What is the set up for a laptop??

I have a sony vaio laptop that i bought in 2000 and just love it.
i use yahoo for everything but am going to shift to google for
reasons i cant discuss.
i use media player to its limits and do a lot of research as well
as keep up on what is going on in the world.
my laptop is 17 inch—old techonology(office xp) needs a wireless
card and doesnt have blue tooth and is heavy with no battery life
at all—it never had any.
i work on projects — primarily venture capital and small business
coaching and have just gotten an incredible but challenging job
that will involve doing key reasearch online for an attorney in a
landmark case. i need to be able to really navigate around the
internet and accumulate and organize and transfer lots of things
to california and i live in indiana.
i do most things from my home office but need to be able to be

how should i get set up
laptop or desktop?? integrate current laptop??

You answered part of your question yourself, going mobile you will need a Laptop. and no doubt you will prefer Sony.

I may be off the mark here and assume you will need to access files in your home or office while you are mobile.
A program called LogMein would enable you to see as well as open files on a remote computer, through an Internet connection, you actuall see your remote Desktop as if it was in front of you.
May not be what you mean. but a suggestion that may help.

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3 Responses to What is the set up for a laptop??

  1. chezzrob says:

    a couple of things

    buy from a store that can give extended warranty eg 3 years all up. Ensure the laptop is setup before leaving the store because if you add ram later it will void the warranty.

    just go through it with a switched on salesman to suit your needs

    if you get vista with office 2007 it will be a fair learning curve for you. but why not.

    iof you got sensitive buisness stuff you should use norton ghost and have a backup external harddrive that is stored away from the laptop, so if the laptop got stolen, broke or burnt in a fire, you have your files.

    here is some info

    This is from my notes, hope it helps..
    Always work out what your needs are and buy a laptop to suit.

    Choosing a laptop
    You have to decide on weight and battery criteria.

    1. Weight – If you are going to carry it to and fro to school/office then consider getting a lightweight model. An external CD drive may be an option as if you not into burning disks or watching DVD then you hardly use the CD drive. Something about less than 2 kg is a lightweight.

    2. Battery Life, – if you never going to use it on batteries then you can go bigger processor and larger screen. You can consider not buying the battery if appropriate. You can have two power supplies; one at home and one in the office is good for large heavy laptops.
    If you want to use the laptop on batteries then you may have to choose a smaller processor and a smaller screen so you can get the hours required out of the battery.

    3. Minimum specifications –
    Games will require more specifications – more ram and –more video card specs – more processor power.
    Generally though:
    -a decent video card (for projection of power point presentations)
    -Wireless networking
    -Consider a high speed hard drive
    – Consider 80GB Hard drive or larger
    – Consider an external DVD drive or an Internal Burner -depending on your needs
    -Consider 1 Gig RAM for XP or 2 Gig RAM for Vista
    -Software able to update from their websites
    -Internet security and
    -Antispyware (free from net) is a must for internet use.
    -Easy accessible USB ports
    – built in webcam /mic
    – A Mouse – wireless mouse are a pain, get a small usb mouse.
    – a keystone lock
    -A carry bag. Sometimes the manufacturer’s bag is the best buy

    Consider getting the hard drive partitioned to C: and D: The C drive can be 30 gig for a laptop D drive is extended across the remaining.

    When looking at laptops in the shop do this:
    In Vista, Press win key > type in System and click System Information

    Go through the results you can see what hardware and what Microsoft products are installed in the laptop/ computer.

    Google luck!!!

    Vista versus XP:
    All laptops are sold with Vista on it, it may be wise to get a higher standard Vista Ultimate because it rocks.. Vista basic will not play DVD unless you download a dvd codec.

    In Vista, there are a lot of laptops that the touchpad is to sensitive. When you hover your hand nearby the Vista does weird things. Go to the Mouse console >touchpad and slide the sensitivity slider to halfway.

