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April 29th, 2007 (12:25 am)

current mood: stiff

Well, it's about 6 months earlier than expected, but I suspect I'm going to have to buy a new laptop within the next few months. Lappie (Yggdrasil) was making "strange noises" today of the distressful kind (I'm thinking it's the CD/DVD drive since it's always given me some problems). >.<; So... I was wondering if anyone out there had any suggestions in things to look at/avoid and things to look at including/getting with the system.

My current system is an Acer Travelmate purchased >2.5 years ago, and the one thing I wish they'd maintained from this system in their current systems is the ergonomic keyboard. The slight curvature is really nice to work with. ^^; However, just about every laptop I've looked at today has the typical straight keyboard design. *sigh*

Company-wise, I'm not overly particular, but I prefer something more reputable in terms of service; laptops are notorious for breaking down or having problems. If I get a new system in the next few months, I might send this one out for service since it's still covered, but I really dislike the idea of not having a system on hand for the time needed for repair (my previous system was out for 3 weeks for repairs (in city!), so I'd rather avoid that). I'm currently looking more at Asus and LG, but am open to anything. I've owned a Compaq, Toshiba, and my current Acer. I still have to check out Sager... I probably don't want to look at Voodoo. ^^;

Oh, and I definitely want something with a stronger chassis. That's the one place where this system isn't the strongest. FWIW, I use my system for several hours daily so it has to have reasonably good components. It doesn't do much in terms of travel at the moment though. Oh, and my system is a true "laptop" as in it's always in my lap, not on a desk. And FWIW, I really would prefer a non-glare screen, but I suspect I can only get those on a business system. Personally, I think non-glare would be easier on the eyes than the higher contrast glare systems. ^^;

......Ouch! I just looked at the current Acer Ferrari and it *does* maintain the ergonomic keyboard and it's switched to the 15.4" widescreen. I'll have to think about it this time if I can't find something else more to my liking. The problem is that carrying the name makes it more expensive than the internals warrant. Of course, Asus has the Lamborghini to contrast with the Ferrari... (I don't know about having a leather palm rest though.) ^^;

Editors: Sorry, I haven't managed any work today. I did something weird in my sleep and haven't been able to move my neck very much all day (it doesn't *hurt* that much, it just won't *move*). The good thing is the heatpad is helping. ^_^ The bad thing is, it's almost time to go to bed so I might screw the neck up again. ^^;

Heather: I forgot to mention earlier that I received your tea package! Thank you! ^_^


Posted by: monkey monkey (sakuratea)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)

I've had good luck with compaqs. I Imagine you need way more storage, but I got mine for only 350 and it does write DVDs :)

Posted by: Vedran Empress (vedranempress)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)

Brought a brand new laptop recently as well. In the end I settled for an MSI Megabook but before that I looked at Toshiba Satellite. Both are compact and light. Makes it easy for me to lug them around.

As someone who makes a living with computers, I (honestly) don't see the point in buying either a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. If you wanna go for the sleek sophisticated look, I'd suggest you buy a Macbok Pro or an Asus G1 or a Toshiba Satellite.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)

*laughs* The Ferrari would primarily be for the keyboard, as well as for the build quality/chassis. I'm not sure if any of the other Acers have the ergonomic keyboard as it's not specifically stated unlike in the Ferrari's description. :P The Lamborghini on the flip side IIRC, is still an XP Pro system which is a definite plus combined with the carbon fibre construction. I have to admit, I haven't really looked at the Satellite systems at all this time (they tend to be glare systems for one thing). The last time I looked at them, they felt really cheap, so I've been a bit leery about them.

Posted by: Vedran Empress (vedranempress)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)

LOL Well the Satellites don't have ergonomic keyboards. The only reason I didn't go for one was because I was on a tight budget (laptops are hideously expensive where I live). A friend owns a Satellite and she uses it as a gaming/programming unit. I'd say that she uses the unit about 8-10hours a day. She also lugs it around quite a bit.

