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Windows 7: Using a Laptop

16 Aug 2014   #11
hazel m

Windows 7 Inspiron x 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
I have a personal laptop and a work laptop that are both plugged into AC more than 75% of the time. I don't have a need to use my laptop's on battery while away from AC power but do have a need for them to be portable so that I can use them in several places. For my work laptop, I move it between home and the office. For my personal laptop, I use it when traveling in my RV.

If you don't need to operate the computer while mobile (away from AC power) and you don't need it to be portable (able to move around easily) then you will be better off with a desktop.
Check. I have no trouble at all "leaving home without it". The only reason a cell phone (not smart phone) goes with me is so I can call a cab when ready to go home. And it is turned off.


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16 Aug 2014   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For your applications, any $400 laptop will do. And since you are worried about maybe having to haul it to a shop, the laptop seems to be the better option for you.

I do not understand though why you think you have to haul it to a shop. I never had to haul any of my PCs away - none of the 3 desktops and 4 laptops. If you treat them well, they will keep running. And if you make frequent images, you can always reset easily in case of an OS problem.
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16 Aug 2014   #13
hazel m

Windows 7 Inspiron x 64
 
 

Why I need to be able to transport it? Because this dummy cannot install, set up, analyze, all that marvelous stuff that any 12-year-old can do. I cannot even sort out that jumble of wires in the back so I can unhook my old backup and install a new one which I'd also not be able to do. So, I pay someone to do it and play safe - if I can find someone who is wlling to do it.

Thank you all. Appreciate your help.
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16 Aug 2014   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hazel, be strong. None of that stuff is rocket science. With all the help of all the good people of this forum, I am sure we can teach you. Just keep asking questions - even if they seem to be trivial.

I have learned that stuff in a few years and I am 76 years old. And I will also be glad to guide you thru what appears to you like a jungle but what is really a light forest.
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16 Aug 2014   #15
hazel m

Windows 7 Inspiron x 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Hazel, be strong. None of that stuff is rocket science. With all the help of all the good people of this forum, I am sure we can teach you. Just keep asking questions - even if they seem to be trivial.

I have learned that stuff in a few years and I am 76 years old. And I will also be glad to guide you thru what appears to you like a jungle but what is really a light forest.
Like untangling all those wires underneath the table and knowing which is which and where they go? Thank you. You all really are a help which is why I keep coming back but I'm better off knowing what might be the problem and then calling in the experts. At least it keeps them in business - if they want to stay in business.

I appreciate your encouragement but I do know my limits. I'll not drive a car down 270 or delve inside a computer.
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16 Aug 2014   #16
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

One thing that you could do to help you with keeping track of which cable goes where is to buy some labels that you can attach to the cables and note where the cable goes. If that is too "high tech" then you could at least use colored labels with matching stickers so all you need to know is that the cable with the green label plugs into the jack with the green sticker. http://www.houzz.com/photos/105879/C...ffice-products
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16 Aug 2014   #17
hazel m

Windows 7 Inspiron x 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
One thing that you could do to help you with keeping track of which cable goes where is to buy some labels that you can attach to the cables and note where the cable goes. If that is too "high tech" then you could at least use colored labels with matching stickers so all you need to know is that the cable with the green label plugs into the jack with the green sticker. Color-Coded Cord Labels - Contemporary - Home Office Products - by Organize
I had all the wires that went into the surge protector labeled at one time. Then I got a new computer with new wires and half those labels disappeared. That's something to take care of again. But they are all so tangled up. I never saw the likes. There are five wires hooked to ports on the back of the CPU that I cannot get to. Oh, I could move everything else off the table and turn the CPU but I'm back to identifying.

Years ago, someone came out with a bar to put on the wall and bring each wire up to its own hook. It evidently never caught. Looked like a neat idea to me.

I know. I sound like a lot of alibis. But there are things I can and cannot do and I've let myself just pay people to do them. Hard to find such people now. And things don't always do what my helper friends are saying they will do. Simple jobs? Someone kept telling me how to change the ink cartridge. Well, it wouldn't open as she said it would. Finally she came over and found out I was right. Mine didn't work like hers. :-)

Life is such fun.
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