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Laptop or desktop?

Question: Laptop or desktop?

Hi. Is there a way to build a laptop and save money like a desktop? How much would a:Pentium III (any speed)256MB RAM20Gb hard driveDVD-ROM/CD-RWWireless Gdecent graphicstouchpadany sound (anything from soundblaster 16 to Xfi fatal1ty)cost? Ebay is out of the question. It can be used but only if there are fewer than 10 dead pixels, no major scratches, no missing keys, no faulty components... And it MUST be from a well-known retailer, not an ebayer. If you can build a laptop, where can I find parts?

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Preferred Solution: Laptop or desktop?

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Answer: Laptop or desktop?

No, you cannot build a laptop. eBay is probably your best bet, or classified ads in your city, or a pawn shop, etc. A "major retailer" will not be selling used equipment most likely.

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Hi everyone,
I have this problem here, i want share files from my desktop to laptop and laptop to desktop, i already installed the file and printer sharing for microsoft networks but when i put any file into the folder (shared documents) , i dont see the file.....

I m doing something wrong?

Please i really need help here....

Thank you everyone...

Answer:Sharing files between Desktop/Laptop & Laptop to Desktop

since you haven't specified I'll assume you're using an ethernet connection.

You need file and printer sharing for microsoft networks enabled on the connection for both systems as well as a protocol (TCP/IP with IP and subnet).
They both need to be set to the same workgroup.
you need to make sure the permissions for the folder allow access to the other computer and you need to make sure the firewalls of both systems allow each other.

if all that is good and still no go then get back to me.

Also I assume both PCs are running windows XP?

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I am researching this particular situation to see if it is possible, before we invest the time and money to go much further...
I have a corporate intranet that has desktops and wired access to network shares, etc. I also have a number of netbooks that have to operate in remote locations with no wireless or wired internet connectivity, using data loaded at the office.
I need to securely transfer database files to several netbooks in turn without using USB drives or other removable media, or wireless, which have the potential for loss, risking the data. A secure, wired connection is our preference.
Our plan is to use a USB to RJ-45 connector (such as an Apple USB Ethernet Adapter) to connect to the netbooks. Then, plug the USB in the desktop, and plug the Ethernet cable to the netbook's RJ-45 port. For proof of concept, we've done some initial testing with one device, and have managed to find modified drivers to get the Apple device to work under Windows 7, and looking at it's properties can see a successful Ethernet connection. Setting up the share is more complicated.
We control the hardware and software on each machine, so we intend to make an simple user-friendly GUI application to move the data back and forth (before and after its use at the distributed netbook locations). I suspect that this should be simply a mapping of the netbook as a drive, and copying to and from.
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Answer:Connecting a laptop to desktop using USB to ethernet while keeping desktop network connection?

I've done exactly the same thing with a client company in the past. In that case it involved transferring sensitive banking data to laptops which were to be used by the client's representatives in the field.
My preferred method, given the need for avoiding removable media,was the one you describe in your final paragraph; we instituted a policy of copying to a dedicated desktop and using a single authorised member of staff to disconnect the desktop from the network after the copy process, copying the data to the laptops, disconnecting them, deleting the desktop copy and reconnecting the desktop.
It worked smoothly, and was very secure, given that one person handled the process. As far as I know the client still follows the same procedure.

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Is it possible to transfer data from my desktop pc to my laptop pc without turning on my desktop pc? My desktop pc does not work and needs a new motherboard. I know I can take my PCs in to Best Buy and have them transfer the data for about $100. I'm hoping to do it myself and cheaper. Is there any specific equipment I can rent or buy to do this myself? The data I need transferred is from my old desktop is from a Dell Dimension XPS T500 to my new Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop. Any ideas?
Thank you.
 

Answer:Transfering data from desktop to laptop without turning desktop pc on?

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Is it possible to transfer data from my desktop pc to my laptop pc without turning on my desktop pc? My desktop pc does not work and needs a new motherboard. I know I can take my PCs in to Best Buy and have them transfer the data for about $100. I'm hoping to do it myself and cheaper. Is there any specific equipment I can rent or buy to do this myself? The data I need transferred is from my old desktop is from a Dell Dimension XPS T500 to my new Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop. Any ideas?
Thank you.
 

Answer:Transfering data from desktop to laptop without turning desktop pc on?

yes.............dont duplicate post!
 

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Hello,
I have a custom built desktop at an office, it was running Windows Xp pro with the license glued on the side. At a later time a full license was purchased for windows 7 pro oem, and glued on the side of the computer. The system was wiped and Windows 7 pro freshly installed (not upgraded).
Now a new system with Windows 10 pro was bought to take it's place.
My question is there, the office has a Windows XP Pro laptop, that must be upgraded to Windows 7 pro. Am I able to use that license from that old desktop for Windows 7 Pro on this winxp laptop to install Windows 7 pro? If so, how would I go about doing it? Just an upgrade and use that product key?

Answer:Transfering license from desktop to laptop, and throwing desktop away

The laptop license will be an OEM copy of the OS, this is managed by the OEM of the laptop and would not be transferable to the new system. the additional win7 laptop is also an OEM license but in this case the support would be the responsibility of your Company IT department.

You need to purchase a new license for the laptop, but, if you can get one an upgrade license would be OK as the XP pro to Windows 7 is a valid upgrade

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I'm not sure if this should go under the topic of General Help or Customization. Since it is about personalizing I opted to post it here.

I've got a Lenovo Desktop that was upgraded from 8.1 to 10 just after the release. I have a Toshiba Laptop which I upgraded from 7 to 10 about a month ago. Occasionally, the desktop screen for the desktop would be the default desktop image for the Toshiba laptop with "Toshiba" in the lower right corner.

Last night I performed a clean install of 10 on my Laptop. I went to bed and let the laptop work the updates as I was sleeping. When I woke up the Lenovo, again, the desktop showed the Toshiba default image rather than the one I had changed it to previously.

I had researched the issue but only after making this post is when I realized that all accounts under the same Microsoft ID will synch, including the desktop personalization. Not exactly a feature that I like. I'd like to turn that feature off.

Answer:The desktop screen on laptop changes the desktop for...desktop.

Hi Btsouthwell, welcome to the Ten Forums.

See this tutorial: Sync Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums.

Kari

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Hi. I'm a Windows 8 newbie, so go easy on me .

I'm trying to RDP from my new Windows 8 laptop to an XP desktop, both of which are on my home network. When I try, I get the below error...

Remote Desktop can't connect to the remote computer for one of these reasons:

1) Remote access to the server is not enabled
2) The remote computer is turned off
3) The remote computer is not available on the network

As best as I can tell, none of the conditions above is true. Here is what I have looked at so far...

- On the XP machine, in System settings / Remote, "Allow users to connect to this system" is Checked. I have successfully RDP'd to this machine in the past, but this is the first time I've tried from the Windows 8 machine.

- From the Windows 8 machine, I can ping the XP machine, and I can access a shared drive on the XP machine. In fact, I've been moving files between the XP machine and the Windows 8 machine, in both directions, all day.

- Just to eliminate another potential issue, I have set the username and password on the Windows 8 machine to match that on the XP machine.

Incidentally, XP machine is running XP Pro, 2002, SP3.

