February 4th, 2008, 02:55 AM
How will my laptop handle?
I have a semi old laptop. It has a AMD Sempron 2800+ processor that runs at 1600 megahertz, or 1.6 gigahertz and it has 512 MB of ram. For VGA it has a ATI Radeon Xpress 200M. I want to make it a linux laptop. How would it handle the latest release of GNOME and Compiz-Fusion with all the cool plug in effects?
February 4th, 2008, 03:14 PM
I don't have personal experience, but my suspicion is it should be okay. But whatever you install, I think you'd benefit from more ram. There are deals to be had now, new and used, even for the older DDR. And I think all of the distros will let you turn off the Compiz-Fusion. Since you're likely sharing ram for video, you could try it and re-enable after increasing ram.
February 4th, 2008, 04:07 PM
Man, I don't know what to do....It would cost $200.00 to upgrade my laptop with a new battery, ram, wifi card, and ac cord. Or nice gateway that i want goes for $800.00. Do you think I should buy a new laptop or fix up my old one? So far, I will be using my laptop for mainly fancy cool Linux apps and web surfing.
February 4th, 2008, 05:47 PM
Use craigslist for the ram. You can find deals on 512Mb sodimms, if you're patient and keep looking until the bargains come along.
Mini-PCI wireless cards are cheap. Intel G cards are in the $35Cdn range.
Batteries are expensive, so for older laptops I just plug in.
February 12th, 2008, 01:44 AM
Not the cheapest, but not too deadly. Good quality of RAM too.
Or if you want 1GB
For a wireless card..
That list seems to have pretty okay cards, wireless on USB never has been the worlds most stable thing.
Intel 2500k @ 4.5 GHz | Sapphire 6870 1GB | 8GB DDR31600 | Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 | 640 GB WD Caviar Black | 500GB WD something | ASUS Xonar DS | Logitech Z-5300e | Logitech G500 | Das Keyboard Cherry MX Brown | Dell S2740L
February 12th, 2008, 02:48 AM
This is what you need for wireless:
A mini-PCI wireless card.
Every notebook made in the last 5 years, or more, that I've seen has a slot on the bottom for one. USB or PCMCIA wireless adapters should only be used for ancient machines.
After half a dozen pages at Newegg I gave up and linked to NCIX.
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