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Do you have a machine that plays blu ray with the appropriate screen display?

asked 4 years, 6 months ago
by
Mama J
on Satellite P500
1 answer
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answer 1
The higher end Qosmio X505-Q850+ and above have Full HD 1080p screens.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
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5400 rpm HDD vs. 7200 rpm HDD?

I'm about to purchase the Satellite P500-ST6822 and I can get the 400 GB HDD @ 5400 rpm or I can get the 320 GB HDD @ 7200 rpm. Is it worth getting the upgrade in speed but at the cost of losing 80 GB of Memory?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Satellite P500
1 answer
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answer 1
If your going to play games or plan on doing video editing then get the 7,200rpm HD.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
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Where are the new models with the Core i7 chips?

The Press release states "Availability The new Toshiba Satellite laptops featuring the 2010 Intel Core i7 processor will be available on January 12 at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba on toshibadirect.com. Satellite laptops featuring the 2010 Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors will be generally available on January 17."

Will they all be released on the 17th?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
by
yaksplat
 - NY
on Satellite P500
1 answer
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answer 1
The i7 is available now on the Qosmio X505 series.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
Question

does my computer have backlit key feature

asked 4 years, 6 months ago
by
ocruby
on Satellite P500
1 answer
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answer 1
if you bought it preconfigured most likely not if you customized it and added it then yes also if your unsure then just go in a dark room turn down your brightness and start typeing (the keys only light when being used and for 5seconds after for battery reasons) if you dont see the backlight then bend your screen away from the keyboard so the backlight doesnt interfear with the light on the keyboard if their is any
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
by
david
 - virgina
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does toshiba have a laptop with a 1TB hard drive

I was looking for a laptop with a laptop with a 1TB hard drive
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
by
robert
 - mississippi
on Satellite P500
1 answer
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answer 1
no they dont but the p500 has a option for dual 500gb 5400rpm hard drives and that is equal to just under a 1TB (1000gb-1024gb) but many manufacturers market their drives/memory .ect as 1tb/500gb drives and they are realy like .96tb or 480gb drives and i have the original p100 series laptop with 2gb RAM acording to toshiba but its only 1.87gb in reality its not toshibas fault they cant manufacture all the parts inside the laptops but i think they make their own brand of RAM now mostly they only make custom motherboards for eatch model and buy all the other parts from other manufacturers and dont get me wrong they are the best quality laptops you can buy and after 5years i still havent changed my mind on whats the best and you will find that with about 90-95% of manufacturers they do the round up thing. look at gas prices they have that 2.99 and 9/10 per gallon for a reason so they make you thinks its in the 2dollar range but they round the 9/10 up to make it 3$ same thing goes for everything everywhere its just they way your mind sees it and companys only lose one dollar or 1 cent and it helps sell a ton. also i cant find a laptop or a drive for a laptop that has a SINGLE 1tb capacity but there is dual drive configs with up to 640gb eatch but what i recomend is getting a 500gb internal drive and a 500gb external with preferably dual usb/firewire data transfer capability because firewire has higher data speeds but not all laptops/pcs have firewire but all nowdays have usb they arnt that expecive just look around online or go to best buy ive seen a 1tb external for 80$ although they are kinda bulky they satisfy your need for data space and you can transfer the files to multiple computers anyway the choice is up to you i recomend the external because the internal x2 makes alot of un-needed heat untill you use it and reduces airflow decreasing laptop life and making it more uncomfortable to use as a "laptop computer" hope this clarifies things and i hope your happy with whatever you chose to buy
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
by
David
 - Virginia
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why put a slow (5400) HD with a decent processor and ram?

It seems that most systems have this type of bottle neck config. Or are the mfgs. just hoping that the people that buy these systems just don't care or notice. I'm trying to find a really nice system that provide a very smooth flow that is still affordable when you have multiple web sites open at once and still try to run programs from your HD
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
by
muppy
on Satellite P500
1 answer
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answer 1
I agree completely

The harddrive is easily upgradable however OR if you have a faster ESATA harddrive you could use it as your system drive as the bios supports booting to ESATA.

A good ESATA drive on this system is capible of tripple the stock drive speeds.

The stock drive gets about 40 MB/s
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
Question

if i ordered the p500- st6822 as a custom build and only had a primary hardrive installed can i put a second one in myself.

asked 4 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Satellite P500
1 answer
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answer 1
Short answer is no for internal.

A better solution would be to connect an external sata 2.5 harddrive and power it off the USB port. There are alot of ESATA enclosures for this.

And long answer for an internal solution is there is a compartment for a second internal harddrive however it is missing the additional SATA connector. There are solder points on the motherbord to attach one. A highly skilled engineer could attach one but it would not be worth it in my opinion. I suggest getting a cheap custom model with a small drive so it has the factory SATA connector inside and simply upgrade it later.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
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Does this laptop have a volume wheel?

In the front picture I can't see the volume control wheel, which is typical in most Toshiba laptops.
Is it true that this is missing in this model? I wonder why
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Satellite P500
2 answers
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answer 1
The WHEEL is not on this model
they replaced the wheel with touch sensitive volume up and down buttons.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
by
Anonymous
answer 2
Select Satellite P500 models carry a series a media control buttons, located left of the keyboard. They include the following functions:
1. Power-saving Eco Utility Button
2. Mute Button
3. Media Button
4. Play/pause Button
5. Previous track
6. Next track
7. VOLUME CONTROL (up and down)

For additional information, check the User's guide, pg. 108 and following:
http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/con...
Staff Answer
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
by
toshibastaff
 - Irvine, CA
Question

What model P500 do I have?

I've searched all morning for a way to determine my P500 MODEL NUMBER. They have 6 or 7 listed in the driver update column, but no way to ID which one I have.

Any clues as to how I go about this? The model number is NOT listed on the back of the laptop or in the invoice from the company. And none of the ID programs suggested by TOSHIBA work. Thats is weird when you ask the company to ID their product and they send you to an outside vendor.....
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
by
Anonymous
 - USofA
on Satellite P500
1 answer
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answer 1
try looking rite under the arrows on keyboard , I found one there ,its hard to see becuz its red on black , it was also on my box and my store receit.

hope this helps
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
by
whendi
 - ny
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The mic on my new P500 cuts in and out

This is frustrating. When chatting over Skype the user on the other end hears snatches, just the louder parts. Is my mic defective?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
by
Anonymous
on Satellite P500
1 answer
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answer 1
As a fellow Skype user, the sound quality may vary according to the connection on the call. Skype provides a utility to help optimize sound. Be sure to run this.

If the problem still persists, check the internal microphone independently of the Skype program. A simple way to do this is to record your own voice and then play it back. If the sound quality is poor, call our Tech Support line for additional help.

Instructions for recording are found on pg. 143 in the User's Guide:
http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/con...
Staff Answer
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
by
toshibastaff
 - Irvine, CA
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