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Old 08-12-2003, 09:30 AM   #1
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RH 8.0 or 9.0 on a laptop

Hi All,

I am planning to buy a laptop and my options are

1. IBM Thinkpad R40 289754U (Pentium M 1.3Ghz, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB VRAM)
2. IBM Thinkpad G40 238433U (Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB VRAM)
3. HP Pavilion ze5400 series (Penitum 4, 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 32 MB VRAM)

I would like to install either RH 8.0 or 9.0, if any one of you have a laptop that is mentioned above and have installed RH, please provide me with some feedback about the performance of the laptop esp. with regard to speed and graphics display (X Windows)

Also, is there is a problem in installing Linux on the Pentium M chipset ?

If you have a laptop apart from the one mentioned above of a comparable configuration/specs which performs very well with Linux installed and also is in the price range of $1000-$1500 do send me the details.

What about Apple iBook of the following configuration

900MHz PowerPC G3
512K L2 cache @900MHz
256MB SDRAM memory
40GB Ultra ATA drive
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
32MB DDR video memory
Combo Drive
Built-in 56K v.92 modem
AirPort ready
Up to 6 hr. battery life

compare with a standard Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz laptop.

In other words I want the best speed and graphics display laptop that $1000-$1500 can buy.

Thanks a lot,
Old 08-12-2003, 11:22 AM   #2
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AuthenticAMD Mobile AMD Athlon(tm) 4 Processor 1095 MHZ

Arch: i686 Cache: 256 KB
Vendor: AuthenticAMD Memory: 240 MB

cd rw dvd combo

$1100 last year

have redhat 9.0 on it currently and it works like a champ. i do a lot of graphical analysis in my field and have never had a problem with process speed or graphics manipulation. you could probably get more bang for the buck than this time last year, but just showing that even a 700z can be a great tool with redhat 9.0 loaded.....
Old 08-12-2003, 11:35 PM   #3
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But I couldnt find Compaq Presario 700z anywhere on the Compaq site.. looks like they have discontinued the production.

I have looked at the specs of Compaq Presario 3080us and I think this one will suit my pocket alongwith my requirements, however I still need feedback on this model and thats why I have started a new thread on 3080us.

My whole intention of buying a laptop is to run linux on it without any major hitch. I have no desire to use M$ winxp on it.

Old 08-12-2003, 11:38 PM   #4
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I'd buy a Dell w/ double the video memory and an upgradeable video card and processor
Old 08-13-2003, 11:04 AM   #5
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I have a 2170 running SuSE 8.2 with no problems. You probably will want to disable legacy USB support in the BIOS before installation. The stock SuSE kernel has ACPI support built in. You do need to enable the acpid daemon.
Good luck,
Old 08-13-2003, 05:49 PM   #6
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I'm a Toshiba fan!! I have a little 1415-S173 running 8.0. Everything worked first try out of the box!!

First time I've ever had Linux work out of the box with any distro/computer combination.


However, I do recommend you check out first before buying anything. You can learn a lot from other people's mistakes. I also recommend you learn about the hardware you would be purchasing to know if there is support for it... somewhere. Search the web as best you can. Buying the latest/greatest isn't always the best idea. The last thing you want it to buy a laptop and find out you have a bunk CDRW that will never be supported.

Good Luck

Last edited by rmartine; 08-13-2003 at 05:54 PM.
Old 10-03-2003, 11:45 PM   #7
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I bought one of the HP pavillion 5400 series laptops that you mentioned above and fell in love with it. The first thing I did was wipe out XP home and install SuSE 8.2. (with a little work) I got everything (including the wireless network card and conexant winmodem) I like hp simply because they say that all of thier computers are linux compatible. I guess they were right


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