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Old 05-11-2020, 06:27 PM   #1
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Seeking help with disto choice


I'm looking for a used laptop to put linux mint on.
Any suggestions?

Dell, HP, or Lenovo.
4 - 8 GB RAM.
Decent display.
at most 250 GB storage.
less than $200.
 
Old 05-11-2020, 06:42 PM   #2
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I'm looking for a used laptop to put linux mint on.
Any suggestions?

Dell, HP, or Lenovo.
4 - 8 GB RAM.
Decent display.
at most 250 GB storage.
less than $200.
This would be best in it's own thread, but look into ThinkPad T430's. Solid laptops that can be had cheap and are extremely linux-friendly.
If you can find them, then for something a bit newer, and much lighter and thinner, the Latitude E7440/E7450 can sometimes be found for those prices.
 
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Old 05-14-2020, 08:46 AM   #3
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Old 05-14-2020, 05:29 PM   #4
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Dell, HP, or Lenovo.
4 - 8 GB RAM.
Decent display.
at most 250 GB storage.
less than $200.
I recently got a thinkpad x250 for 200EUR, which is a bit more than 200USD. Otherwise it fills your requirements I believe.

It's hard work, trawling amazon, ebay & local variants for just the right thing, but it pays.
Asking questions about it here won't make it easier.

Last edited by ondoho; 05-16-2020 at 03:17 AM. Reason: changed order of last sentence to bring my meaning across
 
Old 05-14-2020, 08:20 PM   #5
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Many of the members of my LUG are fans of Thinkpads.

I've had good luck with a couple o Dell Inspirons in the past. The only catch is that they had Broadcom wireless, which takes a couple of extra steps to get working.
 
Old 05-14-2020, 11:55 PM   #6
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Any of those three with at least a Core2Duo and capacity of 4GB RAM (I favor Dell, also), though BIOS may need updating to the latest.

Using a Latitude D630 now, with 4GB RAM and 120 GB SSD, running antiX 19.1 64bit
 
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^ Latitudes were high on my list, too, when I was searching for a small, affordable, but fairly recent laptop.
 
Old 05-20-2020, 05:35 PM   #8
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Just bought my third Thinkpad and I am very happy with it. I am just about to install Linux on it (you can see, I am now temporarily using Windows).

If you buy a Thinkpad, you'll probably be OK. You can always check the Ubuntu hardware list and look for compatability.

When buying a used laptop, make sure the battery is OK and if not, check to see whether you can replace it.

Also I recommend replacing any hard drives with a SSD and getting some extra RAM. However the former is the most important to get some nice performance on the cheap!
 
  


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