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Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by MrsAngelD » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:47 pm

Hello everyone,

First I hope I'm in the right forum if not feel free to move it mods :)

I'm looking to purchase a budget laptop that I can put Linux Mint on and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for laptops that won't be too much of a headache to install on.

Thank you so much in advance,
Angel

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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by Knuckl3head » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:00 am

Any laptop made after 2001 would work well with the Lxde and Xfce editions of Linux Mint. 2000 and before is rarely used anymore and has some very archaic hardware that no longer seems to be supported by Linux. If you wantsome cool effects, then you can install GLXDock or Cairodock to support that.

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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by MrsAngelD » Wed Nov 06, 2013 1:12 am

Knuckl3head wrote:Any laptop made after 2001 would work well with the Lxde and Xfce editions of Linux Mint. 2000 and before is rarely used anymore and has some very archaic hardware that no longer seems to be supported by Linux. If you wantsome cool effects, then you can install GLXDock or Cairodock to support that.
I guess I forgot to mention that I'm a KDE fangirl ;). I assume the same applies?

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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by caf4926 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:12 am

It's always difficult to make recommendations when you don't know where in the world someone is...
I still have and use a old Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad R61e and it's flawless with whatever you install.
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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by caf4926 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:16 am

You might also check this list
http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/cache/569891-0-0-0-121.html
Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon

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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by MrsAngelD » Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:57 am

caf4926 wrote:It's always difficult to make recommendations when you don't know where in the world someone is...
I still have and use a old Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad R61e and it's flawless with whatever you install.
Sorry :( I'm in the U.S. Cincinnati Ohio To be exact
caf4926 wrote:You might also check this list
http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/cache/569891-0-0-0-121.html
Thank you that looks helpful

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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by cgs1025 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:41 am

If you need help, I'm also in Cincinnati.

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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by lexon » Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:57 pm

Depends on what you call budget.
Stepson and I have picked up standard laptops at Walmart the past few years for about $325. I see them with and without the numeric keypad. The downside now is if they come with W8.
Acer had Vista. Compaq had W7. Both good PC's.

We are still using both.
I pulled the drive in one and replaced with new drive for $50.00.
The next one, dual booted with Mint 15, Cinnamon.

I have no problem with the PC having Windows. Got rid of my holier than thou attitude a few years ago. Been using Linux since Dec 2003.
What Walmart can have in stock at different locations can vary. I have four within a 25 mile radius.

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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by rokytnji » Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:31 am

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CPU~Dual core Pentium CPU T4500 (-MCP-) clocked at 1200.000 Mhz Kernel~3.5.0-17-generic x86_64 Up~3:44 Mem~659.1/3887.8MB HDD~320.1GB(24.1% used) Procs~165 Client~Shell inxi~1.9.13  
Paid $189.00 for mine. No special tweaking needed. Mint 14 worked out of the box. I even have Chromium running PepperFlash 11.9.
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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by sammiev » Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:56 am

I have 4 Toshiba Laptops all running 100% Linux without no added work but installing the OS. Everything worked right out of the box. All are Intel based only.

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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by MrsAngelD » Thu Nov 07, 2013 2:03 am

Thanks guys, after searching around I found [url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COQK8QY/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1]this on amazon[/url] and decided it would be fine for my needs. It actually comes with ubuntu installed on it and after looking at the reviews for it, I'm pretty sure I should be able to put my choice of distro on it.

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Re: Budget Laptop Recommendations?

Post by caf4926 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:04 am

MrsAngelD wrote:Thanks guys, after searching around I found [url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COQK8QY/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1]this on amazon[/url] and decided it would be fine for my needs. It actually comes with ubuntu installed on it and after looking at the reviews for it, I'm pretty sure I should be able to put my choice of distro on it.
FYI I am posting here from:

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System:    Host: kernelcruncher-1015PEM Kernel: 3.8.0-32-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya
Machine:   System: ASUSTeK product: 1015PEM version: x.x
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: 1015PE version: x.xx Bios: American Megatrends version: 0904 date: 11/16/2010
CPU:       Dual core Intel Atom CPU N550 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 512 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) 
           Clock Speeds: 1: 1000.00 MHz 2: 1000.00 MHz 3: 1000.00 MHz 4: 1000.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller 
           X.Org: 1.11.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: vesa,fbdev) Resolution: 1024x600@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel IGD GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 8.0.4
Audio:     Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.8.0-32-generic
Network:   Card-1: Ralink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe driver: rt2800pci 
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 48:5d:60:41:41:
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8132 Fast Ethernet driver: atl1c 
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: bc:ae:c5:63:3d
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 250.1GB (10.4% used) 1: /dev/sda ST9250315AS 250.1GB 
Partition: ID: / size: 18G used: 6.0G (36%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 73G used: 19G (27%) fs: ext4 
           ID: swap-1 size: 4.54GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 58.0C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes: 170 Uptime: 23:30 Memory: 615.3/1993.1MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33 
Note: ASUSTeK model: 1015PE

Mint 13 works best on this one. And Mate Desktop seems the best choice regardless of XFCE being lighter, Mate still works best.
Ubuntu is OK 13.04 best so far, 13.10 no so much
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