Thanx in advance for any suggestions to diagnose and resolve this.

feenyman99

Answer:Cannot Remote Desktop FROM Windows 8 laptop to XP desktop

Kari explains about the tricks and problems associated with remote desktop. > problems connecting to the Win 8 laptop from Win 7

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I just finished disassembling my first laptop ever which had a broken screen due to a drunken neighbor and am wondering if / what I can use the acquired parts for? This is the laptop that I disemboweled:

Samsung NP300E5A-A01UB Review & Rating | PCMag.com

which has a better processor than the current, newer one that I am using. I also recently purchased a desktop but I definitely need to increase the size of the hdd and am wondering if the laptop hdd can be used with the desktop? I have attached pictures of what I have pulled out of the Samsung. I look forward to your responses and really appreciate the helpful knowledge and / or advice. Thank you!

(I will attach the pictures right after this post. I took them on my phone and will upload from the win7 forums app. Am currently on laptop)

Jeremy

Answer:hdd, processor or RAM from laptop usable in my desktop or newer laptop

Hopefully images attached to this.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7Oe...p=docslist_api

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7Oe...p=docslist_api

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7Oe...p=docslist_api

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Ok first of all thanks to anyone who reads this and I hope I am being as clear as possible.

My desktop computer recently just went all blank white screen on me last night and since I have no idea what to do with it to fix it, I just bought a new laptop. I have a DSL modem from Verizon with only one cable so before I used to just remove it from the desktop and plug it into my other laptop to use the internet. I did this last night with the new laptop as well, and this morning I tried to connect to the internet on the new laptop and it said could not connect to the internet, no matter what website I tried, I decided to try plugging the DSL line into the OLD laptop to see if it was the internet, but it works on the old laptop just fine, and was working on the new laptop yesterday just fine. Can someone please help me? I do not understand why the old laptop works 100% perfectly and never had a virus, but every new computer I get seems to be "crap" (pardon my language) Any thoughts????
 

Answer:DSL cable works for desktop and laptop but not the new laptop ;\

Connect to the old laptop and get the Internet working and connected, then I'd like to see this.
Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD then press Enter to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following command:

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.

IPCONFIG /ALL

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.


After that, connect to the new laptop, reboot the laptop and then post the same thing from the new laptop.


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Okay I have sort of a series of related questions about this let me start by explaining the situation:

My laptop is fried and I've pretty much given up hope trying to fix it. I know it's a hardware issue and I tried disassembling/reassembling it to no avail. At this point I'll be happy if I can recover the files from the HD assuming it's not the HD that is faulty in the first place.

So here are my questions. I already searched the forums here and had one of these partially answered but I need a bit more info. First, as I understand it it would be possible to connect the laptop's HD to my desktop but I would need an adapter to do it right? If I had this adapter, would it be possible to run the laptop HD like an external or would I have to boot directly into it to get the files? My tech knowledge is only mediocre here and I don't know exactly how the hardware all works together.

Second, and this would be most convenient if it works because I could skip the adapter, I want to know if it would work to simply swap the laptop's HD with a different, fully functioning laptop and move the files onto an external HD from there, assuming both laptops use the same connector type (I believe they do both use the same size SATA drives). Again this is really just a question of whether or not the new laptop's hardware would be compatible with the old drive and that there wouldn't be any time consuming formats involved or any data loss or anythi... Read more

Answer:Laptop HD file transfer to desktop or another laptop

Better and much shorter question: What is the best way to move files from the hard disk of a failed laptop to another computer?

Remove the hard disk from the failed laptop. If it is SATA, as you state, take it to any desktop computer with SATA connectors. Connect it there as a secondary drive and burn your files to a DVD.

Or, you could get an external drive enclosure (laptop size), place the drive inside that and connect it to any USB port.

If the old drive is bad/unreadable, none of your or my solutions will help. In that case, you'll have to send it and a lot of your money to a specialist.
 

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I've got two computers living in the same workgroup that I am trying to connect and share files across.

1) Desktop - Vista Home Premium.
2) Laptop - XP Pro.

Computer #2 can see #1 and it's shared folders. However, #1 cannot see #2's shared folders nor see that computer in its workgroup or network.

I believe the problem resides on computer #2, as prior to computer #1 I had a different desktop config that had the same problem.

I am able to ping #2 by name and IP address.
I have disabled the firewalls on both computers.
File sharing is enabled for both computers.

Appreciate any help on the matter!
 

Answer:XP Pro laptop can see Vista Dsktop, but Desktop Can't See Laptop

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Both machines are W7 64 bit. I have set all network settings exactly the same. I have turned off Zone Alarm on the laptop. I have set set sharing on drives and folders to Everyone. While the desktop can see the laptop over the home network, when I try to access files, I get the "enter username password" dialog box, which seems to have no function (at least to me). Not sure where the culprit lies.

Answer:W7 desktop can't read W7 laptop. Laptop can read desktop. Same settgs

When you enter the username and password for the desktop what error message do you receive?

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I just received a new Dell laptop that runs on Vista Business. My desktop is a VAIO that runs on XP Pro. I am able to get my internet connection up and running through the Belkin router, but I can not get the computers to recognize each other to share files, printers, etc...

Need help...
 

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I am using a Toshiba laptop A105-S4104 and a desktop computer both using XP Professional with both on the same two computer network. I have identical programs on both. I would like to get the two screens together on the desktop in order that I might drag and drop data. I do not wish to replace the entire files on either computer but to combine the two as I like. I have seen this done by making the desktop monitor into a half screen then bringing the laptop screen to the other half of the desktop. Can you explain how this is done? Many thanks.
 

Answer:Combing Laptop and Desktop monitor screens on desktop monitor

Hey There! Welcome to the forum!

I believe you possible mean remote desktop (Microsoft Terminal Services Client) however i dont think you can drag files between windows.

The best way of doing it with both pcs on the network would be to open my documents and type in the address bar "\\OTHER-COMPUTER-NAME\C$" that will give you access to the c drive on the other pc depending on Firewall settings.

To find your PC name right click on my computer and click properties. Then click the computer name tab. Your computer name will be shown next to 'Full Computer Name:'

Josh
 

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Is it feasible to use a laptop as a desktop?My old desktop PC is nearing the end of its life (I can't even put more RAM on it because the RAM chips are such an old design, they're almost impossible to find).Ideally, I'd like both a laptop and a tower-style PC, but can only afford one, so I'll probably buy a laptop.But if I use it as I would a desktop, I'll be stuck with a screen whose height I can't adjust, and a small keyboard.So I'd like to use the laptop as the 'tower bit', and add a monitor and a full-size keyboard - the laptop itself would be tucked away on a shelf in the computer workstation.Would this be a good idea? To make things look neat, it would mean running the laptop while closed, and I've heard this might make it overheat.And in general, is it a good idea to use a laptop as a component in a desktop setup like this? Can they stand up to this type of use?