According to their product info, the newer Satellites models are built with "shock-absorbing, ultra-strong" chassis, spill-resistant keyboards and anti-reflective LCDs. I don't know what you would consider cheap but a good gaming&programming Satellite system would cost at least 1000USD. ^___^;;

Of course I'd still recommend a Macbook Pro specially if you're not playing any particular game that runs only in Windows.

Posted by: Hezziwig (hezziwig)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
St Jude Pray For Us

Do you know any massage therapists? Seriously. Tiger Balm, cold pack, hot packs, and pain killers helped for me, but a massage was the only thing to fix the problem.

;_; Neck pain is sadness.

Posted by: kitten on the keyboard (thinking_lotus)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)

Laptop: I've always had macs. Currently I have the lowerend macbook pro (for about a month) and am very happy with it. I use it all the time and this (and my last powerbook, a TiBook from 2001) have been really great.

The cd rom drives are a week spot, also the hinges (htough I see apple has made some changes) I don't know much about windows-based laptops though. I just like the mac os and find everything about it very reliable.

Neck stuff--I do a ot of stretching exercises every day for my neck. I have a chronic stiff neck, I expect from all the time I spend at my laptop. I've also used the Elaine Petrone methods and products http://www.elainepetrone.com/ successfully. And I take a fitness or dance class 3 times a week to keep up my arm strength, which is my case anyway affects my neck a lot (because I tend to compensate with my shoulders and neck when I should be using arms/core muscles).

Oh, and MASSAGE but it's so hard for me to find time to schedule it and I'm very picky about therapists.

Posted by: A faint shadow in the void (soruk)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Penguin on Zip drive

Back in January (because I didn't want Vista) I got myself a Sony Vaio VGN-BX297XP. Very nicely specced but I'll be the first to admit it wasn't cheap. Its out-of-the-box specs include 1GB RAM, 200GB hard disc (as 2x 100GB drives), 2GHz Pentium M 760 Centrino processor. Its screen is rather nice too, 17" widescreen X-Black (and low-glare) and can do 1920x1200 resolution. It also has wireless LAN, Bluetooth, and an SD card and Memory Stick card reader/writer built in.

The fact it has two hard discs meant I didn't need to repartition to install Fedora Core 6 Linux on the second disc. (Doing it this way also means the power management can shut down the disc that isn't being used.)

It's a nice beastie, I wouldn't swap it. ;)

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Posted by: A faint shadow in the void (soruk)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Ping (MT)

My previous one is also a Vaio - the FX401 I got in February 2002. Rather underpowered when I got it (15GB HDD, 128MB RAM, though I've quadrupled both of them, and 800MHz Duron) it still works and is still an active member of my localnet, although Windows has a tendency to be rather flaky (bluescreening when copying from CDs etc) but I blame that on Windows as if it were the hardware Linux would be equally flaky.

Posted by: Agent 89834098 (angelofmercy)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)

I bought an older compaq about a year ago that I've abused so hard that hinge coverings broke off, it's fallen out of my backpack on to stairs, goes to class with me in my backpack, not its carrying case - he still runs like a champ. It's a pre-buyout one to give you an idea of how old it is, but everything works on it, so I would suggest a newer HP (they bought Compaq and their cheaper parts go into the new ones) or an old compaq and buy a new hard drive for it.

Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
umadoshi kanji

Poor neck! Hope it's feeling better today. :/

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)

^^;; It gained ~50% more movement, but also gained pain today. I'm hoping it'll be closer to normal tomorrow.

Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)

I don't have anything to add that hasn't already been said in your computer search. I would love to hear what you finally decide on when you decide because I'm going to have to replace my laptop in the coming future so I need to start my research process. (I have a Dell Inspiron 1000, and I woudn't recommend it. Even if you could find it now. I bought it on the cheap in 2005 because my other laptop was nearly dead.)

