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Master Geek

#20266 18-Mar-2008 20:23
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Hi guys

Big computer geek here - have been since I was a tike and I got my first 486 with Jazz Jackrabbit and all those DOS based games. I'm 23 now and have had my fair share of computers, built a few, ugpraded a few etc. All of my computers have been Desktops and the one I have at the moment although a couple years old is the most stable and speedy ******* that I know. Have had one Toshiba laptop for school when I was in 3rd form (22 years old now) and that was ok I guess.

I'm moving to Melbourne (from AKL) and I think its time to switch to a laptop - Desktop too big to cart over and I'm sick of the room it takes up and the noise it makes. Don't know jack**** about laptops to be honest and don't like the fact you can't rip them apart when something goes wrong. Here's my list for Santa Innocent

Looking for a laptop that will operate with an external HD for movies and music needs to do the following
-Hook into an LCD/Plasma for DVDs and high quality downloaded movies at a good resolution and framerate - I guess DVI over VGA then?Surprised
-Operate either XP or Ubuntu Linux at a decent speed (nothing makes me madder than a slow OS or browser)Yell
-Light and Compact and preferably inexpensive (as the external HD and LCD might set me back a few cash) Money mouth
-QuietFoot in mouth

I'm not looking for a powerhouse laptop that will play games or run photoshop but looking for a laptop that will do all the above. I thought the new MSI micro laptop (eee competitor) would be good as I would be using a wireless keyboard and mouse and operating on an external LCD and HDD - but obviously its not out yet. Eee looks a bit low end for what I need it for - maybe I'm wrong?


[Moderator edit (tonyhughes): Please tone the language down.]

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Master Geek

  #117463 19-Mar-2008 09:02
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I'm not quite sure if you are 22 or 23 years old, though... :-)

Anyway, if you want to be able to run Ubuntu on it as well - and if gaming performance is not necessary for you - then may I recommend a laptop with the integrated Intel graphics? Linux has very good support these days also for ATI and nVidia graphics, but because their drivers are not open source, so the Linux developers didn't have access to all the information they need to always make hibernation successful. The Intel ones are open source and stuff will always work.

Same with the wireless card: Go for one that is from Intel and you will have the least issues. It should all work straight out of the box.


You will find anything you want at MightyApe (affiliate link).

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Master Geek

  #117605 19-Mar-2008 19:40
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I'm 22 haha but sometimes I feel like I'm 23... bizarre.

Anyways Ubuntu not such a big issue, will probably just end up with an updated XP system given the stability and support you can get on a fully upgraded system.

I have been looking at a Toshiba Satellite M200 - have any of you guys had experience with this compy? It looks pretty good - nice and light, affordable with everything I need all at about $1g.


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Master Geek

  #118856 26-Mar-2008 19:11
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Ended up buying an EEEPC not so much because of the price but more because they are just so damn cool!

Got the EEEPC w/ 2GB Ram and 250GB 2.5" External HDD. Will be running off an external monitor with external mouse and keyboard on an NLited low resource version of XP SP2. EEEPC was about $540, 2GB Ram about $70 and HDD a touch over $200 all incl GST. Include a wireless KB/Mouse and a 20"+ display and you have a pretty decent setup for everything you need (bar games) all for just over $1k. And if you go on holiday just unplug the little sucker and take it with you. I'm planning on Velcroing the EEE to the back of the screen for the all-in-one look.

Currently installing XP SP2 which has proven to be a bit of a mission. Anticipate it will be awesome once done.

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