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sony vaio laptops

I love my Vaio (PCG-N505VE).  A year ago when I bought it, Debian
slink did not have X support for the Neomagic, and I had to scrounge
for the Aironet (wireless ethernet) support, but not a big deal.
Potato has all that now.  The tricky part was the install, because the
Vaio has a USB floppy and a PCMCIA CD-ROM.  I had a bit of trouble
accessing the CD-ROM during the install.

I don't know why you want a big, honking screen and a built in DVD or
floppy drive in something you want to carry around a lot.  I have not
used a floppy or CD-ROM since the first 24 hours I owned it (to wipe
away Win98 and install Linux).  I use ethernet to get whatever I need
onto the machine.  Also, the 10.4" screen is pretty nice, at 1024x768
resolution.  Heck, it looks better than my Sun at work, with its 19"
1152x900 screen.  And I carry it on my commute every day, a couple of
miles of walking per day, with a big hill to go up on the way home.
The sub three pound weight helps a lot there.

The smaller, lighter Vaios are cheaper, too, less than two grand.

On Nov 25, Jordan Evatt (webfreak@themes.org) wrote:
 > Hi guys. I've about had it with my Inspiron 3200 laptop; it's fixing to hit
 > the dust. Falling apart, literally. I'm looking into getting a new laptop
 > before I go to college, if I can raise the funds before that time comes
 > (next year). I've lately been interested in Sony's line of VAIO laptops.
 > Reason being, when I go to college, I want something that's extremely
 > portable - something that I can carry around campus easily in a backpack,
 > because I hate laptop cases. I need something that's powerful enough for
 > what I want it to do - in reality, the basics, and I like to play games like
 > Quake3 and Unreal as well.
 > When I saw the newer Vaio's, the Superslim Pro models, I was intrigued, and
 > looked into them. I played around on sony's website for awhile with the
 > configuration stuff, and liked what I saw. They're not *that* expensive for
 > a laptop - around $3500 for almost top configuration, which is what I'll
 > probably be getting. My Inspiron was $3400, and the best of the best
 > component configurations at the time. That was over two years ago though :).
 > Anyway, I obviously want to make sure the Vaios have good video graphics
 > capabilities and excellent linux support for all that is included with them.
 > The only personal drawbacks I have against the Vaio's (the superslim pro
 > model) is the fact that they don't have drive bays for dvd-rom/floppy drive,
 > and the fact that it only has a 12.1" screen. Mine has a 13.3" screen, good
 > grief. Does anyone have any good success stories installing/using linux
 > (debian specifically) on the Vaio's? Thanks. Oh, I'm on the list, so no need
 > to reply to me directly.
 > - webfreak

Neil L. Roeth

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