[lug] Looking for a laptop...

kevin kempter kevin at kevinkempterllc.com
Mon Oct 27 16:12:49 MDT 2008

Hi Mike;

I may be able to help you out. I have a couple of used IBM thinkpads.
If I remember correctly, I think the specs are along these lines:

14.1" screen
512M memory
CD/DVD ROM (NOT a burner I suspect)
1.5Gz Pentium-M processor
35G Hard Drive

These laptops have NO built-in wireless card. Let me know if you're  


On Oct 23, 2008, at 9:12 PM, Mike Stanczyk 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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