    If you want to install your own XP disks on it first you have to find out if XP has drivers to suit the hardware on your new laptop.
    Since you paid for your Vista, keep it.
    If you want to load XP consider partition the Hard drive and dual boot. Google “dual boot vista xp” for step by step instructions but don’t forget a third partition for your files so both systems can open your files..

    and more info, hell its free….
    Partition the Hard drive – reasons
    Firstly C drive is compulsory for the Operating System (XP) (Vista), and you install all your programs on C drive.

    D drive is made for YOUR files.

    What you do is MOVE my documents to D drive.

    When you download music, videos, pictures from your camera or make any MS Office documents or save emails, you save it on D drive.

    The reason for this is to do with
    1. Hard drive failure – usually a failed hard drive will not boot, but can often be seen when hooked up as a slave.
    So when you get your new hard drive up and running, you can copy D drive from your old to your new. You haven’t lost anything.

    2. Virus. Normally virus are programmed to infect C drive. If you get a bad virus all that has to be done is format the C drive partition then re install you OS and programs from disks.
    You haven’t lost your personal stuff because its on D drive.

    3. Scanning your C drive for virus or spyware. These malware programs live on C drive. It is not necessary to scan D drive. It is a lot quicker to scan a small partition than a large hard drive.

    Now you can see the above is compromised by the fact that programs get updates and lots of programs are installed from the net. Therefore if you had to wipe out C drive it be hard to get it back to how it was.
    To remedy this we use Norton Ghost to image C drive and store the Image on D drive.
    (Vista requires a version 10 or newer of Ghost).

    If you get a bad virus you just use the Ghost disk to boot up on, then copy the image stored on D drive back over C drive.
    It takes less than 30 mins to rebuild C drive.
    Also you may have this running on say a 250 gig HDD, and it fails. You buy a new 400 gig HDD and install both into you computer, the failed one as a slave.
    Using the ghost disk to boot up on, you partition the 400 C drive to 30 gig (XP)and the remaining to D drive. Then you repack C drive from the image. Then Copy your old D drive files to your new one. In a time of less than 1 hour and it’s all running. The image loads all the drivers, OS everything.

    Then you update new images of C drive every few months so that the one stored on D drive is not to far out of date.

    On XP and Vista you create C drive to a maximum of (XP 30 gig, Vista 40 Gig) It doesn’t need to be any bigger, so don’t make C drive to big as you will not use it.
    Type DISKPART in windows help file
    also Disk manager.
    click the desktop, hit Fn1 key.


    and more info…. why not
    Laptop. Desktop Power settings
    Right click on the empty space on the desktop >properties >screensaver tab >power
    set everything to never in the drop down menu.
    Choose if you want to login on screensaver restore
    disable hibernation
    choose what you want to do when lid closes
    click the battery tab and set the alarm and stuff so the battery will never fully discharge..
    set up a screen saver say 15 minutes is ok
    apply etc

    Then open device manager (see help files – click start > help and support)
    select the universal serial bus
    right click on each one listed underneath >properties >power tab
    choose so the power stays on.

    This is the best set up to eliminate hassles to help trouble shooting. Only choose power saving settings if you really have to.References :

  2. Scrimshaw says:

    For one thing, don’t throw away your laptop. Use it as a backup solution in case something goes awry.

    You could do with a new 17 inch desktop replacement laptop; that is, its large enough to act like a desktop but still portable to move around with you. You’ll still be able to use it as well as a desktop if you purchase a LCD monitor and USB mouse/keyboard. Depending on the make of the laptop they can also supply docking stations to provide more extensibility.

    If you are planning to stay at one place for a long time, then a desktop is a more viable (and cheaper) option, but you won’t have a laptop that has a decent enough battery power to keep it running while on the road. this is more suitable if you don’t intend to work on the road.References :

  3. Ray L says:

    You answered part of your question yourself, going mobile you will need a Laptop. and no doubt you will prefer Sony.

    I may be off the mark here and assume you will need to access files in your home or office while you are mobile.
    A program called LogMein would enable you to see as well as open files on a remote computer, through an Internet connection, you actuall see your remote Desktop as if it was in front of you.
    May not be what you mean. but a suggestion that may help.References : http://secure.logmein.com/home.asp?lang=en

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