new laptop

The Lounge is for non-sport-related topics other than politics, war and religion. Order up your favorite beverage, kick back and enjoy the conversation! RATING: PG-13
new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:32 pm
  • schwiiiinnngggggg!!!!!!!!!!

    windows 8 is gonna take some getting used to. anyone have any tips? gonna go dig up some youtube vids and see what I can find.

    intel i7 8 gb ram GeForce 745 vid card asus touchscreen.
    NoChops
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 1440
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:21 pm


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:36 pm
  • Nice! Sounds pretty badass! I'm really liking Windows 8. I don't have a touchscreen though so I pretty much just bypass Metro. Miss my start button a little but other than that it's been pretty smooth sailing!
    Image Image Tanzania¹² Image "ALERT THE LEGION!!!"
    User avatar
    Zebulon Dak
    * The Producer *
    * The Producer *
     
    Posts: 14331
    Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:57 pm
    Location: King In The North


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:49 pm
  • I didn't want a touchscreen till I started playing around with win 8. with all the tablets and such taking over I figured I might as well get on board.
    NoChops
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 1440
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:21 pm


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:50 pm
  • Good decision IMO. How much that bad boy run ya?
    Image Image Tanzania¹² Image "ALERT THE LEGION!!!"
    User avatar
    Zebulon Dak
    * The Producer *
    * The Producer *
     
    Posts: 14331
    Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:57 pm
    Location: King In The North


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:01 pm
  • more than I wanted :( Ive been so used to buying cheap laptops and throwing them aside after 2-3 years. This one was a grand. Only thing I came up a little short on (that I tell so far) is the hd rpm. haven't noticed yet but we'll see what happens when I dump a game on it.
    NoChops
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 1440
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:21 pm


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:10 pm
  • Looks like a good machine to me. Is it the 15.6"?
    Image Image Tanzania¹² Image "ALERT THE LEGION!!!"
    User avatar
    Zebulon Dak
    * The Producer *
    * The Producer *
     
    Posts: 14331
    Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:57 pm
    Location: King In The North


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:28 pm
  • yep the q550lf.


    hope google picks up the pace on chrome for metro, wee bit of a letdown so far. But I guess ie would have a pretty good head start on a new MS OS
    NoChops
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 1440
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:21 pm


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:13 pm
  • If you are using Windows 8 and feel lost without your start menu, I recommend using Start8 from Stardock. I've been using it, and it's great! And only $5.

    http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/
    Image
    nategreat
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 1337
    Joined: Sun May 03, 2009 11:36 am


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:41 pm
  • The thing I like about windows 8 is in the start menu you just type in the application you want to open. No more searching.
    SUPER BOWL 48 CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!

    :les:
    User avatar
    SonicHawk
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 7467
    Joined: Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:56 pm


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:48 pm
  • SonicHawk wrote:The thing I like about windows 8 is in the start menu you just type in the application you want to open. No more searching.


    Yeah, that's cool, but the thing I don't like about it is having to type it in when before I could just find the icon and click it (when on the traditional desktop obvs, not switching over to Metro). Unless I'm doing something wrong.
    Image Image Tanzania¹² Image "ALERT THE LEGION!!!"
    User avatar
    Zebulon Dak
    * The Producer *
    * The Producer *
     
    Posts: 14331
    Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:57 pm
    Location: King In The North


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:25 pm
  • o.k. a few hrs. in, I'm kinda digin windows 8. the metro aspect is pretty cool with a touchscreen. would be a big pain in the ass i think otherwise. found a seahawk app, pulls feeds from .com, cbs, nfl.com,and espn, kinda cool.

    LOVE the battery in the new rig, had to plug the old one in two hrs ago and still have two more to go on the new one.
    NoChops
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 1440
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:21 pm


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:41 pm
  • Zebulon Dak wrote:
    SonicHawk wrote:The thing I like about windows 8 is in the start menu you just type in the application you want to open. No more searching.


    Yeah, that's cool, but the thing I don't like about it is having to type it in when before I could just find the icon and click it (when on the traditional desktop obvs, not switching over to Metro). Unless I'm doing something wrong.


    I type much faster than I move a mouse searching for an application. Windows key, 'calc' and I open the calculator. Takes less than second. I also have 800 things on my desktop.

    That being said, I could do the same thing on my WIN7 computer just wasn't as pretty and my desktop is folders instead of apps and folders.
    SUPER BOWL 48 CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!

