The Inspiron Mini is a series of netbook computers manufactured by Dell between 2008 and 2010. Although no longer available new, as of October 2013, the line was still recent enough that used models were easy to find and buy. The various models of Inspiron Mini come in three main groups, known as the 9 Series, 10 Series and 12 Series. In each case, the number refers to the diagonal screen size in inches. The speed of the processor is virtually identical across all models, though later models in the 10 Series may feel faster and thus more powerful in…
Watching TV on your computer can be a nice way to take your entertainment away from the living room, until you find yourself sitting comfortably while an infomercial comes on and you have to get up to change the channel. If you've got the TV tuner in your laptop, a remote control is also in order. You can use a hardware remote that includes an infrared receiver or you can use a mobile device to control your computer through a shared Wi-Fi connection.
The dreaded "Operating System was not Found" error means that your computer is unable to find and load the Windows installation because of a hardware or software problem. Laptops pose additional complications over desktop computers when they can't find the operating system because they have fewer contingency options and do not have the same hardware options to fall back on, if there is a problem.
Laptops are safe to use for online banking as long as you use a secure network to connect to the Internet and take security precautions. From a functionality standpoint, laptops are not different from desktops. A laptop's enhanced mobility makes the device prone to certain types of security lapses. Hackers try to exploit your behavior as a laptop user -- rather than the device itself -- to obtain your personal information.
Unlike desktops that remain in a controlled environment, laptops go everywhere we go, putting them at great risk for acquiring dust, dirt and debris. A filthy laptop can be a breeding ground for bacteria, particularly if you tend to use the laptop in public places like coffee shops and bookstores. Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule is the best way to ensure your laptop's performance and protect yourself from harmful germs.
Letting your laptop go to sleep or shutting it down completely helps save on electricity consumption, especially if you're not planning to use it for a while. In most cases this power saving mode works fine, but sometimes your laptop may power back up for no apparent reason. Sometimes an incorrect setting or previously scheduled task is to blame, but malware such as viruses can cause it as well.
All MacBook Air laptops have a built-in fax, but to use it, you must connect your system to your telephone line with a USB modem adapter. This connector will convert your USB port into a dialup modem, which is required for fax capabilities. Once connected, you can send faxes through your Print page. All you need is your recipient's fax number and area code.
Apple’s line of MacBook Pro laptops eschews FireWire connectivity in favor of Apple’s Thunderbolt system. While Thunderbolt is faster than FireWire, the Thunderbolt port on your MacBook doesn't do you any good if the device you are attempting to connect uses FireWire. If you want to use FireWire on your MacBook Pro, you need an adapter.
There is no difference between an AC Adapter, a power supply and a charger in reference to a laptop computer: all three functions are handled by the device's external power device. With laptops, all three names refer to the same device that's commonly referred to as a "power brick." There are other devices that individually serve as internal power supplies, external power supplies and battery chargers; however, all laptop power units provide both power and charging functions from an external source.
While tablet sales have caused precipitous drops in traditional computer sales, there is still (as of late summer 2013) a need for computers as content creation devices, with keyboards and trackpads. One of the industry leaders in laptop computer sales is Apple, with their MacBook line. While MacBooks use Intel processors, just like Windows PCs do, Apple has a number of distinctive features in their laptops without Windows analogs, and Apple is more than willing to jettison features that it feels its customers no longer use.
Narrator is a part of the Microsoft Accessibility suite that reads text aloud on a page or in a document. Narrator can be useful on ASUS notebooks or tablets with smaller screens if you have trouble viewing small print or text. By default, Narrator reads all screen text once you enable it, so you might find it distracting in some applications that don’t require you to view hard-to-read small text. If you want to disable the Narrator on your ASUS system, you can do so in a few seconds.
