What to do with too-cheap Windows laptop?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by rbrian, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Instead of paying for Windows to boot camp my Air, and an external monitor because the 11" display is too small, I bought a 15" Windows 7 laptop (I can't remember what brand) with 6Gb RAM and a crappy netbook-class AMD Vision processor. It cost less than the boot camp + display option, but taking nearly a second to register a mouse click has me tearing out my hair. Even though right click doesn't work properly with my Air touchpad, requiring a separate mouse, that's still much less frustrating than a glacially slow laptop. I tried putting Ubuntu onto it to see if that was better, but it was just as slow, leading me to believe the processor is the problem.

    Binning it seems like a waste, and giving it away is cruel, so what could I do with it?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2010
    Sell it.

    Then use the funds to:
    - Fix Macbook Air (It may just be software).
    - Buy a external monitor, you bought a cheap 15' laptop, you can easily get a 21inch monitor for under £150.
    - Buy an external SSD follow a tutorial on installing Windows onto that.

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