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Laptop! [Jun. 7th, 2001|02:37 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

I ordered a laptop! I've never owned a laptop! I've been dreaming of getting one since I first saw one in a magazine when I was like 10 or something. About time! I'm excited.... For those interested in the specs, see below.

Dell Inspiron 8000 Notebooks
Intel® Pentium®III Processor, 900MHz, 15.0" UltraXGA TFT
Qty: 1 <input ... >
Price: $3,290.00
[save $100.00]
  Date:Thursday, June 07, 2001 4:23:42 AM CDT
  Catalog Number:04 04
Dell Inspiron 8000 Notebooks: Intel® Pentium®III Processor, 900MHz, 15.0" UltraXGA TFT Display
LR90UTM - [220-2936]
Memory: 128MB,SDRAM,1DIMM
To be upgraded to 256 MB
128M1D - [311-4071]
Video Card: 32MB DDR 4X AGP NVIDIA GeForce2 Go™Vid
NVID32 - [320-1998]
Primary Hard Drive: 32GB Ultra ATA 5400 RPM Hard Drive
32GB - [340-2760]
Floppy Drive: Modular Floppy Drive
FD - [340-8153]
Operating System Software: MS Windows 2000 Professional
W2K - [412-2901] [313-7222] [420-2296]
Network Adapter: Xircom® 10/100 Ethernet II, PC Card
N100X - [430-2082]
Modem: 56K Capable V.90 Gold PSION Global Modem, PC Card
56P4 - [313-0196]
Fixed CD/DVD Drives: 8X Max Variable DVD-ROM Drive
8XDVD - [313-1483] [313-1471]
Bundle: Microsoft® Office XP Small Business
IXPSB - [412-1201]
Carrying Cases: Leather Carrying Case
LCC154 - [310-0400]
Service and Support Options: 3 Yr Ltd. Warranty-3 Yr Onsite Service+CompleteCare+Lifetime Phone Support
B3YCC - [950-1030] [950-1032]
Color Choice: Four QuickSnap™ Color Palm Rest
COLORS - [310-4080]
Additional Battery: LI-ION 2ND PRIMARY BATT
LIION - [312-0030]
Special Offer-Dollars Off: Special Offer - $100 Off Online Purchase
OL100 - [461-3186]

[User Picture]From: patrick
2001-06-07 02:43 am (UTC)
ooh, that's very sexy.

on a side note, you seemed to have broken something with the layout of this post?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-07 02:45 am (UTC)
No, Dell did. I fixed their HTML, though.
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[User Picture]From: neraka
2001-06-07 03:06 am (UTC)


very nice.. :)

laptops rock.. they're insanely convinient.. mobility is a good thing.
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[User Picture]From: shadwstalkr
2001-06-07 03:09 am (UTC)
Laptops are expensive. I remember when I was little, my mom had a Zenith laptop (I guess they were good then). It was like 20 lbs, blue on manilla screen, half hour battery life, and when it broke Zenith had stopped fixing them. Hehe, good old days <g>
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[User Picture]From: atypical_gnu
2001-06-07 03:29 am (UTC)
Amazing what they can fit in a laptop nowadays.
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From: deathsblade
2001-06-07 03:49 am (UTC)
that's a pretty sweet price too... so, what color are ya gonna get?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-07 04:00 am (UTC)
I paid $19 extra for the "Four QuickSnap Color Palm Rest" .... so I can choose on any day! :-)
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[User Picture]From: foobar
2001-06-07 04:20 am (UTC)


Just out of curiousity, how'd you get that config to work? I remember trying that myself a few weeks ago and having it bounce, so I tried it again just now and it still bounced - it won't let me put Win2K together with the Geforce2MX card.

Incidentally, you going for windows or linux or a dual-booter? One thing I don't understand is that they claim it's only linux compatible if you get the 700MHz CPU and take the crappier screen. That doesn't make much sense to me, as it seems to have the same basic hardware (video card, for instance) as the better model.

Or maybe they're just trying to keep linux users down. Fight the man!

Something like that anyway.

Anyway, awesome laptop, I'm jealous. Enjoy it. :)
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[User Picture]From: jnala
2001-06-07 06:05 am (UTC)

Re: Hmm.

