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Old 12-29-2005, 03:01 AM
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if im buying from dell, which video card will allow me to multi-table on a 15 inch screen?

Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900 [Included in Price]
ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X300 64MB HyperMemory™ [add $50 or $1/month2]
128MB DDR ATI's MOBILITY™ RADEON X300 PCI Express x16 Graphics [add $119 or $4/month2]

Also, can someone comment on the EV of warranties etc.?

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Get bad video card + upgrade
In my experience, warranties are +EV, but supposively ther are -EV or companies wouldn't push so ahrd for you to buy them.
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Old 12-29-2005, 03:05 AM
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Those extended warrantees are definitely -EV, otherwise the store wouldn't offer them. Why would a retail outlet offer something where it expected to lose money? Dealer hits on 19... NOW we're talking.
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Old 12-29-2005, 03:24 AM
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is McAfee virus scan good? My last computer didnt even have virus protection [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img], so im a n00b here.
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Old 12-29-2005, 03:26 AM
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is McAfee virus scan good? My last computer didnt even have virus protection [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img], so im a n00b here.

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It's fine, all the major labels are going to be good enough for basic use. I personally use Kaspersky, as I like the additional features it offers, but it might not be for everyone. Norton or McAfee should be good for the intermediate user.
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Old 12-29-2005, 02:28 PM
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is McAfee virus scan good? My last computer didnt even have virus protection [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img], so im a n00b here.

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McAfee is decent, but I have one big beef with it. The auto-updates don't install unless you're logged on as an administrator. I use a non-administrator account for day-to-day use (which is good practice often keeps viruses and spyware from installing), but whenenver the ne definitions download, I get a popup and have to log in to an andmin account before they will actually install. They should run the auto-update un Local System or an Admin account so the automatic updates are really automatic without forcing you to compromise your security by running as an admin.
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