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February 26th, 2011


03:29 am - New laptop
My Thinkpad T61 has served me pretty well for the last couple of years but now it's time for something new. I shopped around a bit but ended up going back to Lenovo and customized a W510. It helped that right when I was trying to make a decision between brands they went on sale (coinciding with the release of Sandy Bridge?) and I got it for half of what I was expecting.

The shit:
Core i7-820QM Quad-core
16GB DDR3-1333 RAM
NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M (1GB DDR3)
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN Wireless
500GB 7200RPM HD (no SSD for me, thanks)

I'm not big on nVidia, but I'm also less than impressed with the Intel GM965 I have now. The only laptop I could find with ATI wasn't even close to what I wanted (and cost more). I find myself needing good 3D for AutoCAD these days so I'll give it a try. I was also tempted to get an i7-940XM, but I just couldn't justify it.

So I expect to be elbow-deep in kernel configs and rebuilding for most of the weekend.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 26th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)

laptop price

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How much did you pay for that?
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From:psykil
Date:February 26th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)

Re: laptop price

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2G CAD. it was 3300 regular, everything else i looked at was around 3500.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 26th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)

EFI

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Make sure you enable CONFIG_EFI_PARTITION=y in the kernel. Took me a day to figure out why my kernel wasn't able to remount / in rw mode (lenovo G460). :)
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From:psykil
Date:February 26th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)

Re: EFI

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Cool, thanks for the tip.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 26th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)

nvidia

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what is wrong with nVidia? binary drivers just work (TM) and performance is on-par with windows. you currently can't beat that with Intel or ATi/AMD

for CAD I would personally prefer a slightly faster GPU (probably FX1800M), but still a pretty impressive machine, even more with that pricetag
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 26th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)

Why no SSD

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Why no SSD for you! Nice machine btw :)
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From:psykil
Date:March 1st, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Why no SSD

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- no good filesystems
- all sorts of stuff to be paranoid about, like aligning the filesystem to erase block boundaries which LWN just covered recently that would drive my OCD-half freaking nuts
- but mainly because I'm constantly (seriously, always) rebuilding @world with new gcc snapshots, meaning constantly writing and rewriting. there is no write-once, read-many on my system.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 2nd, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)

Re: Why no SSD

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I'm curious as to what CFLAGS LDFLAGS and CXXFLAGS you use to rebuild @world. Do you include any special flags to possibly take advantage of new GCC release/feature?
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From:psykil
Date:March 2nd, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)

Re: Why no SSD

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No, I keep things pretty sane these days (-O2 -march=native -g -pipe). I'm looking for broken packages and it's tough to track down issues sometimes when you build everything with experimental flags.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 27th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)

16GB

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congratulations to your new machine... I didn't even know, that there are notebooks with 16GB out nowadays ;)
I also would like to know what reasons are speaking against a SSD?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 28th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)

Ryan

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Hope you got the 1920x1080 full hd display that is available with W510.
Everything else is not so relevant/important although it makes for very very decent machine up there in a nice 15" box. As an owner of 14" (a Laptop from Lenovo I am talking about, just in case ) 15" is just so much nicer balanced machine ! I really doubt a humanbeing is so capable to multi-task with three-four-five-six? VMs running in that 16G powerhouse...

Again, if you chose to go with their color accurate, stunning Full HD display - very good for you, otherwise, I really suggest you to return it unopened and get the better display.

ak
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 11th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)

Gentoo on W510

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I'm thinking of getting the W510 and running Gentoo on it as well.

With your install of Gentoo, do the following work properly:
- Resume / suspend
- Automagically reacquiring network connections on resume
- Bluetooth (if present in the hardware)
- Two-finger scrolling
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From:psykil
Date:March 11th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)

Re: Gentoo on W510

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Sorry, can't answer any of the above. I never use suspend or bluetooth, and I haven't actually tried using Xorg yet. I'm still just sshing in from the old laptop until I have a weekend to finish copying everything over.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 11th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)

Re: Gentoo on W510

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A headless laptop. Nice :)
From:wojuhang
Date:April 9th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
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Great writing! I want you to follow up to this topic!?!


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