My Latest Addition
Well, about a week ago, I passed one of those major milestones in a person’s life, an 18th birthday. Somehow I’ve managed to survive on this planet for 18 years, in spite of the millions of different ways a person could meet their end in the run of a normal day.
And for my 18th birthday, I decided that it was time to get a laptop, simply because I’ve been wanting one for the past two years, but never had a cheap one come my way.
Luckily though, I took a glance in the FreeAds section of a local newspaper, and saw what seemed to be a perfect offer. I set a date, made a deal, and this Toshiba Tecra 9100 was soon mine.
- 1.7GHz Pentium IV M
- 1GB DDR (PC2100)
- 30GB 4200RPM IBM IDE
- 1024×768 S3 SuperSavage IX
- Built in Wifi (On-Off switch broken though)
- 100Mb/s LAN, 56Kb/s Modem, Infrared Link
- SD Card Reader
Nothing too powerful or special, but a solid and working machine. A bargain at €120.
It arrived to me with Windows XP (and a dual XP Pro / W2K Pro key sticker :devil: ). I’ve installed Ubuntu 10.04, a standard install, and spent a while setting up Openbox on top.
Everything works pretty much out of the box, except the IR, which I havn’t yet been able to get working outside of XP, and the internal WiFi card, as it’s On/Off switch is broken. That I must fix. It’s got some minor scratching to the top cover, which is strangely made of magnesium alloy, and rather than having a touchpad that so many laptop and netbook owners are used to, this has one of those little Accupoint devices in the middle of the keyboard, and some left/right click buttons. It brings back fond memories of times before trackerpads.
The battery lasts about an hour and a half, but is reluctant to charge whilst the laptop is actually running. Perhaps that could be changed by lowering it’s power settings.
Anyway, I’ve a few upgrades planned for this laptop, that should make it a bit faster, a bit cooler, and a bit lighter.
Filed under: Hardware, Operating Systems, Ubuntu |
Tags: Laptop, Openbox, Ubuntu
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