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Old 11-29-2011, 02:34 AM
"W. Scott Lockwood III"
 
Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

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[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces@lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of Richard Owlett
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 9:22 PM
To: Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions
Subject: Hardware question from "fly-over country"

I'm in RURAL SW Missouri. A local used/surplus computer store is offering a
Dell Latitude D620 (4GB memory, 80GB hard drive, Intel Core Duo @ 2.4 GHz)
for ~$500. It reportedly has the majority of manufacturer's warranty.

Any comments on how suitable a Linux platform this would be?

TIA
--------------------------------------

Those are awesome. My D630 is still in use as my wife's primary machine, and
my D620 is our spare. I was actually much happier with the D series in
general than I am with the E6410 or E6420, which I'm using now.

In short, they rock. They Just Work (tm). The only thing I've heard people
like better is a ThinkPad, but personally, I love me some D630/620 series
machines.


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Old 11-29-2011, 02:59 AM
"Cybe R. Wizard"
 
Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:22:28 -0600
Richard Owlett <rowlett@pcnetinc.com> wrote:

> I'm in RURAL SW Missouri. A local used/surplus computer
> store is offering a Dell Latitude D620 (4GB memory, 80GB
> hard drive, Intel Core Duo @ 2.4 GHz) for ~$500. It
> reportedly has the majority of manufacturer's warranty.
>
> Any comments on how suitable a Linux platform this would be?
>
> TIA
>
Hiya, Richard, I'm in Jeff. County just south of St Louie.

I don't know about that particular box but...
I bought Elder Daughter a top-of-the-line Dell laptop with all the
goodies to take off to Rollins College in 2001. Because she'd be a
half-a-continent away I bought the on-site next-day service pack for
the full four years.
The box died before her second year completed. A call got a service
tech within a /week/. He changed the hard drive. No joy. Numerous
calls got a service tech (not the same one) within a week each
time. /NEVER/ was a tech there the next day. He changed the hard
drive and the screen (for some reason, the screen worked fine). No
joy. She came home for summer break. We called and called, got tech
after tech, they all wanted to install a new hard drive.
/After the whole summer break/ Dell finally admitted they should just
give us a new box. It came bare-bones without the extra DVD drive we
originally ordered (that one would no longer fit the new box), the
floppy drive (same problem of fit), the Zip drive (wouldn't fit the
case), the extra battery (same fitting problem), the extra RAM and the
large hard drive we had originally ordered.

Their reason? We were getting a CPU upgrade.

We didn't want a CPU upgrade; we wanted the functionality for which
we had paid. We wanted same-day, on-site service for which we'd paid.

We bought her a new Hewlett-Packard laptop in 2003 with which to finish
college.

I'd never again sully my hands with a Dell.

The 2003 HP still works fine.

Of course, YMMV. HTH.

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:03 AM
"Cybe R. Wizard"
 
Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:59:34 -0600
"Cybe R. Wizard" <cybe_r_wizard@earthlink.net> wrote:

> On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:22:28 -0600
> Richard Owlett <rowlett@pcnetinc.com> wrote:
>
> > I'm in RURAL SW Missouri. A local used/surplus computer
> > store is offering a Dell Latitude D620 (4GB memory, 80GB
> > hard drive, Intel Core Duo @ 2.4 GHz) for ~$500. It
> > reportedly has the majority of manufacturer's warranty.
> >
> > Any comments on how suitable a Linux platform this would be?
> >
> > TIA
> >
> Hiya, Richard, I'm in Jeff. County just south of St Louie.
>
> I don't know about that particular box but...
> I bought Elder Daughter a top-of-the-line Dell laptop with all the
> goodies to take off to Rollins College in 2001. Because she'd be a
> half-a-continent away I bought the on-site next-day service pack for
> the full four years.
> The box died before her second year completed. A call got a service
> tech within a /week/. He changed the hard drive. No joy. Numerous
> calls got a service tech (not the same one) within a week each
> time. /NEVER/ was a tech there the next day. He changed the hard
> drive and the screen (for some reason, the screen worked fine). No
> joy. She came home for summer break. We called and called, got tech
> after tech, they all wanted to install a new hard drive.
> /After the whole summer break/ Dell finally admitted they should just
> give us a new box. It came bare-bones without the extra DVD drive we
> originally ordered (that one would no longer fit the new box), the
> floppy drive (same problem of fit), the Zip drive (wouldn't fit the
> case), the extra battery (same fitting problem), the extra RAM and the
> large hard drive we had originally ordered.
>
> Their reason? We were getting a CPU upgrade.
>
> We didn't want a CPU upgrade; we wanted the functionality for which
> we had paid. We wanted same-day, on-site service for which we'd paid.
>
> We bought her a new Hewlett-Packard laptop in 2003 with which to
> finish college.
>
> I'd never again sully my hands with a Dell.
>
> The 2003 HP still works fine.
>
> Of course, YMMV. HTH.
>
> Cybe R. Wizard

To be fair, the replacement Dell, although not suitable for her needs,
still works, too. It just gets very little use.

