet that will do screen mirroring to Samsung smart TV, regards john

steve answers:

No App but you can get a mini HDMI to HDMI cable for that.
If you get a Samsung tablet, then there could be a wireless connection.



Michael asks…

Can my Acer A200 tablet broadcast the in built camcorder when logged into skype, msn, yahoo and the like. john?

steve answers:

The Acer A2000 tablet does not have an “in built camcorder” – it has a built-in webcam.

“broadcast”… To what? If those point-to-point video conference services have a conferencing feature, then multiple people can see… Your tablet is not a TV station “broadcasting” anywhere. For that you would need software and perhaps a service to help. Search using your favorite browser for “internet video stream broadcast”.

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Donna asks…

Where can I find a hard shell case for a 15.6″ ASUS laptop?

I can’t find a hard shell case for this specific laptop anywhere. I would like just a simple, preferably hot pink hard shell case to snap onto my computer. It’s an ASUS 15.6laptop and the model number for the laptop is X502CA-HPD1104J-W.
If anyone could find where they sell hard cases for this laptop I would very much appreciate it!

steve answers:

Hard shell cases do as much harm as good. It blocks heat from escaping, and does little to reduce damage in dropping it.

You are better off with a laptop skin, which is easily found, and a padded carrying case.

Sandra asks…

help with buying a new laptop computer?

am thinking of buying a new laptop,but i don’t know much about laptop. am willing to spend $800 max. it got to have a good graphic card for playing video games and also use for school. please help me out.thank you

steve answers:

You cannot do much of gaming on a $800 laptop
so please specify games & system requirements

can you raise the bar to $1000 to $1100, in which case you can get good systems
and just to inform you, laptop graphics are not upgradeable

Asus – Laptop with Intel® Centrino® 2 Processor Technology – Black
Model: G50Vt-X1 | SKU: 9050279
Intel® Core™2 Duo mobile processor P8400; 4GB DDR2 memory; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; LightScribe technology; 15.6″ widescreen; 320GB hard drive; built-in webcam; NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics;
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with SP1



Toshiba – Qosmio Laptop with Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor P7350 – Rogue
Model: X305-Q701 | SKU: 8897599
Intel® Core™2 Duo mobile processor P7350; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; Labelflash; 4GB DDR3 memory; 17″ widescreen; 200GB hard drive; built-in webcam; Bluetooth; NVIDIA GeForce 9700M graphics; Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with SP1

Helen asks…

What’s the Best Laptop to Get?

I am planing on buying a laptop because i need one for school, but i’m clueless to what one i should get, is there any that are not very good or you weren’t happy with?

steve answers:

They are all good because no laptop manufacturers actually make then, they design the case and throw a load of components in it, I have no idea what budget you have so I’ll recommend a laptop that I think is good.

It’s powerful enough for some decent games and relatively cheap, It’ll be all the laptop you’ll ever need

MSI CX640-18

Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz Dual Core CPU
500GB Hard Drive
nVIDIA GeForce GT520M 1GB Dedicated Graphics



Joseph asks…

which laptop for gaming (budget £600)?


I am in the market for a laptop which I can game on (like the idea of gaming in bed!) but I do not mean high end games like crysis i’m thinking more football manager, fifa, need for speed, sim city. my budget is £600 and I have seen this one which spec wise looks very good for the money


but then there is this one (for example) for a significant saving
http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_V3-571G_1289839.html (and theres one of these on ebay which ends tomorrow lunchtime)

I have been checking the specs (GPU/CPU) of lots of laptops on game debate but I am after some advice from someone more knowledgeable than me in case there is anything I am missing. I guess my main questions are:

will those games look good on any/both those laptops?
is there a £150 difference in quality of the 2 or is it not worth the difference?

thanks in advance for any advice

steve answers:

Actually here’s a twist: Neither of the two laptops you’re looking at are particularly good choices. The issue with both of these laptops is that they come with 15.6″ 1366×768 displays. 1366×768 resolution in a 15.6″ display makes things onscreen large, and 15.6″ displays that have 1366×768 resolution tend to be low-grade LCD panels with very poor image quality due to low contrast. You should make a point to avoid displays like that when it is reasonable to do so, unless you require the larger text for eyesight-related reasons.

