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    Wanted Basic Wireless Laptop - must be quick on net ! HELP!

    Hey gang!

    I need a bit of help.
    Trying to source a good deal on a fairly basic laptop for Mother-in-Law.
    Needs to be wireless
    Needs to be capable of being quick around the net (not overtly but decently so!)
    Needs to be basic with no frills necessary.
    Ideally from Tesco (cos then i can click her points!!!)

    but i dont know what im looking for.
    Its gonna be mainly used for shopping and surfing. Emails to be read and sent and holidays pics to be stored. she will probably use the word processing facility a bit and will need a decent size screen (closer to 15 "than to 10" )

    So, over to you.......help!

    Plenty of rep to be dished out for those excelling......

    cheers & regards,
    Kie

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    >Needs to be capable of being quick around the net (not overtly but decently so!)

    The speed of a laptop has little bearing on the speed of the net, this is all down to your broadband speed.

    You would hardly notice much difference between a "slow" laptop and a "fast" laptop if you were just on the net (a little perhaps but not a huge amount).

    Most of the time on the net your computer is waiting for the data to come down your broadband connection so the laptop speed has little or no bearing.

    I will start by suggesting this one at £349: Acer Aspire 5715 15.4" Laptop

    direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

    Decent CPU

    2Gb of memory (good)

    80Gb hard drive (adequate without being excellent)

    Windows Vista Home Premium (better than Vista Home Basic)

    DVD re-writer, wireless, 15.4" screen

    Without being a "bargain" this is a reasonable laptop for the money.

    There are cheaper ones on the Tesco site, but they either have slower CPUs, less memory, or use Vista Home Basic (or all 3) or are makes I would not recommend (like eMachine).

    The one I have suggested is the cheapest machine that is a decent make, has 2Gb of memory, a decent CPU and Vista Home Premium.

    I would reccommend Acer - very reliable!

    Yes, Acer are fine, I agree.

    The only negative point regarding that particular Acer model mentioned is that Acer partition their hard drives 50/50.

    So with the small NTFS format usage plus the partition you end up with 2 x 37gb (approx) partitions.

    Not a huge problem however Vista uses a lot of disk space with its regular system restore points and also in effect the operating system is working hard on a smallish partition.

    Might be worth looking for a similar model with a slightly larger hard drive, or you could just move the location of the documents/favourites/photos/etc folders to the 'D' partition to help save on space.

    Steve

    freebiehunter;3150258

    The only negative point regarding that particular Acer model mentioned is … The only negative point regarding that particular Acer model mentioned is that Acer partition their hard drives 50/50.So with the small NTFS format usage plus the partition you end up with 2 x 37gb (approx) partitions.



    It may be there is a further "hidden" partition containing the recovery files if you need to re-install Windows. That is why there is some "missing" space on the hard drive.

    It is possible to create a partition on a hard disk that is hidden so that Windows and other tools cannot "see" it. This can only be seen by the recovery program when it is run.

    In fact having 2 partitons is a good idea. Having just "Windows" on the C drive, and all your personal data on the D drive. That way if Windows fails and has to be reinstalled you dont lose all your personal files on the D drive.

    guilbert53;3150730

    It may be there is a further "hidden" partition containing the recovery … It may be there is a further "hidden" partition containing the recovery files if you need to re-install Windows. That is why there is some "missing" space on the hard drive.It is possible to create a partition on a hard disk that is hidden so that Windows and other tools cannot "see" it. This can only be seen by the recovery program when it is run.In fact having 2 partitons is a good idea. Having just "Windows" on the C drive, and all your personal data on the D drive. That way if Windows fails and has to be reinstalled you dont lose all your personal files on the D drive.



    Yes, i'm not against having partitions. I often advise this on many of my customers computers to keep their data safer, and yes there is a recovery partition on the Acers etc. I just feel that an 80gb hard disk partitioned 50/50 works out a little small with the way Vista operates.

    Steve

    Original Poster

    cheers fellahs (tho you did get a bit techy for me!!hehe)

    ChocolateStel;3149747

    I would reccommend Acer - very reliable!




    i had acer, i wouldnt recommend! my friends had done the same thing the charger bit inside the laptop disconnects its self and is £70 to get fixed!
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