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Wednesday November 14, 2007
06:44 AM

My new laptop

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I'm writing this journal from my new laptop, an Acer Aspire 5920. This thing has a dual processor Intel CPU, 2 GB RAM, and all the ports and connectivity we are getting used to (4 USB, Infrared, Bluetooth, 811.G wifi. etc).

Actually it has the first laptop keyboard I feel comfortable with. Only missing is the separate numeric keypad.
It even comes with a webcam, so I can see them when I chat with friends and family.

The most encouraging is that OpenSUSE 10.3 installed with almost no problem. Only wifi sent me googling for a couple of minutes.

Using wifi is still a little strange though. I had to switch from Network Manager to ifup/down. I don't quite understand what the problem is, but if I try to connect with Network Manager, it doesn't get an IP address. I could experiment with fixed addresses; perhaps I'll do that one day.

Overall I'm impressed what you're getting for your money these days. A new laptop with very competitive hardware for DKK 5,000.- (around EUR 665,-).

I had to buy a new laptop because my 3-year old one suddenly began to turn off completely after being on for only a couple of minutes. And these days it's easier (and probably cheaper) to buy a new and much stronger computer.

So I've been tinkering with this for the last couple of days, restoring relevant data from my old and customizing it the way I like it. A rather big job :-)

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  • You said

    I had to buy a new laptop because my 3-year old one suddenly began to turn off completely after being on for only a couple of minutes.

    That's the protection against CPU overheating.

    I've had the same problem [perl.org] (only not that bad yet): with me, it was dust in the chimneys.

    Just open up the laptop, and check the cooling system for dust, and clean it out with a vacuum cleaner? I assume that will solve the problem at least, if the fan actually works.

    • I did try that with no result, alas. I suspect the CPU fan or the fan for the Graphics Adapter, but I didn't put too much effort into it.

      Anyway, I was already considering a new laptop before the event. After all, it's my main tool in my consulting business, so it should perform reasonably.

      And a three year old laptop with 512 MB RAM is simply antiquated now. The development in this area has been impressive for the last three years!