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Offline Lena

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Shopped for new computer, monitor
« on: September 15, 2008, 11:12:55 AM »
I may like to shop 'til I drop, but shopping for a new computer is not my forte'.  Confusing to say the least.  Laptop?  Desktop?  Laptop? Desktop?  Hard to choose.  Prices not that much different when the specs are about the same.  Replacing a laptop with a broken hinge, already have a desktop, so I went for the laptop. Portability, just in case I'd ever need it.  HP.  Bought at Costco because of their 2 year warranty,  90 day return policy and no restocking fee, vs. Micro Center, Best Buy and Circuit City with 15 day return and 15% restocking fee.  Costco, pay the price and take it home.  MC, BB or CC, file for the rebate, fend off add ons, setup fees, insurance, extended warranties.  No thanks. 

And then there was the dilemma of sticking with my old CRT or springing for a new LCD for the desktop.  Prices down, quality up on LCDs, but the CRT works fine.  Don't need the space behind the screen that the CRT takes.  But is sitting in front of a cathode ray gun for hours on end messing with my eyes?  Would an LCD provide a nicer display than the tube?  You bet it does.  Broke down and bought a ViewSonic (at Costco) 19" wide screen, replaces the 19" CRT, updated the video card driver, 1680 x 1050 resolution, can see more of the webpage than before and still see the desktop icons.  Print is smaller, but I can still read it at an arms length away. 

Wow! Is that new laptop fast, compared to the old one!  More memory than the BH will ever need for email and surfing.  Vista isn't too difficult to learn, either.  Got a trial of Norton, but will load Avast!, SpywareBlaster, SuperAntispyware and CCleaner ASAP.  I even figured out how to set up the wireless card.  Maybe there is some hope for those of us who are technically challenged, as the geeks of the computer world are realizing they have to make computers user friendly for the non-technical folks as well. 

As soon as the laptop connected to the Internet, Microsoft said there were 28 updates to be installed.  All but one were successful.  KB936181  Apparently it failed for lots of folks.  A Google search turns up lots of questions about it.  Too confusing now to figure out what to do.  Any ideas would be appreciated. 

I wish computers weren't so confusing.

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Re: Shopped for new computer, monitor
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 01:18:57 PM »
Congrats on the new laptop, Lena!  You'll be glad you replaced the CRT.  A study conducted about a year ago where I work indicated that the power savings by replacing the CRT will pay for the new monitor in about three years.

I just have a couple minutes but wanted to point this out to you regarding SpywareBlaster and Windows Vista:  http://www.landzdown.com/index.php?topic=21488.msg66737#msg66737


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Re: Shopped for new computer, monitor
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 05:44:35 PM »
Thanks for that info, Corrine.  Glad I saw it before I put SWB on the machine.   :hallo:

I think my LCD is 49 watts vs. the CRT at around 100 watts.  Both negligible on standby, so a 50 watt savings over perhaps 5 hours per day or 7.5 KWH per month, about $1 per month savings.  Double that in the summer due to the heat added load on the AC.  But then it warms the room in the winter.  But every bit helps.  Changed most light bulbs to CF.  Best thing we did that really saves on our electric bill is to add two window AC units upstairs.  Takes the load off the main AC and keeps upstairs comfortable.  Not just a theory.  Our electric bill really dropped. 

Hope the LCDs last at least as long as the CRTs.   :goodie:

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Re: Shopped for new computer, monitor
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2008, 07:04:17 PM »
Lena,
Glad you like your new purchases
one thing I would say about laptops make sure that you keep a good airflow under it to keep it cool,
as I found ours slows right down after it has been used on my lap.

oh and I hope you recycled your old monitor
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Re: Shopped for new computer, monitor
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2008, 08:25:21 PM »

one thing I would say about laptops make sure that you keep a good airflow under it to keep it cool,


Actually, the laptop itself seems to stay cool but when I first fired it up, the inline AC adapter seemed to get almost too hot to touch.  Could have been b/c the battery was low and it was working overtime to run the PC and charge the battery, too.

In this County, we have a recycling center for old computer parts.  Drive up, and they will even help you unload.  :D

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Re: Shopped for new computer, monitor
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2008, 08:51:01 PM »
congrats on your new purchase!  :goodie:

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Re: Shopped for new computer, monitor
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2008, 08:55:59 PM »
Lena,
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we have a recycling center for old computer parts.  Drive up, and they will even help you unload
Thats all well and good how ever in these time of data theft I would have removed and totally destroyed the Hard-drive before taking it any where near a recycling center.

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