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If you're asking for my opinion of whether or not to buy this computer at $200 I would NOT recommend it
First, without an operating system it will be costly - $80-200 to purchase that
as individual sales of operating systems (Windows XP, 7) cost a lot more than OEM (Dell, HP, etc) sales with a system
further it seems like a rather older system that is not in top shape
I think you can get a better bang for you buck for $200-300
Let me find you some current alternatives as tech bargain shopping is somewhat of a hobby of mine as well :)
Here are some examples of recent deals
If you are not hard pressed to purchase immediately
there are excellent deals that come and go
For example for $300 (http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/42420)
and mind you these are brand new, with operating systems, with warranties, etc
I may be stuck with it anyway... It was an auction and unless someone else outbids me by 12:30 I will be the proud owner! I just want to be able to go on line for emails, pay bills and maybe games. Any hope?
Yes there's certainly hope :) but sounds like you'll need an operating system
do you think you can provide me the auction link so I can take a closer look at the system?
Best Buy Market place
Processor AMD Turion(TM) 64 X2Processor Speed 2.0GHzDisplay Type WXGA widescreen TFT-LCD with Ultrabright technology (1280 x 800)Screen Size 14.1"System Bus 1600MHzCache Memory 512KB + 512KB at die Level 2System Memory (RAM) 3GB System Memory (RAM) Expandable To 4GBType of Memory (RAM) DDR2Hard Drive Type SATA (5400 rpm)Hard Drive Size 250GBOptical Drive Double-layer DVDRW/CD-RWGraphicsATI RADEON X1270Video Memory Up to 256MB HyperMemoryBuilt-in Webcam YesModem 56 Kbps ITU V.92 Networking10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)Wireless Networking Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g)S-Video Outputs NoneAdditional Audio/Video Connectors HDMIAudio High-definition (2-speaker support)Speakers Built-in PCMCIA Slots1 ExpressCard/54USB 2.0 Ports 3IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports NoneParallel Ports NoneSerial Ports None
Gateway T-1628 14.1" Laptop X2 2GHz 3GB 250GB DVDRW DL WiFiis how it's listed
I'm just checking the auction listings and seeing the details as far as operating systems go
What auction site is this on?
Best Buy private marketplace. do I need to give you my log-in and password?
I did some research and it looks like this laptop would be able to support Windows 7
However, since it does not come with an operating system you would need to have this, or purchase this separately
Sometimes you can get corporate or educational discounts if you or a member of the household is a student with a .edu email address (yes? no?)
otherwise you will need to purchase a retail copy of an operating system
and I would recommend Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit as your choice: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Home-Premium-System-Builder/dp/B002NGQLMU/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1291298064&sr=8-15
My son has an .edu address. He's going to UVA
this is also the latest operating system for windows
Excellent, that may be able to save you some money
How does he install it?
Unfortunately you may not really be saving much
the link I gave you is for a system builder copy of Windows 7 it is only $99 (instead of $200 normally) but does not have Microsoft support
looks like academic savings are negligible http://www.academicsuperstore.com/products/Microsoft/Windows+7/1308293 at $199.95
Answering your question
Once you have won the laptop
I would then suggest purchasing a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
once you have the installation CD it will be a matter of setting up Windows 7 on your laptop
My son worked for Best -Buy and maybe he can get an employee discount... If its already on another computer I own can you down load and reinstall on this one?
If you have a Windows disc you may be able to install it on the laptop if your licenses permit
but you will need to have the installation disc in order to set it up for the first time on your new laptop
I would talk to your son and ask him if there is anyway for him to get Windows 7
I know sometimes universities have discounted, or loaner discs
with Windows 7 on it that he could use
Regardless once you have the disc this is how you would set it up on your new laptop, step by step with illustrations: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsystems/ss/windows-7-clean-install-part-1.htm
I would copy that link down and bookmark it for future purposes
What else do I need besides windows 7?
Once you install Windows 7 you will most likely need to update your drivers associated with the laptop
Windows 7 will do most of that for you
but here's another link to bookmark
that page has the associated drivers (software that helps your computer run) for your laptop
other than that with windows 7 you should be able to get on the internet, download and play games right out of the box
(provided that you have an internet connection of course)
We do and a wireless converter from the table top computer. Will I be able to pay bills as well?
Yes you will
So.. I don't need to purchase anything else for this computer to be able to get online and do my thing!
you'll just need the operating system
What operating system and how do I get that?
(Windows 7 home premium 32-bit that I was suggesting)
I would recommend first talking to your son to see if he can get it cheap from school or work before going out and purchasing it on your own
You scared me... I thought you were sayiing I needed something in addition to windows!
sorry Windows is the operating system
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