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Old 02-02-2006, 03:49 PM   #1
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Need help on laptop decision


Heya guys,
Im going in for an internship at CA, and I need to start learning how to use a *nix based system. Now Id like to get a laptop, preferably cheap, because I dont have all too much money right now. Im planning to install SuSE 10.0 or RedHat because they are used in CA. I also want quite a bit of power and the capability to install more RAM if needed. Wireless is NEEDED, and I also need decent battery life as Id be very mobile. What am I looking at?

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Old 02-02-2006, 04:28 PM   #2
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Nvidia: easy to configure, seems to consume less power than ati.
Intel wi-fi chipset 2200bg, very good support, and wi-fi sniffing capable.
Amd CPU's are now better than intel.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 05:38 PM   #3
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Any particular models/manufacturers?
 
Old 02-02-2006, 06:36 PM   #4
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I've heard there are some intel based laptops which come with batteries of up to 9 hours (for windows at least). You need to find a laptop which can be tunned down dynamically, eg. the processor underclocked when unplugged, adjustable screen brightness, etc. Some Linux programs like cpuspeed can give you a hand with this.

About the disto, SuSE 9.3 supports battery management right out of the box, while it wasn't that easy in Fedora Core 3.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 06:39 PM   #5
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Heh, Im not all in the laptop scene, ya know? I need general models and manufacurers, Im looking to spend <=1000
 
Old 02-02-2006, 11:26 PM   #6
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Take a look at manufacturer's websites. I know nothing about laptops.

Install reports here:
http://tuxmobil.org/mylaptops.html
 
Old 02-03-2006, 03:11 PM   #7
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Im stuck between IBM, HP, and Dells Latitude line.
 
Old 02-03-2006, 05:32 PM   #8
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IBM is the best but it's expensive. HP seems to be ok. Forget Dell.
 
Old 02-03-2006, 08:39 PM   #9
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HP, what line of processors? AMD, Pentium/Celeron M, P4....
 
Old 02-03-2006, 08:42 PM   #10
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Look for the Centrino's if your going for Intel based. Has the mobile/low power cpu and integrated wireless.

Here's a secret: Most laptops are pretty close within a price range. Get what you can afford
 
Old 02-03-2006, 08:46 PM   #11
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Well besides what Im asking for, wireless and battery power, and does a full install of say SuSE, Gentoo, or RedHat require alot of processing power to run and multitask? And what features should I be looking for?
 
Old 02-03-2006, 08:50 PM   #12
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I have a 3 year old toshiba satellite laptop, my battery lasts about 2 hours when running windows xp in save power mode, a little less when running Fedora Core 3 and about 1:40 hours when running SuSE 9.3
 
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It's possible to adjust the CPU frequency on the fly. It saves power.
 
Old 02-03-2006, 10:14 PM   #14
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if you are looking at a HP laptops, id recommend the dv1000 series. I got a dv1420us. It has a Centrino Processor ( 1.6 MHz ), 512 RAM ( upgradeable), 100 GB, DVD burner, decent enough graphics card, has wireless, and LAN. Battery life roughly 2 hours 30 mins. It is a wide screen laptop. However, if you want a decent HP you have to shell out roughly 1000 - 1500. Unless you buy a second hand one or if you are not looking for potability ( meaning you dont care about the weight of the laptop). I wish you luck finding a decent laptop for less than 1000.

However, when i tried installing SuSe on to the laptop, I had some difficulties getting the wireless, and lan to work. You may have better luck.
 
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However, when i tried installing SuSe on to the laptop, I had some difficulties getting the wireless, and lan to work. You may have better luck.
I've read in aother thread that wireless support isn't in a very mature stage yet. Did you get it to work?
 
  


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