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Old 02-04-2012, 01:10 PM   #11
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franca: Going from Win XP Pro to Win 7 Pro is more than enough "change" to deal with as far as my elderly software and hardware peripherals are concerned. Not to mention my aging brain - I feel a big headache coming on!
LOL!! It's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The biggest PITA!!! is Win7's approach to Documents/Settings which drove me crazy...'-}}


>> it let me just say "No" to the Microsoft Office Starter Pak.

Very nasty...wise to avoid at all costs...

In terms of the specs. Bigger screen unless you are going to be carting someplace...if not a 17" screen, I'd go for at least the 15.6" size--even though you will be using a separate monitor...


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Old 02-04-2012, 01:28 PM   #12
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I got a new laptop about a month ago and what was non-negotiable for me was a 17" screen. The reason is that my eyes are old and I can't easily read text on a smaller screen even with whatever size adjustments the operating system offers. Of course, if portability is a major concern, a 17" laptop is heavier. But I rarely use it except on a lap desk in my lap.

I think 1366x768 is totally unacceptable. One thing you'll notice on just about any widescreen is that the bottom buttons of some dialog boxes will be clipped off and inaccessible and Windows won't let you move them up. My 17" laptop is 1600x900 but I still have this problem. In Linux I can move any window but not in Windows.

I got an HP i7 with 6 gigs and a 750 gig hard drive. I dual boot Win 7 64 and VectorLinux. Win 7 64 is a bit of a pain because a couple of my old favorite 32-bit programs won't install at all. They do install in Win 7 32. This computer is more power than I need because I don't do much other than Web and e-mail. For heavy use I think a separate keyboard would be nice and I need to get a wireless mouse to replace the touchpad, which I hate.

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Old 02-04-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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Do try Autosizer .... it's free ....

I was using it on my old 19 in CRT in order to get over the business of WIN 7 not opening IE to full screen but it's really come into its own now I have the new HP L2311X wide screen LCD for which the normal resolution is 1920 x 1080. BTW folk on CIS gave me the data to lead me to go for a 23 in wide screen monitor in order to get the same approximate height as on my 19 in 4 x 3 CRT rather than going for a smaller LCD.

This was hopeless for me and especially with CIS where it opens up to full width of the screen, stretching the central message column even in the editor so you had mile long lines to read and write; some websites on different Hosts at least open to a fixed width and show the desktop for the rest.

With Autosizer I can set something (frames?) to nnnn x nnnn so that I tell it to open CIS to about 1400 x 1020 and get the full vertical height filled but a width that is similar to what I'm used to on the old 4 x 3 screens.

This only affects CIS unless I tell it otherwise.

I also use the browser zoom setting set to 125% and get a nice readable screen here.

The attached image shows what I mean with the Autosizer main (upper) screen open and just visible this forum selected and the lower screen showing how you can change settings for this location.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:32 PM   #14
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Thanks so much for that Hugh...I've downloaded it and will install it on my sister's Win7 laptop--the small one--the next time she's down visiting...'-}}

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Old 02-04-2012, 05:34 PM   #15
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One of the bits I learned when I was deciding how to configure my Mac Pro is that DDR3 works best in sets of three matched sticks. But it doesn't sound like that's the way Lenovo is doing it. Do they specify how many slots there are?

   
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:31 AM   #16
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I'm copying the Lenovo specs below for review. Note that I would prefer a larger, faster hard drive than the one listed here, and am also debating 8 GB RAM vs. 6 GB. Computer guy doesn't think I need more than 6 GB RAM, and also thinks the i5 processor is adequate and appropriate for my purposes.
i5 is pretty good, so unless you are doing something that really needs the high end processor, I wouldn't worry about it.

I would probably go with 8gb rather than 6gb.
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Do I really need a docking station?
I think it depends on how often you expect to move away from the station and the lay out. How many USB ports do you have on this one laptop? You want at least 3 if you don't use the hub - keyboard, mouse and usb hub. Also, will you be able to run this with the laptop closed and everything plugged in, with the laptop out of the way?

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I opted for no camera. Would somebody please tell me why I would want a camera in my laptop??
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I'd greatly appreciate any thoughts on the components below. Is there anything not listed that I need? Or listed that I don't need? There were other options for many of the components; in most cases I chose the default so if there are better choices, please let me know!
I'd see if they have a faster HD.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:40 AM   #17
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>> i5 is pretty good, so unless you are doing something that really needs the high end processor, I wouldn't worry about it.

>> I would probably go with 8gb rather than 6gb.

Yep, given $xx to spend, I'd spend it first on the extra RAM.

   
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:59 AM   #18
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Thanks, everyone for all of the great advice!

I won't be traveling with the laptop much, maybe three or four trips a year at the most, but I can see it going to other places in the house fairly frequently.

A USB hub is a lot cheaper than a docking station if extra USB ports is the main advantage of having one. What about monitor connections? One of the more expensive docking stations offers more options in this regard which I could see perhaps being handy or even necessary down the road if I decide to replace my monitor or add one.

Regarding being able to run the laptop closed and out of the way with the externals plugged in, is this something that some laptops can't do? I'm so totally ignorant about laptops!

   
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I don't know how many slots ... is that information in the specs anywhere? I'm not very good at reading the alphabet soup.

   
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Thank you, thank you. <bowing>

   
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