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Recommendations for cheap (__cheap__) notebook/laptop

I'd like to buy a small (10-12 inch screen) very inexpensive (sub-$300) notebook, to use for reading PDFs, taking notes, and very light coding (i.e. emacs and python). Any recommendations would be most welcome. [more inside]
posted by uninformative on Apr 21, 2014 - 15 answers

 

System76 GazellePro laptop experiences?

Can anyone share direct experience using a GazellePro laptop or similar from System76? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Feb 3, 2014 - 3 answers

LaptopFilter: is this ASUS ultrabook the machine I want?

I'm getting a new laptop. A new variant of the ASUS UX32VD Zenbook (model: UX32VD-R4010P) seems to tick all my boxes. But I'm good at talking myself into things, so please help me sanity-check my choice. Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by pont on Feb 12, 2013 - 8 answers

How to continue using an almost new laptop

I have an Acer laptop with an i3 chip and the standard amount of RAM, probably 4GB that I bought in 2011. Just over a year after I bought it, and just weeks after the end of warranty, the hard drive died. I'm wondering how hard it would be to buy a new hard drive and install Ubuntu or something like that. Is it possible? If so, how much of a pain is it to set up drivers? Would I have to manually install drivers for nearly everything (USB ports, wireless receiver, etc)?
posted by KokuRyu on Jan 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Choose-my-laptop-filter

Choose-my-laptop-filter. This is, in broad strokes, what I'm considering: 15" Lenovo W520 with the 1080p screen, 16Gb RAM and dual SSDs in RAID 0. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Leon on Nov 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me use an old laptop to play music on

Help me use my malware-d laptop as a music storage device with minimal investment. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

One Netbook Per Child

Help me build a Linux-based system for a 3 year old. [more inside]
posted by swift on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Can I use an old laptop without a harddisk as a seedbox?

I was using an old laptop as a low wattage seedbox at home and the internal HD just died. I was wondering if I could get it running without having to replace the drive, using a linux live disk, or something of the kind. [more inside]
posted by Siberian Mist on May 12, 2011 - 5 answers

What do I do with an incredibly old laptop?

I have a Thinkpad 755c, dating from 1995 or so. Is there anything remotely useful/interesting I can do with it? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Apr 22, 2011 - 13 answers

NVIDIA black screen in Ubuntu Linux -- software or hardware?

I have a Linux laptop with an nvidia graphics card that is giving me headaches. Help me figure out what the deal is! [more inside]
posted by circular on Apr 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me find a sub $700 ubuntu friendly laptop

Ubuntu-filter: Sub $700 laptop works with Ubuntu 10.x out of the box [more inside]
posted by rampy on Mar 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Laptop recommendation request n+1

Looking for a laptop that will run Linux & Windows 7 without driver hassles. Budget ~$1k and under. Used would be ok. Must be able to install an SSD drive in it. Not a heavy gamer, but if it could run minecraft passably that would be a big bonus. Additional conditions and... [more inside]
posted by de void on Jan 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Cheap Durable Refurbished Laptop of DOOM!

Looking for a cheap, durable, cheap, reliable, CHEAP laptop (prefer NOT netbook). Thinking Refurbished or Re-certified??? details inside. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Nov 9, 2010 - 18 answers

Ubuntu laptop for Grandma?

Replacing my laptop, and planning to give current laptop to my 85 yr old mother so she can email and chat with me, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren, and receive photo's. Is ubuntu a viable OS for her? [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Jul 1, 2010 - 19 answers

Robust Tablet PC - exists?

My laptop (an Acer Travelmate) just gave up the ghost after 3 years and a replaced (but still dodgy) hard drive. Any suggestions for laptops that can handle plenty of travel and being bumped around in bags? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Single user, looking for long term relationship with the laptop of my dreams. Love of linux a must

Help me find the most durable laptop that will play well with Ubuntu [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jan 18, 2010 - 16 answers

What lightweight but powerful laptop should I buy?

Which light-weight yet powerful laptop should I buy? I like the Sony Vaio Z, followed by the MB Air and the Thinkpad X200. Am I missing any models? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Dec 10, 2009 - 22 answers

Which distro of Linux should I try?

Which one of the multitude of Linux distros should someone who's never used Linux before give a go? [more inside]
posted by n3rt on Aug 18, 2009 - 34 answers

Re-purposing laptops: I want more than a picture frame.

When it comes to re-purposing old laptops, it seems like the only option people really talk about is to turn it into a picture frame. There's got to be more that an old iBook can do... right? [more inside]
posted by alexherder on Apr 2, 2009 - 21 answers

This is not my beautiful OS.

My fantastically unstable IBM T42 (which is on it's 3rd, soon to be 4th, life) died a little while ago, no longer booting into Ubuntu. However, it loves to boot into Windows. How do I nuke both? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Bluetooth Automatic Syncing Between Laptops

Syncing between laptops: How can I easily and automatically sync files and documents between two laptops using Bluetooth? Ideally I want to load up one machine in the vicinity of the other and have all my recent data (documents/data/RSS feeds etc.) syncronised with NO hassle. Any good apps out there? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Best OS for an Older Laptop?

