November 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm #159659LordWotsitMember
My son is after a laptop and has been looking at netbooks. Now would this give him everything he needs?
He likes playing games, mostly internet based. I have seen the games thread and was wondering about Sim City 4. Does that not need the CD to run? If yes how do you get round it? Other than that he has some applications for drawing etc that is on CD-Roms. Can these be downloaded from my computer via WiFi?
Sorry for the stupid questions but have not had a netbook before.
Thanks in AdvanceNovember 29, 2008 at 4:42 pm #172195jezMember
hi LordWotsit! There are no stupid questions in this forum! ANd if anyone does moan then report the post and I’ll give ’em a slap lol!
Yes you can install software over WiFi by sharing the DVD drive of a desktop machine. Alternatively you can purchase an external DVD or CD drive. If a game needs a CD to run then there are ways to get around that but I’m afraid I do not allow the discussion of getting round copy protection in the forum. You’ll probably be able to find a Sim City forum where that question will be answered in one way or another!!
I think this would be a great little “kids” laptop as it is nice and portable yet fully functioning!
If you decide to go for it then check out a few suggested retailers here:
Where to Buy an NC10November 29, 2008 at 6:12 pm #172200Richard TMember
Have a look at this kind of helps you if you have abit of techie knowledge you should figure it out
MOD NOTE, Sorry Richard, new forum rules don’t allow links to software that can circumvent copy protection.
Edit:Sorry thats ok,but it was only a forum discussing how to do this legally as the original poster owned all the games and therefore anything posted was legal?November 29, 2008 at 6:18 pm #172198BritmanMember
Have to say the NC10 or any netbook is ideal for teenagers. There powerful enough to do most homework tasks and will fit nicely in a school bag. Running games maybe an issue but online flash based should all work well enough, and upgrade of RAM may well help that.
An slimline external DVD drive can cost as little as Â£13.November 29, 2008 at 6:29 pm #172196limesmoothMember
I think netbooks are great for teenagers. I teach 13-19 year olds and we recently bought in some eee 701s at work – kids find them very useful, even running Linux they can get most tasks done that they need. There are also many free applications that he might find useful – Open Office, GIMP for graphic design and so on. I’ve run a couple of games on the NC10 and the graphics were fine but I’m no expert on that score.
I agree with the previous, external CD/DVD writers are pretty affordable for installing software and are handy to have.
Every child I speak to at school seems to have a netbook on their Christmas wish list – they are the ZX Spectrum/C-64/Amiga of the 21st century!November 30, 2008 at 5:31 pm #172197adatay92Member
The NC10 is perfect for teenagers – great for internet browsing, chatting to friends, emailing and doing homework on therefore it is to be recommended.
The one area I would err on the side of caution is playing games on the NC10. Having said that any internet flash/java based games should run without any problems.November 30, 2008 at 5:34 pm #172201snowmanMember
My friend bought one for her 12 year old daughter and she thinks it’ll be great.
Biggest risk is you’ll want to buy another for yourself! She’s about to! 🙂
Web based games will run fine, boxed DVD games will be a problem.
If you have another PC at home, you can share the CD from that and install applications onto the NC10 as if the CD was directly attached (I’ve just done exactly that!).
MNovember 30, 2008 at 8:07 pm #172199WilliamYZFMember
I have two sons ( 9 & 12) perhaps mine are different but the frustrated abuse they give the keyboard of the desktop whilst playing online games for me it would be a NO NO.
I am reluctantly buying them DS Lites for Xmas because they physically killed their previous handhelds TWO years ago.
Finally if they like playing the newest off line games the NC10 may struggle but the a 12 year old with an NC10 would probably have the newest consoles for that anyway.
I personally have an Xbox360, 46″ LCD and surround sound for games so I don’t use an NC10 for gaming on or off line
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