Re: Best Laptop?
> I'm new to the list (a few days), and I'm sure you get this question
> often, but I figured I'd ask for some advice. I'm about to buy a new
> laptop, and would like to maximize the hardware that will work, and
> minimize the gotchas. I've been perusing linuxhardware.net a fair
> bit, and there is good info, but, of course it's a bit old - and I'm
> looking at mid-high range laptops - so they've got lots of newish
> Right now, I'm thinking primarily of getting a Dell Lattitude CPx or
> Inspiron 8000, or a Sony Vaio PCG.
Our company has recently purchased 3 Dell Lattitude CPx's (and has 2 CPi's).
There have been two linux compatibility problems, and one hardware fault.
(Not a realistically good result, but we're happy with the machines,
and the on-site warranttee has paid for itself.)
We are using Debian as our linux distribution (2.2.17 kernel be default)
Sound (unsolved): The CPx's use the Ensonic 3i, which is only just
seeing linux support.
Video (seem to be solved): The Video chip is the ATI Rage Mobility
(mach32). The new XFree86 4.? solved a problem that we had here with
stippling on the right hand side of the screen.. this only occured with
the accellerated server.
Something went wrong in the PCMCIA slot on one of the machines.
In the install, the only sign that there was something wrong was
that the Debian system wouldn't recognise the Xircom Realport card.
We managed to get passed any 'we don't support Linux' response
from DELL, by being able to show that everything worked on the
other identical machine (including the PCMCIA card).
They replaced the 'motherboard' and that fixed the problem.
BIOS entry from Linux. This is related to the suspend query below.
When entering any of the BIOS functions (via the Fn Key) the first
system had a tendency to hang. This seems to be fixed somewhat with
later version of the BIOS.. but I couldnt say for sure.
Things yet to findout/do..
- How the irDA port works. I would like to get it to talk to my
- Suspend. There is a suspend to 'ram' which works (apm -s), but
expect problems if you try it inside of X. Also PCMCIA/Cardbus has
problems when returning from a suspend mode.
Other than these issues.. we're quite happy.