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which one would be better for a user who does web browsing, typing
MS-Word documents, creating PPT files, using MS-Publisher and such basic
things. It is for the user's home use. No gaming or any other resource
intensive jobs would be done. Max would be a browser, two or three
office applications running simultaneously.

the HP Pavilion dm1z series do the job?

I have heard of AMD having more heating issues than Intel processors so
was leery about it.

I notice the Acer for 328 is a good deal at
but I don't know much about Acer machines reputation.

Or, would there be better deals from Dell or other vendors?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Re: laptop for basic office use?

On 8/20/2010 8:11 PM, g wrote:
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Is it going to actually used as a portable machine or as a desktop
replacement? If the latter, I'd go for the largest possible screen which
would fit the budgetary constraints. If the former, smaller size and weight
becomes a factor. Will it be used on batteries or will it be plugged in
almost all the time? If the latter, sub-par battery life is of no concern.
Keyboards on some laptops are pure hell for a touch typist to use. Larger
machines seem more likely to have better full-sized keyboards, sometimes
they even have numeric keypads. If the machine is a desktop replacement an
external mouse or trackball is easy to add so the PITA pointing devices on
most laptops is a non-issue.

The prices for laptops which will do the simple tasks you describe have
come down fantastically over the past couple of years. It seems that I get
an advertisement every day or two for a low-cost computer that would fill
the requirements quite well and most of the time they cost < $500 and these
aren't stripped down either -- they have largish screens, 3-4gB of memory,
300+gB disks, etc. Sometimes a refurbished machine in the $300-$350 range
shows up that would probably do the job.

Re: laptop for basic office use?

On 8/20/2010 9:16 PM, John McGaw wrote:
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Thanks John for the suggestions. I appreciate that.

Thanks Grinder for the netbook link.

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Grinder wrote:
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I suggest that you NOT bother with Samsung's NetBook N-150.
I bought one a few months ago and am extremely disapointed
with it. I cannot connect it to my desktop computer and
Samsung's support is abysmal. The only way to contact them is through
Chat and the two sessions I had with them were worthless - incompetent
support. Samsung has an on-line messaging that is equally worthless. To
send them a question about their product you have to know the model
number for the product. The input slot on the form for that number does
not work - can't input - see the form below.

This is the page where you can fail to communicate with Samsung: #

 From there you get the form for your complaint
Fill out the top of the form down to Model Number and then you come to a
dead stop.
I sent several complaints to the Samsung web master about this form but
there was no response.
They just don't want to be bothered.

Avoid it!

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On 8/21/2010 12:49 PM, JD wrote:
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Out of curiosity, what does this mean? The Samsung has an ethernet port and
a wireless network card? Are you saying that neither of these work? I've
not seen a laptop yet, even some pretty trashy units, that wouldn't
communicate when I plugged a cat-5 cord into it and my network switch.

I don't doubt that their tech support is abysmal, that being the common
trend, but usually something as simple as networking a few computers
together doesn't really require any support beyond that which is built into
the operating system.

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John McGaw wrote:
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I am just now coming out of a great black hole (Samsung's) and am
beginning to get the gist of the Win7-Win2K connection. It appears that
the Kerio firewall is now doing the blocking. I dumped it for a while
and had great results with the TCP/IP connection. Now all I need is a
grenade to blow a hole in Kerio  :-)

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John McGaw wrote:
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I missed a few things. My two computers are connected to a router and it
is connected to an ADSL modem and the two computers. I don't like
wireless. My brain gets battered enough with electromagnetic waves. I
think the NetBook is quite good - no noise at all - but it takes some
getting used to. Forget about the Sam..... support.

Re: laptop for basic office use? - Solution

JD wrote:
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Thanks to Carroll Robbins I found the solution:

 > Under Administration, press the Advanced button to open the Firewall
 > Configuration window. Select the Microsoft Networking tab. Tick "For
 > Microsoft Networking Use These Rules Instead of Filter Rules". Tick
 > "Allow Microsoft Network Name Resolution". Tick "Allow Other Users to
 > Access My Shared Folders/Printers". Optionally tick any of the other
 > boxes. If you tick a "trusted" box then you need to setup the Trusted
 > Address Group.

OK Carroll, YOU did it.   :-)

All I had to do was to unclick those two arrows at the Trusted Address
Group and now all is well.  Would you believe that Samsung knows nothing
about things like this?

Many thanks for your help Carroll.

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