Should I buy this laptop?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Jon_Are, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

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    I have an opportunity to pick up a used Dell laptop for $90.

    It has 256MG RAM, 4GB drive, and no OS. (Don't know the CPU).

    Would XP run on this thing? How much (approx.) is this machine worth?

    Thanks,

    Jon
     
  2. Diallo B

    Diallo B Screenwriter

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    would need more specs to provide a definite answer. but i would lean toward no. i wouldn't go through the headache. do you know the processor speed? depending on what it is i would run win 98se or win 2000.

    also, with a 4 gig hard drive after you update windows xp and put any programs on the computer you would effortlessly max out the hard drive.
     
  3. Chris Hovanic

    Chris Hovanic Supporting Actor

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    Dell = good (most of the time) More than likely its a P2 350 or 400Mhz.

    XP should run on it (i have it running on a 200 Mhz Pentium with 192MB of ram)

    The hard drive is kinda small for XP (its kinda a pig with a full install)

    Battery life will be your problem. If the battery is on its way out you would be lucky to get 30 min of uptime on the battery. A replacement battery prob would be around $75-$100.

    $90 would be a fair price... tough I would offer $75 [​IMG]
     
  4. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

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    Thanks, guys...

    It comes with two batteries, don't know how old they are. I didn't realize replacements were so much. Also comes with a case (I know, big deal [​IMG])

    I'll try to find out the processor speed.

    How much space does XP fill?

    Jon
     
  5. Chris Hovanic

    Chris Hovanic Supporting Actor

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    After updates and hotfixes... your prob looking at around 2 gigs
     
  6. Robt_Moore

    Robt_Moore Stunt Coordinator

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    Pricewatch is showing 40GB hard drives for Dell notebooks for $99.

    If you have a 32bit cardbus slot (PCMCIA), you could do a wireless network card.

    I think $90 is a good price.

    Bob
     
  7. Max Leung

    Max Leung Producer

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    Batteries will cost you...it is doubtful that batteries older than 2 years old will still be alive!

    Stupid batteries.
     
  8. Kris McLaughlin

    Kris McLaughlin Stunt Coordinator

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    I say jump on it, you never know when something like that might come in handy.

    I got a Pentiuim 100 (yes, that's Pentium 1!) laptop a few months ago & it makes a great MP3 client (small & silent) to play my collection & streaming audio over the HT. Can also surf the web on the couch, just for kicks while watching TV or whatever. It's been well worth the price (a case of beer.)

    A p2 or p3 like you're looking at would be even more capable. Might be fun to see what you can do with it.
     

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