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    Default Help me buy a laptop please!

    Hi my favorite diaper techies, Im looking for help selecting a new laptop to buy for my mom.

    Obviously Im looking to save a lot of money, so anything around $200 or less is desired.

    The requirements for this laptop are very low, my mom only needs a laptop that can read her watchtower cd's, so that means small hard drive and a cd reader.

    She has no internet access at her home. But I can update and install whatever programs she may need.

    As for the OS, anything will do, win95 is fine with me.

    The laptop does not need a lot of internal memory, it basically just has to read CD's and run a word processor.

    My moms old laptop was one I gave her, The screen doesn't turn on but I can hear the fans running at boot up, it looks like it may be the screen possibly the graphics card also but I haven't been able to diagnose that. Its a toshiba satellite; would it be cheaper to buy a new screen and replace it or should i just buy another comp for her?

    Any advice is welcomed. Thanks for the help you wonderful waddling people.

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    My wife got a refurbished one for a good price from Wally Mart last year. Check there and Best Buy for refurbished ones.

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    Hi.

    If battery time is not important:
    For the requirements your mother has I would recomend getting a used/second hand laptop. That would be far cheaper than buying a new one.
    Laptop CD/DVD players are often defective on older laptops, so make sure that works with a music/software CD.

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    Well i would recommend a chrome book or a mini laptop for cheap, but that obviously doesn't fit what you need. Because of needing a disk drive, I would suggest a referb as well if you are really trying to go cheap and still have a disk drive, most cheap devices don't have dvd drives anymore. http://www.dellauction.com/ Is a place that i personally haven't tried, but i knew a guy who once did and was satisfied. You might be able to find a cheapy on there.

    The other option is to get a Mini laptop for her such as http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-NB505-...laptop+windows

    And then you can remove the old DVD drive from her laptop, and use a converter cable to make the DVD drive connect with usb using this silly device (so long as it looks like it is the same conneciton, i have one for my old dvd drive and it works great): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The reason i would suggest using the old dvd drive and this little converter is it is cheaper than buying an external dvd drive that is new.

    Note: I didn't put much effort into finding a good mini laptop that i would actually suggest, but the one i posted is pretty cheap.

    Note-2: Also, dellauction.com sometimes does not include an operating system, you have to watch out for that, unless you want to buy an OS after.

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    Old laptop and wheelchairs don't mix well unless you have a laptop cooler. here why. Older laptops have fans. Which sucks air from the bottom which acts as a vacuum. Any fabric that has lint and such Cat hair and such will be suck in and burn out the laptop. Older windows if a problem happens like you have to reformat the computer you can not update it.

    A another idea is Get a tablet with 32 to 64 gb of ram. Now what you can do is upload watchtower to the tablet and update as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lestat View Post
    Get a tablet with 32 to 64 gb of ram.

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    Get her a mid-range android tablet plus this DVD reader:
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Portab.../dp/B008AJLPYS
    (it is supposed to work with android too - but may need a so called USB OTG (on the go) cable ... but those are cheap).

    Or as suggested rip the CD/DVDs and put them on the tablet / USB Storage...


    For these needs though tablets are in general far more applicable then entire PC/Laptops.
    Easier to use, more intuitive - light weight, good battery life, good screens... very portable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulqy117 View Post

    My moms old laptop was one I gave her, The screen doesn't turn on but I can hear the fans running at boot up, it looks like it may be the screen possibly the graphics card also but I haven't been able to diagnose that. Its a toshiba satellite; would it be cheaper to buy a new screen and replace it or should i just buy another comp for her?

    Any advice is welcomed. Thanks for the help you wonderful waddling people.
    You might not actually have to replace the screen. I had the same problem with this laptop I'm using now. I could tell the computer was booting but nothing was being output to the screen so I hooked it up to an external monitor and reinstalled the operating system and that fixed my issue (what ever it actually was :/ )

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    Quote Originally Posted by soupy View Post
    You might not actually have to replace the screen. I had the same problem with this laptop I'm using now. I could tell the computer was booting but nothing was being output to the screen so I hooked it up to an external monitor and reinstalled the operating system and that fixed my issue (what ever it actually was :/ )
    There is a switch that powers down the screen when the laptop is closed. Another possibility, this switch is has dirty or worn contacts which would prevent the screen from lighting up A common enough complaint with older laptops. As you mentioned attaching an external screen, this would give a better idea of what is happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acorn View Post
    There is a switch that powers down the screen when the laptop is closed. Another possibility, this switch is has dirty or worn contacts which would prevent the screen from lighting up A common enough complaint with older laptops. As you mentioned attaching an external screen, this would give a better idea of what is happening.
    Im currently looking into finding a cable to hookup to an external monitor but no luck so far. Money is tight so I cant be spending too much looking for and buying replacements for it to work. I like the idea of the netbook and modifying the dvd drive, that was recently replaced so I know it works.

    Thank you guys for the suggestions.

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