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Old 06-03-2005, 11:53 PM   #1
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What is the best kind of notebook?

My gf's dad wants a new notebook and is asking me which one to buy. Here are the questions I have since I have not been keeping up with hardware and notebooks. Are the intel mobel processors acctually comparable to the 64 bit amd? It looks like they had problems with them overheating so they decreased the speed and increased the cache. Has this worked for them? Which brand is the best?

Has Dell over come there heating problems?
Does Sony still need specail software to use there burners?
Has HP over come there crapy cd drive problems?
Toshiba is garabage.
Gateway has bad surport.
Asus is new only mostly ships to canada.

I have only had desktops and I usally like the ASUS motherboards. I dont want to recommend the ASUS notebooks because I dont know anyone that has one. It will be my butt if it is a piece of poop. He is planning on just using Win Xp with ACT. Typical Internet and document stuff. He wanted to spend 1500 on a dell notebook that was only 1.6ghz. So that is arround the price range. What would you recommend.

I am personally thinking just to recommend something with good customer support.

Thanx for your help
Old 06-04-2005, 01:23 AM   #2
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Isn't this a windoze question?
He is planning on just using Win Xp with ACT.
ACT is the Application Compatability Toolkit for Win XP.

This is a Linux forum. Windows users get sympathy but nothing else.
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in General and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.

The question is not specific to Linux and therefore seems better suited to the General forum.

That being said, I purchased an IBM T40 last year and could not be happier with it -- it's a great machine all the way around, and dual boots Linux and Windows without any issues. Thinkpads are somewhat pricey, but in my experience are worth every penny. Good luck with it -- J.W.
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<-- seconding the thinkpad option

I've had a thinkpad x40 for about a year now, it's fantastic.
Old 06-04-2005, 08:37 PM   #5
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Sony Vaio S(260)

an extremely nice machine, 100% linux compatible. (not out of the box, unfortunately) I use Ubuntu on it.
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i have an asus m6ne not 100% linux compat but working on it

its a fantastic machine god love widescreen!
Old 06-04-2005, 10:19 PM   #7
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I say, get a completely generic, hopefully locally assembled one. Much less likely to have problems that can't be speedily handled. I have an FY30 with the only visible brand being that of the local computer shop that assembled and sold it. When I got it I told the folks at the store, it had to run Linux. No problem. Dual boots Windows and Linux, sound, video, wireless all 'out-of-the-box.'
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I have a toshiba.. and its awesome.. never had any problems with it

and i agree, that IBM makes an awesome machine.. its expensive.. but IMO worth it
Old 06-05-2005, 04:29 AM   #9
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I do agree on that. Thinkpads are great, work very well with Linux.
The only glitch is the price... But I once had mine accidentally fall on
the ground, and it survived !!

Old 06-05-2005, 07:43 AM   #10
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I have a Thinkpad R51 and it is great.

That said I am a little envious of my friend's cool looking Fujitsu machines and the HP laptops are also quite nice
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A free one...
Old 06-05-2005, 09:45 AM   #12
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Originally posted by Megamieuwsel
A free one...
just in case you can't get one of those
I like my compaq presario x1000, but I haven't used many laptops
Old 06-05-2005, 02:04 PM   #13
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gateway does NOT have bad support. im using a gateway now. they have answered my email questions within an hour of sending it. i did have my soundcard get fried, but i quickly emailed them about it, they sent me an address to send it to, and within 2 days i had my laptop back, with a working soundcard.

now toshiba has terrible support. every single time i had a problem (with the touchpad, the battery, the screen, and the hard drive) they were not able to solve the problem, and put me on hold for a long time (sometimes 40 minutes)
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The only dells with the overheating problems are the consumer grade laptops. I'm assuming since he is going to use ACT (ACT is a very popular CRM in the windows world, not just the application compatibility toolkit) I assume is if for a business.
Stick with the business line, you won't get the fastest processor and video card but you will get a system that won't have heat problems or floppy hinge, etc. Avoid the Dell Inspiron, Compaq Presario, Hp pavilion, Sony etc and stick with the Dell Latitude, Compaq/HP Evo, IBM thinkpad, (toshiba has two lines, but I can't remember which is which) etc. The business line is where the notebooks are that can actually be used as notebooks.
Old 06-06-2005, 05:18 PM   #15
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HP Pavilion for me. Its is 2 years old looks nice and I have had no problems (used Windoz and linux on it). I use Dell at work, dont really like them. If I had to upgrade i think i would go with the Thinkpad.


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