As stated in the link, we were looking to upgrade and get a laptop for the family's use. Hooking up the router took a little longer than I thought, but we are now surfing the internets from the living room, family room, kitchen, etc. now! Thanks so much for all the help. I used the gotoapex link that cranlsn linked to and bought this Dell Vostro 1500 with the following specs for about $750. Thanks, cranlsn! Did we do okay?
223-1242 1 Vostro 1500, Intel Core 2 Duo T5470, 1.6GHz, 800Mhz FSB, 2M L2 Cache 320-5544 1 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA+ LCDTrueLife for Vostro 1500 311-7263 1 2GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 DIMM 320-5558 1 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS 341-4884 1 80G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive 420-7312 1 Genuine Windows XP Home Edition, SP2 420-7291 1 Google Small Biz Home Page Internet Portal 420-7180 1 Dell Support 3.4 430-0493 1 Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem, for Inspiron 410-1100 1 Adobe Reader 8.1 313-5297 1 8X DVD+/-RW with double-layer DVD+R write capability, w Roxio Creator 313-4783 1 Integrated High Definition Audio 2.0 313-5298 1 Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card 310-9210 1 Multi-Media Cables for Vostro Systems 320-5547 1 No Built in Camera 1500 412-0998 1 Dell Exclusive MediaDirect Instant Play Software Application 410-0980 1 Norton Internet Security 2006 90 Day Trial 312-0544 1 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery, for Vostro 1500 410-1052 1 Microsoft Works 8.5 - English 983-3920 1 Warranty Support,Initial Year 987-6829 1 No Warranty, Year 2 and 3 987-6977 1 Dell Hardware Warranty Plus Return To Depot, Initial Year 983-4060 1 Type 7 Contract - Mail-In Service, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year 900-9987 1 Standard On-Site Installation Declined 987-7479 1 VOSTRO,Datasafe 10GB,1YR(Incl w/price) 420-7368 1 Dell DataSafe 2.0 Online, 10GBfor 1 Year Free (for ABU only) 960-8851 1 1YR AUT. PC TUNE UP,VOSTRO, Included in Price 420-7367 1 PC Tune-up, 1 Year (For English OS only) 420-7189 1 DellNetwork Assistant 1.7 462-4506 1 Purchase is NOT intended for resell 310-8319 1 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 310-8624 1 You have chosen a Windows XP System 310-8977 1 S and P Drop-in-Box Marcom forBSD Systems Boxes 1 A0099307 WGR614 54Mbps Firewall Wireless Router - Standard G 1 A0759436 2-Outlet Travel Surge Protector 1 GB Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse Bundle
CRZ had to edit my profile and close my table for me before, but I did this one all by myself with Frosty's help!
Looks like a pretty decent deal to me. I might have gone with a little bit larger harddrive, but considering that you and yours probably won't be downloading every song ever written...80GB should do you fine.
Oh...also...I'll toss the gotapex credit back to Guru Zim. I only knew about it because he mentioned it in a bunch of other PC related threads.
Congrats on the new laptop and the wireless world!
Do what AWA said - pull absolutely everything that can be pulled so your initial troubleshooting is Motherboard and Powersupply only, pretty much. You need to disconnect your hard drive power, CD Rom power, etc.