Frequently Asked Questions
Swappable means that The Laptop will come with a CD-ROM Drive
and a Floppy Drive. However, only one of the drives can be used
in the Internal Drive Bay at a time. In order to change Drives,
the drive currently using the drive bay must be physically removed
(Swapped Out) and the other drive installed, while the unit is
We can not say how old they are because we don't know who the
original owners were or when they bought them. And most Laptops
do not have Dates on them. We buy these laptop computers from
brokers who have purchased them in large lots from companies that
are upgrading or liquidating their equipment or selling off lease
equipment. Generally, the laptops are pulled from a working environment
and are usually not factory refurbished units.
Active Matrix (also known as TFT) is the best type of display
that is made. If you are very fussy about your display, you should
get this type. HPA (High Performance Addressing) is the next best.
It was designed by IBM. Dual Scan is the third best option. The
quality of Dual Scan varies greatly. Some are acceptable, and
some are not. Dual Scan is the least expensive option.
An active-matrix display is considered better than a dual-scan
one because it is brighter, is easier to view at side angles and
minimizes the so-called ghosting effect when the cursor moves
across the screen. A TFT display will cost more.
As a general rule:
Displays at 10.5 inches or less run at VGA resolution which is
600 x 480.
Displays at 11 to 12 inches run at SVGA resolution which is 800
Displays at 13 to 14 inches run at XGA resolution which is 1024
There are basically (3) ways to do this.
- Acquire the floppy disk version of the software that you want
to install. This is usually available from the software company
at no additional cost.
- Purchase a LapLink Cable (about $10). Then using the parallel
ports on your laptop computer and a workstation, connect the
two computers. For DOS, you can use INTERLNK.exe and INTERSVR.exe.
For Windows 95, you can use Direct Cable Connection (which comes
with Windows 95) and share the workstation's CD-ROM.
- Purchase an external portable CD-ROM Drive.
Today, they are virtually the same. With earlier generations,
Notebooks were smaller and lighter in weight than Laptops.
Healthy batteries will usually last about 2 hours. As they get
older, they will not last as long.
Lithium-Ion are the newest and most desirable. Lithium-Ion batteries
can store more energy than their nickel metal hydride counterparts
and thus tend to last longer.
Nickel-Metal Hydride - Second choice but expensive.
Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad) - Must be run down completely before
recharging to keep them healthy.
TIP: For longest life, you should cycle all
batteries once a month regardless of type, particularly if you
are connected to AC most of the time.
Here is what we recommend for surfing the Internet today at top
You will need a modem.
If you are using a laptop computer, then make sure that it has
an open PCMCIA slot to install a PCMCIA modem.
Make sure you have a 486, Pentium, or better notebook with at
least 16mb RAM and running Windows 95.
Your speed on the Internet will depend heavily on your modem
speed so get the fastest that you can afford.
The condition of Laptops are rated by used Laptop Dealers as:
"A" = Excellent, no major cosmetic
defects, functioning 100%
"B" = Good , some minor cracks, scratches,
and cosmetic defects but functioning 100%
"C" = Poor, serious cosmetic defects
and only good for parts.
All of the laptops sold here are "A" condition unless
First: You can check out the Owner's Resume
and see that he stands for integrity.
Second: If you purchase with a Credit Card,
you will have some protection with your credit card company.
Third: Take a quick look at some unsolicited
feedback from satisfied customers.