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The nuts and bolts => Portable VL => Topic started by: Daniel on March 15, 2010, 10:45:07 am

Title: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: Daniel on March 15, 2010, 10:45:07 am
I'm looking for a new laptop. I want to be able to run VL on it however, I will also need to have Win 7 on it. Does anyone have some recommendations for a good linux-compatible laptop? I have seen the linux hardware compatibility lists on Tuxmobile and LinuxQuestions but they seem to not have some of the more recent laptops listed.
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: retired1af on March 15, 2010, 11:05:44 am
I have a Toshiba P305D that I paid $500 for at Wally World. It runs very well on Win 7 and even better on VL. :)

Edit:

Here's the spec's on mine.

Processor AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60, 2000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
ATI Radeon X1250
4 Gig Ram
250 GB HD
Windows 7 Home Premium
17" Display

The only two things that are an issue with me on this one is the smallish hard drive and the video adapter. I game on this notebook as well, and there are times I'd really like to play with the video settings at their max. Not going to happen with an ATI x1250!  :D

But.. It's been a solid performer. I've had it almost a year now, and I've pretty much used it as a desktop replacement. It originally came with Vista, which I promply ripped out and installed Win 7 RC. I've since updated that to the full blown version of Win 7 and I haven't looked back since.

VL 6 Standard screams on this thing, and SOHO 6 Beta 4.2 runs like a champ as well. (Running both on an external 320GB drive.)
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: The Headacher on March 15, 2010, 12:17:39 pm
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I'm looking for a new laptop. I want to be able to run VL on it however, I will also need to have Win 7 on it. Does anyone have some recommendations for a good linux-compatible laptop?
You probably should try to define your wishes a little better, if you do that you can search for a laptop that matches your needs / wishes. Right now, all I can say is: my laptop (the one in the signature) works just dandy with both VL and win 7.
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: Daniel on March 17, 2010, 05:57:22 pm
I have a Toshiba P305D that I paid $500 for at Wally World.

What is the full product number for that? There are several P305D's. I would think that they are all pretty similar but... BTW, did the wireless networking work too? That is a major requirement for me.
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: retired1af on March 17, 2010, 06:27:37 pm
It's a P305D-S8995E. Wireless was detected and running a lot faster in VL 6 than Windows 7.  ;D

I can even do some gaming on it (WoW and LOTRO), but at the lowest video settings.
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: Daniel on March 18, 2010, 08:44:40 am
Hmm... According to the Toshiba website, the P300 series is no longer available. I am going to look at Toshiba's in general though.
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: retired1af on March 18, 2010, 08:51:29 am
While Toshiba themselves may not sell it directly, I'm sure you'll be able to find one elsewhere, particularly at a "big box" retailer such as Costco, WalMart, etc.

I've been very happy with mine overall.

And may I also suggest a Swiss Gear backpack to go along with it? I balked initially at the price, but man, was I ever glad I pulled the trigger on buying one. It's huge, stores the notebook AND cooler easily, along with a myriad of other goodies.
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: Daniel on March 18, 2010, 11:17:27 am
Ok, I found it.

And may I also suggest a Swiss Gear backpack to go along with it?

Hmm... maybe I'll look into that.

One more thing, did the webcam work? (with VL?)
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: retired1af on March 18, 2010, 11:22:50 am
Haven't tried it. I rarely use the thing, even under windows.

Edit -- Just tried the Webcam app in 6 Standard. It worked. :)
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: never_stop_learning on March 18, 2010, 04:43:29 pm
I have had great luck with HP, Dell and IBM laptops and netbooks.  8)
Title: Re: New Linux-compatible laptop?
Post by: brampieke on June 05, 2010, 06:48:27 am
A broadcom-wireless card is always a mess. Yes it works in VL, but it's slow and haven't have a good range.
You pretty always have to configure it by yourself.