i'm working with maya 6 on windows xp home with SP2\r\n\r\ni already did my reading and searching and i've deleted all history and cleared the script editor and i'm trying to use the paint weight map tool and maya keeps struggling to paint the map for the joints and eventually crashes. after i read i think i just need a better and more powerful lappy that can handle this work. maya seems to be heavy duty as i have never had an issue in lightwave.\r\n\r\nmy laptop is my workstation due to the size of my desk and so i can work in maya anywhere i go. portability. i'm learning maya 6 and trying to finish a porfolio i am working on so i can update my submission for a job. \r\n\r\ni have a dell inspiron 1100\r\n2ghz intel celeron\r\n640mb ram (don't know what kind)\r\n80gb hdd 5400rpm\r\nIntel(R) 82845 G\/GL\/GE\/PE\/GV Graphics Controller\r\n\r\nis my guess that i need a better lappy right?\r\n\r\ni've looked into a powerful HP lappy\r\nwindows xp media center edition\r\nAMD Turion 64 ML-40 2.2GHz\r\nDual 100GB hard drives\r\n17" WXGA+ widescreen \r\n1024MB of DDR memory\r\n ATI Radeon\u00ae Xpress 200M IGP graphics card\r\n\r\nthere is a 2gb ram laptop for $300. would that be necessary or just a luxury to go that high? i read that somebody post here whose intentin was to crash a 2gb computer and succeded but from the description went WAAAAYYY over board on what they put into the scene and rendered.\r\n\r\ndoes maya even work on media center edition? is there no difference. i've never seen or worked with it. all i know is that xp home is buggy and xp pro is more stable.\r\n\r\nfrom my knowledge an Nvidia graphics card is the best but way expensive to get for a lappy. i've looked at the top of the line alienware laptop and it goes for over $4000 USD\r\n\r\nif you guys believe it's best to upgrade to this laptop i will go buy it. it will be a great investment. so i can finish my work in maya. i'm getting frustrated with all the crashing and how slow maya gets after a while. especially when my laptop heats up. the interaction with the UI is sluggish.\r\n\r\nthank you to ALL that reply.