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buying a used laptop ????

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JJAG, Jul 19, 2003.

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  1. JJAG

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    i am looking to buy a used laptop off of ebay.i only need it for 3 sems. of school and will only be using it for writing papers when away from the desktop at home.what are the key elements i need to look for (mhz, petium,drives etc.).i dont need to much and i dont want to spend alot.i notice alot of used laptops come with no os loaded is this ok and is it easy to load a os.if you know of any other web sights that would have a better deal let me know.thanks
     
  2. buddhafabio

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    be very carefull there is a big problem with people saying laptop is a certian speed and it turns out to be an old 200 mhz laptop. or a lot of people just take the money and run, if you buy from some one with lots of feed back you are ok
     
  3. JJAG

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    what is the least amount of mhz and petium would be good for what im doing.i see alot of under 200 mhz that claim it can do what i need.
     
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    Going to move this to hardware where you should get some other/better ;) responses....... :D
     
  5. Jedi_Master

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    Howdy there JJAG...

    IMHO...try to if you can, steer away from the older ones, ( several reasons for this, CMOS battery will be weak, components old and worn out, etc...), and steer away from the Compaq's ( I've had to replace several motherboards after almost a year, coming from ebay ), Toshiba's are good, and Dell's are better, and if all you need is word processing, and saving documents, get the one with the largest hard drive...
     
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    And a another key fetcher that every body overlooks is an internal CDROM drive, however not one that you have to swap with the floppy drive, this is important if your going to load an OS. A few things that will be handy but not a necessity is, USB ports, integrated NIC, and at least two PCMCIA slots.
     
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    OHHHH...yes...pronute...forgot about those...( must be the beer :D )...
     
  8. Cosmic

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    One big risk you are taking buying sight unseen is a number of those older ones look like cr*p on the display, especially after getting a lot of hours under the hood. Might be the reason the guy is selling it.

    A description of the specs gives you a fair idea of what to expect but you never really know about something used until you put your eyeballs on it.

    Failing that, I would pay particular attention to the photos on ebay. If it ain't fired up, might email and ask for a photo of it in action.

    Be horrible to get the deal of the century and have to look at a ratty screen for the rest of your school dazes. I far prefer buying local and being able to see the intended machine of your dreams before the big wedding. Might even get a better price, I like computer shows for buying used hardware. Big selection in one spot. Price is one thing, but exactly what it looks like is another.
     
  9. JJAG

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    thanks for all the helpful info.
     
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