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Posted on 09/30/2012 3:50:06 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
My elcheapo Compaq has started acting up. The screen goes blank/blur sometimes when I move it up or down for viewing. Had it 3 or 4 years and don't mind spending another 3 hunert for a new one,,,,,,,,,,, except........
This, since retired computer geek/jerk just doesn't see the need to relearn where everything is in W7 and/or W8. And don't anybody say its all the same. This computer I'm typing on is Vista and I would never try to do any work on it. Only use it for Mozilla. Of the 6 computers I have its the only Vista. Four are XP Pro and one is W7 Home which I haven't turned on in a year or more. I'll put XP on it when the need arises.
So I started looking at new laptops and hhhmmmmmmmm, XP drivers for new chipsets seem nonexistent :<(((((.
Anybody know of a new XP compatible laptop????
Hey, I just went to XP Pro from Win 98 3 years ago.
Well, if you’re really determined to do this — which I wouldn’t recommend to a client, so I don’t recommend it to you — your best alternative is this: buy a new laptop with Windows7 and make sure it has lots of memory. Download VirtualBox (free) and install and run XP in a virtual machine.
Get a Mac Book Pro.
Since you seem bound and determined to stick with the obsolete virus magnet that is WinXP, I would suggest getting another old, used laptop off of Craigslist or eBay, or maybe a local garage sale.
Agreed. You get too far behind the 8-ball Allen, and you create more problems than it’s worth.
Get a Linux Pro.
If you aren’t going to do work on it, and only want to surf the web, get a tablet. If you want to maybe do some work on it, I switched to a MacBook Air and am really happy. Solid state drives, boots in ten seconds. Haven’t really bought much extra software for it.
Per FReeper judgements, Linux is the only politically acceptable computer.
Gates and Ballmer contributed to the Wash St gay marriage initiative and Apple is run by a gay guy.....
No use spending money on new hardware if you’re going to run an old OS.
No use spending money on new hardware if you’re going to run an old OS.
Bump to see the hilarity as the OS wars ensue.
Do not touch Windows 8 yet! Stay with Windows 7. Most of the bugs are out of it and it “works”.
At this stage in Windows8’s development its almost as goofy a Vista was! Wait a couple of years and they’ll get the bugs out of it.
My 4+ year old Toshiba Satellite runs XP and Firefox, but I also have Chrome installed.
It has slowed down quite a bit and has numerous problems such as audio stuttering. I am too old and stupid to know how to fix it, despite running all the normal maintenance and cleanup programs.
I just bought a used Toshiba, from a distressed expat, for my 18 month old boy to watch his U-tube kiddie spots. He already knows how to turn it on and work the up/down keys.
It runs Windows 7, which is a pain for me.
Well, interestingly, while that is clearly a Japanese laptop in the first picture, the Japanese guy in the second shot obviously prefers the American laptop.
Variety is the spice of life...
He said a few hundred dollars, not a few thousand
I have been in the computer business for over 25 years... And I understand the appeal of relative simple operating nature of Win XP. But one cannot go with a no longer supported operating system forever. However, for home / personal / casual use the over done high handed - difficult to overcome security levels of Win 7 are preposterous. For Corporate / Enterprise use what Microsoft has done with Win7 for security is appropriate - but for personal use most of it should simply be allowed to turn it off with a few clicks in a setup routine. I don’t want to run my home systems like an Enterprise network... I want to easily connect to other computers on a two-three station private LAN... But Win7 turns simple computing at home into a pain in the BUTT. I don’t want work - I want ease. This is one reason people strive to stick with XP. And about being a virus magnet... I have used dozens of XP computers in personal and business environments and having a top grade Anti-Virus software installed prevents 99% of all such problems. And some of these A/V Apps are free.
You might check ebay. XP is going away.
Apple has damn good products....this is about their tech, which is superior, not their sex lives.
I had that situation when Vista first came out and I needed a new laptop that ran XP for my work software (I’d been told Vista would *never* be supported). Could not buy a Windows XP machine anywhere. I bought a MacBook Pro and installed Parallels, which allowed mt create a virtual computer running XP.
The rig worked fine. The guy upthread wasn’t joking you about “Buy a Mac.”
And Linux will run on practically anything. My 1999 Compaq 400 Mhz Celeron laptop which I keep just for kicks boots contemporary kernels just fine, and I can browse OK as long as limited to one or two Firefox tabs (forget most video).
There are plenty of left-wing kooks in Linux land, though, don’t kid yourself. The author of one distro I formerly used on the Compaq calls himself “Anticapitalista” (and hails from Greece!).
Make a backup copy of all your data files. Then re-install Windows XP from scratch. It will then run as good as new, unless you have hardware problems such as corrupted files on hard drive. Run CHKDSK program to cleanup bad sectors on hard disk if any.
Yea, I got that.
He appears to want something that doesn’t require learn’n, apple products are user friendly and last years.
Pioneers take arrows. Always been that way, always will be.
A Raspberry Pi:
Whats a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. Its a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video....
Read more here:
Their tech is not superior. I don’t care about their sex lives.
Well that would certainly come in under his $300 price target. I don’t know about the learning curve though.
I forgot to add the /sarc
Obviously Limbaugh is a huge Apple proponent
I finally went from XP to Win7 late last year.
