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oz funghi Sep 17, 2002, 11:32am EDT Report Abuse
PLEASE, for the love of God

give us a laptop forum; there isn't anything on the web on the topic.

please please please pretty please

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john riebel Sep 17, 2002, 08:27pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
ok, now you done it, you've started your own laptop forum, be happy. I own one and it sucks. its only good for one thing, a gameing system when the government ships me around. Like in 2 months when i leave for Kuwait, it goes. but otherwise i hate it. when i get back im building myself a real true desktop. Damn laptops...


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It is better to die on your feet then live on your knees.
oz funghi Sep 18, 2002, 04:49am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
euh, scuse me?

why does it suck? ---> good reason for a forum, no?
besides, the reason why people own laptops is BECAUSE they travel. if i could i would take my desktop around, so i don't see your problem on not wanting to help people with problems conceirning laptops???

whatever, guess that's something they teach you at the army? Shouldn't you be off bombing Bin Laden or something? What's your problem dude?

john riebel Sep 18, 2002, 06:42pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
sorry, know i was a bit hostile yesterday. i'm still having troubles with xp on my laptop and just my laptop in general, no internet with it, therefore im still using old drivers and no OS UPDATES. my only internet in here at work. and by the way its the air force. im smarter and more caring then army personnel.


The path of the soldier is worn by the tread of many feet, all in one direction, none returning.
It is better to die on your feet then live on your knees.
oz funghi Sep 19, 2002, 03:05am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
no offence meant by that :)
ok, but i still need to check out your other posts,
:) :) :) :)

oz funghi Sep 19, 2002, 03:40am EDT Report Abuse
>> toshiba upgrade
ok, i've been talkings**t about toshiba lately, cuz they won't help you with questions about how to upgrade a cpu or a graphix adapter. They even threw me off their forum :) for 'breaking their rules' (this was toshiba usa).
I'm not gonna get into that too deep but appearantly, these so called private messages at toshiba aren't private at all, and so they threw me off because of the content in one of those.

On the other hand i have to admit: their warranty is second to none. i bought a portege 7140 (tosh) off of eBay for 750 bucks (765 euro's actually :) ) with docking station. Their was a minor graphix problem: vertical lines would appear on the display, verry tiny just a pixel wide here & there. As i noticed this model originally came with 3 years warranty; and i knew they didn't start producing untill late '99. so my laptop should have been under warranty, yet i didn't own anything of documents, documentation nor a receipt. So i called the local tosh center, they checked the product number, and it was from march 8, 2000; so still under warranty, and they didn't ask for nor needed an original receipt (it was the laptop that was under warranty, not the buyer) .
so now i've got a new tft screen, but the problem still exists! so they're gonna put in a whole new sytem board!
i'm gonna have a brandnew laptop! crazy no? I love it! and when my warranty's over in a couple of months, i'm gonna have a different cpu installed. (it now is a p3 500mhz; gonna install a 650, because there was a model in the same line with a 650, so i'm sure it's gonna work; and on the other hand, this is a verry thin laptop, so i'm not going any higher yet because of the heat)

but i love warranty!!

Tony George May 20, 2004, 03:52am EDT Report Abuse
>> Thoshiba Satellite - display problem
hi thanks for starting the laptop forum.
i've a problem with my toshiba laptop. its two yrs old and not under warranty.
when i turn on the computer it will boot up as normal. but soon or later - the longest is 15 mins - the
screen will turn white or some crazy colors and the system locks up. usually the CD reading light is turned
on when it gets stuck.

the tech support was kind enough to say that the problem may be the VGA card or ... i forgot the other
things name, its something that handles the video signal to the LCD.

my model is Toshiba Satellite 1200. anyidea what would have gone wrong? i opened it up and checkd
for falty cables or cooling fans. all work perfectly.

any advices about what is the exact problem , how can i solve it will be very helpfull....

thanks a lot,

Unknown Error Jun 08, 2004, 07:15pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Laptop Batteries
If a laptop battery is completly dead will the laptop not tur on? That is what mine seems to be doing. Why can I not just remove the battery and just have the laptop plugged into the wall? Thanks for any help.

Unknown Error Jun 08, 2004, 07:16pm EDT Report Abuse
>> A new adaptor
Does anyone make an adaptor that allows the laptop to be run without the batter in place?

Will Olson II Jun 08, 2004, 08:27pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
Is this the ONE AND ONLY TONY GOREGE OWNER OF IMS...anyway... just plug it into the wall with the battery in. I wont use the battery. Why are you so egar to take the battery out? all you need to do is plug it in the wall. Just curious.

