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    For college I'm supposed to have a laptop with Vista Business, but eh?

    Will Windows Vista Home Premium suffice?

    The laptops on Newegg are cheaper with Vista Home and the parts are a lot better than Business. It won't make or break me doing work will it?

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    what course? the features are quite different between the two.
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    The department is Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise, but even the professor who talked during orientation said it doesn't need to be exact. This isn't engineering or business, heh.

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    I could have XP pro, w/ SP 2 instead of Vista Business though.

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    Vista Home Premium should be fine (even for engineering and business). The business version has stuff for network management that most people will not need.

    I would recommend using XP especially if you don't plan on using windows media center and don't have the latest and greatest computer.
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    Thanks.

    Also, they said:

    "Your NIC needs to run on a 10Base-T network and have an RJ-45 connector.
    Wireless network cards should support the 802.11a/g standard."

    What is a NIC and RJ-45 connector? Do most laptops have that?
    And, the a/g standard..does that apply strictly to a/g, or b/g or n/g, or any other combo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post
    What is a NIC and RJ-45 connector? Do most laptops have that?
    And, the a/g standard..does that apply strictly to a/g, or b/g or n/g, or any other combo?
    NIC: Network interface card. RJ45 is ethernet. Nearly all modern laptops have built-in ethernet, with the possible exception of the Macbook Air and other ultra-thin/ultra-small models.

    802.11b is an old standard. A new computer will have at least 802.11g. 802.11g is, however, backwards compatible, so even if you got stuck with something with 802.11b, it'd work.

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    A RJ-45 connector is a generic network cable, and a NIC is a network card. I've not seen a laptop made in the past 5 years that did not have a network connecter built in, so its almost certain yours does.

    Be careful though -- slashdot had an article on some laptop nvidia chipsets having problems with premature failure.

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    How's this one look:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834147746

    Yes, I'm trying to be stingy here on price.

    It says: 802.11b/g Wireless LAN

    but my school says: 802.11a/g standard.

    Hmm.

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    It meets the networking requirements. Do you really want to lug a 17" notebook around, though? I hate carrying mine around, and it's only a 14.1" screen model.

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    I like this one too, but more expensive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115466

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    It meets the networking requirements. Do you really want to lug a 17" notebook around, though? I hate carrying mine around, and it's only a 14.1" screen model.
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    A NIC is basically a piece of hardware that allows you to connect to other computers including the school's computer system and the internet. Most computers have them built in. Look for ethernet. The 10/100/1000 number is the maximum speed. Don't worry about the RJ-45 connector; nearly all connectors use RJ-45.

    The 802.11 a/b/g/n refers to wireless connections and is not related to any of the above. If you're getting a laptop get one with built-in wireless. It'll come in handy. 802.11a can only be use with 802.11a wireless networks. b/g/n can be used with in any b/g/n networks and is much more commonly used. n is fastest, b is slowest. g should be fine for most things. If the computer list both a and b/g/n then it can be used with either type.

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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-10000910-64.html

    Find another HP series of laptop if you can.

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    Yeah, I think I'll go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115486 that.

    Thanks for the help.

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    I love my 17"

    Those laptops all meet the schools requirements. Acer laptops have their "signal up" built in, this is your wifi. All laptops have RJ45 connections; this is what you use to plug into your dorm.
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    But using vista home premium instead of vista business won't make or break my laptop from functioning say, certain programs (if I use any?) and such?

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    Can you get xp? Avoid vista if you can. Because of vist, my next computer is going to be a mac.
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    XP isn't shipping with much these days unless you specificially order it.

    As for different editions of Vista, Vista business and Vista Home Premium should both run whatever apps the school throws at you.

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    dont you get a discount through the school for the same software i did when i took autocad
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
    XP isn't shipping with much these days unless you specifically order it.
    Because of many issues with Vista, a lot of PC manufacturers are actually allowing owners of Vista-equipped PCs to downgrade to XP.

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    For support purposes, I would say if your colleges support people know Vista, then just get it. Vista is a lot more stable than you would think by listenng to the detractors or the Mac commercials. I have Vista on one system, and XP on another, and neither one is unstable.

    The main resistance to Vista is from people that like running stuff that isn't mainstream... Of course it sounds like you want to play games, so maybe XP is your best bet, since game programmers are the ones that tend to push the limits of most systems.

    I would agree with others that a 15" monitor is more than enough... I run a 15".

    Try an experiment, set a 15" monitor laptop in front of you where you would normally sit to watch a big scren TV. Take a picture and look at the picture. The 15" is already much bigger than the big screen TV (unless you are sitting way too close to the TV). A 15" screen sitting 12-15" in front of you is enough screen for anything you want to do, and is a lot more portable than a 17".
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    If it isn't engineering, the sciences or business...you could do fine with XP Professional or any version of Vista (except Home, that's just crippleware.)
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    I have heard waaay too many people, especially those with laptops, curse Vista. Vista needs much more memory, and, laptops aren't as speedy as their desktop cousins, a double-whammy.
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