[ale] Laptop questions before purchase.
Barlow, Jim D
jim.d.barlow at intel.com
Wed Feb 25 09:18:25 EST 2004
This might help you out. This article discusses changes to Intel support of drivers for GNU/Linux, and has a workaround for that PRO/Wireless radio in the meantime.
From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org] On Behalf Of Joe Story
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2004 10:27 AM
To: Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts
Subject: Re: [ale] Laptop questions before purchase.
> Joe Story wrote:
> > I've come across a Gateway DS 450 x. Here are some of the specs.
> > Intel? PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B(installed in Mini PCI slot)?
> > Intel 82540EM ethernet adaptor
> > Combo DVD/CDRW - 8X/24X/12X/24X
> > Pentium M processor
> > ATI M7?
> > And this is all the information I can get from gateway.com using the
> > serial number from the invoice I was shown. The laptop is still boxed
> > and there is a 3yr onsite/labor/parts tick-tocking away.
> > Anyone here experienced with similiar hardware in Linux? I'm mostly
> > concerned that the wireless card is not going to work well. Does
> > driverloader from linuxant.com work well? I see Intel supplies a
> > tarball for that gigabit adaptor, not much worry there. For the curious
> > I would likely run Slackware 9.1.
> Can't help you with the wireless card, but my Sony Vaio has the same
> video card and it works fine. I've been told that it has 3d drivers,
> but I've not pursued it at this time.
> > Normally I wouldn't consider buying a 'PC' laptop but since this one is
> > boxed and I might be able to get it at half the Invoice Price(laptop was
> > won in a lawsuit by the current owner), I'm thinking about jumpin on
> > it. I say 'PC' because I kinda favor the ibooks. And the ibook would
> > be a larger chunk of change.
> I've not had good support experiences with Gateway, but then again which
> computer companies provide decent service anymore.
> > If I decide to bite the bullet and buy it, this will be my first laptop.
> > So, I'm a little new to these Mobile processors. Heat, power consumption
> > etc. So, I greatly appreciate any input.
> I can't say much about the M processors, although my box has one (PIV
> 2400ghz) as I don't use it much without power. Heat doesn't seem to be
> an issue, I leave mine running all the time, most of the time with it
I have done some reading on Intel's M and P4-M that answered my
questions as far as the battery life and speed of the processors. It
seems the new M processor is desirable b/c I don't game, and I'm looking
for battery life not processing power(current desktop is a Pent II
333). If you are interested here is the link to Tom's Hardware.
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