The fan in your MacBook helps keep the CPU and GPU cool and prevents damage from overheating. It is not possible to completely disable a MacBook’s fan, nor would it be advisable -- your CPU and GPU would almost immediately suffer catastrophic temperature spikes that would render the laptop unusable. However, if your MacBook fan is always running at high speed for no apparent reason, you can reset the laptop’s system management controller to quiet the fan and return it to its quiet default setting.
Computers don't last forever, and the MacBook Pro is no exception. Although components rarely stop working all at once, you'll find common symptoms that could point to trouble in the future. Hard drive failure, batteries that won't hold a charge, video card problems and slow boot and response times could indicate a problem that requires attention. Apple Hardware Test and Disk Utility can help determine the cause of your computer troubles before it becomes a bigger problem.
Compared with older batteries that suffered from the so-called "memory effect" (in which repeatedly failing to fully charge a battery could reduce its capacity), MacBook batteries have a simpler charging process. For individual charges, failing to fully discharge or fully recharge the battery won't have any significant effects on performance. Over the long term, however, several tips from Apple and its representatives may extend battery life.
In the laptop world, the battery is the great equalizer. No matter how cheap or expensive your rig is, they'll all suffer from battery degradation. If you can't take your laptop with you and use it away from the power cord, you might as well own a desktop. Normal, expected wear is typically the culprit for poor battery performance, but other issues could be making the problem worse.
To avoid losing important data, you should not only back up regularly but also monitor the storage disk in your system for signs of failure. Modern Toshiba desktop and laptop computers include the HDD-SSD Alert utility that monitors your hard disk or solid-state drive in real time and notifies you of errors or potential problems. While it is prudent to take heed of any disk-related warning messages the program displays, the alert utility does sometimes produce false positives that require you to reset the application before you can use your Toshiba computer normally without the errors.
The same versatility that makes a laptop computer so useful is also what makes it so vulnerable. For example, one of its main features -- its portability -- makes it a tempting target for thieves or hackers, in addition to making it more likely to suffer physical damage than a desktop. Beyond that, the laptop's compact size means that it is more likely to overheat. Safeguarding your laptop from these risks is key if you want your machine to enjoy a long life of service.
If your job entails working in cold environments or outdoors, it's important to be confident that your computer can handle the conditions. Cold weather is a minor concern for computers, especially when it comes to battery life and LCD monitors. Cold weather tends not to affect the life span of a computer, though extreme cold is an exception and does require you to take extra safety precautions to make sure your computer does not break.
For all of their portability (or because of it), laptops are susceptible to issues that don’t affect desktop computers. If your laptop gets bumped around or jostled, you may start to notice issues with the screen. Additionally, regular use -- opening and closing the computer’s lid -- can sometimes lead to screen issues, though some display problems are software-based, too. If your laptop isn’t displaying colors anymore, some basic troubleshooting will help you isolate the issue.
Though laptop computers are designed to be portable and are therefore fairly hardy machines, problems can still occur that prevent the computer from working correctly. Your laptop’s screen is susceptible to physical damage that affects its display. Cracks can appear in the screen after physical damage, or the screen can malfunction in such a way that it looks like the screen is cracked or cracking. In most instances, screen damage is the result of physical force to the computer.
Touchpads and trackballs are both pointing devices used to translate finger and hand motions to the relative position of a pointer on screen. While touchpads feature tactile sensors for recognizing the position and movement of fingers, trackball sensors detect the rotation of a ball held by a socket. Although both types of pointing devices can be useful, laptops more commonly feature touchpads as opposed to trackballs.
A laptop computer's go-anywhere portability may make it an ideal data companion on the road, with a small footprint that includes enough power to replace a desktop system. Notebooks can't compete with desktop systems for expansion capabilities, however, given their lack of internal slots and the minimal space their shallow casework leaves for connectors. Notwithstanding those limitations, however, laptops can accept a variety of external add-ons.