Answer:using a laptop as a desktop

I used an Acer 8935G as a desktop replacement for a while. Virtually full sized keyboard, 18.4 widescreen and two 500 GB HDDs but it was not as good as a "proper" desktop.They can take the use of a desktop, but I found the ergonomics let the idea down badly

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I have a laptop & desktop both running on XP Home. Windows Firewall and Norton Internet Security 2006 are disabled on both as well. My setup:cable modem to VOIP router to Linksys WRT54G router to both computers.Problem is Network Places does NOT see either computer. Went to command prompt and pinged both computers. Packets for desktop are timed out. Packets for laptop are recieved, no problem. tried all different types of pinging for the desktop and they're all ok, seems pinging from another computer to the desktop is where the problem is. Any ideas what's wrong? Why can't either computer see each other although both firewalls are disabled on both computers?Oh, I'm using ethernet connections for both computers. Disabled the wireless.

Answer:Laptop & Desktop don't see each other

Something which might help to get the two talking is to use "IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol". This doesn't need configuring with IP addresses and so on like TCP/IP and isn't affected by firewalls. However, for internet access, TCP/IP is still required. To install "IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol" in Windows XP, go into the Network Connections folder, right click the Local Area Connection and select Properties. In the General tab, click the Install button. In the next box, highlight Protocol and click Add. Select "NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol" and click OK.

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Question: Laptop vs Desktop?

I know laptops are more expensive than desktops. What I was wondering was, if in the long run would it be cheaper due to saving money on power?

Answer:Laptop vs Desktop?

The amount of money you spend on power to run a computer is far less than you spend on eating out at fastfood. A laptop is ALWAYS going to cost far more for the equal amount of power you get with a desktop. Unless you really need the mobility, you are better off with a good desktop.

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Question: desktop and laptop

I currently have a desktop PC in upstairs room using talktalk broadband and I want to buy a laptop to use downstairs.What extra parts will I need to use my laptop on line,or will it run of my talktalk broadband speedtouch router.Thankyou for any help.

Answer:desktop and laptop

is the router wireless or wired? if the former then you dont need to get anything. the laptop will definately have wireless capabilities built in (unless you get a really old one). If wireless, the router will appear on your laptop and you connect via the windows wireless utility.If its wired then you will need cabling to connect to the laptop.

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Is it possiable to clone all my pc HD to the Laptop HD so that I have 2 identical machines?I am running XP wich is fully up to date.

Answer:Need both XP laptop & desktop to be the same

U need similar system.We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.

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Question: Desktop vs Laptop

Ok i know that a laptop would not be good for gaming but what do you guys think.
 

Answer:Desktop vs Laptop

Some of the newer laptops are actually pretty decent for gaming. I have an HP dv9000 with a Nvida 7600GO gpu and it plays games pretty well. Wasn't terribly expensive either ($1300).

Desktops do have a big advantage in the ease of upgrade area and are in general cheaper to buy. You can also pretty easily build your own desktop. Building a laptop can be much more expensive and a lot more difficult than just buying one.
 

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Hello. I know that the limitations of the Thinkpad T30 include a 400mhz fsb processor. I have seen desktop and mobile processors with the same fsb, but different clock speeds. Can I put a desktop processor in the t30 with the same fsb but faster clock speed?





X41T: Dead from a power surge during a BIOS Flash!

Answer:Desktop in a laptop?

No. It will not fit. T30 with a P4M 2.4 is very fast for most applications, though.

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Question: Desktop vs Laptop

Hi, How are you?

I am going to University in September and was wondering what people would recommend, as I am doing a Computer Science course. I am staying at home and a Uni in my home city.

Would it be better getting a Desktop and a Low powered laptop just for little task and use the better computers at uni or getting a mid powered laptop and no desktop??

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Desktop vs Laptop

bj00uk said:





Hi, How are you?

I am going to University in September and was wondering what people would recommend, as I am doing a Computer Science course. I am staying at home and a Uni in my home city.

Would it be better getting a Desktop and a Low powered laptop just for little task and use the better computers at uni or getting a mid powered laptop and no desktop??

Thanks in advanceClick to expand...

hi there

its just a question of how important portability is to you. laptops are great especially with the advent of mobile broadband but can be tricky if parts fail inside such as the fan, motherboard or AC adaptor connector

i find that desktops are easier and cheaper to repair but thats just my opinion

regards
 

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I want to buy a new computer, which is mainly used at home, I will mostly likely let my computer powered for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and won't normally turn off. But I have a preference for laptop computer, then it is connected to DC power while the battery is taken away. I have an eye on a Dell laptop which is on sale here in my city. My only concern is-- if it's likely that it will ruin the laptop , cause damage to the hardware, or even burn it in a year or two, if I run the laptop like that?

Answer:laptop or desktop PC?

Some laptops last years, others fail within 1. They're harder and more expensive to repair, and upgrades are quite limited.

Powered? Do you mean sleeping, or shut down but power still applied to the adapter, for example?

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Question: Desktop to laptop

Okay I have a Compaq Laptop Vista Basic. I also have a Windows 7 Hp desktop.
Now the thing is my Laptop is connected to my wireless router and I am trying to connect both via Ethernet. The thing is that they wont connect. I have already uninstalled the NIC local connection drivers on both and nothing. On the Windows 7 it will work for a little bit and say that the cable is unplugged which it aint. I've tried everything can someone please help me. My Xbox 360 works fine and I have already tried 3 new Ethernet cable and nothing. Basically I am trying to connect my desktop to my laptop via the Ethernet cable but, nothing seems to work I would appreciate any help.
 

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Question: Desktop vs Laptop

I don't see any to discuss on Desktop vs Laptop.

Which are you personally to use by Desktop or laptop? Why or why not?

Answer:Desktop vs Laptop

I use both but prefer the desktop with the 22" screen. I only use the laptop outside the house or when I need a lot of processing power (e.g. for video editing). With the i7 and a 1GB graphics it is my most powerful system.

What I hate on the laptop is the trackpad - never use it. I use a mouse with a trackball which is a lot more convenient. On the desktop I do not use a mouse. I use a keyboard with trackball.

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If I no longer use my old computer that has windows XP home retail on it, can I install it on my wife's laptop?
 

Answer:xp from desktop to laptop

TBJ said:


If I no longer use my old computer that has windows XP home retail on it, can I install it on my wife's laptop?Click to expand...

As long as its only installed on one computer, yes.
 

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Question: laptop to desktop

Is there any way that a hard drive from a laptop can be hooked to a desktop pc. My sons laptop fell and the monitor was broken. He needs to get data from iit. Repairing the laptops monitor is not an option. Paying to have the data saved is also not an option without money. Or maybe there is a way to route the video from the laptop through a regular monitor? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:laptop to desktop

easiet way without having open anything up on the desktop is to get a usb laptop hard drive enclosure. check what kind of drive the laptop has (IDE, SATA) and get an enclosure accordingly.

the enclosure allows you to plug in the hard drive as a USB external drive, from there you read/write just like any other hard drive/thumb drive/external drive.

they do sell adapters for 3.5 IDE to 2.5 IDE if you wanted to plug it in a desktop PC however.

Billy
 

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hi all! i'm new here and already have a question i have an old dell desktop computer and would like to know if i need to replace it with a laptop instead. what are the features in desktop or laptop? how do they differ from each other? i need to get familiarize with this and do a research before i buy a computer. i'm also thinking of buying a pda for my gf and probably myself is it worth it? what are the advantages/disadvantages of a pda? thanks in advance!!!

Answer:desktop, laptop, and PDA? help pls!

As far as the difference between a desktop and a laptop, you need to ask yourself 2 questions.

First, what am I going to use this computer for?

