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Old 04-07-2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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a good linux laptop

i have tryed putting linux on 2 laptops and it didnt come out very wel. i tryed redhat 9, suse 9.1 and xandros on and my laptops wernt compatable. does anyone know of any laptops that are almost or fully compatable with most linux distributions.
Old 04-07-2005, 06:27 PM   #2
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im running fedora core 3 on an hp pavilion ze4200 and its working great.
Old 04-07-2005, 06:36 PM   #3
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i dont know what the dell laoptops are like these days, but i bought an inspiron 8000 4 yreas ago, and it has worked brilliantly through all my crap. im still using it as my main (see: basicly only) computer and i log alot of hours into it daily.
Old 04-07-2005, 06:39 PM   #4
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/me is a big Thinkpad fan :}

My R32 works flawlessly (never bothered with the modem, though)
using ACPI (monitoring heat and such ;}).

Old 04-07-2005, 07:20 PM   #5
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I own a IBM Thinkpad R40 Series laptop. I currently have Windows XP and Slackware installed. Pretty sweet setup in my opinion. :-) The sound dosnt work in Slackware yet, but other than that, there havnt been any problems. (Linux-wise that is, Windows is a whole different world)
Old 04-08-2005, 03:57 AM   #6
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I'm using an INSPIRON 2650 and all worked perfectly with Mandrake 10.1, only thing i had to do was to cofigure my Belkin 54g wireless card driver with Ndiswrapper.
Otherthan that i think DELL Insprons should be alright.
Old 04-08-2005, 04:29 AM   #7
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hi there,

one more vote to Thinkpad.
I use a R51 and got no problems with Gentoo and Slackware. Using acpi with temperature and fan.
Kernel 2.6X and frequency scaling.


Old 04-08-2005, 11:04 AM   #8
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i also would look into thinkpads. i have had great success installing on them in the past. of course the newer the model the less likely the support.
Old 04-08-2005, 11:48 AM   #9
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I am using a HP/Compaq Evo N610c and it worked flawlessly with FC3/Mandrake 10/ and now SuSe 9.2
Old 04-08-2005, 02:40 PM   #10
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I'm curious just what the problems were and what wasn't compatible?

While there are sometimes hardware issues that have to be worked through, it's rare a total machine is incompatible with Linux.

It might be easier (and cheaper) to troubleshoot and correct the problems than to rush out buying new machines just to find out you have to take the same simple corrective steps on the new ones. Before I go buying new machines I would want to know exactly why it didn't work on the first ones.
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I agree... No machine is going otb e 100% out of the box compatible.. everything in Linux needs some configuration

Post some of your issues and perhaps some of us can help..

What kind of laptops do you have?


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