I need advise from a computer wiz please

United States
March 6, 2007 1:19pm CST
My question is, do the lap tops have as much memory as the desk tops? I am an artist, and my computer needs lots of space for the art. I have a dell, and it is 5 years old now. It still has 90% capasity to fill. It has a huge memory. Can you please advise and help me? Thank you.
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@avs189 (1030)
• India
6 Mar 07
Yeah there is no difference in the amount of memory u can have for the desktops as well as laptops..go for hard-disk with higher capacity say around 120 Gb and with faster ram of 1Gb which would defenitely make ur computer work faster whether be it laptop or desktop..also since ur artist i guess laptop is preferably good for u for simple reason that its portable and u can pursue ur interest where u go for travelling or visit,u can put down easily on the laptop..the essence of laptop is its portability at the same time u need to be extra careful regarding its handling and maintenance..
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• United States
6 Mar 07
I was only concerned with the memory capacity. I need a lot of memory. So, which would be better? Thank you for your help.
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@avs189 (1030)
• India
6 Mar 07
As i said to you both are equally capable in their memory ,,u can have same the amount of memory either in both ...it depends upon you whether u want to have desktop or laptop...or since u have already have desktop try to upgrade it for more memory that would be better option..
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Thank you kindly for your help. I appreciate it.
@shambuca (2560)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I don't think they do- however you can get yourself a cd or dvd burner to go with it and copy your files onto them so you won't need so much memory, they aren't that expensive. Then you won't have to worry should your computer crash for any reason - all of your files and art is saved on disc.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
I use the desktop a lot. I have thousands of my art watercolors and cuttings in here. I have so much, you would not believe. But, I use it constantly. I am not familiar with the discs. Would it be convienent for me with the laptop? Thanks for your help. I have no knowledge of these computers.
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@shambuca (2560)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Glad I read avs189- this stuff is good to know for whrn i get a new computer. I have a dvd burner they hold much more then a cd... i use them for my pictures. If its stuff you use all the time you can keep it in your computer but stuff you don't use everyday- you can save to disk, and then when you nee it you pop the disk in and it will load and you drag and drop whatever you need onto the computer. besides you really should have everything backed up on a disk anyway in case of a computer crash..you don't want to lose everything.
• United States
6 Mar 07
Do you know if the dvd burner is in the desktop? Are they expensive, the desktops? Can they be used on the phone wire like the desk top? Can you use a printer with the laptops? I appreciate your help shambuca.
• United States
6 Mar 07
I'm not sure about a Dell or Windows machine but you may want to consider an Apple since they now have the capability of running Windows and Apple software and they have a much better graphics capability. You do have to buy a piece of software to enable you to run Windows but I would highly recommend talking to the people at Apple and telling them what you want to be able to do and they may be a much better choice for you. I do a great deal of graphics work and I love my Macs. I used to teach computers at Pepperdine years ago and I am fairly good with both Windows and Apple and I prefer Apple hands down to a Windows machine. You can talk to the people at Apple about your memory issues and talk to the people at Dell. As far as a laptop having the ability to have as much memory as a desktop, I'm not sure. However, what you can do is buy an external hard drive to keep the bulk of your work on and hook it up and home and use a zip drive to transfer things back and forth. I have a 1 GB zib drive and a 250 mg zip drive so I can transfer files back and forth between my laptop and desktop computers. I prefer doing the majority of my designing on the desktop computer because the screen is larger and easier to work on but I also love the portability of my laptop. Check things out with both Windows people and Apple so you can find out what is best for you overall.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
One more remark. I saw that someone recommended burning your stuff on CDs. That may or may not work for you depending on the size of your files. You may be able to do some of that but I still recommend the external hard drive and the zip drives for transferring files. You can get external hard drives that hold like 180 GB and maybe much more. Check with the computer departments at Office Depot and Staples and Circuit City and Best Buy to see what they have because they will be cheaper than a regular computer store. You can also check online once you find what you want at PriceGrabber.com for the lowest prices on the internet.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Thank you so much for sharing and helping me out with this. I appreciate the time you have spent giving me this info. Do you know if I can use my printer and scanner with the lap top? Will it run on the phone high speed like the desk top? Thank you once again for your help.
@abhi07 (186)
• India
8 Mar 07
hi, I just went thru the responses you got, true you need a high capacity hard disk and min 1 gb ram and laptop is definitly a better choice for a creative fellow like you so u can work newhere u inspired, I being an architect by profession am doing lot of graphic work on my computers n a IBM laptop, which i recently got upgraded to 1.2 gb ram and 80 gb hard disk. Ok all this can be done with both desktop n laptop. But ppl who do such work on comp can do better with an additional graphic card installed. by the way why do I get removed from your friends list, please add me up again dont wanna lose a valuable friend like u//
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• United States
10 Mar 07
Are you removed again? How can that happen? I will check. I don't know why again. I'm sorry. Thanks for your help, and your input. Have a blessed day.
