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Laptop on the cheap. What are the minimum specs?

Shopping for a cheap used laptop: What are the minimum specs I should be looking for with respect to CPU, RAM, HD? I'm planning to use WinXP (maybe I'll settle for 2K), Open Office, and FireFox (including some AJAX-heavy web sites such as gmail, Google Docs, del.icio.us), with a wifi card. And not much else. I want to avoid "I'm always waiting for this stupid slow computer!" but not spend much more than the minimum needed to avoid that.
posted by Leonard of Vince on Dec 18, 2006 - 24 answers

Why is my USB storage device lying to me??

Why is my USB storage device lying to me?? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Dec 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Web server hardware requirements

How to calculate hardware requirements for a load balanced web server cluster? The web servers will be running Windows 2003 with a back end DB server, I want to support about 1000 simultaneous connections per server. The web application is fairly AJAX intensive. Not sure how I go about determining what sort of hardware I need for the servers, any ideas or suggestions?
posted by RedMosquito on Dec 12, 2006 - 6 answers

Why is City of Heroes overheating my PC?

ComputerHardwareConundrumFilter. I built my PC about two years ago. Works great, mostly. But lately, when playing one particular game, my PC performs for only 16 or so minutes before shutting down completely. As you might expect, there's a lot ... [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand on Dec 1, 2006 - 17 answers

How to check for validity of ownership on laptops!

Stolen Hardware: Why is it so hard to check for? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Nov 25, 2006 - 14 answers

Fixing the latch on my iBook: Case closed?

How can I get the latch on my 14" ibook working again? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Nov 23, 2006 - 7 answers

Need more power with no power!

What is the most powerful AGP video card I can use with a 200W power supply? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Nov 22, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me keep my office hardware and blood pressure stable.

Is there a competent, reliable hardware service company in the L.A. area that can maintain my computers and office equipment? [more inside]
posted by SMELLSLIKEFUN on Nov 22, 2006 - 1 answer

How can I fix my CD-R?

How can I fix my CD-R? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Nov 19, 2006 - 14 answers

Will i need to remove and replace my soundcard for windows to recognise it?

Will i need to remove and replace my soundcard for windows to recognise it? Sound card driver is installed but the hardware itself isnt recognised. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Nov 17, 2006 - 8 answers

How do I remove shelving hardware?

How do I remove shelving hardware? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts on Nov 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop.

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate on Nov 14, 2006 - 4 answers

My motherboard is sick!

A couple months ago I got a new motherboard, but earlier today it crashed with a hardware error and the built-in soundcard no longer works, and I'm worried that other things might go as well. The complication is that my main system drive is actually a RAID-1 array using the motherboard's built in RAID controller. So the first question is: how easy would it be for me to recover the data if the motherboard dies? and the second question is whether or not I could get the board replaced under warranty, and if so would I just be able to swap it in without reinstalling XP? [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton on Nov 11, 2006 - 10 answers

How can you tell if a computer problem is a hardware or software problem?

On my computer, sometimes I can't load Windows. Sometimes I can and it freezes. Can intermittent problems like this be due to the power supply? [more inside]
posted by secret.osha on Nov 4, 2006 - 15 answers

Hardware geeks, your advice please

Hardware geeks, your advice please: what models of laptop can handle being used at a steep angle most of the time? Please help me before I kill another laptop. [more inside]
posted by Soliloquy on Nov 1, 2006 - 28 answers

What kind of screws are used in LCD mounting kits?

What kind of screws are used in LCD mounting kits? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch on Oct 13, 2006 - 2 answers

How can I easily get info on our networked computers?

What is the best enterprise quality software & hardware inventory solution? [more inside]
posted by criticman on Oct 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Light, cheap portable video/DVD with excellent audio?

