The current one is getting on a few years now and is getting slow, internal wifi is busted and sometimes I get a frightening black screen of death. I fear soon it will not switch on at all!
It needs replaced within the next two weeks before next OU course.
But I need help from my chums! I do not understand computers at all! I know how to work my current one and essentially want something that does exactly the same stuff and also has a disc drive as I like to rip sound from my CD's to hear on the go and have plenty of DVD's I like to watch on it.
I am currently on a Toshiba Satellite L50-C-276 with 15.6 inch screen (I have not a clue what the specs are but it has done the job). I have went blind searching the Argos catalogue looking for something that does the same stuff. My budget is £500 max. Can anyone help see something on there that matches what I want? I say Argos because I want to be able to order one and go get it rather than chance the post.
I also will need help to know what wire to buy so I can copy over my documents to whatever the new one is. Not a clue how to do that.
Ordered one. That will be mainly used for Uni and Netflix/Amazon Prime as splashed out more for one with HD and decent sound. The current laptop will be used as the backup until the screen finally dies.
Of course, the old laptop will now probably run fine with no problems.
The screen has already been replaced a while ago! It's getting slow now too.
I need to have the security of a working device for study hence the new purchase. The Toshiba will be retired from active duty but still used at home while it has some life in it. I got 3.5 years heavy use out of it so happy enough with it. Every previous laptop died after 1.5 years.
I believe you can over Ethernet if you plug both laptops into a router, however what you do then I've no idea. Share folders so they can be copied from one to the other? I've never done it. I used to just take the harddrive out and plug it into the other machine, but last time I tried that I discovered windows had implemented copy protection so you can't read files from a user's folder you're not logged in as.
On the old laptop I use Chrome and when I boot it up Chrome opens automatically and reopens all the tabs I had open. New one does not do this. When I click on Chrome it just opens up one tab and all my old ones are gone! How do I fix this?
Hmmm, this new one is a bit crap compared to the old one. The sound is shite and it doesn't run any quicker. Streaming video is a bit jarring. The lettering on the keys don't exactly stand out either but the device is mainly for OU so it will do. I can see myself stickering the keys to make them easier to read. Feels a bit cheap (it wasn't).
I was unable to find one with an optical drive so another reason to keep Toshiba in reserve.
Last Edit: Aug 31, 2019 21:45:29 GMT by The Doctor
The speed data transfers onto and off USB sticks varies massively. As you have a new laptop I would assume it has usb3 ports (you can tell if they're 3 because the middle bit inside the usb socket is blue, not black) so get usb 3 memory sticks. Your old laptop may not, but they're all compatible with each other and will work fine.
If you're transferring a lot of data and you're using a slow usb stick it will drive you insane. Portable hard drives can actually be cheaper and have more storage than large capacity memory sticks. It might be worth getting a portable USB harddrive to use to transfer files enmass, then keep it to use as a backup drive to make regular backups of your data for safety.
It's be useful to know what the size of the drive in your old laptop is. Does your old computer have a my computer button on the desktop? If you open that and see the folder showing the drives in the laptop and how full they are, what size does it say the drive is, and how much of it is in use?
The old laptop does not have a USB3 thing so no point getting that. Hmmm. Maybe a portable hard drive thing would be better? What are they called? Do they have a special name? I can't tell the difference between them and other hard drives.