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HP DUAL CORE LAPTOP WITH VISTA HOME ONLY £359.10 DELIVERED!

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Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic - Intel Core Duo T2050 - 15.4" Widescreen TFT - 80 GB hard disk drive - 512 MB Standard Memory DVD±RW (+R double layer) / DVD-RAM please use the code- HPSPLDIS … Read More
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Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic
- Intel Core Duo T2050
- 15.4" Widescreen TFT
- 80 GB hard disk drive
- 512 MB Standard Memory
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banned#1
Its a very reasonable deal.
#2
vista's going to crawl on that thing - 512mb is just not usable, we tried taking one of the 512's from a mate's laptop to take it down to 512mb left over, and you could literally barely even move windows around!

stick another 512mb-1gb in there and it would be ok, otherwise bung your old copy of xp on it (or linux preferably).

my hp nc6400 at work is a very nice piece of kit, but that's business grade, not consumer. i'm looking at getting an nx7400 myself.
#3
is this refurb? also how much would another 512 ram cost or 1 gb seems very resonable price
#4
Voted hot. Doesnt mention wifi? Vista aint really a problem.
#5
sej7278
vista's going to crawl on that thing - 512mb is just not usable, we tried taking one of the 512's from a mate's laptop to take it down to 512mb left over, and you could literally barely even move windows around!
I suggest that is due to something you have done (or are doing), most likely due to whatever crap you are running in the background. I have installed Vista on a Dell D505 with a P4-M 725 (1.6GHz), 512MB of RAM and Intel 855GM shared graphics. Runs fine. Better than XP.
#6
1gb ram is £20.50 plus p&p on ebuyer for this baby (with Google Checkout)
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/95741/rb/28282951787

Problem solved.
#7
mr.velvet
I suggest that is due to something you have done (or are doing), most likely due to whatever crap you are running in the background. I have installed Vista on a Dell D505 with a P4-M 725 (1.6GHz), 512MB of RAM and Intel 855GM shared graphics. Runs fine. Better than XP.


I find that amazing you come in here and have a go at someone who is just giving an honest opinion of Vista! For one you have not stated what version of Vista you are using there is no way on earth vista premium or vista ultimate will run smoothly on 512MB RAM imagine trying to run Aero in the background! I doubt the aero graphics's work on your shared graphics even if it did I wouldn't dream of running it on 512MB of RAM. You must have a lot of time on your hands waiting for Vista to load its applications!

You just need to google how much RAM Vista needs ..most people say it needs 2GB's or RAM at least , im sitting here running Vista Ultimate 64 on 1GB on a AMD 64 X 2 3500, XFX Ge Force 6800 Ultra 256MB RAM and its slow sometimes...im upgrading to 2GB!

Some serious gamers are upgrading to 4GBS!

Nice Laptop though! :w00t:
Microsoft Certified Engineer (XP)
1 Like #8
Buying a new PC? Don't bother getting more than 3GB of Ram

people might find this useful

http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2091227,00.html
#9
phatbhoy
Buying a new PC? Don't bother getting more than 3GB of Ram

people might find this useful

http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2091227,00.html


Yes this is an issue for Vista 32 bit but not Vista 64 also if you want to upgrade this laptop you could use the new Vista feature called "Ready Boost" it can use a USB pen drive to increase the memory in your computer

Crucial do a 512 MB pen for just under £6!! which is compatible with Vista Ready Boost technology! Click Here to see

And here for more info

ALSO:

"The 32-bit editions of Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise and Ultimate, all support a maximum of 4 GB of RAM. The real variations come when we start looking at the 64-vit versions. On a system running x64 Vista Home Basic, you can add as much as 8 GB of RAM. x64 Vista Home Premium supports as far as 16 GB of RAM.
Taken from: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-Vista-Maximum-Supported-RAM-44487.shtml

But it will take no less than 128 GB of RAM in order to satiate x64 Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate. 128 GB of RAM is the maximum supported physical limit in the case of these three operating systems. "

Hope this helps :roll:
#10
sej7278
vista's going to crawl on that thing - 512mb is just not usable, we tried taking one of the 512's from a mate's laptop to take it down to 512mb left over, and you could literally barely even move windows around!

stick another 512mb-1gb in there and it would be ok, otherwise bung your old copy of xp on it (or linux preferably).

my hp nc6400 at work is a very nice piece of kit, but that's business grade, not consumer. i'm looking at getting an nx7400 myself.

like it's so difficult and expensive to by extra memory :roll:
#11
Windows VISTA will NOT crawl on this system as its the BASIC version.