If you use your laptop primarily for routine tasks such as surfing the Internet, storing media files and watching online movies, then the graphics chip, or GPU, installed in the notebook won't make a big difference in terms of performance. However, if you're a gamer and use your laptop frequently in online frag fests or role-playing games, a faster GPU can improve crucial video performance benchmarks such as frame rate display and rendering. While upgrading or replacing a laptop GPU is rather difficult, you can still improve 3D game performance by overclocking the chip.
An incorrectly installed laptop CPU has a high probability of destroying both the processor and motherboard when powered on. Installing or replacing a CPU on a laptop is more complicated than it is on a desktop computer. Laptop CPUs are usually installed to the motherboard in a factory setting before the case is assembled, which makes self-installing or swapping the CPU a time-consuming, high-risk process.
A laptop IDE hard drive doesn't necessarily have to be set to the "Master" setting to work, but it is likely the device's correct setting. The device jumper settings are relative to how the laptop is designed and if the IDE connection is shared with another drive. The "Master" jumper setting is the most probable setting, but the drive may work in the "Slave" or "Cable Select" jumper positions as well.
Updating the BIOS ROM on a computer will require you to download a file that is specific to the BIOS installed in your machine. Update a BIOS ROM with help from a software engineer with broad and extensive experience developing embedded system firmware in this free video clip.
A number of things can make a laptop computer get too hot, including too much dust. Find out what makes a laptop get hot with help from a software engineer with broad and extensive experience developing embedded system firmware in this free video clip.
Your laptop charger is susceptible to failure like other components including battery packs and drives. Replacement chargers are available in a variety of voltage ratings and sizes. It is important to purchase and use a charger that is compatible with your laptop – same electrical connector, voltage rating, as well as amp rating. Using the wrong charger can damage your laptop’s internal components, power supply and place you at risk of being shocked.
Laptop computers come in a range of different sizes and capabilities. The traditional laptop remains a popular option but carrying around a large computer that may have a 14 to 17 inch screen can be too much bulk and weight for many users. Smaller laptop computers typically weigh around three pounds, rarely have screens over 14 inches and come in a few different styles.
Configuring your laptop the way you want it takes time. While most laptops include a recovery or restore partition that enables you to reinstall Windows and factory-installed software, the process erases any applications you install or data you create. Drive XML's drive cloning/imaging utility lets you create an exact copy of the data on your hard drive that you can use to restore your system in the event your Windows installation becomes corrupt or you want to upgrade to a larger hard disk.
Accessing the built-in Webcam on a Toshiba laptop is something that you do using software that was already installed on your device at the time of purchase. Access the built-in Webcam on a Toshiba laptop with help from a software engineer in this free video clip.
Using the FN key on a Toshiba laptop is something that you do in conjunction with a second key. Use the FN key on a Toshiba laptop with help from a software engineer in this free video clip.
Installing a wireless printer to a Toshiba laptop requires both devices to be on the same wireless network. Install a wireless printer to a Toshiba laptop with help from a software engineer in this free video clip.
Adjusting the brightness on a Toshiba laptop is something that you do right from the system tray. Adjust the brightness on a Toshiba laptop with help from a software engineer in this free video clip.
The "Function" button on a Toshiba laptop is used to access secondary functions of certain keyboard keys. Find out about the "Function" button on a Toshiba laptop with help from a software engineer in this free video clip.
Using a Toshiba laptop recovery disk will restore the device back to its original factory settings. Use a Toshiba laptop recovery disk with help from a software engineer in this free video clip.
Recycling a Toshiba laptop allows you to get some use out of it even after you've upgraded to a newer model. Recycle a Toshiba laptop with help from a software engineer in this free video clip.
Turning the screen off on a Toshiba Satellite is something that you can do right from the Control Panel interface. Turn the screen off on a Toshiba Satellite with help from a software engineer in this free video clip.
If you're almost always online and you store your files in the cloud, one of the Chromebook laptop models may be a good choice for you. They are designed to always be connected to the Internet and store most files online. Their simple design makes them easy to use, but there are several basic differences compared to other laptops in how the Chromebooks work and what functions they offer.
