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Old 06-01-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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Dear all,
I have an old laptop. It is the best piece of hardware I ever had: A Toshiba Satellite with 600 MHz, 160 MB RAM and 6 GB HD.
Maybe not impressive hardware these days, but it is a sweet Linux and Open/FreeBSD box driver-wise. There is but one problem: The screen is 800x600.
This is not a problem when it comes to mail or word processing. Abiword and Claws is excellent on this machine. Browsing, however, is an issue. A lot of websites are broader, and horisontal scroll is evil. Recently, however, I heard that the EEE uses a customized browser that is very good, even if the laptop uses 800x{somethingsmall}.
I know nothing about this. Does anyone here know a workaround/breaking the back of a stylesheet?
Also: The documentation suggests that the laptop can only be expanded to 192 MB RAM. This is a strange figure. Do you have any idea why? Is it a system limitation, or how?
 
Old 06-01-2008, 11:45 PM   #2
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Also: The documentation suggests that the laptop can only be expanded to 192 MB RAM. This is a strange figure. Do you have any idea why? Is it a system limitation, or how?
I don't know that particular laptop, but this is quite normal for a laptop of that age and its not really a strange figure. It is probably 128M + 64M, with 64M being on the motherboard (soldered) and the 128M being 'expansion' in sockets. Certainly, I have a laptop of that age with that kind of limitation.

This is usually a limitation of the chipset, with only enough address lines being available to support this much memory.
 
Old 06-02-2008, 04:38 AM   #3
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I see. That is probably the case, yes.
 
Old 06-02-2008, 04:46 PM   #4
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... There is but one problem: The screen is 800x600.
... Browsing, however, is an issue. A lot of websites are broader, and horisontal scroll is evil
Have you tried Opera - I know it targets devices with smaller screens and has a fit to screen mode on those.....

And yes - old laptops are still pressed to use - my Toshiba Libretto regularly comes out running Redhat for sniffing out network problems.
 
Old 06-02-2008, 04:55 PM   #5
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This might be a stupid question, but does this laptop have the ability to run at 1024x768? I had a laptop of that age that had an 8MB ATI video card in it, and it ran 1024x768. Just curious.

And on another note for those asking, the wierd number for memory is probably due to an onboard video card. It causes the OS to not pick up all the RAM because it is being allocated to the Video Card. Not sure if this is the case here, but usually.

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