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Old 02-09-2011, 10:57 AM   #15
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I'd also recommend the $450 -500 modern laptop route. To make your current laptop serviceable, I would recommend more memory (512+) and USB wifi adapter. I'd also recommend Windows XP as the earliest supported OS which would run on the laptop (sluggishly). You may get by with Windows 2000 if you don't care about MS updates and the wireless adapter still supports it. The laptop battery also could be on its last lap.

All the effort and cost to bring it up to minimum standard for basic internet use to me isn't worth it when you can get relatively modern $450 laptop at Costco, etc.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:04 PM   #16
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You can do all of that with an IPhone and it includes a camera that takes stills and video.
.......and it's so much fun!!!! Or, go iPad!!!!!

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Old 03-17-2011, 10:08 PM   #17
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I don't own a boat so I guess I'll have to find another use for it. Thanks everyone. It sounds like I need to start shopping.
Yeah - if you don't have a boat, it's definitely time to start shopping - especially since you apparently already have a perfectly good anchor!

Here's a suggestion: You ought to be able to set up a wireless network where the new laptop connects with the USB modem and cell service to the internet, and allows "other computers" to access the internet through it - and then access the net wirelessly on the old computer through the new one's internet connection - that way you and the Mrs. can both surf at the same time while your cruise control is set, and safely taking you down the highway...

Oh - wait...
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Oh my goodness....you would be SO much happier not having to dink around with outdated technology...everything is much easier and faster and better. Take the plunge and get a new 'puter or one of the pad options. Save the old one for nostalgia and keeping recipes on in the kitchen or something if you don't have that boat... I still have the first Mac laptop I bought...it runs but I would grow old(er) just waiting for it to boot up these days! (And I'm getting older fast enough as it is.)
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:02 AM   #19
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If you want to know the true value of you electronics, just ask your kids or grandkids, if they would like to borrow it for the weekend.

They will give you some insight as to where to put it on the asset list.

Better yet - ask them if they have an old unit you can borrow. Chances are they have thown out higher quality units.

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Old 03-18-2011, 12:41 AM   #20
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Well! I took a gamble and upgraded this old unit from 128MB to 512MB of RAM and what a difference. Cost less than $50.00.
I guess that I wasn't clear when I gave the original description of what I have here. I left out the part about having (I think it's called) a PCMK slot; actually there are two.
I have read here in 3 or 4 places that I needed to be hard wired thru a modem for this old timer to work surfing the net.
I have a Linksys wireless-G adaptor plugged into the aforementioned PCM?? slot and am communicating thru a router that is plugged into an ethernet connection via a DSL modem.
My wife has a desktop about 6 years old now; it has XP on it so you know it's not new. If we both push the power on button at the same time; this old timer gets me to the internet in about 90 seconds. The desk top can take 15 minutes at times.
There are still a couple of issues with this old timer though: about one out of 5 times when I power it up, it doesn't activate the wireless card; no icon shows up at the bottom of the screen; and I find myself having to power it down and restart it and it works.
The other thing that happens; Normally I check my email "hotmail" first. When finished with the emails, if I go to surf the internet from my email page and click on a website, which I can readily view; if I go two or three levels into something and then back out to my email page; everything locks up. Get the message "Program Not Responding". "End Task" does not get me out of it. I have to do the old CTRL; ALT; DEL thing and then restore the desktop when it comes back up.
Now it doesn't happen every time, this is very confusing to me. But I'm easily confused.
So I guess I'll take it to a more populated place where there are known "Hot Spots" and see if I can do anything with it.
We live between "NOWHERE and NOWHERE ELSE" We only have cell phone service outside the house and that's if you stand just right and hold one leg up. LOL
Thanks to everyone who chimed in here. My 66th is coming up sooner than I would like, so maybe there will be something that will show up with a 15" or 17" screen; if you know what I mean.
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Just in case you do wind up having to get another, I'd recommend doing some shopping, comparing on-sale prices to reviews. I'm doing some shopping now; the site I use (linked below) collects daily bargains from all sorts of stores and manufacturers. Shop for a couple of weeks until you get a feel for what you want, how it's rated, and what it's worth.

www.techbargains.com


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TG Twinkie,

Curious how you made out....? A new one for your birthday?

