The Caffeinated Penguin

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Posted By on December 14, 2004

Sooo, this new IBM laptop is pretty impressive. (It's an R50p, for those who are curious).

– It’s the best machine in my house as far as a gaming system goes (which either says something really bad about my desktops, or really good about this laptop, take your pick) – Screen resolution of 1600×1200 is very nice. Mated to a 128MB Mobile FireGL makes it better. – The hinges are really solid and impressive – At 6lbs, it’s on the heavy side, but is noticeably lighter than my Inspiron 8100 – 1.7GHz Pentium M (1MB cache) doesn’t hurt either. – It has a middle mouse button (this is important in the Unix world) – It has a 7200RPM hard disk (which is, like, desktop speed) – Rather than supply recovery CD’s, IBM has a “recovery partition”, which is hidden from the OS and partitioning program by the BIOS. Upside: no disks to lose, and since I got this used, I could repartition it and throw Windows on it rapidly. Note that, to do this, you need to leave space as hda1 for the Windows partition. It will delete it and recreate it. Downside: Can’t change the hard drive easily (though you could put it into a machine that couldn’t see the partition and copy that bit over, in theory). If you really want that space, you can also turn it off in the bios. – Yes, I said I’m running Windows. Why? Well, I’ve always kept a Windows machine around for old video games. Now, I’m moving that machine to my laptop. Since this has a 60GB drive, and my old laptop had a 40, it’s not like I’m losing space if I split it 20 Windows, 40 Linux. – I’m also doing an install of a bunch of stuff from The Open CD, which is a nice collection of Win32 F/OSS ports that you can give to your Windows friends to “show them the way” as it were. – Downside: The optical drive doesn’t always close nicely, you sometimes have to hold it.

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