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Old 07-01-2006, 03:52 PM   #1
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Will A Laptop Do It All?

My Moho Does Not Really Have A Good Place To Mount A Tv And I Have Decided To Buy A Laptop That Will: 1. Do Normal Laptop Stuff; 2. Work Wireless When In A Service Ares; 3. Serve As My Tv With Signal From Cable Or Dish Or Ant.
I Think I Want A 17". If I Put Out The $$ Now Before Vista, Will I Be Sorry What Ya Think?? Don't Get To Technical On Me
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I just got an HP Pavilion dv8235nr w/17'' screen.I have had it for 2 weeks and it is great.Also I am ordering a new 24''vinyl cutter from Summa because it seems that he is lonely and needs a friend.I will be taking these things with me when I travel around.
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Old 07-01-2006, 04:56 PM   #3
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There are lots of workarounds for t.v. on computer... however why not consider a 15-17" LCD monitor / tv combo?
I have a 20" LCD on my wall that is primarily a monitor but acts as a great t.v. with a built in t.v. tuner.
You can even hook up your laptop to the monitor for enhanced viewing of the computer functions.
Check out www.tigerdirect.com for computer and LCD bargains.
Also check out ebay.com for open box returns. My LCD was purchased form 1st Wind in Columbia SC for a less than half price bargain three years ago.
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I would not worry about Vista, as Microsoft is always pushing it back. Besides when it comes out it will have a zillion screwy errors that will need to be fixed through updates and service packs.
Maybe an Apple Powerbook?
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Old 07-01-2006, 05:59 PM   #5
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A Laptop That Will Serve As My Tv

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My Moho Does Not Really Have A Good Place To Mount A Tv And I Have Decided To Buy A Laptop That Will: 1. Do Normal Laptop Stuff; 2. Work Wireless When In A Service Ares; 3. Serve As My Tv With Signal From Cable Or Dish Or Ant.
I Think I Want A 17".
Should work for TV and DVD movies.
If AC is not always available, then you will want a vehicle power adapter.
A wireless card or Mobile Office Kit cable from your cell phone service provider will give you Internet access in more places than you can find WiFi.
Get a laptop with Windows Media Edition operating system and be sure to look for what video in ports it has.
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I Have Decided To Buy A Laptop That Will:

1. Do Normal Laptop Stuff;
2. Work Wireless When In A Service Ares;
3. Serve As My Tv With Signal From Cable Or Dish Or Ant.

I Think I Want A 17".
17" flunks laptop 101. it's really not very portable - but maybe that's OK? I'd hate to have to stuff it in my briefcase....

Consider getting a smaller screen and sitting closer.
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David,

You may want to check out almost anything from Apple. The 17-inch is especially nice and about half the weight of the Windoze machines. Way cool too. We always bring ours along for music, dvd, email, internet. Don't use it for TV yet but that can be done too.

Also, all the Apple computers except the Mini come with built-in cameras for free video chats with friends and family. We use this feature almost every day. Very, very nice.

Don't bother waiting for Vista when you can have a more mature version with the 5-year-old Mac OS. From all reports, Vista tries and mostly fails to do what Apple has been doing for years. That's not just an Apple fanatic talking; it's the reality that you can verify on numerous postings on the web, if you like.

And, if you should ever need a DOS program, the Mac can run DOS too. The same can't be said for any HP, Dell, etc.
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David,

Another thought. You might want to browse on Gadget's Digital RV web site at http://digitalrv.net/blog/. You might find the guidance you need there or in his book.
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yea! another Apple fan. I love my mac.
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Old 07-01-2006, 09:55 PM   #10
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I just switched too a Mac from my old 2005 Dell.
I am full time and use mine for banking, internet and movies. Mush better than carring all those DVD' around.
I second the Digital RV book.

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If you get one now, and opt for one operating Windoze XP, get the XP Professional version. Pro seems to have less bugs, and less security issues, mainly because fewer people are using it, hackers go after the biggest "audience" they can. Also, if you get a Windoze unit, make sure you get one that will be updateable to Vista whenever it comes out. They seem to keep changing the requirements, but the last time I checked, it needed a minimum of 2 Ghz processor, and 512 Mb of Ram.
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We have no TV in Chummy just a lap top. We can use it to watch movies but rarely ever do, I suppose it could be used as a TV but why do you need TV when you are camping. What I really do need is something to write on and check e-mail once in awhile. I use a cell phone hooked to the lap top and patience, slow but works. Once again we are away from home and should be relaxing.
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Got one from Toshiba 3 yrs ago that does it all. It has a built in tuner. It sure is nice having a computer that does it all. I bet I won't be saying that if it ever has to be repaired. If I had to do it over I would buy separate tv/dvd and a separate computer.
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Thank You For Your Imput To This Question. It Has Been A Big Help. I Ended Up With A Dell E1505 Duo With Xp Media Center 2005 And A Tv Tuner. For Wireless It Has A Dell 5700 Mobile Broadband (cdma/evdo) Express Card For Verizon - Whatever That Means. I Opted For The 15.4 Screen Over The 17". So Now I Can Play Solitare On These Long Trips.
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