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Old 06-11-2003, 03:20 PM   #1
Jane Delawney
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Centrino Mobile processor

Hi guys, another newb question I'm afraid.

I need a laptop. After all this time with my trusty Tosh Libretto 100CT, I have to acknowledge that this is coming to the end of its useful life - even if it will run Slackware it does so slowly and reluctantly, and with only 24 meg of memory, my GUI options are strictly limited.

I'm not going to chuck it, since I still think it will make me a great little webserver some day (when I know what I'm doing, perhaps!), but for day to day usage it's not up to snuff. And as I get older I find the titchy keyboard more and more difficult to cope with

sooo...I went down the shops today. PC world were quite hopeless (on mention of Linux, the sales-bot said he'd find someone who knew something, and he never came he ran away!) and Staples were no better, but the 'puter which really caught my eye was a Centrino-based lightweight from Evesham Micros.

*really* nice machine: light, full featured, big display and hard drive, loadsa memory. But it does have an Intel Centrino processor, and before I commit my credit card to *that* amount of cash, I need to know what the issues might be.

I understand that Centrino isn't just a processor, it's an implementation of an entire integrated technology, including wi-fi support. I can live with it quite easily if this doesn't work (I *so* don't need wi-fi). But will the processor itself be happy running Mandy, which is what I would probably prefer to install upon it?

I know I can get the answer to some of my own questions by asking to boot up one of these machines with a Knoppix disk (and if I'm about to spend 1000+ quid with them, I think Evesham should darn well let me do this) but at the same time it's quite possible that some of the gurus around here may have information I won't gain that way (because of my newb-ness )

Should state right away that I don't expect the modem to work out of the box - these machines do have software modems, and I will probably purchase a PCMCIA card modem to go with it.

All information very gratefully received.


Old 06-12-2003, 12:24 AM   #2
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I have a Dell 600m which in my configuration is considered a true centrino laptop. For the most part linux works just fine on this laptop. However I haven't seen any wireless card drivers released yet. There are bunch of articles that came out around march that said intel will eventually release fully supported drivers for the centrino on linux. I'm still waiting...
Old 06-12-2003, 02:31 AM   #3
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Your Toshy's keyboard is bouncy ehh. Have you disabled Xkb extensions in XF86Conifg?

Sorrry for jumping in here.


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