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:07 AM
"W. Scott Lockwood III"
 
Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Monday, November 28, 2011 10:00 PM
To: ubuntu-users@lists.ubuntu.com
Subject: Re: Hardware question from "fly-over country"

Hiya, Richard, I'm in Jeff. County just south of St Louie.

I don't know about that particular box but...
I bought Elder Daughter a top-of-the-line Dell laptop with all the goodies
to take off to Rollins College in 2001. Because she'd be a half-a-continent
away I bought the on-site next-day service pack for the full four years.
The box died before her second year completed. A call got a service tech
within a /week/. He changed the hard drive. No joy. Numerous calls got a
service tech (not the same one) within a week each time. /NEVER/ was a tech
there the next day. He changed the hard drive and the screen (for some
reason, the screen worked fine). No joy. She came home for summer break.
We called and called, got tech after tech, they all wanted to install a new
hard drive.
/After the whole summer break/ Dell finally admitted they should just give
us a new box. It came bare-bones without the extra DVD drive we originally
ordered (that one would no longer fit the new box), the floppy drive (same
problem of fit), the Zip drive (wouldn't fit the case), the extra battery
(same fitting problem), the extra RAM and the large hard drive we had
originally ordered.

Their reason? We were getting a CPU upgrade. We didn't want a CPU upgrade;
we wanted the functionality for which we had paid. We wanted same-day,
on-site service for which we'd paid. We bought her a new Hewlett-Packard
laptop in 2003 with which to finish college. I'd never again sully my hands
with a Dell. The 2003 HP still works fine. Of course, YMMV. HTH.

Cybe R. Wizard
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Jeff,

Wow. Totally not my experience. Of course, I'm in a corporate environment,
and all our servers are Dell. They don't screw around with us like that.

And I will have to let you know the next time I'm in town to buy spices at
Soulard Market. :-) I would like to meet you after all this time. :-)


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Old 11-29-2011, 03:40 AM
"Cybe R. Wizard"
 
Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 22:07:35 -0600
"W. Scott Lockwood III" <vladinator@gmail.com> wrote:

> I will have to let you know the next time I'm in town to buy spices at
> Soulard Market. :-) I would like to meet you after all this time. :-)

I'd be happy to meet you. Give me an email a couple of days in advance
and I should be able to work it out.

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Old 11-29-2011, 05:00 AM
doug
 
Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

On 11/28/2011 10:59 PM, Cybe R. Wizard wrote:

On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:22:28 -0600
Richard Owlett<rowlett@pcnetinc.com> wrote:


I'm in RURAL SW Missouri. A local used/surplus computer
store is offering a Dell Latitude D620 (4GB memory, 80GB
hard drive, Intel Core Duo @ 2.4 GHz) for ~$500. It
reportedly has the majority of manufacturer's warranty.

Any comments on how suitable a Linux platform this would be?

TIA


Hiya, Richard, I'm in Jeff. County just south of St Louie.

I don't know about that particular box but...
I bought Elder Daughter a top-of-the-line Dell laptop with all the
goodies to take off to Rollins College in 2001. Because she'd be a
half-a-continent away I bought the on-site next-day service pack for
the full four years.
The box died before her second year completed. A call got a service
tech within a /week/. He changed the hard drive. No joy. Numerous
calls got a service tech (not the same one) within a week each
time. /NEVER/ was a tech there the next day. He changed the hard
drive and the screen (for some reason, the screen worked fine). No
joy. She came home for summer break. We called and called, got tech
after tech, they all wanted to install a new hard drive.
/After the whole summer break/ Dell finally admitted they should just
give us a new box. It came bare-bones without the extra DVD drive we
originally ordered (that one would no longer fit the new box), the
floppy drive (same problem of fit), the Zip drive (wouldn't fit the
case), the extra battery (same fitting problem), the extra RAM and the
large hard drive we had originally ordered.

Their reason? We were getting a CPU upgrade.

We didn't want a CPU upgrade; we wanted the functionality for which
we had paid. We wanted same-day, on-site service for which we'd paid.

We bought her a new Hewlett-Packard laptop in 2003 with which to finish
college.

I'd never again sully my hands with a Dell.

The 2003 HP still works fine.

Of course, YMMV. HTH.