They won't *install* and *support* Linux on the sexier models. Doesn't mean you can't put it on yourself.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-07 01:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Hmm.

They offered Linux support on that one, but I opted for Windows instead so I can get the DVD player software. Plus, I don't want Redhat.

I'll Partion Magic it then install Debian when I get it, hence the huge drive (huge for a laptop, anyway).

None of the 3 video cards they had as options were compatible with Win2K, but I said fuck it and added it to my cart anyway. I think they messed up their compatability data or something. nVidia not working on Win2K? They have the best damn Linux drivers but they didn't write Win2K drivers? Baah. I don't think so.

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[User Picture]From: visions
2001-06-07 04:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Hmm.

nvidia tends to have very good support for win2k. i find it hard to believe that they wouldnt on the laptop chipsets.
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[User Picture]From: yizhe
2001-06-07 05:25 am (UTC)
You have a BIG screen
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[User Picture]From: jnala
2001-06-07 06:08 am (UTC)
Rawk. The 1600x1200 screen sounds sw33t. I've been loving the 1400x1050 on my ThinkPad.

Laptops are wonderful things. You're gonna want 802.11 after you get it, though. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-07 01:50 pm (UTC)
Totally, but I wasn't about to buy it from Dell.... they charge a lot more for some things, memory in particular. I'll research 802.11 more and find stuff that's known to obey the spec well. I've heard too many horror stories of incompatible implementations.
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[User Picture]From: topher
2001-06-07 06:53 am (UTC)

Good call.

Sweet looking machine. ;-)

And you made the right choice on that warranty. Dell does an awesome job when you have CompleteCare.

It was really a different experience when you find a problem, and they have someone call you locally the next day, with the part you need (which was overnight shipped from Dell), and they're ready to come fix it. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: marcoo
2001-06-07 06:53 am (UTC)
GeForce 2 GO... Sweet... I know you don't play much games, but the thought of kicking your buddies' asses at Quake 3 from your laptop, anywhere, on the go, sounds very very sweet to me... ;)
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[User Picture]From: dottey
2001-06-07 07:06 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: film_girl
2001-06-07 07:07 am (UTC)


Damn if that thing had a 1394 card it would be about the same set-up I'm looking at getting! Very nice -- good choice on the video card, beats the hell out of the Rage Mobile. I'm so jealous now...
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2001-06-07 08:37 am (UTC)
But will it run Linux?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-06-07 01:51 pm (UTC)
Sure will.

They even offer it as a pre-installed operating system if you want. But RedHat only.... I want to do it myself, and want Debian. :)
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[User Picture]From: melopene
2001-06-07 09:29 am (UTC)
If you want, you can have my old 486 DX laptop 25 MHz, 16 megs of ram, nonfunctional floppy drive, and a docking station that won't hold it...

But it looks very lovely :) Enjoy. And remember, don't take your electronic devices in the bathtub.
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[User Picture]From: niko
2001-06-07 09:31 am (UTC)
very nice.. but I'm still leaning towards a new ibook when I get a job again. even the most expensive model is under $2k :\ and it has a CD/CDR/DVD combo drive.
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[User Picture]From: starblazr
2001-06-07 09:51 am (UTC)
i want it to have my kids!!
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[User Picture]From: darksoul
2001-06-07 09:52 am (UTC)
i picked up a slightly less beefed up 8000 a month ago. a very sweet machine (at least when i can keep it running long enough). my dvd doesn't connect properly to the motherboard, so they forced me to take a new dvd to see if that fixed it, which of course didn't fix it because it was the motherboard. i've been told by some guys i run around with at school that they've been hearing similar problems, just to forewarn you. otherwise it's a damn sweet model. congrats!
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From: qtkat
2001-06-09 01:58 pm (UTC)
mmmmmm oneday I'll own a laptop. heh =)
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[User Picture]From: kalei
2001-06-10 10:52 am (UTC)

Congrats - YOU BASTARD!!

Ahem. sorry. Jealousy is an ugly thing.

How nice that Dell saved you a whole hundred dollars.

Enjoy your mobile computing bliss.

I too shall own one someday...*sob*
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