If your laptop has a video output, you should be able to use it with a monitor regardless of the mode in which you use the laptop. The one issue to be aware of when you're booting your laptop into DOS mode is that you won't be able to use any Windows-based display management software included with your laptop. As such, you'll need to use your laptop's hardware key combination to activate the monitor. You may also have better results by connecting the monitor before you boot up your laptop.
In the world of electronics, certain names are more prominent than others. Particularly in the realm of laptops, the names Sony, Dell, Toshiba and Apple regularly appear in conversation. But even for all their similarities, the companies compete, and win, on many different levels.
Before you begin using your new laptop, take some time to perform a few housekeeping tasks that will not only keep your laptop safe, but ensure that you can get the most out of your investment. With a bit of ingenuity, you may be able to complete all tasks without any additional financial investment.
ReadyBoost improves the performance of your computer’s processor so applications load faster. It's a cheap way to get more horsepower out of your netbook, as these small, inexpensive laptops tend to be long on battery life but short on processor power and other technical specs. ReadyBoost is part of the Windows 8 operating system and works by using a removable SecureDigital memory card as virtual memory. The virtual memory also provides a boost in performance when you're running multiple applications on your netbook.
When you unplug your laptop and use battery power, Windows automatically switches to a power-saving mode. This mode extends the life of the battery, but it also causes the laptop to become sluggish at times. When battery consumption is not a major concern, you can increase the laptop's speed by changing to a power plan that emphasizes performance over power savings.
Among the millions of items that have been left behind and confiscated at U.S. airports, laptops are definitely among them. In fact, in 2008, laptop manufacturer Dell published a study reporting that travelers lose 12,000 laptops at airports each week -- although some have criticized and doubted that number, asserting that it's much less. Regardless, laptops lost at airports do go somewhere, and not always back to their original owners.
If you've reformatted your computer or upgraded your operating system, the FN button on your Sony Vaio may no longer work. You'll lose the options to quickly do things, such as adjust brightness, set your computer into hibernation-mode or turn up the volume. If the drivers and Sony software are still on your computer after upgrading without a full reformat, a single setting can re-enable this. Otherwise, you'll find all the software for your model on Sony's site, allowing you to use your Function key again.
It sometimes seems as if companies selling laptops try to overwhelm you with a barrage of abbreviations, acronyms and anacronyms to convince you of the superiority of their products. You might want to pay close attention, however, if you have the option of choosing an SSD or solid-state drive over a traditional HDD or hard disk drive. SSD drives can help your laptop run faster, cooler, quieter and more reliably than old-fashioned HDDs.
Apple’s MacBook computers, available in MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models as of the date of publication, are relatively popular notebook computer options, as indicated by Apple's position as the third most popular computer brand in the US in the first quarter of 2013. While they're essentially your only choice if you want a computer that runs Apple’s Mac-specific OS X operating system, they have other benefits as well. These range from attractively-designed cases to face-to-face support options.
Trying to use a laptop touchpad with gloves on is about as productive as doing algebra while being kicked in the head. Modern touchpads depend on the natural electric properties of the human body to work, making inanimate objects such as a stylus or a pencil eraser ineffective. But there are some workarounds if you want more than fingertip control.
You have been warned. "Do not place electromagnets near your electronic devices." Many electronic devices including computers use electromagnetism to work. Introducing a competing electromagnet field can have unpleasant or even devastating effects. Newer electronics have improved electromagnetic shielding of key components. However, electromagnetism still poses some dangers to electronics that should be understood and avoided.
Looking for a truly innovative laptop? Lenovo's Yoga runs Windows 8 and can be contorted into four different form factors. In this video, watch eHow Tech editor Dave Johnson unbox and discuss the Yoga.