Its less hardware consuming but its essentially xp.

Not a bad deal for the price. Voted hot and rep added :)
1 Like #12
SpencerUk
Windows VISTA will NOT crawl on this system as its the BASIC version.

Its less hardware consuming but its essentially xp.

Not a bad deal for the price. Voted hot and rep added :)


Yes it will run but anyone who builds PC's or works in IT would know that Microsoft's minimum requirements are always way off I guarantee you if you upgrade even VISTA home from 512 MB to 1GB you will notice applications load faster and you wont have to wait for the o/s to load and unload.

To say XP is the same as Vista Home is factually incorrect you just compare the amount of services running in the background there are in vista compared to XP.

Yes this laptop will be fine if you dont mind waiting for applications to load. Don't just take my word for it Click Here too see a page.

Microsoft Certified Engineer (XP)
#13
Wouldnt say it will crawl on 512 on this version, but will certainly be slower openin apps etc.

You'll def notice the difference sticking an extra gig in this. For £20ish worth doin. Shame on the lack of specs on this lappy, especially as its HP.

Believe it has wifi. would expect it to.

EDIT: hehe im running an evaluation version of Vista Ultimate with 1gb Ram. It struggles.
#14
slinkydonkey
Yes it will run but anyone who builds PC's or works in IT would know that Microsoft's minimum requirements are always way off I guarantee you if you upgrade even VISTA home from 512 MB to 1GB you will notice applications load faster and you wont have to wait for the o/s to load and unload.

To say XP is the same as Vista Home is factually incorrect you just compare the amount of services running in the background there are in vista compared to XP.

Yes this laptop will be fine if you dont mind waiting for applications to load. Don't just take my word for it Click Here too see a page.

Microsoft Certified Engineer (XP)


you are right. its like this
Microsoft says you need 128mb of Ram to run Windows XP and we all know what will happen if you try to run win xp on 128mb Ram . it crawls and the same will happen with vista. but sice home basic edition is the least memory required software it will be far better than other vista's.
#15
slinkydonkey
Yes it will run but anyone who builds PC's or works in IT would know that Microsoft's minimum requirements are always way off I guarantee you if you upgrade even VISTA home from 512 MB to 1GB you will notice applications load faster and you wont have to wait for the o/s to load and unload.

To say XP is the same as Vista Home is factually incorrect you just compare the amount of services running in the background there are in vista compared to XP.

Yes this laptop will be fine if you dont mind waiting for applications to load. Don't just take my word for it Click Here too see a page.

Microsoft Certified Engineer (XP)



correct to an extent.

What will get this machine by is the simple fact that it has a dual core in it. If it was a sempron, Athlon, Celeron, etc Vista would be thrashing it.

Just because a machine has less memory doesnt mean it will run slower. All it will do will make more virtual memory space on your hard drive. However because of vista's design, It will thrash the hard drive alot.
#16
i dont know where you get your info but vista 32bit does not support 4 gig of ram as its a 32 bit platform and take it from some1 that knows as a pc tech (A+/Network+)and with 4gig of crucial installed with that amount of ram its a 64bit os its all down to the mapping of memory addresses you can make xp see 4 gig on some motherboars by changing memory mapping of devices to free up memory but very few motherboards have this option and it doesnt matter if you have the most expensive mobo there is a cheap £20 one might have this option if vista 32 supported that much ram y would there be 64bit and as for vista on 512mb of ram it will only run basic if u try premium or ultimate it disables all the fancy stuff like the aero interface i would rather use xp pro on 512mb basic is rubbish any 1 who says there 512mb laptop is running ultimate with everything is a liar as they wouldnt have a say in what works have a look at this link to a site that explains the 4gig rule and any 32bit platform.
http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=443
#17
I bought a Toshiba Celeron, 512 MB ram, vista home a couple of weeks ago for the in-laws. I turned off everything I could find that slows it down, and the built-in vista diagnostic tools tell me the weak point is the 512mb ram, rating 2.4 of 5 where everything else is 4+ (including celeron processor). (I work in IT but no direct Vista experence before this).

