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#1 2005-03-04 17:35:09

phrakture
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opinions on this laptop

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductde … 007&DEPA=0

I'm looking for something snappy that I can use mainly for internet and text editing, on the go

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#2 2005-03-04 18:11:08

i3839
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Re: opinions on this laptop

Looks like the wireless card is problematic. Other than that, it seems ok.

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#3 2005-03-04 18:50:37

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Re: opinions on this laptop

i3839 wrote:

Looks like the wireless card is problematic. Other than that, it seems ok.

eh, it's a broadcom which I have on my current laptop - ndiswrapper solves any problems with that... I did notice it seems to have a gay little antenna on the side, instead of integrating the antenna behind the display like most laptops

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#4 2005-03-05 00:17:13

oscar
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Re: opinions on this laptop

I only took a quick glance, but this is my first impression:

256 MByte ram - that's ok, really, unless your graphics memory is shared with your ram - and oh, that _will_ take 64 MByte of your RAM away, and you're left with 192 MByte.

Othervise - batteries have a tendency to brake. Make sure you know what you can do if it does.


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#5 2005-03-05 00:54:53

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Yeah but I was planning on using it for things like firefox, vim, and mpd... that's about it... 256 might do good.  But I'm going to hold off about 2 months to buy a new one (I want to pay off my credit card first) so things might come down

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#6 2005-03-05 02:54:43

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Re: opinions on this laptop

"256MB is enough" is a statement like "640kb is enough" ... it's never enough next week, when you are trying to do some big thing and after 4 minutes the compiler starts swapping and makes the 3h compile take 11h :-( (speaking out of bad experience)


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#7 2005-03-05 03:04:50

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Re: opinions on this laptop

compile? imagine if you ran gentoo tongue

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#8 2005-03-05 03:53:14

stonecrest
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Re: opinions on this laptop

Man, some people get carried away with ram. I'm on a little Compaq Armada M300 with 320mb ram. I'm currently running:
xfce
firefox
thunderbird
gaim
xfmedia
azureus (ridiculously ram intensive)
gftp
2 xfce terminals
xchat

and I still have 112mb free.

Anyway, I think the laptop looks decent phrakture. But if you don't need a speedy machine (mine's a p3 600), you could probably get a much better deal on ebay. Other than the processor, mine is very comparable to that machine and cost me $350. Just my two cents wink


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#9 2005-03-06 01:18:21

phrakture
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Re: opinions on this laptop

I've been thinking about getting a 12" powerbook as well.... just because they're rad

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