Russell (zimzat) wrote,
Russell
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New Laptop?

My laptop is having a few problems and I'm ready to just trash the thing. I have to keep the power cable firmly pressed into the hole or it isn't plugged in. The battery has also been lasting only a few minutes, if that. It will register as having 100% with 2+ hours, and then 2 minutes later it will say it only has 7% / five minutes or less remaining. Lastly, one side of the display hinge is broken so I have to keep it at approximately 90 degrees (+/- 10 - 15 degrees) or it will start falling down. I was going to have my dad help me glue on a support but the power cord and battery problem become more prevalent and I decided to just nix the entire thing and get a new laptop.

My current laptop: Intel Pentium III Mobile 1.0GHz, 256MB, nVidia GeForce2 Go, 15", 80GB, CD/DVD reader

The laptop I've spotted on NewEgg: Acer Aspire AS5043WLMi NoteBook AMD Turion 64 ML-32(1.80GHz) 15.4" Wide XGA 512MB DDR333 80GB 4200rpm DVD±R/RW ATI Radeon Xpress 200M Integrated - Retail

There are a couple of concerns I do have with this laptop. My main one that it is a 64-bit CPU and how difficult it will be to get Kubuntu on it, and if I'll have any compatibility problems with talking to a 32-bit system (SSH, X server, NFS, etc). I would suspect not, but I wouldn't mind being assured of that. I'm also wondering if the 3D card is any good or if it's just a piece of junk. Other than that, I like what I see and am very tempted to get it.

Anyway, I'm off to bed now. I had a long drive this evening and have a lot to do tomorrow and in the coming days. C'ya.
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