Laptop question

Nigel Ridley nigel at
Mon Aug 20 05:15:48 UTC 2007

Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
> On Sunday 19 August 2007 09:42:43 am Nigel Ridley wrote:
>> A local shop is offering older model Dell laptops for half the price of the
>> newer models. Amongst the ones on offer is a Dell D600 with an ATI Mobility
>> Radeon 32MB and a 30GB hard drive. Intel Pentium M - CPU Core: Banias 130nm
>> @ 1.4GHz
>> Questions:
>> 1. Would any of you folks buy a brand new 3 year old laptop with a one year
>> warranty (for half the price of one of the latest models)?
>> 2. Any foreseeable problems running the latest and greatest Kubuntu on it?
>> TIA
>> Blessings,
>> Nigel
> Well, there is a reason its still on the shelf.  That model is about 3 - 4 
> years old.  I'd say half the price of a current NEW laptop of similar config 
> is still a little high.  If they're willing to cover it for a year, it might 
> be worth the price.
> Not only this but if it has wireless inside its probably the Broadcom no work 
> with Linux version.  Other than that, Linux ran just fine on it.  We used 
> those very models at the place I used to work, and I wasn't that fond of 
> them.  I think it had more to do with the crappy resolution and 16MB video 
> card part than anything else.   I had a habit of resizing the partitions and 
> installing Linux, come to think of it, I still do.  :-D  For the Wireless 
> card I ran ndiswrapper without any major problems, so that should cover you 
> there.   Also they get VERY hot underneath, so have something between your 
> lap and the laptop!!
> Oh, I'm writing this on a dell E1705, so they're not all bad.   The best 
> laptop I had experience with to date was the c640 I ran for 3 years with no 
> problems.  I complained when they made me give it up for the D600.

Doesn't the fan kick in to keep it cool?



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