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Old 17-March-2002, 22:23
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Hello All - love the site
Now to get down to business:

I have a Dell L400 laptop ( the slim small one ) which is great but a little under powered ( 400 mhz ) and 128 MBs.
I was wondering if rather than buy a new laptop if it would be possible to buy a desktop tower and network them ?
What speed would they then run at and do you think it is a good idea ?
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Old 17-March-2002, 22:32
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I'm not sure what you mean.....

Networking your pc's wouldn't increase or reduce the speed they run at, it just makes one accessable to the other.

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Old 17-March-2002, 22:40
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Thanks for getting back so fast
I think what I realy want to do is be able to use the screen and keyboard of my laptop as the input/output devices on a powerful tower - rather than buying them seperatly. This way it should have the capabilities of the tower - DVD CDRW etc.
Possible ?
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Old 17-March-2002, 22:52
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Well, it would have access to the DVD & CDRW etc as long as you specify them as shared devices accross the network.

If you want to use the Towers OS too then you could try VNC

This would allow you to access the Towers OS from the laptop as you suggest. Effectively it allows you to see and use the desktop of another pc on the network.

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Old 17-March-2002, 22:59
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Hi James,

a new keyboard is cheap (like a tenner?) mouse - 5 quid - monitor (cheap one) 90 quid (or less perhaps). There's a lot of good deals where you buy a system - it can actually work out cheaper to buy a system including a monitor etc than it would be to get a similar base unit only (crazy world!).

See gem's thread in h/w forum MESH Computers for some ideas, or post a new thread saying what sort of thing you're after an ask for advice

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Old 17-March-2002, 23:09
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I must admit......most people would do the opposite to what you are suggesting James (access the lappy from the desktop).

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Old 18-March-2002, 00:08
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Hi James
As Sil has pointed out, I've been looking at a more or less bare system but found that only 80 was knocked off for the monitor (a reasonable 17inch) and only another 30 for the keyboard, mouse, modem and speakers. And, if you look around, you'll get more or less the same figures, so I decided to by the whole system.

We use VNC (suggested by Onslo above) to view/access our server and it works well (not so well, but it does nevertheless work, on a PC with limited memory like my 64Mb).

On networking, you can obtain plenty of advice from the forums. Go for it.
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Old 19-March-2002, 23:55
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Thanks all - you have made my mind up.
Time for a new system with more balls !
Do want to give a network a go soon with second computer.

Thanks again
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