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Looking for a small cheap laptop to run linux on

1. What is your budget?
under $250

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
I could go for anything, but I'd like something 13" or less

3. What screen resolution do you want?
WXGA or better

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
portable (though I'll go for a desktop replacement if portable is unrealistic)

5. How much battery life do you need?
3 hours

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
I might play some 2D games, the occasional browser game, maybe running Fallout in WINE

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
General internetting, word processing, some programming (Python, HTML), running Guitarix

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
80GB or more (I can always upgrade this later)

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
A few years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
Don't really need any

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I've been thinking an older Thinkpad would be good, but I'm open to other options as long as they're well put together

13. What country do you live in?
USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
That's about it. I know I won't be finding any beasts in this price range, but beyond my budget here I'll definitely be maxing the RAM in whatever I get. Hardware compatibility is important as I'll be running Linux; probably Linux Mint for now, but I do occasionally get bored and start rapidly moving from distro to distro
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834200299

    many laptops under $250, and you can purchase a warranty and still stay under $300

    newegg has many options
  2. Thanks for the response! I might actually bump up to the D630 since it's just a few bucks extra. Think the warranty is worth it? I usually opt out of extended warranties, but since this is a refurb and a laptop, I'm not sure
  3. distro :
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834200400


    these work well with ubuntu

    you anyone that runs these> test with a live version
  5. You might check ebay for thinkpads.
    Also check the IBM web site for refurb thinkpads.
    http://www-304.ibm.com/shop/americas/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/default/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=2576396&storeId=1&catalogId=-840&langId=-1
  6. geofelt said:
    You might check ebay for thinkpads.
    Also check the IBM web site for refurb thinkpads.
    http://www-304.ibm.com/shop/americas/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/default/CategoryDisplay?categoryId=2576396&storeId=1&catalogId=-840&langId=-1

    I've had my eye on this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clean-IBM-Thinkpad-T60-Dual-Core-Laptop-2-GHz-1GB-100GB-HD-SXGA-Biometric-/220994731011?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item33744ffc03

    I don't know if Core Duos are any good though.
  7. Best answer
    cnbb said:


    For the most part, any duo will be sufficient for internet use and general desktop usage.
    1gb of ram seems a bit small, but that is easily fixed.

    I would consider teplacing the 100gb hard drive with a ssd. It will absolutely transform the laptop.
  8. Yep, I'm definitely gonna stuff it with RAM, and I'll look into an SSD
  9. Best answer selected by cnbb.
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