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lily1
post Oct 20 2009, 04:06 AM
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Hello! My boyfriend just left to China for the next 6 months. He took his laptop over (from the US) thinking it would be his major form of communication. However, he can not seem to get it to work. A friend of his who is also living in China, from the US, experienced the same problem and ended up purchasing a laptop over there. Though the laptop purchased from China works, he has difficulty using it because it is all in Chinese. I've done research and others do not seem to have a problem using their laptops from the US. Is there something special that needs to be done in order to get their laptops from the US working?
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post Oct 20 2009, 06:07 AM
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I have not heard of this problem before and I definitely had no difficulties with my MacBook when I came over here. The computers here work the same way as in the US (other than being setup in Chinese) and probably the US ones were even built here. I would say that it may well be the nature and setup of your boyfriend's internet connection that may be the issue. Also, what programs are you using to communicate?

Remember that China is currently blocking YouTube and FaceBook.
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post Oct 20 2009, 05:35 PM
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Similar thoughts to aopaq - using an overseas computer in China is not a problem, but you do need to get the internet configuration sorted out. Don't assume you can use something from North America. Public wi-fi is readily available and lots of people can help you with the set up. Just have a careful chat to them before you let them play around with your settings.

If you need to buy a computer locally and are worried about Chinese language software, then unless you take a hardline stance on IP you can get an English language version of Windows almost anywhere...or just buy in Hong Kong where hardware is much cheaper.


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post Oct 22 2009, 03:43 PM
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Hi Lily,
When I went to China I had trouble at first connecting with my laptop. It turns out I had to disable my Windows Firewall before I could use any of the free wifi networks I came across. If your boyfriend is willing to do that, it is worth a try. Once I had it disabled, everything worked great. I realize most people are not going to want to do this though, but that is the only way I got mine working.


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post Oct 28 2009, 01:50 AM
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It is just a setup problem. He needs to find someone to look at his computer. The problem is that the person will unlikely be able to work on the computer because it is in English, so he will need a translator to interpret. I bought a computer here and had everything put into English, so it can be done. There is English software available at most computer places. I don't know if he is working as a teacher, but he could ask the department he works for to help him.


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If you do buy a computer in China, they can install English operating systems, but you'll still have some minor tweaking to do because since the shop won't speak English, they can't read the computer once they install the software, so you'll still need some help getting it all working together properly.


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