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Re: Computer hardware



I agree the D600 and other Dell refurbished notebooks are a good way to go.
Generic memory and/or HD upgrades are readily available at your local
computer shop or nationally at places such as TigerDirect.com

Just Google "Dell D600 Refurbished" and get stuff such as

http://laptopcentre.ca/dell-latitude-d600-pentium-512mb-dvdcdrw-wifi-p-511.h
tml

My personal preference is the D800 

http://www.usanotebook.com/1297-DLAD800_dell_latitude_d800_laptops.php

which is about the same price, larger ( thicker ) and was sold originally as
a desktop replacement for business.  You can swap out the DVD for a second
battery.  Again, generic component replacements ( memory upgrades, HD,
batteries, A/C adapters, etc ) are everywhere.

My D800 is my dedicated ham radio PC and I keep all the neat new ham
software and experimenting away from my mission critical PC.

That being said, the 2 USB ports are never enough nor the one serial port so
I run a powered USB hub and serial/usb converters.  e.g. A serial port for a
PacComm for Wisp, serial CAT for FT847 on a USB converter, and a bunch of
other USB connections for LVB Tracker, printer, external hard disk etc.

These old business work horses are fast enough for any ham work I do.

... Alan



 

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Anthony Monteiro
Sent: October 3, 2008 6:44 PM
To: JD; AMSAT -BB
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Computer hardware

At 05:56 PM 10/3/2008, JD wrote:
>There was a similar thread on TAPR_APRS group and many good suggestions 
>were made.
>I had a similar need and bought a TOSHIBA TECRA A9-9019X (WIN XP PRO) 
>about 6 weeks ago. I have noticed they are rapidly disappearing so 
>others must like it too. I believe it has been out of production for 
>about 8-9 months.


Dear Friends,

In the same vein, I can recommend the Dell D600 (WinXP Pro) which comes with
a serial and a parallel port as well as the usual WiFi, USB, Ethernet etc..
These were extremely popular business laptops so they are still widely
available.

73,
ony AA2TX







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