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)

Get a Mac!


Posted by: LKK (lkk)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)

*giggles* Are you on Steve Jobs' payroll?

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
rat by skellorg on obsessiveicons


(It's more anti-Windoze™, but OS X is just shiny!)

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Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)

I don't want to get into a debate with you about this in Shadow's journal, but I don't agree. I assume you've used a Mac? How long ago was it? Since the move to OS X, a lot has changed. For one, since it's Linux-based, a large portion of the open source software has been ported to the OS, and the more savvy users (not I, yet) can set up their systems to use programs that haven't been ported over.

I can't say anything about their customer service, since I've never had to call.

Mac is not just frills and fancy menus and clean lines (although those certainly don't hurt). Behind all of that, there is a solid operating system that's both stable and secure.

I said I wouldn't get into a debate, and yet I sort of did. There are people who insist they won't use Mac. I can't convince them. I am a person who refuses to return to Windows.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)

*sigh* I was silly and peeked at the MacBook Pros after reading that they used the Intel chipset now. The system I checked out has a weaker warranty and graphics card, but is a full pound lighter than a comparable PC. It's interesting to see how they compare to the PCs now. ^_^ Pricewise, the system seems to be quite competitive on the surface, but I didn't look too closely. ^^;

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)

^^;; I have to admit, I'm not sure how helpful my hunt will help with yours since I tend to look at less-common systems (from the home user POV). The hunt this time is really focussing on the business lines more since I'm quite anti-glare. Still, I'll let you know what I choose. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Kokumono - Ensei! tea tiem?

Ouch! *pets* *pours tea* (Today, my neck is sore. Of the "oh sh~! not this again!" variety.)

I don't have much laptop advice (will not tell her to get Mac, will not tell her to get Mac, will no~ GET A MAC!), but I've heard really good things about Asus (so much so that if I were ready to switch to Linux, I'd go with them). If you've your heart set on an ergonomic keyboard, though, that limits the options.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)

*pours tea* ...oh wait, it's past midnight. *pours a tisane*. :P Hope your neck's doing better too. I really hate it when the neck acts up like this. >.<;

*laughs* I have to admit, I haven't thought about going Mac even though it's supposed to be the more powerful WRT graphics. Asus is a funny one. It's not exactly well known in commercial laptop names, but they're one of the largest companies out there. (Sort of like how no one really knows who Compal is.) I'm not sure I'm quite ready to go Linux even though it becomes a definite possibility with Asus. ^_^

The ergonomic keyboard is a serious sticking point, even I have to admit that. The only company I know of that has it is Acer, and the only system I'm positive that has it is the Ferrari. I've seen some pics of Travelmates that suggest they might also have the keyboard, but it's not in the product description. :/ As it is, I'm sort of wondering about Acer right now. I know that their first generation systems were terrible, it was looking much better with the newly designed systems (like my Travelmate) when I bought my current system, but I'm hearing some definite negatives about build quality again now. ^^; *sigh* Maybe I'll try plugging in my old system (do I even have a powerpack for it anymore?!?) and see how the old keyboard feels. :P

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
I love to romp!

*touch wood* A hot pack and some attention to posture seem to've made it better. It's obviously time to enter the "exercise" part of my vicious cycle of neck pain. :/ I hope yours is feeling better, too.

Does heat help you? There's a so neat thing! Ysa's Chris has one, and I will need one, too: http://www.theflashpack.com/ (or more than one).

I've been told that Mac no longer had the edge in graphics. Since I'm not going to spend the time in Windows to test that, I can't say anything. If Chris still lived in Toronto, I'd go Linux. I do know a couple of other Linux people in the city, but I feel better able to pester him for tech support. ^_^

I can't remember what size you said you are. I thought you were around my size, which I've been told is too narrow for an ergonomic keyboard. (It was a physiotherapist I was seeing … for my neck. O_o) But you know better what works for you.

