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New Toshiba laptop Bought new Toshiba laptop
.toshiba. ^ | 3 22 2013

Posted on 03/22/2013 4:41:59 PM PDT by dennisw

Got this for $350 when taxes are included. Has Windows 8. I have not opened the box yet and will wait until Sunday to see if there isn't some thing better out there at Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot etc...

So what do freepers think of this model? The CPU comes in at above 2100 on CPU benchmark site and I will be adding 4gb memory soon to make 8gb. This cpu is Ivy Bridge which is the latest


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1 posted on 03/22/2013 4:41:59 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/satellite/C850/C855-S5190/

Last weeks sale price at OfficeMax (where I bought it) was $350 when tax is included.


2 posted on 03/22/2013 4:43:41 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw
I had a Toshiba for years 'til it finally conked out on me. It survived a lot of abuse and traveling. The weak point seemed to be the AC adapter port. I had to replace the actual adapter twice due to shorts where the wire joined the actual plug, and the last time it went, it was the actual port inside the computer that gave way.

As best you can, try not to bend the cable near the plug, or jostle the area too much, but that's probably sound advice for any laptop, not just Toshiba.

3 posted on 03/22/2013 4:46:58 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: dennisw

I have an Toshiba laptop A665 running Windows 7 Home Edition. Over 2 years old. Very solid computer, I can’t think of a single problem.


4 posted on 03/22/2013 4:47:47 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: dennisw

The extra memory won’t make any difference on a 32 bit system. I can only use 4 Gigs.


5 posted on 03/22/2013 4:48:11 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: dennisw

I got a new HP with windows 8. This program looks like some kid made it. It looks like some teenybopper game. It is not easy to use and really counter intuitive.


6 posted on 03/22/2013 4:48:30 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: dennisw

Finally retired the old Satellite - it never let me down. If this one is anything like it, you’re in good hands.


7 posted on 03/22/2013 4:48:40 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: mkmensinger

Correction: “IT can only use 4 Gigs”


8 posted on 03/22/2013 4:49:14 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Joe 6-pack

I have a Satellite that’s been a workhorse for years except the LCD converter burnt up so I use another monitor.


9 posted on 03/22/2013 4:50:07 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: dennisw

Don’t know about the model specifically but if this is your first dance with Windows 8, you’re in for a rough week.

Stick with it, eventually you get the hang of it and it can be adjusted to look like a 7.

Let us know if you find a way to get rid of that damn space needle image at logout. I never could.


10 posted on 03/22/2013 4:52:46 PM PDT by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: txhurl

I have a Toshiba Satelite that is still going strong. Has a label on it saying “Windows XP, 2005” on it - so that must have been when I bought it!

It started off as my portable field computer, but quickly became (and still is) my main PC as well(hooked to external keyboard, monitor, etc.).


11 posted on 03/22/2013 4:55:25 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: mkmensinger

64 bit


12 posted on 03/22/2013 4:56:27 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: HomeAtLast
Thanks! I like a Windows 7 kind of desktop which was good enough. So I will see how you sideline the big METRO APPS buttons/panels which are better for a smart phone. MS wants the same look across all its products
13 posted on 03/22/2013 5:00:48 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: 21twelve

Having no need to replace a laptop for years says a lot about that laptop, I agree. During hurricane season I might have 10 heavy-duty radar/satellite graphics running and nothing ever gets stuck.


14 posted on 03/22/2013 5:01:03 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: dennisw

I didn’t see that in the ad. I’m using a U 500 Satellite with Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit. I’m very happy with it, except the damn thing can’t spell right.


15 posted on 03/22/2013 5:04:06 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: dennisw

Got a 2 yr old Toshiba i5. Excellent brand. Buy an extended warranty (I didn’t.)


16 posted on 03/22/2013 5:06:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: txhurl

I’m dreading the day when it dies and I have to get Windows 8. Maybe I can hold out to Windows 9?


