me at jonwatson.ca
Tue Oct 2 22:49:35 ADT 2007
That's a oood point. I haven't had a problem with my battery in
particular, but there are a lot of reports of Linux boxen not managing
power very well in laptops. My battery seems to be holding out well - I
get a little over an hour now with normal use - but I'm fairly certain
it was better than that when I first bought it.
On Tue, 2007-10-02 at 21:39 -0400, Jonathan Anderson wrote:
> Also, it's not a Linux thing, but be sure to find out what model
> battery the
> laptop has and find out whether or the reviews are positive or
> I have a Dell Inspiron 6400, and the battery life went from 3.5h to
> 25m in a
> little over a year... it turns out that LOTS of people have this
> problem, and
> had I checked it out in advance, I could've saved myself a whole bunch
> frustration (imagine not being able to use your laptop for a 30m
> without carting power cords around).
> On October 2, 2007, D G Teed wrote:
> > I have evaluated laptops for my work and a fussy bunch of users
> > who expect every piece of hardware to work. It is not a simple
> > thing. First off, stay back from the latest models carrying
> > the very latest chipsets, as there is typically a lag between
> > kernel support appearing and the newest video, SATA,
> > ethernet and other hardware support.
> > Typically modems and wireless, and sometimes video,
> > require a proprietary driver to support them. NDISwrapper
> > sometimes works but it is very iffy. One model I worked
> > on would freeze constantly with NDISwrapper
> > if the BIOS was powered on with battery power.
> > Based on that, I would seek native drivers or drivers
> > from the hardware vendor such as Intel's proprietary driver.
> > Keep in mind that your kernel upgrades are going to have
> > tight dependancies on the additional drivers you can get, and
> > it may mean staying back to whatever Intel or nVidia or
> > whoever can support.
> > Certification means very little. All models I evaluated were said
> > to be Suse certified, but when I lookup the details on the report,
> > they have several caveats, such as CD-RW failures, etc.
> > I think the model gets a pass if you can complete the
> > install, and get video and sound working.
> > Power management is another area needing research, if it is
> > important to you. Typically getting suspend to ram to run
> > well and not hang the machine on resume is something
> > taking some efforts to perfect, if it is possible.
> > Before and after buying, visiting the resource of
> > Linux on Laptops: http://www.linux-laptop.net/
> > is useful to research what others got working and how.
> > --Donald
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