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Old 03-04-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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Dell and Toshiba, which one would you choose?

Want to buy a new laptop. Dell is better? Toshiba?Generally used in the home, do not need to be too powerful configuration, the price is good.
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Originally Posted by meilini View Post
Want to buy a new laptop. Dell is better? Toshiba?Generally used in the home, do not need to be too powerful configuration, the price is good.
Most have some good. I try for the cheapest but "highest rated" and most "powerful" (I’m not techie enough to fill in the gaps but my i5-intel and 4-gigs of ram run any OS well)

Used(iffy) + Linux(definitely) is creeper*...

Not quiet as powerful but worth it:

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It's been years since I had a Tosh, but my two Tosh's were excellent.

If it weren't for the cost, I would have stuck with them. But my Dells have performed well enough that I have stuck with Dell since.
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I have had a Lenovo/IBM laptop, and I used to thought that no one could be like Lenovo, but Dell did.
It's absolutely perfect, so I'd suggest Dell.
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I had a lot of issues with my Debian on my old Toshiba Satellite P105 due to a buggy DSDT. Has there been any problems with this in newer models?

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Toshiba. Hands down. If you can afford it, Toshiba is the dope!
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Another Toshiba vote! Just purchased a Satellite S855-S5164 and I love it. Currently testing the best way to run Linux around this UEFI issue.
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meilini, I really should flesh out what I wrote.

I've owned Toshibas (and others). I've known a lot of folks who've owned Toshibas (and others). I've taken Toshibas (and others) apart and put them back together again. The Toshibas of every price range were of better, more robust mechanical construction than the others. I won't tell you what the worst were, but you wouldn't believe what you find when you take a laptop apart. Many kludge strips of conductive tape and metal-coated foam to close electromagnetic leaks are typical of bad designs. Laptop frames that bend when counter-twisted side-to-side is typical of bad designs.

Good luck.

PS: If you can find a laptop that doesn't rely on bottom or side cooling openings, that would be a good choice if you laptop in bed or put the laptop directly on your legs/knees. I don't know whether any laptops have only top intake/outlet but it would be a good idea - (Heat is the enemy, and yes, I'm an engineer). Bye.

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My room-mate has 1 old Toshibia and one new Toshibia laptop and they are great he says-
And the graphics are really nice!

A lot of folks in the Ubuntu Community like the Dell Inspiron:

Guess in the end it really depends on 2 things.
1. What your willing to spend and 2, What you really need vs. what you want-

I had my laptop custom built and well...with that you custom pay-

Good luck on your decision meilini
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For Toshiba laptops, you can look at the web site and the forum to see which models are well supported under linux. In the past, Toshiba laptops with
Phoenix BIOSes had some issues with ACPI support (suspend to RAM not working, Fn+FX keys not supported, no possibility to adjust brightness of the screen) while laptops with Toshiba BIOSes were well supported by the Linux kernel.
There was an Omnibook module that allowed linux to support some of the Toshibas with Phoenix BIOS, but it was not
part of the mainline kernel and is now unmaintained.
For Dell laptops, I have only tried Latitude C600 and Latitude D630. The very old C600 used APM and had a dysfunctional trackpad. On the D630, the ACPI was fully supported, but I experienced problems with
kernel oopses at boot time or keyboard auto-repeat becoming uncontrollable.
Based on that, I would tend to recommend a Toshiba laptop, but if possible you should check before how well
ACPI works with Linux on the particular model you are thinking of buying.


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