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adj2ent

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Mix, really, video why would you even consider that? That’s insane unless you have the clientele who want to see videos at a event. Then there is the getting paid the money to do it and what would you be showing the videos on and do they or you have videos for the songs you play? I think there is only one or two here show videos at events. I believe Jeff can and I do as I am in the college market. But I mostly I play the videos at my Extreme Music Bingo & Outdoor Movies. Not too many video dance parties the past few years.
 

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Mix, really, video why would you even consider that? That’s insane unless you have the clientele who want to see videos at a event. Then there is the getting paid the money to do it and what would you be showing the videos on and do they or you have videos for the songs you play? I think there is only one or two here show videos at events. I believe Jeff can and I do as I am in the college market. But I mostly I play the videos at my Extreme Music Bingo & Outdoor Movies. Not too many video dance parties the past few years.
Even without focusing on video, most laptops set up to handle it better, generally are good overall for DJ purposes. A good video capable machine (better graphics, more cores, more RAM, etc.) can be had for only a few hundred more than an audio specific machine. I think it's worth the $200-$300 over the long run.
 

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Mix, really, video why would you even consider that? That’s insane unless you have the clientele who want to see videos at a event. Then there is the getting paid the money to do it and what would you be showing the videos on and do they or you have videos for the songs you play? I think there is only one or two here show videos at events. I believe Jeff can and I do as I am in the college market. But I mostly I play the videos at my Extreme Music Bingo & Outdoor Movies. Not too many video dance parties the past few years.
You didn't read what I posted. I gave up on being able to provide video for clients because we don't have the clients who will pay for it.

You're thinking music videos and such. It can be videos of people at an event that people can see themselves on a screen or a monogram. Something like that. Anyway I decided to not do it even though I bought some stuff to do it with. I figured it wouldn't be feasible for us.
 

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You didn't read what I posted. I gave up on being able to provide video for clients because we don't have the clients who will pay for it.

You're thinking music videos and such. It can be videos of people at an event that people can see themselves on a screen or a monogram. Something like that. Anyway I decided to not do it even though I bought some stuff to do it with. I figured it wouldn't be feasible for us.
Just playing video is simple and cheap .. buy a long HDMI cable and require the client to provide the TV (or projector) .. it's only costly if you provide that gear. Just like big speakers and amp stacks, you can also RENT a projector and screen for the 1 time you might need it.
 

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Just playing video is simple and cheap .. buy a long HDMI cable and require the client to provide the TV (or projector) .. it's only costly if you provide that gear. Just like big speakers and amp stacks, you can also RENT a projector and screen for the 1 time you might need it.
lolol... everyone is trying to teach him to wipe properly and you are trying to teach him pre calculus

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lolol... everyone is trying to teach him to wipe properly and you are trying to teach him pre calculus

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I assumed there were enough people helping to keep his shorts clean ...
 

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I am still trying to get used to the new laptop. It didn't come with instructions. I guess they just assume you know what to do.

2 issues I have. First how do you get the keyboard to light up and secondly I went to see if I could play Blue Ray DVD in the computer and found out you can't because there is no slot to put a CD/DVD. Now if I decide to make this my main laptop to DJ with that might create a problem because when doing an event I have had people come up to me to play a certain song from a CD. I know some will just have a flash drive to give you but some will have a CD for you to play a song. Now I also realize I may have to get a USB hub because this laptop has only 2 USB ports. Both my old ones have 3. Interesting on how to solve these issues.
 

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I am still trying to get used to the new laptop. It didn't come with instructions. I guess they just assume you know what to do.

