[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?
glen.mehn at oba.co.uk
Wed Jan 19 13:56:17 UTC 2011
I've had great luck in general with IBM (I guess now Lenovo) thinkpads.
They're a bit spendier but. Also have a 3 button mouse. Pretty much
everything "just works", though I have looked typically to make sure I'm
getting the "right" wifi card, etc.
thinkwiki has loads of useful info for anything that doesn't work, but
aside from the middle-button-scrolling thing, I've not had to do
anything since about 8.04.
There have been times when linux has been available, though I think a
hidden option. You can often find them online without OS (i.e., if it's
an off-lease model or somesuch).
On 19/01/2011 02:33, Paula wrote:
> I have a Novatech laptop, two years old, older model. Ubuntu went on
> no probs and never had any issues re ubuntu - overall its battery
> catch has broken which is annoying as the battery is prone to drop
> out. The piano black cases are a tad flimsy and the keyboard's a bit
> springy. The laptop inside is great though.
> I asked Novatech before I bought it if it would work with Ubuntu and
> they got tetchy - they don't test them and it's at your own risk. I
> googled, couldn't see any probs and there were none. If you want it
> tested, it's back to LE.
> ----- Original message -----
> > On 18/01/11 21:32, George Tripp wrote:
> > >
> > > Just wondered are there any novatechi3
> > > (http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/laptop/range/novatechi3.html)
> > > out there who can comment on Ubuntu compatibility?
> > I haven't used one of these machines, but as with most Core i3/i5
> > systems at the moment, I suspect that you will probably run into this
> > little bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/614238
> > if you want to use the VGA port. This bug seems to affect any Linux
> > just Ubuntu) on any Core i3/5 system that is using the integrated GPU.
> > But it does seem as though there may be fix in the wings...
> > With my Samsung Core i3 lappy, the HDMI port does work OK however (and
> > can be adapted to DVI with a cheapish cable) so it isn't the end of the
> > world.
> > You could always ask Novatech beforehand - they might even offer to
> > it back if fails to work to your satisfaction, or, if you happen to be
> > near one of their showrooms, you could ask to take along a USB stick
> > test it before buying? I see no harm in asking at least...
> > Cheers
> > Al
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