The display is a key point to focus on, in that once you start getting into price ranges that make it reasonable for you to get a decent display, you want to try to get a decent display. The differences between available displays is one of the things that makes the most difference, because of how significant the differences are between displays, and because it literally affects everything you do. 15.6″ 1920×1080 displays and 17.3″ 1920×1080 displays are examples on the good end of the spectrum. They’re great in that the resolution lets you fit a lot onscreen, and in that displays with those size-resolution combinations tend to be decent quality LCD panels with good colors/contrast. This is in contrary to displays such as 15.6″ 1366×768 and 17.3″ 1600×900, which make things onscreen large and tend to be low-grade LCD panels with very poor image quality due to low contrast.

Also note that for gaming, the only really important thing to be concerned with is the GPU. The GPU is the primary determining factor for game performance. Game performance tends to be bottlenecked by the GPU before any other performance-related spec — CPU, RAM, etc. — makes its way into relevance for concern.


That said, here are a handful of options that are worth considering:

ASUS N56VM: NVIDIA GT 630M, 15.6″ 1920×1080 matte display, £549
- http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/ASUS_N56VM-S4089V_1352938.html
- I’d recommend one of the options below higher than this one though, due to the notably faster GPUs.

Dell Inspiron 17R SE: 17.3″ 1920×1080 matte display, NVIDIA GT 650M, £599
- http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=n0017s34&model_id=inspiron-17r-se-7720&c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&opcode=add
- Avoid any of the models that say they come with the “900p” display. With the Inspiron 17R SE, you want to be careful to make sure that the model you’re buying comes with the “1080p” (1920×1080) display, and not the “900p” (1600×900) display.

PCSpecialist Enigma IV: NVIDIA GT 650M, 15.6 1920×1080 matte display, £615
- http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/enigmaIV/
- Configure it with:
– Display: Select either of the two 1920×1080 options. The cheaper of the two is still great. Avoid the 1366×768 display options — one of which is the default selection.
– Processor: The i3-3120M should suffice. Any more, and you’re either pushing yourself outside of budget, or you’re sacrificing more important things. Remember: The GPU is the primary determining factor for game performance. An i3 + GT 650M is better for gaming than an i5 + GT 635M (for example).
– Memory: 4GB. 4GB should be just fine, and it’s also very easy to upgrade it yourself if you end up needing to later on down the line.
– Hard Drive: The upgrades here are cheap, and my recommendation would be to take one of the 7200RPM drives — namely the 500GB or 750GB.

PCSpecialist Genesis IV: NVIDIA GT 635M, 15.6″ 1920×1080 matte display, £594 (this is for if you really can’t go the £15 over for the better GPU of the Enigma)
- http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/genesisIV/
- Configure it with:
– Display: Select either of the two 1920×1080 options. The cheaper of the two is still great. Avoid the 1366×768 display options — one of which is the default selection.
– Processor: The i3-3120M should suffice. Any more, and you’re either pushing yourself outside of budget, or you’re sacrificing more important things. Remember: The GPU is the primary determining factor for game performance. An i3 + GT 650M is better for gaming than an i5 + GT 635M (for example).
– Memory: 4GB. 4GB should be just fine, and it’s also very easy to upgrade it yourself if you end up needing to later on down the line.
– Graphics: NVIDIA GT 635M
– Hard Drive: The upgrades here are cheap, and my recommendation would be to take one of the 7200RPM drives — namely the 500GB or 750GB.


Ruth asks…

Laptop cases help please??

Are there any laptop cases that actually stay on the laptop? like, they unzip all the way and open up to where the case is still on the laptop? I’ve seen the ones that are called “hard shells” that snap onto the laptop, but I was wondering if there were any other kind
Preferable neoprene, but doesn’t have to be
And for any 15.6laptop, particularly a dell touchscreen one

steve answers:

Perhaps you could have a case custom made for you and sent to you: http://www.caseable.com/

It might be a good alternative if you are having trouble finding something that suits what you are looking for.

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John asks…

What’s the difference between the black voyager and the titanium one?

people say that the titanium one has more problems
but people say that the titanium has the update…
i like the ui of the titanium better, but if it has more problems than the black one…
also, which is better: versa or voyager
BBQ: is the pantech crux a good phone?

steve answers:

Not sure?

