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Help choosing the right Notebook/Laptop

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I have been attempting to learn and program XNA and DirectX 9 games using my work laptop. However, it has the whole Intel 915/910 GML chipset which seems to do nothing but dump problems, even though it says it supports VS 3.0 and PS 2.0, it truthfully doesn't. So as a result I need to buy a new laptop, as i am always on the go and never at home. Could you please provide great laptops that you currently use for Game Development? Hopefully not exceeding $1,500-2k. All the ones i'd like to get are the Alienwares, as they are actual video cards, but they cost like $5k+ Thank you! P.S. If you cant give me a specific model or brand, how about features to look for. Just would hate to buy another Notebook and it runs into errors as well.

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I would recommend:
- do a bit of research at places like epinions.com on various models, to get the skinny on parts and grief people have with various sellers
- find out what local "little guy" sellers are holding in stock... if the little guys carry the models, good chance you'll be selecting a laptop which has less chance for returns due to failures
- don't buy via mail unless it's through a local dealer ordering you something
- avoid companies whose support policies or warranties are poor
- make sure you can install Linux on it

Good luck!

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Why Linux? I know nothing about Linux.

Saruman - You had no problems creating, was this an older XPS laptop or one of the newer ones? They still seem to run in excess of 3k, but i will look up one w/ the 7800GTX BTW: The laptop from work is an Inspiron B130 and it's the one im having problems with :(


Also do any of you guys know much about Running Windows on a Mac? Can I still program and use windows on a Mac booting on XP?

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also do any of you guys know much about Running Windows on a Mac? Can I still program and use windows on a Mac booting on XP?
Yes, it's just like running Windows normally. Hardware acceleration, the whole nine yards. Check out Apple's academic discounts.

Moving to the hardware forum.

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If you can afford the Dell XPS M1710, I'd recommend that. Even the base model has a decent 7900GS gfx card.

Might be a bit expensive though just to get that gfx card, so if not I'd say have a look around for the cheapest laptop you can find with a 7900GS. As long as you've got a decent warranty (say 2/3years onsite), what can go wrong?!

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Best advice I can give you: Don't buy Alienware. Not sure about Dell, but I don't trust them. I've had both Alienware and Dell laptops die for no apparent reason. Alienware also refused to repair it, even when I offered to pay for it. There are plenty of Alienware horror stories in Google too.

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You should check out the Dell Inspiron and XPS lines. I had an XPS with a 7800GTX video card and it was a really nice machine :)


I couldn't agree more. Dell's 2007 lineup is looking mighty powerful too. www.dell.ca

This is an excellent notebook question. I have forwarded this (with credits) to www.mynotebookreview.com for further examination.

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