It is for pensioners anyway, and cost under £300 (which was the main selling point), but from my experience seems vista would prefer at least 1Gb ram. Memory is not expensive, but dependant on manufacturer and placement of stickers you may invalidate warranty in upgrading the memory if a problem develops and it needs to go back.
#18
slinkydonkey
I find that amazing you come in here and have a go at someone who is just giving an honest opinion of Vista!
First, it wasn't an opinion of "I think it will be slower" it was an inaccurate statement that Vista will be so slow to the extent that windows themselves will not move. This is not due to Vista.

For one you have not stated what version of Vista you are using there is no way on earth vista premium or vista ultimate will run smoothly on 512MB RAM
They all share the same base. But it was Ultimate. Not only that, but I tried both Beta 2 and RC1, both of which are much slower than the RTM.

imagine trying to run Aero in the background! I doubt the aero graphics's work on your shared graphics even if it did I wouldn't dream of running it on 512MB of RAM.
Aero is not the same as Vista. It is a fancy GUI. That is all. Vista runs fine. Aero does not. But then again, that is down to the graphics card and NOT THE RAM.

You must have a lot of time on your hands waiting for Vista to load its applications!
Nope. And it didn't. That was the point I was making.

Microsoft Certified Engineer (XP)
Good? BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Dunelm) 2i. And your point is what? You're saying you don't have training for Vista?
#19
polly69
i dont know where you get your info but vista 32bit does not support 4 gig of ram as its a 32 bit platform and take it from some1 that knows as a pc tech (A+/Network+)and with 4gig of crucial installed with that amount of ram its a 64bit os its all down to the mapping of memory addresses you can make xp see 4 gig on some motherboars by changing memory mapping of devices to free up memory but very few motherboards have this option and it doesnt matter if you have the most expensive mobo there is a cheap £20 one might have this option if vista 32 supported that much ram y would there be 64bit and as for vista on 512mb of ram it will only run basic if u try premium or ultimate it disables all the fancy stuff like the aero interface i would rather use xp pro on 512mb basic is rubbish any 1 who says there 512mb laptop is running ultimate with everything is a liar as they wouldnt have a say in what works have a look at this link to a site that explains the 4gig rule and any 32bit platform.
http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=443
And so much of this is just plain wrong. I hate to do this but I really am tired of misinformation. 32-bit Windows XP SP2 and 2003 support 4GB RAM. They may not be able to give it to applications without a bit of trickery (the /3GB switch, for example) but they DO support it. As such, so does Vista. The fact the motherboard cannot address this much due to other devices on the address bus is again nothing to do with Vista. Finally, is basic literacy not a part of an A+ exam? No? Shocking.

Sorry for the bitchiness, but this really does get my annoyed.

--

Last thing.

I'm not saying more RAM will not speed the machine up. It will.
#20
velvet, i often see this argument about 4gb ram in 32bit, and you seem 'smrt', how exactly would you get access to all 4gb of RAM if you did have that amount?
#21
jackvdbuk
you seem 'smrt'
Why thank you. Flattery will get you everywhere. So will a little research on the internet (of course, comparing three sources to check accuracy, or using the MS knowledgebase).

how exactly would you get access to all 4gb of RAM if you did have that amount?
Depends what you mean by "access". If you mean allocate it all to one application, then you're not going to be able to. By default Windows will allocate a maximum of 2GB to one process, but by specifying the /3GB switch as a boot option it will allocate 3GB, though the application must be compiled in a way that it is aware of this available RAM (Cubase, for example).

Most PCs do not see more than 3GB RAM due to a memory hole at this point; being able to address 4GB of memory space was seen as adequate back in 1997. This is the limit of a 32-bit address bus. On modern PCs with four slots this should be an option in the BIOS which will extend the address space to 36 bits thereby giving access to the full 4GB. If not, then tough, you can't have more than 3GB - but this is limited by your hardware, not the limit that Windows can address.
#22
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#23
Unfortunately you cant! :-( Still a very good price tho! Im wavering on getting it. Hey Guys and Gals don't forget Quidco on these puppies! 3% Is still a whack of cashback on a purchase of £363.99!
#24
slinkydonkey
I find that amazing you come in here and have a go at someone who is just giving an honest opinion of Vista!


thanks, well said.

and i knew i was going to get the "ooh you must have spyware slowing it down" crap. yeah, this was a fresh install of vista home premium with nothing installed - not even any oem "toolbars".

if anyone thinks vista on a 512mb box is faster than xp, then i put it to them that the xp install was borked.
#25
sej7278
thanks, well said.

and i knew i was going to get the "ooh you must have spyware slowing it down" crap. yeah, this was a fresh install of vista home premium with nothing installed - not even any oem "toolbars".

if anyone thinks vista on a 512mb box is faster than xp, then i put it to them that the xp install was borked.