Cybe R. Wizard
Well, I guess my mileage varied. I have a Dell Inspiron 6400/E1505 that
I bought on epay
about 18 months ago, used, in tip-top shape. After a little while, I
added 1 GB RAM and
changed out the 60 GB hard drive for a 360 GB--not because the smaller
one didn't work,
but because I wanted more space. I have XP and 3 Linux distros on it,
and it works
perfectly. It even has a quite useable keyboard, and with synaptiks,
the track-pad is
turned off when an external pointing device is plugged in. (XP seems to
do that by itself.)
You can plug in an external keyboard to a usb port and it works fine
also. Built-in CD/DVD
reader-burner only lacks Light-Scribe capability. A really nice
all-around machine.


This is written on that machine with PCLOS.

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Old 11-29-2011, 08:44 AM
Hakan Koseoglu
 
Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

On 29 November 2011 03:22, Richard Owlett <rowlett@pcnetinc.com> wrote:
> I'm in RURAL SW Missouri. A local used/surplus computer store is offering a
> Dell Latitude D620 (4GB memory, 80GB hard drive, Intel Core Duo @ 2.4 GHz)
> for ~$500. It reportedly has the majority of manufacturer's warranty.
If you ask me, it is an obsolete laptop with too much asking price.I
have one on my desk right now and occasionally I want to punch it very
very hard. 5-6 years ago, maybe, right now avoid, esp for $500. You
should be able to get a decent, way faster laptop for that price. I
picked up one for my mother this summer for 350, specs way higher
than above and also it works way waster, even though it's just an i3.

For disclosure, this message was written on an Dell E4610 i7 with 8GB
RAM so I am not against them completely. Just avoid d620 and probably
d630 is not worth it anymore either (have an other stack of them on
the other side of the desk, I use them to VPN to various customers
when I don't want to infect mine).
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:26 PM
Billie Walsh
 
Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

On 11/28/2011 09:22 PM, Richard Owlett wrote:

I'm in RURAL SW Missouri. A local used/surplus computer store is
offering a Dell Latitude D620 (4GB memory, 80GB hard drive, Intel Core
Duo @ 2.4 GHz) for ~$500. It reportedly has the majority of
manufacturer's warranty.

Any comments on how suitable a Linux platform this would be?

TIA





I would look around a bit. My other half just bought herself a BRAND NEW
Toshiba at Staples for just over $600 after the tax. Quad core, six gigs
memory, and I don't remember the hard drive size off hand. Way better
machine for almost the same money. They had one with similar specs with
a bigger screen and a BlueRay player for just over $700 I've seen some
new laptops advertised with specs similar to what your looking at for in
the two and three hundred dollar range. Laptop prices are way better
than they were just a couple years ago.


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Old 11-29-2011, 05:47 PM
Dave Woyciesjes
 
Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

W. Scott Lockwood III wrote:

-----Original Message-----


I'm in RURAL SW Missouri. A local used/surplus computer store is offering a
Dell Latitude D620 (4GB memory, 80GB hard drive, Intel Core Duo @ 2.4 GHz)
for ~$500. It reportedly has the majority of manufacturer's warranty.

Any comments on how suitable a Linux platform this would be?

TIA
--------------------------------------

Those are awesome. My D630 is still in use as my wife's primary machine, and
my D620 is our spare. I was actually much happier with the D series in
general than I am with the E6410 or E6420, which I'm using now.

In short, they rock. They Just Work (tm). The only thing I've heard people
like better is a ThinkPad, but personally, I love me some D630/620 series
machines.




The D6xx series are nice, I miss my D620. Good size, nice resolution...

__BUT___

If it has the nVidia video chip, _keep_it_cool_. There is a flaw, where
the video chip will cook itself:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_Latitude#Latitude_D620_problems
I was using it on a docking station/port replicator (which lifter the
back a bit, for better airflow) during the workday. At night I had it on
my lap, for maybe 1.5 hours at a time before shutting down.
Then, during one class, I had it flat on a hard table, for the 6 hours
class, running all day. Then the artifacts starting coming in, and other
odd video issues... Same story with an external monitor hooked up.


If it has the Intel video, you're fine.

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Old 11-29-2011, 08:56 PM
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Default Hardware question from "fly-over country"

On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 7:22 PM, Richard Owlett <rowlett@pcnetinc.com> wrote:

I'm in RURAL SW Missouri. A local used/surplus computer store is offering a Dell Latitude D620 (4GB memory, 80GB hard drive, Intel Core Duo @ 2.4 GHz) for ~$500. It reportedly has the majority of manufacturer's warranty.




Any comments on how suitable a Linux platform this would be?



TIA

*Before laying out cash for a used machine check the online ads for all the major retailers.

There are some very good deals for not much more money and you will be
buying a lot more machine for the price, including drives with zero
hours on them.

As a fair value comparison search ebay for the same/similar model and see what kind of prices they are selling for.* Your comparable price should include the shipping charges.
Basic rule of thumb for how well the system will function with Linux is to look at the version of windows it runs.* If it will handle vista without bogging down you should be golden.


Best of luck and heres hoping that somebody has a Merry Christmas with a new 'puter.







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