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Old 11th January 2011, 19:44   #2776
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Remember, I am talking purely from the mobile processor viewpoint. I have no idea about desktop processors, but then this is the laptop thread
I did miss this point. But yes, AMD is sheer value.

AMD's new ultra mobile pc cpu's have just entered the market such as the Neo, K series and V series. Again exceptional value. Not very power efficient though.

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There's a g73jw xr1 model, it's available for around 1350$ because it doesn't come with the backpack or mouse. Have you heard anything bad about it?
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G73SW-A1 just released on xotic for $1792 ASUS G73SW-A1 - XOTIC PC - ASUS Gaming Laptop ROG

is sandybridge that cheap?

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is sandybridge that cheap?
The i7-740QM upgrade over the i5-4xx costs $300 alone. You have to have a reasonable pricing strategy if you have to sell components. They couldn't go more overboard.
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Does anyone know where i could info on customs rates for laptops while shipping? I tried their website but couldnt find it in there. They mostly talk about baggage rules.

And how are the prices in the uae/dubai and kuwait? is it worth buying from there?

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Does anyone know where i could info on customs rates for laptops while shipping? I tried their website but couldnt find it in there. They mostly talk about baggage rules.

And how are the prices in the uae/dubai and kuwait? is it worth buying from there?
Here is the baggage rules BAGGAGE RULES
Laptops are in Annexure-III, also mentioned in DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES AND ENTITLEMENTS FOR INDIAN RESIDENTS AND FOREIGNERS RESIDING IN INDIA in Baggage Rules at a glance - CBEC

The list of customs duty was listed in B&H India site. If I remember correctly the rate was around 25.5%.
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Is a hybrid drive really helpful on a system with 8gigs ram if i'm only concerned about battery life? All the necessary data would be on the RAM so the hybrids functionality would be reduced right.. or is there something more to it.
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Is a hybrid drive really helpful on a system with 8gigs ram if i'm only concerned about battery life? All the necessary data would be on the RAM so the hybrids functionality would be reduced right.. or is there something more to it.
Effect on battery life will be negative, but negligible. Idle power consumption : 1.3W compared to 0.8W for a conventional drive. Peak power consumption is ~0.2-0.3W higher.

The benefit of Hybrid HD is that it increases performance of permanent storage media. Your RAM doesn't store programs. So even if you install too much of RAM, you won't see corresponding speed increase because the RAM still has to fetch the data from the much slower hard disk.

You must have noticed that the performance increase in WinXP is quite high jumping from 128MB to 256MB, and not so much in future upgrades for general browsing. Of course, if you are using an app that needs RAM, you'll see performance increase. But performance is still limited by HDD.

What a hybrid drive does is store frequently accessed data on its 4GB Flash memory. This does not require any user intervention. So what happens is that the first time you open an application, like for the first time after a fresh install or anything, the performance isn't significant. It's even slower than some conventional hard disks.

But when you reopen the program, access times fall by ~40%. Third time, slight increase. Fourth time : slllliiiggghhhhtttt increase. Fifth time : Negligible increase.

It does give you a significant performance boost. Read the TomsHardware review below for all the benchmarks.

Conclusion : Momentus XT Review: Seagate's Marriage Of The HDD And Flash Memory

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Need some help guys.
I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 with a Radeon graphics card. The screen blanked out around a year ago.I had checked that the LCD was fine. So the conclusion was that the graphics card is fried.
Now as this is a weird graphics card, I have not been able to find it in Delhi. A few days back I came across a Dell community where owners of this system concluded that its the BIOS that has been fried and not the card.
Now the issue is that I have no display and need to flash the bios. The system also has no USB boot or Floppy Drive. Buying a new floppy drive costs around Rs 1500 and the problem still may not be solved.
So my question is, is there any other way to Flash the bios without buying the Dell internal floppy drive?
Thanks.
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1. Power on your pc and check if the bios beeps. If yes, then it might not be your BIOS.

How did you check that the lcd was fine?

A BIOS chip can be replaced. I don't know how much that costs though. A fried BIOS cannot be flashed. If the BIOS is corrupt then you still have a chance.
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My laptop repair guy had the system for a long time. The display is blank even if I hook it up to my desktop LCD.
Apparently its a common problem with Inspiron 8500. Attaching the link of the solution from the Dell community.
Re: Inspiron 8500 - Video BIOS failed - Laptop Video Forum - Laptop - Dell Community
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Is your laptop booting up? If so did you press FN+F8 or whatever after connecting external monitor?
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I had a compaq with faulty BIOS. With a blank screen it beeped constantly to show that the OS is not being loaded. In case this does not happen, look at the activity lights for a sign.

What did your repair guy say?
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i've got contact with a dell uk & ireland rep based in india, if anyone is buying a lap from those places pm me and i'll give you the contact details. you could strike a bargain..
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does anyone have any idea about asus laptop service in india? i hear its done by raashi peripherals.. thanks!
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