What's the best-performing OS for a Toshiba Satellite 2595 CDS with 64 MB RAM and a Celeron 400 MHz processor? [more inside]
posted by Otis on Feb 21, 2008 - 19 answers

So what's the current scoop on Linux on a laptop?

It's that Linux/laptop question again. Desperate geek seeks cheap, durable gear. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jan 19, 2008 - 20 answers

So many parts, too few ideas. DeadLaptop Filter

What do do with all these laptop parts? Knight Rider, perhaps? [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs on Dec 3, 2007 - 3 answers

Linux newb here!....

AVI,MPG,WMV video files will only play sound but no video (with the exception of Web based Flash videos like YouTube....they play fine!!??) on my Dell latitude D620 running Feisty Fawn 7.04 when playing to external 1708FP Dell LCD monitor....why?? (see explanation) [more inside]
posted by stevyb on Jul 9, 2007 - 6 answers

How would I go about installing Ubuntu Linux to my laptop via PXE or an External HDD?

Installing Ubuntu Linux (or windows, if it's easier) on my Gateway Laptop with a dead DVD Drive. Is it possible to do with PXE? Or from an external HDD (it has working USB ports, and can (theoretically) boot from USB) with the CD image on it? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Mar 8, 2007 - 14 answers

Is there a linux distro that can run without a harddrive?

I have a three year old HP laptop with no hard drive. Is there some sort of cd I can pop in it to see if its working otherwise? [more inside]
posted by miniape on Dec 29, 2006 - 8 answers

Best Linux Laptop?

What is the best laptop to run linux on? I need it to be fast and to support at least 2 monitors - three would be better.
posted by jclaborn on Dec 25, 2006 - 8 answers

Linux + college = ?

I just made the jump to Linux (Ubuntu). Any good note taking software for this strange new beast? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics on Jun 25, 2006 - 9 answers

Can I "stream" video files from a WinXP desktop to a Linux laptop?

Can I "stream" video files from a WinXP desktop to a Linux laptop? [more inside]
posted by skryche on Apr 15, 2006 - 7 answers

Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use.

Linux for a web designer! Need advice of what versions to use. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Feb 21, 2006 - 12 answers

How to give Internet access to my grandparents but not the world

How can I safeguard a Linux laptop with dial-up Internet access? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Dec 28, 2005 - 14 answers

Great moments in failed endeavors

I recently acquired a vintage laptop with Windows 95 installed on it. I would like to install Linux on it. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 17, 2005 - 30 answers

How can I automatically backup my laptop?

I've a dual boot windows/linux laptop which is periodically attached to a novell network. Does anyone know of a utility to copy files from a drive on a laptop to the network, where they'll get backed up, without me having to remember to do it?
posted by handee on Nov 16, 2005 - 7 answers

Laptop with Red Hat

Anyone know where I can get a nice laptop with linux preinstalled, especially Red Hat Enterprise 4?
posted by The Jesse Helms on Sep 30, 2005 - 3 answers

Recommend me a laptop for Linux

LinuxLaptopFilter: Can you recommend me a laptop for Linux? [more inside]
posted by xpermanentx on Sep 26, 2005 - 10 answers

Linux without pain?

I know nothing about Linux but would like to try it on my spare laptop... [more inside]
posted by words1 on Jun 27, 2005 - 15 answers

Lost Laptop Data

I'm posting for a friend who was using an old laptop running win95. One day it wouldn't boot, so they took it to "Geek Squad" at compusa or wherever, and they said they couldn't help. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Jun 3, 2005 - 9 answers

OSX or Linux/BSD Laptop?

My laptop is basically toast. I guess I need a new laptop. I was heading toward an iBook/Powerbook, but it suddenly occured to me that a Thinkpad with Linux or BSD might be good. Whatchall think?
posted by five fresh fish on Apr 21, 2005 - 24 answers

Running Linux on an old laptop

Laptop from the late silurian period, want to run linux. Specific problems inside.[+] [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Feb 3, 2005 - 4 answers

help me find a laptop

So, I've come to the decision that I need a laptop, and I need to get it sometime within the next month. It's not quite as simple as all that, though, because I'm trying to find a good deal... [more inside] [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Nov 22, 2004 - 19 answers

Linux viewing problem

I finally took the plunge into Linux (Fedore Core) and almost everything went perfectly, except for my screen. Using a sony laptop with a ATI Raidon 345m graphics card, which I have found is not directly supported by Sony or ATI. However, any linux techies know how to fix it? I can view stuff, but FC likes to reduce my screen size and if I mess around to make it bigger, then the enlarged screen image burns onto my screen which I'm guessing is not a good thing in the long run. Anyone help or solved this problem in the past? (Also assume while I know a lot about Windows, but know nothing about the functionality of Linux).
posted by jmd82 on Aug 4, 2004 - 10 answers

APM on a Toshiba

i just got a toshiba m30-s309 laptop and i'm trying to get everything working in mandrake linux 9.2, especially APM so i can get the battery indicator working. i plan to upgrade to kernel 2.6.1, but does anyone have specific advice they could offer as to how to get APM working? do i just append apm=on to lilo?
posted by callicles on Jan 28, 2004 - 7 answers

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