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Re: [SLE] Looking for a laptop
- From: grtoft@xxxxxxxxx (George Toft)
- Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2000 11:31:43 -1000
- Message-id: <38935C3F.9E8C8A9C@xxxxxxxxx>
Brian M. Collins wrote:
> I am looking for a reasonably priced laptop to take SuSE 6.3 on the road
> with me. I need:
> - decent display
> - net & modem access
> - robustness (must not be a "delicate" box)
> - flawless execution of SuSE
> Any suggestions or experiances to share?
Whatever you choose, make sure:
1. Others have installed Linux on it (obviously). I tried to install
Linux on an IBM Thinkpad 365, which was a fairly trivial task, even with
the backpack CD-ROM, but the video chip was not supported by Xfree86.
This particular model had a very obscure chip (I don't remember the
name, but all I found on the 'Net was other people asking the same
question I was, and no answers.
2. Make sure there is good vendor support. I bought a Sharp PC 9020,
knowing it was thinly supported. The 1-800 customer support
has been excellent, but the quality of the computer is sorely lacking.
In the time since I bought it, support has diminished. I cannot get
it repaired locally - I have to send it to a regional repair center.
I'm on my third hard drive - I can't run Linux for more than three
days without overheating and killing the hard drive. The RAM died -
I replaced the 16MB with 32MB. The power cord developed an open - I
performed surgery and fixed it. The floppy drive connector is very
troublesome - it will cost me over $200 to ship it to California to
fix it (I can buy another computer just like it for under $600). The
floppy drive failed - more surgery and now I have this very
Frankenstein-looking contraption whenever I use the floppy drive.
3. Never buy refurb equipment. See above.
Sorry I can't tell what *to* buy, but I can tell you what *not* to buy.
George Toft http://www.georgetoft.com
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