I spotted this posted over at Scot’s Newsletter forum yesterday and thought I would share it with you:

My Wife’s Uncle dropped off their Toshiba Laptop for me to fix it cause it was DOA. That was easy as it was just a battery issue.

So I boot it up and it has Vista Home Basic on it. It runs very slow. I checked for virus/trojan/spyware and it was clean. The disk is defragged. Nothing I could do would speed it up to be usable. It is a t1400 core duo with 512MB of RAM. The Windows experience score was 2.0 average.

Is there something that can be done short of downgrading to get it easier to use? I will recommend a memory upgrade but money is tight for them.

My first thought was that this was one of those cheapies I see advertised in the Sunday local rag, which are on sale by various OEM’s and not just by Toshiba. In fact one of my relatives bought one of these Acer el cheapo’s from Circuit City in September for $399.99. Even than my first thought was ‘WHY?’

I than read some of the responses to the above post and some of the suggestion were to add more RAM, cleanup any gunk that came preloaded on the system, and so forth. One comment stated that going back to XP would be an option, but than you would have to consider the cost of XP itself.  While all of the suggestions merited some consideration, the only thing I could again think of was ‘WHY?’  Why would anyone buy such a system?

The person who posted was looking for assistance to a problem that is well beyond his control. I know because I have been there and done that. How does one tell another person that the system you bought is a piece of junk? You don’t. You make a few suggestions as described above and move on. It is to late to correct the mistake that the person who bought the cheapie made. The key wording in what the poster posted was ‘money is tight’. Which explains why they purchased the inexpensive system to begin with.

The bottom line is this. If you are considering a new system this holiday season take heed from the above example. Spend some extra coins and get a little better system. You may wish to even consider getting a system with XP on it that doesn’t require high end hardware. Just my two cents. 🙂

Comments welcome.

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