Dell markets the Vostro series of laptops primarily for small businesses. Nevertheless, the small form factor of Vostro laptops paired with their budget pricing makes them suitable for many on-the-go consumers as well. Like many modern laptops, Vostro notebooks allow you to enter a BIOS password to prevent unauthorized start and use of the computer. If you forget your BIOS password, you may need to break or reset the CMOS to boot the notebook and view files. Depending on the model Dell Vostro laptop you own, there are a few different options for cracking the CMOS and resetting the BIOS…
Windows 7 added a range of multi-touch gestures to the way that you interact with it. Provided that you have access to a device that senses touch, like a touch screen or a keyboard with a touchpad like the one on most notebook computers, you can use features like the ability to pinch your fingers to zoom in on the screen. However, since some users prefer not to use these technologies, Windows allows you to turn them off.
Many Dell laptops, including the Inspiron series, contain a toggle that allows you to use the computers' alphanumeric keys as a number pad. The numeric keypad can be toggled on or off via the "Num Lk" key and "Fn" key. Not all Dell laptops contain numeric keypads. On laptops that do contain one, the keypad's keys are marked in blue on the right side of your laptop's keyboard beginning with the number "7" key, then the letter "U" key and continuing downward to the space bar.
Battery MaxiMiser is an IBM and Lenovo ThinkPad laptop utility that enables you to adjust your computer's power settings and extend battery life. The utility comes installed on ThinkPads running Windows XP, Windows 2000, ME, 98, NT and 95. The utility contains a wizard that walks you through adjusting your laptop's brightness control to conserve battery life and what components you want to turn off when your ThinkPad is not in use. Battery MaxiMiser -- a fanciful spelling of "maximizer" -- is not available on ThinkPad laptops running Windows Vista, 7 or 8.
Personalizing your laptop is something you can do both externally and internally depending on your preferences. Learn about the various ways in which you can personalize your laptop computer with help from a software engineer with broad and extensive experience in this free video clip.
Using your netbook computer as a radio only requires a very specific software selection. Use your netbook as a radio with help from a software engineer with broad and extensive experience in this free video clip.
Hooking your laptop to Roku allows you to play content from your computer on your television set. Hook your laptop up to a Roku box with help from a software engineer with broad and extensive experience in this free video clip.
Laptops extend a spy's investigative reach -- unless the laptop is spying on the spy. And that unless the spy knows the laptop is spying on him; in that case he can throw the counterspy some misinformation. The bottom line is that when you want to go cloak-and-dagger, a laptop makes an ideal, portable hub for managing dedicated surveillance gear. In some cases, the laptop itself can serve as a spying tool. A word of caution: before you gear up to begin cyber snooping, check the laws in all areas affected and make sure you're always on the right side…
A system restore on a laptop can be performed by going to the Start menu, selecting Programs, Accessories, System Tools and finally System Restore, in that order. Get a laptop up and running through a system restore with help from a laptop repair specialist in this free video on Dell laptop computers and system restore.
In order to change a laptop video card, start by removing the power supply from the system and removing the installed batteries. Look for a video card underneath a laptop's keyboard with help from a laptop repair specialist in this free video on laptop computer video cards.
The first step in installing RAM on a laptop is removing any power from the machine. Find out how to pull an existing memory stick out of a laptop with help from a laptop repair specialist in this free video on installing RAM on laptop computers.
To hook up a monitor to a laptop, find the external video port on your laptop. Connect your monitor to your laptop using a 15-pin cable with help from an IT specialist in this free video on laptop computers.
To replace laptop keys, purchase new keys from the manufacturer. Remove old keys with a small screwdriver with help from an IT specialist in this free video on laptop computers.
To connect a laptop to a wireless printer, install the software that came with the wireless printer. Configure your laptop to connect to your printer with help from an IT specialist in this free video on laptop computers.
