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Old 24th February 2009, 23:47   #1576
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Have you installed drivers for all hardware?
yes i have installed all drivers.Do you have any review about my laptop config?
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There can be 2 reasons.

1. Check your startup applications. If you installed with a Toshiba cd, it shouldh ave tons of bloatware
2. The install was not done correctly and without formatting the HDD. Follow the steps properly.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 25th February 2009, 10:44   #1578
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Anybody got any review for this laptop?
Is this the one?
Toshiba L305 S5908 Price

You could try re-installing XP, but this is very unexpected info that you are giving! Slower with XP than Vista?!

I hope you made a clean install of XP.
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Old 25th February 2009, 10:54   #1579
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HI,

I have Dell XPS 1530 with a 250gig HD. The disk has two partitions - C: and D: where D: something of a backup. I didnt go for a partition at the buying stage cos Dell charges 800bucks for it and a friend told me that its a waste paying so much money. It has been close to 9 months now and I have not partitioned the disk yet. Is this good or bad? Also if i do patition it now, will i void my warranty?

thanks!
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It has been close to 9 months now and I have not partitioned the disk yet. Is this good or bad?
Sai_ace, I can only comment about this part of your query. (I have no idea about the warranty issues with Dell).

You will benefit greatly by having another partition. All important data (pics, music, documents etc..) should be stored in the non-system drive. If your system drive gets badly hit by a virus and you are unable to boot, you might need to do a recovery or a fresh install of the OS.
This will involve loss of all your data stored in C.
If you regularly back up your important files to drive D or E or whatever you name it, such data will not get lost.
However, a physical crash of the HDD will mean losing EVERYTHING! Advisable to maintain backup on another physical HDD or on optical discs.
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Old 25th February 2009, 17:24   #1581
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Hi, I'm in a dilema right now. I wish to pick up a laptop but I do not know which to pick out of the 2 below:

HP DV5 - 1225
Processor: Intel Centrino 2 2.13GHz (Core 2 Duo)
RAM: 3 GB
Graphics: 512MB Dedicated (Nvidia 9200M GS)
HDD: 320GB
Cost: AED 3799

or

HP DV5 - 1205
Processor: AMD Turion 64 x2 2.2Ghz
RAM: 2 GB
Graphics: 512MB Dedicated (ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450)
HDD: 160GB
Cost: AED 3295

The confusion arises when I look at the WEI rating for both the laptops.
The Centrino 2 has desktop graphics rating of 3.4 and the rest all are above 4.
The AMD scores higher than the Centrino 2 in terms of graphics rating (4.0), falls marginally short in HDD read frequency rating and is surprisingly at par for the rest inspite of lower RAM.

Is the Centrino 2 worth spending tha extra AED 500? Or will it be at par with the AMD? I read elsewhere that Nvidia has not yet tweaked its drivers for optimum performance on Vista. Is that a reason to worry?

Laptop gurus, please do advise.
Finally bought HP DV5-1050e
Processor: AMD Turion x2 64 Ultra 2.2Ghz
RAM: 3 GB
Graphics: 256MB Dedicated (ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450)
HDD: 320GB
Optical Drive: CD / DVD RW + BlueRay ROM

Cost: AED 3499
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i want to restore my Sony Vaio VGN to factory settings. Any idea how it can be done?
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Old 27th February 2009, 00:54   #1583
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i want to restore my Sony Vaio VGN to factory settings. Any idea how it can be done?
I suppose you don't have any important data on it.

Two things
1. Does it came with recovery disk.? If yes use it. boot with the first one and follow the instructions.

2. Is the oS loading? If yes go to Viao central and create disks .

3. WHich specific model do you own. some can be restored without disks from viao central's Support section.
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Old 27th February 2009, 08:51   #1584
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i want to restore my Sony Vaio VGN to factory settings. Any idea how it can be done?
All Sony laptops used to come with Recovery CDs. These can be used to restore to factory settings. There is an option to make recovery of only the system partition or the full HDD. Choose correctly and you should be fine.

If the system is not booting into Windows, AND you want to save some data from the C or D drive, you can do this by creating a rescue disc of a miniPE like BartPE, booting into the miniPE and saving all that you want to a USB connected external HDD.

