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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this laptop from circuit city about a month ago. I'm pretty much impressed. It runs smooth and fast. doesn't seem to run very hot but if your going to be using it for more than 5 hours at a time I might get a cooling pad for it. The only con I've noticed is that it doesn't rip dvd that fast. But you can always buy a external dvd ripper for that
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2008
This computer was okay for me at first. But after less than a year, now it's having some major problems. It holds a charge with the new charger I had to buy(the old one broke easily) but it will not charge itself. The charger also falls out easily(as it did with the original charger as well). I had to buy a new battery for it, but it turns out that wasn't the problem. I now have to by a new charger for it, but I don't think that's going to be the problem either as the charger is managing to make the laptop stay on.

I think it's actually that piece that you connect the charger into on the computer. And if it is, I have no idea how to fix that. Not to mention I've already spent over 100$ trying to find out what's wrong with this thing.

Far too many problems for being less than a year old. Not to mention, it's running Vista(granted, sadly, all computers are nowadays).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2008
This is my first laptop and I got to say, I like. I use to have a Desktop, but that crash on me, So, since I really don't have the room for it, I decied to go for this Toshiba Satillite a205 Notebook instead, and I got to say, I'm loving it. And for he price I got it (499.00), it was a steal.

The only drawback has to be the Itunes problem. I downloaded the program to burn cds, but I can't do it. I could import them using Itunes, but not burn the tracks onto a blank cd. I took it back to Best Buy so they could check it out, and they told me that it was a Vista thing, and that if I wanted to burn to just use Windows Media. I really don't mind, the reason I got Itunes was for my Ipod.

Aside form that, I like it. It's got a good amount of memory (120gbs) and if you don't mind Vista driving you crazy (I'm still used to XP), and if you're looking for a bargain, then this is the notebook for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2008
This notebook is cheap and powerful with a T2330 processor. It has a 160 GB hard drive and 2 GB RAM which is remarkable for the price I paid. Toshiba machines have always been heavy and bulky and this one is no exception. Previously I had a 17 inch 12 pound mammoth but its technology was incomparable at the time. Also, only XP Home Edition was included. Vista is better as I detest games. I really like this inexpensive notebook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2008
The laptop by itself is awesome, great look nice hardware profile. At the beginning the mouse pat was almost un-useful the web cam driver crash every time that the PC resumes from stand by and windows OS was really slow. I don't know if all this problems came from factory installation but I refresh the hard drive with the restore DVD and the performance is outstanding. No hardware/software problems so far.
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on February 15, 2009
I've had this laptop for around 18 months, and it is sufficient for what I use it for. If you're looking for a primary system though, I'd look someplace else. If you do purchase one, the first thing you should do is stick another GB of RAM in it. The 1GB that it comes with really doesn't cut it, especially if you're going to run Vista on it. I currently have Ubuntu 8.04 installed, and ran into 2 issues that anyone who intends to run a Linux laptop should be aware of.

First, the wifi card is an internal USB RTL8187b. Yes, that's right -- internal USB. This is unsupported in linux by Realtek, and the 8187 driver DOES NOT work with this card. This also means that you can't just replace the wifi card with a supported chipset to fix the problem. It's a proprietary design and is apparently specific to this laptop. The only way to get the wireless to work is to use a Windows driver wrapper (didn't work on my distro), or compile your own patched driver. Not a novice problem to solve. Also, the wifi switch on the case is apparently software driven and doesn't function in linux (it's always on).

Second, the power management is flaky. I didn't have Vista on it long enough verify whether it's an issue there as well, but the laptop consumes power even when off. Not just in sleep mode, even when completely powered down. Let the machine sit for a couple days and the battery is dead without fail. I know there was a BIOS issue with the A105 that did this, but the A205s appear to be notorious for bricking during a BIOS flash. I'm not going to try it.

