<<Yeah. Lots of stuff using Win98, too, but I'm not sure that can be made to
support USB. I think I tossed my ME CD a week or two ago. Worst OS I ever
tried, including Mac OS 8.>>
All versions of Win98 support USB. There is even a version of Win95
(version B) that supports USB but it is very basic and somewhat limited.
The $300 laptop I bought on eBay came with Win98 installed (not always the
case that there is any OS on an eBay machine; it's always wise to check
before bidding) and I upgraded it to Win98SE. The upgrade disk was another
eBay purchase (about $30).
I notice that you are looking for a machine with a 20 GIG hard drive. Most
of the eBay machines equipped that way seem to be running in the $450-600
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came with USB,
so it is supported. Stepdaughter's laptop (Compaq Prosignia, 233mhz)
also came with it.
Same market I'm in, but I'm just beginning to search.
Good luck looking.
Everyone wants a laptop. I have computers that I can't even give away but
everyone wants to know when I'm getting a new laptop, there is a wait list
to last longer than my lifetime of people wanting me old ones.
Be very careful of the Dell 1150 (and maybe others) it has a desktop cpu.
My wife bought one and it runs _HOT_. Just sitting on a desk with the
screen blank the cpu fan will turn on off every few minutes. Pick up the
machine and both cpu fans crank up to full speed shopvac sound level. Its
a 2.4GHz machine and with the software load from Dell it ran slower than my
1GHz latitude. I reloaded XP clean on it and its better but still not as
fast as it should be. Some of these new cheap laptops are really a rip
off, they throw in a fast cpu and huge screen so you have to have a big
battery and loose the benefit of portability, but they give it a slow hard
disk, slow system bus, slow memory, etc so you loose the benefit of the
fast cpu and bug screen. If you want a decent one look for a Latitude,
sign in the small business store and if they ask what the business is your
an "independent contractor". You will pay the same price buy won't get all
the "free" software included so instead you get a better quality system.
The computer makers work the same as tool makers, I paid the same for my
crapsman router as my PC router, but I got a bunch of accessories with the
crapsman and have to buy all the accessories for my PC. But the PC will do
a much better job and outlast the crapsman which I wore out in a short
On 07 Sep 2004 10:53:06 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Self)
I would also suggest EBay. A few months ago I purchased a Thinkpad
PIII, 450 Mhz, 20GB HD and 512 MB RAM, with OS, carrying bag, Ethernet
card, etc. for under $400. Looking in Ebay history, the same computer
has sold for as low as $350 on occasion.
WalMart has recently started selling laptops. I haven't looked at them but the
price sounds good. See:
Buffalo, NY - USA
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And the mfgr (for whom Walmart OEMs) is in good company:
(Note to Tawm: How is Dell's Business service? Home/Office Indian
customer support sucks the big, green, rancid one. I spent an
entire day helping my neighbor with his Dell and I spent several
hours with their people trying to get off the dodgamned mailing
list. That taught me to -never- buy a Dell.)
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