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Old 04-24-2006, 03:34 PM   #31
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BSB, you project porn onto the President of the College's house. Duh. You have a lot to learn my son.

OR you project this site onto the side of your dorm and take a picture. It would look bad ass as hell. Rather than the Kensington lock, you could just sit next to it with a gun and when you're not there, put up a picture of you sitting there with a gun.
WUXGA it is then. What to do for a senior prank is a better question. The problem is my school hasn't really ever been known for any pranks. It is getting late to even think of one but I am sure atleast someone in my class will come up with something.
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Then you'll be the one known for pranks. Tell them you need a projector too with your laptop. It's "for school".
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Old 06-03-2006, 08:02 PM   #33
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Hey, I won this at a post prom event at my school. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....3&type=product

What do you think? I like it and have been using it. I can get MS office on it because i have the CD and it works good enough online. Its the right size but just a tad heavier than others but its no problem. Pretty good hard drive at 80 GB though its processor isn't great. I don't think I would ever buy it but its free so thats great. Is there anything I should do to soup this baby up?
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dude you won a laptop? thats sweet. Just take the free one, and please do not buy office...biggest waste of money, find other ways to get it for free. I finished my first year at UVa, and our school has similar computer deals which werent much deals, and the service that they give wasnt that great. I have a couple of buds at UMD and they bought school laptops, didnt like the service at all. If you dont want your free laptop lol, word of advice, do NOT get a widescreen or otherwise large laptop, they are really heavy, and hard to move around. Get the smallest possible one, it is much easier to move around, and believe me, it is better. If you want a Dell, never pay full price, there are a ton of coupon sites online which cut the price down for high end laptops significantly.
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:23 AM   #35
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Hey, I won this at a post prom event at my school. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....3&type=product

What do you think? I like it and have been using it. I can get MS office on it because i have the CD and it works good enough online. Its the right size but just a tad heavier than others but it no problem. Pretty good hard drive at 80 GB though its processor isn't great. I don't think I would ever buy it but its free so thats great. Is there anything I should do to soup this baby up?
the integrated gfx card sucks, but outside of that its a good laptop that shouldn't give you any troubles. good job.
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:24 AM   #36
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If you want a Dell, never pay full price, there are a ton of coupon sites online which cut the price down for high end laptops significantly.
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the BSB - for what you're gonna do (write papers, look at porn, emailing adult film stars), that Sony VAIO will be fine. The memory is a bit on the weak side, and may be worth getting another stick of 512 to boost it up to 1GB, but not completely necessary. What you should do is spend some money on hardware security. A laptop lock and be sure you can secure it to your desk while you're not around...laptops are quite easily stolen.

the one other thing i'd consider is the port replicator...hook up a standard mouse, keyboard and monitor and you have a decent workstation. or at least a mouse to the setup. i hate those damn thumbpads.

Go to OpenOffice.org if you want a great (and free) alternative to MS Office (if you can't get it cheap at the UMD bookstore).
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Or you can email me and I can help you out BSB getting MS office.
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What you should do is spend some money on hardware security. A laptop lock and be sure you can secure it to your desk while you're not around...laptops are quite easily stolen.
I can show you how to unlock those things with the cap from a 10 cent ball point pen. the best idea is to never leave your laptop out of sight, and to store it in a beatup book bag.
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I can show you how to unlock those things with the cap from a 10 cent ball point pen. the best idea is to never leave your laptop out of sight, and to store it in a beatup book bag.
Yes unlocking those things is relatively easy but no where near as easy as simply walking away with one. Get the lock and at least it makes someone take 30 seconds of standing there trying to steal it rather than just grab and run.
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the integrated gfx card sucks, but outside of that its a good laptop that shouldn't give you any troubles. good job.
I play more consol games than computer games so do i really need a good grafix card??

And thanks everyone for all the help with options for MS office but I had the stuff I needed and I have it running already. I put that in and transfered over 3GBs of redskin videos and I am good to go with everything I need

How much would more memory cost like Bohnzie said? Is it hard to do?
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Old 06-05-2006, 04:50 PM   #42
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I play more consol games than computer games so do i really need a good grafix card??

And thanks everyone for all the help with options for MS office but I had the stuff I needed and I have it running already. I put that in and transfered over 3GBs of redskin videos and I am good to go with everything I need

How much would more memory cost like Bohnzie said? Is it hard to do?
memory upgrades are fairly cheap and pretty easy to do, but you need a micro screw driver and the screw(s) that hold the flap you need to open tend to be cheap ones that strip with some ease :/

the upgrade takes under 5 minutes though, just open the ram package and push it into the slot, screw the faceplate back on and that's that.

for prices, i'm not sure what speed your laptop uses, but its probably 200 pin ddr3200 (though it might be ddr2 pc4200). either type costs $35-50 + shipping (for a 512mb stick) depending on brand.
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yeah, what he said...
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Sounds good. Will the $50 be worth spending??

Best buy has says this- "512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 memory for multitasking power, expandable to 2GB; 533MHz frontside bus, 2MB L2 cache and 1.73GHz processor speed"
So i guess I have a PC2-4200 DDR2 thing. Can anyone show me a good place to buy one and tell me what to buy?
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its only worth buying ram at a store if it is on sale, otherwise get it online,
ebay or some other site.
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