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Re: Compatible laptops

On Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:55:51 +1100
Charlie S <taoquester@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:23:46 +0000 dekkzz78@xxxxxxxxx sent:
> > On 11/12, rhkramer@xxxxxxxxx wrote:  
> > >On Sunday, November 12, 2017 02:39:22 AM dekks herton wrote:    
> > >> in general - any modern laptop will run debian fine [with any DE
> > >> you choose] with IMO the following caveats
> > >>
> > >> 1) Avoid ones with hybrid dual graphics ie intel/nvidia aka
> > >> optimus 2) Avoid anything realtek    
> > >
> > >I'd add, "avoid Broadcom if you want to use WiFi"--it requires some
> > >extra steps for installation (and is even more of a pain until you
> > >realize that is what you need to do)"    
> > 
> > Until the last 18 months i would have agreed but they hired one of
> > the leading kernal gfx hackers and now forced by the Pi market are
> > supporting newer stuff. Enough to come off my black list, however
> > i'm keeping an eye on them to see if they relapse.
> >   
> 	After contemplation, my reply is:
> On an older Toshiba laptop I was given, mine starting to show signs of
> faults after 10 years work. I had a bit of trouble getting Broadcom
> WI-FI to work and had to take a couple of runs at it to get the
> desired result. That could have been because my expectation was, it
> would be straight forward. So probably my fault.

It might be worth a reminder at this point that a particular 'model' of
laptop (or other form) generally represents a desired set of
capabilities, and the actual hardware may vary from time to time. It is
necessary to go down to the level of all the letters on the end of the
model name, or even an SKU designation if provided, to be sure that a
particular laptop exactly complies with a published specification.

For example, an HP laptop bought by a colleague of mine about six
months after I had bought the 'same' model has a separate numeric keypad
and mine doesn't.