[clug] Selling a PC and getting a laptop

Leo Kliger lkliger at bigpond.net.au
Sun Mar 12 10:22:56 GMT 2006

Hi Brian,

Have you actually used a Pioneer notebook with Linux running on it?

I recently tried to help someone running FC4 on a late model Pioneer and
to cut a long story short:-
- It seemed that there is an interrupt conflict issue (between the
graphic adapter and network card when applying open source (from Livna)
or proprietary drivers from Nvidia) that can't be corrected because your
locked out of the BIOS.
- It also appears that Pioneer falsely claim to support Linux (Linspire)
on the particular model supplied and that the website of the Linux
distro (Linspire) they claim to pre-load didn't even list them as a
Vendor on the compatibility list (when I last look)!!!
- Locally Pioneer claimed that nobody has ever ordered Linspire or run
Linux to there knowledge.
- Internationally Pioneer didn't or couldn't help.

Eventually the notebook was returned and my acquaintance switched to a
HP nx8220 with which he claims to be quite pleased.

Hope this helps,


On Sun, 2006-03-12 at 17:50 +1100, Brian wrote:
> Pascal,
> Had a Dell, will not go there again.
> Recommend that you check this out before doing anything.
> http://www.pioneercomputers.com.au/products/configure.asp?c1=3&c2=13&id=1580
> Brian
> On Sunday 12 March 2006 17:10, Pascal Klein wrote:
> > Hi list,
> >
> > I'm wanting to get myself a laptop, a desktop replacement actually.
> > I've been looking around for a while now and I've seen many models from
> > a heap of different places. Sadly the laptop I was mostly interested in
> > which features no windows tax costs me 200 USD to get in from the
> > States, so I'm probably going to go for a Dell Inspiron model.  I like
> > their Inspiron models because of the larger screens, such as the 17"
> > widescreens (after all I would like to get a desktop replacement).
> >
> > I was wondering about two things here, whether anyone has had much
> > experience with Ubuntu on any Dell Inspirons (namely 6000, 630m, 6400,
> > and  the 9400 models), and whether someone would be willing to buy my
> > PC off me.
> >
> > I bought it last year at the computer fair here in Canberra at EPIC.
> > Main features - AMD 2200 Sempron, 80 GB HD, 16x DVD burner. I'd be
> > happy to install Ubuntu on it, such as preparing it for a mum, dad or
> > grandma to use. ;)
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Pascal
> >
> >
> > --
> > Pascal Klein
> > http://wombat.nuxified.com
> >
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