Laptop Replacement/Suggestions Thread: Bring out yer dead laptops!

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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    edited September 21
    Gonna cross-post this from the Steam thread. I tend to forget this subforum isn't just for tech support, so it didn't occur to me there'd be a general-purpose laptop recommendation thread:
    H3Knuckles wrote: »
    Hi everyone, my sister & brother-in-law were thinking about giving my soon-to-be-9 nephew a gaming laptop for his birthday, and asked me for recommendations. I don't really know much about PC hardware, and even less when it comes to laptops, so I figured I'd ask you fine folks for suggestions? All I could think of was the following:
    1. Get him a Windows machine (they're an Apple household for the most part, but I figure better safe than sorry on compatibility issues)
    2. Get a separate mouse (they let him get into Fortnite against my advice, and IIRC in 3D shooters you're still handicapping yourself trying to use a gamepad or touchpad against other PC gamers)
    3. Lock down internet access, & start teaching him about good web-safety practices
    4. Make sure they've got parental controls on Steam and any other digital storefront/launcher they let him install
    5. Don't save credit card or purchasing information on Steam, etc. I don't know the whole story, but my nephew's already done the "I bought it by accident, honest" thing once with an in-game shop for Roblox or Fortnite or something (I forget which).

    My sister doesn't play games for the most part, and while my brother in law plays a lot of console games, he never got into PC gaming, so my concern is that he's only thinking of it as buying a new console and not considering everything else he's opening the door to.

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  • BlazeFireBlazeFire Registered User regular
    edited September 21
    BlazeFire wrote: »
    Looking for some troubleshooting help. We got that HP Envy x360 for my wife a couple months ago. We've run into a problem with the USB-C port on it though. It doesn't recognize anything plugged in there. We've tried a Vantec dock as well as my Pixel phone to no avail. In Device Manager, I've noticed that under "USB Connection Managers", there is a device listed, UCM-USCI ASCP Device". After a reboot it looks ok, but once we plug in a USB-C device, it gets the yellow exclamation/triangle symbol and the device status is "Windows has stopped this device because it reported problems (Code 43)".

    Windows updates are all complete, searching for new drivers reports that the best drivers are already installed. Google hasn't been much help. The only tech forum responses I've seen point to an HP support article saying to install a cumulative update for Windows 10 1809 but the laptop is on 2004.

    Does anyone have suggestions?

    To close the loop on this, the solution came in two parts. First, HP had her reinstall Windows which resolved the Code 43 problem. I hadn't seen Noggin'sGilgaron's response so we never tried it. The second part is that we were using a cable that did not support DP Alt Mode.

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  • NogginNoggin Registered User regular
    I think you mean Mugsley and/or Gilgaron? That’s good that your issue resolved though :+1:

    For mine, some people on reddit made it sound like Asus is aware of the fan issue at least. I’ve just been using it anyway and it’s been fine, but still hoping they fix it so I don’t have to worry about it.

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  • BlazeFireBlazeFire Registered User regular
    Noggin wrote: »
    I think you mean Mugsley and/or Gilgaron? That’s good that your issue resolved though :+1:

    For mine, some people on reddit made it sound like Asus is aware of the fan issue at least. I’ve just been using it anyway and it’s been fine, but still hoping they fix it so I don’t have to worry about it.

    Yup, had the wrong name. Thanks!

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    @H3Knuckles Their definition of "gaming" will need to be explained. Both of my daughters (9 and 11) have used/refurbished Dell E-series laptops with integrated graphics. They can play Roblox and Minecraft just fine, but lately they have been playing those games on tablets instead.

    I believe one has a 4th-Gen Intel chip and the other maybe has a 3rd gen? I'll have to check.

    I threw in two new SSDs and used their licenses to upgrade Windows 10. One of them has a bad battery (I'm not surprised) but otherwise they work just fine for the kids.

    If they are looking for something new, I'll poke around a bit. My wife got a decent deal on a Dell 15" laptop around this time last year, but it was still ~$700 so they need to be prepared for that cost.

    H3Knuckles
  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    edited September 22
    @Mugsley To be honest, I'm not entirely sure. They have a Nintendo Switch, an XBOne, & the nephew in question has a basic tablet he uses to play Roblox and some other mobile stuff. Also a 2DS which pretty much only got used for Pokemon Moon & Ultra Sun, near as I can tell. My brother in law is going to get an Xbox Series X, as well. My nephew plays a lot of Fortnite over XBox Live with a friend of his, a Plants vs Zombies spin-off based on Team Fortress 2, and Minecraft. Also basically anything Nintendo puts out on Switch, particularly Breath of the Wild & Splatoon 2. When they come over to my house he usually wants to play Steam games I have, but mostly older stuff with couch co-op like Portal 2, Castle Crashers, & Assault Android Cactus.

    One obvious benefit would be that I could play online with him then (I don't have a Nintendo subscription currently, though I do plan to get one eventually). But as far as games he's expressed an interest in, there's not a lot that couldn't be covered by one of their other platforms. I'm going over tomorrow for a bit in the evening, so I'll see if I can get a clearer picture.

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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    Sorry, forgot to update last night.

    So yeah, they're only looking at what they called "entry-level" laptops, ie under US$1,000. And this is more about him wanting to play Fortnite with a mouse, try some of the oddball games streamers he watches play, etc. They're not thinking about him using it to play more triple-A games as he gets older, so it doesn't need to be cutting edge.

