disclaimer: i have no intention of flaming you or embarrassing you computer_n00b. i only stand up for what is right and righteous.
computer_n00b, i've read some of your previous posts. i am confused whether you are the same person behind your name since you refer much about your "son" in your posts. whoever you are, you have also made very good laptop suggestions and reccomendations to other NFB'ers in your posts. i think you are quite well on your own on selecting a laptop for high school. also, i don't think there are laptops out there that fit your purchase constraints, especially if you stress very much on minimal noise and on a $800 budget only; if you add in a few hundred dollars more, you can shoot for the better averatecs. i've been around a few circuit citys and best buys here and there and i have to say that the averatecs are pretty quiet. a few friends and family of mine also own averatecs for their bargain price and portability. i'm sure that there are other laptops that are even quieter than the averatecs, but laptops can't be whisper soft quiet. i'm sensing that you want to use your laptop during class and you want it to be as quiet as possible for obvious reasons. don't worry man, i wish my 3880 was quieter so i can play cs: source in class. you're going to be in high school, classes will be noisy most of the time, so all the noise will dominate over your laptop noise. i think its cool that you look for a laptop at your age; having geek attatched to your name along with popular is a good mix. i hold many titles myself and have friends who are the epitome of all nerds and geeks. unless your high school is as small as my 400 student capacity high school and you know everyone back and front, its best that you keep a good eye on your laptop. remember that all schools in general are high risk areas. although many people think that a laptop at a high school level is unnecessary, i think that is will only benefit you more. all of my written work is typed nice and neat; almost everyone will eventually type faster than they write too. final word, chill about the noisy laptops buddy. there are bigger things that you should worry about. i'm sorry i went off topic. the averatecs are the best that i could come up with that meet your constraints. i think gateway's nx200 might be something to look at too but i don't have much to say about gateways.
Toshiaki's post fortune: everyone loves their laptops. don't be smug and say someone smaller than you can't have one. don't lie, don't perpetrate.