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Does anyone ever have problems with internet randomly not working through LAN? I am working through a router sometimes and everyone else's computer works but mine just stops. I usually have to restart or something.
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Hey all, first I must say, this is an awesome find of a forum! I have a few questions:

I'm looking to buy a laptop (first ever) and ran across the Gateway FX series... so far seems amazing...the ability to upgrade cpu is very important to me (thanks forum) Here are my questions...

Found a refurbished p-6860 on tigerdirect for 800... thinking of this and upgrading the proc. Is that a good buy?

Will this laptop be able to support a quad-core cpu down the road with an bios update?

do all the fx laptops have the illuminated keyboard? thanks all!

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I don't think any of the ones currently out will support a quad core, I would wait until the next line up comes out (soon) and get one of those. They will give you the best chance for upgrades.

I think only the 17" ones have light up keyboards, my 6864 doesn't.
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Mine is a 17 inch and does not have a light up.
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Hey, thanks guys, that's helpful. So, the question remaining… I'm pretty big into gaming, though I haven't game since my comp died last summer (last game I was playing was Quake 4 on a Radeon 8500). So, I haven't really played anything new, and am desperately wanting to get a new system that could handle UT2007, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., GoW, Fallout 3, and the like (not into Oblivion or Crysis really). However...I really am more into using the computer as an art tool...I use Maya, Max, Photoshop, Zbrush, the like. What would be more beneficial to me, getting the Gateway p7801u (i think thats the model number) for 1500 on Newegg, getting a refurbed 6860 on tigerdirect for 800 and upgrading the CPU and OCing the GPU, or simply waiting to see the new line that'll come out? I figure...if i wait a couple months, the new model will be out and if anything, the p7801u should be down around 1000 or less. Any ideas? How does the 6860 play games like UT2007 and other purdy 3d games? How easy/well does it OC? Thanks folks! have a great day!
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i have the 171xl fx and it works great gamming on crysis and quake wars. I love it so far had it about a month
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I got my 2nd FX laptop today...
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Well folks...it looks like I am leaning more in the direction of the 6860 with an upgraded CPU. I do have another question though... it comes with windows vista home premium... is there any way to dual boot it with linux? I want to throw Fedora on it. Thanks again all!
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I don't see why you couldn't.
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