If you're thinking about doing some heave load applications like Picture editing, movie editing, gaming, heaving data processing or anything that would put demand on the computer, then you would want to go with a desktop.

On the other hand, if you're a buisnessman/woman and are going to be traveling a lot and would like to do some of your work during flights or the like, then a laptop would be a better choice.

For this part, it comes down to how, when and where you would use your new computer.

Secondly, how much money am I willing to spend?

Latop computer are quite a bit more expensive than their equivalent desktop conterparts. On average a decent latop is going to range from $1500-$2000 whereas the same desktop will range from $800-1400.


Overall, you just need to sit down and do some thinking about the monetary issues, and the usage you want out of a new computer to decide what you're going to buy.

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Question: laptop to desktop

trying to network laptop to Desktop through router

they both can see each other

the desktop can open the laptops files just fine

the laptop cannot open the desktops files

error says not a valid host name
we've changed the name to almost identical to each other doesn't help
don't think it is name issue
turned the firewalls off, didn't help

any ideas
 

Answer:laptop to desktop

one other oddity

in the laptop Local Area Connection properties
there is a tab that allows me to check a permission to allow other users to connect

in the desktop Local Area Connection properties
that tab is missing
 

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Question: Desktop/Laptop

Our desktop is connected by modem to the main telephone socket and we use Firefox, I may have to work from home 3 days a week using a laptop which I suspect will use IE and will need to be connected to the company system all the time so I need to know the following.
We have a telephone extension socket in another room, can I connect the laptop to this and what will I need ?
Will we be able to use both machines on the same internet connection ?
Will this affect my desktops performance which will also be in use by the family and will there be any conflict between different browsers/security systems ?
Any other thoughts that I may have missed will also be appreciated
Thanks

Answer:Desktop/Laptop

connected by modem to the main telephone socket
What type of modem? is it a modem /router connects by ethernet cable or wireless, or does it connect to your PC using a USB cable? Please give us make and model if known.

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is there a way to hook your laptop to your desktop only useing a usb cable so you can move files to the laptop with out having to burn it to a cd and also for like gaming?
ones a compaq deskpro 500mhz 64mb ram windows 98se
and the laptop is a toshiba Satellite Pro 440CDT 133mhz 16mb ram windows 98se
 

Answer:laptop usb desktop?

you can, but you need some software like laplink. this is one feature that os x gets right. built in computer to computer file transfer via firewire/usb. how big are the files? thought of trying transferring over the network?
 

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Question: Desktop or Laptop?

I searched for a thread like this, and all there was email threads. I'm surprised there isn't a thread like this, but if there is then I'm sorry.



Anyway, would you prefer a desktop or a laptop?


Right now I'm satisfied with my desktop, but when the time comes for it, I will move on to a laptop since it's more capable of travelling

Answer:Desktop or Laptop?

Hello Peter Hurry, welcome to the forum.

Choosing between a laptop and desktop can be a difficult decision. The bottom line comes down to portability. If you will need or use the portability of a laptop, then it can be a powerful tool for you and worth the extra money.

Laptops have a great advantage in terms of their portability. If you carry a laptop with you, your applications and documents are always immediately available. With a wireless card, your laptop can also access the Internet while on the go, so you have more places to do research, check your email, and be more productive.

Desktops offer other advantages. Although laptop prices have come down and performance has increased, most desktops offer a better price-to-performance ratio. Desktops also still hold some ergonomic advantages over laptops.

So finally I can say that your decision should be based primarily on how you plan to use your computer and the size of your computing budget. Lastly, the choice is yours. Evaluate and review your computing needs and decide what's best for you.

Thanks.
Arvin

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Question: laptop and desktop

ok heres the lowdown i have a laptop and a desktop and i have dsl service but what i want to know is that if they can both share the internet connection because i tried to use the internet connection on my friends laptop but it didnt work so i guess its something with the ip address assigned to me? and also do i need a router for this?


any help would be greatly appreciated or even a link to another thread of anyone who has a similar problem to this and theres a solution..

Answer:laptop and desktop

This is better suited for networking

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I bought a laptop I thought I could fix off Cl a long time ago, and found out the board was toast. Anyway, it has a 320Gb sata HDD in it. I pulled it and attached it to my desktop via the 2 cables (power/data) to see if it was any good and it wont even read it. not even in BIOS. Is this normal cause its a laptop drive, or is it toast too?? thanks for any insight
 

Answer:laptop HDD in desktop??

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I have a computer, that is quite old, but is havong trouble now, I think it is a dead hard drive but I am not shureIt was running windows 98motherboard:intel desktop board D815EEA2 \ D815EPEA2I dont know the hard drive, because i am afraid of taking the system totally apart.I turn it on, it runs the immage for intel, after a muinute, it comes to a screen displaying"Drive not ready - system halted'it was not connected to the internet for some time.I also have another computer not working right now. It is a toshiba satellite 2595cdt, it is having trouble booting. it will ask between microsoft windows and microsoft windows xp professional. after i select professional, it will sau that windows did not start succesfullu, and that a recent hardware of software change might be the culprit. i have no addont as in hardware, but i have no idea what happened to the software. it is running xp professional. It had a hard drive that was almost full. any help greatly apreciated.

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Hey guys,

I'm trying to connect my old Dell Optiplex [Windows 2000 Professional] to my Acer Aspire laptop [Windows 7]. I have what I need to do so... An Ethernet crossover cable.

I have connected the desktop to a different laptop months ago, but it was a random occurrence. No idea how it happened.

I can only get the laptop to appear on the desktop's network thing and can see/ use shared files. I can't do the same on the laptop's side.

Please, somebody, give me a step-by-step process. I can do an intricate one. What I need these machines to do is: appear on each other's network, share files, and share internet [laptop gets wireless - would give destop it through LAN].

Thanks!
 

Answer:Old Desktop to New Laptop

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Hi people!

How can I mod a cable (standard ATA cable) so I can connect a laptop HD there?

Is there any tutorial?

Greetings H4N$L!
 

Answer:Laptop HD in desktop

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Question: desktop to laptop

i know there are adaptors to hook your laptop to desktop, but i need oe to hook your desktop to laptop


help i need to know FAST

Answer:desktop to laptop

probaly a laptop because when you a computer to go you'd have one.Also the laptop can be used at a desk sort of like a desktop

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Question: laptop to desktop

Hello I recently recived a laptop for christmas, this means i have a desktop computer laying around collecting dust. I want to use it as a storage server which means i want to know if it is possible to connect my laptop to the internet and then to the desktop. This is so i don't have to have the desktop on all the time for the internet, as it is only been used to store files. Also would i be able to see file on the desktop without me needing a monitor for it via the laptop. All help and information would be greatly welcomed ,thanks in advance.

Answer:laptop to desktop

You could try laplink if you click here

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I am trying to replace the original faulty 3.5" SATA hard disk for my desktop with 2.5" SATA hard disk from one unused laptop. BIOS detects the new hard disk but it is not booting from it. Is there any other setup I need to do, may be on the motherboard? Thank you

Answer:using laptop HD on Desktop

Hi, Is it BOOTABLE ? What is/are on your 2.5" HDD ? Regards.

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Hi

Just wondered if anyone out there could help me!

I have networked a laptop and desktop with the desktop being the host connected to Wanadoo Broadband via a USB modem. The two machines are linked by a cross cable and they can ping each other (IP address and name).

The desktop can access the internet with no problem, but the laptop can only access some websites!

For example, I can go to msn.co.uk/messenger but not msn.co.uk. Or I can ping quizardry.com but I cannot go to the site in the browser.

Both machines are WINXP PRO but the desktop has SP2 and the laptop has SP1.

Can anyone out there help me, I am tearing my hair out here!!
 

Answer:LAN for a laptop and desktop

Sure sounds like some kind of restrictive browser or firewall settings on the laptop. How does the laptop differ from the desktop in those two areas? What browser(s)?
 

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hey,

i hav a desktop pc with xp running on it and a samsung 80GB HDD.
i hav a dv4t HP laptop with 250 GB HDD.
i don wanna use the desktop anymore, so i want to transfer my desktop 80 GB stuffs to the LAptop.

How do i do that?
i heard that there's something called IDE cable that can do the stuff

if u need more info, tell me..

plz HELP
 

Answer:HP laptop HDD to desktop HDD

Yes you can do that. The best way is to make the laptop HDD becoming external as it is the easiest way. You will need to buy an external box for HDD and make the connection inside and it will be connected by USB. Thus you can take it where you want without any problem.
 

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I have a Windows XP Laptop that is almost a year old, I've been using it alot recently and it's been working great! But For the past three days I've tried to start it up and the moment it gets to the welcome screen it stays there and doesn't take me to my desktop. I'm not sure if the screen is frozen because I can still move the mouse around or if it's moving very slowy. I shut it off twice manually ( You know not shutting down) could that be whats wrong with it, or is it a more serious issue?
 

Answer:My Laptop won't take me to my desktop!

First, there's one thing you should know: Anyone who tells you that holding down the power button hurts the computer is a MAC FANBOY who believes those little Mac error messages that pop up when you remove a flash drive without ejecting first. Neither of those two things hurts any computer, Mac, Windows, or otherwise.

Anyway, I don't know what's wrong there, but it's most likely some kind of corrupt Windows file. Something that should fix that kind of thing no matter what every single time is this:

1. Pray to whatever you believe in that you still have your Windows install disk.
2. If you do, insert the disk in your disk drive, start up the computer, and it will spend a few seconds asking you to press any key if you want to boot from the disk. Press any key, and your computer will spend awhile loading the DOS-like version of the Windows XP installation.
3. Press R to go to the recovery console.
4. When it prompts you for which boot-system-drive-thing to start from, choose whatever number it lists as Windows. That number will probably be 1. Type the number in and press enter.
5. Next it will ask for the Administrator password. This is the password that you have given to the account that came with Windows that was called "Administrator." If you never gave that hidden account a password, leave this entry blank and press enter.
6. Now you are officially in the Recovery Console. Type "chkdsk" (without quotes) and the disk will check your h... Read more

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I bought a Toshiba laptop P2 from Ebay..with nothing installed..put in recovery discs 'cos I wanted to install drivers & then put in Windows ME from recovery disc from my desktop,.But it started installing W98..& I don't have product license for that. Tried putting in CD from desktop..but nothing happened.Anyway I want to run ME 'cos that's what I am used to. Help!/!As you might guess I've never attempted anything like this before...

Answer:Laptop with W98..want to use ME from my desktop..

It's probably me but I can't get a handle on your current situation. The laptop had nothing on it and you've ME installed on your Desktop PC. So where has 98 come from?What OS discs and licences do you have?If you can explain a little clearer then this can be easily sorted.Regards

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Question: Desktop-Laptop

hi everyone i would like to know how do i connect internet to my laptop(Vista)..I already have a Destop(XP) connected 2 net. I want the same connection 4 my laptop i tried connecting the LAN wire n i found reply from the server but no webpage is being opened then i contact the service provider,He said tht I cannot have the same connection 4 both Systems.He added tht I can have only 1 at a time i.e.. I should go 4 a net connection either with my Desktop Or Laptop permanently!!!!!

Im sorry if anyone finds this question wasting there time!!!Im new 2 these thngs n im trying 2 coup up with u guys
 

Answer:Desktop-Laptop

You need to buy a router.
 

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Help needed....i have a Desktop PC windows 7 pro connected by ethernet cable which is downstairs..i have a Samsung r-159 laptop which has wireless also windows 7 pro which is upstairs,the problem i am having is that the laptop will not connect to the internet,it keeps saying it needs to be connected by a cable,can anyone figure this out for me please.
Thank you

Answer:Laptop to Desktop Pc

Is the Laptop's "wireless" switched on? This is usually done either with a physical switch on the edge of the Laptop or with a combination of the Fn key and one of the F keys along the top.
If its WiFi is definitely enabled, clicking the network icon beside the clock should bring up a list of the networks that it finds. Click the entry whose SSID matches that of your router and you should be prompted to enter the WEP/WPA/WPA2 key and then be connected.
Only if its WiFi hasn't been enabled should it tell you to connect with an ethernet cable.

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Hey I was wondering, if my desktop is on Win 7 64bit, the laptop is on xp pro 32bit, can I have them networked to access the files on each computer from the other?
 

Answer:Desktop, Laptop, different OS

win7 comes in 32 and 64bit

yes,

Sharing Files and Printers on a Home Network for Windows 7 , Vista , XP and Mac
=====================================================

Complete Guide to Networking Windows 7 with XP and Vista
Since there are three versions of Windows out in the field these days, chances are you need to share data between them. This link will show you how to get each version to share files and printers with one another.
Complete Guide to Networking Windows 7 with XP and Vista - How-To Geek
Share files between Windows 7 and XP
If you have a home network and are running Windows 7 and have XP on other PC(s) you might want to share files between them. This link will look at the steps to share files and hardware devices like a printer.
Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP - How-To Geek
 

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OK, is there anyway or put a older desktop CPU (1Ghz) into an older laptop ( say year 1999/2000)? since the CPU is slower than the laptop CPU. Is it a matter of physical fit, power consumption, size, or a combination of some of them? Thanks
 

Answer:desktop to laptop CPU

Yes, but only in a very specific circumstance.

1st, the laptop board has to have a removable CPU itself--obviously
2nd, the laptop must have a chipset that supports that processor, and might need to be BIOS flashed.

as far as power consumption, desktop CPU's do use more power, so battery life will be a bit less--but older processors weren't as different as todays mobile vs desktop processors are, so it shouldnt be THAT big a problem.
 

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Hi, my 8 year old Athlon 64 desktop is acting up, do I bin it and get a new one 400 to 500 pounds with a flatscreen monitor (still have crt)
or bin the old and put my Dell 17" 2GB Vista unit there and buy a new I5 laptop 500 to 600 Pounds.
Use the desktop about 6 months a year when home and the laptop for entertainment when at sea.
Thanks
henry1

Answer:New laptop or new desktop

Why would you need 2 laptops? I'd be tempted to ditch the old PC, sell the Dell and get a shiny new Windows 7 laptop for both at sea and at home.

