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Alright, i admit i loled a bit, but still....

That compaq is a good buy, i would just get the cheapest compuer with the best parts vs screen size. that is how i deal with all laptop buys. Just look around and try to find the best parts you can afford in a laptop, then look for those parts with different sizes and get the cheapest size laptop! Who knows? Maybe it will be cheap enough that you can upgrade the parts a little bit and keep it that same size

Other than all that i would have to say the one you have listed is just fine. I would take a look here though. They usually have some great deal on laptops. Personally i buy laptops that are refurbs. They are a great deal and are tested twice as much as a new model, so you have less of a chance of them breaking than you would with a new one. The only problem is that you dont get a long warranty. My laptop i have now is 18.4" with a Core2duo T6400 that i got over 2 years ago for $650 refurbished and it still runs great! Although i will have to say it could use a good reformat and clean install of windows, its getting a little slow
I know, that was in bad taste.


I always find shopping for laptops confusing. There are so many different processor models that it makes things difficult. The most affordable and well-equipped laptop I've come across is that Compaq so she'll probably end up with that one. I will look into refurb models though, thanks for the tip!

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Originally Posted by H4rd5tyl3 View Post
Haha I lol'd. Also, have you taken a look at the for sale, mobile computing section? Good stuff there if you don't mind used.
I think she wants something that she will have some form of warranty on. Especially after this mishap. I may be able to convince her though. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Frosty88 View Post
I know, that was in bad taste.


I always find shopping for laptops confusing. There are so many different processor models that it makes things difficult. The most affordable and well-equipped laptop I've come across is that Compaq so she'll probably end up with that one. I will look into refurb models though, thanks for the tip!



I think she wants something that she will have some form of warranty on. Especially after this mishap. I may be able to convince her though. Thanks!
no warranty will last for 4 years unless you want to pay a lot for one, besides, if your 4 year old laptop breaks, do you really want the same one or a more up to date one? Just sayin.
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post #13 of 17
What djk11 said.

Also, I think this would make a good candidate for a replacement if she's on a budget:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...le/dm1z_series

It's only 3.5 pounds, the battery lasts 6 to 7 hours, it has an AMD E-350 Dual-Core 1.6GHz CPU, 3GB DDR3, 320GB 7200RPM HDD, and AMD Radeon HD 6310M GPU.

Best laptop for $450 hands down.

If she's looking more for a normal/desktop replacement laptop I'd suggest:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

Acer Aspire AS7551G. It has an AMD Phenom II X3 N850 2.2GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Radeon HD 5650M GPU, 500GB HDD, and 17.3" screen @1600x900. Only $600.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157466

HP Pavilion dv6. Comes with a Core i3 370M 2.4GHz, AMD Radeon HD 5650M+ Intel HD, 500GB HDD, 4GB DDR3 RAM, and 15.6" screen. Costs $650.

I'd recommend you get the HP dv6. It has a faster CPU, is more compact, and should get better battery life than the Acer because of the switchable graphics.
    
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Popping noise is almost always a Cap, Clean all the dust out of it and find the exploeded cap and solder a new one on (same uf Rating, equal or higher volt rating).
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About warranty, Amex cards and some others give you an extra year of warranty if you buy the laptop with them. Theres also Squaretrade extended warranties that are way better than anything BestBuy tries to upsell you on.

Laptops/CULVs/Netbooks are really commodity devices now, they don't really build them to last long, if they do last its like a bonus.
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Originally Posted by ShtSh00ttr View Post
"Popping" is usually the sound a capacitor makes before it meets its maker. If its only a cap tat blew and your skilled at soldering you may be able to replace it. However ... the voltage spike/dip may have damaged other components as well. I would salvage what I could and look into a new machine.
Sounds about right, capacitor probably popped. If it's a 4 year old machine chances are it could cost more to repair then to replace it.

Not all busted capacitors are visible to the unassisted eye, and to be honest very few shops do soldering jobs (we actually do soldering for a few tech's around the area. Soldering is one of those things where if you don't have the right tip, and right skills you can really f* up some things.
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I would personally go with Asus, Acer, or Toshiba.... I don't trust Dell, Gateway, HP, or Compaq anymore... Particularly Dell.

And depending on what she will be doing on her laptop, why not get her the latest and greatest? The Fusion "Bobcat" cores out and in markets as we speak, so why not grab her one of those?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115979
400 bucks and it packs a punch compared to an Atom processor.

This one is a bit faster (1.6GHz than the 1.0 like above):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834127436

These things are stupid light because the Bobcat doesn't put out much heat and the only thing that gives weight to the laptops are the screen and battery.
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