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      The Kopite91
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      Re: Laptop Assistance
      Reply #75: Oct 18, 2015 04:02:32 pm
      Thanks Bier and fishpie. My travel commitments left me stuck for time to get the best quality service and I paid the price for that, figuratively and literally! Two weeks ago it crashed again, through my terrible Spanish I managed to bring it to a shop here in Chile. They fixed it in three days, for half the price and it runs better now than it did before. They also installed antivirus, and microsoft office (which I had lost the first time I got it fixed).

      Folks, I could do with a bit of advice re. laptops

      I have an Acer Aspire One net book which appears to be fooked -- "hard drive not present" (f*ck knows how/why).

      Not arsed about the loss of data as I backed everything up on USBs/email accounts, but I do need a laptop/notebook to type up documents, send emails etc.

      I'm thinking it probably isn't worth getting it fixed (£100 at PC world or take a chance and do it myself), so I'm looking at getting a new one (a laptop that is, not an Acer) for between £250-350.

      What would be good value in that range, and where is the best place to get one?

      Cheers

      I am clearly not the person to ask in this situation, however I'm sure you'll get the help you want from much more tech savvy people than myself.
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      Reply #76: Oct 18, 2015 04:31:18 pm
      Thanks Bier and fishpie. My travel commitments left me stuck for time to get the best quality service and I paid the price for that, figuratively and literally! Two weeks ago it crashed again, through my terrible Spanish I managed to bring it to a shop here in Chile. They fixed it in three days, for half the price and it runs better now than it did before. They also installed antivirus, and microsoft office (which I had lost the first time I got it fixed).

      I am clearly not the person to ask in this situation, however I'm sure you'll get the help you want from much more tech savvy people than myself.

      I don't know much about computers myself, mate; hence my Acer's hard drive has disappeared or lost it's bearings or something. The word is probably "corrupted", but again I don't know how/why that happened or what the solution is except replacing it, and who's to say if I did that it wouldn't happen again?

      I think the best thing is to ask someone who does have a clue about these things.

      Btw, where in Chile are you? I've just returned from a 3 month trip to Uruguay/Argentina where I met a load of Chileans and I know another who I met in Barcelona and now lives in Madrid. Great people (as with the Uruguayans), great times. Now I'm sitting here in Scotland no less with my mate (the drink) watching the rugby!
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      Reply #77: Oct 18, 2015 11:40:13 pm
      I don't know much about computers myself, mate; hence my Acer's hard drive has disappeared or lost it's bearings or something. The word is probably "corrupted", but again I don't know how/why that happened or what the solution is except replacing it, and who's to say if I did that it wouldn't happen again?

      I think the best thing is to ask someone who does have a clue about these things.

      Btw, where in Chile are you? I've just returned from a 3 month trip to Uruguay/Argentina where I met a load of Chileans and I know another who I met in Barcelona and now lives in Madrid. Great people (as with the Uruguayans), great times. Now I'm sitting here in Scotland no less with my mate (the drink) watching the rugby!

      Sounds very similar to my situation, if you do go down the route of fixing your existing laptop my advice is take your time choosing who/where you get it fixed. As I said earlier in this thread, I rushed my decision and had nothing but trouble until it finally went again. After getting it fixed here in Chile it's as good as a new laptop.

      As for a new one, I'm sure someone will drop in with some great suggestions but as Bier advised me earlier, tech forums will be a better place to get an answer.

      I'm just outside Linares. I was supposed to go to Buenos Aires for a weekend recently but due to work commitments I couldn't go. Gutted! Loving South America so far anyway. I'll be back in Ireland to drown my sorrows in no time myself!
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      Reply #78: Oct 19, 2015 07:17:52 pm
      Folks, I could do with a bit of advice re. laptops

      I have an Acer Aspire One net book which appears to be fooked -- "hard drive not present" (f*ck knows how/why).

      Not arsed about the loss of data as I backed everything up on USBs/email accounts, but I do need a laptop/notebook to type up documents, send emails etc.