    :les:
    User avatar
    SonicHawk
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 7467
    Joined: Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:56 pm


Re: new laptop
Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:07 pm
  • changed my mind. Windows 8 sucks ass.
    NoChops
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 1440
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:21 pm


Re: new laptop
Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:17 pm
  • LOL!
    If you're walking on thin ice, you might as well dance.................................................Mom
    User avatar
    LymonHawk
    * El Primo *
    * El Primo *
     
    Posts: 5548
    Joined: Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:52 pm
    Location: Skagit County, WA


Re: new laptop
Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:21 pm
  • its not funny...keep laughing and I poop in your Metamucil.
    NoChops
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 1440
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:21 pm


Re: new laptop
Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:43 pm
  • Haha what happened?
    Image Image Tanzania¹² Image "ALERT THE LEGION!!!"
    User avatar
    Zebulon Dak
    * The Producer *
    * The Producer *
     
    Posts: 14331
    Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:57 pm
    Location: King In The North


Re: new laptop
Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:43 pm
  • Not sure how anyone can think Windows 8 sucks. Better security, better kernel, faster, an attempt at a better user experience.

    If you've used XP for 10 years I understand it may seem like a tough transition, but 8 is miles ahead.
    SUPER BOWL 48 CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!

    :les:
    User avatar
    SonicHawk
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 7467
    Joined: Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:56 pm


Re: new laptop
Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:09 am
  • It is all those things Sonic....most definitely an attempt at a better user experience. Its just too quirky at this point. One moment you can flip and scroll pages, the next you cant and have to use the arrows. Apps start on their own for no reason. One min. I am typing on .net, then poof...back to the start screen.
    NoChops
    NET Veteran
     
    Posts: 1440
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:21 pm


Re: new laptop
Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:35 am
  • SonicHawk wrote:Not sure how anyone can think Windows 8 sucks. Better security, better kernel, faster, an attempt at a better user experience.

    If you've used XP for 10 years I understand it may seem like a tough transition, but 8 is miles ahead.


    The kernel is the same VMS/IBM OS/2 derived kernel they've used since the original Windows NT. It's hardly a leap forward from anything they have used in the past. Nothing more than iterative improvements, including support for stuff like USB 3.0. Big freakin' deal.

    Windows 8 sucks from the standpoint of business or high end users who tune their Windows install to better suit their performance needs. The GUI is also complete crap.

    Let's put it this way, if Windows 8 was so good, why is Microsoft releasing Windows 8.1?
    Feel free to contact me if you need legal assistance. I have a great lawyer that helped me with an ex who violated my privacy and kept harassing me on MySpace and Facebook. He's very good. And there is legal precedent. - linuxpro

    He is hold back the legion of boom - skater18000
    User avatar
    SmokinHawk
    *PLATINUM SUPPORTER*
    *PLATINUM SUPPORTER*
     
    Posts: 5675
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:29 am
    Location: Back in Seattle


Re: new laptop
Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:54 am
  • Because people want their Start button back.
    User avatar
    GeekHawk
    US Navy ET Nuc
     
    Posts: 3987
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:29 pm
    Location: Orting WA, Great Northwet


Re: new laptop
Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:14 pm
  • Every operating system ever made has quirks and updates and new versions and eventually a successor.
    Image Image Tanzania¹² Image "ALERT THE LEGION!!!"
    User avatar
    Zebulon Dak
    * The Producer *
    * The Producer *
     
    Posts: 14331
    Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:57 pm
    Location: King In The North


Re: new laptop
Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:01 pm
  • I liked windows 8 better when it was called Ubuntu.
    Radish, check your PMs. Man upstairs has an invite for a tail gate up in heaven with your name on it.
    User avatar
    CANHawk
    * Gangnameister *
     
    Posts: 11303
    Joined: Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:29 pm
    Location: PoCompton, BC Canada


Re: new laptop
Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:52 pm
  • CANHawk wrote:I liked windows 8 better when it was called Ubuntu.


    If I could run the latest computer games in a Linux distro without many problems right when they came out, I'd run Linux instead of Windows on my main computer; that's for sure...
    Image
    "VICTORYYYYYYY!" -Johnny Drama
    User avatar
    RolandDeschain
    *NET FCC Liaison*
     
    Posts: 25278
    Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 8:39 am
    Location: Kirkland, WA


Re: new laptop
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:10 am
  • RolandDeschain wrote:
    CANHawk wrote:I liked windows 8 better when it was called Ubuntu.


    If I could run the latest computer games in a Linux distro without many problems right when they came out, I'd run Linux instead of Windows on my main computer; that's for sure...