17 posted on 03/22/2013 5:06:28 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: mkmensinger

Firefox has a v good built in spell check. Chrome spell check is iffy


18 posted on 03/22/2013 5:08:16 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: mountainlion

See post 10.

It is annoying, Windows 8. Some witty freeper once called it a Fisher-Price start screen. However, you can google plenty of things to help redesign it. “Windows 8 start screen” can be altered to the classic start; Stardock can help you make it resemble an Apple, with an object dock, or change the start screen background to something that doesn’t look so psychedelic. There’s so many creative people out there, and most of the improvements are freebies.

I still don’t like Windows 8 but it isn’t as bad as it was. s so many creative people out there, and most of the improvements are freebies.

Also, you have to spend some time at it, but in many of the commonly used programs, the default settings can be customized to your liking, it just takes a long time to find out what can be changed and how to do it.

Sometimes I just added old versions of programs; for example, Wordpad. It’s like a pair of old slippers, I don’t want the new ones with the bells, spurs, headlamps and bunny ears, I want what’s comfortable!


19 posted on 03/22/2013 5:08:46 PM PDT by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: dennisw

I need a program to check the user’s brain.


20 posted on 03/22/2013 5:09:13 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: mountainlion

Counter intuitive is right. Did you figure out how to turn off the computer yet? Windows 8 doesn’t make it obvious at all. I had to go look for the way to do it on Google.


21 posted on 03/22/2013 5:10:15 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: dennisw

Oh yes, the AC adapter went out after a year. Bought a third party replacement which has been holding out. Otherwise, solid build.


22 posted on 03/22/2013 5:12:32 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: 21twelve

Buy a spare pc with Windows 7 now. Wish I’d done so but got seduced by the introductory price of a laptop with 8.

Unless you’re into spending many days exploring 8, researching the alterations and customizing it, get a 7.

I’ve had an 8 for around 4 months now, still see not one single thing about it that I like better than the 7.


23 posted on 03/22/2013 5:15:41 PM PDT by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: Maceman

I had to go to Help go turn the thing off. I went to mail and it seemed like it locked up. They don’t want you to go back if you click on the wrong screen. Bookmarks is gone. I downloaded fire fox to try to bring it back but they don’t want me to use it either. Free Cell is gone. I could click on bookmarks then Free Republic and be there but not anymore. I think I need to find the right tool bar. They sure like cluttered screens.

Progress: Bigger and better mistakes.


24 posted on 03/22/2013 5:16:22 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: HomeAtLast

I use notepad *txt all the time for quickie no frills keeping (filing away) notes memos etc! I use it with Windoze 7 and will use it with Win 8 too.


25 posted on 03/22/2013 5:16:39 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: 21twelve

I think we must have both bought the discontinued (at the time) Satellites, does yours have a fingerprint scanner? I
swear these machines were made to withstand combat conditions.
They might *not* ever die.


26 posted on 03/22/2013 5:17:21 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: 21twelve; All

I am still using my Satellite that I bought in Slovakia
around 2004.
The CD has gone out, but my main problem is that it takes forever to boot and the HD runs much more then it should.
None of the normal maintenance functions, such as defrag, are of any help. If anyone has an idea, I am open to suggestions.
I might add, the Satellite will crash in a warm environment without an external fan.
Mine is elevated, with a five inch muffin fan blowing under and over.

Last year I bought a newer Satellite from a distressed expat, but my wife and 2 yr old baby monopolize it.
I also have a Dell laptop that another expat hocked to me.
He is back in the US and it is questionable if he will be able to return here. (Philippines)


27 posted on 03/22/2013 5:21:21 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: dennisw

Low end system all around. Save your money and don’t add memory. You can’t use more than 4 Mb unless you upgrade to 64-bit OS.


28 posted on 03/22/2013 5:22:27 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Joe 6-pack
As best you can, try not to bend the cable near the plug, or jostle the area too much, but that's probably sound advice for any laptop, not just Toshiba. 