• India
7 Mar 07
as you are an artist u need lot of space in your hard disk, ok...for the programmes smoothly u need a ram of 1gb or 512 may do. to have space on u r dell... there are only 4 ways over the internet i found out to asnwer this question.. 1}burn the things into cds,dvds,pendrives etcc.... 2}delete unneccesary system files 3}compress files in an archive and movies through divx format ,in which a 4 gb dvd can be made into 700 mb 4}last but not the least buy a new hard disk of 80 gb and attach it to your current one..
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• United States
10 Mar 07
I have lots of space on my dell. They made it up special for me. It has a huge hard drive. I just wondered if the lap tops had the same amount, or should I stick to the desk top, if I am not moving around. Thanks so much for your help. Blessings, M&M
7 Mar 07
Some laptops have reasonably good memory. Dell's generally have a lot of memory, and desktops normall have more memory than a laptop but sometime not. I would probably get a system upgrade on your old Dell and continue to use your desktop. Check out my blog because every now and then a new computer or laptop is reviewd. http://www.marksfavouritethings.blogspot.com/
• United States
10 Mar 07
Thank you so much for the link and your time tring to help me. It's very much appreciated.
@devon76 (22)
• Indonesia
7 Mar 07
Hello... I'm still new in this discussion. So, I will try to help your problem. Okay, my opinion is go to the computer store and ask the seller to help your problem. If you want to hear my honest opinion is... I think the desktops have much memory than the laptops. Yes, I'm sure the desktop will fits for you as an artist to help your work. The problem is your computer is 5 years old, I think you have to check it because it has a possibility that your computer performance is not good anymore. Okay, that's all I can help. Sorry, I wish I can hep you more.
• United States
10 Mar 07
You helped me, and I thank you for your time. Welcome to MyLot, and have fun here.
@peaceful (3301)
• United States
7 Mar 07
My good friend, you might want to consider having some of your work files stored online with some of the very excellent Virtual Offices that I have found... I am using them to work on my art from anywhere, so that I don't have to have a laptop to worry about. Also with the feature of file sharing, you'll be able to introduce your art to a whole new audience, too! :)
• United States
10 Mar 07
Thank you for your help and advice, I appreciate it.
• United States
7 Mar 07
In today's world you can pretty much make them equal. The problem is you will generally pay more for the laptop in initial price. One thing you can do with the desktop though is upgrade it more easily. The cost is also alot cheaper and the options are greater. For example, a a hard drive for a desktop can run you $50 for say 120 GB. That same hard drive in the laptop version will run you $100. Overall I think it depends on how much you are willing to spend. Desktops offer a wider variety and cheaper cost, but then you can't take them with you easily.
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• United States
10 Mar 07
Thank you for your advice and help. I appreciate your time to respond to my post and your wisdom..
@kramxel (27)
• United States
7 Mar 07
According to a new article put out by Computerworld, the business world is deploying more laptops by a good margin that continues to get wider.Robert Mitchell opines that this basically means that companies are demanding more from their employees without extra pay. Its a good part of the debate that will continue for as long as workers are workers and employers are employers, Im sure.However, Im going to look at what laptops are good at and when they are a better fit than desktops.The new up and coming thing in mobiles, is of course the tablet PC. These are starting to make inroads into certain industries where they make a lot of sense. Was even talking to one of my City of Heroes friends tonight (hey Gabby!) and she was talking about how the hospital that shes a PC support tech at is deploying tablets for the new medical record system they are moving to. Laptops, meanwhile, are a good fit for road warriors or other people who NEED a mobile solution. A salesman who is on the road more than at the office certainly needs a device that allows them to do their work while out in the field. Plenty of other positions require this type of mobility as well, such as PG&E technicians, car mechanics, HVAC techs and others.And as they continue to gain in processing bandwidth they will continue to creep into markets and uses generally reserved for desktops. They wont really be able to replace desktops for graphics and CPU intensive applications, though, until they can be configured with similar hardware.-kramxel
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• United States
10 Mar 07
Thank you for your time and your response my friend. I appreciate your help.
• India
7 Mar 07
Let me ask you first, are you talking about the capacity of your hard drive, or are you talking about the RAM? If you are talking about your HDD then let me say that these days they can be taken to a maximum of 80 GB or so for lap tops! But for desktops this can be much larger, the solution to this might be using an external HDD. As far as RAM goes, these days for Lap Tops RAMs can be expanded to 2GB or so and that's parallel to any of the Desktps available today!
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• United States
10 Mar 07
I was talking about the hard drive. Thank you for responding and trying to help me.
