I am looking for "relatively quiet" laptop for a college daughter. The usual configuration, but prefer 17" screen.
Mainly for general web, etc, likely with XP or Vista. She request 'quiet" one since the old one I am inheriting is due to "loud noise".
which one is under $800 with relatively quiet fan?
I'll be blunt to you gychang, I do think there is not very much chance of getting a new laptop that is "quiet", under $800 (even with rebates) and has a 17inch screen. You should try to convince her to allow a 15.4in screen instead. You will have allot more choice.
The best bet would be to get her a second-hand laptop. I am at loss to recommend any particular model as I am biased in favour of ThinkPads (I have owned in total of 5 in the last decade).
The cheaper the laptop that you buy, the more money that you can spend on stuff like the external hdd to store her data on.