Yup I have to agree XP is faster than Vista in every single way! And theres rumours that Vista is gonna be another "Windows ME" which I have thought all along as it's soo poor! Anywho back to the deal. I'm still thinking of ordering this and if you use the £40 voucher you get for signing up to the newsletter and using quidco for an extra £10 it makes this laptop really good deal!:thumbsup:

Ooo I did actually have a question.... Anyone know the battery life on this?
#26
mr.velvet
First, it wasn't an opinion of "I think it will be slower" it was an inaccurate statement that Vista will be so slow to the extent that windows themselves will not move. This is not due to Vista.


YES it was an opinion (I don't know how your definition of a opinion is!) he found vista to be slow so his opinion was based upon real life experience i.e installing vista with 512 MB of RAM!

They all share the same base. But it was Ultimate. Not only that, but I tried both Beta 2 and RC1, both of which are much slower than the RTM.[/QUOTE


Yes I agree they are the same base and will use the same kernel this fairly obvious. My point was that you said too sej7278 "I suggest that is due to something you have done (or are doing), most likely due to whatever crap you are running in the background" he has recently replied to say he ran vista from a clean install, it was fairly arrogant to suggest he had "crap" running in the background.

[QUOTE=Aero is not the same as Vista. It is a fancy GUI. That is all. Vista runs fine. Aero does not. But then again, that is down to the graphics card and NOT THE RAM.

Again this is obvious so obvious in fact im not sure why you mentioned it?

Nope. And it didn't. That was the point I was making.[/QUOTE

The point you were making was that vista only needs 512MB of RAM, that is your opinion but i live in the real world and know it needs more along with the million of other users out there who have expressed an opinion on Google that vista needs more than that to run smoothly.

[QUOTE=Good? BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Dunelm) 2i. And your point is what? You're saying you don't have training for Vista?


I don't actually have to explain why I put that the fact that Microsoft have not yet release an MCP in Vista maybe why I haven't "trained in vista" yet.

Again what does you degree prove? that you drunk lots of beer and got in to debt and passed some exams im excited for you really I am.
#27
slinkydonkey
I find that amazing you come in here and have a go at someone who is just giving an honest opinion of Vista! For one you have not stated what version of Vista you are using there is no way on earth vista premium or vista ultimate will run smoothly on 512MB RAM imagine trying to run Aero in the background! I doubt the aero graphics's work on your shared graphics even if it did I wouldn't dream of running it on 512MB of RAM. You must have a lot of time on your hands waiting for Vista to load its applications!

You just need to google how much RAM Vista needs ..most people say it needs 2GB's or RAM at least , im sitting here running Vista Ultimate 64 on 1GB on a AMD 64 X 2 3500, XFX Ge Force 6800 Ultra 256MB RAM and its slow sometimes...im upgrading to 2GB!

Some serious gamers are upgrading to 4GBS!

Nice Laptop though! :w00t:
Microsoft Certified Engineer (XP)


Good for you. But I've run Home Premium in 512MB just fine with Aero thank you when the first laptop I bought had a faulty memory module. It was just fine for firefox and office use. and yes, that WAS with Aero Mr person up there.

Hell, even with 1gb it rarely uses much if any more than half.

"Some serious gamers are upgrading to 4GB"

Well that's superb, but that's like saying "Serious racing drivers have 700bhp" as an argument for not buying a Mondeo with 120.
#28
Dudley
Good for you. But I've run Home Premium in 512MB just fine with Aero thank you when the first laptop I bought had a faulty memory module. It was just fine for firefox and office use. and yes, that WAS with Aero Mr person up there.

Hell, even with 1gb it rarely uses much if any more than half.

"Some serious gamers are upgrading to 4GB"

Well that's superb, but that's like saying "Serious racing drivers have 700bhp" as an argument for not buying a Mondeo with 120.


