RE: Buying a new system

  • From: "Joseph Lee" <joseph.lee22590@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 12:33:27 -0700


They are named (actually), but the way Windows displays it may confuse
beginners. By default they are named "local disk". If you go to Control
Panel/System/Hardware/device Manager (using JAWS), you'll find what the
model and manufacturer of your drive is.





From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Dorothy Ingram-Gorban
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:25 PM
To: org, jfw@freelists. 
Subject: Re: Buying a new system


 joseph I have that graphics card on my laptop they must be very much used,
You say you are interested in hardwear and I am wondering why the Hardrive
in computers is not often mentioned? My last desktop died when I was
downloading windows 11 last November, it was an IBM Hitachi drive, but it
had been sold with a Western  digital, they both died however but I do know
the Western digital was quieter,the company replaced it  as my desktop was
under warrenty,but would not use a western digital,saying "the prices are to
volatile,  incidentally I was downloading a version of Jaws each time the Hd
failed I am not blaming Jaws but the stress puton the machine at the time
finished it off,I did not ill treat the Desktop.  my current dell desktop
seems full of goodies but I cannot find the name of the drive, does Dell put
in their own make? Inincidentally I was once told Seagate was called
"stickygate no doubt a rumour? --- Original Message ----- 

From: Joseph Lee <mailto:joseph.lee22590@xxxxxxxxx>  

To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 6:03 PM

Subject: RE: Buying a new system


Hi Will,

I heard it has been fixed somewhat. Personally, I'm not into graphics cards
- graphics is not my research field. I'm more towards system specs, mostly
hardware stuff and software accessibility. People say that NVIDIA cards
works good, as well as other ones out there. On my laptop, I have an Intel
graphics card which JfW handles well.




From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Will Cummings
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:52 AM
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Buying a new system


Hi Joseph,

Thanks for your speedy replies.  In the past I've heard people talk about
JFW not liking certain video and sound cards.  Is this an issue anymore?


On 10 August 2010 12:35, Joseph Lee <joseph.lee22590@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

If you are looking for a laptop, try ones from companies such as HP,
toshiba, Gateway and so on. In my view, I would say a modest processor
(around 2 to 2.4 GHz), a modest RAM (around 2 to 4 GB) and a good sized hard
drive size (around 250 to 400 GB) and so forth. As for operating system, try
Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional. As for choice between 32-bit or
64-bit, it is really up to you.
Hope this helps.
Joseph S. Lee
University of California, Riverside (sent from my HP iPAQ Glisten)

-----Original Message-----
From: Will Cummings <will.cummings@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:57 AM
To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: Re: Buying a new system

Hey Joseph,

Haha...good point.  I'm primarily looking at laptops, though if there's a
better option in desktops, I wouldn't rule that out either.


On 10 August 2010 11:33, Joseph Lee <joseph.lee22590@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>  Hi Will,
> What type of computer are you looking for - a desktop, netbook, a laptop,
> etc.? If we do know your preferences, then others will be able to find
> useful configuration for you.
> Cheers,
> Joseph
> *From:* jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On
> Behalf Of *Will Cummings
> *Sent:* Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:28 AM
> *To:* jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> *Subject:* Buying a new system
> Hi All,
> I'm looking for advice with buying a new computer system, specifically on
> hardware compatibility and adaptive software.
> I'm a student with low vision, and tend to use JFW and Zoomtext in tandem,
> often with Kurzweil 1000 running as well.  I'm starting my Master's degree
> this fall, and need a system that can run the adaptive software
> simultaneously, as well as a few open browser windows and probably 2 or
> open pdf files as well (my work is very research-intensive).  In the past
> I've had problems that seemed to indicate that my computer had issues with
> all the various open windows that were running, and so I'm looking for any
> advice on hardware to avoid, minimum specs or suggested hardware
> configurations that could handle the kind of work I'll be doing.
> Thanks in advance,
> Will Cummings

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