All in all, you get what you pay for. Toshiba apparently cut a bunch of corners to hit their price point on this one, so this is likely the last Toshiba I'll buy.
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on June 18, 2009
I bought this computer in January 2008 and sold it yesterday-June 2009. It came with a duo core processor and 1 gb of Ram. I purchased an additional 1 GB of RAM and had it installed. This computer is great for the price! Let me tell you that I use and abuse computers and this one held out! The major obstacle you will have is getting Vista to work properly. To get it going you have to reduce Vista to minimal settings and take off all the extra malware that it comes with. After this it works like a charm. I used it during two years of college and it went through major abuse but it held in there playing games, itunes, and all sorts of downloads. I bought it on sale from Best Buy for 400 dollars and sold it yesterday for 300 dollars on craigslist because people like the duo core that works well and runs itunes, bf2, bf1942, MS Word and Autocad like a charm. And if you are having problems with your ipod you need to update itunes or replace the firewire cable. Trust me, often it is just the apple firewire cable. I'm no apple wiz but after blaming my Toshiba for not detecting my ipod I began to suspect my firewire and bought a new one from Apple and the itunes loaded in a sec.

One Note:
For the laptop and technically challenged - Anti-Virus software and IE8 bog down your system. Remove it and back up your sensitive data on an external hard drive and run Vista on minimal settings and it will run super fast.

Also: it over heats if you keep it on a blanket or a table and run it for hrs. and hrs. like I did and then automatically shuts off so invest in a cooling fan. Heat is the enemy of all electrical components.
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on July 20, 2015
I got this laptop in 2008 and it has been an excellent experience - I did increase the RAM from 1gb to 2gb and that was a breeze. improved performance quite a bit - the device did slow down over the years but switching to the Chrome browser from IE helped - I have never had any issues with the device at all - it still works well, just past its prime - runs Vista Home Premium - I dumped most of the unnecessary free trial software and opted for Norton 360 for my virus protection - (I've used Norton products since 1990) very satisfied with that choice - never had a single virus, firewall breach, etc. I purchased the 'big' battery for the device when the old one wore out (also available on Amazon) and this did add some weight, but the benefit of extra battery life was worth it. Over time, the device seemed to run a little hot - maybe better maintenance on the fan would help, but a cooling mat worked for that - the bigger battery also elevated the back end of the laptop which also improved airflow.

Setting the laptop up for wireless was simple - I also added a camera for Skype as there is no built-in camera. This was a Logitech plug-n-play device and worked seamlessly.

Overall I am very happy with this laptop and will continue use it as long as it lasts. I just reloaded the system files from the disks provided with the laptop after backing up the entire hard drive. It started up like a brand new computer; however, there's about a million updates i will have to do now - or just leave it as is and use it for checking emails from home.
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on June 29, 2015
I was given this laptop from a friend. It came to me with Windows Vista and upgraded to Windows 7. Right out of the packaging, the DC socket was broken (don't worry, I fixed that). The screen looks really bad and doesn't have HD clarity. The webcam doesn't work in dark places and the whole computer runs slow! It came to me with 2GB DDR2 Ram, 200GB HDD, Intel Core 2 Due 1.73GHz, and 128MB Intel Mobile Express Chipset Family Video. Also, the battery that came with it didn't work so I bought a replacement and lasts about 1.5hrs before battery dies. Takes forever to charge too even with 90W power supply. Toshiba has really went down this time, they did terrible at putting these computers together and felt very cheap. But luckly I accidentally dropped the laptop off my bed maybe 2 feet off the ground, luckly it didn't suffer any damage! But after 2 months, the whole system freezes up when you move it! I've tried reinserting the ram, cleaned the inside, but nothing worked. I then put it back together and it worked fine for 2 minutes then it freezes up again! It got even worse after 5 minutes and now when I even touch it, it freezes! I got so pissed off I decided to smash it into a million pieces! It was so cheaply made it shattered when I smashed it onto my leg. Several screw holes broke off the casing! Now my computer won't even power up anymore! I took some hardware out I am planning on selling on eBay to try to scoop up money for a replacement laptop. Luckly I didn't pay for that computer that was given to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2008
I received this timely and have enjoyed using it for several weeks now. It works well for about 2 hours without a charge. Screen display is superb, speed is excellent. It will serve me well this year.
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