Update: Re: [ale] eMachines AMD64 notebook

Christopher Fowler cfowler at outpostsentinel.com
Wed Feb 4 07:09:57 EST 2004

It reminds me of the Cablevision guy that came to my house to install my
cable modem years ago.  He saw that I was running RedHat and asked
questions.  I gave him a copy on CD.  As a thank you he went out to my
cable box and hooked me up with all the channels.  

As far as BB goes I've been pleased with them.  I purchased a ZE1250 HP
from them in August of 2002.  I usually do not purchase extended
warranties on anything but if it is a piece of equipment I carry like
camera or laptop I buy them.  Since then I've only taken my laptop to
the shop twice.  Once was for a new battery.  They let me keep the old
one and it still had 50% of its life.  The laptop is now in the shop for
a busted DVD/CD-RW and the hinges of the LCD are being tightened.  So
far all this has been covered by their warranty.  I'll probably end up
purchasing my next laptop there.  

On Tue, 2004-02-03 at 23:55, Jeff Hubbs wrote:
> Today I took Knoppix and Slax (http://slax.linux-live.org) CDs to Office
> Depot and Best Buy to evaluate laptops.  I wasn't disturbed at Office
> Depot but a succession of blue-shirted goons stopped me for questioning
> at Best Buy.
> I didn't have time to try Knoppix on the AMD64-based eMachines laptop
> but the Slax one booted up only so far and froze.  
> At Best Buy, concern was expressed that they have to keep their demo
> software on the machines; once I assured them that I wasn't affecting
> the hard drive, they were cool.  Actually, there was a blond fellow
> (Mike?) who actually spoke with me with interest about what I was doing
> and what I was having to deal with in selecting laptops.  He said he had
> messed with Linux a tiny bit and he had a roommate who messed with Linux
> some.  I gave him my CDs. :)  
> Knoppix seems to ignore the "screen" parameter when you pass it at boot
> time (I've had this happen on other machines too) but Slax believed me
> when I told it to give me 1200x800 and it gave me a
> properly-proportioned display on a Compaq at Office Depot, and
> touchpad-tapping and touchpad-scrolling both Just Worked.  This at least
> gives me hope.
> It is SuSE that offers an AMD64 Linux distro that is anything like ready
> to roll.  Gentoo support seems to be underway
> (http://dev.gentoo.org/~brad_mssw/amd64-tech-notes.html).  None of htese
> efforts, I believe, specifically address the eMachines M6807.  For the
> time being, at least as far as the aforementioned Gentoo link says,
> accelerated video for the built-in Radeon 9600 can't be had.  
> On Mon, 2004-02-02 at 06:04, Geoffrey wrote:
> > Jeff Hubbs wrote:
> > 
> > > ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 - Linux-usable?  Closed driver?
> > 
> > For laptops, ATI generally refers you to the manufacturer of the laptop, 
> > but this link might provide some hope:
> > 
> > http://www.ati.com/support/drivers/linux/radeon-linux.html?type=linux&prodType=graphic&prod=productsLINUXdriver&submit.x=11&submit.y=10&submit=GO%21
> > 
> > It's long and ugly, but a link to ati closed driver for the non-mobility 
> > 9600.  Also check out the gatos project.
> > 
> > > 1280 x 800 screen - how sucky?  I can dig the aspect ratio, but not
> > > because of DVD-watching - it's more a matter of having things like a
> > > browser window up on one side and an OO window up in the other.
> > > 
> > > It says "Built-in high-speed wireless networking (802.11g/b-compliant);
> > > integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN; V.92 high-speed modem" - can I expect
> > > that none of these will necessarily work under Linux?  I do plan to use
> > > the 802.11 part of the time, even if I need to buy a known good PCMCIA
> > > 802.11 card.
> > 
> > the nic and modem could well work, the wireless is more likely going to 
> > be an issue.  It all depends on the chipsets.
> > 
> > > "Pointing Device:  Touchpad with vertical scroll zone" - I'm likely to
> > > pick up a real mouse (awesome if there's a way to do that wirelessly)
> > > for my laptop but it'd sure be nice if this functioned, especially the
> > > scroll pad and the tap/double-tap for mouse clicks.
> > 
> > I've seen a couple of different wireless mice designed for laptops, 
> > haven't tried one yet though.
> > 
> > > 
> > > Related questions:
> > > 
> > > Would I be happier if I got one of the hyperthreading P4s instead, to
> > > include one with better screen resolution even if it's 4:3 ratio?
> > 
> > Can't help you with that one. :(  Although I think the need for a 64 bit 
> > processor is still questionable.

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