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I need to pick up a laptop next week, likely from Best Buy. This is to replace my failing laptop Dell. I've had Dells the last three years and none of them have lasted past a year. I'm not buying another Dell laptop under any circumstances. But the problem is, now I don't know what to buy.

I'm willing to go from good specs to moderate specs for this, as my school is buying me a Powerbook in February. What I care about right now is hardware quality, and that it stays around or under $800. This is being bought for me, so I'd rather not push the price to all get-out. I need a laptop that will be rugged enough to survive high-travel and high-impact but have a decent size monitor and a standard keyboard (not one of those tiny keys or anti-crumb keys or other special features). I have fibromyalgia, as well as other neuropathic disorders, and they demand both of these. It also needs to not weigh like a brick.

I am not buying a netbook and I haven't bought outside of Dell in a long time, so I post here. Does anyone have any advice, ideas or experience on this? :/

Thank you so much!
Thre are forums for users keen to share information on the use of netbooks, and the tweaks (like installing extra RAM) which improve performance.
It would be worth asking users there what issues they have encountered with the software/hardware you need.

The only one i know well is http://www.sammynetbook.com/, for the samsung family.
Installing extra RAM can work up to the MOBOs capacity. Altering the kernel to accept more RAM (as was done to WinXP-32bit to get it to accept unlimited RAM) is more trouble than it's worth. Think 'spontaneously losing large amounts of information saved', completely at random.