I am very careful with that connector and remind people, family, friends all the time. I hear Apple has a flexible plug there that cannot kill the motherboard socket. That's a great idea. Freeper Swordmaker told me about this. But there are so many generic AC power adapters for PC laptops there is no discipline. Ebay is the best place to buy replacement AC power adaptors for laptops

29 posted on 03/22/2013 5:22:46 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: Joe 6-pack
The weak point seemed to be the AC adapter port.

That was exactly what happened to my Toshiba. It ended up a doorstop because of that silly AC port. But that was a great computer, with a speaker and sound quality.

30 posted on 03/22/2013 5:23:24 PM PDT by giotto
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To: txhurl

A105-S4114

Yep - has the fingerprint scanner.

I keep telling myself that one of these days I’m going to figure out how to use that scanner thingy!


31 posted on 03/22/2013 5:23:49 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: mountainlion; dennisw; Joe Brower; CodeToad; Myrddin

I just bought a 500gb Dell running Windows 7 to replace my old 50gb Windows XP.

My computer guys said, “Don’t get 8, get 7!” Windows 8, so it is said, was designed to function on touch screen tablets, not cnventional PCs. There is even an app to make Windows 8 mimic the regular desktop start menu and icons on Windows 7, because 8 on a PC is so un-user-friendly.

But MS won’t let retailers sell any more Windows 7 products, they now have to stock and sell WIndows 8, like it or not. So if you are buying at a bigbox store off the shelf, you are pretty much stuck with 8.

But Dell will still sell new Windows 7 machines, at least for a while, and that’s what I just purchased and had shipped to my house. Even got a great price, since it’s “only” 500gb, and “last years’s model.” But the Office that is installed is the 2013 version. Go figure. Just set it up today.


32 posted on 03/22/2013 5:24:58 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: HomeAtLast

“Buy a spare pc with Windows 7 now.”

Good advice. I read on FR that they will be stopping support for XP this year(?). Although I wonder if XP is so old - will the the hackers still be trying to get onto those systems. And isn’t that why I have additional virus protection?

It’s getting to the point where I am having a harder and harder time adapting to new software!


33 posted on 03/22/2013 5:26:46 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: giotto
Make that "with great speaker and sound quality."
34 posted on 03/22/2013 5:26:51 PM PDT by giotto
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To: dennisw

As long as this is not a Windows 8 system, sounds like you are good to go.


35 posted on 03/22/2013 5:31:23 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: dennisw

As long as this is not a Windows 8 system, sounds like you are good to go.


36 posted on 03/22/2013 5:31:23 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: dennisw

Toshiba makes a good laptop. Actually works better for $350-400 bucks than the $1,200 I paid for a much higher end laptop that conked out on me several times, with the same problems.

The only problem is that they don’t have a video card that would support gaming. I can only play old games, maybe those around 2009 being at the absolute limit. Nothing new can work, even if it looks simple.


37 posted on 03/22/2013 5:32:55 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
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For the money it has a big beautiful screen, is an excellent value. You should be very happy with it.


38 posted on 03/22/2013 5:34:37 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: dennisw

Got this for $350 when taxes are included. Has Windows 8. I have not opened the box yet and will wait until Sunday to see if there isn’t some thing better out there at Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot etc...

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FWIW... Best Buy offers a 30 day price match guarantee.


39 posted on 03/22/2013 5:36:32 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: dennisw

I have a Toshiba Satellite L555 that I bought in early 2010 – bought it at B.J.’s Warehouse club for around $400. Sweet machine, runs well, love the 17” HD LED backlit monitor and the extended key board. And this is my second Toshiba Satellite. I loved that one too, ran it for about 4 years and beat the crap out of it when I was doing consulting work and schlepped it back and forth from Baltimore to Annapolis every day.

I had an HP laptop once – hated it.


40 posted on 03/22/2013 5:37:46 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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Seems quite good for the price.

