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Old 09-27-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
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Laptop Suggestions


Hi,

I'm new to the forum and I'm planing to buy a laptop soon, but I'm not sure which one to get.

I'm looking for something around the £400-£500 range.

I need the laptop for general purpose home use, but want to get something fairly decent. I would like a large screen (16 inch), a decent processor (2ghz dual core if possible) and dedicated graphics card (preferably nvidia with at least 256mb).

I've been looking at Acer laptops quite a lot and think they offer good value for money. The Aspire 6930g is around the specs I'm looking for, but I believe this is now discontinued.

Does anyone have any suggestions that linux runs well on?

Thanks,
Andy.
 
Old 09-27-2009, 09:44 AM   #2
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This site a good place to check a notebook's linux compatibility.
TuxMobile

Might I suggest buying a Dell with Ubuntu pre-loaded.

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Old 09-27-2009, 10:53 AM   #3
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This site a good place to check a notebook's linux compatibility.
TuxMobile

Might I suggest buying a Dell with Ubuntu pre-loaded.
Thanks for the comments ongte. I did consider a Dell, but I must be missing something as their site only listed one or two when I selected ubuntu as the OS and these where the netbooks or mini laptops.

Can you get any Dell pre loaded with ubuntu?

Thanks,
Andy.
 
Old 09-27-2009, 12:29 PM   #4
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There's the Asus X58LE from The Linux Emporium, £60 over your price range though:

http://www.linuxemporium.co.uk/products/laptops/

Or the Thinkpad G530-1, £44 over.

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Old 09-29-2009, 10:33 AM   #5
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Thanks for the links, but I actually just found a pretty good deal on a Dell.

I'm currently torn between two, the Acer 6930G (found a good deal for that too, it's not discontinued!) and the Dell. With the Acer, my partner has the exact same model and I've run a Live CD on it, all worked fine.

My only concern is that I've no idea how well the Dell will work with Linux. It's an Inspiron 1750, these are the specs:

Base Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T6600 (2.2GHz, 800MHz, 2MB)
Memory 3072MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [1x2048 + 1x1024]
Video Card 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330
Hard Drive 320GB (5,400rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive
Optical Devices DVD +/- RW Drive (read/write CD & DVD)
Wireless Networking Intel WiFi Link 5100 (802.11 a/b/g/n 1X2) 1/2 MiniCard
Camera 1.3 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera
LCD 17.3" WLED High Definition + (1600 x 900) TFT Display with TrueLife™
Primary Battery Primary 6-cell 48 WHr Lithium Ion battery
Keyboard Internal UK/Irish Qwerty Keyboard

The Dell comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64 BIT), there's no Linux option available.

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Old 09-29-2009, 10:35 AM   #6
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Check out http://www.dell.com/ubuntu

US only though.

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Old 09-29-2009, 10:50 AM   #7
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Video Card 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330
Camera 1.3 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera

These 2 don't sound good. Webcams are never clear unless you know what chipset they use. I've had very bad experience with ATI video cards. I'll never use 1 again. It's either Intel or Nvidia for me.

Beside that, Dell boxes are pretty generic, so should be fine.
 
Old 09-29-2009, 11:18 AM   #8
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I can't find any more information on the webcam, so this is definitely a bit of a gamble.

The only other alternative to the ATI card is the Intel Integrated GMA 4500MHD. I would personally prefer Nvidia too.

It's very frustrating that there's no way to know for sure before buying it. I do have 7 days to return it for any reason though, but they'll charge me £23, as it's not faulty or a mistake. Dell can take up to 2 weeks to deliver though, so it's a long wait and I could miss out on the other deal!

Grr
 
Old 10-15-2009, 05:30 PM   #9
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Did you consider System76

They build them pre-installed with Linux, however I admit I noticed that the largest laptop screen they have available is 15.6 inches.

http://system76.com/product_info.php...products_id=96

I am not associated with System 76 in any way.
 
Old 10-15-2009, 06:38 PM   #10
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Hi,

I'm new to the forum and I'm planing to buy a laptop soon, but I'm not sure which one to get.

I'm looking for something around the £400-£500 range.


I The Aspire 6930g is around the specs I'm looking for, but I believe this is now discontinued.

Does anyone have any suggestions that linux runs well on?

Thanks,
Andy.
The Acer 6930g had been sold out for about 3 months now..

The closet your going to get is the Acer AS5739G with Nvidia 130m 1 gig video card...
 
Old 10-15-2009, 06:52 PM   #11
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I'm happy with EmperorLinux Raven Tablet

I've had an Emperor Linux Raven Tablet (Lenovo Thinkpad X61 Tablet) that dual boots Ubuntu with win-dose. I've had it quite some time and am very happy with the workstation in general.

Linux and laptops is problematic in general because of the specialized hardware component mix that is a laptop. It is often difficult if not impossible to get a different something-card that is more linux friendly so there will be compromises. Emperor Linux does a good job of integration to enable almost all of the laptop features in linux. They also do a great job of telephone support.

If you are determined to roll-your-own, look to the linux laptop integrators for which hardware and configurations they offer. These boxes will inform your short list.

One technical detail. For linux in general, all devices and drivers are moving (have moved) to dynamic detection and configuration. System administration of every distro is running to catch up on using these features. X11 is the poor step sister in all of this and is working to take advantage of dynamic devices for displays and keyboards and mice and tablets with a rework of how X11 gets configured. This means that hardware on the fringe will likely need more tinkering to get close to optimal. Still other tinkering will be needed for special configurations like multiple display heads, simultaneous mouse and stylus and finger "pointing", digitizers, etc.

Good luck,
~~~ 0;-Dan
 
  


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