      I'm thinking it probably isn't worth getting it fixed (£100 at PC world or take a chance and do it myself), so I'm looking at getting a new one (a laptop that is, not an Acer) for between £250-350.

      What would be good value in that range, and where is the best place to get one?

      Cheers

      Tell me about what you mostly use your laptop for.
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      Reply #79: Oct 19, 2015 08:14:24 pm
      Tell me about what you mostly use your laptop for.

      Mostly work, for typing up Microsoft Office documents, checking news & doing research on the web. Also for sending long emails. Cheers
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      Reply #80: Oct 20, 2015 06:41:14 pm
      Mostly work, for typing up Microsoft Office documents, checking news & doing research on the web. Also for sending long emails. Cheers

      Your ideal laptop would be a sub-£350 laptop from ebuyer.com, dabs.com or amazon.co.uk.

      You'll be wanting between 500GB - 1TB of disk space and at least 4GB RAM.
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      Reply #81: Oct 20, 2015 06:47:55 pm
      Your ideal laptop would be a sub-£350 laptop from ebuyer.com, dabs.com or amazon.co.uk.

      You'll be wanting between 500GB - 1TB of disk space and at least 4GB RAM.

      Which one do you work for?  ;)

      Cheers for the pointers. Are there are any particular makes/models which you could recommend? Or brands to avoid perhaps...?
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      Reply #82: Oct 20, 2015 06:52:36 pm
      Which one do you work for?  ;)

      Cheers for the pointers. Are there are any particular makes/models which you could recommend? Or brands to avoid perhaps...?

      I'd recommend ASUS and MSI due to reliability. I'd stay away from Acer - poor quality components.

      I work for none of the above - just Vodafone ;)
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      Reply #83: Oct 20, 2015 06:59:14 pm
      I'd recommend ASUS and MSI due to reliability. I'd stay away from Acer - poor quality components.

      I work for none of the above - just Vodafone ;)

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      Reply #84: Oct 20, 2015 07:08:43 pm
      If you use your laptop a lot then it's well worth getting a MacBook.

      Comes with all word processing, spreadsheet, presentation etc all built in. Has an antivirus that's better than anything on the market built in too. Pay £60 a month for mine until it's fully covered. They are expensive but I found I was burning through laptops at one every 2 years. These last for 5-8 years before they start to go bad.

      Couldn't praise it highly enough and hate my work laptop now as it's a crappy HP with Windows which is endlessly crashing.
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      Reply #85: Nov 11, 2015 06:50:24 pm
      I am back online after nearly 10 days, " dropped" my laptop, after getting frustrated about the arrow freezing, if you get my drift. Proved  costly to have a new screen. Cost me 65 quid to have a new one fitted.
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      Reply #86: Feb 24, 2016 05:21:45 pm
      Had problems with arrow, keeps freezing, usually use touchpad, bought a new mouse, seems to be working, okay for now anyway. Anyone else had similar problem
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      Reply #87: Feb 24, 2016 06:57:50 pm
      Had problems with arrow, keeps freezing, usually use touchpad, bought a new mouse, seems to be working, okay for now anyway. Anyone else had similar problem

      May want to update the driver for your track pad, have you done any other updates? Have you upgraded to Windows 10 for instance?
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      Reply #88: Feb 24, 2016 07:05:48 pm
      Had problems with arrow, keeps freezing, usually use touchpad, bought a new mouse, seems to be working, okay for now anyway. Anyone else had similar problem

      When you're using the touchpad is there any chance your tapping in the top left corner of it? You could be turning your touchpad off without realizing hence the freezing of the arrow.
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      Reply #89: Mar 19, 2016 01:42:19 am
      Had problems with arrow, keeps freezing, usually use touchpad, bought a new mouse, seems to be working, okay for now anyway. Anyone else had similar problem

       You might have turned it off i startup services, try and find a new driver for it maybe.
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      Reply #90: Mar 20, 2016 08:55:25 am
      Thanks for your suggestions, have upgraded to Windows 10, bought a new mouse as a backup, seems to be working fine at the moment, thanks anyway.

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