Almost any big-box notebook or laptop computer in the $400 to $500 range will meet the needs of a student starting out in chemical engineering, but check the course catalog before spending any money. Engineering schools often list minimum requirements and may even offer recommended packages with highly competitive student discounts. Here are some typical requirements along with tips to get the most for your money.
Most laptop screens are developed with resolutions that enable display of widescreen aspect ratios. Widescreen displays allow for the use of extended desktop resolutions, making it easier for you to utilize the entire screen space and often making it more practical to run more than one application or document at a time. Most displays use the entire available screen space automatically. If you notice small black bars on the sides of your display where nothing is being shown, it's possible that your laptop’s widescreen display option does not work. This is usually easy to remedy.
A blank screen on your HP laptop can be the result of several causes. Among them are defective video processors, BIOS problems, a bad screen backlight or video actuator chip, or a botched attempt to overclock the Graphics Processing Unit. All of these can result in making your HP Laptop unusable -- as useful as a brick, whence the term “bricking.” If your laptop refuses to boot up, opens with a dark screen or starts and turns off within a minute of pushing the I/O or power button, then the root of your trouble could respond to one of these…
Laptop keyboard errors aren't specifically related to Wi-Fi use, but if you have a touchscreen laptop, some computer forum users have noted the keyboard sometimes stops working while checking email or doing other online tasks. Whether you're on a Wi-Fi network or not, if you have laptop keyboard errors, there are a few common troubleshooting tips that could have your keyboard back up and running.
The Dell XPS M1530 laptop rechargeable battery's performance degrades with time and usage. Within 18 to 24 months of use, you may find a noticeable reduction in battery run time. The Targus Universal Wall Power Adapter for laptops that you are using may not be compatible with your M1530, or it may have faulty wiring that is preventing your laptop battery from charging. Other causes of a M1530 laptop not charging with a Targus AC adapter are faulty batteries and a battery that is too hot.
Intel builds and markets six different series of solid-state hard drives. The 300 series is available in two package varieties: the standard 2.5-inch and the 34nm Intel NAND Flash Memory model mSATA form factor, designed for the super thin Ultrabook laptops available from several manufacturers. The 500 series, designed with the standard size laptop HDD replacement market in mind, is also offered in various laptop models by some manufacturers in new products. The 700 series Intel SSDs are designed for enterprise servers and desktop workstations.
In addition to a diverse range of televisions, audio equipment, home theater components and gaming devices, Sony manufactures a line of laptop and all-in-one desktop computers under the Vaio label. In 2010, the company introduced the Vaio Z series, premium subnotebooks which seek to balance mobility with processing power. Among these, the Vaio Z11 and Z12 offer comparable performance with subtly different features.
Zoomed Video is a technology developed specifically for laptop computers that allows them to run additional video applications. Zoomed Video support refers to a laptop having a port that accepts cards that embrace the technology. Support for Zoomed Video is typically incorporated into existing slots on the laptop, with no visual difference alluding to its inclusion.
Apple offers a multitouch trackpad on its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptop computers. By default, this trackpad allows you to rotate or zoom images, scroll with two fingers on longer documents and Web pages, and open context menus by right-clicking with two fingers. Many of these features may already be available on your Microsoft Windows laptop's touchpad -- however, they may not be enabled.
A blinking yellow battery light on your Toshiba Tecra M3 laptop means that your battery is very low. You need to connect your computer to wall power using its DC adapter so that the battery can recharge. If you don't, your computer will automatically hibernate. If your computer is connected to the electricity supply and the battery light is still flashing yellow, there may be a problem with either the battery or the power cable.
Dell's line of Alienware laptops are designed for one thing: gaming. These laptops are built with a couple of external display ports, making it easy to set up an extra monitor. For the most part, this shouldn't give you any problems; the built-in NVIDIA cards support multiple monitors. However, you may find some quirks or issues in the setup depending on your system.
