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#61 Dark_Archon

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 09:06 PM

For higher resolutions, you would need to install it.
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 09:37 PM

View PostDark_Archon, on March 6th 2007, 09:06 PM, said:

For higher resolutions, you would need to install it.
Ahh.  My OS 9 partition that I never use may be repurposed soon. :)

Anyway, (back in OS X) that was fun.  I could see how after you get used to the (slightly) different OS, that would be MUCH better than using Windows...

Plus, Ubuntu includes my three main app requirements: Firefox (web browsing), Evolution (email), and OpenOffice (word processing).
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:05 PM

The new build, Feisty Fawn is supposed to play nice with Boot camp, so after I finish downloading the ISO, I'm going to see if I can get my computer triple booting. When I tried Edgy, the GRUB bootloader didn't work, and I couldn't get LILO(an alternative bootloader that supports EFI) to install properly, and somehow, it would break my Windows install. The new version of GRUB should install.
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 09:56 PM

Hmm...I'm having some issues with installation.  Mainly partitioning issues, because I don't want to erase my hard drive, so I'm left with few options.  I think that I might get an extra hard drive from my basement and stick it in my G4 for Ubuntu.  I would assume that this wouldn't be a problem if I bought a Wintel laptop because I would just erase the whole hard drive.

Or I could just do that thing where you have the live CD and you save your settings on a flash drive - that would work, as it recognizes my flash drive.
Computer was a:
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ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition (256mb)
400GB HDD
Miglia PCI TV tuner (crap)

Sold it on eBay to buy (soon) an:
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250gb SATA HDD
Elgato eyeTV Hybrid TV tuner

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:53 PM

View Postjdmlight, on March 7th 2007, 09:56 PM, said:

Or I could just do that thing where you have the live CD and you save your settings on a flash drive - that would work, as it recognizes my flash drive.

You don't really want to do that for real use, the CD is WAY slower then off a HDD. Personally I can't stand the speed of the CD for any sort of real usage.

With all this Ubuntu talk you guys are really making me want to build my own PC right now. I was able to get a pretty nice machine for $400, just messing around online. Plus with all the software being open-source there is very little extra cost!

Now I just need a job and some money, but then I would never be able to bring myself to buying a Linux box to play around with. It would all have to go into a new Mac....  :glare:

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 10:52 PM

View Postreallynotnick, on March 8th 2007, 05:53 PM, said:

You don't really want to do that for real use, the CD is WAY slower than off a HDD.
Yeah, that would be the only problem.  Installation wouldn't be a problem with a dedicated laptop however.

View Postreallynotnick, on March 8th 2007, 05:53 PM, said:

Now I just need a job and some money
That sounds familiar.

What is the minimum processor speed?  The Ubuntu site doesn't say (and I understand why - it can pretty much run on anything), but I would like to know what the minimum processor speed is that you'd WANT to use (aka any slower and it would take eons to start or do anything).  As far as buying a laptop, I will check the support pages for which IBM models do and don't work before I buy.  I would like to buy one step higher (whatever that may be) than the "minimum" processor speed because stuff just runs better.  I would also like the cheapest possible - I mean, is it possible to run Ubuntu on a 400 MHz P3 IBM laptop that costs $150?
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ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition (256mb)
400GB HDD
Miglia PCI TV tuner (crap)

Sold it on eBay to buy (soon) an:
iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 2.16 ghz
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 256mb
250gb SATA HDD
Elgato eyeTV Hybrid TV tuner

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 10:41 AM

View Postjdmlight, on March 9th 2007, 10:52 PM, said:

is it possible to run Ubuntu on a 400 MHz P3 IBM laptop that costs $150?

Well it could run, but I don't know how happy you would be with it. I do think you can get more for your money though. Check out E-Bay and craigslist. I would say 700mhz and 256mb of RAM is the sweet spot.

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 11:05 AM

So, 700 MHz and 256mb's of RAM...I'll look for an IBM laptop that meets those requirements and is compatible with Ubuntu.

For reference, here's the page that lists IBM laptops that run Linux, along with user experiences and how others installed Linux:
http://www.linux-on-...ps.com/ibm.html
If you're looking for a laptop of another brand other than IBM, just remove the "ibm.html" from the URL and click on your brand.