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Question: desktop or laptop

Its finally time to  update and replace my ten yr old computer.  I need a computer that will have good speed, burn CD's, have a strong reliable modem for internet research and teaching, and plenty of memory to hold programs.  Can I get this with a laptop, or do I have to go with the desktop?  Pricewise, what will be a the approximate difference and what's the best laptop (if that's the choice). Maybe I should ask this last question in another forum, but should I go with xp or the new microsoft OS? Thanks

Answer:desktop or laptop

DESKTOP Price & OS is a matter for you.W2K Rules

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Ok I have a friends laptop...i am pretty sure its not any good.. I want to take his HDD out and slave it into my desktop to get his pcis and whatnot off of it. However, Its quite possible it might have viruses/malware on it as my friend used to use it for watching "movies", if you know what I mean Now is there a way I can retrieve this info w/o placing my system in danger?? Like could I maybe just boot right from it W/O having my desktop driver too and use something like PMagic or something??
 

Answer:laptop HDD to desktop

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Question: laptop to desktop

A mates laptop is knacker-ed but would like to copy his photos etc onto his desktop.Is there a cable? or something to connect his laptop hdd to his desktop.thanks.

Answer:laptop to desktop

He needs a USB2 Laptop Hard Drive Caddy. So he can plug into desktop

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Hello. I am in the market for a laptop or maybe even a desktop. If it is a laptop I would like a 17 inch screen but a 15 inch will work too. I would like 6-8GB of RAM, 500GB+ Hard Drive, 1GB of Radeon or NVIDIA graphics card, and a 2nd Generation i5 or i7 processor. Please help me find the best deal and a great laptop. Thanks
 

Answer:What laptop/desktop should I get?

well your first thing is determining if you want a laptop or a desktop. Desktops offer MUCH more bang for the buck. a laptop with similar specs to a desktop will cost twice as much.
Do you have a budget? a laptop with those specs will probably cost over a thousand dollars, while you could get a desktop with those specs (depending on graphics card) for about 600. (700 with cheap peripherals like monitor, keyboard, and mouse)

If you are set on a laptop, i would look at asus stuff. They make their own chipsets and usually sell durable and reliable products. Companies such as Acer are cheaper with similar specs, but they have arguable build quaility/reliability.

The best way to get a good deal on a desktop is to build your own. It honestly is not that hard and if you just go in step by step you should have no problem if you decide to do so.
The best bang for buck processor is the i5-2500k, which costs at most online retailers from $200 to $220. 8GB of desktop ram costs about $40. I can make more recommandations if you want to take this route, but you should tell us really what you want more first.
 

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This will probably seem like a tupd qustion but does anyone know offhand if it is possible to remove the RAM from a Dell Inspiron that is of no other use and put it in an ABM desktop? Is all RAM interchangeable or do they vary by brand adn the type of computer they are used in?

Thanks
 

Answer:RAM from Laptop to desktop

Thanks...I thought so.
 

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Question: Laptop-Desktop

I have an IBM Aptiva E series 275 and a Dell Laptop No:TS30G. I want to know how I can link them together so that I can share files on the harddrives, update laptop files, connect laptop to internet downloads, etc. I know that I need a cable to hook the ports together but I don't know what cable or what ports to use. Please Help Me. [email protected]
 

Answer:Laptop-Desktop

You want to network your computers together - so this belongs in the networking forum.

Please go there for replies.

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is it possible to use laptops hdd for desktops use

if yes what items do i need and procedures

Answer:laptop's hdd can be used for desktop

Hello again nfs yes mate sizes are all standard.

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Hi Everyone

i have just taken my old battered desktop pc apart an removed the HDD.
it is an IDE HDD (western digital) model - wd1200bb-00dwa0

my question is, is there a way i can connect it to my laptop to remove any files i may need.
or alternatively is there a way to convert it to an external HDD, so i can use it to back up the files on my laptop? and if so, how does that work as my laptop only has USB ports.

thanks dudes
 

Answer:Desktop HDD onto Laptop?

You can buy either a USB to IDE(and/or SATA) Adapter or a USB enclosure like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145053
This will in effective turn the hard drive into an external drive that you can use as you see fit.
 

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Good day to all.
I have a desktop running windows seven home premium,Also have a Acer laptop was running 8.1 now running windows ten.

My question is I will be interested in upgrading my desktop to windows ten,But would like to have some advice Please.
Which one would be the best to get another laptop or another desktop,What are the feelings of the people on this forum of making the decision.
Would it be beneficial to get another desktop as the laptops today are so efficient.

Many Thanks.

Answer:Laptop or a Desktop Which one??

How do you plan to use the new device?

Please be precise as the most suitable device would depend on your exact needs.
For example, a desktop pc is far better for gaming but is not so good for using on an airplane!! (and the monitor doesn't count as hand luggage)

And welcome to the forum!

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since having my laptop ive fallen behind on desktop advances particularly graphics!i want to be able to run two monitors and play games [but only need one monitor working for that]im looking at core i7s with windows 7 64, am unaware of intel vs AMD standings as of nowi was looking at the 28x GTX from nvidia or 58xx from ATI nvidia series, [havent a clue whats good from ATI]is it fine to run this card [or a similar ] on its own, or would i get betteer performance from a SLI rig with a cheaper graphics card?im aware i can always add another later if i go the first route.any advice? [on the whole system?][its annoying i have to do this tbh but was thinking about it anyway]

Answer:need a new desktop [laptop gpu going..]

This may help: click here

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I am thinking of getting a laptop, in addition to the desktop PC I have. Can I use the same provider and same setup for the laptop? I use VirginMedia. Do you think it would cost much extra?geedad

Answer:Laptop and desktop together

Wont cost anything to connect on top of what you are paying.

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Question: Desktop to Laptop

Hello Tech Support Guy Community,

[heads up, this may seem like a problem in the game thread but I strongly believe this thread will do better]

Before I start here are my specs:
Windows 10 Home
Intel Core i7-3635 QM CPU @ 2.4GHz
8 GB Ram
64 Bit Operating System
Touch Support(10 points)
1TB hard drive space
Anyways,
I wanted to download a play a PC game (Battlefront). When I check the specs of the game it turns out to be too oversized in the room on my laptop. So I was wondering if it is possible to use my Desktop's hard drive and ram and all that while using my laptop's windows and screen and all that. I'll need this for other things like animating or other stuff like that. Is there a way I can use a cable or anything. All help would be appreciated.

Cheers-
Sujat
 

Answer:Desktop to Laptop

So you're asking if you can use your laptop screen but your desktops hardware? AFAIK, that is not possible.
 

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Question: Laptop vs Desktop

I inherited my father-in-law's old PC which is about to give up the ghost and I am going to buy a new one. I can't decide on a laptop or desktop.I know some of the pros and cons of both but still can't decide.I will be using the PC for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, internet, downloading music and storing music and photos.All advice welcomed.

Answer:Laptop vs Desktop

Hi ally100,If you do not need to be mobile then (IMHO)a PC would be cheaper, easier to upgrade/repair.Both a PC and laptop would do the things you need. I would suggest that you consider backup option as you would not want to lose all your photos/music files, if, say the HDD broke, so CD/DVD writer would be useful.RegardsGary

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I'm in the process to become a licensed DJ, and I just need a few opinions on this: Should I use a Desktop or a Laptop for my music etc?

For instance, a laptop is portable and have a battery to power it in case of a power surge or something, but a decent one with alot of hdd space also cost alot.

