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Anyone knowledgeable about computers?

Hi! I need some help if anyone would be so kind

Firstly, does anyone have experience with HP laptops in general, and specifically with the Pavilion dv6 model? Are they good? Any trouble with it, etc? How long have you had your HP laptop- and any problems in that time..

Secondly, if you had to choose b/t upgrading to a 750 GB + 7200rpm hard drive from 640 GB + 5400rpm and upgrading to a 32GB mSSD acceleration cache from no acceleration cahce- which is a better choice?

I know very little about the insides of computers

Thanks for the help!
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Old 07.06.2013, 01:33
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Hi! I need some help if anyone would be so kind

Firstly, does anyone have experience with HP laptops in general, and specifically with the Pavilion dv6 model? Are they good? Any trouble with it, etc? How long have you had your HP laptop- and any problems in that time..

Secondly, if you had to choose b/t upgrading to a 750 GB + 7200rpm hard drive from 640 GB + 5400rpm and upgrading to a 32GB mSSD acceleration cache from no acceleration cahce- which is a better choice?

I know very little about the insides of computers

Thanks for the help!
HP laptops are fine, what do you actually want to use it for, otherwise its impossible to give advice.
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Re: Anyone knowledgeable about computers?

I would be using it mainly for document processing, internet, watching movies sometimes, storing docs, pics, music- no gaming or anything like that

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Re: Anyone knowledgeable about computers?

We have a 3 yr old HP laptop, it's ok, just today I had some trouble with it, but cleaning, defragmenting, getting rid of old files seams to have fixed the issue. Personally I prefer Apple computers, but the HP does the job.
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Firstly, does anyone have experience with HP laptops in general,
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and specifically with the Pavilion dv6 model? Are they good? Any trouble with it, etc?
No, I don't know, and I don't know.


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How long have you had your HP laptop- and any problems in that time..
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Secondly, if you had to choose b/t upgrading to a 750 GB + 7200rpm hard drive from 640 GB + 5400rpm and upgrading to a 32GB mSSD acceleration cache from no acceleration cahce- which is a better choice?
depends on usage. For what you describe, there is no reason to upgrade any 640GB hd. If you are impatient, the SSD will speed up your pc more than any conventional HD.
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Re: Anyone knowledgeable about computers?

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Hi! I need some help if anyone would be so kind

1)Firstly, does anyone have experience with HP laptops in general, and specifically with the Pavilion dv6 model?

2) Are they good? Any trouble with it, etc?


3)How long have you had your HP laptop- and any problems in that time..

4)Secondly, if you had to choose b/t upgrading to a 750 GB + 7200rpm hard drive from 640 GB + 5400rpm

5) and upgrading to a 32GB mSSD acceleration cache from no acceleration cahce- which is a better choice?

I know very little about the insides of computers

Thanks for the help!
1) Not really, but it seems they have a decent webpage with updated drivers (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/s...roduct=3979380)- It's better than Samsung's cr@ps.

2) You never know- but they should last a few years otherwise people would have complained massively


3) it does not matters and should not be used for your "purchase decision". It depends on usage, model, etc... Anyway nowadays laptops are fairly cheap, and you can consider shelving 700chf for 5 years, a small 11chf/months for 5 years!!!
For example if someone use the laptop "dropped on the bed or carpet", then airflow will be terrible, it will overheat and components will not last long.

4) Like the others have said above, there's no noticeable difference for you so go for 640 GB 5400rpm . By the way it's not "+5400rpm" it's 640GB and a 5400 revolution per minutes.

5) I haven't understood your wording. But it seems it's adding a 32GB SSD drive for the cache-
Not sure there, is that "to install the OS"? then yes, probably it's a good option.

However, how much it costs this option? Because you can get very fast SSD drives for not much nowadays...


Finally, put the exact specs, because we need details on the 720GB drive, I read some quite of weird SSD cache (8GB)- Never heard of that before, maybe some random user rubbish.
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I would be using it mainly for document processing, internet, watching movies sometimes, storing docs, pics, music- no gaming or anything like that

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32GB is a very huge cache which you will not be neeeding from the list of usage above.

Upgrading your memory to the max will show improvement in your system.

And as was metioned by others, we would need the exact spec to be able to help you.
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Hi! I need some help if anyone would be so kind

Firstly, does anyone have experience with HP laptops in general, and specifically with the Pavilion dv6 model? Are they good? Any trouble with it, etc? How long have you had your HP laptop- and any problems in that time..

Secondly, if you had to choose b/t upgrading to a 750 GB + 7200rpm hard drive from 640 GB + 5400rpm and upgrading to a 32GB mSSD acceleration cache from no acceleration cahce- which is a better choice?

I know very little about the insides of computers

Thanks for the help!
I have dv6-2111ez with max memory.
Worked OK until I wanted to use Bluetooth. Seems it does not have the built in HW adapter
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Re: Anyone knowledgeable about computers?

Thanks for the replies! Here are the specs:

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2350M Processor (2.3 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
Intel(R) HD Graphics
4GB DDR3 System Memory (1 Dimm)
640GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
No Additional Office Software
No additional security software
6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
15.6-inch diagonal High Definition BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768)
SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
HP TrueVision HD Webcam
802.11b/g/n WLAN
Backlit Keyboard with numeric keypad
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Re: Anyone knowledgeable about computers?

All depends on the exact model - there are at least several of them in the dv6 family. In general, HP will be on the same level as Dell or Asus. The thing is about warranty period & conditions - personally I prefer Dell due to its 3y on-site service contracts.

I would recommend http://www.notebookcheck.net website and going through articles/reviews available there.

Regarding the disk drive - with the hybrid disk (32GB SDD+ HDD) you will see the difference while accessing the most often used applications as the drive will allocate such data in SDD cache over time. It brings a noticeable advantage over the standard HDD, even the 7200rpm one.

4GB of RAM is barely enough today, especially when mounted in a single socket - you definitely should go for 8 GB of RAM (2x4GB) - it will increase the overall experience.

And one more thing - by buying a laptop from a shelf here, you will end up with Swiss keyboard layout - somehow annoying if you are used to US/UK standard.
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Re: Anyone knowledgeable about computers?

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Hi! I need some help if anyone would be so kind

Firstly, does anyone have experience with HP laptops in general, and specifically with the Pavilion dv6 model? Are they good? Any trouble with it, etc? How long have you had your HP laptop- and any problems in that time..

Secondly, if you had to choose b/t upgrading to a 750 GB + 7200rpm hard drive from 640 GB + 5400rpm and upgrading to a 32GB mSSD acceleration cache from no acceleration cahce- which is a better choice?

I know very little about the insides of computers

Thanks for the help!
Please state your budget (and I mean the uper amount you are willing to spend) and I will help you find the best spec laptop for the money.

I also recently installed a 750GB Seagate Momentus XT with 32GB SSD cache and can say it make a noticeable difference to everyday usage and responsiveness over an old purely mechanical 5400rpm hard drive.



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32GB is a very huge cache which you will not be neeeding from the list of usage above.

Upgrading your memory to the max will show improvement in your system.

And as was metioned by others, we would need the exact spec to be able to help you.
The cache (and it's not a great amount in the grand scheme of things) is used to help the HD execute operations faster, and makes a big difference in everyday use when launching apps. I have one so speak from experience.

Upgrading memory above 8GB (the recommended amount) will make no difference unless you do heavy photo editing work.

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