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Old 08-21-2003, 09:15 PM   #1
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best laptop for running linux?


I am thinking of buying a laptop and running linux on it. Which laptop would the members of this forum recommend. I would like the laptop to have hardware compatibility with linux, esp graphic and sound card, WLAN, USB support and battery saver features should work properly. I have done some research and found that Dell inspirion 8500 with an Nvidia graphic card is a good candidate. But it appears that the WLAN card "Dell TrueMobile™1400 DualBand WLAN (802.11a/b/g, 54Mbps) miniPCI Card" doesnt work with Linux. Is that true?

Please advice.

Thanxs a bunch

Old 08-21-2003, 11:00 PM   #2
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get one with an nvidia card for best compatibility, and maybe get a slightly older model, or one that is ending its sales days but still rather fast. also dells are nice mine is a dell and I use linux on it.
Old 08-23-2003, 10:43 AM   #3
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i use mandrake 9.1 on a dell inspiron 8200. i got almost everything working within the first few days, which is saying a lot, because i was doing it without a friend helping me and without any prior experience. i still don't have power saving features like standby working, however. i've been doing some looking on this site and elsewhere, but i'm a little hesitant to try anything drastic because i read of a couple people having troubles. however, the fans worked automatically, so i just let it stay on most of the time.

as for the dell truemobile, i have one (forgetting the model # right now and can't find the box). it worked right out of the box on the first boot. as long as the model you want is prism2 based it should be fine. there's a lot of threads on this site about notebook cards.

hope that helps.
Old 08-24-2003, 08:00 PM   #4
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I just bought a Compaq Presario 2170 with AMD XP-M 2200.
Everything works on first Mandrake 9.1 install, except the modem which I have no use for anyway. You have to disable PCMCI on boot !!!!
Thats it.


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