    The biggest issue with Linux as a desktop is its multimedia support. Because nobody can agree on a single solution to serving up sound (ALSA, OSS, aRts, ESD, JACK, PulseAudio), Linux will forever suck as a multimedia OS.
    Feel free to contact me if you need legal assistance. I have a great lawyer that helped me with an ex who violated my privacy and kept harassing me on MySpace and Facebook. He's very good. And there is legal precedent. - linuxpro

    He is hold back the legion of boom - skater18000
    User avatar
    SmokinHawk
    *PLATINUM SUPPORTER*
    *PLATINUM SUPPORTER*
     
    Posts: 5675
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:29 am
    Location: Back in Seattle


Re: new laptop
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:12 am
  • That, and needing WINE to play freaking games. It's unfortunate.
    Image
    "VICTORYYYYYYY!" -Johnny Drama
    User avatar
    RolandDeschain
    *NET FCC Liaison*
     
    Posts: 25278
    Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 8:39 am
    Location: Kirkland, WA


Re: new laptop
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:22 am
  • RolandDeschain wrote:That, and needing WINE to play freaking games. It's unfortunate.


    WINE is a royal pain in the ass I agree.

    I put ubuntu on a garage sale laptop I brought back from the dead because I was too cheap to pay for a "real" OS. I was super impressed with it. If not for the inability to use all my regular programs, i'd run ubuntu on everything.
    Radish, check your PMs. Man upstairs has an invite for a tail gate up in heaven with your name on it.
    User avatar
    CANHawk
    * Gangnameister *
     
    Posts: 11303
    Joined: Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:29 pm
    Location: PoCompton, BC Canada


Re: new laptop
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:15 am
  • If you think WINE is bad now, you should see what it was like 10 years ago. Lawd a'mighty...You used to have to manually copy Windows DLLs and crap to your Linux distro, specify paths for Direct X files and environments, etc. It was horrible. It's nowhere near as bad now, but still cumbersome compared to just installing it in Windows.
    Image
    "VICTORYYYYYYY!" -Johnny Drama
    User avatar
    RolandDeschain
    *NET FCC Liaison*
     
    Posts: 25278
    Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 8:39 am
    Location: Kirkland, WA


Re: new laptop
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:20 am
  • I've only had a few run-ins with Windows 8, but I hated it. The concept of having a tablet and a desktop being able to interact on the same OS is a great idea, but it sounded to me like they screwed it up something fierce.
    Super Bowl Champions XVLIII

    RIP Radish: Check your PMs. Upper right corner.
    User avatar
    Sarlacc83
    * NET Philistine *
     
    Posts: 15026
    Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 8:02 am
    Location: Portland, OR


Re: new laptop
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:25 am
  • Buy Stardock's Start8 for $5. Problem solved. Windows 8 has various improvements that make it unquestionably superior to Windows 7, so fix the Start menu issue as I mentioned, and there's no reason not to like it, IMO.
    Image
    "VICTORYYYYYYY!" -Johnny Drama
    User avatar
    RolandDeschain
    *NET FCC Liaison*
     
    Posts: 25278
    Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 8:39 am
    Location: Kirkland, WA


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:44 pm
  • GeekHawk wrote:Because people want their Start button back.

    I believe I read they are NOT putting the start button back in. I could be wrong. Help anyone?


    Thanks for the head's up on Stardock. I'm definitely gonna do it. Can't stand the interface on W8. I'm too old school I suppose.
    From the white sands
    To the canyon lands
    To the redwood stands
    To the barren lands

    Image
    User avatar
    hawksfansinceday1
    NET Pro Bowler
     
    Posts: 11229
    Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:38 am
    Location: Vancouver, WA


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:28 pm
  • RolandDeschain wrote:Buy Stardock's Start8 for $5. Problem solved. Windows 8 has various improvements that make it unquestionably superior to Windows 7, so fix the Start menu issue as I mentioned, and there's no reason not to like it, IMO.


    Windows 8 is horrible for those of us in the video editing profession. There are too many problems, one of them being the USB 3.0 drivers. Microsoft locked down the drivers, so independent manufacturers couldn't update them. This makes a lot of USB 3.0 devices unusable, unless you use the hack to get around Microsoft's block.

    I'd personally just use Windows 7, which doesn't have that issue, and seems more stable.
    User avatar
    taz291819
    *SILVER SUPPORTER*
    *SILVER SUPPORTER*
     
    Posts: 3535
    Joined: Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:16 pm
    Location: Huntsville, Al


Re: new laptop
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:17 pm
  • I hadn't heard about the USB 3.0 thing. That sucks. Microsoft, why did you pull a "Final Cut Pro"? >.<
    Image
    "VICTORYYYYYYY!" -Johnny Drama
    User avatar
    RolandDeschain
    *NET FCC Liaison*
     
    Posts: 25278
    Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 8:39 am
    Location: Kirkland, WA




It is currently Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:40 am

Please REGISTER to become a member

Return to [ THE NET LOUNGE ]




Information
  • Who is online