Originally Posted by BBQdave
Thanks for the feedback Fenrin.
I am looking at a notebook (AMD E450 - Radeon HD 6320 graphics), at a great price. Will be wiping the hard drive and installing Linux, curious what I am in for.
Everything I read and researched indicates there should be little issues with this notebook and Linux.
When I get this notebook I will post my experience with the Linux install.
Thanks again Fenrin.
I assume your looking for a laptop.
I've got these specs in a HP DM1-4108au (Australian version of the HP DM1). It works well out of the box except for the wireless.
I have the usual problems with the BCM 4313 (Broadcom wireless chip & driver) that most people are experiencing. It worked the first time in installed Fedora but the 2nd and 3rd time I have to stuff around to get it working. My BCM-4313 card is detected but I can't enable it. Trouble shooting for the BCM again!
My DM1-4108au came with 2 gig of ram (which was probably enough) but I upped it to 8 gig. Only problem is the DM1 only supports single channel - even though it is two sticks and the AMD spec supports dual channel. Not sure why HP did that?
Also, on my DM1-4108au there is space for another pci-e slot, but HP decided not to install it - I can just see the tracers for it. Not sure why they did that either. Surely the $1.20 the saved couldn't ad up to that much. I'm pissed about that.
I've upgraded the HDD to a 128 gig Crucial M4. Now the system flies.
ALSO - NOTE: The Bios on th DM1-4108au is hamstrung with a hardware whitelist which makes upgrading hardware impossible. I'm Bl**dy pissed about that.
All in all, most things work out of the box installing from a Fedora 16/64 Live images installed into USB. Just basic user config after that.
Nice basic laptop for a good price - $384 au without the 8 gig of ram or the 128 gig M4, but I'd look inside some laptops before buying this one again. The BIOS whitelist is the pits and takes most of the fun out of mucking round with the laptop. but it works, mostly out of the box.