[lug] Looking for a laptop...

Davide Del Vento davide.del.vento at gmail.com
Thu Oct 23 22:12:54 MDT 2008

I got a old laptop from a friend. No disk.
I bought a disk and installed it. Don't rembember if it's 320GB or
250, but the BIOS saw only 160.
Who cares? I installed Ubuntu Hardy and it sees the whole size!
Ditch windows and it might work flawlessly.
If you need more details, GIYF.

On Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 21:12, Mike Stanczyk <stanczyk at pcisys.net> wrote:
> Well, I'm in the market for a used laptop again.  My new job is needs me to
> have a linux laptop but it's a startup and the money situation is *wierd*.
> So I have HP branded Compaq NC8000 running Windows for games.  No problem,
> I'll get off my lazy butt and install that linux partition I've been meaning
> to.
> To make a very agravating story short:  They put a drive size limit in the
> laptop.   The laptop will only recognize a 160 Gig Disk.  So what right?
> Well, it's not a drive geometry limit.  It's a limit on the size of the
> partition on the disk.   I put a 250Gig disk in the laptop and clonezilla-ed
> the windows partition over.  If the windows partion is over 160Gig, the
> laptop
> will not boot, "disk read error".  if the partition is under 160gig, the
> laptop
> runs flawlessly.  #^#$&@$#%& me!
> So it's gotta go.   I'm not gonna give this thing another chance to back
> stab me.
> My requirements for a used laptop:
> 1 Ghz processor
> expandable to 2 gig of memory
> support for 250gig hard drive.  ;-)
> Support for running Windows XP and Ubuntu 8.x via dual booting.
> touchpad.  (I can't use a touchpoint worth a damn.  It's ok to have both)
> graphics better than 1024x768.
> My budget is around $500.  I'd like to go new but I have other priorities
> and I need something in the next week or so, not the 3-4 weeks a new one
> would take.
> So please, share your horror stories of hardware I should avoid.  If you
> have a laptop you'd like to sell, I'd like to hear that too.  8-)
> And yes, for the record, I did send my mother my old laptop when I bought
> the Compaq.  *sigh*
> Mike
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