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Displaced by hurricane, need to buy a notebook.

by Big Steve / September 10, 2005 9:49 AM PDT

Greetings everyone:

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.

Big Steve
Hurricane evacuee from Biloxi, MS
Location tonight-Katy, Texas


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Compaq M2105US
by Technojunkie2 / September 10, 2005 10:09 AM PDT

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.

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Re: Displaced by hurricane; need an entry level notebook PC
by Big Steve / September 11, 2005 10:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Compaq M2105US

Thanks for the post.


Big Steve
Biloxi, MS
Katy, TX - tonight


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You're not far from Michael Dell's....
by Michael Geist / September 12, 2005 8:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Compaq M2105US

hometown (well maybe you are, it is Texas), but this weeks circular shows a $599 special.

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Contact
by ikenfixit / September 13, 2005 2:57 AM PDT

Shawn Hannon in the Houston area.. Owns 2 shops there and he could set you up with somthing.. Hes a good guy and weve repaired laptops for him on occasion. Tell him Ken from ikenfixit.com sent you. (This should double the purchase price).. Joke..

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