[access-uk] Buying new laptop help please

  • From: catherine turner <catherineturner2007@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008 17:51:58 +0000


My laptop has been struck down with some mysterious corruption or who knows what problem for the second time in less than a year and so I've decided it's time to buy a new one. I wonder if people could help me with a few questions. I'm on my Braillenote with dialup at the moment so can't do much research, but I can use e-mail.

Firstly, is it still possible to buy anything with Windows XP on it and is there any logical reason why I would want to? Are there hardware compatibility issues with Vista? I have an Epson Perfection 1650 scanner and an HP Deskjet 460 printer and would really rather not have to buy new ones. I assume only JAWS Pro will work on Vista? I'm pretty sure I have JAWS pro and not the other one but how can I find out? It doesn't say in braille on the CD case--will it say in print? And if it's not the professional edition how much is buying the professional edition going to set me back? Can MS Office 2003 be installed on Vista? I also use Replay AV recording software. If anyone here uses it do you know if they have a version for Vista?

Does anyone recommend any particular makes or models? And if so why?

Regarding shops, I know people hate PC world and I certainly don't rate them myself. But I need to get a new laptop ASAP and there's a PC World in my town with long opening hours. If I know exactly what I want to buy before I go in there is there any reason to avoid PC World? Do people recommend any other particular shops which have stores nationwide (if you're feeling particularly kind you could tell me whether they have a shop near Colchester, Chelmsford, Ipswich or Norwich). anything people think I need to think about I haven't already mentioned? I plan to use the computer for average wordprocessing, spreadsheets, browsing, k1000 and a bit of stream capturing and sound editing.

Thanks for any help you can give,
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