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Specifications:

  • Mobo: Stock Dell board
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4-M 1.8GHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce4 Go 440 64MB
  • RAM: 1x512MB, 1x256MB DDR SODIMM
  • PSU: Dell PA-9 90W
  • HDD: Hitachi DK23FB-60 IDE 5400RPM w/8MB Cache
  • OS: Windows XP

The laptop, open.

The good:

  • An absolutely gorgeous and roomy 15" matte 4:3 1600x1200 screen. It is wonderful!
  • Track stick and touchpad input options.

The bad:

  • Loud! VRRRROOOOOOOMMMMMMMM!
  • The Pentium 4 architecture's inefficiency reduces the usefulness of this laptop, sadly.
  • Huge and heavy, but that was intentional with its design. It's a desktop replacement, not an ultraportable!

I got this laptop for free on November 4th, 2012, along with the disastrous and much less fortunate Compaq Presario V6000 laptop. This is a very nice little machine. It is quite old, and I did have to replace several of its parts, but it is a very solid machine. It can be quite slow at times, but it hardly crashes crashed at all.

This was also my first laptop with a track stick, and because it featured a touchpad as well, it served as a good machine to train me into using track sticks, preparing me for my ThinkPad X200 Tablet


I noticed no earlier than 2015, probably 2016, that, for some reason, this computer had a couple of major issues:

  • Random shutdowns, sometimes tied to changing the screen resolution. Happens in Windows 2000, XP, and Vista.
  • In Windows XP, resuming from sleep sometimes leaves the computer unusable with lag.

Lots of time spent on experimentations of installing different versions of Windows revealed more results. The shutdown issue is a difficult one, because it's inconsistent; for instance, in Windows 2000, everything was fine for a while, until it had suddenly began shutting down with every attempt to change the resolution to 1600x1200, the LCD's native resolution. Despite this, Windows 98 SE hasn't yet shown this behavior.

Render Time: 11.13 PPS