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Looking for a new laptop.

I'm looking to replace my development laptop with a more powerful model. I'm having a hard time finding a model with everything I need. Do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Nov 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Are laptop screen parts autodetected by the system?

Can I simply physically replace the 1366*768 LCD in my HP EliteBook 8440p with the 1600*900 part and have the laptop autodetect the new screen and show the proper resolution? Or is there extra logic or connectors or dongles or whatever in the main body that must also be modified in order for the display to work, (or maybe it Just Won't Work)? Put simply, is HP 594090-001 plug-and-play? [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph on May 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Upgrading an old laptop.

I have an old laptop. Would it be worth my while to upgrade its RAM? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Nov 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Best way to upgrade to a Solid State Drive?

What's the best way to go about installing a solid state drive in a new laptop? (And is this even a good idea?) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me reconfigure my digital life.

My cellphone and laptop are reaching the end of their runs (a respectable 5 years for the laptop, and a measly two for the phone). In the next several months, I will need to get new devices. But what should I do? New awesome phone (Samsung Galaxy IIS or similar) and keep the current laptop pretty much only for typing and image editing? New basic phone + iPad + plug-in keyboard for the iPad? New basic phone + MacBook Air? More on what I do with my devices (and what I'd like to do with them) after the jump. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Upgrade Downgrade: Laptop Edition

Getting a brand new Core i7 laptop. How sensible is it to downgrade it to XP? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 10, 2011 - 32 answers

Change or stay the same? The future of very personal computing

I have a well aged Dell e1505. I'm thinking about upgrading to a 11.6"/12.1" sized AMD Fusion based netbook. Performance-wise, will I suffer a setback, be about equal, or ahead of my Dell? [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie on Jul 17, 2011 - 11 answers

I need a new laptop yesterday

My laptop died a few days ago. I'm probably starting a new job next week for which I will need a laptop. The deceased was a one-year-old (JUSt out of warranty) Dell Inspiron 1464 whose motherboard got fried from unknown causes (possibly because it was sitting and idling in a hot part of the house with no way to dissipate the heat). It cost me about $500-something and we were a good team. Question: Should I just get another one of those or try for an upgrade within that same price range? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jun 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me buy a new laptop!

Help me buy a new laptop! [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Jan 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Or how I learned to suppress upgrade-itis and learn to love the bomb.

Cost Benefit of Upgrading Laptop? [more inside]
posted by stratastar on Nov 19, 2010 - 16 answers

Upgrading an Inspiron 9300 hard drive.

Question on upgrading my getting-on-ancient Dell Inspiron 9300's hard drive - what kind of drive do I need, and is there an actual limit to what I can throw in it? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jun 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Should I juice up my new laptop with more memory?

Have received a new laptop as a gift. Should I add more RAM to get ahead of Moore's Law? Should a possible RAM upgrade influence my choice of OS? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc on Jun 9, 2010 - 10 answers

Best choices for a web developer's Windows 7 laptop

Web designer-person looking for a new computer by the end of next week (definitely Windows 7, probably 64bit, probably on a laptop). I want a machine that should serve me well as my home office mainstay for the next 5 years, I want to pay as little as reasonably possible, and I have to get this done before the end of next week. My big question: how do I get the best bang for the buck when it comes to choosing the kind of chip, RAM, hard drive speed, dedicated video memory, and any other factors I've failed to list? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Apr 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Okay, so plate spring on vocals only?

Please help get my old iBook to be as fast as possible! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Dec 5, 2008 - 17 answers

Where did my other 200 GB go?

How do I recover a 320GB drive that only reads 110GB now? Similar to this [more inside]
posted by WilliamWallace on Nov 26, 2008 - 15 answers

Can I replace my dead old Thinkpad HDD with a generic one?

I have an ancient Thinkpad 570, and the hard drive finally died. Hardware not recognized. I've pulled out the old one (it rattles ominously) and am wondering if I can replace it with a new generic laptop drive, rather than having to go with overpriced proprietary stuff. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me Geek Squad these laptops!

2 used laptops: what to do with them? One will be new to me (from my wonderful girlfriend), one will be new to my grandma (from me) [more inside]
posted by whiskey point on Apr 8, 2008 - 14 answers

How to get my Thinkpad into workable condition?

I've got an old IBM Thinkpad G40 circa something like 1998 that runs Pentium II and I want to get it running as fast as possible while spending as little money as possible. [more inside]
posted by alona on Sep 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Can't I just swap them over?

Can I upgrade my laptop's optical drive? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Jul 16, 2007 - 5 answers

$1099 Macbook: am I selling myself short?

Will I be at any disadvantage if I buy the most basic of the Macbooks? What would I NOT be able to do that I might have to do? This would be my first laptop, I'm on a limited budget (less than $1300), and I live both inside and outside the United States, so I have a few (sub-)questions. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Sep 24, 2006 - 17 answers

Please help a friend choose the right laptop

Please help recommend a solid, mid-range laptop for a friend with excellent tech support options and good longevity. [more inside]
posted by hamster on Aug 15, 2006 - 26 answers

Adding more RAM to a Sony Vaio.

I've been thinking of upgrading the memory in my Sony Vaio PCG-GR370 laptop for some time now, but recently it came to my attention that there may be issues with some vaios that do not recognize memory above 256Mb (which is what I currently have in it). I attempted a google for issues with it, but, well... Just try search for "sony vaio memory 512" on google and you'll see how useful it is.

Which brings me to my question: Does anyone know anything about said issues with vaios? If so, do they apply to me?
posted by ChrisR on Dec 17, 2004 - 4 answers

Upgrading Video Card

Can you upgrade your laptop's video card at all? I was curious as I have a 32mb NVidea card on it however I'd love to upgrade it. Is this possible or is there a way to enhance it's performance? (I'm 99.9% the answer is "NO" but I thought I'd ask)
posted by Hands of Manos on Dec 14, 2004 - 11 answers

Is it possible to build a new laptop into an existing case?

Is it possible to build a new laptop into an existing case? {More Inside} [more inside]
posted by Grod on Mar 18, 2004 - 6 answers

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