SEARCH

The How-To Geek Forums Have Migrated to Discourse

How-To Geek Forums / Build Your Own PC

bad used laptop

(5 posts)
  • Started 6 years ago by patches
  • Latest reply from whs
  • Topic Viewed 1475 times

patches
Posts: 12

Guys,
I just bought a used Compaq Presario 2100. went to pick it up, the girl had it running on ac power and was able to hook up internet via router. well, when i get home I hooked it up to the ethernet cable, plugged it in and now after a while 10 min-it shuts down or if I move that ac cord at the laptop connection, it shuts down. Tried to charge battery, no luck, might need another one. The network card has bad connection too..the light on the card comes on only when the card is pressed in and hold it there. what do you think?
would it have a bad motherboard or connections and how hard would it be to change. expensive or inexpensive?

Posted 6 years ago
Top
 
whs
Posts: 17584

The battery you can get for around $75. As for the motherboard - forget it. The Presario 2100 is not worth it (in one review they said: "You must be really desperate if you buy it"). You'd be better off buying a new laptop.

Posted 6 years ago
Top
 
patches
Posts: 12

Any suggestions on make /model?

Posted 6 years ago
Top
 
Budohorseman
Posts: 847

Here is a recent guide I referred someone to a few days ago...

AnandTech just put up a laptop buyers guide http://www.anandtech.com/mobil.....spx?i=3351 so you may want to check it out.

Posted 6 years ago
Top
 
whs
Posts: 17584

patches, Your best bet is to study the "Weekly Specials (Weekly Ad)" on those websites. But since practically all PC's come with Vista, don't go for less than 2GB of RAM (3GB is even better) and at least 1.8GHz of CPU cycle time. If you go for a laptop, make sure it is vented to the sides and not to the bottom. Those buggers can run hot. If mobility does not matter, a desktop is a better solution. You get a lot more for your money. I like my 22 inch monitors, but 19 to 20 inch might do. I like AMD processors (for desktops). They are cheap and fast. But stay away from the low end quad processors. A fast duo processor (e.g. AMD 5600+) will do at least as well, if not better for the average use. If you have any specific questions, let me know.
http://www.officedepot.com/
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/home.do
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ol.....e=category

Posted 6 years ago
Top
 



Topic Closed

This topic has been closed to new replies.