The problem you will find with XP is that websites keep adding more and more of the lastest coding. My XP’s struggled with some web pages and wouldn’t even load others.
Go with a Win7. Top of the line processors are 3rd generation Intel I7 is the fastest, I5 next, I3 next. Also, Win7 handles more memory beyond what XP was limited to.
Got me looking, thank you. No, W7 tries to twist my arm way up my back. The security on this Vista box is so useless in a home I have to use other computers to move files to and from it. As referenced I can only imagine W7 being more inhospitable to the home as far as total flexibility is concerend.
And with Limbaugh’s putdown of Samsung is EXACTLY why I will buy a Samsung TV as soon as possible. And this is from a fan of his.
Ah well, a fool and his money, Eh?
As I said, I have to support Macs in my business. If I didn't, I certainly wouldn't waste my money on 'em. Luckily, those few I MUST buy are 100% expensed and written off.
You can set the User Access Control to the same level as XP on Windows7. Nothing to it, and you’re done once and for all.
I had the same problem and solved it by downloading an earlier version of Adobe Flash Player.
If you have auto-update for the Adobe Flash player, you update when reminded by Adobe that there is a new version. This problem may be inherent in the newer version. At least it was in my case.
Uninstall the Adobe Flash player on your system and install a previous version and your problem may be solved.
Why I bought my Samsung HD/LED SmartTv:
I’ll do anything he tells me to.
I love Rush, but when it comes to technology he hasn’t a clue. As soon as the Mac crap comes on, the 24/7 web page goes off for a mandatory 10 minutes, and for 10 additional minutes if I tune back in and he’s still yakking about it.
And we’re talking three hundred or so, right? sarc/
Panasonic Toughbooks are legendary for longevity. I’m sure you can pick up a good one off of ebay that still works well and has XP on it, and for not too much money. You should research the models and make sure you get one of the newest models that still has XP on it, as there will be tons of very old Toughbooks on ebay.
However, I gave my mother a Win7 machine. For her, it's the best choice. She is totally computer illiterate, and she had no trouble switching from XP to Win7.
At this point, I would recommend anyone running XP to upgrade to Win7. Avoid Win8 for the time being (and maybe forever). But Win7 is the best version of Windows available.
A few things to consider: First and foremost - the only way you’re going to be running XP is in a virtual machine on another platform. The last six months have really left XP behind in terms of drivers. There are a few geek clubs out there who are dedicated to making XP compatible drivers available, but the time investment to do that seems silly.
Next, we’re nearing the good old Black Friday sales - stock is rotating in for preparation for those sales, and prices aren’t going down until they can discount it for the holiday season. There’s some great deals on referbs right now, but a new laptop right now is a financially bad exercise. If they can stick it to a few parents to get them to overpay for old technology for kids, they’ll do it.
And especially since your budget is running the floor, every dollar counts. A $400 machine discounted to $300 during Black Friday can be twice to three times the machine that same $300 buys today.
So my advice: hold off on buying a replacement for the moment, extend the effort into learning W7 rather than spending fruitless hours trying to find XP drivers, and then pick up a great deal in November.
For myself, 90% of my browsing is now done on my Nexus 7 tablet, most of my streaming goes to my television, and my laptop can sit for days without use.
If you really want one, there are plenty of used XP laptops for about $300 on Amazon.
At that price I would probably just replace or zero the existing laptop hard drive and install Linux Mint 13. That's what I did with an old Dell laptop that a friend gave me. Replaced the hard drive, bought a new power supply, and it has been a great second laptop, responsive and fairly easy to use. Linux still requires a bit of extra work, but nothing like the bad old days.
“Uninstall the Adobe Flash player on your system and install a previous version and your problem may be solved”
That is interesting.
I think I had recently upgraded my Flash player.
Just minutes ago I did the latest Firefox upgrade.
No stuttering so far this morning, but if it starts again, I will try the older Flash.
Well consider this...Linux was invented by Richard Stallman, a self-avowed atheist who often wears an "Impeach God" button on his clothing. He's a socialist who eschews personal wealth and believes that all software should be free. He's a Green Party supporter who admires Nelson Mandela and Ralph Nader among other commie types.
Need I go on?
Let's just stop trying to fit our political ideology into the computers that we use, or the music that we listen to or the movies that we watch, etc. We are bound to be disappointed. Just go with the best.
Get a MacBook Pro. Most dependable computer I've ever owned and it replaced my desktop as well. Get a tablet (i.e. iPad) for web-surfing and email on the living room couch. Scrap the bug-ridden virus-attacking Microsoft OS's (though Windows 8 does look promising). Also, if it make you feel better, the OSX operating system on the MacBook Pro is based on Linux.
Get whichever one you like and download and run: “Windows XP Compatible Mode” which you can get for free here:
I left off the /sarc tag on the initial post.
A few years ago, I started tabulating a list of retail outlets that were “off limits” by FReeper condemnation.
Eventually we got down to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores as the only remaining option.
Then someone posted an anti-Catholic screed and we were out of business completely, LOL.
Hey! Don’t forget to include The Samsung Galaxy 3S! The worlds geekiest phone:
My wife bought me an IPhone 4s which works but when I renew I’ll be upgrading to the Galaxy.