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Unknown Error Jun 09, 2004, 01:05am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
I want to connect it without the battery because the battery is completly dead and this is causing me not to be able to even turn on the laptop. Apparently if the battery is completly shot then the laptop will not work at all. that is my problem. I do not want to have to buy a new battery at this time as I am just testing the laptop out right now just to see what it is capable of. If it can not do what I need it to then I was just going to sell it.

Anon Anon Jun 09, 2004, 03:08pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
You should have no problem running your laptop from the mains without the battery.
I have done a number of repairs on laptops with supposedly 'dead' batteries. Mostly Compaqs. I have found the same problem on a number of other makes as well. If you take the thing apart, and have a good look at where the mains adaptor/charger plugs in, most, but not all, disengage the battery for charging while the computer runs from the mains adaptor. Have a good look at the solder joints. I have found untold amounts of 'dry' joints here stopping the battery from being charged. Hence the battery goes flat and never recharges. This doesn't happen overnight, but seems to be a gradual process. Hope this helps.

As to having a seperate laptop forum, I'm not sure that's such a good idea. A lot of people I know run a mile when you mention laptops, but if you ask the question in an abstract fashion, they can normally resolve the problem. It may be best just to use the Forums already in existence. Comments, anybody?

Will Olson II Jun 09, 2004, 03:50pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
Theres a group for it. Most Laptop problems are under PORTABLE HARDWARE.

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don brown Oct 18, 2004, 08:28pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
does anyone know if it is possible to change an entire motherboard in a laptop machine and where I can get an updated motherboard for my Dell inspiron. I want on that can hold at least one gig of ram

Rory Witham Oct 18, 2004, 08:33pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
yes you can, and dont know doc. welcome to HWA BTW

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Michael A. Oct 21, 2004, 02:54am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
As Will said, laptop discussions go in the "Portable Hardware" forum.

Michael A.
David Faunce Dec 13, 2004, 08:48am EST Report Abuse
I am about to get a laptop and Ive narrowed it down to two. The first is a Toshiba Satellite P4 HT - 3.02Ghz 1mb cache, 512 DDR, 60GB, Radeon 9000 128MB, WiFi, with 15.2 WXGA TFT display (<--nice display). The second is a Dell Pentium 4-M 1.5Ghz centrino. 2MB cache, 256 MB DDR, 60 GB, built in video (?), WiFi, 15.2" Display. The first, to me, seems so much more appealing but people have been telling me centrinos rule because of their extra mb of cache. Each laptop costs about the same so price isn't an issue, the only issue I'm concerned about is heat. Will the first one fry? I'm going to be using alot of design programs (AutoCAD, Pro-E, blah blah) and I know the first will run those programs like cake, but will it fry when I keep it on for long hours? Can the centrino even compete with it?

Josh Dec 13, 2004, 09:30am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
Well, I don't think a 256MB comp could compete with a 512MB one, especially with the tasks you want to do on it. I really doubt that a company would make a laptop with a proc that would overheat, but if you want to make sure, you could use a temp monitoring program.

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David Faunce Dec 13, 2004, 12:30pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
True, but if the centrino is in fact a better buy i would be willing to pay the extra 50 bucks for another 256MB DDR chip and/or even upgrade the video card. What i'm really trying to figure out is how much better is the P4-M 1.5GHz centrino than the P4 HT 3.06GHz or is it even better at all?

george anderson Dec 31, 2004, 04:37pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
You guys should try looking at for more info on laptops. enjoy.

Eamon Jurdzis Jan 14, 2005, 01:20am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: a laptop forum
I have a 6120N Tiny (Mitac) Laptop.
The guy I bought it off didnt seem to have any problems with it (he had xp first edition installed) but I installed windows xp with sp1 and I am having trouble booting up.

On rare occasions it boots up fine after I swich on. However, most of the time when I switch on, there is a single access of the floppy drive, then after a couple of seconds a 3-4 second access of the floppy drive and then the laptop just doesnt do anything else.

A combination of SHIFT, CTRL, ESC, F1 keys whilst switching on seems to work on occasion, but its very haphazard and I'm coming to the conclusion that its just a matter of switching off then on again a few times (the last time I tried, it took 15 attempts at swiching off/on).

The boot sequence is cdrom/HD but the floppy access still occurs. Ive tried removing the floppy drive as there doesnt seem to be any way to disable it in the bios, but the laptop still dont boot.

Any ideas?

It has a PIII 700Meg processor installed with 128Mb ram.

Forgot to mention that as the battery appeared knackered, I have removed it and I am using it on mains power.

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