Dude, I got a Dell

As everyone else has posted thier experiences with installing Linux on thier notebooks, I figured I would share as well.  If you have not figured it out yet, I bought a Dell.  It is a Dell Inspiron 8600.
I wanted something that I could play games.  As ATI graphics
adapters are not as well supported as Nvidia’s graphic adapters, I
searched out for notebooks with Nvidia chipsets.  For those
looking for a notebook to install Linux on, this article
would be a good start.  I couldn’t find anything new that met my
specifications that were less than $1300.  So I decided to look
for one that was second hand.  Linux-on-laptops.net is a good site to check on compatibility.  I found what I wanted on Ebay.

Inspiron 8600It has a Pentium M 1.6Ghz, 512mb RAM, 60 GB Hard drive, Nvidia Geforce FX5200, and an Intel PRO Wireless 2200.

I installed Mandriva-Linux 2005LE
The install went flaw-less.  Everything was setup right.  The
only thing I had to do was install the Gnome-Alsa Mixer, and configure
GNOME to use the multi-media shortcut keys.  The touchpad works
great, including the side scrolling feature.  I can even plug in
external mice without taking aaway the features of the touchpad. 
Here’s to you hoping your notebook purchase goes as well.

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