I'm in the market for a laptop.

By boxfiddler Moderator ·
One of my primary wants is a heavy duty keyboard. I've used HP and Acer and am happy with both in relation to keyboard. I have lead fingers and both hold up well to them.

Gateway has a crap keyboard - it gives when I type.

I'd like to know what the other options re: keyboards are. How are those Dell, Lenovo, and whoever else keyboards?

Other experiences welcome. Tales and testaments, please.


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Now that is just plain wrong

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to yeah you go to the HP hel ...

You know as well as I do CG IT that that photo of the Indian Help Lines was taken after the Bomb Blast. That is the new Help Line into the Indian Support Center for HP.

It's only been there for 3 weeks the old Lines into the building where far more messy.

OH here is M$ support service so Boxy should know exactly what to expect when she rings them. :0

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And this is the support Service who deals with requests like this. They use the newest HP Products to answer your every need. :^0

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Classic!! That's better than mine!!!

by CG IT In reply to Now that is just plain wr ...

gotta love it... HP send their support to India, all the others followed suit... now, they have premium service you pay a premium price to talk to someone in America....

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Well here's a holy freaking cow.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I'm in the market for a l ...

Picked up the new laptop today. It has a 160G hard drive. The recovery partition, the OS itself, and the HP bloatware consume 35G.

Um. That's a freaking lot of space. I have to say I was surprised as he// by that.
Cleanup coming on. And as soon as I have the moolah for an actual Vista OS disk, I'm hunting down the drivers, and wiping this thing to start again. Good grief.

Sweet little machine so far, outside of that.

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What no facility

by Jacky Howe In reply to Well here's a holy freaki ...

to create a Recovery DVD.

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What no facility

it came with recovery discs. For both XP, and Vista. Were it not for needing Vista for work, I'd dump it for XP.

What a nightmare that has been to fiddle in this evening. Good god.

I bookmarked a few sites that provide a variety of lists - what can I shut down via msconfig, and where the he// to find the things that have been moved. I'm going to have to use them, now.
Been tweaking with no prob until Vista. Uncle Billy is a butthead.

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But I liked what they did to Uncle Billy

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Actually

In South Park when he was explaining just how much faster & Better Windows 98 was. :^0

Now if that happened in real life the person responsible at M$ firstly wouldn't ever consider taking the job in the first place and M$ would have a much better Funeral Plan after making sure that what they ship actually works.


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by Jacky Howe In reply to Actually

so now you can check the user manual to see if you will still need the recovery partition. If it's not required you can **** it away to give you a bit more space. You can also check to see if you can add another Hard Drive to the unit. If you can there will be lots of free space and you won't have to worry about space on the original Drive.

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Not really worried about space...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to OK

just totally stunned at that 35G use with no other software installed.
What, Win2k wanted 4G? Two OS's later Windows is up to taking oh, say 14G? Boggling. Just boggling.

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On my desktop PC

by Jacky Howe In reply to Not really worried about ...

I am using 16GB. That includes Office 2003 and PSP9 which is all that I have installed so far. The joys of bloatware on modern propriatory PC's.

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PC Decrapifier is your friend

by Jay217 In reply to Well here's a holy freaki ...

yeah get it here it should take care of most of the extra junk HP puts on there. Since HP doesnt ship CDs, make sure you have one before you wipe the thing.

Also check your key, if you got the Win xp downgrade from HP you may already have gotten a vista License, I know that's how dell is shipping them now.

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