A desktop is not so portable, but it's much cheaper than a laptop with the same specs and a desktop with the right chassis will have very effective cooling. It's also cheaper to have 4tb+ hdd space on a desktop than a laptop, and I will really need alot of hdd space seeing that I will have tons of music as well as music videos.

Any input on this will be great.

Thanks!
 

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Basically I have a desktop computer that I want to act as a VPN server, and I want the laptop to be able to have remote access to the desktop network from just an internet connection elsewhere.

I have set up a VPN using the Windows 7 built in wizard, but what IP address should I use on my laptop when trying to connect? Should it just be my router IP? I tried entering that but got an error 800...

Do I have to sign up to some kind of VPN hosting site to obtained an address to connect to?

Help is very much appreciated!

Answer:Trying to set up a VPN between laptop and desktop

Lanky0, I highly recommend Hamachi as a free vpn which works great and will do what you want.
The logmein people own the Hamachi vpn program.
https://secure.logmein.com/products/.../download.aspx

is one place to take a look at the free hamachi program.
I have been using it for over 10 years and it works great. They have a paid version if you want more capabilities but the free works fine.

rich

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Hi, My wife and I are think of changing out old Desktop PC for a laptop, and because we have never had a laptop before I was hoping for any advice.Are laptops just as powerful and fast as desktop PCs?Are you able to use laptops just like a desktop; being able to use from the electric, use a mouse and not the finger plate and connect to a printer/scanner? Our PC is always used in the home and not on the move; so,can you advice on whether a desktop or laptop would be the better option for the home?Thanks you

Answer:Desktop PC or laptop?

This is one of those questions where you will get as many opinions as you get respondents.As far as I am concerned there is no competition i.e. a desktop wins everytime. Why? Because laptops are primarily made for people on the move or those that are pushed for space and therefore are a compromise. They will do everything a desktop will do but generally more slowly. The big drawback is when things go wrong outside of the warranty when you can expect horrendous repair bills that is if you can get it rapaired at all. They are usually propretory which means that they use non standard parts. On the plus side they now generally cost less than a desktop and use less electricity and you can take them on holiday.With todays laptops you can plug just about anything into them the same as you would a desktop but beware of netbooks as they are specifically designed for basic tasks such as surfing the web and simple word processing etc, have slow processors and dont even think of playing games on one.In my opinion there is no competition, its a desktop every time but then I would say that as I build my own and yes I have several laptops but dont do any serious work on them.No doubt others will disagree.

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With a budget of 600 which way should i go in replacing my knackered old dell desktop?Main use would be internet, email and dvd watching and burning.Never had a laptop and like the idea but will i get a decent one for this sort of budget...and will I need lots of accessories?Or should i stick with a desktopVery confused, Any help much appreciatedCheers

Answer:laptop or desktop for about £600

Dell have got one for 599....See here.click here

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My mail computer is a desktop and I recently purchased a laptop. Both computers run Windows XP, Home Edition. I would like to read my OE e-mail messages on the laptop but not
have them saved/stored on that machine. I would like to save/store the messages on the desktop. Is there a way that I can read e-mail messages on the laptop but read and store them on the desktop? Thanks.
 

Answer:Desktop, Laptop and OE:

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My main computer is a desktop and now I have a Dell laptop. Both have Windows XP (Home) installed. I would like to read my OE email messages on the laptop but don't want to store them there. Is there a way I can read my emails on the laptop in OE and then read them on the desktop and store them there? Thanks.
 

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Question: laptop/desktop

hello.some advise please.i have a laptop computer running xp pro.i also have desktop running xp pro.my granddaughter is using the laptop at her home for homework at school.and wishes to transfer files.at the moment we use a old mp3 player.is their any way that we can directly use computer to laptop.as some pictures she needs for her project are to big for us to move.none of the machines are on the internet so not able to do it that way email.if we burn them onto disc its going to be rather expensive.ant help please.

Answer:laptop/desktop

if both the computers have a ethernet socket you buy a crossover cable and connect the two using that.

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This is probably an odd query, but I wanted to see if anybody knows anything about this.

I have a new Inspiron 530 desktop PC I recently purchased from Dell, that came with Vista. I happen to despise Vista and want to replace it with XP, and I do have an XP CD handy.

The only problem is that it originally came with an old Inspiron 2200 laptop and the CD (which I've used to reinstall the laptop before) is branded as being for Inspiron laptops, even though the setup routine seems to be the regular XP setup.

My question is, will this CD work to reformat the desktop? (I know it won't have the correct drivers, I can source those from the Dell website before reformatting.) Or should I just learn to live with Vista?

(For the record, the CD is XP Home w/SP2; the desktop uses Vista Home Basic w/SP1).

Thanks for reading! :)

Answer:Laptop XP CD on Desktop

you cannot legally use any operating systems that came with another computer per microsofts licenses. It is only legal on the computer it came with.

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Question: Laptop or Desktop

Is this AIO considered laptop or desktop?  There are Airplane mode and Laptop settings in Windows 10 on this PC.  Airplane and Laptop settings do not appear in my other HP  PC which is a tower/monitor.  Also, Thunderbird sets up the email settings for Charter automatically with "mobile" settings on this PC (which worked) but I manually changed the Charter inbound and outbound settings to their desktop settings (which also worked).  Why does Win 10 and Thunderbird seeing this AIO as a mobile device? 

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Question: Laptop v Desktop

I purchased an AJP laptop 3 years ago for 2000. The motherboard needs replacing and the cost... 580.If it was a desktop I would replace it myself for the cost of a motherboard.Are laptops worth it?

Answer:Laptop v Desktop

You will likely buy a better spec laptop now for your 580. That's the nature of technology.

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HiI am looking for a new computer and i am split between a laptop and a desktop. I am a designer and regularly run 3D graphic pakages. Can anyone advise me which is best and what sort of spec i should look for?Cheers

Answer:DESKTOP or LAPTOP??

If you are a designer you need to be looking at 22/24" widescreen, rotatable monitors which means a desktop.G

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Hi everyone ! I have a window XP desktop which I want to sell, but I need to fix it first. I know how to do it by using Window command console. The problem is the keyboard has some nonfunctional letters. I have a window 8 laptop. So I'm wondering is there a way to use my laptop, or actually the keyboard of the laptop to fix my desktop computer ? Thanks.

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my friend has taken out his harddrive (hitachi) from his laptop as it was compleatly fried.he hadnt backed up any of his data and now he's screwed.is it possible to connect a laptop harddrive to my pc??and if so what do i need (does a laptop harddrive take a unique cable for it to work on a normal pc?)then i think he'll need to get a new laptop so what can you recomend???thanks guys....
 

Answer:Laptop HDD on desktop PC ?

The easiest solution: External Hard Drive Enclosure (newegg.com)

As far as a laptop recommendation, what will the laptop be used for?
 

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Question: Laptop-Desktop

I have an IBM Aptiva E series 275 and a Dell Laptop No:TS30G. I want to know how I can link them together so that I can share files on the harddrives, update laptop files, connect laptop to internet downloads, etc. I know that I need a cable to hook the ports together but I don't know what cable or what ports to use. Please Help Me. [email protected]
 

Answer:Laptop-Desktop

You want to network your computers together - so this belongs in the networking forum.

Please go there for replies.

