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    Getting a Windows-Based Laptop
    I know this will probably cause some controversy with some people on this site, but I am sure that there are people here who use both Windows and Macs. When I go back to college in the fall I will need to get a laptop that runs Windows. It kind of makes me sad that I wont be able to use my PB G4, oh well. I am not sure what brand to get, I had an Alienware laptop that I used when I was there before, but it was pretty big and I would like to get something that is easy to carry around. I wont need the laptop until August so I will probably wait and get it in July. The college has minimum specifications that the laptop needs to meet.

    Here are the minimum specs: • Equivalent of an Intel® Pentium® M processor 715 (1.5GHz)
    • XGA TFT Active Matrix Display
    • SVGA/XGA Video Adapter
    • 2 GB Memory
    • 80GB Hard Drive
    • DVD-RW Drive
    • Integrated 10/100 Ethernet adapter
    • Integrated 802.11b/g wireless network adapter
    • Integrated sound and stereo speakers, headphone/speaker jack, and microphone jacks
    • Lithium ion battery with AC pack
    • Extra Lithium ion battery
    • Integrated V.92 56K modem
    • Extended Service Plan
    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional


    What brand would everyone reccomend? Price isnt a real big issue, so I am going to get something that is going to last me for the rest of the time I am in college.


    EDIT: I just got to thinking about something, do you think that by the time I would purchase this, which will be in mid to late July, that Windows will be more stable on the MacBook Pro? If I would be able to run Windows on a MBP and have it run stable and have no problems that would make it a lot easier for me, I wouldnt have to switch from using my PB and my Windows laptop, I could just use one laptop.
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    ? 2Gb min.?

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    Maybe by then all the drivers will be sorted out and the MacBook Pro will be a fully capable windows machine. As it is, it runs windows xp, but some of the drivers aren't there yet (video is one i believe)

    Maybe use the Alienware until the MBP fully supports Windows XP, and then get one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claudius753
    Maybe by then all the drivers will be sorted out and the MacBook Pro will be a fully capable windows machine. As it is, it runs windows xp, but some of the drivers aren't there yet (video is one i believe)

    Maybe use the Alienware until the MBP fully supports Windows XP, and then get one of those.

    You edited before I was finished! :mac:

    I dont have the Alienware any more so I would need to get a laptop before I start.
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    i would use the powerbook untill macbook pro rev B comes out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDIT-XTREEM
    i would use the powerbook untill macbook pro rev B comes out.
    I would like to wait for the rev B but I am going to need the laptop when I go back to college this August, I believe the start date is around the middle of August.
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    whats wrong with the powerbook?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDIT-XTREEM
    whats wrong with the powerbook?
    There is nothing wrong with my PB but the college requires me to have Windows.
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    for what?
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    Sorry I should have mentioned this originally. They require me to have a Windows-based laptop because of my major, which is Technical Support Specialist.
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    I needed a Windows laptop for all the work I do for people. I use all Macs for my personal work but had to have a Windows lappy also.

    I picked up a Compaq with AMD Turion 64Bit CPU. It will take 2GB RAM. I am quite happy with it so far. I can not afford a MacBook Pro at the moment and needed something that runs XP but did not cost $2k plus. The AMD Turion 64 keeps right up and gets pretty good battery life also. Runs quite cool. I do miss my Macs when having to use the system, but it's not bad at all and more important, gets the job done.

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    can you even get more than 2 gb ram in a notebook? *min 2gb*
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDIT-XTREEM
    can you even get more than 2 gb ram in a notebook? *min 2gb*
    The new Dell Core-Duos can take up to 4 GB, but you are talking $3k extra.

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    Technical support specialist? They have a college degree for that now?

    What next, are we going to have to go to college just to wipe our butts?

    And what the **** is up with those system requirements?!?!!?

    and for technical support at that!

    PS. I don't mean to knock on your major/career path... I'm knocking on... college and their cronies. It's all about the spend spend spend...

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    what are you talking about? do u want some guy on the phone or coming to your house who minored or took a few classes on tech support? he prob needs a supper sweet computer to learn to run everything too....yikes thing about it.

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