There is a chain store (the inkspot) that specializes in ink and toner
refills that has been selling DELL refurbs with warranty forabout $350 with
XP on them.
I suspect if you go to the DELL refurb website you will find them there as
----- Original Message -----
From: "Russell Hill" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Richard Thorne" <email@example.com>; "Robert Shohet"
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 11:06 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Laptop and Contesting Software
>I recently bought a Dell refurb with XP, a Latitude D620, on their website
> and am delighted with it. Warranty and everything.
> Folks in the business suggested this approach to me.
> Rusty, na5tr
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Richard Thorne" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Robert Shohet" <email@example.com>
> Cc: <CQ-Contest@contesting.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:02 PM
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Laptop and Contesting Software
>> I purchased a Dell laptop with XP Pro from my local dealer. I
>> understand you can still get XP from Dell.
>> Before I purchased my Dell I went to best buy with the soundboard check
>> software from Writelog. I convinced the sales guy to let me run the
>> software on several of the laptops. I found that all the laptop
>> soundcards would not support Writelog. It would not pass the mic audio
>> through to the speaker output.
>> Recently I solved all my keying problems with the new Micro Keyer II.
>> Its a single usb plug solution which supports fsk, psk, cw and ssb. It
>> has its own built in sound card and supports Writelog, N1MM and others
>> I'm sure. Once setup its basically automatic, just pick a mode on your
>> rig and go.
>> While its a bit expensive, its the best $$'s I've spent on a ham
>> accessory in a while.
>> Rich - N5ZC
>> Robert Shohet wrote:
>>> I need to buy a reliable quality laptop that I can use for business
>>> and must be able to use with contesting software, preferably
>>> networked with a second laptop or desktop computer.
>>> I would appreciate all recommendations based on actual experience
>>> in the work and contesting environments.
>>> Please list all recommended components/ports/drives and other items
>>> as well as those manufacturers that you found to be most reliable and
>>> For internet access, the laptop must be able to use wifi as well as
>>> cable modem (for broadband) and have a modem as well for dialup access.
>>> I want to be able to key the radio through the laptop and use a
>>> through the laptop, so please provide
>>> keying/voicekeyer suggestions and contest program suggestions as well.
>>> One other thing.... I would prefer to have WIN XP as the laptop OS,
>>> however, all laptops seem to have Vista as the OS. Where can I find
>>> laptops with Win XP?
>>> Am I right to be concerned with using Vista or are there some of
>>> you that are successfully using Vista with your contest
>>> software? Please advise.
>>> Thanks very much for all your help.
>>> Bob KQ2M
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