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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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mrtrblmkr1 From: mrtrblmkr1 Date: September 13th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
:P I just finished watching Sister Act II :D

erm... The laptop you currently have is really cool,
I wouldn't mind taking that off your hands if possible,
as for the Acer, shouldn't have any probs with the
CPU as you've stated, but the 3D card might be a
problem driver-wise.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: September 13th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
(copied from response below)

I'd be willing to part with the laptop for a small amount, and a little more for the 80GB hard drive as well (instead of the original 20GB one). Still interested? :-P

The laptop cost me 300$, but it didn't have a CD drive, or the tray/faceplate. I paid another 70$ for a CD/DVD reader combo as well as the little adaptor connection. It still lacks a faceplate but that's another 20-30$ (you can do without it by telling the system to eject the disc or using a pointy object to press the button; a pen works). I also paid 80$ for the 80GB hard drive and 20-30$ for the wireless b/g CardBus adaptor. In total I've put about 475$ into it. I'm obviously not expecting the full amount, but something toward that would be nice. I can always make a use out of it as a development server or something in the long run. (Which reminds me, I wanted to do that with my brother's old laptop too)
raist_ From: raist_ Date: September 13th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
The power cord problem is due to a bad solder joint on the motherboard. You usually have to replace the mainboard to fix it.

Batteries go dead afterwhile. It may be on its last legs. Or it may just have issues.

The display hinges can be fixed though.

I have to second the above. :) That is a really cool laptop, and I'd come steal it from you if you could.

Btw, the 64 bit cpus will run in 32 bit mode for crappy OSes, but there's no point in it. There are other distros that will do 64 without too much squealing (and one dist that does it natively). I saw a really nice stress test analysis of Win 64bit, Vista, Fedora, and the one I can't remember in a 64 bit environment. I don't have the link anymore, but if you can find it, there's some good info in there.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: September 13th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It looks like [K]Ubuntu has a AMD64 architecture version that should work with the Turion 64 (I hope, heh). I'll go with that when I get the laptop. Hopefully they include a XP install disk or I'll be hollering at them very quickly (I'm actually pretty sure they won't, so I'm expecting that).

As for my laptop, I'd be willing to part with it for a small amount, and a little more for the 80GB hard drive as well (instead of the original 20GB one). Still interested? :-P

The laptop cost me 300$, but it didn't have a CD drive, or the tray/faceplate. I paid another 70$ for a CD/DVD reader combo as well as the little adaptor connection. It still lacks a faceplate but that's another 20-30$ (you can do without it by telling the system to eject the disc or using a pointy object to press the button; a pen works). I also paid 80$ for the 80GB hard drive and 20-30$ for the wireless b/g CardBus adaptor. In total I've put about 475$ into it. I'm obviously not expecting the full amount, but something toward that would be nice. I can always make a use out of it as a development server or something in the long run. (Which reminds me, I wanted to do that with my brother's old laptop too)
raist_ From: raist_ Date: September 14th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
If they are selling you Windows XP, they have to sell you both the shiny authentic license, and an Install disk. Turn them into Microsoft if they don't. :)

"small amount" is a bit vague. How much you thinking?

What brand/model is the mainboard? Is the laptop a proprietary model or a Frankenstein conglomerate no-name? I'm leery of putting a lot of $ into it when I suspect the motherboard is gonna need replacing; and that's a PIA with laptops.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: September 14th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard, and seen, a lot of cases where people who buy laptops don't have a windows install disk; all they have is a $seller restoration CD. If they want or need the installation disk they have to go upstream to the seller and demand it. Two of my ex's laptops as well as both of my brother's laptops has that little problem.

The laptop is a Gateway Solo 9550. 15" display, 256MB memory, and does not have a wireless Mini PCI card. I don't know any more details about the innards than that.

Well, I'd like to get 200-300$ out of it, but that's a bit on the high end knowing it's not in excellent shape and it does need some work to be usable. With the Wireless 802.11b/g CardBus adapter and the 80GB hard drive I'd be willing to part with it for 200-220$. Without either of those I'll go as low as 120-100$. Either way it will include the CD/DVD combo reader and the original 20GB drive with the original school's copy of XP (Pro?). The 80GB I'll wipe clean if I include it .

If you think that's unreasonable then give me your reasoning and I'll see what I can do.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: September 22nd, 2006 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey. Are you still interested?

I'll be heading up into Michigan, the Ann Arbor / Ferndale area, next weekend (30th+). If you want I can bring the laptop with me and you can get a first-hand look at it.
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