Re: Laptop Recommendations?
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On Thursday 01 February 2007 13:52, Rick Reynolds
<email@example.com> 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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