(BTW, sorry 'bout the Mac debate thing. I'll stop now, really. *leave tea (in a thermos, to stay warm 'til you wake up) & cookies (in an airtight container, to stay fresh)*)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)

^^; Heat helps a bit. Right now, I'm using the microwaveable Healthpac (Santepac).

Ohhh, Mac's lost the graphics advantage? Hmm... less reason for me to consider switching then beyond the Windoze silliness. ^^;

I think we're similar in size--I'm about 5' tall and take a size 2 (maybe, this was iffy again last time I went clothes shopping. :/ ) WRT the ergonomic keyboard, I don't use one for the desktop and those look like they'd be quite uncomfortable for me to use. The ergonomic laptop keyboard's curvature is quite slight... 5 degrees maybe? I think the main advantage is that it's just a little easier on my wrists since they don't need to be quite so "in". To be honest, I didn't expect to take to the ergonomic keyboard as much as I did (I was sceptical when I tried it out the first time), but I ended up falling in love with it instantly, which is one of the main reasons I ended up with an Acer. ^^;

(*laughs* No worries. To be honest, I've been seriously thinking about getting off the Windoze platform for a while now. It's just too flakey and annoying sometimes, but I've also been so long out of DOS that Linux is a bit spooky sometimes. ^^; )

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)

heh… microwaveable anything is not an option for me, as I have no microwave.

On your other comment, yes, the MacBookPro is extremely tempty with its temptiness. *covets* You use yours on your lap and never on a desk, right? When I used a friend's, it was on a table and I noticed that the keyboard was so far back that the front of the computer was interfering with my forearms. However, the keyboard (straight) is heavenly. It is very nice & responsive. Did I mention *covets*?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)

*laughs* Wow! That's a bit unexpected these days. ^^;; FWIW, FSU tells me that the microwaveable pack lasts 1/2-1 hr the heated ones ~1-2 hrs, while the adhesive heat pads with gel suffer from gravitational pull issues over time. :P

Yeah, my system's always in the lap. ^^; The MacBookPro is very tempting. If it had a stronger graphics card, I might even go for it since the processing power is definitely there. (I probably wouldn't go top of the line though.) ^^;

I think I'll have to give up on the ergonomic keyboard. *sigh* I'm also looking at Lenovo (formerly IBM) which is known for their keyboards (straight but very nice feel). Actually, it was quite amusing watching the product video. Apparently the laptop can go to the washroom when you spill something on it. ^^;

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
No good can come of this!

heh, I have a near-Pavlovian response to mention of IBM laptops, which is praise of the keyboard. It's *dreamy* to type on.

"go to the washroom"? O_o Neat trick, bad analogy.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)

*laughs* But it's very, very apt. ^^; FSU thought the same thing when I showed her the video. :P

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
No good can come of this!

*grin* You don't still have the link, maybe? I'm curious to see this.

BTW, have you ordered it yet? I've been thinking I should suggest putting you in touch with Stuart, who has quite a bit of experience with laptops, having done a lot of set-ups for his company. (Why yes, I am late with this offer, but I didn't want to imply that you didn't know what to look for. Or something. *hides*)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Link below. ^_^


IIRC, the relevant part is about half-way through the video. You'll know when it comes to the design and there's a styrofoam cup by the computer.

Not yet. I almost caved in yesterday when a thought came to mind about Vista compatibility and if I'm reading things right, it's not compatible right now. :/ This is bad.

Believe me, any help I can get right now, I'll take, but I really want to order it by the end of tonight if at all possible, the weekend at the latest. I have terrible timing. :/

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)

I must say I'm impressed your Acer lasted as long as it has -- it's one brand that usually goes out quite quickly, especially considering the wear you've put on it. It also does have a reputation for poor service, wherever one is in the world. Because I work in tech support, I've seen a number of different brands passing through, and though Acers are quite feature-packed, they're really not good for reliability.

