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Buying a new computer

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by SAEMike, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. Jacob S

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    My Toshiba Satellite was acquired last summer and it has shut down a few times on me on its own out of the blue. This may explain why it had done so. It seems like the fan is on and at higher speeds longer than it should. My Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop dont have the fan kick on that much and at higher speeds. It has plenty of ventillation as i put little spacers underneath for it to get more air.
     
  2. Bogy

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    I had been looking at several other laptops with P4's. Then I read a few reviews on the PM processors and decided they sounded much better for a laptop.

    One of the first things I checked in the store was temp of of the computer. It had been on for who knows how long, it was already about 3 in the afternoon, so probably at least 5 hours. Both the top and the bottom felt only slightly warm. As I have been working on it at home, the fan occasionally comes on, but doesn't stay on for very long.

    I had read a review of a laptop with the PM that had trounced another running a P4. I loaded up Doom3 on it last night and gave it a go. The F15 has an nVidia card with 128 meg of RAM, and right now has 512 meg of system RAM (some of the specs I have seen have said that the 2 memory slots can be filled with 256x2 sticks. They were nice enough to put 1 512 stick in mine.) Anyway, comparing PMs to P4s is a little different. I have a 1.8 PM, while my desktop has a 3.2 P4. Right now I am using the integrated video with 128 meg of RAM dedicated. As they are currently configured, the laptop beat the desktop. (I hope that changes as soon as I get a PCIe card for the desktop.)

    The only downer about it is that because of the fantastic video battery life is slightly under two hours. However, there are a number of settings that can be changed when its on batteries which should stretch that out a little. And I may be in the market for a battery with a longer life.
     
  3. SimpleSimon

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    I haven't run into the Satellite overheating problem - maybe it was only a specific production run. Hope so.
     
  4. Jacob S

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    Mine shut down twice but only that one day. It never done that since.
     
  5. deraz

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    Well, the hard drive on my one month old Dell died today. It took about 2 hours on the phone with Dell to figure it out. They are shipping out a new one and say I will have it next Wed or Thursday.
     
  6. Bogy

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    What brand of drive was it?
     
  7. deraz

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    My invoice from Dell shows:

    160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)


    I know very little about computers. When the new drive arrives next week, they are going to walk me through installing it. I will let you know if the old one has any identifying writing on it.
     
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    The replacement arrived today. It is a Maxtor. I am assuming it is the same as the original, but will let you know if it is different tonight when I switch them.
     
  9. Jacob S

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    I had to send the Toshiba Satellite off for repair after it wanted to keep shutting down on its own after being on for a while. It only took a week to get it back and its working fine now. The fan does not seem to be running as much. I will have to check to see if they lowered the processor speed to fix it (in the BIOS from what I have read). How can I check this?
     
  10. CoriBright

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    Use Everest... Home Edition free for personal use.

    http://www.lavalys.com/

    I'd tell you what mine is doing but it's STILL waiting parts.
     
  11. deraz

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    The old one was a Western Digital. New one is installed and appears to work. Please keep your fingers crossed.
     
  12. Bogy

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    My Toshiba Qosmio came with "Toshiba Console" and in that window, "Power Saving". This program allows you to set the CPU speed, cooling method, etc. for AC power, battery, etc. If you have this program you should be able to see what speed the CPU is set at.
     
  13. Bogy

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    Good luck.
     
  14. Jacob S

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    Its set at maximum for the processor speed. I go to Details and Power Saver Tab then it gives me a bunch of settings. Its set to maximum speed and performance. It seems to run cooler now.
     

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