It sounds like you know more about car's than computers in that case.
#29
To get back on track here this is a reasonable deal for the money.
belfast-child
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you can’t i’m afraid. Either or.
wjohnson12321
Anyone know the battery life on this?
this SKU has the 4 cell battery in. Total batt life is up to 2 hours and 42 minutes using the 8 cell so expect less.
mikeyp
Voted hot. Doesnt mention wifi?.
has 802.11b/g wireless using the Intel 3945BG controller. Celeron models use the broadcom

Full specs, ports, etc here
#30
That seems to be the only problem with these budget laptops is the battery life! So its gonna be another hour life one or somet stupid! My dad's got a dell with a celeron processor in it and the battery life on that is 4+ hours!
#31
A hot deal should be exactly that - a hot deal. You only need look at the arguments floating around about the specification to see that people are far from convinced that this registers as lava-like volcanicity.

I am currently advising a colleague of mine on a laptop purchase, and to me this looks like a compromise, not a hot deal.

This laptop has a fairly decent processor but 512MB is unremarkable and its only got Vista Basic - so no Aero eye candy.

If I want to go through the hassle of ordering separate memory and installing it, then the cost will be only £25 according to another poster. Seems a reasonable price but it still means I have to do something to get that spec.

However, if I really need Windows Vista Premium (and that's what my colleague wants), then Ebuyer are selling the upgrade for £120!!! All of a sudden, we have a 500 quid laptop...

So, overall I don't think this is a hot deal. Its perfect if you are happy with Vista Basic but must have dual core. From my perspective, its a compromise spec at a slight saving. Spending roughly the 10% saved would probably buy a laptop that was less of a compromise from another retailer.
#32
slinkydonkey
Again what does you degree prove? that you drunk lots of beer and got in to debt and passed some exams im excited for you really I am.
Yup. I think you get it now.
#33
If you are looking for a high spec lap I think following is great value for money
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5200 - 1.6GHz (x2), 533MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache
RAM: 1GB DDR2-533MHz
Hard Drive: 100GB
Screen: 17" Widescreen TFT (1440x900 - 16:10) with TruBrite Technology
Optical Drive: DVD±RW Super Multi Double Layer
Graphics: Integrated Graphics supporting 128MB
Wireless LAN: 802.11a/b/g - Call for advice on Wireless Networking
Battery Life (Depending on Use): 3.5 Hours
Weight: 3.2kg
Warranty: 1 Year Collect and Return
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
S-Video Output
Firewire Port
Fast Ethernet 10/100
built-in Harman Kardon stereo speakers

£559

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Toshiba_Satellite_P100_Laptop_PSPAAE-01D00UEN/version.asp
#34
wizball
If I want to go through the hassle of ordering separate memory and installing it, then the cost will be only £25 according to another poster. Seems a reasonable price but it still means I have to do something to get that spec.

However, if I really need Windows Vista Premium (and that's what my colleague wants), then Ebuyer are selling the upgrade for £120!!! All of a sudden, we have a 500 quid laptop...

So, overall I don't think this is a hot deal. Its perfect if you are happy with Vista Basic but must have dual core. From my perspective, its a compromise spec at a slight saving. Spending roughly the 10% saved would probably buy a laptop that was less of a compromise from another retailer.
fair point. You might want to consider the HP Pavilion dv6317 (amd dual core, 120gb HD, 1gb ram & vista premium) which will be about £449 inc the 10% code. Roughly £90 extra...not brillaint but a lot for your £90
#35
jimzum
If you are looking for a high spec lap I think following is great value for money
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5200 - 1.6GHz (x2), 533MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache
RAM: 1GB DDR2-533MHz
Hard Drive: 100GB
Screen: 17" Widescreen TFT (1440x900 - 16:10) with TruBrite Technology
Optical Drive: DVD±RW Super Multi Double Layer
Graphics: Integrated Graphics supporting 128MB
Wireless LAN: 802.11a/b/g - Call for advice on Wireless Networking
Battery Life (Depending on Use): 3.5 Hours
Weight: 3.2kg
Warranty: 1 Year Collect and Return
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
S-Video Output
Firewire Port
Fast Ethernet 10/100
built-in Harman Kardon stereo speakers

£559

http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Toshiba_Satellite_P100_Laptop_PSPAAE-01D00UEN/version.asp


17" Widescreen!!!!! Thats not a notebook/laptop its a bluddy mobile theater! Thats a ridiculous sized screen on something thats supposed to be mobile!
#36
slinkydonkey
Again what does you degree prove? that you drunk lots of beer and got in to debt and passed some exams im excited for you really I am.