Sandy asks…

How to remove titanium dioxide from food processors using chemicals?

I work for a company that produces food. We frequently have a 20 hour build up of titanium dioxide in our kitchens. Does anyone know of a company or chemicals that can aid in the removal of the titanium dioxide from food contact surfaces using minimal mechanical force?

steve answers:

Titanium Dioxide: Can be absorbed through the skin. The U.S. Government’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) labels the chemical “a potential occupational carcinogen.” Titanium dioxide is an opaque powder that is approved for use as a colorant in food, in drugs, and in cosmetics. It is found in such things as prescription prenatal vitamins, (but so is shellac), sunscreens, and processed foods.

In lifetime inhalation studies of respirable Titanium Dioxide at levels up to 250 mg/m3, no compound-related clinical signs of toxicity were seen in the exposed animals. Slight pulmonary fibrosis was seen at 50 and 250 mg/m3 respirable dust levels but not at 10 mg/m3. There was no evidence of cancer in animals exposed to 10 or 50 mg/m3 respirable Titanium Dioxide.

Microscopic lung tumors were seen in 17 percent of the rats exposed to 250 mg/m3 respirable Titanium Dioxide. The lung tumors seen in the rat were different from common human lung cancers, relative to anatomic type and location, occurred only at dust level which overwhelmed the animal’s lung clearance mechanism and, therefore, are of questionable biological relevance for man.

In lifetime animal feeding tests at levels up to 50,000 ppm, Titanium Dioxide showed no evidence or veneer or other significant adverse effects in either rats or mice. No animal data are available to define the developmental or reproductive toxicity of Titanium Dioxide. Tests have shown that Titanium Dioxide does not cause genetic damage in bacterial or mammalian cell cultures, or in animals. Animal testing indicates Amorphous Silica does not have carcinogenic or reproductive effects. Amorphous Silica has not produced genetic damage in bacterial cultures.

I suggest you get your kitchens to stop using this carcinogen for the health and safety of your workers and your customers. You should start labeling your products are carcinogenic as well.

According to a sample MSDS(which you should have in your kitchen)… “Insoluble in cold water, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, diluted sulfuric acid, organic solvents. Soluble in hot concentrated sulfuric acid, hydrofluoric acid, alkali.”

So.. To clean it up you are going to need “hot concentrated sulfuric acid”. That isn’t something you are likely to find for sale. Sorry. The easiest/safest solution will be to remove this material from your product.

Susan asks…

Why does my titanium bike frame look like a clear coat is peeling?

I have a titanium bicycle frame and it is not painted. It has been sitting outside in the weather for a couple seasons and now the forks and the some of the rest of the frame has a peeling look like a clear coat is coming off. There is no rust in these areas and the titanium color is still still normal, it just looks like a hard clear coat is peeling off. What could this be and can it be repaired?

steve answers:

Many titanium frames have a clear coat,and if exposed to the elements long enough, it can chip or flake off. Titanium will never rust, and most people find natural titanium pleasing visually. There is no reason to cover it unless you like the look of paint or need a certain color. If it were me, I would remove all of the components and strip it down to the metal, leaving it a natural finsih afterward. Or, for added zing, take some steel wool or high grit (fine) sandpapre and brush it circumferentially.

Mark asks…

What is the difference between the Motorola Cliq and Cliq Titanium. Does it affect the 3g bands?

Where the Cliq titanium is referred to it appears to have bands that support att 3g, which is CRITICAL for me, however people have spoken about the cliq like it does not support those bands. Is there a difference between the cliq and the cliq titanium? If its just color or something I’ll feel stupid, but it is really hard to get a direct answer out of the forums. Thank you.

steve answers:

Its the color…hahahha there is also white.. Im pretty sure it only works with tmobile

Carol asks…

Is the titanium rod used is hip replacements worth a lot of money?

