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    another laptop thread

    I was reading the laptops that work with ubuntu perfectly and came up with another question for people. I want to buy a cheap laptop so I can play with ubuntu on it. What are my options cost wise. I was thinking an amd processor to save money (not sure what options there are for laptops) and probably 1gb of RAM (should be good enough for most things in ubuntu, right?). other than that, I don't know what else I really need. Are there laptops that have no optical drive (only need it for loading the OS) Let me know if anyone else has done something like this or if there are any suggestions. Specifically, how much I would have to spend for a decent linux laptop.

    tony

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    Re: another laptop thread

    Helps if you mention what country you're in as the market varies from one place to another.

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    Re: another laptop thread

    sorry, I live in the US, plus I have no problem ordering online vs retail store (though it would be nice to just walk out of best buy with it -- I like instant gratification).

    thanks in advance

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    Re: another laptop thread

    Max budget might help as well.

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    Re: another laptop thread

    Thats the thing, I don't really know what I would have to spend. I see ones I would like at best buy for like 600$ ( lowest price for core 2 duo) and then there are some 400-500$ amd ones, but don't know how well ubuntu (or linux in general) will run or what i should look for in a mobile amd processor. let's say 6-700$ for now as a budget. Also, I am willing to modify it saves money (add or replace components), or buy RAM separately if needed

    thanks

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    Re: another laptop thread

    What do you consider "cheap"? What's your price range?

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    Re: another laptop thread

    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    What do you consider "cheap"? What's your price range?
    6-700$ as the upper limit

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    Re: another laptop thread

    I have a HP DV2000z which cost me $800 after rebate.

    The specs are....

    AMD TL-50
    nvidia 7200go videocard
    80gb hdd
    1gb ram
    broadcom wireless

    Now the only problem with this laptop is the broadcom wireless since they

    hate linux apparently. Ubuntu 7.10 has the restricted driver manager and

    that has my wifi working perfectly with out much problem. The build quality

    of the laptop is great and I would recommend it to anyone, with the one

    thing being to upgrade to the intel wireless.

    Oh Ubuntu runs awesome on this laptop, my desktop system has way

    better specs but the performance is almost identical.

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    Re: another laptop thread

    In the 600-700$ price range you can get a lot from Lenovo, HP & Dell.

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    Re: another laptop thread

    this might sound wierd, but aren't intel wifi cards supposed to be very well supported under linux? Do you have any problems with your broadcom card like slow speeds? My laptop for school has the intel pro 3945 abg card and it tops out at like 25kb/s download (and it freezes all the time if I use ndiswrapper). I searched around and found a lot of people with this problem but no clear solutions. Thats another requirement I should have mentioned -- the wireless has to work well.

    thanks

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