View Full Version : Seeking advice for laptop purchase

June 23rd, 2008, 12:07 AM
Hi there! I'm looking for a good notebook to use with Ubuntu, and I had dropped by the Dell page, which offers some of its line preinstalled with the best OS in the world (and you bet I'm not talking about Vista).

However, I've put my looks on the Inspiron 1720, which is not one of those offered with Ubuntu, mainly because of its graphic card and its better CPU. I'm concerned, though, that some of its components may not work properly with Linux (that's why they might not be offering this particular model), so I'd like people with Ubuntu in 1720s or similar computers to share their experiences. The link is Dell - Inspiron 1720 (Spanish) (http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/inspnnb_1720?c=es&cs=esdhs1&l=es&s=dhs) and I'm targeting a model around the 1099, with some customizations.

If that were not possible, my second option is an Inspiron 1525, which is offered with Linux, thus precluding any compatibility problems. The showstopper is that the gfx card is an Intel X3100, whose performance I don't know. The only other possibility is an XPS 1330, which allows me to choose a GeForce 8400 for graphics, but is a bit more expensive. Both are at Dell - Linux laptops (Spanish) (http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/topic.aspx/emea/segments/gen/client/es/ubuntu_landing?c=es&cs=esdhs1&l=es&s=dhs&~ck=mn) and the version I'd get would be pretty customized to bring them as much in line with the 1720 as possible (4GB mem, Core 2 Duo T7250 CPU, more HD, etc.), so the final prices would be pretty similar.

I'm requesting advice, experiences with similar computers (drivers compatibility, etc.) and whatever you can tell me. Any help would be appreciated! :KS

June 23rd, 2008, 12:20 AM
Dell usually uses pretty standard hardware in their Inspiron line, except for their wireless cards. As long as you choose Intel for that, you should be fine.

June 23rd, 2008, 12:56 AM
Those are excellent news, thank you very much! The wireless cards are Intel indeed, and I've heard they've got pretty good support here in the Light Side. What about the 802.11n cards from Intel? Will they work with the same driver? (I suppose not u_u)

On the other hand, does anyone know anything about the Intel X3100 gfx card, particularly compared to NVidia's GF8400 and 8600? I would like info on characteristics (I've tried to find benchmarks for Intel's gfx but I could not) and Linux support - as nvidia's drivers, both OSS and propietary, are said to be flaky at best.

June 23rd, 2008, 12:57 AM
Intel will work all the time, so you don't need to worry about that.

June 23rd, 2008, 01:08 AM
Intel processor and Nvidia video card. Those are the main things I'd look at.

June 23rd, 2008, 01:35 AM
I would add Intel wireless to that.

June 23rd, 2008, 01:43 AM