Portable DVD player, or video player, or custom-built Frankendevice, with VERY high-quality audio output?? Video quality doesn't matter (could even be b/w), but screen should be 8"+ and unit should be as lightweight as possible. For live concerts where I need to see video, just for my own reference, that's exactly in sync with my pre-recorded audio (so I would make DVDs or video files with my audio + the visuals I need). Laptop = expensive/heavy/overkill.
posted by allterrainbrain on Sep 27, 2006 - 5 answers

How to reduce the amount of computer towers in my home?

how possible/ difficult would it be to link two or more monitors to the same tower and be able to have different users working on the same system from different monitors? better asked, could you use some sort of log in system for windows xp which would enable multiple users to use the same system from different areas, having separate files, programs, etc.?
posted by localhuman on Sep 25, 2006 - 14 answers

Why doesn't her laptop work on one Ethernet port?

My daughter's college dorm room has two Ethernet ports, and her laptop interacts with them differently. I can't understand what's going on, so I'm asking the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by cameradv on Sep 19, 2006 - 21 answers

Serial port died

What to do about a serial port failure? [more inside]
posted by cbrody on Sep 18, 2006 - 8 answers

Getting the scoop on building a computer

What is a good forum to go to if I'm interested in building my own simple Athlon computer system and want to learn before I shop? [more inside]
posted by zek on Sep 17, 2006 - 20 answers

Finding a Filco Majestouch keyboard

How can I try out a Filco Majestouch keyboard? Inspired by an earlier question today, I looked it up on the web, but most of what I could find was Japan-centered. Any ideas about how I could find one to try, or even to order? I'm in the US (Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina).
posted by amtho on Sep 16, 2006 - 4 answers

How to restore display on a Mac

We moved my husband's Mac from one side of the room to the other, carefully re-connecting all the cables. But when we started it up again, the screen displays in almost indecipherable chunky gray-and-white (8-bit?), and the icon and window sizing are all wrong. Help, please!
posted by Uccellina on Sep 3, 2006 - 19 answers

Need Newegg alternative

I need an alternative to Newegg.com that easily allows Paypal. I'm having trouble lately submitting orders on Newegg. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Aug 31, 2006 - 7 answers

Give my great new hard drive a better body.

COMBINING Hard Drives. Roommate has fast, great computer. I have slow, antiquated one with (among other upgraded parts I've procured) a fast new hard drive (personally installed). Want to install my current drive in her current machine so that all roommates can use one system and still keep my files/ preferences. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Aug 28, 2006 - 20 answers

How to wire a Cycle Computer to a PC

Cycle Computer to Computer conversion. I would like to run the wire from the magnetic sensor to my laptop and then handle the data programmatically. What is the best and cheapest way to do this so I can read from the port using established methods? Parallel port, USB? Cannibalize a cycle computer or build from scratch?
posted by srboisvert on Aug 23, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I install Ubuntu on an old laptop with no CD drive?

My place of employment sees a LOT of laptops come and go. Recently a PIII Dell Latitude L400 ultralight came through and was marked for surplus, but I want to use it for Ubuntu. One snag, though. [more inside]
posted by smallerdemon on Aug 21, 2006 - 12 answers

Save 40+ G4s from the Recycler

My campus has a pile of (maybe 40) dual 1GHz G4 PowerMacs that have reached their "end-of-life". Usually we ship them off to a recycler, but that seems like a sin for what are perfectly good systems. What should be do with them? There's a little bit ... [more inside]
posted by roue on Aug 15, 2006 - 44 answers

Help my iPod know (in the Biblical sense) some other equipment

I'm having trouble connecting my iPod to my PC and to an external speaker system. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Ubuntu help?

I switched from Windows XP to Ubuntu one month ago. Everything was working perfectly well until this week, but now I am having keyboard problems. [more inside]
posted by lilboo on Jul 25, 2006 - 6 answers

Old FW enclosure problem...

I have an external firewire CD burner that I want to repurpose as an external firewire hard drive. [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Jul 19, 2006 - 9 answers

Yes, there is a hard drive there...

Debian won't find my hard drive! Please help! I have details so there's [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 on Jul 12, 2006 - 14 answers

Will this computer run Oblivion?

