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Re: Sony VAIO support, anyone have experience?

On Thu, 3 Apr 2008 07:59:09 +1300
Chris Bannister <mockingbird@earthlight.co.nz> wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 03:32:49PM +0100, Noah Slater wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I am wanting to buy a new laptop primarily to move away from PowerPC so
> > that my machine is better supported by a default Debian installation.
> > 
> > I really like the look of the VAIOs but wanted to know if anyone has any
> > feedback on how well supported they are. I don't want to be patching
> > kernels or hacking my xorg to get things running smoothly.

I don't know how the modern ones are. Had one bought about five years ago and
everything was supported at the time.

On the other hand the customer support was the worst I ever ran into. I got
better support for no name mp3 players bought in the flea market.

It had a bad cpu which burned out, after assuring me three times that there was
not problem to get warranty repair they charged me 250$ to get a warranty
repair and all this time the support shift supervisor constantly avoided me.

Couldn't get a single non template reply from the support.

A company my dad worked for had an even worse experience with a 5000$ video

I would suggest avoiding them like fire in a swamp full of acid. Go with
thinkpads (X or T series, not lenovo c or n series) or dells.

> Huh? I think you might be using the wrong distribution. Are you
> confusing hacking with configuring?
> > Wireless would be nice too, preferably without using non-free software.
> That depends on the chipset. Maybe look for a laptop without built in
> wireless and buy a "supported" pcmcia card?
> There are some websites which can help you decide whether a particular
> laptop has any gotchas with Linux, google on "laptop linux"

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