Regarding this problem: if I go two or three levels into something and then back out to my email page; everything locks up. Get the message "Program Not Responding". "End Task" does not get me out of it. I have to do the old CTRL; ALT; DEL thing and then restore the desktop when it comes back up.

My take is that this stresses our your memory and maybe CPU speed, assuming your cache is kept clean.

Simple remedy: don't back out. Load a new instance of the site you want. Keep a few links on your desktop to those most often used sites, in order make this go quicker.

In your place, I would splash out for a net book. A good one is only $250, and is much more convenient than any old machine. Good luck!
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Old 06-11-2011, 08:24 AM   #23
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I took the old laptop on our trip to Mesa Verde; 10 days, GREAT time. It worked for getting on the internet and checking email. As a matter of fact; it worked better on the road with the Wifi card than it does in my own house. I made it simple at home; just use the ethernet cable.
I'll keep that in mind about backing out of things.
Good news though; just had my 66th birthday. That's not the news. The news is; I now have an iPod "Touch". This thing is amazing! I'm still learning about what it is capable of. My thumbs are about the size of bananas so I have to use my index finger to enter things. I'm getting better with practice. I'm almost as fast as the "H" & "P' method I use on this old laptop. I take it;(the iPod) everywhere I go; NO! not to bed. I use the note pad quite frequently, no more pencil and pocket note book. At this age, memory is the first thing to go and I forgot the second.
Thanks for all of the input.
Maybe sometime in the future I will upgrade to a new laptop. But right now, I would rather spend the money on traveling.
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Happy Birthday!
Nice birthday gift.
Now that you fixed up the old unit what are you going to do with it?
Its hard to throw anything away that still works.
Now we know where you are everytime you turn on that iPod with that built in GPS?
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I took the old laptop on our trip to Mesa Verde; 10 days, GREAT time. It worked for getting on the internet and checking email. As a matter of fact; it worked better on the road with the Wifi card than it does in my own house. I made it simple at home; just use the ethernet cable.
I'll keep that in mind about backing out of things.
Good news though; just had my 66th birthday. That's not the news. The news is; I now have an iPod "Touch". This thing is amazing! I'm still learning about what it is capable of. My thumbs are about the size of bananas so I have to use my index finger to enter things. I'm getting better with practice. I'm almost as fast as the "H" & "P' method I use on this old laptop. I take it;(the iPod) everywhere I go; NO! not to bed. I use the note pad quite frequently, no more pencil and pocket note book. At this age, memory is the first thing to go and I forgot the second.
Thanks for all of the input.
Maybe sometime in the future I will upgrade to a new laptop. But right now, I would rather spend the money on traveling.
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I have 2 laptops and 2 desktops and with the addition of a 12" net-top (smaller than a laptop but bigger than a netbook) I will never regularly use an undersized or oversized computer again. Smaller than 10" is just too small and bigger than 12" is hardly portable.

If it is for just basic tasks, donate the old computer as was suggested and find an ASUS. Do not buy an ACER, HP or any of the other garbage. If you need to know what I am talking about, go to Best Buy and put your hands on some machines. ASUS is Mac-like in build quality and function at 1/3 the price.

Yeah thats right all you craptastic laptop manufacturers, I'm throwing down the gauntlet. Until I see something that is as good or better than an ASUS (and I dont mean on paper alone) I am not going to even consider anything else.

Readily available for CHEAP. Asus Epc like this one I see on Craigslist constantly for around $150. $200 new on sale.
Amazon.com: ASUS Eee PC 1001PXD-EU17-BK 10.1-Inch Netbook (Black): Computer & Accessories
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I'll hang on to the old laptop. With a 14" screen it's a lot easier to surf the net, look at my photo's. Make sketches of items to help forum members and post photos here. Even though I can't type any faster here on the laptop than I can on the IPod. I mean I still use a mouse; how draconian is that? I'm not into the games or anything that requires super fast speed and a lot of memory. Although, I'm constantly getting notices that my "Browser" is out of date. With XP I can't upgrade as far as I know. So there are limitations. But I'll live with them for now.
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It's too old TG twinkie, you need to upgrade your Operating system, well the least is Windows XP. It will work but it will run so slow or better add upgrade your memory but you can't find it now. We are at DDR3 and SDRAM I think was phaseout for a longtime. So good luck in browsing just open single application so that it won't hang much.
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