OT: Advise me - shoping for new laptop.
dmcgarrett at optonline.net
Mon Dec 29 07:37:18 UTC 2014
On 12/28/2014 10:31 PM, Robert Heller wrote:
> At Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:41:43 +0000 (UTC) "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions" <ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com> wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> My new laptop most likely will be Dell Precision M4800 Workstation.
>> After looking through forums and googling I still need more input to make
>> final decision (the damn thing IS expensive) on the components bellow.
>> Please, share with me your personal experiences and opinions: which is
>> better supported, will will give me less grief from offset and in the
>> foreseeable future?
>> Wireless card:
>> IntelÂ® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
>> 802.11ac/a/b/g/n 2x2 Half Mini Card
>> Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 802.11n 3x3 Half Mini Card
> The Intel wireless are the *best* supported under Linux: the drivers are open
> source AND supported by Intel (actually ditto for Intel wired NICs -- Intel's
> decision to provide *supported* open source drivers for their NICs is said to
> have pissed off Bill Gates). I don't believe *any* of the other wireless chips
> have vendor support open source drivers. They either are reverse engineered or
> communitly written. Or else closed source or are wrapped MS-Windows drivers.
> The only issue with Intel drivers would be the firmware, but I believe Ubuntu
> distributes the firmware as a separate package.
>> Dell Wireless 1550 2X2 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0
>> Dell Wireless 1601 2x2 802.11n+BT+60GHz (WiGig)
>> Graphic card (it's going to be 15.6" QHD+ (3200x1800) Panel):
>> NvidiaÂ® QuadroÂ® K1100M w/2GB GDDR5
>> NvidiaQuadro K2100Mw/2GB GDDR5
> Nvidia graphics cards are something of bitch in terms of support. Yes, Nvidia
> provides semi-closed source drivers, but you need to re-build them when you
> upgrade/update your kernel. OTOH, if you can live with hardware accel, the
> open source (XOrg) drivers work well enough. In terms of driver support,
> Intel video is better supported (see above).
I'm writing from a Dell, a few years old. You'll notice it has NVidia
video, and it works fine. I just upgraded from a 14.4 kernel to an 18.1
was no problem with the video--I was watching a Youtube performance a
few minutes ago.
The Dells have a pretty good keyboard, but I'm using an IBM model M
while I'm at home. No problem with the external k/b or external pointing
a Kensington track-ball here. I have also plugged in an extra external
optical drive, with LightScribe capability--that works OK too.
I bought the machine from a refurbisher, and it came with Windows 7. If
you get one like that and want to keep Windows, you should use Windows
to modify the partition scheme. I used Linux, and I wound up with a
small extra partition that I couldn't get rid of and have Linux work. I
live with it--
it doesn't eat much! (OTOH, I don't know how to manipulate partitions
with Windows, I just know it can be done.)
This is my second Dell--the other was quite a bit older, and Win7 was
kind of slow on it. So you see I kinda like the brand. I have no
financial interest in
Here are a few excerpts from lshw:
product: Latitude E6510 ()
product: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU M 620 @ 2.67GHz
vendor: Intel Corp.
description: VGA compatible controller
product: GT218M [NVS 3100M]
vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci at 0000:01:00.0
width: 64 bits
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller
bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=nvidia latency=0
resources: irq:28 memory:e2000000-e2ffffff
memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:e0000000-e1ffffff ioport:7000(size=128)
description: Audio device
product: High Definition Audio Controller
vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
physical id: 0.1
bus info: pci at 0000:01:00.1
width: 32 bits
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
resources: irq:16 memory:e3080000-e3083fff
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