I’ve heard that when some people die, they actually take the titanium rod out and sell it for 25000+! Is there any truth to that?

steve answers:

No, they don’t remove them. It would be pretty difficult to do to start with. The parts are at least partially cemented into place, and designed so that bone will ingrow into the implants. It could be removed of course, but not by the average Joe. It also wouldn’t be worth much to even try. Not all the replacements contain titanium either. Keep in mind that they aren’t designed to come out easily, even when the surgery is needed to replace some of the components. If the body is cremated, then the parts would be left and sifted out. I have no idea what becomes of that metal, to be honest with you. You would have to ask somebody who worked in a crematorium to get that answer. I would suppose they could sell it for the value of the recovered metal, but even so it wouldn’t command that sort of price. On top of that. The price for titanium has had a serious drop in price over the last year or so. The cost for the surgical replacement doesn’t reflect the market value of the materials they used, it’s the fact it is a medical device produced for a limited market that has to meet a lot of standards that drives the price. I think this is one of those horror stories folks pass around, but I don’t think there’s much truth to it.

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Richard asks…

Black screen on Sony vaio!!?

So I got a pop up message saying my laptop needed to restart in 15 minutes and 15 minutes later it shut down and restarted, it said something on the screen like rebooting or repairing you laptop so I left it, it said on the screen it would take 1 hour so I waited and later I accidentally pressed the power button turning it off so I turned it back on and I got a black screen and it stayed on the black screen for like half an hour, I’ve restarted it a couple of times by pressing the power button but nothing different happens with my laptop, I keep getting this annoying black screen. I need this laptop for college so please do help, thanks. I have a Sony Vaio fit 15 with windows 8 and its brand new please help.

steve answers:

First thing is to run diagnostic on it. When you press the power button start tapping the F10 key. If an Edit Boot Options screen appears, press the Enter key. If a Windows Boot Manager screen appears, select VAIO Recovery Environment and then press the Enter key. In the VAIO Recovery Center window, under Choose a program, click VAIO Hardware Diagnostics, computer problems related to hardware can be diagnosed using this option, test everything. If the hard drive fails or it says you do not have a hard drive, then you’re going to have to get a new one and order the recovery DVD from Sony. If everything passes, it sounds like the OS is corrupted. If you have a system repair CD or a Windows install DVD, boot from the DVD/CD and run repair from it. You will have to access the boot device options in the BIOS to make it boot from the DVD/CD. If you do not have a system repair CD you can make one from a puter that has the same OS as yours. If that does not fix it then your probably going to have to reload your OS to get back up and running.

You will need to recover your data and files before doing that.

When you press the power button and start tapping the F10 key. If an Edit Boot Options screen appears, press the Enter key. If a Windows Boot Manager screen appears, select VAIO Recovery Environment and then press the Enter key. In the VAIO Recovery Center window, under Choose a program, click Rescue Data, this option can be used to detect and save data to an external hard drive or removable media prior to a system recovery.

Once you have recovered what you need you can reload your OS.

When you press the power button start tapping the F10 key. If an Edit Boot Options screen appears, press the Enter key. If a Windows Boot Manager screen appears, select VAIO Recovery Environment and then press the Enter key. In the VAIO Recovery Center window, under Choose a program, click Restore C Drive, this option is used to reset the entire C drive partition back to its original factory software configuration. Data on other partitions is not affected.

Carol asks…

how to restore my sony vaio from a back up?

To make a very long story short, a virus a while back deleted the partition off of my sony vaio laptop as well as the ability to load windows 7. I downloaded ubuntu onto a flash drive and launched my computer from that so I was able to recover windows 7. Immediately upon reloading I backed up my comp onto a external hard drive. I’ve got a few to many problems again and would like to restore my computer to that back up. only problem is I don’t know how to initiate that. My friend said launch the boot menu but that doesn’t seem to be working. Any help would be appreciated.

steve answers:

Sony, How to create a set of Recovery Discs. Https://us.en.kb.sony.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/31695/related/1

Sony, How to Restore the Complete System using the VAIO Recovery Wizard. Https://us.en.kb.sony.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/41204

Operating system not found or missing operating system. Https://us.en.kb.sony.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/30721/related/1

David asks…

Forsae: **Brand new** Sony Vaio?

Only the info is in the link below about the laptop, it is brand new sony vaio laptop with a 1 yr warranty. I will ship out computer to win of the auction, as soon someone buys it next day or same day if the postal companying is open in my area.


steve answers:

No fools here ……. The price is $2800 ?!!!!!

