[SATLUG] which laptop to buy?
Chuck at Tetlow.Net
Mon Aug 5 17:21:02 CDT 2002
I'd argue that restocking fee with them. If the computer won't run the
operating system of my choice -- its worthless to me and not what I paid
for. Try that argument and see if you can get all your money back. You
also might drop a hint of how much bad publicity Best Buy (in general and
that store in particular) is going to get in the Linux community when they
find out what Best Buy did/didn't do about a Linux problem!
As for recommendations, there are a number of companies that sell pre-loaded
Linux laptops. If you want to be absolutely sure that a laptop will work
with Linux -- that's probably the safest way to go. They might cost a
little more, but at least you're sure it works.
From: satlug-admin at satlug.org [mailto:satlug-admin at satlug.org]On Behalf
Of matt hutchinson
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2002 3:21 PM
To: satlug at satlug.org
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] which laptop to buy?
unfortunately bestbuy doesnt carry dells. only toshiba, sony hp and compaq.
i could return the one i have now (within thirteen more days) but id loose
15% of the price (a HUGE chunk of change) as a "restocking fee." :(
On Monday 05 August 2002 15:02, you wrote:
> I juts got a new Dell Inspiron 8200 about a month ago and it's been
> working out better than i could hope. when i first started messing with it
> i kept switching from Mandrake 8.2 and RedHat 7.3; both are good and offer
> different things. but i'm now using RedHat duel booting WinXP just for a
> few of my old apps. There just a few things you need, first you need the
> like HSFlinModem drivers for the internel modem, and also the NVIDIA
> graphics drivers from their site as well. but once you install and config
> those the machine is kick. even got a internel cd burner, and a modular
> dvd drive that both work great. so i'm so happy and ready for college in
> the fall at UT Austin.
> > ill be starting college in a few weeks and NEED a notebook. ive tried
> > the compaq 722us (and returned it-- the whole thing crashed when i ran
> > the openoffice setup) and now have a compaq 900us which i cant get
> > rh7.3 on. the install program boots from the cdrom but then cant find
> > the install disk in the same drive!
> > "linux expert noprobe" and booting from a disk dont work and the folks
> > at compaq and rh both seem to be stumped.
> > also when i try to split the disk with pm7 i get the error about the
> > size of the fat table not matching (which isnt a big deal because i
> > wont be running windows at all: i just cant figure out how to use xp's
> > cryptic ui.)
> > if anyone has success stories with their own notebook any help would be
> > immeasurably appreciated. since the models listed on
> > www.linux-on-laptops.com are no longer being sold its hard to find a
> > model in the series of models posted that the manufacturer hasnt
> > completely redone (i learned this the hard way with the compaq 700:
> > models 730 and above use an unsupported graphics card.)
> > fortunately best buy will let me return this notebook for a different
> > one without a penalty.
> > thanks in advance--
> > matt hutchinson
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