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Are old Thinkpads a good choice to run linux?


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#1 Ubiq

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:16 PM

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/sys/5172580432.html

Does anyone know offhand if Thinkpad x60s have any hardware that is notoriously difficult to find drivers for (or whatever else can go wrong)? I'm looking for an older laptop for practicing dual booting and because I'm not sure how I can learn how backup images work without installing on another computer. Also, my laptop is starting to shock me a bit and that can't be good. I feel like I need an emergency buddy.
Looking for my cheapest (but most awesome) option because I'm poor. :bubbles:

 


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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:19 PM

You could for sure dual boot that old laptop you listed. I wrote a tutorial about how to do this with Ubuntu (for example) here. Even though the laptop you mentioned has only an 80 GB hard drive, it is OK if you aren't going to download huge files and/or just practicing.


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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:39 PM

Thank Gigawert! Your tutorial is very clear! When I installed Ubuntu, the grub2 that came with it did all the partitioning work. So I feel like I got off easy and I know I'm going to have to repartition this one at some point. I feel like I need to understand the process from several angles.

 

Anyway, one last laptop, if I may: a Sony Vaio that has 6 gigs of ram and a solid state drive upgrade. Is is linux compatible? It's really too much money for me, but a solid state hard drive? :wub: A girl can dream, right?

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/sys/5158622157.html


Machine: Toshiba Portege r705-P41, Dual Boot: MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; Ubuntu 15.04
CPU: Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz Arrandale 32nm Technology,
RAM: 4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz (7-7-7-20), Motherboard: TOSHIBA Portable PC (rBGA1288 Socket)
Video Card: Intel HD Graphics Revision 2 1720 MBytes

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:50 PM

Thank Gigawert! Your tutorial is very clear! When I installed Ubuntu, the grub2 that came with it did all the partitioning work. So I feel like I got off easy and I know I'm going to have to repartition this one at some point. I feel like I need to understand the process from several angles.

 

Anyway, one last laptop, if I may: a Sony Vaio that has 6 gigs of ram and a solid state drive upgrade. Is is linux compatible? It's really too much money for me, but a solid state hard drive? :wub: A girl can dream, right?

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/sys/5158622157.html

Thank you for your kind comments! That Vaio is really good, especially considering it is only $225. But the Lenovo will be fine.

 

And Ubuntu will always do the partitioning for you if there is another OS installed, but probably not every Linux distribution will be that helpful. :)


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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:57 PM

Awesome! Thank you!! :love4u:


Machine: Toshiba Portege r705-P41, Dual Boot: MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; Ubuntu 15.04
CPU: Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz Arrandale 32nm Technology,
RAM: 4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz (7-7-7-20), Motherboard: TOSHIBA Portable PC (rBGA1288 Socket)
Video Card: Intel HD Graphics Revision 2 1720 MBytes

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Posted 18 August 2015 - 09:58 PM

No problem. :)


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