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Post by Karen M on 17th February 2009, 10:32 pm

Thought i'd ask the expert for a little bit of help so here goes!!

i have a Dell Inspiron 6000 which has the memory of 256mb - needless to say that over the years i've clogged up my laptop with pics etc etc and now its starting to run very slowly in all aspects so i need to know if its worth upgrading the RAM on this one (i've read that you cant mix and match memory with this model, ie adding 512 to my 256 wont work, they need to be the same? and a 256 isnt available to buy anymore) or just to splash out on a new laptop with higher memory

i've done the disk clean up, defragging etc etc but it all seems to still run very hit and miss on the speed front so thats why i'm now considering a change! any help will be very greatfully appreciated!

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Post by Diana on 25th February 2009, 10:01 pm

well considering how cheap some laptops are now some under 300, with a high memory it would probably be worth investing in a new one to be honest.. for example my laptop is running on 2gb (most come with 1, 2 or 3 gb nowadays) which is 8 x more than the 256mb...

Have you also run virus checks and spyware scans to make sure its not that causing the slowness??

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Post by Karen M on 26th February 2009, 12:49 am

yep i have norton running and Aol spyware checking every so often so they are keeping all that stuff under control! my laptop has actually been behaving itself over the last few days but i still think my best option is to look into a new laptop so i could be back asking for advice on which is the best to buy haha!!! Might stick with Dell though as i've never had problems using them in the past but if you could recommend anything else worth having then i will listen!!
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Post by *Tess* on 26th February 2009, 5:04 pm

the one l bought is the one Di recomended me to get and l have to say its brill Smile
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Post by Karen M on 26th February 2009, 6:00 pm

tell me more then hon!!
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Post by *Tess* on 26th February 2009, 11:24 pm

ha-ermmm cant tell you much about it in regards of what the mb is and all that nonsense!!! But its a Packard Bell Easynote Smile
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Post by Diana on 27th February 2009, 6:57 pm

What sort of price range are you looking at Karen and I will have a look and post a couple of links for you x

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Post by Karen M on 1st March 2009, 1:51 pm

probably looking in the 300 - 600 mark - not going to be spending silly money unless i won the lottery last night haha!! *runs off to check numbers!*
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Post by Diana on 10th March 2009, 4:14 pm

ok I will have a looksie for you...

I cant believe you are this patient.. I would have been up the shop a month ago buying one if I had the idea in my head lol

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Post by Diana on 10th March 2009, 4:18 pm

For HD entertainment on the move, look no further than the G70120EA Entertainment Laptop. With a top quality spec full of all the latest technologies, the G70120EA will run your programmes flawlessly.


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Post by Diana on 10th March 2009, 4:20 pm

obviously it also depends if you want a webcam installed, or perhaps bluetooth installed, or 17" widescreen or not, etc etc Smile

But these specifications above are good to base a laptop on, 2 or 3 gb memory, 160 gb harddrive is very big if you dont particularly need it for anything, I use a 320 gb harddrive but always doing loads on the laptop...

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Post by *Tess* on 10th March 2009, 5:28 pm

l think Karen is having probs with her laptop again Di and isnt online currently, l know how frustrating it is!! So when she does get back online we will have to bump this up for her!
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Post by *Tess* on 11th March 2009, 5:14 pm

bumping as l see Karen has been online!!! Although l'm not sure if she has been on here!
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Post by Diana on 16th March 2009, 4:38 pm

poor Karen, is she back yet????

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Post by *Tess* on 16th March 2009, 4:56 pm

no, shes still not online!! what a bummer.
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Post by Karen M on 20th March 2009, 7:20 pm

i'm back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my poor laptop finally succumbed to a virus so i've had some lovely blokes working on it for the past 2 weeks - virus free now but the keyboard has gone a bit funny so i'm using it as a desktop pc with a usb keyboard and all is working ok! thanks again for all your advice, but one of the pc blokes gave me a good deal on a HP notebook pc so i've now got that as well as my 'desktop laptop' now so will have fun playing with that over the weekend! its got windows vista so i hope thats easy to use!?!?!
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Post by *Tess* on 20th March 2009, 11:24 pm

ooh glad you got it sorted now, how come you got a virus though? thought you got anti virus protection and all that!!?
Glad you got yourself another one to use though, enjoy it, vista is good as far as l'm aware, no probs for me.
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Post by Karen M on 22nd March 2009, 1:16 pm

i did have Norton on there but the blokes at the pc shop say it doesnt stop everything so have taken it off - it also apparently slows your pc right up too which might explain why mine was taking so long to do anything!
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Post by *Tess* on 22nd March 2009, 1:53 pm

l always remember Di telling me DONT get norton, but the men in the shop were so convincing and they gave me a good deal(half price or something)so l thought what the heck and bought it, well l soon took it off! haha
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Post by Diana on 24th March 2009, 10:16 am

yeah that was funny, after me telling Tess they will try and talk you into to it, and they suceeded !! LOL

Norton is rubbish, just search online for the reviews lol

Vista is odd at first, but you soon get used to it... I love it! as much as some people dont lol

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Post by *Tess* on 24th March 2009, 5:01 pm

l have got this message coming up from avg saying its about to run out you need to install new one then it gives me a price to pay!!LOL l'm not paying for it when l can get it for free, whats that all about?!?! So Di....do l just download the new one, whats the name of it or link please?
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Post by *Tess* on 27th March 2009, 12:50 am

Thanks Di x x
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