Generally, the two most reliable brands I've seen, things that will last years and usually have good tech support, are Fujitsu and Toshiba. They usually come with a zillion features and large screens, but are also usually the most expensive (and heavy, because of the screens). I personally own a secondhand Toshiba (4+ years). This laptop belonged to my brother, and was his schooling laptop. It's technically still fast for a regular work computer in spite of its age. I have problems with the DVD/RW, which makes rattling noises and won't always read CDs, but it's still chugging along. As far as chassis goes, these two brands are tanks.

VAIOs are nice -- feature packed, fairly reliable, nice screens too. We have one in the house. They're good upper-midrange priced laptops. However, being Sony means you could be stuck with Sony-only stuff for it. They're very light though, and feel plasticky.

Compaqs/HP are great mid-range laptops. The models I've seen have nice features and are usually good value. This is the sort of laptop I'd recommend if you want a stable, solid laptop with reasonable features for a reasonable price. The oldest ones we have at the office are about 3 years old. We've had trouble with the keyboard, which after 2 years had trouble loading, and there was an issue with the modem (back when the Internet used dial-up). The most major issue was with the power supply, which refused to let the laptop run without being plugged in (after 2+ years (most laptops I've met have this problem after a few years though). The new models we just bought for the office have been more reliable. Usually quite nicely built in terms of strength.

Asus is okay, about a step above Acer. They're cheap, usually lightweight and always advertise a lot of features. My father owned one, and it's lasted 4 years. We had power supply problems in 6 months -- support gave it back to us after 3 weeks -- and power supply problems still plagued us long after that. The HD we got with it also wasn't very good, since that would fail every couple of weeks after the first 2 years. Faulty laptop HDs and power supplies are two of the most common issues I've seen with cheaper laptops. :(


Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Yggdrasil's CD drive noises: Cheap generic CD drives are known to have rattling noises. I have this problem on both my laptop and my desktop. While it doesn't exactly mean your CDs won't read, it's annoying. If you can, get a good branded CD/DVD drive. Imation is the best I've worked with. Samsung and Lite-On have both rattled in my direction.

When looking for your laptop, it's good to know what you don't need. Many laptops come with stuff like cameras and memory card adapters you probably won't have to use, so these could just add to your price. A nice screen is nice, but remember that the larger the screen = the heavier the laptop. Look for a large HD, if you don't plan on using a lot of external drives. If you're doing video-editing on your laptop, you should invest in something fast, with no less than 512MB memory (this is a bare minimum -- you should consider going for 1GB or more). A fast video card is nice, but often unecessary unless you're planning to do graphic design or do some gaming.

Don't get any system that wants you to use Windows Vista, and especially not 64-bit systems. Many devices just aren't made to work with Vista/64-bit systems yet, whatever the manufacturer tells you. I personally like AMDs over Intels because they're cheaper and often better value for the price, but if you're getting a branded laptop, it shouldn't matter. The Macs have been building a nice rep for themselves, but do keep in mind lots of the programs made for Windows will not work on or will have limited support for the Mac. You could end up having to train yourself to use an entirely new and very different system.

If the chasis looks and feels too much like a plastic tupperware box (won't hurt to tap it a little when no one's looking), start worrying. Always get something solid that looks like it has thick walls (look at the casings for desktops -- a solid chassis should minimally be about as thick as strong plastic desktop casings).

(I now bow out, fearing that I've rambled a lot. Good luck with the hunt!)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)

Thanks for all the info! ^_^ So far the system's been behaving itself today although it did fail to write one disc. ^^; Avoiding Windows Vista is starting to look a bit tough; it's spreading its tentacles throughout all the systems and finding Windows XP systems is getting much harder. >.<;

I'll take another look at Fujitsu, but those are quite difficult to find here. :/ Actually, I'm finding anything other than HP/Compaq, Toshiba, and Acer difficult to find unless I focus on the small independent shops. Of course, the small shops don't tend to have much in stock for people to actually look at and try out. ^^;

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)

Windows Vista is definitely spreading its tentacles. :( While systems built for Vista will most likely work with Vista, if you are going to bring over stuff from your old computer like printers or cameras to use on the new laptop and can't avoid Vista, check with the manufacturer's websites first for the latest drivers. Knowing whether or not your printer, for example, has Windows Vista drivers, can help you decide if you'll be able to use Vista.

