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Thread: help me find a new inexpensive computer for mom

  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by PN
    Hi Scott,

    It looks like plenty of computer for your mom. I would caution against selecting Windows Vista Basic Edition!

    Good luck!
    Thanks! It was ordered w/ XP (home), per her request, believe it or not. Upgraded to an optical mouse (+ $20) & added a basic set of 2.1 speakers (+ $30-40). Tax was like $23, grand total aound $470 w/ free shipping. There was something like a $280 discount for whatever promotion this fell under... would've been over $750. Mom was happy.

    They shipped it out yesterday. Not too shabby of a turnaround time.

  2. #22
    The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
    --General George Patton

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  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Pruett
    update: went w/ this:

    Dell SB has Vostro 200 Desktop with 19" LCD and a choice of Windows XP Home or Windows Vista Home Basic for $389 with free shipping. Thanks mikeopp2
    • Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2160 (1.80GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 800FSB)
    • Genuine Windows XP Home or Windows Vista Home Basic
    • Dell 19 inch Widescreen E198WFP Analog Flat Panel Monitor
    • 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz - 2DIMMs
    • 80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
    • Single Drive: 16X DVD-ROM Drive
    • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
    • Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    • 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Next Business Day On-Site Service
    That's a pretty nice desktop for the price.

  4. #24
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    It's because it's the Dual core, not a C2D chip.

    But yes it is a good system.

  5. #25
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    Sounds great! Glad you went w/ xp. My daughters new laptop has vista, and she is having LOTS of problems.
    T7-8 since Feb 2005

  6. #26

    '$100 laptop' to sell to public
    By Jonathan Fildes
    Science and technology reporter, BBC News

    Students at a school in Nigeria

    Computer enthusiasts in the developed world will soon be able to get their hands on the so-called "$100 laptop".

    The organisation behind the project has launched the "give one, get one" scheme that will allow US residents to purchase two laptops for $399 (£198).

    One laptop will be sent to the buyer whilst a child in the developing world will receive the second machine

    The G1G1 scheme, as it is known, will offer the laptops for just two weeks, starting on the 12 November.

    The offer to the general public comes after the project's founder admitted that concrete orders from the governments of developing nations had not always followed verbal agreements

    Nicholas Negroponte told the New York Times: "I have to some degree underestimated the difference between shaking the hand of a head of state and having a cheque written.

    "And yes, it has been a disappointment."

    Walter Bender, head of software development at One Laptop per Child (OLPC), told the BBC News website: "From day one there's been a lot of interest expressed in having some way of people in the developed world participate in the programme."

    Price hike

    The XO laptop has been developed to be used by children and is as low cost, durable and simple to use as possible.

    It packs several innovations including a sunlight readable display so that it can be used outside. It has no moving parts, can be powered by solar, foot-pump or pull-string powered chargers and is housed in a waterproof case.

    cost breakdown

    The machine's price has recently increased from $176 (£88) to $188 (£93) although the eventual aim is to sell the machines for $100 (£50).

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