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nWo4Life
2009-05-05, 05:38 PM
Here are the specs for my Laptop
Model : Dell Inspiron 6000
Operating System Windows XP
Memory 504 mb
Processor 1.5 Ghz
Hard Drive 52 GB
CD CD burner/ DVD Player

My laptop is a number of years old and I have done many system restarts over the course of 4 years. A weird thing which is occurring is when I am listening to windows media player and having an excel open it is taking up 80% of my CPU usage. My brother has an identical laptop and his cpu usage is 8 percent even when playing music and having the same programs open.

The only difference I can think of is he is using the McAfee Security Center which came with the dell, even though he hasn't downloaded any updates for it since 2007. I deleted that one to purchase AOL McAfee Security Center. Would the differences in McAfee make such a huge difference? Another thought, I use a external hard drive WD to store my music. Every time after I take it out my computer slows down considerable--is that the cause?

nWo4Life
2009-05-05, 06:04 PM
Another thought, would it make a difference if I only have 16.5 GB of free space, he has 20.

direwolf-pgh
2009-05-05, 06:23 PM
Start > Run type: taskmgr (hit enter)
note/study the programs/processes/performance tabs

your answer resides within the information given.
new laptops are $450.. I would not invest any money in older technology upgrades.

also, your laptop is probably using the external drive as a 'swap file' - perhaps thats why it slows when unplugged.

dump any $$ antivirus and consider free.avg.com (free avg antivirus)

nWo4Life
2009-05-05, 06:44 PM
Thanks,
Is the virus protection program I bought from AOL that much of a resource hog? I do plan on getting a good computer within the next 2 months, haven't decided if I want a laptop or desk.

jameskg
2009-05-05, 08:51 PM
MOST consumer av programs are ridiculous resource hogs. SAV Corp 10.x is really lean and effective, if you can get that. Otherwise, free AVG does a really good job, considering the price.

as far as upgrading.. why pay? There is a tried and true TTD method available for getting a decent used laptop for free....

mooncusser
2009-05-05, 10:17 PM
sounds like james is offering. you might want to check first if it will be a Windows or Linux pc.

jameskg
2009-05-05, 11:37 PM
actually my offer is a standing one (OS is flexible), but only to females, of course.. though it does slightly deviate from the standard TTD procedure, as I don't really like that particular method...

Karst
2009-05-06, 08:45 AM
Ditch the Dell, get an Apple Mac ;)

nWo4Life
2009-05-06, 11:02 AM
Funny you should mention that, worked with someone who had a MacBook Pro and being the first time working with a Mac was extremely impressed. I like the feature to toggle between 9 different windows and the ability to move one program to another, keyboard was better to type with. Only real draw back I found is that his Excel and Word programs were not that good and didnt have a lot of features on windows.

VRMan
2009-05-06, 02:22 PM
Funny you should mention that, worked with someone who had a MacBook Pro and being the first time working with a Mac was extremely impressed. I like the feature to toggle between 9 different windows and the ability to move one program to another, keyboard was better to type with. Only real draw back I found is that his Excel and Word programs were not that good and didnt have a lot of features on windows.

The "only real drawback"?? How 'bout the fact that you can pick up a "decent" Win lappy for $400-$500 brand new and the Macbook Pros run more than double that used and $1,700 and up new? :wtf: Of COURSE the Mac users will tell you "you get what you pay for" but as far as I'm concerned not THAT much better unless you've got the money to burn (and it doesn't sound like you do).

direwolf-pgh
2009-05-06, 02:49 PM
I like the feature to toggle between 9 different windows and the ability to move one program to another ALT + Tab is your friend.

open a bunch of stuff.. keep tapping the tab key holding Alt

nWo4Life
2009-05-06, 07:14 PM
ALT + Tab is your friend.

open a bunch of stuff.. keep tapping the tab key holding Alt

Cool, learn something new everyday :wave:

Karst
2009-05-07, 04:45 PM
Of COURSE the Mac users will tell you "you get what you pay for" but as far as I'm concerned not THAT much better unless you've got the money to burn (and it doesn't sound like you do).

:nono: You pay for quality, my friend. Look at the OP - doesn't that tell you all? :cool:

Five
2009-05-12, 04:07 AM
quality OS, poor hardware :P

nWo4Life
2009-07-09, 06:31 PM
For me my next computer is a tossup between this

http://store.apple.com/us-hed/configure/Z0FP -- say around 1,600


or

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cto.do -- spend about 1,500 - 1,600 too

ffooky
2009-07-10, 12:16 PM
If you go the Mac route you can run Excel/Word in a VM. VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/) is excellent and free, VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop are commercial but maybe more polished. As long as you have enough RAM the performance is more than acceptable but you can always boot into Windows via Boot Camp if you prefer.

AAR.oner
2009-07-10, 12:40 PM
If you go the Mac route you can run Excel/Word in a VM. VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/) is excellent and free, VMWare Fusion and Parallels Desktop are commercial but maybe more polished. As long as you have enough RAM the performance is more than acceptable but you can always boot into Windows via Boot Camp if you prefer.

so is VirtualBox basically an opensource Parallels? being able to run TLH, EAC, and Ones on my mac would be really nice

ffooky
2009-07-10, 01:14 PM
Yep, though it seems VB 3.0 isn't ready for prime time at least on OS X so 2.2.4 might be a safer bet at the mo. I ran a version a while back and it was great but at that time at least it couldn't use a Boot Camp partition as a VM so I went for a beta of Fusion which still does the job.

nWo4Life
2009-07-10, 07:49 PM
If I go the windows route, should I wait for Windows 7? Heard it go rave reviews

direwolf-pgh
2009-07-12, 08:51 PM
they must have shitcanned all the Vista project managers because Windows 7 is very good.

it actually has real features that enhance functionality :lol: yeah, I couldnt believe it either.

rspencer
2009-07-12, 09:30 PM
Must have been an accident. I'm sure they won't let it happen again.

nWo4Life
2009-07-19, 07:41 PM
Ok, mac question -- should I get iwork 09 or microsoft office for mac?

Alex231
2009-07-20, 12:49 AM
Ok, mac question -- should I get iwork 09 or microsoft office for mac?

No.

lintoni
2009-07-20, 02:45 AM
so is VirtualBox basically an opensource Parallels? being able to run TLH, EAC, and Ones on my mac would be really nice

have you tried wine?

http://davidbaumgold.com/tutorials/wine-mac/

nWo4Life
2009-07-20, 08:49 AM
No.

so neither?

ffooky
2009-07-21, 09:32 AM
have you tried wine?

http://davidbaumgold.com/tutorials/wine-mac/
I've never managed to get EAC to work with wine and it's fairly hit and miss with other programs in my experience.

ffooky
2009-07-21, 09:35 AM
so neither?
Before springing for either, give NeoOffice (http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php) a spin and see if it covers whatever functions of MS Office that you need.

lintoni
2009-07-21, 09:39 AM
have you tried wine?

http://davidbaumgold.com/tutorials/wine-mac/
I've never managed to get EAC to work with wine and it's fairly hit and miss with other programs in my experience.

I've no experience with macs, but I had no trouble with EAC on Ubuntu linux/wine. The appdb lists no problems with recent EAC/wine versions

http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=1190

ffooky
2009-07-21, 09:54 AM
I have the luxury of triple-booting on my Intel Macs so I've never really tried all that hard with wine but it's certainly a hell of a lot easier on Ubuntu.