Suitable laptop for FreeBSD?

Warren Block wblock at
Wed Mar 3 15:30:41 UTC 2010

On Wed, 3 Mar 2010, Aaron Lewis wrote:

> On 3/3/2010 1:48 AM, Andreas Davour wrote:
>> I am thinking of buying a new laptop, and want one which will work fine 
>> with FBSD. Anyone have any suggestions?
>> It must have a connector for a external screen (i.e. a projector when doing 
>> presentations), wireless, ~15" screen, lots of memory, and optical unit, 
>> and preferable a long battery time (i.e. CPU speed is not that important).
>> Webpages, own experiences or any other comparisons available?
>> Please cc me if answering.
>> /andreas
> You May want to checkout this list:
> Here's some suggestions ,  don't choose ATI video cards.  ( No UNIX Drivers 
> .. )

Umm... that's incorrect.  Maybe you mean ATI doesn't supply closed 
drivers for FreeBSD (although they do have Linux drivers, I think).

xorg's open xf86-video-ati driver supports ATI video cards, including 
the Radeon Mobility cards in two notebooks I've tested.

> Well , i'm on ThinkPad R400 , ATI Mobile HD 3400 and an integrated Video Card 
> FBSD doesn't boot when i switched to ATI Video card.

Are you saying the R400 has both integrated and discrete video cards? 
Lenovo's web site doesn't seem very oriented to telling potential 
customers details about their newer computers.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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