New or used laptop recommendation(s)

Eric Anderson anderson at
Fri Jun 9 14:36:09 UTC 2006

Shane J Pearson wrote:
> Hello Eric,
> On 2006.06.09, at 11:28 PM, Eric Brunner-Williams at a VSAT somewhere 
> wrote:
>> I've gone through a couple of Sony's, don't want to repeat that, and I'm
>> looking for suggestions.
> I am also not very pleased with my Sony VAIO. I had been trying to get 
> the 6 Rel series going on my VGN-A49GP and now thanks to the FreeBSD 
> people I can run 6.1 on this machine. But now that I can finally run 6.1 
> Rel, after 11 months of owning and having the machine almost always on 
> my desk (rarely moved), this $5,000 AU machine is dead.
> I am *really* glad that I paid the extra $250 for an extra 2 years on 
> the warrantee. But with the poor physical quality starting to show 
> through and the fact that it's now dead, I'm wondering if I should sell 
> it after getting it back from Sony repairs and cut my losses and get a 
> Thinkpad. Opening and closing it feels so very painfully plastic and 
> like something is going to break, the silver paint on the palm rests 
> even started wearing off after only 2 months or so. The BIOS options are 
> about as minimal as you can get and some BIOS functions don't even work 
> (has option to boot external device, but will not boot any USB or 
> firewire device, not even a Sony USB floppy drive).
> This was my first Sony laptop and will almost certainly be my last. I 
> would not recommend a Sony VAIO to my worst enemy.
> My girlfriend has a really nice IBM/Lenovo Z60t Thinkpad which I have 
> put a minimal 6.1 Rel install (CLI only) into a very small partition for 
> scripted whole-disk image backups for her. Can anyone report if sound is 
> supported yet on the Z60t under FreeBSD? I'm so impressed with the build 
> quality of this Thinkpad, that I'm kicking myself for not going with 
> what I knew were good quality machines.

Did you try the recent patch sent to this very list?


Eric Anderson        Sr. Systems Administrator        Centaur Technology
Anything that works is better than anything that doesn't.

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