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This topic contains 11 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  Squash-n-Stretch 8 years, 9 months ago.

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  • #6941

    Squash-n-Stretch
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    Didn’t want to start a whole new thread for this, but ironically I can’t find the search function :D

    Been thinking about getting a new laptop for a while now. The one I have now I actually bought in ALDI about three years ago and it has served me well. I was thinking about going for an XPS from Dell, but this turned up in the LIDL catalogue this weekend. It’s cheap enough and light too.

    http://www.lidl.ie/ie/home.nsf/pages/c.o.20080925.p.TargaTraveller156Notebook

    Are AMD any good these days? The graphics card is OK, but when it says it’s shared, what does that mean? Is this laptop going to able to push Crysis and COD4? The RAM is a bit low too…opinions?

  • #42368

    Pete
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    The RAM is upgradeable and generally these laptops are built to a high standard. If I had the cash I would get one myself. I know a lad who bought a Targa in Lidl a few years ago, upgraded the RAM and its still serving him well, 64bit too.

  • #42369

    Matthew
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    You could get somthing better and for less from Dell.

  • #42370

    peter_b
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    You could get somthing better and for less from Dell.[/quote:0ae2a6d2df]

    I doubt that very much? 700e? That graphics card and spec is pretty decent. Only bad thing is its an athlon, i hate those chips.

    I got an XPS from dell earlier this year, similar spec to that except it was intel dual core (4gb ram). 700 pounds sterling (from dell outlet in UK)

  • #42375

    Squash-n-Stretch
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    The RAM is upgradeable and generally these laptops are built to a high standard. If I had the cash I would get one myself. I know a lad who bought a Targa in Lidl a few years ago, upgraded the RAM and its still serving him well, 64bit too.[/quote:5f99426139]

    Really? I thought that laptops weren’t that upgradeable? Are most models upgradable? Is it through a slot or something?

    If I buy a laptop with 32 bit vista, but the processor is 64 bit, can any 64 bit software I use all the juice available, or does the OS act as some kind of bottleneck?

  • #42376

    Baz
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    Most laptops these days come with 2 ram slots (both are usually filled, meaning you have to replace all your ram to upgrade), and many have a mini pci slot (for 3G or tv card or whatever). Hard drives can be upgraded too :)

    The OS does bottleneck all your applications to 32 bit.

  • #42378

    Squash-n-Stretch
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    The OS does bottleneck all your applications to 32 bit.[/quote:3532e80717]

    Bugger. Not a real smart decision by Windows there…lots of apps these days come in 64 bit flavour. Is there some kind of bypass program? I have never partitioned a hard drive or ran a dual boot before, but I might do so with Linux now…if and when my work actually warrants 64 bit use :D

  • #42379

    Pete
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    Really? I thought that laptops weren’t that upgradeable? Are most models upgradable? Is it through a slot or something?

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    Like Baz said, both slots may each contain a 512mb stick, making the total 1gb. You could easily find out the type used and replace both of them with a 1gb stick, thats what my mate did.

  • #42396

    Squash-n-Stretch
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    Yeah I think I’ll do that :D Might wait for a laptop to turn up in ALDI though, they tend to get in Intel Laptops instead. Me likey Intel. They have a tower in ALDI next week, ok I specs I guess, so a laptop can’t be far behind. Especially with Christmas coming up.

  • #42764

    Squash-n-Stretch
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    How does one go about formatting their computers? (XP Home Premium). Is there some sort of guid online? Any risks? Any things that are going to happen that aren’t neccesarily that obvious, like driver problems and such?

  • #42769

    Baz
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    you can format the disk from the installer on the new OS. You are going to lose all your data of course :D but apart from that everything should be straight forward. If the installation fails, just start over again. The problem you are most likely to encounter is missing network drivers, which you can’t go online to download because you don’t have a network, so make sure you have them handy. Also try to have a pc with internet available, and a usb drive of some sort.

  • #42793

    Squash-n-Stretch
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    Where can I find those network drivers so I can back them up? I assume those are the things that allow for wifi connection and the like?

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