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Old Pink
November 12th, 2006, 03:46 PM
Hi all.

Just looking for a basic laptop for around 50/$100, in/available to the UK. :-k

Would like 192/256MB of RAM, and around 1Ghz processor. Only a little storage, so 10GB there would be good. :rolleyes:

Does anyone have any idea as to where I may find such a deal, or any laptop brands that are hell to set up with Ubuntu and should be avoided? 8)

Remember, 50/$100 is very optimistic and slightly unrealistic. Basically I'm just looking for a great deal.

Thanks,
Matt

dasunst3r
November 12th, 2006, 03:49 PM
I tried to look up used laptops from www.retrobox.com (these are laptops that are used by corporations), but there is still nothing that meets your requirements.

mips
November 12th, 2006, 05:39 PM
Look on ebay. I suspect it might be hard to find something for 50pounds.

I would suggest you look for something like an IBM T20 or lower spec. The ibm machines are really bulletproof.

Old Pink
November 12th, 2006, 06:06 PM
I suspect it might be hard to find something for 50pounds.


there is still nothing that meets your requirements.

OK, I always thought that my pricing was a little hopeful, I've edited my original post to include this:



Remember, 50/$100 is very optimistic and slightly unrealistic. Basically I'm just looking for a great deal.

Thanks for the retrobox link, I'll take a look at that. As for eBay, I do look on there occasionally, and have found some great bargins, I was just interested in others in case there was a hidden gem of a website I was yet to discover. :)

PatrickMay16
November 12th, 2006, 06:13 PM
I recently got an IBM thinkpad T22 on ebay for 140, which works well with Ubuntu (apart from a terrible video glitch, but this is fixed by adding some lines to the xorg.conf file), has a 900MHz processor, 256MB RAM, and a 20GB hard disk. And the battery works OK.

So, I would suggest you look on ebay.

Skia_42
November 12th, 2006, 06:26 PM
Tigerdirect.com has pretty cheap laptops fr sale. $300

mips
November 12th, 2006, 06:33 PM
Tigerdirect.com has pretty cheap laptops fr sale. $300

If you looked at his profile you would have seen he lives in the United Kingdom, not the USA. Unless tiger direct has outlets in the UK the shipping/duties will cost an arm & a leg.

DarkN00b
November 12th, 2006, 06:46 PM
You might have a look at Pricewatch (http://www.pricewatch.com/) also. You can get machines with no OS which cuts down on the price quite a bit, plus they track prices so you can get a good machine fairly cheaply.

Old Pink
November 12th, 2006, 06:50 PM
Thanks, mips. :) I also mentioned it in my original post. :rolleyes:

Anyway, been searching around on eBay, found some nice Thinkpads, looking at some other brands now. :D

maniacmusician
November 12th, 2006, 06:50 PM
oops. ignore this.

esaym
November 12th, 2006, 06:53 PM
Try some of the older dell models on ebay like Inspiron 4000, 4100, 8000, 8100, 8200 and latitude (dell business models) c600, c500, c510, c610, c800, c805, c810, c840, c540, and c640.

I bought a c610 off of ebay for $315 usd total. Came with 768mb and 1ghz cpu and 1050x1024 res lcd.

Lots of parts and laptops on ebay for dells. Just be picky with the seller you go for. I would recommend only getting one with a high res screen (1050x1024=sxga and 1600x1200=uxga). Make sure to ask them about dead pixels and stuff. The laptop I bought actually cam with a dieing hard drive so I had to buy another one $50. Battery works for about 1.5 hours.

Also lots of documentation on dell's site: http://support.dell.com/ check out the manuals link

Old Pink
November 12th, 2006, 07:09 PM
Try some of the older dell models on ebay like Inspiron 4000, 4100, 8000, 8100, 8200 and latitude (dell business models) c600, c500, c510, c610, c800, c805, c810, c840, c540, and c640.

I bought a c610 off of ebay for $315 usd total. Came with 768mb and 1ghz cpu and 1050x1024 res lcd.

Lots of parts and laptops on ebay for dells. Just be picky with the seller you go for. I would recommend only getting one with a high res screen (1050x1024=sxga and 1600x1200=uxga). Make sure to ask them about dead pixels and stuff. The laptop I bought actually cam with a dieing hard drive so I had to buy another one $50. Battery works for about 1.5 hours.

Also lots of documentation on dell's site: http://support.dell.com/ check out the manuals link

Thanks for all that, but $315 is a little high for my liking. I'm just looking for a little go between laptop I can boot up to do some research/show people things/type something up when one of my other PCs isn't running.

Basically, I want a little low-end laptop for browsing, GAIMing and Abiwording. I'll probably mess around with it, trying to max out the speed, but otherwise it won't get used all that much.

I recently dug out an old Sony Vaio, 700Mhz with 128MB of RAM. Tiny little laptop, it's perfect albeit a little slow with only 128mb of RAM, and it can't charge batteries, I think the connector is broken. Just wanted to know what else was out there similar to this, really. 256Mb RAM and a working battery would be perfection. :D

Alot of people have been scared into taking the hard drives out of their laptops before selling on eBay, as credit card information can be stolen from them. This annoys me, as the lack of hard drives doesn't seem to be decreasing the price, so the price of a hard drive along with the laptop would equal alot higher than it was before this stealing information got out. :(

Old Pink
November 12th, 2006, 09:57 PM
Any UK users know a decent secondhand store?

maniacmusician
November 13th, 2006, 12:01 AM
no, sorry, but I really think the best choice here would probably be ebay, as others said. Just gotta be careful about the seller. from my experience, secondhand computer stores don't usually have anything good.