Review: http://www.trustedreviews.com/toshiba-satellite-c855_Laptop_review

I assume the Windows 8 is the 64bit version (better be!) and if so, the Maximum Memory is 16GB Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 (non-ECC)
Slots: 2.

See my Windows 8 pro review on FR here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2983661/posts Get Classic Shell if you do not like the playground type desktop.

HD is 5400rpm, the norm for laptops, versus the standard 7200 for desktops.

Here is a lot of the bloat you can do likely do without:

1 month trial for new Microsoft® Office 365 customers, Hard disc (HDD) recovery, Norton Anti-Theft™ (30-day Trial), Norton Internet Suite™ (30-day trial), Norton™ PC Checkup, Norton Online Backup (30-day Trial), TOSHIBA App Place, TOSHIBA BookPlace™, , WildTangent® Orb™ Games Console


41 posted on 03/22/2013 5:46:42 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: dennisw

My last 3 laptops that weren’t for work were Toshibas. I’ve been happy with them other than a couple of quality issues regarding the case coming apart near the monitor and the monitor becoming lose to where it won’t stay at a certain angle (doesn’t move much but enough to be annoying). Of course, if you leave it on a desk most of the time you probably won’t have that problem. The other caveat is that the problems described above I had with two of them were after they were a couple of years old so it can be attributed to wear and tear.


42 posted on 03/22/2013 5:49:07 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: dennisw
There is no technology now in the USA to even make a laptop, tablet, PC , smart phone, kindle and millions more products. sad what is happening to the USA under democrats/socialism and Obama the socialist/democrat
43 posted on 03/22/2013 5:49:11 PM PDT by Democrat_media (media makes mass shooters household names to create more & take our guns)
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To: daniel1212

That’s not the correct model. You looked at a faster i3 processor and not the 2020m which is pokey.


44 posted on 03/22/2013 5:51:43 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Come to think about it, I had to replace an AC Adaptor too for that reason. The after-market one is a universal with a 90 degree angle so it doesn’t have the wire bend when coming up behind it.


45 posted on 03/22/2013 5:52:05 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Travis McGee

The MS Office that you have is 60 day trial version that comes with advertisements and 500gb is more than enough for most people. The only way to fill up 500gb is with lots of DVDs ripped onto the hard drive at 4.3gb per movie. Though Blue Ray movies take up 23gb which I never put on my hard drive. Someone who makes lots of home movies can fill up 500gb.

Word on Office 2000 works good enuff on 64bit (such as Windows 7) systems and can be found on torrent sites

Visually Windows 7 is the way to go...over Windows 8


46 posted on 03/22/2013 5:56:44 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: Maceman

You are sppsd to place the cursor in the top or bottom right corner of the screen, and hit the gear “settings” icon (or hold Windows key and tap the i key) , and then hit Power.

I us the old and safe Slawdog shutdown: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartshutdown.html, which will run in the system try, and then just right click on it for menu.

Or (if not on your desktop) hold Windows key and tap the d key and let go, then hold the Alt key and F4 and let go.


47 posted on 03/22/2013 5:58:24 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: dennisw

btw, always check Toshiba’s outlet store on ebay first.

http://stores.ebay.com/toshibadirectstore


48 posted on 03/22/2013 5:59:57 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Kirkwood

Sorry. There are lot of 855 models: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dcomputers&field-keywords=Toshiba+Satellite+C855&rh=n%3A541966%2Ck%3AToshiba+Satellite+C855


49 posted on 03/22/2013 6:00:42 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: dennisw

Oh, I paid good coin for the Office 2013 with Word and also for Acrobat. This baby is loaded. Can’t figure out a lot of stuff yet, I was used to my faithful old XP. It just got too full, and MS wasn’t supporting XP much anymore, trying to push us onto newer products. The last few months, every time you would turn it off, it would have to install a few updates for about ten minutes each time.


50 posted on 03/22/2013 6:02:12 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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