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4Strings
05-21-2012, 07:52 AM
Hi,
My sister's Macbook Pro's graphics card just died. Yes, it is the 2008 MBP with the defective Nvidia 8600M GT, and yes, I took it to an apple store for the free repair. But guess what? The laptop was bought 4 years, 1 month, and 2 days ago, that is, 1 month and 2 days after the free repair for MBP's with a defective 8600M GT expires, and so they were gonna charge me five-hundred and twenty-six frickin' dollars! Talk about luck, huh?

Anyway, back to subject. My sister and I decided that it would be best if I were to give her my current 2010/11 MBP because she wants to have photobooth, garageband, etc. and I couldn't give a flying f*** about those apps. So anyway, we decided that I'll give her my mac and that she'll pitch in with buying me a netbook, since I only use my laptop on trips to basically store pictures and occasionally play minecraft.
So (and sorry for being so long-winded) I would like advice on what is the best netbook out there that could run some games if I wanted it to, and that is within the $300-$380 price range.

Thanks,
4Strings

4Strings
05-21-2012, 10:29 PM
I was looking around Amazon and I came across this:
http://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-dm1-4010us-11-6-Inch-Laptop-/dp/B005LLS1UO/ref=sr_1_194?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337639332&sr=1-194
Is it any good??? :)

4Strings
05-23-2012, 07:08 AM
Bump. :)

chrsplmr
05-23-2012, 11:49 AM
These are great little netbooks .. i would plan on upgrading win7starter though.
Asus Eee's @ NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006746 50001315&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=100)

you may also want to consider a laptop .. in the same price range .. generally
better cpu, more ram, dvd .. better graphics ect .... just more options for the buck.

as to the OP question ? there is good, then there is better ... As for me .. Asus.

(you may want to consider putting in a few more bucks ..
(dont be afraid of refurbs..they are gold.-- i just saw a G74-bbk my son picked up
from 'craig's list' for $600 like new - the deals are out there. just be careful.)
Asus Refurb's @ NewEgg

(http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100017489 50001315&IsNodeId=1&Description=refurb laptop&name=ASUS&Order=PRICE&Pagesize=100)That's quite a sweetheart deal for Sis .. very nice of you.
Best of Luck.. Welcome to ROG.c.

4Strings
05-24-2012, 08:08 AM
@chrsplmr
Thanks for the suggestion! :) I'll definitely look around at some laptops rather than netbooks.

Do you have any suggestions for a good 15" laptop within an about $300-$450 price range??? :)

Thanks again,
4Strings

chrsplmr
05-24-2012, 11:02 AM
Strings ... as I suggested above .. if you click the link and look down the list ..
u do not say what country ur from ...
but tigerdirect.com , newegg.com and geeks.com are the three E-tailers I watch for deals.

You could be looking at an i5 lappy. Good hunt'n.c.

4Strings
05-26-2012, 09:10 PM
Strings ... as I suggested above .. if you click the link and look down the list ..
u do not say what country ur from ...
@chrsplmr
Sorry 'bout that, I live in Colorado. :P

I looked around on Newegg and came across only one Asus that's within my price range, the K53Z-BBR3. But it had some pretty bad reviews on Newegg and Bestbuy.com
So I looked around on Bestbuy and came across this (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+15.6%26%2334%3B+Pavilion+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Pewter/5015961.p?skuId=5015961&id=1218608973713). It seems to have some pretty good reviews (and the fact that it makes my "gaming" alienware desktop look like a piece of sh*t is also a plus :) ).

The only downside is that it only has 4GB of RAM (even though my desktop also has only 4). But I found that you can buy and 8GB set on Amazon for $45, so I could upgrade the RAM whenever I want, really...

Zygomorphic
05-27-2012, 12:31 AM
Here are two on the "egg" that I found quickly:

1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230265
2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834127544

$300-$350 will get you some AMD comps, which are a lot weaker than their Intel counterparts. But their graphics are better, I'm told. If you want movies and occasional games, the AMD processor might be the way to go, since they are cheaper. That is really sweet of you to give your laptop to your sister. Maybe she will pitch in something extra and you could get a decent ASUS, on your way up to a ROG lappy. :)

4Strings
05-27-2012, 07:09 AM
@Zygomorphic
Thanks!
I am looking for an AMD laptop... I don't really need a super high-end laptop... Just internet access, email, occasional games (like Minecraft), and especially storage to take all my pictures, videos, etc. on the road with me... :)
I'm paranoid about backups because I almost lost my HDD twice on my current desktop (the alienware) and almost lost over five years of pictures, videos, and music in the process. :( So now I keep an external HDD plugged in permanently, and do daily backups even at the cost of using up a lot of memory... :P
That's why I looked at the HP, 'cause it has the 500GB HDD... And form Bestbuy it's available for in-store pickup to boot. :)

4Strings
06-17-2012, 05:05 AM
UPDATE:
OK, so it's been almost a month since I started this thread, a month of looking around and comparing laptops, and today I finally settled on something. :P I ended up buying an HP Pavilion g7-1328dx with an AMD A6 with the integrated Radeon 6520G... I'm very pleased. :) :) The only thing is that it now makes my alienware desktop look like a really overgrown, overpriced electric heater... :P And yes, I did measure it, and it does raise the temperature in in the room (a rather large room) by about 2-3 degrees F... :) :P

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EDIT:
OK, so I installed Crysis 2 on the laptop to test it out... And my Alienware's 4870 X2 actually can run Crysis 2 better than the 6250... OK then, so at least the desktop still has some uses... :P :P :P

4Strings
06-18-2012, 07:04 AM
I want to free up some space on the new laptop... Which, if any, of the HP programs should I not remove?
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4Strings
08-08-2012, 04:26 PM
It's been a long time since I posted anything (on vacation), but I have a quick question:
Is there a way to adjust the power lights on my HP g7 laptop? What I want to do is to slow down the flashing of the side power light when it's in sleep mode. I know it's an HP laptop, but does anybody know of an easy way to adjust the flashing speed of the power light???

Thanks,
4Strings