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Looking for a recommend portable laptop that fits the required computer features or better. Needs great speed and memory. I am a cabinet designer. Thank you for your help!

System Recommendations
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2400+ (or faster)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional 32 bit platform Edition
Windows Vista 32 bit platform Edition
RAM: 1024 MB or more
Security Device: 25-pin printer port (parallel port) or USB port
Video Card: 32-bit Video card - 128MB of RAM (3D OpenGL accelerator and DirectX compatible)
Hard Drive: 3GB or more free disk space
DVD-ROM Drive: DVD, CD: 24X or more


PLEASE NOTE: All current 20-20 Technologies' software do not function with the Windows
XP 64 bit & Vista 64 bit platform.
We are currently testing our different applications on the 64 bit platform and therefore do not recommend using it at this time.


Notes
¬ Ensure with hardware supplier that the RAM and hard drive can be easily upgraded if required
¬ Two types of security device are available for our software, Parallel or USB
¬ 20-20 does not support any external device plugged onto the same LPT port as the security device. (i.e.: external zip drive or floppy drive)
¬ Certain printers may require additional RAM and/or disk space
¬ We recommend an independent video card. Please avoid built in video card (chipset) Please adjust your screen resolution at 1024x768 or higher.

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  • danielangela Apr 22, 2008

    I didn't know where on the BestBuy website to ask advise. I live in Grants Pass, Oregon and there isn't a BestBuy for about 2 hours...



    I am a cabinet designer. I just purchased a new cabinet design program and I need help selecting a new Laptop to fit the system requirements for the design program.



    I just needed someone to suggest a laptop with all the system requirements, so I could purchase a new laptop.



    Thank you,

    Angela Clark

  • danielangela Apr 22, 2008

    System requirements for the 20/20 design program are:



    System Recommendations

    Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2400+ (or faster)

    Operating System: Windows XP Professional 32 bit platform Edition

    Windows Vista 32 bit platform Edition

    RAM: 1024 MB or more

    Security Device: 25-pin printer port (parallel port) or USB port

    Video Card: 32-bit Video card - 128MB of RAM (3D OpenGL accelerator and DirectX compatible)

    Hard Drive: 3GB or more free disk space

    DVD-ROM Drive: DVD, CD: 24X or more






    PLEASE NOTE: All current 20-20 Technologies' software do not function with the Windows

    XP 64 bit & Vista 64 bit platform.

    We are currently testing our different applications on the 64 bit platform and therefore do not recommend using it at this time.





    Notes

    ¬ Ensure with hardware supplier that the RAM and hard drive can be easily upgraded if required

    ¬ Two types of security device are available for our software, Parallel or USB

    ¬ 20-20 does not support any external device plugged onto the same LPT port as the security device. (i.e.: external zip drive or floppy drive)

    ¬ Certain printers may require additional RAM and/or disk space

    ¬ We recommend an independent video card. Please avoid built in video card (chipset) Please adjust your screen resolution at 1024x768 or higher.




  • Richard Roberts May 11, 2010

    excuse me, but I am a bit confused. Do you have a problem you need resolved, is this some sort of advertisement, or were you trying to answer someone's question?

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You likely can get a better deal on the internet than BestBuy, and free shipping may be available, and you will pay no sales tax if you purchase out-of state (they will inform you). To find out what the computer requirements of the program you desire to use, try to find the "minimum requirements" which will be somewhere in your installation CD, but really should be on the box it came in. If not on the box, it should be in the instruction manual. A word of warning: "minimal" does not mean "optimal". Optimal means that you will be able to run the program without it being so slow that you want to tear your hair out. Design programs, I would assume, require decent graphics. A good graphics card is cheap in a desktop, but may be pricier in a laptop. However, the rage for great graphics capabilities for kids whose life consists of videogames has provided us with remarkably inexpensive laptops with great graphics capabilities. The prices keep falling: what was 1600 a year ago can now be found for $650. Since you do not require all the glop which comes with Vista, (the product still isn't ready for non-geeks, and requires enormous amounts of memory and a good Dual-core processor, I would highly recommend getting XP as your operating system, or else a Mac, which most graphics freaks prefer. Unfortunately, it's very hard to get a new laptop with XP. SO. What does the program say are its minimal requirements?

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  • Richard Roberts Apr 22, 2008

    Sorry--I was a bit thick. You posted the minimal requirements of the program, and I didn't connect it with the title. Since it was published, however, the significant upgrade in speed of dual-core processors make them much more efficient and faster than the older single models, so now a at 1.6 GHz duo-core pentium processor can run circles around a pentium 4 2.0 GHz processor, require much less energy (hence much less heat and much longer life from the battery ). Same for the AMDs. (A nice comprehensile explanation you will find in All the laptops out there use the 32 bit system--the 64 is not yet in play. You likely will get a 160 GB hard drive (or higher) with 2024 MB of RAM, or even 3036 MB RAM, and you simply will not need to upgrade from this massive capacity for this program (it just requires 3 GB of space, and your printer will have all it needs.).
    The CD-DVD player will usually be 24x. You can get this online easily for $650 to $700. I'll have to evaluate the Chipset family which replaces a videocard in these easily found systems--but I'll have to do that later. Meanwhile, read about Duo-core technology in Wikipedia.

  • Richard Roberts Apr 23, 2008

    It turns out that the chipsets are key to your getting an adequate system. Laptops all have chipsets, not soundcards, but not to worry--high grade chipsets are now available, and all have Direct-X capability. If the laptop is used for gaming, it will be more than adequate for this program. The highest-end video gaming chipsets, good enough to give you Hi-def TV, are now at Direct-X 10, are very pricey. Chipsets are soldered on to the main board of the laptop, as opposed to having a separate sound card. Nearly all can not be upgraded, but it really doesn't matter for your purposes. You will likely spend $650 to $750. Read laptop reviews at websites CNET.com and PCworld.com to become comfortable. Good luck.

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