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johomato
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Laptop

#1 Post by johomato » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:54 am

Hey everyone,
Been using different distros for many years, MX for about two and it is definitely the best I've ever tried - just works without any issues. I find myself looking at laptops to replace an old, slow POS that is seriously under-powered. Good grief there are alot of choices out there and am looking for suggestions.

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Re: Laptop

#2 Post by chrispop99 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:38 am

If you are happy using ebay I would advise buying a used ex-corporate machine. For the price a a new consumer level machine, you could get a 1 to 2 year old machine that will have a better specification, be much better built, and will be repairable and capable of being updated.

I have a number of DELL E6430 machines that run really well with MX. Core i5, 4GB RAM, 14" screen.

Whatever you get, try to avoid one with dual Intel/Nvidia graphics, as they don't play nice with Linux.

Chris
Test machines:
32-bit non-PAE - Thinkpad T41, 1.6GHz Pentium M, 1GB RAM.
32-bit PAE - DELL Latitude D610, 1.73GHz Pentium M, 2GB RAM.
64-bit - Lenovo T61, 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM
64-bit - Gigabyte Z77P-D3, Intel i3-3220, GeForce 8400 GS, 4GB PC3-12800.

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Re: Laptop

#3 Post by galen » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:37 am

great advice

also check out
http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/Intel/
see what chances you'll have with your hardware upgrades.
7-10 year old laptops with maxed out CPU and RAM are still worthy
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Dtop#1: Xubuntu 16.04, AMD FX4300
Ltop#1: XU16.04-64b T500
Ltop#2: MX17-64b HP nc4400
Ltop#3: Zorin, MX16 32b IBM T30

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Re: Laptop

#4 Post by dolphin_oracle » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:10 pm

personally I like thinkpads. I recently picked up a T530 with Ivy Bridge parts for 210 bucks. 8GB of ram and I updated the storage to 1 TB for another 60 bucks plus a slightly hair-raising time actually installing the HD myself.

Just remember when buying upgrades to research what will actually fit in your machine...it took me two tries on that 1 TB hard drive.
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lenovo ThinkPad T530 - MX-17
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Re: Laptop

#5 Post by uncle mark » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:33 pm

If you want to go dirt cheap and don't need much horsepower:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... y=40808298
Desktop: Custom build Asus/AMD/nVidia -- MEPIS 11
Laptop: Acer Aspire 5250 -- MX-15
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Re: Laptop

#6 Post by johomato » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:06 pm

Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies to my post. I'm not in any hurry, want to get the right hardware that will last me a few years. It seems that the 2 in 1s are plentiful. I have a couple of questions, looked around but didn't find straight answers.

How does Debian (mx) handle tablet mode with the screen rotation and virtual keyboard? Would that include the detachables that act as full on tablets?

There seems to be differing opinions about video hardware. Which ones play best with Linux? I don't mind proprietary drivers as long as they work well.

Boy, talk about differing opinions... Which manufacturer? I've always had good luck with Toshiba, but things change so quickly. I want something cool that works great with mx.

Thanks!
Tony

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Re: Laptop

#7 Post by Stevo » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:12 pm

Most everything works out of the box on my Acer Aspire e5-575G-53VG, including the Optimus video card switching after using the Nvidia driver installer. The hotkey to turn off the wifi doesn't seem to work, but I don't miss that.

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Re: Laptop

#8 Post by Fast-Game » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:14 am

chrispop99 wrote:If you are happy using ebay I would advise buying a used ex-corporate machine. For the price a a new consumer level machine, you could get a 1 to 2 year old machine that will have a better specification, be much better built, and will be repairable and capable of being updated.

I have a number of DELL E6430 machines that run really well with MX. Core i5, 4GB RAM, 14" screen.

Whatever you get, try to avoid one with dual Intel/Nvidia graphics, as they don't play nice with Linux.

Chris
Chris, I like like your suggestion. DELL E6430 for very little $$$ is hard to beat.

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Re: Laptop

#9 Post by johomato » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:23 pm

Ok, so I went into Best Buy and they had a Dell Inspiron 7000 2 in 1 for $220 off and I got it. Everything seems to work out of the box with MX-17, except for one problem with the screen rotation. The screen rotates using Display settings, but the mouse action does not follow the rotation - it behaves as if the screen is in the normal position.

So, how do I fix this to make the mouse follow the screen position?

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Re: Laptop

#10 Post by penguin » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:55 pm

jomahoto

my recommendations.

lenovo because are the most linux compatible. x220,x230 or t420,t430 (2012 editions , you will find them cheap - no more than 130 EU I believe)
dell latitude 6230, 6330
hp 2570p,8470p .

the best performance seems to have hp 2570p.

if you leave in USA , you can find them cheap (especially dell)
for all laptops:
4 or 8 gb and SSD (64 or 80gb). You can put a hdd on the second caddy( remove cd writer)
hope it helps
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