Will this computer run Oblivion? [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Jun 27, 2006 - 8 answers

Sata drive question

sata controller question for Dell 8300. [more inside]
posted by arh07 on Jun 25, 2006 - 3 answers

How can I properly connect my internal wireless antenna properly?

I need some help with my internal laptop wireless antenna. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 22, 2006 - 8 answers

How to change from PartnerMail to Asterisk?

I would like to upgrade my company's aging phone hardware from a Lucent PartnerMail system to Asterisk. Can anyone point me to a site, or worklog detailing something of this nature? We would like to keep our existing phones, and I'm not sure if and how it would support these phones.
posted by jackofsaxons on Jun 16, 2006 - 6 answers

I may not be able to read your reply, but thanks.

My 17" Dell LCD monitor is erratically flashing on and off: possible reasons and solutions? [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Jun 10, 2006 - 7 answers

What's the right card for the job?

I'm about to buy a Dell 2405FPW LCD. The max resolution is 1920x1200, and it's got D-SUB and DVI inputs. I'm going to have to buy a new video card. What are the advantages of each connection, and what video card features should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by box on Jun 2, 2006 - 12 answers

Display Glitch

So my computer has been doing a lot of this lately. Only a hard reset will fix it. Hardware malfunction suspected, but what? Video card? Or could it be something else... [more inside]
posted by sophist on May 29, 2006 - 15 answers

How do I tell what revision Apple hardware is?

The conventional wisdom is to not buy "Rev A" Apple hardware. How can I tell what revision a specific piece of hardware is? [more inside]
posted by shaneflyer on May 12, 2006 - 16 answers

Using 2 keyboards on one XP box...

I want to expand the number of keys available for mapping as hotkeys in some of my games. Is it possible to connect a second keyboard under Windows XP, possibly a USB one, and use it as, essentially, a very large keypad? If so, how would I go about it without causing IRQ conflicts? [more inside]
posted by slavlin on May 9, 2006 - 5 answers

Oblivion Hardware Question

Gaming Hardware Question: I recently started playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Right now I am running just about at the minimum required for the PC version: Pentium D 820 Dual Core (2.8 GHz) Radeon X300 SE 128MB Video Card 1GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz 160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) Right now I am playing at the lowest resolution, which is fine for me. I am enjoying this game immensely as is. The only real problem is that when I an fighting 4 or more enemies at once, the game slows down and it becomes almost unplayable. I am wondering what would be the best upgrade to improve this specific aspect of game pay. I am not an obsessed gamer or anything, so I don't want to sink tons of money on a top-of-the-line video card. I don't want to spend more then $200 or so, and I am wondering if I would be better off getting a bargain 256mg video card, or if I should upgrade my system memory. Thank you.
posted by moseymose on May 1, 2006 - 27 answers

What's my NeXT step here?

I inherited a NeXT machine. How can I start from scratch on it? [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Apr 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Does booting often hurt my computer?

Does booting a computer often lower its life expectancy? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Apr 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Windows keyboard repeat-rate gremlin

My Windows 2000 system has started spontaneously reducing the key-repeat rate and the rate at which windows scroll, slowing each to a crawl. Other weirdness accompanies this. [more inside]
posted by Tubes on Apr 4, 2006 - 9 answers

Why is optical digital audio locked at full on a Mac?

What prevents the volume control working on a Mac when the optical digital audio output is being used? [more inside]
posted by bruceyeah on Apr 2, 2006 - 10 answers

Book recommendations for the PIC microprocessor.

Geeky BookFilter: I'm looking for a good book on PIC Microprocessors. Details of the specific knowledge I'm seeking inside. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid on Mar 31, 2006 - 11 answers

Can I deduct academic software being used non-academically?

If I use my sister's college-student discount to by computer products at a reduced price, but claim them as expenses for my home business, will anyone care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2006 - 18 answers

How do I get rid of all these old servers?

I have hardware. Servers, to be precise. A stack of them. Taking up space. What's the best way to get rid of them while getting something in return? Charity, and if so, who? Or selling them, and who's buying? [more inside]
posted by SkelPaff on Mar 17, 2006 - 15 answers

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