The cheapest decent notebook I can think of is the Compaq M2000z series. The office superstores (Staples, etc) usually carry them. AMD Sempron CPU, ATI Radeon 200M shared memory GPU, 15" 1024x768 screen, WiFi, etc. You'll probably want to add more RAM but that's about it. I'm having trouble finding them on the store websites (they're on hp.com) but the Sunday newspaper ads might show them.
Reporting from Katy, Texas tonight; forced to evacuate from Biloxi, Mississippi on Sunday; August 28, 2005 before Hurricane Katrina came crashing into my area on Monday; August 29, 2005 where I rode the hurricane out 75 miles north of Biloxi, Mississippi in 2 hotels; 1 with no power and no water; the other also with no power but plenty of ice cold water to take showers and also safe to drink.
Gas for autos was also not available until I drove north 50 miles from my second hotel on Wednesday; August 31, 2005 to fill up my Tahoe. I have been in Katy, Texas now for 9 days and will probably not be able to return home to my neighborhood for another week due to poor water quality and wished that I had a notebook PC to use while staying here in this very nice Marriott hotel which has high speed internet connections in every room.
There is one desktop PC in the lobby but the lines to use it are long. Can anyone recommend a good entry level notebook PC I could purchase while here in Katy, Texas which is located near Houston, Texas?
Nothing fancy in a notebook; just the basics which I could use during the remainder of my staty here in Texas until I receive word from Mississippi that it's safe to return to Biloxi.
Hurricane evacuee from Biloxi, MS
Location tonight-Katy, Texas
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