The Best Laptop
des at des.no
Tue Mar 30 14:34:04 PST 2004
Bob Collins <bobc at anything-inc.com> writes:
> Wow, considering that, I had no issues other than having to use
> OLDKERNEL to get my pcm slots working, my TP600X runs 4.9 perfectly. So
> much for the above.
I've had three ThinkPads, including a 600E. All of them had problems
running FreeBSD. The 600E even had problems running Windows 2000 and
XP, even though it had a sticker on it that said "designed for
Microsoft Windows". Problems I've experienced include:
- original battery dies, brand new replacement battery also dies
- increasingly severe trackpoint drift culminated in the trackpoint
being completely unusable, keyboard / trackpoint unit was replaced,
symptoms reappeared months later.
- BIOS detects trackpoint malfunction during POST, and refuses to
boot without first running complete systems diagnostic (which takes
about half an hour and requires a working mouse because the BIOS
setup / diagnostic utility is graphical rather than text-based)
- laptop suddenly decides to suspend even though AC is plugged in;
upon resume, runs for 30 seconds before suspending again, etc.
Once this kicks in, laptop is unusable. The only remedy I found
was to clear NVRAM in BIOS setup.
- DOS / Windows utility required to select RS232 instead of IrDA,
because BIOS setup utility has practically no useful functionality
besides "select boot device" and "set boot password".
> And considering the troubles I have had with office based Dell
> Brickbooks (at 9 pounds or so, they are not really portable) Inspirons
> and Latitudes, I would not use them if I could do otherwise.
That's disingenious. Both IBM and Dell have a variety of models, some
designed for performance and others designed for low weight. The
Latitude C and D series belong to the former category, as does the
ThinkPad 600 series. My ThinkPad 600E and my Latitude D600 both weigh
slightly less than 6 lbs, while a Latitude X300 weighs less than 3 lbs
according to Dell's website.
Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at des.no
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