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I have been searching for the past 24 hours and I am stumped. I need assistance picking out a new netbook or laptop, doesn't matter, for primarily school.

* Has to be able to run Linux. (AFAIK, this excludes a ION netbook because there aren't functional drivers? Can anyone confirm or deny?)*
* It has to be able to play dx7 games on low and maybe D3 when it's released.
* Cost under $573.62.
* Full size keyboard +/- number pad.

I guess those are my only requirements. As I said, it will be for school and gaming while I am AFK from desktop. I will be coding on it and taking online test.

I learned about the ION GPU not working on Lunix on IRC. Here is what was said about it and I am not sure what he meant:

[20:07]<merlish>it uses nvidia optimus, so it's got an intel gfx chip and only powers the nvidia one on-demand
[20:07]<merlish>where the nvidia one renders into a buffer on the intel one
[20:07]<merlish>no nvidia linux or mac driver can do this
[20:07]<merlish>including the propetieary blob

Any good recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 5
HP Pavilion g6x series with and i3. Upgrade it to the HD 6470M DDR3 Graphics and your set. Run 550-600 dollars. Have to get it from HP as its a new laptop.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cto.do

I am pretty sure you can use Linux on the ION platform. Here is some links to check out.

http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=98523
http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/N...B202-and-EB-4/
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post #3 of 5

Here is another option: has the full sized keyboard but battery life isnt the best.

Toshiba Satellite A665D-S6075 15.6-Inch LED Laptop (Fusion X2 Finish in Charcoal)

Has some nice specs for the price. On sale at Amazon for 506.00

Specs
AMD Phenom II Triple-Core Mobile Processor N850 2.2 GHz, 1.5MB L2 Cache
Configured with 4GB DDR3 1066MHz (max 8GB) 2 main memory slots. Both slots occupied.
320GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard disk drive with TOSHIBA Hard Drive Impact Sensor (3D sensor), DVD SuperMulti drive with Labelflash supporting 11 formats
15.6" diagonal widescreen TruBrite TFT display at 1366 x 768 native resolution (HD) with Native support for 720p content and LED backlit, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250 Graphics with 256MB-1917MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with a 6 cell/48Wh Lithium Ion battery pack; Battery Life (measured by MobileMark 2007): 3 hours, 5 minutes

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Cheap AMD tri-core laptop with a dedicated GPU. Cheap and should do fine for games.
 
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i7 3840QM Quadro K2000M 4x8gb Intel 525 Series 240gb mSATA 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Tray-load DVD Factory Windows 7 Pro 1080P "Ultrasharp" panel 
KeyboardPowerCase
Integrated Big 'ol brick M4700 chassis 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 820QM 4318-CTO Quadro FX 880M 4x4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
X-25M G2 DVD Stock Arch x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
1080P touch screen IPS Clicky Brick Adapter UltraNav 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4x Xeon E7440s HP DL580 G3 Motherboard Rev. 1.1 ATi Rage XL Samsung ECC DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
15K HP Ultra320 SCSI DVD Burner Bare Heatsinks + Chassis Airflow The Ever-Changing Distro... 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Games really are a second priority.

I need something with at least a 4 hour battery life as that is how long the class is next quarter.
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