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post #1 of 20 Old 06-07-2014, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Any Computer Gurus Out There?

I've been afforded the opportunity to buy a HP2000 laptop with an AMD E300 processor and 4G Ram running Windows 98.

It's a little on the rough side and the previous owner even has one of those "bullet hole" stickers on it.

I've been messing around with it and it seems to run fine aside from all the extraneous HP crap on it and the battery seems to hold a charge okay. To me, it seems like a "high school student's computer."

Anyway, it would be nice to not be tethered to the desktop and I can also use it to control my telescope out in the back yard.

It's pretty bare-bones hardware-wise with a lot of scratches on the case and seems like it's cheap, functional and not too delicate. The plastic on it reminds me of a kid's electronic toy.

I'm thinking of offering $150 take-it-or-leave-it for the thing. Any computer gurus out there who would care to chime in? Me? I don't really see how I can go wrong at that price but probably wouldn't pay any more for it.

A same "refurbished" model at WalMart sells for around $280. They seem to go for around $200 on eBay.



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post #2 of 20 Old 06-07-2014, 08:17 PM
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Well you can go wrong - you can be out $150.

Go lower. That kinda stuff is mostly give away. I scored a similar vintage LG laptop for free. Does what I need but I seldom use it.

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Yeah, I don't know. In my experience, a computer basically either works or it doesn't. They seem to have been first offered for sale in 2012 and that's when Windows8 came out. So I'm guessing it's about 2 years old. It doesn't seem to be contaminated in any way. I'm gonna play with it for a few days and see how it does.



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Did you say Windows 98? $50 max if it's in mint condition and you're a collector. Most people pay to recycle Windows 98 laptops.
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It's running Windows 8.1. Aside from helping me date it, the operating system doesn't matter to me. I'm still quite happy with the Vista I'm using on this computer. I don't make great demands of my equipment. It doesn't have Office, either. I saw the icon, but it was just a free trial version. It's obviously a Walmart-sold computer. I'm going to load my astronomy stuff on it and if it controls the telescope with no issues, I think I'll go ahead and offer her $150 for it and strip it down to bare bones. I've been using an iPod Touch for that purpose and even with my progressive eyeglass lenses and large, bumbling fingers, that iPod screen just seems to be getting smaller and smaller. It would be nice to just push buttons or use the mouse pad instead of sliding, pinching, squeezing, etc.




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Ya when you said Windows 98 I thought that would be a give away unit but with 8.1 and running good with a good battery then $150 seems fair. You aren't getting a steal deal and she is getting the $ she wants for her gear. Good karma all around.

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Ya when you said Windows 98 I thought that would be a give away unit but with 8.1 and running good with a good battery then $150 seems fair. You aren't getting a steal deal and she is getting the $ she wants for her gear. Good karma all around.
Yeah, she's my wife's boss and she's given us some good deals on some other stuff we bought from her so I don't want to lowball her. She didn't buy it so I don't really think she has any idea what it cost new or what its worth is so I'm trying to figure that out. It's kind of hard to find info on what a particular computer went for 2 years ago. I dont' think I'd be comortable offering her $100 for it.



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Yeah, she's my wife's boss and she's given us some good deals on some other stuff we bought from her so I don't want to lowball her. She didn't buy it so I don't really think she has any idea what it cost new or what its worth is so I'm trying to figure that out. It's kind of hard to find info on what a particular computer went for 2 years ago. I dont' think I'd be comortable offering her $100 for it.
On average it sold for about $398, with a MSRP of $298

Here is a PC mag write up about it. Basic unit good brand

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422860,00.asp

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Thanks, garthw. I hadn't seen that review and it answers all my questions as to what these things were all about when new. I feel comfortable that it would be worth $150 for my intended uses. I appreciate the review!



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It's running Windows 8.1. Aside from helping me date it, the operating system doesn't matter to me. I'm still quite happy with the Vista I'm using on this computer. I don't make great demands of my equipment. It doesn't have Office, either. I saw the icon, but it was just a free trial version. It's obviously a Walmart-sold computer. I'm going to load my astronomy stuff on it and if it controls the telescope with no issues, I think I'll go ahead and offer her $150 for it and strip it down to bare bones. I've been using an iPod Touch for that purpose and even with my progressive eyeglass lenses and large, bumbling fingers, that iPod screen just seems to be getting smaller and smaller. It would be nice to just push buttons or use the mouse pad instead of sliding, pinching, squeezing, etc.
8.1 is quite nice as operation systems go. Sounds like a winner.
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