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Re: Laptop Recommendations?

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On Thursday 01 February 2007 13:52, Rick Reynolds 
<rick@rickandviv.net> was heard to say:
> It's probably worth getting a
> larger hard drive and keeping a Dell-supported OS on there as a
> dual boot option just so you can verify that any problems you're
> having are not hardware related.

I have a Sony Vaio (don't get one, the hardware is unique and 
substantially under-supported) PCG-GRT170 laptop, and for the support 
issue (extended Circuit City warrantee, used 5 or 6 times for DVD 
drive failures) I restored WinXP to the original 5400rpm HD after I 
bought myself a 7200rpm HD with better seek times, transfer rates 
&etc, and put Unstable on that.

Now if I want that last little bit of hardware debugging: "Does it 
fail in Windows too?", I just swap HDs which isn't traumatic. It also 
keeps them from erasing my Linux install and putting XP back on it 
which they did once before I figured this trick out.

And I run only Linux on the system the rest of the time. Ok, once ever 
couple of years I put the other HD in and play _Age of Empires_ for a 
day or two until I cannot stand XP anymore.

It was a _very_ well spent ~$100 at NewEgg, recommended to anyone who 
has the money to do it. Oh, get a bigger HD than came with the laptop 
originally, I mean, why not? The OEM HD is virtually certain to be 
5400rpm even on top of the line laptops. I've had no heat problems, 
even when transcoding video and authoring DVDs.


- -- 
September 11th, 2001
The proudest day for gun control and central 
planning advocates in American history

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