While Alienware acts a subsidiary of computer giant Dell and regularly receives the media spotlight, Sager – in operation since 1985 – operates a little more under the radar. While only Alienware also offers gaming desktops, both companies produce high-performance laptops that cater specifically to gaming. Ultimately, you must consider the facts about each company's offerings and make a choice between these powerful PCs based on your own needs, preferences and budget. Specs and features of these devices change over time as the companies' lineups evolve.
USB docking stations allow you to turn your laptop into a desktop PC by connecting one cable and gaining additional functionality. Docking stations commonly feature a variety of different ports, allowing you to connect other USB devices as well as video displays or keyboards. Sometimes, however, your laptop may not recognize these ports when connected, preventing you from using this additional functionality.
A tracker's main job is to search for and identify outdoor conditions. For example, some trackers chase and track the patterns of major storms, while others plot points on a map or look for debris along a coastline. Since trackers spend a lot of time outdoors exposed to the elements, they have a need for shock-protected laptops. These devices are also useful for military personnel, campers and hikers, as the shock-protection features reduce the risk of damage from being dropped or exposed to rain or snow.
If you're experiencing problems with your Acer Laptop's hardware or software, or you think you may have a virus or other spyware installed on your device, you'll need to boot the laptop to troubleshoot. Using different preprogramed keys on your laptop will open the boot menus.
Although no longer in production, the Toshiba Satellite A665 series offered the consumer good midlevel laptop performance, a wide screen and extended battery life. The basic chipset came from Intel and consisted of the i3, i5 and i7 CPUs under the working titles of Arrandale, Clarksfield and Sandy Bridge dual- and quad-core models. The higher-end A665 units were equipped with Intel’s Turbo Boost clock frequency adjustment tool built into the operating system. This piece of software brought overclocking into the mainstream for the first time.
The Alienware Area 51 M9750 is a notebook released under the Alienware/Dell brand in 2007. At launch, the laptop was available with a variety of internal specifications and a 17-inch screen running at a resolution of 1,920 by 1,200 pixels. Among the internal components fitted into the notebook is a single standard definition NTSC-compatible TV tuner, which can be accessed via a coaxial port on the rear of the notebook. If you're experiencing issues with the built-in tuner, there are a number of ways to troubleshoot the problem.
The Samsung NP-R580H notebook computer has an LED -light-emitting diode -- screen, not an LCD or liquid crystal display. The two terms are sometimes confused. The LED screen is very delicate and can often become cracked and damaged due to dropping the computer or gripping the screen too tightly. To repair the LED screen, you will need to purchase and install a replacement screen. Many online companies, including Amazon and Screen Country, offer new 15.6 inch LED screens that are compatible with the Samsung laptop model. As of the time of publication, a replacement screen for the Samsung NP-R580H costs…
Like most laptops, the HP 8530P laptop computer has a built-in touch mechanism that functions as a mouse. The TouchPad is used for navigation and making selections. If you find that the 8530P's TouchPad is not working as it should, you can solve many of the problems by adjusting how you use the TouchPad or by changing settings on the computer.
With the Lenovo ThinkPad 301x, you have the option to connect to the Internet using four different methods. Use the built-in modem to connect to a dial-up Internet connection. The built in Ethernet card allows you to connect to high speed Internet via a broadband modem. The Ethernet card also enables you to connect to the Internet wirelessly through Wi-Fi. If you have a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card from your mobile service provider, you can also connect the ThinkPad to your mobile carrier's 3G Internet network.
The Compaq Presario V6000 is a notebook computer with an AMD Turion or Sempron processor and a 15.4-inch screen. The included six- or 12-cell battery should provide multiple hours of life while you work away from a power outlet. If you receive low-battery warnings sooner than you expect or the battery fails to charge when you connect the power adapter, the computer may have a problem.
According to studies by laptop insurance provider Protecsure, spilled liquid ranks among the top four causes of damage to portable computers. From that agonizing, slow-motion moment when the spill happens until the instant the liquid lands on your computer, you have just seconds to remove the battery and unplug the power adapter. The faster you do this, the better chance you have of avoiding a short circuit and saving your computer.