2 issues I have. First how do you get the keyboard to light up and secondly I went to see if I could play Blue Ray DVD in the computer and found out you can't because there is no slot to put a CD/DVD. Now if I decide to make this my main laptop to DJ with that might create a problem because when doing an event I have had people come up to me to play a certain song from a CD. I know some will just have a flash drive to give you but some will have a CD for you to play a song. Now I also realize I may have to get a USB hub because this laptop has only 2 USB ports. Both my old ones have 3. Interesting on how to solve these issues.
The keyboard won't light up if it's not a lighted keyboard. If you have it, hold the "Fn" button to the left of the space bar and simultaneously press the Space Bar. Each time you press those 2 buttons, it will cycle through the keyboard illumination levels (off, dim, bright) .. again, only if you have it (Lenovo laptops usually have a little logo on the left end of the Space Bar if you do).

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Also, if you don't have a CD/DVD slot, then .. surprise .. you can't play one .. that should have been looked at BEFORE you purchased.
 

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These are all things to know BEFORE purchasing a laptop. first they started phasing out CD/DVD drives about 3 years ago for most laptops except if it’s a 17” or really cheap 15”. I haven’t seen one with a Blu-Ray player in even more years. I have a Dvd/Blu-Ray drive in my old laptop it plays both DVDs & Blu-Rays, paid a lot extra for it. What you will need is a External external DVD drive which plugs into USB. Most laptop now have less USB ports. Usual two USB Bs & a USB C. So with might need a USB hub. That Lenovo just might have a lighted keyboard Usually there is a key to push to turn it on. I am just wondering what you and the salesman discussed when going thru the laptops.
Personally I haven’t.had anyone approach me with a CD in so long. a Usually it’s a stick, or file or phone. But a external will work.
 

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My new laptop has no hard drive.
Now what do i do?
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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I went to Micro Center today and bought a USB hub along with a external CD/DVD drive. Just hookup the USB hub to one of the USB ports on the laptop. Then wire up the external drive to the hub and it reads the drive on the laptop. It's not a Blue Ray one. Just a regular one. The starting price for those are around $100. That's more than the Blue Ray player I got for the TV.

For me if I'm going to get VDJ installed on the new laptop, I need that external drive because sometimes people will come up with a CD for you to use at an event. So that solves that problem. The hub has 4 ports. They had some expensive ones costing like $60. Those ones are powered. Don't need that.

I know some will say a person handing you a CD is old school. Just remember some on them are old.
 

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I went to Micro Center today and bought a USB hub along with a external CD/DVD drive. Just hookup the USB hub to one of the USB ports on the laptop. Then wire up the external drive to the hub and it reads the drive on the laptop. It's not a Blue Ray one. Just a regular one. The starting price for those are around $100. That's more than the Blue Ray player I got for the TV.

For me if I'm going to get VDJ installed on the new laptop, I need that external drive because sometimes people will come up with a CD for you to use at an event. So that solves that problem. The hub has 4 ports. They had some expensive ones costing like $60. Those ones are powered. Don't need that.

I know some will say a person handing you a CD is old school. Just remember some on them are old.
Actually, unless you're reading just a USB stick .. you DO want a powered hub, since it can supply more power to the drive .. you might burn out your laptop's USB if you try to pull too much current through it.
 

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I went to Micro Center today and bought a USB hub along with a external CD/DVD drive. Just hookup the USB hub to one of the USB ports on the laptop. Then wire up the external drive to the hub and it reads the drive on the laptop. It's not a Blue Ray one. Just a regular one. The starting price for those are around $100. That's more than the Blue Ray player I got for the TV.

For me if I'm going to get VDJ installed on the new laptop, I need that external drive because sometimes people will come up with a CD for you to use at an event. So that solves that problem. The hub has 4 ports. They had some expensive ones costing like $60. Those ones are powered. Don't need that.

I know some will say a person handing you a CD is old school. Just remember some on them are old.
Expect to buy another one in 6 months that's my experience with external CD players anyway. You probably would have been better off with a table top CD player straight in to the board if it's that important to have one
 

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When i bought my new van... i just assumed it had a cassette player... i guess next time i should ask the salesman.

They really need instructions with these things.... i just parked in the median strip of the highway and walked to work.

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I just went and checked the air pressure in my tires. :)