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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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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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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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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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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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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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