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Old 05-14-2013, 01:09 PM   #46
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Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop

Yeah, I wonder if there's a solder gap? Is the lcd screen backlight on? Usually you'll get a beep code, though. If you have time to waste, look on Youtube for reflowing a motherboard. It's worked for me several times and it only costs you a thermal paste tube/patch (plus the joy of completely tearing apart your laptop). You might be able to get a mobo cheap online and replace it, instead.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:25 PM   #47
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I will tear it apart and see what I find. Thanks
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:27 PM   #48
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laptop motherboards aren't cheap. $100-250 depending, so you can get a new system for that.

it's probably not the bios chip, it's probably the power supply on the inside of the laptop, that tends to be a high fail item. if the northbridge etc ran superhot and the thermal transfer failed between it and the heatsink, that could cause a brick too, but it's less likely (the chip would be dead at that point) -- that happened to a laptop gpu years and years ago for me.


microcenter has a $400 15.6" dell i5 (win8) right now. office depot is still the easiest and cheap.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:07 AM   #49
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Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop

Whats the difference between a Laptop, Notebook, or sleekbook? The name. How does this one look ior what I need?

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Whats the difference between a Laptop, Notebook, or sleekbook? The name. How does this one look ior what I need?

HP Pavilion Sleekbook 15-b085nr
Notebook is the new trendy name for a laptop.

The Sleekbook must be a HP product name. The dimensions say it's 1.41" thick so that must be the reason for the name.


Don't forget Netbooks! (the mini-laptops for internet browsing)
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:42 AM   #51
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Re: Need Help Purchasing A Laptop

Greetings,
Just bought the wife a new Laptop for work.
Any good suggestions for Virus and Spyware control?
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I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials (free download) for a couple of years and it's great.


Previously I used AVG Free and Avast but they can occasionally be buggy and I don't like all of the alerts. They used to be much better than they are now.

The MS product just works...and you never have to notice it.

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I see absolutely no reason to overpay (annually) for something like Norton or McAfee.
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Thanx Man......
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This would be a useful resource

Three products share the Editor's Choice honor for best overall antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013$39.95 at BitDefender, Norton AntiVirus (2013)$58.88 at Lenovo, and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013$19.99 at Webroot. Norton and Webroot tied for second place in my malware removal test, with 6.6 points. Bitdefender, with 6.4 points, wasn't far behind.
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Thanx RR, good stuff
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