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oldie46 08.04.2008 17:49

Computers [My PC died, where can I get another one?]
 
I need to buy a new P.C. as my last one bought in the UK is giving up on me, my question is does anyone know where I can buy one with an English keyboard in the Nyon area, sorry if it seems a stupid question but note the name!!

steveli 08.04.2008 17:55

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Buy a Mac!!! It's better, quicker, more reliable. The new Macs allow you to run Windows on them if needed (though you'll have to buy a copy first). Also, from the Mac online shop you can choose a UK keyboard if you so desire. Oh, and Mac's look the biz!

MattM 08.04.2008 17:58

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PC Designs is the place to go: http://www.pcdesigns.ch/ Rob will tend to all of your PC needs.

gooner 08.04.2008 18:03

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I agree with Steve. If you are not a talented home hacker, buy a Mac. You can order them with whichever keyboard and in whichever langauge you want.

Mac's a friendly computers and will save you from tearing whatever hair you have left on your head out.

If however you insist on flagellation, you may order PC from Dell with your custom requirements. You could also find a bargain at digitec, your English keyboard and operating system requirements will also be fulfilled there.

You can also contact this user who sells computers.

snowdiver 08.04.2008 19:32

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Dell is good value for money. Beware though that not all models sold on-line are offered with English (International) keyboard.

MacBook Pro (Intel) is really cool, nice, functional, user-friendly, etc. but for comparable models with the Dells, IBMs, HP, etc. cost on average 1.5 times more.

HTH.

Marcashvin 08.04.2008 19:56

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All good advice above ... Once you find what you want ( whether a Mac or PC ) , you can look on www.toppreise.ch for a price . Alternatively , you could look at www.ricardo.ch or www.ebay.ch for auctions .

Good luck

oldie46 09.04.2008 07:24

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Thank you all for your help.

krlock3 09.04.2008 07:28

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let us know what you decide!

09.04.2008 08:20

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Or if you're really crazy you could order a MacBook Pro with an English keyboard and install Windows Vista on it..! :D

at least then you'd have the fastest Vista notebook around..


Wibble 09.04.2008 09:36

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Quote:

Originally Posted by vwild1 (Post 203001)
Or if you're really crazy you could order a MacBook Pro with an English keyboard and install Windows Vista on it..! :D

Buy do they have a 2-button track-pad?

I looked at one 18 months ago (with the intention of installing Linux), but the single-button mouse seemed impractical for X-windows. Ended up getting a Dell (XPS M1210).

cheers,
(Mr)Wibble

krlock3 09.04.2008 09:40

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the trackpad can indeed work like a right click.

tap one finger on the trackpad for left click. tap two fingers for right click.

god knows why anyone would really install vista on a mac.... USE MAC OS X .... its much better in my opinion.

gregv 09.04.2008 09:42

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Wibble (Post 203066)
Buy do they have a 2-button track-pad?

I looked at one 18 months ago (with the intention of installing Linux), but the single-button mouse seemed impractical for X-windows. Ended up getting a Dell (XPS M1210).

cheers,
(Mr)Wibble

You can set it up so you have <key>+click combinations for the buttons. I'm not a big track pad fan myself, so I just use a bluetooth mouse. Besides, I dig the scroll wheel. ;)

For the most part, I just use terminal.app to do most of my unixy stuff.

Mike Mound 09.04.2008 12:26

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Interesting advice. Of course, every Mac fan hates PC's and PC people can be obstinately glued to their pedigrees.

I would add to the suggestions, though, that if you go through Dell, you select what you want on-line, BUT, use your telephone and speak to somebody live (you'll get a French speaker whose English will be, well, marginal). Insist on an English (American English, if you please) keyboard, and you'll get one.

Very important, though...set yourself up as a small business and get the Dell Small Business Service policy. Try for the 3-year package. Believe me, you won't regret it...you'll save in time and money, which I guess you would like, unless you are made of money and have masochistic tendencies. They are excellent in service matters and will come to your home/office and handle everything without so much as a whimper on your part.

I have been a Dell customer since my wife worked there years ago, and have never been disappointed.

One other suggestion...if you know anybody who works for HP and you don't mind the this brand, ask if you can purchase from their "friends and family" buying site. You'll save lots of francs.

Good luck,

Mike

09.04.2008 13:05

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Wibble (Post 203066)
Buy do they have a 2-button track-pad?

I looked at one 18 months ago (with the intention of installing Linux), but the single-button mouse seemed impractical for X-windows. Ended up getting a Dell (XPS M1210).

ctrl-click works as right click in OS X, command-click does the same within X11. You quickly get used to either.

I bought a cheap and cheerful 3 button USB mouse with scroll wheel from Interdiscount for my iBook. CHF 9.95 didn't exactly break the bank! :)

steveli 09.04.2008 15:17

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Ref two button click. The Mac laptops have one button but CTRL and click = right click. However, I would recommend getting a mouse anyway. The wireless Mighty Mouse from Apple is great and can be configured with left/right click as well as other combinations. Also, depending on which laptop you were to get you could get the new trackpad. This was launched on the Air, I believe is already on the MacBook Pros and will follow on the standard MacBooks later in the year. The new pad not only allows you to move the cursor and scroll the screen but also using "gestures" you can zoom in and out and even rotate photos etc just with 2 fingers on the trackpad. Check out www.apple.ch (or .com) for all sorts of tips, advice, videos etc. You won't regret it!!!

09.04.2008 16:07

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Quote:

Originally Posted by steveli (Post 203469)
Also, depending on which laptop you were to get you could get the new trackpad. This was launched on the Air, I believe is already on the MacBook Pros and will follow on the standard MacBooks later in the year. The new pad not only allows you to move the cursor and scroll the screen but also using "gestures" you can zoom in and out and even rotate photos etc just with 2 fingers on the trackpad.

Which I seriously doubt will funtion when booted in Windows unless Microsoft one day comes up with drivers for it.

marko167 09.04.2008 16:31

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Hombre, get a Mac. Just imagine, no more spending hours running antivirus, anti trojan software etc etc.

Imagine a computer that runs just the way computers are supposed to. No desktop full of wires to and from external divices like speakers, camara, microphone etc.

I bought mine in a fit of pique after yet another morning of discovering that the external wireless router had been blocked by something or other. I haven't looked back. I am now just a little centre of yen peace knowing that everything works just like it is supposed to. Nothing more nothing less.

szhjcn 09.04.2008 17:07

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I gave in many years ago and made the Switch to using a Swiss keyboard. Now when I have to use a UK or US keyboard I find it frustrating.

I use stegpc.ch a lot but don't think they offer UK keyboard options (I personally prefer UK to US as I hate the tiny return key on US ones).

Also checkout toppreise but not sure who offers UK options.

09.04.2008 17:41

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Quote:

Originally Posted by szhjcn (Post 203621)
I gave in many years ago and made the Switch to using a Swiss keyboard.

Same here, the longer I lived here the more I needed those goofy letters . :D Now I have to be careful with a US keyboard that I don't mix up the Z and Y..!

Castro 09.04.2008 17:54

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I'm quite tempted to get myself a second hand Mac off Ebay just to try it out. Will 600CHF get me anything decent?.. it would in PC land :)


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