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Old 08-08-2018, 05:25 AM   #1
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compatible hardware to buy: components for pc build, also laptops


I have a pc that I use and a laptop that my better half uses, that are both, from time to time, paralysed by the bloatware that junk web sites throw at us, and in my case the incurable habit of bloating mozilla bloatware with too many windows and tabs. For some time I've tended to buy cheap old HP systems because there was reasonably good linux compatibility there.

Been thinking about seeking help here. Is that a good idea, when I've formulated sensible questions?
 
Old 08-08-2018, 07:13 AM   #2
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I have a pc that I use and a laptop that my better half uses, that are both, from time to time, paralysed by the bloatware that junk web sites throw at us, and in my case the incurable habit of bloating mozilla bloatware with too many windows and tabs. For some time I've tended to buy cheap old HP systems because there was reasonably good linux compatibility there.

Been thinking about seeking help here. Is that a good idea, when I've formulated sensible questions?
Yes, however the Linux Hardware forum may be better for pure compatibility queries.
 
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:21 AM   #3
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While it's a bit of an open-ended question to ask, to at least some extent it depends on the type of hardware you're talking about.

If it's processors, well Linux has good support for most (if not all) of them. AMD and NVIDIA video cards/controllers have good support with Linux, same with most network cards/controllers.

But on the other hand; if you're looking at a TV tuner/card, then you really need to do you're research and have a look at this.

It would probably help if you listed the hardware components you're looking at using.

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Old 08-08-2018, 07:41 AM   #4
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Thanks for two helpful answers, I'll be back here tomorrow.
 
Old 08-08-2018, 08:01 AM   #5
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It's kind of an enigma to me. You've had an account with LQ for 6 years, however have first posted as of today.

Great to hear from you. I was just wondering if you had been browsing the forums and doing any research, or if you have any experience with Linux already.

My suggestion is that for the existing hardware you do have, you can open new threads and post the specifications for them, and ask members what distributions they think will work on them. Meanwhile you should search the web for that exact information, because you likely will find a lot of recommendations.

From there, you can do a variety of things, virtual machines, and live boot. I prefer live boot, it really tells you if your hardware works with a distribution. Then you can choose to install. And once again, you can ask questions about that.

Deal with one system at a time, and that way you have the other one still working where you can continue to search the web for solutions if needed.
 
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:57 AM   #6
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Sorry, I didn't realise my post was open to the interpretation that I'm new to linux. I realise now that I posted in the wrong forum. I'm not a linux newbie and shouldn't have posted here. I think of myself as a LQ newbie (despite the 6 years), and mistakenly thought I was choosing a matching forum. I had previously drafted a post for the introduce yourself forum, and decided not to post it as I thought it too long and rambling.

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It was over ten years ago that I bit the bullet and, building a new computer I installed Debian and expelled MS from my household.
That was after a few years of dual boot.

I've rarely had any problems with hardware compatibility, although I have had to use the odd proprietary driver, which I would like to avoid if possible.

As well as some helpful tips, there are several links in the replies, which I'll follow before posting anything further about hardware.

And I'll be much more careful about posting on the right forum!
 
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And I'll be much more careful about posting on the right forum!
Just report this thread and ask for it to be moved to a more appropriate forum.
 
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Old 08-09-2018, 05:38 AM   #8
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"Report" 'my' thread? It would never have crossed my mind. I imagined that button being for reporting spamming, trolls, etc. Thanks for the tip. I almost followed through to move it to hardware, but realised in time that people over there might be led to waste time on my ill-formed question. This thread really needs to be killed, not moved, so I think the best approach is to mark it "Solved" even though I didn't think of it as a problem to be solved. Here I go....
 
Old 08-09-2018, 07:57 AM   #9
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The question is fine where it is. You were just discussing the possibility of where to inquire further.

I recommend that when you do have actual questions about hardware compatibility for certain cases, I recommend you start a new thread.

If you feel that you have enough input here, then perhaps you can mark the thread as Solved, by using the Thread Tools menu and selecting that option.
 
  


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