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#1 Coleco


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Posted 28 October 2002 - 10:15 PM

I want to buy a laptop so i can install linux on my desktop. I will probably stick with windows on the new laptop until i'm a more experienced linux user. I'm thinking i should stay away from dell/gateway - any recommendations as to other companies that produce a good lappy?

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Posted 28 October 2002 - 10:55 PM

Big Blue. And stay away from Sony (again, a tip from Rax).

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Posted 28 October 2002 - 11:16 PM

Personal suggestion. I went around and actually tested many computers regarding this very thing. I found that Gateway computers have some issue booting from cd drive but did fine with knoppix after a while of finding how to get the stupid thing to boot from cd even though bios told it to. HP performed well from what I delt with. My suggestion if your really looking is get a knoppix cd and test it on the machine you want.

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Posted 29 October 2002 - 11:37 AM

I run a Dell laptop with mandrake 9.0 It works sweet. No problems at all. all my hardware was recognised. no problems booting from CD either.
it works great.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:59 PM

I personally have had no trouble with my sony laptop, but I have heard of others having random AC power issues. I have a PCG-GRV550, and I love it. If it is possible I would suggest getting one of the older Sony laptops, since they are cheaper, and I feel they are better than the new ones.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 09:59 PM

i am second with the old sony laptops, and second again with the ibm. i love my thinkpad, its cool looking and its tough as nails. linux and the dock dont work very well together, but i think thats on most laptops.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 10:06 PM

my dell is great, only beef I have with them is that I had to pay $150 for a replacement batt.

slackware and xp dual boot on my laptop

Edited by djmollusk, 09 June 2004 - 10:06 PM.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 10:12 PM

Dell laptop + lots of abuse + next-day on-site warranty = bliss

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 12:06 PM

i'm actually Ebayin' for an IBM thinkpad.

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 12:34 AM

hey, ibm sells refurbished equipment. they dont just reinstall windows, they replace worn keys and recoat the laptop so they are really like new.
also i broke my ctrl key and i called ibm, got a human after a bit of menus, i then told them i broke it and they are sending me an entire new keyboard at no cost. they have great customer service and they dont forget about you after they get your money.

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 12:44 PM

IBM makes really nice laptops. I'd caution to stay away from dell simply becuase they have a tendency to make the biggest ugliest laptops on the market. Another option to consider would be an apple. ibooks are low priced, you get a discount if you're a student, and MacOS is a friendly and gentle intro to unix. Later you can replace it with Linux if you feel so inclined. Great battery life, nice hardware, and a decent OS out of the box. I'd take a good look at that as an option.

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:51 PM

my personal favorite laptops are the Sagers, they will rock your world. guaranteed.


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Posted 13 June 2004 - 12:13 AM

In my opinion, the best laptop brands are: IBM, NEC, Fujitsu, and Panasonic. You'd probably want to avoid HP/Compaq as much as possible.

Edited by vox, 13 June 2004 - 12:15 AM.

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Posted 14 June 2004 - 11:28 PM

im in the market for an IBM thinkpad... My peice of shit compaq just decided to die :( ...
(dont get a compaq)

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Posted 15 June 2004 - 02:52 PM

I like thinkpads, you should too

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Posted 15 June 2004 - 08:04 PM

my parents got me a hp pavilion ze4500 and it works good for me. Im runnig XP Pro, It boots from cds really well and ive had no problem with it.

Edited by CyberSlash009, 15 June 2004 - 08:06 PM.

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 05:30 PM

duuude just dont get a dell

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 06:23 PM

I spend a lot of time discussing mobile computing over at the [H]ard|Forums...so, anyways...general consensus over there right now is this:

For a mobile desktop replacement: Sager 5690 (The laptop I'm hoping to get here soon myself, it's beautiful, UXGA 1600x1200 screen...lovely...)

For an all purpose laptop beauty: IBM T42 (Love this laptop...it's beautiful.)

For a cheap, decent laptop: eMachines m6809 (Lots of people love the new eMachines, it's not the same as eMachines in 1999, a different one because they went bankrupt...but these are great. If I didn't want a laptop for gaming I'd go with the m6809)

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Posted 13 July 2004 - 11:32 PM

If i were you and i had 2,000 dollars i would go right to www.alienware.com and get myself a Area 51 laptop/notebook Sooo Nice Sooo Sweet :D

Edit_""!!~!!DO NOT GET A MAC!!~!!""

Edited by shadow, 13 July 2004 - 11:33 PM.

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Posted 20 July 2004 - 12:14 PM

You should consider checking out sager: http://www.sagernotebook.com. They buy from the same OEM that Voodoo buys from (Usually Clevo) but they charge much less for the hardware because they don't paint it or anything. I bought a sager 8890 this fall and I absolutely love it. Also, sager has excellent tech support. In my opinion they are one of the best bargains around. On the other hand, if you will use this laptop primarily for business, I highly reccommend IBM. They make durable products and have great tech support if your hardware breaks. Also, if you want to beat the shit out of your laptop check out Panasonic and their Toughbooks. If you want an older laptop check out the NEC Versa SX. I currently own most of the laptops mentioned above, so if you need any more help send me an email at pdm1235 at yahoo dot com

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