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Laptop / Notebook Section

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On August 27th, 2001 I left the desktop world of the heavy power consuming desktop behind for my HP Pavilion n5440 850Mhz laptop.

Please bare with me as I get this section up and running with lots of cool links and downloads for laptop lovers. - Michael



Laptop Hard Drive Upgrade Guide by MH
Have you ever wondered how to upgrade to clone a laptop hard drive? This is one of my most asked questions. See how its done.

Maintenance & Service Guide links to popular laptops:
Compaq | IBM | Toshiba | HP | Apple < I'm looking for these...


Buying Advice

Pricescan, My Simon, and Google's Froogle for quick searches for the lowest price for any product you're looking for.



I need to redo this section...


Traveling with your Laptop

This new carryon with expanding mini table is just what the doctor ordered. A little more bulky than most (just a little) but well worth its weight in gold for many a laptop user. (185$)


USB & Firewire step off...

First there was USB, then firewire now USB 2.0... enter CardBus! with speed well above that of firewire and USB 2.0, Cardbus is where its at for speed when looking for fire transfer, video editing or whatever your demands are for throughput. When shopping for devices for your laptop, look for devices that utilize Cardbus technology to get maximum performance.

Serial 0.115Mbps
ECP Parallel 2Mbps
Fast Infrared 4Mbps
USB 1.1 12Mbps
Ethernet 100Mbps
Firewire 400Mbps
USB 2.0 480Mbps
CardBus 1064Mbps


Tips Tricks and Traps

Power Saving, LCDs and background color...

Background color does make a difference on power usage. I have a Sony Vaio laptop and for years I have always set my background color to black. I like black, and I did some tests quite some time ago and found at least on my laptop that I get 10 to 15 more minutes of power out of it.

I have had several engineers and power users write me and tell me I'm wrong about this and that there is no difference what color it is. They said that a pixel uses the same power whether its on or off. Well my own personal experience disputes those comments. I encourage you to do your own experiment and write me about it. I would love to see the results and I'll post them here.

Btw; here are some interesting articles I found in regards to this issue;

Who Eats the Energy? Power Consumption on a Modern Laptop

Bistable LCD technology

And here are some really really smart dudes researching LCDs and Power Consumption


Wireless Internet Access

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Wireless WebConnect
Wireless Provider
Unlimited Internet Access for $59/month
Internet magazine

Wireless Provider

WirelessWeb UK
Internet magazine

Wireless Web Resources

Read your e-mail from your computer and wireless Web, or have it read to you over the phone.

A wireless portal.

Yahoo! Mobile
Access your Yahoo! e-mail, get driving directions, search online Yellow Pages, read news and weather, and more.

Consolidate and access voicemail, e-mail and fax messages from your wireless Web for free.

A wireless portal featuring entertainment, finance, news and weather, shopping, travel and reference sections.
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