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Old 19th November 2008, 20:45   #1351
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feel great if i have been of a little help in choosing the right machine for you.

Another vital suggestion. Make sure you get three year warranty even if it costs you a good amount (for a 70k HP it should be in range of around 7ks or so).

That will cover almost a lot of things, apart from the battery offcourse.

Plus make sure you perform atleast 10-20 charge-discharge cycles on the laptop so that the battery lasts longer. My room mate's 3 year old laptop (again HP )still gives him 2.5 hrs battery backup on the original battery and even today he religiously performs the charging - discharging cycles.
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Thankyou so much for the vital tips, I would enquire for the extended Warranty soon, but I guess I still have a whole year to think about that!
Please shed more light on complete Charge-discharge cycle, how is it done?
Also, another thing, how can one identify whether the Battery supplied is new or used?
It would be supreme if you could suggest some laptop accessories with price, only the essential ones like- Optical/laser mouse, cooling pad, etc.
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Old 19th November 2008, 22:25   #1353
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I hope that you had got the box opened in front of you, in which case it wont be used. The other way is to check the barcodes on the laptop and battery, though I dont know how much it will be useful.
battery charging and discharging:
How to prolong lithium-based batteries

Get an optical mouse. If you are into gaming go for a high DPI (1500-1800 DPI)model which may cost you even upto 2ks. Assuming that you use the laptop on a flat surface you may not require a cooling pad, but again as the graphics card too will produce heat, you can search for a cooling pad in Nehru place delhi.

get a soft cloth to wipe screen as it will keep your visual experience good. I use the one that comes with spectacles. lolzzzzz
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Old 20th November 2008, 07:13   #1354
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+Blue Ray player.
For 70k + free 1GB RAM upgrade.
Good price and deal!

I paid 70~k for an almost similar one, but without the BlueRay and with just a 250GB HD but nothing free! :(
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Old 20th November 2008, 12:23   #1355
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I hope that you had got the box opened in front of you, in which case it wont be used. The other way is to check the barcodes on the laptop and battery, though I dont know how much it will be useful.
battery charging and discharging:
How to prolong lithium-based batteries

Get an optical mouse. If you are into gaming go for a high DPI (1500-1800 DPI)model which may cost you even upto 2ks. Assuming that you use the laptop on a flat surface you may not require a cooling pad, but again as the graphics card too will produce heat, you can search for a cooling pad in Nehru place delhi.

get a soft cloth to wipe screen as it will keep your visual experience good. I use the one that comes with spectacles. lolzzzzz
Thanks Motorhead, no the laptop was kept in display as there was a dearth of models, but I checked on HP battery check meter & it shows "Good" health.
Link was really informative.
I'll get a normal optical mouse & cleaning kit.

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Good price and deal!

I paid 70~k for an almost similar one, but without the BlueRay and with just a 250GB HD but nothing free! :(
Thanks, I actually stretched my budget to make the lappy somewhat future proof as its diff. to upgrade lappys later.
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Old 24th November 2008, 15:00   #1356
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Guys, am buying a laptop for my younger bro and need some advice. As of now my two options are HP dv51104tu and HP dv51106ax (ruled out the Dell Inspiron 1525 coz after upgrades it works out expensive)

The main difference between these two is that the dv5 1104tu uses the Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 (2.0 GHz, Level 2 cache 2 MB, 800 MHz FSB) while the other uses the AMD Turion X2 Dual Core RM 70 (2.0 GHz, Level 2 cache 1 MB), there is that difference in cache. Apart from this the AMD has 512 MB dedicated video RAM and uses the ATI Radeon HD 3450 Graphics which I guess is better than the Intel Media 4500.

HP Pavilion dv5-1100 Entertainment Notebook PC series Home & Home Office

For regular use, not much of graphics intensive software and with a little gaming every now and then, will the AMD do, since it's also substantially cheaper. I read about heating problems and lower battery life but then could always get a cooling pad later. What would you guys recommend?
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Old 24th November 2008, 16:00   #1357
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Forgot to mention that the cost of the dv5 1106ax (AMD) is 45450 (all inclusive) while the dv5 1104tu (Intel) is 47990 (all inclusve). These prices are from Staples.
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Old 25th November 2008, 09:41   #1358
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I Got a STEAL DEAL 6months back for my Dell. Below is the config:

Dell - Vostro Laptop
Processor - AMD Athlon 64Bit 1.9GHz
OS - Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic / Win XP
RAM - 1.5 GB Dual Channel 667MHz DDR2
Graphics - ATi Radeon Dedicated 128Mb/ Shared upto 512MB
Display - 15.4" Widescreen with Anti Glare
Hard Drive - 80GB
Optical Drive - DVD+/-RW
I/O Ports:
3 USB 2.0
VGA
RJ45 Ethernet port (10/100)
Card reader
1 ExpressCard 54 mm slot
Headphone/speaker out+ Mic/Aux in
Battery - 9-cell Li-Ion Battery - (5Hrs Backup)
Wi-Fi - 802.11b/g


All this for---???? any guesses?
Rs.20,600 - (512$ including Taxes). Got it from US.
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Old 26th November 2008, 09:21   #1359
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A query to the guys with Dell M1530 laptop:

Of late I a hearing the hard disk 'clicking' sound and it is getting too loud for my comfort. It seems that some time back this was an issue and hard disks were replaced. Are any one of you having the same issue?

