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Old 06-30-2004, 05:15 PM   #1
alaios
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Question check fast a second-hand laptop


Hi i am going tomorrow to buy a second-hand laptop
Piii 450 192 ram
I want before buing it to check if it is everything ok

I think that the best thing is to run knoppix and see if everything is supported by the kernel (ethernet card,modem e.t.c)

I was wondering how i could easily see the battery status and the hard disk condition. Do u know some commands (like badblocks e.t.c) that in a short period can give me results.....


What other things u think that i must in a laptop

Thx
 
Old 06-30-2004, 08:10 PM   #2
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Hi.

Yeah, Knoppix is probably your best bet for this - its hardware detection is second to none.

I would use badblocks (although, I believe its ability to detect errors without destroying data is somewhat limited, and it can take a while) to check the disk, and I'd check the battery status with 'apm'. That should give you the capacity % left and the estimated time remaining. Whether this is actually reliable depends on whether the battery reports its status properly.

I would check http://www.linux-laptop.net/ and look for the model you're buying to find any problems.

Dave

P.S. I'm having a lot of fun with my new (second hand) Thinkpad and Fedora C2.
 
Old 07-01-2004, 02:30 AM   #3
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Thx

Thx for your reply....

Because is the first time that i ll use a laptop ... i want to know if knoppix 3.3 has apm or acpi... I think that it has the apm....

Do u know how using knoppix check the status of the battery?

How i can configure the pcmcia ethernet?

Thx
 
Old 07-01-2004, 03:05 AM   #4
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Hi again.

Knoppix has both apm and acpi, and will use whichever works, or if both work, it will use whichever gets loaded first.

I think the battery monitoring depends on whether apm or acpi is in use, but in the case of apm, the file /proc/apm is looked at to find the battery status. This depends on a BIOS and battery which support this. I'm not sure how it works under acpi. If it's a PIII 450, then I would imagine it's an apm BIOS anyway.

PCMCIA ethernet should be automatically configured, hopefully. If not, you can find out the chipset for the card and modprobe the appropriate module.

Dave

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