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Is there a way i can use a laptop harddisk on a desktop? If so, how can i do it? what do i need?

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Answer:can laptop HD be used on a desktop?

Yep you need a 2.5 to 3.5 Adapter and put it on as Slave

Have a look there everywhere. http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=811539/
 

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Question: Laptop vs Desktop

For some time I have been toying with the idea of getting a Laptop.Can I more or less do the same things on a Laptop that I do with my Desktop? Are there any drawbacks/limitations etc?Thanks

Answer:Laptop vs Desktop

Desktops are easier to use and unless you are wanting "Transportability" there is no point in buying a laptop.

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Okay here is the deal. I have a compaq laptop that the hard drive went out of. I am unable to buy a new one at this time. I was wondering if I was able to connect useing my desktops HD over a network on the laptop. If so how and can i do it wireless? I want to use the laptop on the pad. Just to get outside while doing some work.
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Answer:Laptop No HD, Desktop Maybe?

you want to do what? you want to connect to the dead hdd from your desktop?

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I have an older desktop pc (Windows XP, AMD Athlon Processor, 901MHz, 512MB RAM) that I want to try and upgrade but not sure how to do it.  We still use it but it is sooooo slow.  I recently replaced Ram on my sons laptop and took out the two sticks that were in it.  Can they go into my old pc??  I recently bought a new very small (cheapest) dell pc cuz the old pc was running soooo slow but I still want to try to upgrade it but not sure where or how to begin.  Can someone plz help me to know what/how to do it??  Thanks.

Answer:can laptop ram fit into desktop?

Laptop RAM will not fit into a desktop machine.If you want some advice on how to upgrade that machine, we'll need a budget, as well as a report on that machine from Everest - see here.  Also, intended use for that machine would be helpful, as well as why it's so slow - for example, how long it takes to boot etc.  Some software and hardware maintenance, coupled with a few small upgrades, should work wonders on that.Welcome to the forums!

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Question: Desktop vs Laptop

Given the same budget, is a desktop always the better choice over a laptop?My computer is 4-year-old now, and my friend has a dying 10-year-old computer.If I sell (maybe give) her mine, I am not sure whether I should get another desktop or a laptop instead.I'm traveling from time to time, though not so often (10%-20% of my computer usage time), but having a laptop would be a little bit more convenient to me.I am a graphic artist so I deal with a lot of heavy graphic with Photoshop and CorelDraw, so I'm doubt whether a laptop could handle that.Thanks for advice. 

Answer:Desktop vs Laptop

It depends on your budget I guess, but I personally would always get a desktop.They're much more upgradeable for a start, and almost always better value.For intensive Photoshop etc, a desktop will offer much better value for money.

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Hello

I have a faulty laptop harddrive that I would like to get some data from, is it possible to hook it up to a desktop PC and get the info from it? or would a HD enclosure work?

I have it hooked up at the moment and can't seem to see the C: drive of the laptop hd....it can see the recovery and HP tools partionions, just not the C: part of it.

Do I have to put it on as a slave drive? if so..how?

Its a Samsung Model # 320II

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Answer:Laptop HD to Desktop PC Help!!

If you can see the HP partitions you have it hooked up ok.

Take a look at it with Partition Wizard. Does it see the C: partition? If it does can you rightclick the C: partition in the graph and select Explore to see file names?
 

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Question: Desktop or Laptop?

Hi Majorgeeks! I'm thinking about upgrading my current desktop for some better parts. Then I thought, should I just get a laptop? I made a pros and cons list for getting a laptop.

Pros: Portability

Cons: Battery issues, costs more, less performance, can't fix

It's kind of short as you can see. The only thing I see good out of a laptop is being able to take it wherever with ease. When I say battery issues, i mean not being able to use it because it's dead, and I've heard leaving the cord plugged in while you're running it ruins the battery life. If I got a laptop I would be paying more than if I would by upgrading. That being said, I know if i upgrade my desktop, it would perform better for cheaper than a laptop. Then if anything went wrong internallly, i'd have to pay to get it fixed rather than fixing it myself. You're probably thinking why i'm asking you if the cons outweigh the pros, but i thought I should get some opinions.
 

Answer:Desktop or Laptop?

Some quotes from various MG threads that may help you make up your mind.





How to buy a laptop on a budget
http://majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=26
A tutorial from MA at MG. Click to expand...





In fact, many portable systems will run just fine on AC even with the battery pack removed. In fact, some battery makers recommend just that; when you're on AC for long periods, remove the battery to extend its life.
(You should, of course, charge the battery first.)Click to expand...





Re: my son the geek needs a laptop...
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=222749Click to expand...

My note: Make sure you do WEI's on all your possible choices (both laptop and desktop). You may be surprised at the stats. Laptops have really come down in price, and improved in performance, in the last 12 months.





Remember, a laptop with no battery connected is just like a desktop. If power goes off, you lose what you are working on. With the battery connected, you don't. You will have to balance one against the other.

It really depends on the quality of your power from your power supplier, and the vagaries of weather.Click to expand...





Why your laptop runs out of juice so fast.
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=192493Click to expand...





Adeona -- tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop
http://adeona.cs.washington.edu/Click to expand...

I've been using laptops for ... Read more

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Question: LapTop Desktop

My laptop has started going funny! The desktop does not fit the monitor, happened when I booted up this morning. Its all there but you have to scroll around to see everything. Its currently running on XP. Any ideas please?

Answer:LapTop Desktop

Hi, right click on desktop, then on Properties - go to Settings tab and change Resolution.

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Toshiba laptop won't go to Windows 8 desktop it sits at toshiba logo and nothing more
It starts by saying automatic repair then goes to diagnosing laptop then system restore in blue screen that failed lastly it has in blue screen automatic repair couldn't repair your PC
press advanced options to try other options to repair
Below that it has shut down to turn off PC log file c:\WINDOWS\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt

Answer:Laptop won't go to desktop

Tried safe mode nothing don't want to hit advanced options until had some direction thanks

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So I went to the computer store to buy a large monitor to use with my laptop. I do a lot of mechanical design work at home. When I told them what I wanted to do they said it couldn't be done. Since I've seen it done, I bet someone out there can set me straight.What I want to be able to do is to run my laptop with its lid closed (out of the way somewhere), with a monitor connected to the VGA port and a keyboard/mouse connected over USB. Basically, it will work lilke a desktop computer when I'm working at my desk.Then when I'm on the road, it will work like a regular laptop.The guy in the Microsoft polo shirt at the big blue store with the yellow tag (whose name shall be unspoken), said this is impossible, since the laptop will hibernate as soon as its lid is closed. In the last company I worked for, this is exactly how the IT guys set up my machine, so I know it can be done.Ideas?Thanks!

Answer:Using a Laptop as a desktop

Unbelievable. The Microsoft guys an idiot. You are right on target nomechanic. Of course it can be done.Simply re-configure what your laptop does when you close the lid. From memory go to control panel then power options and in there is the option to tell your computer to do nothing when the lid is closed.There are even options to enable you to have one screen on/off or both on mirroring each other and even displaying different stuff on each screen. Thats in your display properties tho.

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I'm trying to connect my laptop a desktop so I can use the internet and download drivers and other files bigger then 1.4mb, and not have to use floppy disks. Can any one help me with this?
 

Answer:laptop to desktop????

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