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Old 04-27-2007, 07:35 AM   #1
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Cool suggestion needed to buy new laptop


first of all my budget is $800 - $900 only

i am now using FC6 in my pc.i am expecting it to work well in my laptop also.

what are the chipsets and other hardware supported by linux.

fast processor/better graphics card (for games)
& wired/wireless lan connectivity r must.

my idea is AMD Turion-64 or intel Core Duo Centrino processor.
 
Old 04-27-2007, 07:53 AM   #2
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Depends on where you live it's enough to buy a nice laptop or not even a DVD burner

If you want to use FC6 on your laptop, check the FC web site for supported hardware. All the major distros maintain info on supported processors, NICs, etc.

> what are the chipsets and other hardware supported by linux.

Each distro is different. So you have to pick a distro and find out.

It's a good idea to burn a live CD for any distro you want to run and see if it will work on the laptop in the store before you buy it. Then you won't have any surprises.
 
Old 04-27-2007, 08:02 AM   #3
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I just bought an Acer 1500-5840 from Circuit City. It is a 64bit dual core AMD TL-52 with 2gig of ram. Video is 1280x800 using an ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 ( Seen as an Radeon 200 during graphical install ). Videao can be set up to 512meg. From what I can tell it uses 256 meg dedicated and expand up to 512meg using share ram from the 2gig memory. It has an Atheros based wireless card and will use madwifi module ( I use the dkms support rpm to automatically rebuild the ATI and Madwifi modules on a new kernel reboot). A very cool tool. With madwifi had it up in minutes using it plain or with WEP, WPA, and WPA2. Ethernet nic is fine. The sdcard reader and webcam so far do not work but have not spent the time to get them to work. the DVD is +-R/RW/RAM drive. Can quickly and easy use DVD-RAM disc format as UDF once the UDF tools rpm is installed. Battery time run is close to 2 hours depending on usage. Enabling some cpu control and disc control can extend to over 2 hours but not by much. Lmsensors can pick up the CPU temp and hddtemp can pick up the sata 160gig drive temperature. Oh yeah the price I paid was $899.00 was in one yesterday and was down to $849.00.

I install RHEL 5 x86_64 release and works quite well. FC6 should not differ by much if any. All are part of the Redhat family type of distros.

I consider it fairly quick but does lack a good video chipset features overall but is quite addicate for me. Love using both processors to build a kernel in less than half the time it normally takes on a single core unit.

My only dislike is the screen resolutions. Only other choice is an HP but lacked pcmcia support.

If I felt I could get the full use of this one I would get it but cost is well over $3000.00 but looks fairly compatiable to everything except the sdcard reader. A Nova 989W.
http://www.xtremenotebooks.com/

Output from /sbin/lspci -v
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge (rev 10)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64

00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64
Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=64
I/O behind bridge: 00009000-00009fff
Memory behind bridge: b0100000-b01fffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000c0000000-00000000cff00000
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:04.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=03, sec-latency=0
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:05.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=04, subordinate=05, sec-latency=0
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:12.0 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc ATI 4379 Serial ATA Controller (rev 80) (prog-if 8f [Master SecP SecO PriP PriO])
Subsystem: ATI Technologies Inc ATI 4379 Serial ATA Controller
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 22
I/O ports at 8440 [size=8]
I/O ports at 8434 [size=4]
I/O ports at 8438 [size=8]
I/O ports at 8430 [size=4]
I/O ports at 8400 [size=16]
Memory at b0004000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at 8c000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller (rev 80) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 19
Memory at b0005000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]

00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller (rev 80) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 19
Memory at b0006000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]

00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB2 Host Controller (rev 80) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 19
Memory at b0007000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 SMBus Controller (rev 83)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: 66MHz, medium devsel
I/O ports at 8410 [size=16]
Memory at 8c080000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller ATI (rev 80) (prog-if 82 [Master PriP])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
I/O ports at 01f0 [size=8]
I/O ports at 03f4 [size=1]
I/O ports at 0170 [size=8]
I/O ports at 0374 [size=1]
I/O ports at 8420 [size=16]
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SB450 HDA Audio (rev 01)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, slow devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
Memory at b0000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-ISA Bridge (rev 80)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0

00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-PCI Bridge (rev 80) (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64
Bus: primary=00, secondary=06, subordinate=08, sec-latency=64
I/O behind bridge: 0000a000-0000afff
Memory behind bridge: b0200000-b02fffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 88000000-8bffffff

00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
Flags: fast devsel
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
Flags: fast devsel

00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
Flags: fast devsel

00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
Flags: fast devsel
Capabilities: <access denied>

01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS485 [Radeon Xpress 1100 IGP] (prog-if 00 [VGA])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 255, IRQ 17
Memory at c0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
I/O ports at 9000 [size=256]
Memory at b0100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at b0120000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

06:01.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 21
I/O ports at a000 [size=256]
Memory at b0210000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
Capabilities: <access denied>

06:02.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5005G 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Unknown device 0418
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 22
Memory at b0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

06:04.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB-712/4 Cardbus Controller (rev 10)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 20
Memory at b0211000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
Bus: primary=06, secondary=07, subordinate=07, sec-latency=176
Memory window 0: 88000000-8bfff000 (prefetchable)
Memory window 1: 90000000-93fff000
I/O window 0: 0000a400-0000a4ff
I/O window 1: 0000a800-0000a8ff
16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001

06:04.1 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc ENE PCI Memory Stick Card Reader Controller (rev 01)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 10
Memory at b0210400 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128]
Capabilities: <access denied>

06:04.2 Class 0805: ENE Technology Inc ENE PCI Secure Digital Card Reader Controller (rev 01) (prog-if 01)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 23
Memory at b0210800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
Capabilities: <access denied>

06:04.3 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc: (rev 01)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 10
Memory at b0210c00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128]
Capabilities: <access denied>

06:04.4 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc Unknown device 0551 (rev 01)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 255
Memory at b0210100 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=256]
Capabilities: <access denied>

Last edited by Brian1; 04-27-2007 at 08:06 AM.
 
  


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