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In need of a computer or laptop

By michellep71 ·
I just started a two year program in computer networking and being a student I don't have extra money from my temporary job to buy a computer. I was wondering if anyone could give me any leads as to where I can possibly get a computer either free or really really cheap.

I also would like a little advice on how to really get into networking, I am taking the courses but want to be ahead of the pack. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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This is the best time to buy a laptop

by wanttocancel In reply to In need of a computer or ...

You can check around online at Dell, HP/Compaq, etc. because they are having deals on good laptops for under 500 dollars. You can find those prices in stores too if you check around in the deals in your Sunday paper.

If you really want cheap (and I wouldn't go too cheap because you get what you pay for) you can try the Netbooks that Asus, Acer, MSI, HP, etc. makes as they run about 299 to 399. The downside to them is that they are small and some only can run XP Home.

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I'm making a couple of assumptions

by Tig2 In reply to In need of a computer or ...

The first is that you aren't looking for bleeding edge, you want something that will run an OS and a browser, possibly a lightweight text client, possibly a spreadsheet- although you can get those things through the browser.

Check local newspaper classifieds, pawnshops (make sure that the restore software is included), and garage sale advertisements. I have been able to source good hardware that way. Check with local retailers that refurbish units. If you are a member of your church, ask your pastor if he would mind making an announcement.

As to your other question, pick up a SAMs TCP/IP book- it is basic protocol so it shouldn't confuse you. The SAMs books are written to cover one area in about an hour. If you are restricted to library, find out what reference materials they have and read anything you can get your hands on. If you have access to the Internet, Google terms like Windows Network, TCP/IP, router, switch and hub. While that is not an exhaustive list of the elements, it should point you to online information on those subject and you will expand your search terms based on what you learn.

Check local thrift stores for books. Often, especially as a technology ages, the kinds of books you are looking for end up there. I have several that I paid next to nothing for. Check your school's bookstore for used books.

Keep at it. Don't get discouraged. Good luck!

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This is a good money-saving site ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to In need of a computer or ...

DELL Outlet. It offers for sale, items that are the victim of cancelled orders, returns (not faulty, just not what the punters 'thought' they were going to get), and refurbished end-of-lease contract machines - all at varying prices.

DELL also have an Education arm within DELL Outlet, which as a student you could derive full benefit from.

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/default.aspx?c=uk&l=en&s=dfb&~ck=betafrbsd

Good luck in your endeavours! :)

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