They want $1000 more than it costs everywhere else :

Sony VAIO AR Digital Studio AR150G Laptop Computer –
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Daniel asks…

i have a sony vaio laptop but my screen wont turn on!?

its a sony vaio model PCG-8Z2L
the laptop turns on and you can hear the main window but the screen is completely black !!
i can plug it in with the vga port on the laptop and connect it to my desktops vga port on the monitor and i can see everything but on the laptops screen its still black !!
any help would be GREATLY appreciated !

steve answers:

Connect your sony vaio PCG-8Z2L laptop VGA port to an external LCD monitor screen to see if your laptop backlight is defective.

Remove the battery and charger/ac adapter/power cord from your sony vaio PCG-8Z2L laptop, press and hold the power button for 20 seconds to discharge any residual current inside the sony vaio PCG-8Z2L . This clears your RAM and is like a hardware reset. Replace the battery and charger/ac adapter/power cord and turn your sony vaio PCG-8Z2L on.

Boot in “safe mode”. As it starts up press F8, the computer ask you if you’d like to start in safe mode. Highlight “safe mode” and press enter. See if your laptop is booting up ok .

If your sony vaio PCG-8Z2L boots ok, do the following,

Try System Restore first,
Start Menu->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->System Restore. Choose the most recent date before you the encountered problem. If it doesn’t work, try the next date.

If System Restore does not fix it, as a last resort, you might need to fdisk, reformat your sony vaio PCG-8Z2L hard disk clean and reinstall OS, that usually fixes all bugs. Before going that route, try following,

Uninstall unnecessary programs and applications.

Scan with a antivirus program

Scan with a spyware/malware program



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

If the problem persists, did you check if it could be your sony vaio PCG-8Z2L power cord or power source problem? Defective or insufficient power supply might cause error messages that are misleading. Take the battery out and power on your sony vaio PCG-8Z2L with the charger only. Make sure your sony vaio PCG-8Z2L power jack and charger plug tip are securely connected. Did you notice the power jack loose? You can find sony vaio PCG-8Z2L power jack on ebay. Fixing and soldering the power jack requires professional skill though. The charger green/blue LED should be on. If not, replace the defective charger.Both sony vaio PCG-8Z2L battery and charger, especially its power cord/cable, need to be replaced every few years, consider buying a lifetime warranty charger online from company like topmic

Sandy asks…

Need help. Sony Vaio Error.?

Model # of my Sony Vaio isPCG-61611L vpcee41fx windows 7 Ultamite .I did a clean install of windows 7 and now I can’t download any drivers, window keeps popping up saying “This windows is not intended for use with your computer model. Please Help

steve answers:

Eventually you might need to fdisk, reformat your Sony Vaio isPCG-61611L vpcee41fx hard disk clean and reinstall windows 7. Before going that route, try following simple fixes to see if the problem goes away.

Remove the battery and charger/ac adapter/power cord from your Sony Vaio isPCG-61611L vpcee41fx , press and hold the power button for 20 seconds to discharge any residual current inside the laptop. This clears your RAM and is like a hardware reset. Replace the battery and charger/ac adapter/power cord and turn your Sony Vaio isPCG-61611L vpcee41fx on.

Boot in “safe mode”. As it starts up press F8, the computer ask you if you’d like to start in safe mode. Highlight “safe mode” and press enter. See if your Sony Vaio isPCG-61611L vpcee41fx works normal.

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

Uninstall unnecessary programs and applications.

Scan with a antivirus program

Scan with a spyware/malware program



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

If the problem persists, did you check if it could be your Sony Vaio isPCG-61611L vpcee41fx power cord or power source problem? Defective or insufficient power supply might cause error messages that are misleading. Take the battery out and power on your laptop with the charger only. Make sure your laptop power jack and charger plug tip are securely connected. Did you notice the power jack loose? You can find laptop power jack on ebay. Fixing and soldering the power jack requires professional skill though. The charger green/blue LED should be on. If not, replace the defective charger. Sony Vaio isPCG-61611L vpcee41fx battery charger lifespan is limited and does not last forever, consider buying a lifetime warranty charger online from company like www.topmic.com

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