• Singapore
7 Mar 07
How much memory a desktop or laptop has depends on how much you asked for when you first bought it. No, this is not a trick answer. The differences between a desktop and laptop do not include a cap on memory. For instance, you can have both a desktop and a laptop - both having 1 GB memory each. So you look out for WHY you want a desktop (e.g. cheaper) or laptop (e.g. portable) - then you decide how much memory you want and pay accordingly. 1 GB memory for laptop will naturally be more expensive than 1 GB memory for desktop. I assuming you are taking about memory as in RAM though. If you are running out of hard disk ROM space, you can make burn stuff to DVD, get a thumbdrive, or use one of the online storage services I recommended on one of my threads. Hope this helps. ;-)
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• United States
10 Mar 07
I appreciate your help my friend, thank you.
• Philippines
7 Mar 07
yes laptop can have as much memory as desktop. but it is much easier to add memory (RAM) & hard drive to desktop than to laptops. if your using laptop and if instance you need extra disc space to save your works... i suggest you buy USB FLASH DRIVE with large capacity like 80GB or higher than saving your file to cd. it is much easier to access files from a flash drive than from cd. hope this will help.
• United States
7 Mar 07
Appreciate your help very much. Thank you sugar.
@clod0327 (817)
• Philippines
7 Mar 07
Yes, laptop can have as much memory as your desktops. But since you’re computer is already 5 years old, I suggest you upgrade it if you want to have high performance. Since you’re an artist, I assumed that you need graphics software like Adobe Photoshop, which eats a lot of memory usage. And I don’t think a 5-year-old computer can handle the intensive use of memory of Adobe Photoshop. Even if you have 90% free space on your hard disk, you still have to consider the speed of the CPU and the capacity of your RAM (Random Access Memory) in order to have a high performing PC. I’m not saying you can’t use your PC, but it will be really slow I think. Hope I was able to help.
• United States
7 Mar 07
My computer is fast as lighting. Thank you for your help. I just wanted to know if the memory in the hard drive was the same. I have photoshop and other programs, and gobs of art work.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I have never had a laptop but I would love to have one. My sister has both a laptop and a desktop. She said her laptop is not enough memeory for allthe tasks she does so she only uses it when she travels. I am sure you can get alot of memory for a laptop just like the desktop though. I suggest you check online at one of the places that sells them. Seems like Staples or circut city has a tutorial on computers.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
Thanks for your suggestions sugar.
• United States
6 Mar 07
I'm not an expert but I think they are about the same. I have so many photos on mine that I put them all on CDs. Although they really dont use up too much memory but I dont want to lose them if my computer should crash. I don't know if you have Best Buy Store near you because their Geek Squad has been a godsend to me. I have even gone on line and received help at no charge. They have 24 hour service, here is the link: http://www.geeksquad.com/
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Thank you for the information whiteheather. I appreciate it, and giving me that link. I will check it out for sure.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I believe that today's laptops compared to five year old desktop computers, are superior. I think you can get a laptop with at least 120 gigabits of hard drive memory. While you can find a desktop with 250 gigs of hard drive space, I think the max for a laptop is about 160-200 gigs of space. Try and get at least 1024 MB of short term memory. 2048 MB would be even better.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
I appreciate this information, thank you very much.
• United States
7 Mar 07
Margie-- You can get a laptop that will do all the things your desktop does and be portable. It will work with your scanner and printer. Just make sure it has appropriate USB ports and for an artist, an external hard drive is vital. My husband stores his photos on our external drive and on DVD for backup. And, it will work with high spped phone line connection as well. There should be a place in the back of the laptop to plug in the phone cord. My advice is to take someone who knows how you use your computer with you when you go shopping for the new computer...salesmen, sometimes, will not pay attention if they think that you don't know what you need. having a friend along for support means you have a shoulder to lean on and the salesman is less likely to say something that isn't true.
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@sahyd2don (2949)
• India
7 Mar 07
Some laptops which are vista ready are coming with 1Gb Ram.The brands are Dell XPS M1210 cost is Rs 79133 and sony VA10 VGN-TX47GP/B costing Rs 99990.
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@kramxel (27)
• United States
7 Mar 07
According to a new article put out by Computerworld, the business world is deploying more laptops by a good margin that continues to get wider.Robert Mitchell opines that this basically means that companies are demanding more from their employees without extra pay. Its a good part of the debate that will continue for as long as workers are workers and employers are employers, Im sure.However, Im going to look at what laptops are good at and when they are a better fit than desktops.The new up and coming thing in mobiles, is of course the tablet PC. These are starting to make inroads into certain industries where they make a lot of sense. Was even talking to one of my City of Heroes friends tonight (hey Gabby!) and she was talking about how the hospital that shes a PC support tech at is deploying tablets for the new medical record system they are moving to. Laptops, meanwhile, are a good fit for road warriors or other people who NEED a mobile solution. A salesman who is on the road more than at the office certainly needs a device that allows them to do their work while out in the field. Plenty of other positions require this type of mobility as well, such as PG&E technicians, car mechanics, HVAC techs and others.And as they continue to gain in processing bandwidth they will continue to creep into markets and uses generally reserved for desktops. They wont really be able to replace desktops for graphics and CPU intensive applications, though, until they can be configured with similar hardware.-kramxel
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