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    I notice they have wireless cards for sale with the systems. Are these supported in Linux or should I buy a third-party wireless card that's more compatible?

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    Almost all 802.11b cards nowadays are built on Intersil's Prism2 or Prism2.5 chipsets, which are supported in Linux. Not all are natively supported, though, so you might have to download a 3rd party driver, but I'd be very surprised if they weren't supported at all.

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    You can get inspiron 8100's on ebay for under $1000

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=31508

    I know it's not all THAT complete of a hardware list but I'm tempted to purchase this in favor of a Dell due to price and ease of finding a machine with an nVidia graphics card.

    Two things bother me. One, there's no name-brand manufacturer. Two, I don't know for certain how it will run Linux.

    What do you all think? Stick with searching for the 8200 with a GeForce or take a chance on a no-name-brand?

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    Thought you were looking for a lowprice laptop? If I was looking for a 8200 right now, I would probably get this one:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=42201

    What is better about that dell is it has a full warrenty until 2005. From my experience, dell has the best warrenty service. When I overclocked my gf2 in my 8100 and melted the memory, they replaced it for free no questions asked. Can't beat service like that.

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    I got a better deal on an 8200 but I'll tell you about it as soon as I purchase it. Not that I don't trust you all but someone else might be reading this. I'll be back in a few hours to show you which one.

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    Sold at $1k for 2.0Ghz, GeForce 4 (64MB version), and a UXGA screen. Not bad.

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