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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by craniac
on Jun 3, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -