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Old 04-03-2006, 12:41 PM   #1
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Which laptop

Which of all the makes is the more reliable for running slackware. I'm having nothing but grief with my Toshiba A60, overheating, shutting down and crashing. I was having problems when running XP so I can't just blame Linux
Old 04-03-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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As long as you're not having hardware issues (like you are with your current laptop), 99% of laptops out there will work fine.

With that said, I would avoid ATI video if possible (Pain to install right), and some of the widescreen displays have small displayh issues (No matter what you chose, you will configure alot)

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Old 04-04-2006, 12:07 PM   #3
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phoenix bios vs toshiba bios


I own a Toshiba Satellite A50-110. So far I have had no problems with it. (Indeed, it works very good for me). I heard somewhere, however, that some things don't work for laptops with Phoenix BIOSes (mine has a Toshiba BIOS). I know for sure that the Satellite A75 has a Phoenix BIOS. Not sure about other models, but I think the A50 and A55 have "original" Toshiba BIOSes.

I have never tried a Toshiba laptop with Phoenix BIOS by myself. However, due to the excellent performance of my own (Toshiba with original Toshiba BIOS) and all I've heard about "the others" (Toshiba with Phoenix BIOS) I would advice to check if the BIOS of that Toshiba laptop you're about to buy is actually Toshiba.

Check , you'll find a lot of information there about most vendors and models, and how Linux runs on those laptops.

Good luck.
Old 04-10-2006, 09:47 PM   #4
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I agree about ATI. ATI is garbage and gave me my biggest headaches ever. Use NVIDIA if you want to stay out of trouble.
The best laptops are IBM ones. They are just perfect.
Sony vaio is a joke. The only good thing in vaio is the screen.
Acer, HP/compaq seems to be good.
I don't trust Packard-bell since 1995.
I don't know Asus, but as i don't like their motherboards...
Old 04-10-2006, 10:38 PM   #5
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I have had a Satellite 1415 for at least three years with no problems. Runs Windows or Slack like a champ.
Old 04-11-2006, 03:17 AM   #6
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I have Acer TravelMate 4150NLCi and it worked great for me (i don't need IrDa, PCMCIA and Bluetooth, so i didn't configure it), but the other component works for me (touchpad, NVidia, WiFI). It depends on your need, but mostly can work great if you have used 2.6.x kernel.
One of my reason i choose this version is that it uses NVidia VGA card instead of ATI, because as far as i read in some forum and discussion room, ATI installation was more troublesome and it lacks of drivers.


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