[sf-lug] laptop upgrade recommendation

Grant Bowman grantbow at gmail.com
Sun Jan 31 06:30:29 PST 2010

My T42 off eBay was great for $187 including shipping.   Unfortunately
the video card on the motherboard died a few months later.  On bootup
it displays OK for a few minutes and then just goes black.  I had to
run out right before the Ubuntu Developer's Summit (UDS) in Dallas, TX
and get a replacement.  Great machines and I'm looking for another to
move my hard drive to.  Wifi chips vary even within the T42 line -
some better than others.  A gig of RAM is good for that vintage so
might be worth the extra money.


On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 8:01 PM, Michael Shiloh
<michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Save on shipping; ask them if you can pick it up from their office in
> Berkeley.
> Super nice people, and extremely supportive of all good things. I'd give
> them my business, if I had a chance.
> M
> jim wrote:
>>   watch out for the ravages of age. that said, i've got a T-42 and have
>> liked it. the only problem was, of course, getting the wifi to work.
>> zareason's got a netbook for sale with a base price of about $350--probably
>> close to $400 with shipping and tax. i've got one and it's good enough for
>> me, and plenty okay with a USB keyboard and mouse and extra flat panel
>> display. and new, too: clean and everything's under warrantee.
>> http://www.zareason.com
>> On Mon, 2010-01-25 at 16:54 -0800, ron wellman wrote:
>>> friends,
>>> I'm needing to upgrade to a different laptop; I've been using a
>>> latitude CSx for the past couple years. At that time a friend
>>> recommended a purchase of a used thinkpad T42. I'm wondering if this
>>> would still be considered a good choice. I have found a refurbished
>>> one nearby for $240. ( I should say I am short on funds and I can
>>> afford this.) Will install Ubuntu of course.
>>> Here is some info about it:
>>> 1GB RAM
>>> 40GB Hard Disk Drive
>>> 1.7 GHz Processor
>>> XGA 14" LCD Screen (1024x768 pixels resolution)
>>> Built-in WiFi
>>> DVD-ROM/CD Burner
>>> 1-inch thick 4.9 lbs
>>> thanks,
>>> Ron Wellman

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