HP bought over Compaq, so any really new HP laptops are actually made by Compaq. If a laptop says it's made by Compaq, it could be slightly old. Nonetheless, Compaq still builds good laptops, and could be the best value for money in the long run. How are you finding the prices of the Toshibas?

Another thought is that if support for your computer worries you, you might want to check with the shop how many years warranty your laptop comes with, and ask them about how quickly they usually get laptops sent for repairs back. Do they have to send things interstate? (I once had to send my motherboard to Taiwan for 3 months. That was not cool.) Will they replace rather than repair? (This option is faster.) Also look up reviews of the models you want to buy, if they exist. This can tell you if certain parts are less good than advertised, or if the laptops were not built well.

I forgot to mention this before, but if an ergonomic keyboard is an issue for you too, have you considered getting a regular USB keyboard? They're quite cheap and easy to buy. The larger keys are also easier to type on. Typing on my laptop usually has me sitting in a crouch, which wrecks my neck. Having a normal keyboard really helped me.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)

I had to get a new drive in my desktop myself. If that's the only problem, I'd invest in a good burner/reader drive. I have a Lite-On, like vampyrichamster mentioned.

Have you looked at Alienware? Because they're gaming laptops, they may be able to give you a better system for heavy duty stuff and you don't have to get it with Windows Vista--which by all accounts is a pain in the arse.

Here's to hoping I have you a useful input.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 29th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)

Out of curiousity, why did you name your laptop Ygdrassil?

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: April 30th, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)

Alienware is awesome stuff, but they are heavy gaming builds. This makes them high-end, which is great, but usually more expensive than everyone else. They are an option though. Because they're high-end and built tough, they will last long. Have also heard good things about their support.

Vista is indeed painful. I got myself a new desktop this month, with 64-bit Vista (because my system needed it). The amount of things that wouldn't work, programs and hardware, was eye-gouging.

If the issue is just the CD/DVD drive, I do agree with akinarei. It will be cheaper to just get an external CD/DVD drive. There are good USB ones available.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)

My dad just got an Alienware. It's beautiful.

It's the first thing I start saving for, too. ^_^

Dad sent his last laptop back because of Vista; it was painful.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)

Sent his last one back because of Vista?? >.<;; I've been trying very hard to find a good compromise system with the things I want and with XP, but it's proving to be rather difficult. >.> I might have to give in and just get Vista...? I'm about 3 months off of where I should've been for buying a system. Hopefully in 3 months, SP1 will be available. Three months ago, finding something with XP should've been much easier. >.

Posted by: The Hamster Of Death (vampyrichamster)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)

It does look like you might have to give in and get Vista. Manufacturers are catching up, so the teething pains may not last that long. Hope you do get your ideal system! :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)

*laughs* Alienware is like buying Voodoo--high end gaming with high, high prices. ^^; Often, the specs aren't on par with what I'm looking for either. ^^;

Yggy was so named because I wanted it to last a long time and have an auspicious name which would hold with the tree of life. ^^; My last system was named for the computer system that was in control of the ship in Infinite Ryvius, so I almost went with... Andromeda for this one IIRC, but I went with the central control computer from AMG instead. :P

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: May 1st, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Cabana boys

LOL. I guess Nidhogg got to that root, no?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: May 2nd, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)

Sad but true, yes. I might still see about sending this one for servicing and/or replace the HD and optical drives. The system itself isn't bad for basic things and office apps, but it definitely struggles with games and video processing can be a bit hard on it now. ^^;

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: July 13th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
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