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Think Pad ....need help


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facepainterlady

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I won a Lenovo Think Pad last year. Problem is that it has no software other than being able to write and transform writing into typed text. It's been sitting since I got it. Was a $1700 (supposedly) product at the time, so I know it's GOT to have some capabilities.

What is the best way to be able to add software? A lady at the store told me to get a docking station, but those don't have a place for CD/DVD etc. as I've seen. Can someone help me so I don't waste away a good computer? (My stupid taxes on this thing were $650!)

Thanks in advance. I'd at least like to put Microsoft Office on it so I can take it to do PowerPoint Presentations. :)
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A lot of software these days, even Microsoft applications, can be purchased online and downloaded from the relevant websites, though a fast broadband connection is needed for large applications otherwise it would take several hours and even days.

I'm guessing the laptop doesn't have a built in CD-ROM drive, which is a bit of a handicap these days as all retail software now is on CD-ROM or DVD. However, a 'plug in' external CD-ROM drive is not unusual for laptops which don't have one built-in, usually connected to the laptop via USB. This means any USB CD-ROM drive should work, regardless of who makes it.
Lenovo's own offering is here and it writes to CD also: http://shop.lenovo.c...9D77F5867D31462

If that's more than you wish to spend, you'll find many more if you type 'external cd-rom drives' (without the quotes) on the Google search engine.
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Thanks. Another person had said that, but I wasn't sure if an external drive was really the way to go. Thanks, though, for the post. At least it confirms what I was told otherwise. Sometimes you get bogus info because someone wants to sell you something.....like the wireless card I just bought for $25 when another was available for $8.....It still sticks out of my laptop! ARGH! I wish I'd have bought the $8 one, but the store rep said to get the $25 one! $#%()*&$)(*#$% :)

In any case, I appreciate your reply!
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