What specs are required by a laptop to watch video being fed from a laptop to an HDTV in HD without skipping?
I’m planning on using an apple, but I want to be sure before I buy that it will be capable of this. What other accessories will I need?
Oh well with a apple.
You’ll need the Mini port to VGA adapter, thats 40-90$ in and of itself. And you’ll need a HDMI or DVI cable also.
Most video cards in a apple are also not HDCP certified, so HD playback might be iffy, typically you need a powerful card like a Nvidia GT220/240 or Ati HD 4000 series card. Both of those are HDCP capable. And those only come on PC based laptops , i think the best macbook pro has a 9600m and most models have a 9400m, Both have “shared” memory, not dedicated memory. But the 9600m would probably be capable of playing a HD movie at lower resolutions (basicly not HD, just scaled up to look like HD) without error, lag, skips or crashes, but thats a guess.
Not trying to hate on you or anything, just wanted to tell you the truth so you wouldn’t be pissed off if you bought that adapter and stuff and it still played like crap.
A good rule of thumb is, If a laptop can play a DVD movie on the normal laptop screen without problems…at the highest possible settings. Then it should be able to play DVD’s.
However with Blu-ray you absolutely need a HDCP Certified Video card, or playback will be hilarious at best, and piss you off at worst, so just remember that.
But my honest opinion is you shouldn’t have any problems playing DVD’s using the TV as your monitor in windows and just watching shows on hulu.com or youtube videos.
But that being said its still worth a try with your laptop,
oh 80-90% of PC based laptops come standard with a HDMi port, But you’ll need to check the graphics card listed to see if its capable of what you need, apples don’t come with crap hardware, but some PC based laptops do come with crap cards (steer away from the Intel GMA units) at the same time theres PC based laptops out there that would whoop its ass like a house cat vs a lion in a cage fight to the death. So just do your research before hand if you already havent purchased a laptop
This laptop for 1,199.99$
Has one of the best GPUs on market, the Nvidia GTX240m with 1024MB dedicated memory, it also has the 2nd fastest mobile processor in the world, The Quad core Q9000 (basicly its Four processors vs the macbook pro’s two)
It’s also got a LED back lite screen, not the older CCFL (flourecent) so you dont need to worry about the backlamp burning out, even if you violently shake it or drop it. And its a Tru High definition screen, i have that laptop… And damn….. Its hilariously, hilariously fast.
What are the benefits of owning an apple mac instead of a regular pc?
What are the benefits of owning an apple mac instead of a regular pc? Just want to know if it’s features are worth paying a little extra for a macbook?
The only possible advantage of the Mac is running OS X LEGALLY (most newer PCs can run it but it is illegal).. This is not much of an advantage.. Read below…
PC=Variety of specs, options, quality, prices, vendors, support
Mac=One vendor, limited options, still more expensive. Look below for more information..
Today, Macs use a subset of PC hardware. Why spend extra to get the same CPU chips, graphics cards and OS X isn’t as secure as you think.. Http://blogs.eweek.com/applewatch/content/channel/should_you_pay_twice_as_much_for_a_mac.html
Don’t believe the lies that Macs are better than PCs at graphics/animation.. Dreamworks Animation http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/ under studio click on Technology of Animation, an independent film maker I know uses PCs, a graphic artist I used to know uses PCs also.
A number of PCs can also run OS X (Mac OS) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=os+x+on+pc&btnG=Google+Search&aq=0&oq=os+x+on+ as well just that Apple makes it illegal in order to get Market share.. The reason why Mac can run native Windows is because it is using a subset of PC hardware,
If you decide to buy a Mac for running Windows, you will still have to get the same virus/spyware protection, and run into the same issues as a regular PC.
Now is a Mac worth buying for OS X?
I say: NO… For the following reasons…
ADVANTAGES WINDOWS :
Aprox 90% of the market is Windows and most PCs have windows already pre-installed.
1) Some websites require Internet Explorer, to run IE on Mac you really get ies4osx which is the Windows version of IE running really buggy and illegal if you don’t have a legitimate copy of Windows.
2) Supports more devices (printers and other things you hook into the computer).
3) More business software/games
4) Want the dock on OS X (Mac)? Google/yahoo rocketdock, objectdoc.
5) Used by businesses.
ADVANTAGES LINUX :
1) FREE (most versions are)
2) Install software by either 1) Synaptic Package Manager, 2) Add/Remove 3) Opening a .deb or .rpm file (depending on distribution)
2) Like the Mac OS X effects? Go yahoo/google COMPIZ FUSION which can do any cool effect a Mac can do and many ore….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gkX9HDfEE (there is no flickering when you use it like on the video, not sure why the person has the flicker)
3) Mac OS X Doc? Google/yahoo Avant Window Navigator.Cairo Dock, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3rf5q_cairo-dock-mac-os-x-leopard-dock-on_tech
4) It is FASTER/MORE SECURE to surf on the internet
5) Some Windows programs work with Wnehq/Crossover (also avail on Mac, but why pay $$$)
Mac OS X was hacked in 2006 less than 30 minutes, and within 2 minutes in a contest in 2008, and within 10 seconds in 2009. In 2008, Linux and Vista were not hacked until another day when restrictions were lowered. Vista was next, and then Linux. In 2009 Windows 7 fell shortly after the Mac but Linux was unscathed.
