As I noted the above thread, I plan to purchase a laptop. To add, it will be
replacing my desktop, but I will still use my desktop monitor when
applicable. I just learned they no longer make docking stations and adapters
since history proved a low seller. Along with the monitor hookup, I'm hoping
I can use my 5.1 surround sound system somehow, though uncertain how without
the component connections.
Anyone currently have this type of setup or suggest how to use my speakers?
Then make sure you choose a laptop which has HDMI output and video,
sound card which is compatible with at least 5.1 HT system. My wife's
Lenovo laptop is connected to A/V receiver with HDMI. Whatever she watch
on Internet is routed to HT set up in our family room.
Our entire home is covered with WiFi using a wireless router(ZyXel USG
20W) which is bit more secure than consumer grade routers. We can move
around with laptop in the house or outside patio.
If you are not going to move the laptop around, why not just get a new
desktop? I got a new Gateway that only came with mouse and keyboard and
use my old monitor and speakers.
I did have a Canon scanner driver problem as Canon refused to update the
driver after Vista.
My wife has a laptop and first thing she bought was a keyboard and
mouse. She still prefers to do most of her stuff on her old desktop.
Only thing I don't like about her laptop is the mouse and I think they
are all the same where you use your thumb. Traveling with it, I take
the wireless mouse. She also has an iPad but has added a keyboard to
it. The iPad is much lighter and more convenient to travel with.
I don't know why "they" is, but I bought one for my new laptop and
I'll probably be buying one for my wife's very soon.
There are also things called "docking stations" that connect via a
single USB port. Newer ones use USB 3.0 so speed isn't of much
concern. One I'm looking at seriously allows two external monitors
and a pile of other stuff.
You're going to need an external "sound card". There are tons of them
that are USB attached. Pick one.
None that I know of have built-in 5.1, for many reasons...
- Connectors are at a premium on laptops (much less so for desktops)
- 5.1 isn't needed for mobile
- USB works perfectly well for audio
- USB audio is cheap
- USB audio mess can be left behind when going mobile
...and probably a hundred other reasons
Ask your question in the appropriate news group to get *much* better
Are two where knowledgeable responders hang out. One (among many) named
'Paul' is a real guru when it comes to computer questions of any sort.
Though, you may have seen, the general knowledge of computers is more than
adequate within this group and many people are willing to help. Though, I do
like the idea of a computer specific group. I'll add that to my newsgroup
You are welcome, however I think you will find that the level of
computer knowledge is way beyond anything you are likely to find here.
Some of the responders build computers for a living. In so doing they
can (and often do) back up their advice with published documentation,
specifications and even will do chip research for you. The later is
particularly valuable to anyone who intends to purchase a laptop and
even more so to use it the manner that the op has proposed.
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