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64 bit laptop

Post by Comm512 » Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:04 pm

Hi peeps,

I am wanting to buy a laptop as my current one is very old..
I want at least a Core2Duo (T5300 - T5550 or so)
I think those are 64 bit.

Does it pay to have a 64 bit CPU and OS or does it have many disadvantages?. I mean so that the disadvantages would not weigh up against the faster 64 apps.

I am not that of a hardware guru, so i ask you guys for your oppions

thanks

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Post by BbB » Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:45 pm

I'd be interested in any thoughts on this too....

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Post by OnoSendai » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:07 pm

64 bit is better :)

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Post by Comm512 » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:24 pm

OnoSendai wrote:64 bit is better :)
so 64 bit is twice as fast with indigo rendering as 32 bit?

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Post by OnoSendai » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:26 pm

nope, perhaps 10% faster.

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Post by BbB » Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:42 pm

Any hardware recommendation when it comes to laptops? I see Acer has some handsome-looking 64-bits, 4Gig laptops out. Don't like the 16/9 screens though... Good for DVDs but a bit too squeezed for proper work.

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Post by Kram1032 » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:41 am

http://www.alienware.com/products/noteb ... uters.aspx ^^ (not that I ever'll have one...)

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Post by zsouthboy » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:46 am

BbB: whoa - them's fighting words! :D

Widescreen = more room on the side to put tool palettes, etc. Think of it as 4/3, with room on the side, rather than a bigger 4/3 chopped off.

Pick up a Dell or HP, you'll be fine. Acer I've had less experience with, but they've been fine. Avoid Toshiba for laptops.

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Post by Olis » Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:43 am

I'd avoid acer too as they have the nasty habit of stuffing their computers full of trial software that just occupies space and slows the computer down.
The best thing to do according to me is to find a laptop without os and make a clean install yourself. That's what I did and I'm very happy I did that.
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Post by PureSpider » Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:57 am

I'd recommend dell... they ship their laptops with linux if you'd like to have it ;)

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Post by dougal2 » Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:02 am

Olis wrote:The best thing to do according to me is to find a laptop without os and make a clean install yourself.
I would recommend this for any off-the-shelf bought computer.
I've seen dell/packard bell/hp/acer computers all with trial and other shit installed which when you decide you don't want it, you can't get rid of it!

Worst case is pre-installed Norton stuff. It's hard to remove from a normal install, but actually impossible to completely remove from a pre-install.
My dad's machine still has Norton warnings coming up even though most of it's program files have been removed (manually, by me, because there was no uninstaller).

grrr. just my 2c :)

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Post by Kram1032 » Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:01 am

dougal, what's about the workaround over "software"->"Add/Remove Programs" in the Control Panel? - usually, it works via that.
Though, manually "deinstalling" by removing files just leads to errors and even worse, it could happen that you REALLY can't uninstall at all anymore...
(I actually watched a Norton-Trial-uninstall, just a few weeks ago... It worked fine via the Control Panel)

Oh, first the guy unisntalling Norton, tried to install AVG (the antivir of his choice) before uninstalling Norton, which didn't work, because Norton blocked AVG xD; after Norton was removed, it worked just fine :)

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Post by BbB » Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:02 am

dougal2
Good to know Dougal. So far I never had trouble un-installing the pre-installed stuff. The trouble is more when trying to decide what obscure producer-specific software that runs in the background is really needed... I once removed what appeared like trivial stuff from my ASUS laptop and found myself without sound!
Think of it as 4/3, with room on the side
Yep, but only if you have enough resolution.
http://www.alienware.com/products/noteb ... uters.aspx ^^ (not that I ever'll have one...)
Mmmh. These sure look sweet!
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Post by Kram1032 » Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:07 am

I've 5:4, right now... And I'd like to have 16:9 or 16:10, even with slightly smaller resolution... - though, even better would be with higher res^^ 1920*1080 for instance :D:D

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Post by zsouthboy » Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:23 am

Oh, I assumed you guys were talking about 17" laptops.

I can't LIVE without my 1920x1200.

Can't. Live.

I feel like i'm looking at the screen through a porthole when using something less.

I can't stand the fact that you have to buy 24 inches for a desktop screen before you can get 19x12. grr.

And of course I echo the "Clean Install" idea. I have, however, used the Dell De-Crappifier (name is now PC De-Crappifier) script to remove all of that junk automatically, and it seemed to work well.

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