staggered into the Black Sun and said:
>>staggered into the Black Sun and said:
>>> The real critical issues for me are that I need a monitor that
>>> does not flicker at all, and I need a touchpad. (Photosensitive
>>> epilepsy, and also chronic hand pain that is badly aggravated by
>>> mice.) Too bad I can't afford a laptop!
>>Piffle. http://www.pricewatch.com/ , check their "not exactly new"
>>section for laptops. That will be the best solution for you given the
>>requirements you mention. I've bought several refurbished laptops
> So far, the best prices I've seen for refurbished laptops have been
> around $1000 for very minimalist models (no CD, no ethernet card, so I
> would need to pay extra to add those on.)
You're looking in the wrong places then. In early 2000, I bought a
Thinkpad 380D (32M, 2G, P150, 800x600) for $700. You may not be able to
find a laptop with built-in NIC for under $1000, but PCMCIA NICs are
Quote:> for desktops are around $350-400, which seem to include ethernet,
> and either CD-ROM and more memory than the laptops, or CDRW. Then
> another $250 for the LCD monitor.
Only $250? Sounds awfully cheap; a good 19" CRT is about that much.
Quote:> As I understand it, the big advantage of a laptop is portability.
> My computer will mostly sit on my desk at home.
Fair enough. Laptops are smaller if space is a problem, though, and
they *always* have a digital videocard<->LCD connection. This avoids
problems with bad analog<->digital conversion in the LCD monitor itself.
Most people don't have a problem with that, but you say you're
hypersensitive to picture quality.
Quote:>>LCD = no flicker.
> Doesn't this depend on the video driver? A local salesman who was
> trying to steer me away from this whole plan (get cheap desktop with
> LCD monitor, install Linux with Star Office) told me that Linux was
> not compatible with a lot of video cards and that introduced flicker.
Q: What's the difference between a used car salesman and a computer
A: The used car salesman at least *knows* he's lying.
The salesman was talking out his arse. LCDs behave as if they have a
vertical refresh rate of 60 Hz. Linux is compatible with all the widely
used video cards that are at least a couple of months old (nVidia,
Matrox, ATi) and most of the ones that are older than that.
Quote:> And I know I've seen a few laptops running Windows that flickered
> enough to give me a headache...I'd like to avoid that in my new setup.
? I've *never* seen a flickering LCD except when the hardware was
Quote:>>Do *NOT* use Redhat 7.0. It was the buggiest of all recent Redhat
> What would you recommend instead?
Gentoo, but you may not be experienced enough to grok it. If you must
use Redhat, use 7.3 or 8.0. SuSE 8.0 or 8.1 would also be OK, or maybe
a recent Mandrake. Remember, old distros may not support new hardware!
Quote:>>Not likely. It probably uses the PS/2 or IMPS/2 protocol.
> Well, the Fellowes customer support webpage says it only runs under
> Windows. They might be mistaken. Have one of you run it with Linux?
A friend lent me a 2-button touchpad to play with once; I plugged it
into the PS/2 port, it was recognized under the PS/2 protocol, and
everything was happy. I don't remember the manufacturer's name. By
ancient convention, every pointing device that plugs into the PS/2 port
is supposed to be able to speak the bare PS/2 protocol. Very few
devices flout that convention. A USB touchpad will follow the HID
specifications, so it should be no problem.
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