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#1 krh1326

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:16 PM

Hello Everyone,

Before I ask my question, I should state that I am a technosaur. I am WAY behind the times of current technology. I do not understand alot of the terms and things that most of you use everyday.

I am considering getting myself a netbook. I am thinking along the lines of an Acer Aspire One or an HP 110-1046NR . Cheap and basic, for my entry into this era.

My question is, is it a PC? Meaning can I run programs, that I run on my desktop, on them? I need to be able to use stuff like MS Word, I need to install TurboCad, .pdf software etc. These things, and other programs, I have on CD's. I understand that there is no CD drive on these mini's, but I figure I can connect to my home network, allow sharing, and utilize the drives from my desktop. But do you just install programs onto these netbooks, just like it was another regular computer? Or do I have to find actual applications, made for these netbooks?

I know my question is worded poorly, but not quite sure how to ask it any better.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:13 PM

You could if u wanted buy an external DVD drive that hooks up with USB or use your way but yes it is a Pc and it instals the same way the only thing u need to be sure about is that the specs of the netbook are good enough for your applications cuz they arnt really that powerful at all but to answer your question yes you would just instal them like anything else it is the same as a normal laptop it's just underpowered and without a cd drive to make them cheaper

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 11:31 PM

For TurboCad you gonna need a much more powerful laptop other then a netbook.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:13 PM

As Michael has said, the problem with netbooks is that they are underpowered, especially if you are looking to run CAD programs.

Might be better off with an i3/5 15inch laptop. You can pick them up for around 700-800 AUD, so cheaper in the US

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:24 AM

Usually when working on large projects, the program will generally use more resources. It will run on the netbook but it wouldn't be too smooth.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:43 PM

It all comes down to if u can live with the slow...the netbook will technically work but I just think the rendering and stuff will be way to slow to get much done

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 12:01 AM

Don't forget there is possibility that is could become real laggy, which is quite annoying.

Edited by killerx525, 16 November 2011 - 12:02 AM.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 05:45 PM

For $300+ US you can get a basic laptop that will have a bigger screen and better performance and Windows 7 Home Premium. Two years ago, right after Windows 7 came out I spent $329+tax for a laptop w/15.6" LCD, DVDRW, Win7 and 2Gb memory. It even has a numeric keypad on the keyboard. This year I treated it to a Intel SSD and that really sped it up.

Netbooks are really good for one thing internet connectivity where portability trumps all else.

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 07:29 PM

Thank you guys for all of the input. Besides my desktop, where the 'real' work gets done, I have had a few different regular laptops, that have just frusterated me to no end. They older and slower and cumbersome. I am actually using, right now, an ancient Toughbook cf-27 ! ! with XP pro. It has a Pentium 3 processor, and squat for memory. It does run all of the programs, that I need, but some are a little slow, I admit. The thing can really take a beating too.

I figured that a net book, as long as it has a faster cpu and much more memory, will at least perform as good as or better than my dinosaur rig. The trade off is to just have lighter, smaller, faster set up, for convenience. As long as I can join my home network, I can utilize any other cd/ dvd drives I want.

As long as I can install the programs that I use, I figure that I'm good to go. I do enjoy playing some computer games, that I don't think would run on a netbook, ( All the Half Lives, L4D 1/2, BFH etc.) but I would use my desktop beasty for that.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 12:02 AM

First, are you from the U.S? Second is what is your budget?

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:08 PM

Yes, NY USA. No budget, I am a little strapped, but might be able to scrape up the $ 200.00 USD, soon. Those two models that I mentioned above, range from 175 - 220 usd.

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 08:35 AM

There is many models of the Aspire One, can you specified which model it is?

>Michael 
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