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

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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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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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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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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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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

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

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i'm actually Ebayin' for an IBM thinkpad.

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

pctorque.com

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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!!~!!""

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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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:voteno: ive always had packard bell laptop's becuase my mum desides to go with overheating laptops :blowfuse:

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I have a Dell Inspiron 2650 and I love it. It came with WinXp but I canned that shit within a day and put Slackware on it. Not even one problem with it. It recognized everything. If you end up putting Linux on it, you'll need to research wireless cards. I bought a Cisco Aironet 352 off ebay for $37.50 and it works great.

Good Luck

-= My Final Thoughts =-

Good Idea == Dell, IBM, or Toshiba

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5150 and had no problems installing Red Hat Fedora Core 2, Mandrake 9.2, Mandrake 10 or Slackware. Well, only one problem, I can't seem to get the damn mini-pci wi-fi card it comes with to work, but its a shitty card anyway and when upgraded to a pcmcia card i had no problems.

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Whada think about this

Think it will boot from cd w/o any problems? And are orinoco gold 802.11G wireless cards pcmcia type 2 or 3?

Its $500 with a 6 month Warranty

CPU Intel Pentium-3 700 MHz

HARD DRIVE 20 GB

MEMORY 256 MB

CD-ROM CD

DISPLAY 13.3" XGA TFT Active Matrix

DISPLAY ADAPTER 1024 x 768 resolution

BATTERY Li-Ion

ADAPTER Dual Voltage (110 / 220 Volts)

KEYBOARD Full size 85 keys

POINTING DEVICE TrackPoint

SOUND Sound blaster Pro compatible, 2 built in speakers

SOFTWARE Preinstalled Win98 Se

EXPANSION SLOTS 2 type II or 1 type III PCMCIA cards

INTERFACES 1 Parallel, 1 PS2 mouse, 1 RJ11, 1 RJ45, 1 Ext display, 1 Speaker out, 1 Mix, 2 USB

MODEM 56K

NETWORK 10/100

WEIGHT 6 lbs

DIMENSIONS 12.3" x 9.9" x 1.4"

Edit: its a IBM ThinkPad I1300

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where did you get that from?

i know someone who has one for sale.. just saying...

EDIT: contact me privately for details (email, and aim are preferred!)

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