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DrMcKay
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Asus n76VB laptop

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I'd like to buy a laptop for Linux.

Ideally, I'd buy a System76 but as I live in Belgium, you can't get them here.
So I've been looking at branded laptops and found this one.
17" and Full HD is a requirement so this one fits the bill and it looks smashing too.

Question is if this laptop will run linux without problems :
http://www.laptopshop.be/product/378055 ... zerty.html

It's in Dutch but scroll down for the specs.
Has Asus got a good reputation as far as Linux compatibility goes ?
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Re: Asus n76VB laptop

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I don't have one but I often see many problems with Linux and Asus laptops. Asus and Toshiba are usually the most reliable in terms of hardware but Linux seems tricky on many Asus laptops.

I'm not sure how well Linux does on Toshiba laptops. Acer laptops usually seem to have least trouble with Linux. The Acer hardware is often not as good in the plastic models. The very expensive metal (aluminum) case Acer models may be made better.

Linux is usually easy to get running on Acer laptops but even the ones with fast processors and good HD graphics seem flimsy and cheaply made, even if they cost nearly as much. Acer does make a premium line of laptops. I don't know if they are any more reliable in terms of hardware though.

Dell can be alright with Linux but quality hasn't been great lately.

Lenovo and HP not so much.

Toshiba may be better built than any of those though.

I see the most trouble and special scripts with Linux on Asus laptops.

Years ago I went to Belgium as a student in Antwerp and Ghent.
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Re: Asus n76VB laptop

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Thx for the reply.
I've been looking at Acer, but I really liked the look of the Asus N series.
Ideally, I'd buy a System76 but you can't get them in Belgium.
I'll try to find out some more...
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Re: Asus n76VB laptop

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It may help you to have a look here:

http://www.linlap.com/

and here:

http://www.linux-laptop.net/

Should give you an idea on hardware, FWIW I've had a few IBM/Lenovo's and always had good results with everything working OTB/minimal tweaking, also good results with a Toshiba
satellite.

HTH
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Re: Asus n76VB laptop

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Every brand seems to have issues with Linux, it's just that it's difficult to find user experiences on the web. In this case, Google is not your friend...
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Re: Asus n76VB laptop

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AFAIK asus have known problem with keyboard brightness controll didn't work and their synaptic touchpad didn't recognized properly. aside from these problem my laptop seems just running fine with linux. the touchpad was only recognized as ps2 mouse but now it recognized properly after install a new kernel.
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