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Apr. 21st, 2009 @ 04:05 pm
Hi all, I'm getting my soon-to-be-husband a laptop for his wedding present and I am really having a hard time.

He loves the look of Alienware and Toughbook laptops but we continuously read bad reviews on them. So, my question is:

Is there a REALLY cool black dell laptop that is perfect for games, music/photos, and you can write a novel on it? He wants to start writing so this is a must and he LOVESSSS his games. At least 3gb I'm assuming..
Thank you!

(It needs to have WIFI as well... he likes the internet lol)

Dec. 7th, 2008 @ 06:20 pm
Hello,I thought that I might want to introduce myself since in couple of days I will be  the proud owner of Dell Inspiron 1525.I bought it with the help of my parents since they insisted that I give them my income tax return to pay for it come spring.This is going to be my first laptop(not counting the one that my uncle in Michigan gave me which is an IBM 1998 laptop).I am using it for my emails,homework( I am a college student)and blogging.

Headphone jack Dec. 6th, 2007 @ 12:13 pm
Inspiron 8200

On extended loan from a really good friend, came with some minor odd injuries. (I suspect a nice bounce or two.)

The headphone jack is busted physically, but works, mostly. Looking at the jacks on either side (mic, line out), it looks like a small inner ring is missing that would fit snugly around the mini jack end. The jack end thus wobbles around in the jack and won't 'click' in, so it just falls out at the slightest touch. The stereo works, but only if the jack end is held exactly right, which is very hard to do, never mind keep in place. And finally, whatever part of that connection that's supposed to lock out the laptop speakers isn't working at all. Even when the headphones work, the speakers don't cut out. This means I can't use it in most public places.

I could easily open it up, but I don't know what to look for once I'm inside. Any ideas or advice?

Hard drive back up. Oct. 29th, 2007 @ 08:18 pm
I'm thinking about getting an external hard drive to back up everything I own on my 80g inspiron 6000. About 6 months ago I got a blue screen and called tech support to help me get it fixed. I paid like, $40 to have them tell me to press a combination of keys to restore the computer to factory default. I can't remember what combo of keys they had me press (I think I remember an f11 in there somewhere), but I was wondering if anyone knew it? I want to back up the whole thing, then just re set the computer so I can start from scratch so my system will run faster. Or is this just a bad idea?

Thanks in advance!
Current Mood: curiouscurious

selling my Dell Inspiron e1405 on eBay - ENDS SOON Oct. 29th, 2007 @ 03:41 pm
Other entries
» New member + inquiry.
New member here. w00t =) And...I had a question.

So, I'm a recent graduate as of the seventh. Yay, me. I earned $180 from the family. Part of me wants to splurge and get a new laptop - I currently have a very basic Latitude 110L from the school over a year ago - despite the fact that $180 wouldn't stretch very far. Meanwhile, the responsible part of me wants to save the money for when I need to pay back the Dreaded Loans.

How soon does Dell expect payments, anyone know?
» I don't got the power
(crossposted a bit maybe)

So, the AC adaptor for my lappy crapped out. Brick gets juice (LED lights up), but power does not get from there to back of lappy. Lappy gets power fine from loaner AC adaptor, so problem is in inner link of AC cord.

Question is, where to get an inexpensive replacement? Lappy is a 2002 Dell Latitude C610, so it's not really worth putting a lot more money into it. (For example, I refuse to replace the mostly dead onboard battery, because they're worth more than the machine is now.) I've found some nice-looking pricing, around $33 and up, but I'm not familiar with any of the vendors, so I don't know who to feel good about or not. The Dell stuff either comes from Dell or authorised dealers (OEM wares), or as aftermarket knockoffs (much cheaper). I don't want to pay the steel OEM rates. I would, however, be okay with paying a bit more for the slightly better one (PA9 instead of PA6), since that would also be compatible with the same-age Inspiron whose cord I'm borrowing right now.

» Introduction
Name: PrettiPoetic
Age: 22 (23 in 2 days)
Dell Laptop(s): Inspiron 700m
Any other computers: Dell desktop
Any other tech devices: PSP, Creative Zen Vision M, etc
Why did you buy from Dell?: Best
Where did you hear about this community?: Searched intrests
» Latitude C640 -- upgrade or move on?
Hey folks!
I need to make a decision about my notebook in the next day or two and was hoping you might have some advice.

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At the moment I live in a country with virtually nonexistant part sales or tech support, but a friend has agreed to bring me parts or a new computer when he visits in ten days.

So, the question:
Do I:
-buy 1 GB RAM (and hope that'll solve the problem), a new battery (old one's shot), and a wireless card (since I need one anyway)?
(totalling around US $300, by the looks of it)

-buy a new computer?
I plan to get a new notebook (probably a MacBook, truth be told) within the next year, but don't know if I should do it now or patch up the Dell and wait till I'm somewhere with tech support in six months (I'd hate to get a new computer and then wind up with unresolvable hardware problems while the warranty runs out). Should the RAM upgrade be enough to give me a functioning computer? All I really need it for is word processing, internet, watching movies/listening to music, and for some music applications like Audacity and Sibelius. No gaming.... But this constant freezing and crashing has got to end.

Okay, that's pretty much it. I apologize for the glut of information, but I wanted to be thorough. I need to make the decision within the next few days. If any of you have any insight or suggestions, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
» EBAY: Original Dell Battery for Latitude Inspiron laptops
Dell Brand Battery
For Latitude D600, D610, D500, D505, D510, D520
Inspiron 500M, 505M, 600M
Smart Li-Ion, 11.1 Volt, 53Whr, 4700Mah
Dimensions (LxWxH): 3.05" x 4.86" x 0.76"



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