Macs are standardized with Cameras, if your Mac gets hacked, the hacker can turn on your camera with more ease.
Please Note: All OS’s have vulnerabilities.
Mac OS X has viruses (and significantly on the rise), a friend of mine has a virused Mac. As more users use Macs, more viruses will come out for it. Especially when users think “they are safe”.
Contrary to belief, Macs are not better quality. Apple also has been changing suppliers to try to “lower the price” and thus lowering quality. Even with the lower prices, Macs still cost more, they spend a higher percent of budget trying to make it look pretty, and marketing.
Sample of problems: Overheating Macbooks, OS X- not responding to keyboard, some units with 16bit screens, etc. Apple statistics are misleading since Mac users with problem machines are more likely to go out and buy a new computer than PC users. Apple is lowering prices which means you can expect lower quality than in the past. Apple had switched the manufacturers producing parts. OS X also has problems slowing down.
Repairs are more expensive than PCs since the IMac, Mac Mini are compact units, and Apple charges a premium for their services. Some repairs can be done by another repair service but the compact design of the computer causes problems.
With an IMac, if the problem is with the monitor, the whole computer would have to be brought in.
IMac and Mac mini lack expansion.
Equivalents to ILife
FREE Windows Stufff
Avira Antivir (FREE) for 2009 personal edition is free (there is a paid version) the free version was rated the best by consumer reports 2009.
Http://www.free-av.com/ Avast (Free- Click under Free Software and download Avast Home Edition) http://www.avast.com/
Windows Defender (FREE)
Malware Bytes (FREE) Limitation – No Realtime protection on free version.
Super Anti-Spyware (FREE)
Instructions how to download, burn and boot http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
Dual Boot Instructions http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_linux_xp_installed_first.htm
Do advertisements make you want to rush out to purchase the produce advertised?
Just watched a advert for apple pie, just might have to go out and buy one.
Arla at least its not dog food then you would be barking.
Ahh the world of advertisements
Marketing is one of the oldest profession in the world.
How one terms it….hmmmm
Nowadays, the psychology of selling becomes sort of,
“Selling people what they WANT,
because people don’t rush out to buy what they NEED.”
Research has shown that, and theory has bound it in textbooks…
and you have just seen first hand what it can do!
You don’t NEED an apple pie, you WANT the apple pie.
Because it looks so delicious in the advertisement and hey, doesn’t cost an arm or a leg, so why not? It’s just nearby
How many times have you seen the ad?
If you have seen it at least 7 times, that explains it
It’s the magic number.
hope this helps ease your craving *WINKS*
interesting question i must add, hehe thanks
What are some really good Pick Your Own apple orchards in either Eastern Ohio or Western Pennsylvnia?
My friends and I live in Steubenville and are looking to go to a pick your own apple orchard this weekend. We want to go to one that is somewhat large and worth the experience and quality. We are especially looking for any in the Pittsburgh area, especially the Western/Southern environs of Pittsburgh.
There are bound to be several “pick your own” orchards in the area you specify. Since this is a seasonal business, most of them do not list themselves in the Yellow Pages or other directories. Most of them rely on word of mouth advertising and almost all of them run ads in the local newspapers when the crops are ready to pick. Therefore, the best bet is to watch for the ads in your local newspaper. Many locally produced television morning and news programs will also feature these businesses in the Fall season.
Another outstanding source of information is your local farmers markets. Many of these orchardists sell part of their crops in the farmers markets. It is worth a trip to the market to talk to them. They will advise as to picking hours and pricing as well as to the availability of different varities of apples.
Good luck with your search.
What is the cheapest MacBook in the market?
I want a laptop made by Apple, I don’t care what kind or anything as long as its the cheapest and it is a Mac. I really want one around 500$, but I know that’s probably not possible. Also, I am okay with getting an older model that is used, because of the price.
Oh, and also, I am just 14, so just something simple and basic will be fine.
$500 puts you in the “used” market. The cheapest, current Mac laptop is the basic MacBook for $999 new, and you can *sometimes* find them in the Refurb Store for 10-15% off.
You might be able to find an older MacBook for $500 or so, but you are going to have to do a lot of shopping – usually they are more than that (or really beat up). You can often find PowerBooks and iBooks for under $500, but those are based on the G4 chipset (instead of Intel) and are pretty dated now. If you get a G4, I wouldn’t get less that 1.0GHz processor at minimum and at least 1GB RAM – with those specs you can run OS X 10.5 Leopard, but if the specs are less than that you are going to be stuck using OS X 10.4 Tiger and are going to run into software issues with newer programs. Plus the G4′s have much weaker video cards so things like YouTube HiDef would be choppy and you may have other problems with some streaming video sites (Netflix won’t run at all on a G4 without some hacking to get Silverlight to work).
I would really, REALLY recomend you look for a Intel-based MacBook instead of a PowerBook/iBook. Even an Intel Core Duo (not the Core 2 Duo) will still be a usable computer. Just watch Craigslist and perhaps eBay.
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