Linux Starter Kit

Discussion in 'GNU/Linux' started by melbo, Sep 24, 2010.


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  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I've got a couple of older laptops that are taking up space on my shelf. I've wiped the drives (DBAN) and am working on some fully functional Linux installs. Both batteries are shot so they need to stay plugged in although you can find this Acer Travelmate 4000/4500 battery on amazon for under $30.

    I'm going to put them in Pay it Forward in a couple weeks after I get them tuned and running flawlessly. Anyone interested in a Linux system that's all set up and ready to go to learn and play on?
     
  2. Conagher

    Conagher Dark Custom Rider Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I'll take one if it has a com/serial port on it. Do they both have the same specs?

    I'll take the faster one of the 2 if they have different hardware specs.

    Thanks,

    Con
     
  3. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    hmm, I could use one, I'll take which ever one Conagher doesn't.

    Thanks!
     
  4. CrazySingleMom

    CrazySingleMom Monkey+

    I certainly am ... however since they are both spoken for I am guessing I'm too late? ... tis a great idea, and I plan to get a laptop for my BOB and have my important stuff backed up on it ... someday.

    Thanks,
    ~R
     
  5. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    I'll list the specs tonight.
     
  6. Conagher

    Conagher Dark Custom Rider Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Sounds good :D
     
  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    No Serial ports :(


    Travelmate 4502lmi
    Product Description: Acer TravelMate 4502LMi - Pentium M 725 1.6 GHz - 15" TFT
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.2 in x 10.7 in x 1.3 in
    Weight: 6.4 lbs
    Localization: English / United States
    Mobile Technology: Intel Centrino
    System Type: Notebook
    Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers
    Processor: Intel Pentium M 725 1.6 GHz
    Cache Memory: 2 MB - L2 cache
    RAM: 512 MB 1280MB (installed) PC2700 - 333 MHz (1 GB stick + 256 MB stick)
    Card Reader: 3 in 1
    Hard Drive: 80 GB 160GB Seagate HDD
    Optical Storage: DVD±RW - plug-in module
    Display: 15" TFT active matrix XGA (1024 x 768) - 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
    Graphics Controller: Intel 855GME
    Audio Output: Sound card
    Telecom: Fax / modem - 56 Kbps
    Networking Network adapter: - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
    Wireless NIC: Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG
    Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad, scroll button
    Battery: Lithium ion
    Average Run Time: 5 hour(s)



    Travelmate 4001lci
    Product Description: Acer TravelMate 4001LCi - Pentium M 715 1.5 GHz - 15" TFT
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.3 in x 11 in x 1.5 in
    Weight: 6.4 lbs
    Mobile Technology: Intel Centrino
    System Type: Notebook
    Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, wireless LAN antenna
    Processor: Intel Pentium M 715 1.5 GHz
    Cache Memory: 2 MB - L2 cache
    RAM: 512 MB 1280MB (installed) PC2700 - 333 MHz (1 GB stick + 256 MB stick)
    Hard Drive: 60 80 GB
    Optical Storage: CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo - integrated
    Display: 15" TFT active matrix XGA (1024 x 768) - 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
    Graphics Controller: Intel 855GME
    Audio Output: Sound card
    Telecom: Fax / modem - 56 Kbps
    Networking: Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
    Wireless NIC: Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG
    Input Device: Keyboard, touchpad, scroll button
    Battery: Lithium ion
    Average Run Time: 5 hour(s)

    Both have Mini PCI slots and 3 USB ports.

    One of these systems used to have 2 GB and the other had 512 MB so I split the RAM up between the systems. Windows doesn't too much like different sized banks but Linux cares not. The full blown Ubuntu system with 5 or 6 widows open sips about 212 - 275MB so I didn't even set these up with a swap partition. My idea is that these stay Linux boxes but I don't attach any strings to them so what you do with them is up to you. If you wanted to run Windows on them, I'd pick up another 1 GB Stick of PC2700 RAM (~$30)

    You can also find batteries for these online for around $30.

    I offer free linux support via this forum and would be glad to help anyone navigate their system. These currently have Ubuntu Linux 10.10 Beta and I'm not going to send them out until I see 10.10 Gold on October 10th. If Gold doesn't fix a few quirks with audio, I'll load Mint 9 which is based off of Ubuntu 10.04. Both are great experiences and great ways to learn some simple Linux stuff.
     
  8. Conagher

    Conagher Dark Custom Rider Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I'll definitely take the Travelmate 4502lmi! I need a system to play with Unix/linux more since everything at work in Windows based, and my systems at home have Windows 7 Ultimate.

    Thanks M,

    Con
     
  9. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Both of you guys need to PM me your address' and I'll get them off to you shortly.
     
  10. Conagher

    Conagher Dark Custom Rider Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    PM sent.

    Thanks,

    Con.
     
  11. Tristan

    Tristan Monkey+++

    Melbo -

    That's a grand thing you did, and spreading the word about Linux at the same time...

    That's some good kharma!
     
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