When you're buying a laptop, your first question might be, "How many features can I pack into it?" Before your wish list gets too long, though, remember that "laptops, by their very nature, are trading off performance for portability," according to Oregon State University's Forestry Computing Helpdesk. The more features you choose, the bigger the laptop becomes -- literally.
Ever since the debut of the MacBook Air in 2008, the Windows market has been trying to catch up, eventually leading to the inception and marketing of the Ultrabook. The Ultrabook is set to be the next wave of mobile computing: sleek and portable to compete with the tablet, but with all the necessary features of a laptop. Intel has trademarked the word "Ultrabook," so any laptop advertised as an Ultrabook must meet specific requirements.
Most consumer laptops are not rated for outdoor use, so look into a rugged laptop if you plan on taking it with you to the great outdoors. A fully-rugged laptop is geared more for industrial and military use, but there are other outdoors-capable laptops without the steep price tag that comes with fully-rugged laptops.
Don't count your dropped laptop as dead just yet -- external damage doesn't mean that your laptop won't run, and not running isn't necessarily a symptom that the laptop is broken forever. If your processor or motherboard gets damaged, you're better off getting a new laptop, but you can usually replace a damaged hard drive or RAM, fill in cracks in the case, replace the keyboard and even install a new screen.
When you decide to buy a used laptop, you embark on an adventure that turns out well if you do your homework and don't settle for less than the product, value and condition you expect. If you get mesmerized by prices and don't check the features you get for the money, or jump on the first ad, auction or listing that looks like what you want, you run a high risk of spending too much for too little.
Buying a laptop on a budget takes some planning. Before you start looking, scope out a realistic budget range, starting with the worst-case bottom price and ending with your realistic can't-exceed ceiling. Jot down a list of the software you'll need to run, and check each application's requirements as you compile a feature set that represents your rock-bottom performance needs.
Your laptop computer frees you from being tied to an electrical outlet -- until your battery-life indicator signals you to plug in or risk a shutdown. How you use your battery determines how long it runs without recharging. Implement power-saving strategies to help your laptop run longer on an individual charge cycle.
When your computer breaks down for good, you're left with a fundamental decision: what next? Replacing a desktop with a laptop is tempting and offers a lot of upsides, like portability and a sleek all-in-one design. However, there's more to consider, including how you use the computer, how important having an ergonomic setup is to your daily workflow, and even how much power your new computer will consume over time.
Measured diagonally from corner to corner, laptop screens range from very small to quite large. "It's the screen size that drives a lot of users' buying decisions" when shopping for devices such as laptops and smartphones, according to a July 2010 PCMag.com interview with John Jacobs, director of notebook marketing research for Display Search. It's not as simple as "bigger is better," however, because a larger laptop not only costs more, but also affects your computing experience.
"Nearly every PC includes some sort of default speakers, but they're invariably not very good," an October 2011 CNET article observes. The same goes for laptops, whose built-in speakers usually lack power unless designed specifically for multimedia use. Among three main types of external laptop speaker systems -- mobile, desktop and high-end audiophile quality -- the best kind for you depends upon your needs.
Fifty-two percent of American adults owned a laptop as of 2011, according to Pew Internet. Portability is the chief draw of laptops, whether you're traveling the globe or just your living room, and it's a serious consideration when planning a purchase. A laptop's size, weight and battery life all determine its portability, but the right machine for you depends on how you plan to use it and how often.
Processor speeds affect everyday computing, work and play on your laptop. While computer vendors and websites regale you with the latest technical jargon, their specs often lack context, making an informed decision a challenge. Modern laptops of any class, except for the cheapest budget models, can take a full range of processors from the i3 to the i7, so consider how you plan to use your laptop, before deciding how much processor speed you need.