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Old 12-09-2003, 05:46 PM   #1
Goalie31
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Building meh own laptop for linux, plz need some help


Hey guys, I just have a few questions and youre all pretty smart .

Anyways, im going to build me a laptop that would be compatible with Mandrake (since lots seem to be having problems getting laptops ot work with linux)

First, im Canadian, so if you have Canadian links for laptop parts or even cheap laptops please post em.

Second, I have had no problems finding the processor, HDD, RAM, etc but I still havent found an empty laptop case :/

Anyone know where i could purchase one of these?

Thats my questions for now..

Thanks for your time
 
Old 12-09-2003, 06:19 PM   #2
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Mmmmm....so do you have a laptop motherboard yet?

Several sites offer the ability to fine-tune the laptop you buy: You start out with a shell - a case with battery, motherboard and screen, which you then customize through your choice of CPU, RAM, hard drive, optical discs, mini-PCI card, etc.

As I'm located in Europe you're probably not very interested in the sites I use.

Håkan
 
Old 12-09-2003, 06:20 PM   #3
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No, I havent looked at Mobos yet because I cant find empty cases :/

All i find is "carrying cases"......... grr
 
Old 12-09-2003, 06:43 PM   #4
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I hope you're keeping in mind the fact that practically every laptop is different, and require different hard drives, cases, motherboards, LCDs, etc., from most other models. So if you set out to build one, it's a good idea to pick a specific brand and model to build, unless you're a highly qualified electrical engineer and know how to make a Dell laptop LCD work with a Compaq motherboard, and so on

eBay is a great place to find laptop parts. You'll probably find a lot of people auctioning off old stripped laptops with only the case and motherboard and maybe LCD left. It may just make more sense to find a fully-functional assembled laptop, though; building one from scratch will almost certainly cost more and be more troublesome.

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Old 12-09-2003, 07:12 PM   #5
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Thanks, that enlightened me alot

I'll try and convince my parents to let me buy off of Ebay if I find a suitable barebones (since the full laptops effin suck unless you pay over a grand..)

Wish me luck
 
Old 12-09-2003, 08:07 PM   #6
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I'll bet you could find a working laptop that is totally capable of a modern Linux installation for around $150. Unless you plan to do hard-core graphics and gaming, you could get by with a 266 or 300Mhz with 64-128MB RAM and a gig or two of hard drive. I've done some laptop shopping on eBay, and there isn't really much you can get in the way of barebones; some you'll find have no hard drive and a broken LCD, or some other annoying combination. There isn't much, aside from maybe a floppy, CD-Rom drive, or RAM, that you can add to a laptop by way of expansion, so my advice would be just to find a complete system with everything you want.
 
Old 12-10-2003, 02:19 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by hw-tph

As I'm located in Europe you're probably not very interested in the sites I use.

Håkan [/B]
Hey..tell me, tell me..I'm European and interested..

best regards,

uros
 
  


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