Please don't mock education. A lot of people work hard to get to University, and once there, have to work extremely hard to succeed and achieve a coveted First Class/2:1

You're extremely naive if you think that to get a degree from a University (Or at least a prestigious University - I don't know much about the lesser Universities, perhaps you can just drink beer and get a 2:1) is simply a matter of getting into as much debt as possible by drinking as much beer as possible.
#37
wizball
A hot deal should be exactly that - a hot deal. You only need look at the arguments floating around about the specification to see that people are far from convinced that this registers as lava-like volcanicity.

I am currently advising a colleague of mine on a laptop purchase, and to me this looks like a compromise, not a hot deal.

This laptop has a fairly decent processor but 512MB is unremarkable and its only got Vista Basic - so no Aero eye candy.

If I want to go through the hassle of ordering separate memory and installing it, then the cost will be only £25 according to another poster. Seems a reasonable price but it still means I have to do something to get that spec.

However, if I really need Windows Vista Premium (and that's what my colleague wants), then Ebuyer are selling the upgrade for £120!!! All of a sudden, we have a 500 quid laptop...

So, overall I don't think this is a hot deal. Its perfect if you are happy with Vista Basic but must have dual core. From my perspective, its a compromise spec at a slight saving. Spending roughly the 10% saved would probably buy a laptop that was less of a compromise from another retailer.


Absolutely.

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/653/860/-/3298847/Hewlett-Packard-DV6231-15-4-TFT-AMD-Turion-64-x2-TL-50-Vista-Notebook-Laptop/Product.html?searchtype=genre

Is very very near what I have, and has that 1gb and Premium. It also marks a nice halfway point between this lappy and the one Stephen posted above.

slinkydonkey
It sounds like you know more about car's than computers in that case.


Your well thought out argument has convinced me to completely ignore that Home Premium in 512MB was a perfectly pleasant experience for most tasks and agree with you totally. I will completely forget my current home prem laptop is 1gb and usually sits at 55% mem usage (in as much as the mem usage gauge is useful of course)

I will additionally completely forget that not only do I make my living from programming (for as much as that's worth) but also that I am, unlike other people, smart enough to not put apostrophes in perfectly common plurals.
#38
Thanks for the tips Dudley and Stephenc. My colleague may well end up buying this laptop from comet. It has 1GB and the Vista Premium, even if it lacks the reassurance (if there is any?) of being HP.

I am not saying its the best deal or anything, but bear in mind that a Dell was dismissed from the running cos it was not aesthetically pleasing. As is usually the case when purchasing anything - the best deal is the one that fits the requirements. (If it was me buying one, I think the portable home cinema would be more to my taste :thumbsup: )
#39
OK, so I spent a couple of hours reinstalling Vista on my Latitude, added an antivirus program, Firefox and Office 2007.

I've made a six-minute video showing Vista will run. Yes, start up isn't rapid, and the drive I installed it to was too small (7GB) so fragmentation was an issue, but it should show that 512MB of RAM is adequate for simple multi-tasking (Word, Excel, Firefox, antivirus), which is all this particular laptop would be used for anyway.

This video is about 6MB in size, heavily compressed to keep the file size down. It's encoded in x264, so if you dont have an x264 decoder you'll have to install one, perhaps grabbing the ffdshow exe from http://www.x264.nl/ (If you already have iTunes/Quicktime installed it should work anyway)

I'll edit once it's uploaded.

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edit

http://www.webcrumb.net/Vista.avi
#40
petersmith
Please don't mock education. A lot of people work hard to get to University, and once there, have to work extremely hard to succeed and achieve a coveted First Class/2:1

You're extremely naive if you think that to get a degree from a University (Or at least a prestigious University - I don't know much about the lesser Universities, perhaps you can just drink beer and get a 2:1) is simply a matter of getting into as much debt as possible by drinking as much beer as possible.


It was a sarcastic comment I have an HND and I have a Degree you are taking this comment out of context. The fact the previous user said he had a degree (which he probably made up)was mocking my MCP so please read it all before you comment next time I have the up most of respect for education.

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