Apart from that: I have taken a one year warranty and it shows in the website when I enter the service tag. But when I try to raise a query or try to get in touch with the service personal thru their website, it says that I am not under warranty!!!

Had anyone of you with warranty tried to reach these guys at Dell for any issue?
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I Got a STEAL DEAL 6months back for my Dell. Below is the config:

Dell - Vostro Laptop
Processor - AMD Athlon 64Bit 1.9GHz
OS - Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic / Win XP
RAM - 1.5 GB Dual Channel 667MHz DDR2
Graphics - ATi Radeon Dedicated 128Mb/ Shared upto 512MB

All this for---???? any guesses?
Rs.20,600 - (512$ including Taxes). Got it from US.
lucky !

Got a similar one but with Geforce for 27k from Compaq India.

I got an offer for Acer One for 21k. Get it?

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I Got a STEAL DEAL 6months back for my Dell. Below is the config:

Dell - Vostro Laptop
Processor - AMD Athlon 64Bit 1.9GHz
OS - Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic / Win XP
RAM - 1.5 GB Dual Channel 667MHz DDR2
Graphics - ATi Radeon Dedicated 128Mb/ Shared upto 512MB
Display - 15.4" Widescreen with Anti Glare
Hard Drive - 80GB
Optical Drive - DVD+/-RW
I/O Ports:
3 USB 2.0
VGA
RJ45 Ethernet port (10/100)
Card reader
1 ExpressCard 54 mm slot
Headphone/speaker out+ Mic/Aux in
Battery - 9-cell Li-Ion Battery - (5Hrs Backup)
Wi-Fi - 802.11b/g


All this for---???? any guesses?
Rs.20,600 - (512$ including Taxes). Got it from US.
My ohh my .
You are one lucky fella...
Seems that you have got a great deal at a good conversion rate too (40 rs for a dollar)
Wonder what it would have been when dollar stood at Rs 35 odd ( Rs 17920)

That would have been a killerrrrrrrr deal.
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Guys, am buying a laptop for my younger bro and need some advice. As of now my two options are HP dv51104tu and HP dv51106ax (ruled out the Dell Inspiron 1525 coz after upgrades it works out expensive)

The main difference between these two is that the dv5 1104tu uses the Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 (2.0 GHz, Level 2 cache 2 MB, 800 MHz FSB) while the other uses the AMD Turion X2 Dual Core RM 70 (2.0 GHz, Level 2 cache 1 MB), there is that difference in cache. Apart from this the AMD has 512 MB dedicated video RAM and uses the ATI Radeon HD 3450 Graphics which I guess is better than the Intel Media 4500.

HP Pavilion dv5-1100 Entertainment Notebook PC series Home & Home Office

For regular use, not much of graphics intensive software and with a little gaming every now and then, will the AMD do, since it's also substantially cheaper. I read about heating problems and lower battery life but then could always get a cooling pad later. What would you guys recommend?
You should go for the Intel, i think there is a substantial difference between a 1MB L2 cache processor versus a 2MB L2 cache proc. Besides AMD proc are getting old, maybe primitive i might say. They havent released anything new in their dual core lineup for a long time; which is very disappointing.
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You should go for the Intel, i think there is a substantial difference between a 1MB L2 cache processor versus a 2MB L2 cache proc. Besides AMD proc are getting old, maybe primitive i might say. They havent released anything new in their dual core lineup for a long time; which is very disappointing.
I purchased the / dv5-1106ax at a price of 54K with accessories from house of laptops worth 6.5K
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I purchased the / dv5-1106ax at a price of 54K with accessories from house of laptops worth 6.5K
the MRP for the same is 45k are u sure u have this model mate. im looking to buy the same. let me know thanks
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Guys, am buying a laptop for my younger bro and need some advice. As of now my two options are HP dv51104tu and HP dv51106ax (ruled out the Dell Inspiron 1525 coz after upgrades it works out expensive)
After some hard negotiation with Dell call centre, I got the following offers yesterday:

Offer-1
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Make: Dell Inspiron 1525 with 15.4" screen
T5800 core2duo processor, 2 GB RAM
Win Vista Basic Preloaded
etc etc.
Rs, 36,800/- (all inclusive)

Offer-2
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Make: Dell Inspiron 1525 with 15.4" screen
T5900 core2duo processor, 3GB RAM
Win Vista Basic preloaded
etc. etc.
Rs. 40,600/- (all inclusive)

It looks quite good to me? What do you say?

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