All the best!
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I am looking for a reliable laptop for my wife.

her needs:
MS office Basic, Photoshop, iTunes,
laptop must be very light (under 3lbs) so I was thinking a small lapto with a 128GB SSD and then an external USB hard drive for the data (photos, MP3, Word Docs, PPTs, etc..).

her choice Sony Z690. see link
https://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs...52921665745555

with 2.4GHz processor & 128GB SSD
option 1. 3GB with Vista Business 32 bit $2679 since 32bit cannot address more than 3GB.
option 2. 4GB Ram with Vista Ultimate 64bit (no Blu ray) $2829

so what should I choose?
upgrade processor to 2.53 or 2.66Ghz? is this really a jump in performance?
Vita Business or Ultimate? (dont like Home)
3GB or 4GB ram?
upgrade to 256GB SSD? given the applications (Photoshop, Office, etc..) most of the data will be on the USB drive


on the website below there are more option from sony. Why is the 590UAB more expensive than the 690YAD when the latter has better specs? I am confused.
https://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs...52921644569397

is there a better alternate to Sony? Toshiba? Lenovo? Dell?

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I am looking for a laptop for my wife.
Navin, for well heeled, distinguished gentlemen like yourself (& the Lady), there is just ONE that fits the bill almost like made-for-each-other!

The MacBook Air. Or the new Unibody MacBooks.
With MS Office now available for the Macs, nothing else will do!

Photoshop and iTunes are original Mac programs by design!
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for a flexible budget look at the dell xps 13 series. weight is not exactly in your range it seems but the laptop still makes a mark.

Otherwise look at the Asus 10.2 netbook.
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Navin, for well heeled, distinguished gentlemen like yourself (& the Lady), there is just ONE that fits the bill almost like made-for-each-other!

The MacBook Air. Or the new Unibody MacBooks.
With MS Office now available for the Macs, nothing else will do!

Photoshop and iTunes are original Mac programs by design!
She saw the Mac Air and the piece we saw was unstable. You move it and it lost the stuff she was typing. Maybe a bad piece or damaged because it was a demo model.

Also the reason for a Wintel machine is that if I am not around my IT boys can help her out. My IT boys are purely Wintel.

Photoshop is from Adobe but yess graphics on a Mac is something else.
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for a flexible budget look at the dell xps 13 series. weight is not exactly in your range it seems but the laptop still makes a mark.

Otherwise look at the Asus 10.2 netbook.
I looked at the XPS 1330 and wow! a similar config (2.4Ghz, 4GB RAM, 128MB video RAM) but with 256GB SSD instead of 128GB SSD and Windows Home Premium SP1 instead of Vista Business is for $1769. This is almost a $1000 saving on the Sony machine. What gives?

The Dell Online Store: Build Your System

we came up with 4 options all with 256GB SSD, 9 cell battery, Dell Qflix DVD drive

1. XPS 1330 Pink/Blue, Vista Home Premium SP1 64bit, 3 Year DELL CAREValue, 4GB RAM $2024
2. XPS 1330 Pink/Blue Vista Home Premium 64bit Sp1, 3 year In-home Remote Warranty, 6GB RAM $2029
3. XPS 1330 Pink/Blue, Vista Ultimate SP1, 3 Year InHome-Remote Warranty, 4GB RAM $2069
4. XPS 1330 Pink/Blue, Vista Home Premium 64bit SP1, 3 Year Dell CARE Value, 6GB RAM $2267

What is the difference between Vista Ultimate and Vista Home Premium 64bit?
Is it worth it to spend $250 on a 6GB upgrade from 4GB?
What is the difference to Indians between the 3 year Dell Care Value warranty and the standard 3 year Dell’s "In-Home repair service and Remote Diagnosis"? The version with Vista Ultimate does not come with the DELL CARE Warranty option.

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1. Windows Vista: Compare editions

2. Not really. I would have said yes maybe for 8gb but 6gb is not that great upgrade over 4gb for $250.

3. Probably the home repair service. In Care value you need to send in the notebook I suppose.


Also note that XPS13 is available in the States with UBUNTU if you are familiar with the OS. Also now internationally the XPS 13 has been replaced with Studio 13.

It seems dell is killing the XPS brand to make ALienware mainstream and merge XPS and Studio.
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