    Anyway, any recommendations for brands or specific models would be appreciated.

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    edited October 3
    Hey so I need recommendations for cheap gaming laptops for a friend, if anyone has useful advice. Her budget is under CAD $1000, so literally only the lowest end ones.
    Was looking at https://www.newegg.ca/tuf506-fortress-gray-asus-tuf-gaming-tuf506ih-rs53-gaming-entertainment/p/N82E16834235404?Item=N82E16834235404 but it sold out and I'm kicking myself for not telling her to jump on it because I suspect it was clearing out old stock so it's not coming back. The other stuff in that price range has a way worse processor, but if that's all she can afford it's all she can afford.
    Anything bad to be aware of with the ASUS TUF line other than its tacky aesthetics?
    Also does it seem like that laptop I linked might get restocked or is it probably gone forever

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  • NogginNoggin Registered User regular
    Hey so I need recommendations for cheap gaming laptops for a friend, if anyone has useful advice. Her budget is under CAD $1000, so literally only the lowest end ones.
    Was looking at https://www.newegg.ca/tuf506-fortress-gray-asus-tuf-gaming-tuf506ih-rs53-gaming-entertainment/p/N82E16834235404?Item=N82E16834235404 but it sold out and I'm kicking myself for not telling her to jump on it because I suspect it was clearing out old stock so it's not coming back. The other stuff in that price range has a way worse processor, but if that's all she can afford it's all she can afford.
    Anything bad to be aware of with the ASUS TUF line other than its tacky aesthetics?
    Also does it seem like that laptop I linked might get restocked or is it probably gone forever

    That’s basically the AMD version of what I have, which has been more than fine for path of exile, diablo 3, hades, and XCOM chimera squad. So likewise from the previous page, that’s also the line having the firmware issue where the fans restart every 5 minutes.

    It’s annoying, but the temp monitoring has been ok anyway. Other than that I’ve been really enjoying it!

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    hopefully ASUS patches that BIOS issue, sounds annoying

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    she ended up going with an Acer on sale with similar specs, cheers

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  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    BlazeFire wrote: »
    BlazeFire wrote: »
    Looking for some troubleshooting help. We got that HP Envy x360 for my wife a couple months ago. We've run into a problem with the USB-C port on it though. It doesn't recognize anything plugged in there. We've tried a Vantec dock as well as my Pixel phone to no avail. In Device Manager, I've noticed that under "USB Connection Managers", there is a device listed, UCM-USCI ASCP Device". After a reboot it looks ok, but once we plug in a USB-C device, it gets the yellow exclamation/triangle symbol and the device status is "Windows has stopped this device because it reported problems (Code 43)".

    Windows updates are all complete, searching for new drivers reports that the best drivers are already installed. Google hasn't been much help. The only tech forum responses I've seen point to an HP support article saying to install a cumulative update for Windows 10 1809 but the laptop is on 2004.

    Does anyone have suggestions?

    To close the loop on this, the solution came in two parts. First, HP had her reinstall Windows which resolved the Code 43 problem. I hadn't seen Noggin'sGilgaron's response so we never tried it. The second part is that we were using a cable that did not support DP Alt Mode.

    @BlazeFire How do they like the x360 so far? I was looking at that model for my GF's parents. It would be for light productivity and for some light online board gaming with family. Seems like the AMD innate card would work well for that.

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  • BlazeFireBlazeFire Registered User regular
    She is using it for grad school (meetings, productivity) and she is really liking it. She is finding use out of the tablet mode for taking notes on slides during lectures as well.

  • CantidoCantido Registered User regular
    edited October 13
    XoticPC gets a thumbs up from me on service. When my laptop wouldn't stay turned on, I sent it to them out of warranty (I was putting this off for a year because I busted a USB port on it as well.)

    They not only replaced the fans, they also replaced the thermal paste and fixed the USB port (which merely had a chunk of some USB devise stuck in it. Then they offered me some upgrade options. They couldn't change the 1060 on it, but they were able to replace the two SSDs on it for some that were larger.

    EDIT - To be clear, I paid for the fan repairs and upgrade service. But they reupped the paste and fixed the USB on their own, the prices were great and they shipped it back relatively quick at no extra cost to me.

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  • AdventAdvent Registered User regular
    Casually looking at the Zephyrus G14 (2060 max q), as I’ll be be doing some extended traveling for work. Mostly playing Division 2 and Rocket League, so nothing terribly crazy. Replacing an MSI GT72S Dragon (GTX 980) which is kind of a beast to move anywhere. O.o Anything to watch out for, or reasons to wait? Thanks!

  • Trajan45Trajan45 Registered User regular
    Cantido wrote: »
    XoticPC gets a thumbs up from me on service. When my laptop wouldn't stay turned on, I sent it to them out of warranty (I was putting this off for a year because I busted a USB port on it as well.)

    They not only replaced the fans, they also replaced the thermal paste and fixed the USB port (which merely had a chunk of some USB devise stuck in it. Then they offered me some upgrade options. They couldn't change the 1060 on it, but they were able to replace the two SSDs on it for some that were larger.

    EDIT - To be clear, I paid for the fan repairs and upgrade service. But they reupped the paste and fixed the USB on their own, the prices were great and they shipped it back relatively quick at no extra cost to me.

    My brother has an XoticPC laptop and they were pretty great through the whole build.

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