[arch-general] Off-topic: Good laptop to run Arch on?

Gregory Eric Sanderson gzou2000 at gmail.com
Tue May 25 22:19:28 EDT 2010

I have a lenovo thinkpad T500 with optional intel 5100 AGN wireless card and
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-U20N dvd recorder, and overall i'm quite satisfied. But
I did get a few quirks :

- Graphics card is a switchable intel/ATI gpu, and I had to force the BIOS
to only use either ATI or Intel. The open-source drivers don't support the
ATI model yet, so I had to go with catalyst which has caused pains each time
that I want to upgrade xorg. I haven't tried out the intel card under linux,
but from what I read its well supported.
-ACPI volume buttons don't work out-of-the-box, had to configure a key event
listener and use amixer
-Sound when playing a DVD is awfully quiet compared with winDVD, even with
the volume at max

Otherwise the rest (webcam, wireless, suspend, SD card reader, etc) works


On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 5:30 PM, David Rosenstrauch <darose at darose.net>wrote:

> On 05/22/2010 11:33 AM, Magnus Therning wrote:
>> What laptops should I have a look at?
>> Is there some brand (Dell, HP, ...) that is more Linux friendly than
>> others?
> My work laptop, a Dell Precision M4400, runs Arch fine.  Had to install a
> few extra kernel modules (e.g., broadcom-wl), but everything else got picked
> up automagically.
> HTH,
> DR

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