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HP Chromebook

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HP Chromebook

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:40 pm

Bought a new Chromebook and didn't really understand what I was buying. Seems that it's just a device for connecting to and navigating the Internet. Can't be used without an Internet connection, as a stand alone computer for word processing etc.

I wonder if the store will let me return it.

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by bmw » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:29 am

I repair, rebuild, and sell computers for a living, and I am NOT a fan of Chromebooks. The Chromebook was Google's way of infiltrating public schools. They barely have a 1% market share in the desktop/laptop market in the general population, yet they have nearly 60% market share within public school systems. Schools go that route because of cost, but in the end they're a very crippled machine.

That rant aside, depending on where you bought it, assuming you bought it new and from a department store and kept your receipt, I can't imagine you wouldn't be able to return it.

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:47 pm

Bought it new at Target. But I was too clever for my own good. I used the Target credit card, to get the automatic 5 percent discount and then immediately paid it right off.

So, if I return it now, I'll end up with a credit on my account that I'll probably never use.

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by audiophile » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:06 pm

Buy a radio.
Ask not what your country can do FOR you; ask what they are about to do TO YOU!!

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:21 pm

audiophile wrote:
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:06 pm
Buy a radio.

From Target? :barf

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by audiophile » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:41 pm

If you can't return it, then put a real OS on it.

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-install-l ... -509039343
Ask not what your country can do FOR you; ask what they are about to do TO YOU!!

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:59 pm

That goes way beyond my abilities. I could never do that.

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by Turkeytop » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:08 pm

Returned it to the store today. Just as I thought, they wouldn't give me a cash refund. Only a credit on my Target account. The credit would have been useless to me. I'd have never used it. So I exchanged the device for an HP Stream Notebook. I'm on it right now and it seems pretty good. Except it has the touch pad, but no right click or left click keys. I don't know how to do simple operations like select, copy or paste without them. Does anyone know the answer?

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by audiophile » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:18 pm

Ask not what your country can do FOR you; ask what they are about to do TO YOU!!

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by bmw » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:37 am

The trackpad on the HP Stream still has the right and left-click buttons, they're just embedded into the trackpad itself. If you push down on the bottom corners of the trackpad, you should feel it "click."

Personally I hate trackpads like this and don't understand why manufacturers abandoned traditional buttons below the trackpad, but that seems to be a fad that took over once Windows 8 came out.

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Re: HP Chromebook

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:34 pm

bmw wrote:
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:37 am
The trackpad on the HP Stream still has the right and left-click buttons, they're just embedded into the trackpad itself. If you push down on the bottom corners of the trackpad, you should feel it "click."

Personally I hate trackpads like this and don't understand why manufacturers abandoned traditional buttons below the trackpad, but that seems to be a fad that took over once Windows 8 came out.

I made that discovery after I made my initial posting. I'm in a location where I don't have ready access to Internet. I have to go to McD or somewhere that has free wi fi.

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