Out of curiosity, which computer is better (I'm not brand-loyal, except for Apple :)), an IBM laptop or a Sony laptop?
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ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition (256mb)
400GB HDD
Miglia PCI TV tuner (crap)

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NVIDIA GeForce 7600 256mb
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Elgato eyeTV Hybrid TV tuner

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Posted 10 March 2007 - 03:10 PM

IBM/Lenovo laptops are better. They tend to be more business oriented, but they are a bit pricier.
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 11:02 PM

View PostDark_Archon, on March 10th 2007, 03:10 PM, said:

IBM/Lenovo laptops are better. They tend to be more business oriented, but they are a bit pricier.
I've always heard good things about IBM laptops - namely that they're indestructible.  That would be great for school! ;)
Computer was a:
Quicksilver Dual 1 GHz
1.25GB RAM
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition (256mb)
400GB HDD
Miglia PCI TV tuner (crap)

Sold it on eBay to buy (soon) an:
iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 2.16 ghz
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 256mb
250gb SATA HDD
Elgato eyeTV Hybrid TV tuner

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 10:20 AM

I too would have to say the IBM laptops. The cast of DL.TV loves theirs.

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 05:09 PM

I will buy an IBM laptop, most likely the cheapest working one on eBay that's 700+ MHz.  Like this one:
IBM ThinkPad A20m 700MHz 128MB CD-ROM If you don't feel like clicking on it, it's $165 BIN with $22 shipping.

I won't be buying a laptop now for two reasons:
1. I'm not going to college yet, that's in ~one year.
2. I'm buying an iMac, so that's where my money is going. :D

I asked my group of friends at school (who are all REALLY BIG NERDS, just like me :P) and they said that RAM is easy to replace on IBM laptops.  Hard drives too.  So, I will buy an inexpensive laptop and upgrade the RAM, most likely.  I'll use whatever size hard drive it comes with and see if I need any more space after using it for a while.
Computer was a:
Quicksilver Dual 1 GHz
1.25GB RAM
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition (256mb)
400GB HDD
Miglia PCI TV tuner (crap)

Sold it on eBay to buy (soon) an:
iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 2.16 ghz
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 256mb
250gb SATA HDD
Elgato eyeTV Hybrid TV tuner

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 03:34 PM

View Postjdmlight, on March 11th 2007, 06:09 PM, said:

I will buy an IBM laptop, most likely the cheapest working one on eBay that's 700+ MHz.  Like this one:
IBM ThinkPad A20m 700MHz 128MB CD-ROM If you don't feel like clicking on it, it's $165 BIN with $22 shipping.

I won't be buying a laptop now for two reasons:
1. I'm not going to college yet, that's in ~one year.
2. I'm buying an iMac, so that's where my money is going. :D

That looks great, all but that eraser numb, but that is my personal preference (I hate them).

Plus if you are not going for awhile prices will only further drop!
And as I always say for the best ram prices check out deal ram.
http://dealnews.com/memory/

I think you have got this whole computer thing set now. Looks like a REALLY good plan.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 05:08 PM

View Postreallynotnick, on March 12th 2007, 03:34 PM, said:

That looks great, all but that eraser numb, but that is my personal preference (I hate them).
Yeah, I hate those too, but there's a driver for my Logitech MX1000 Cordless Mouse for Ubuntu, so all is well.
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400GB HDD
Miglia PCI TV tuner (crap)

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iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 2.16 ghz
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 256mb
250gb SATA HDD
Elgato eyeTV Hybrid TV tuner

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 09:34 AM

Umm...yeah...I found out how to turn on the OS X spell checker in any application (maybe just Cocoa apps, like Safari)... go to Edit>Spelling>Check Spelling As You Type.  So that's not a unique feature in Ubuntu.  I wish I had found that sooner.
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ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition (256mb)
400GB HDD
Miglia PCI TV tuner (crap)

Sold it on eBay to buy (soon) an:
iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 2.16 ghz
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 256mb
250gb SATA HDD
Elgato eyeTV Hybrid TV tuner

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 05:36 PM

So, I got a really good deal on a 500mhz G3 iBook.  I figured that it'd be about the same speed or faster than a 700mhz P3.  Now I can run OS X (AND Ubuntu if I feel like it)! :D

edit: And for that reason, I am ending this topic.
Computer was a:
Quicksilver Dual 1 GHz
1.25GB RAM
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Special Edition (256mb)
400GB HDD
Miglia PCI TV tuner (crap)

Sold it on eBay to buy (soon) an:
iMac Core 2 Duo 24" 2.16 ghz
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 256mb
250gb SATA HDD
Elgato eyeTV Hybrid TV tuner