Hi!

The time heals everything … well.. seems to be true also for KDE ^^ Yesterday I tried starting KDE without success.. today I compiled a new version from svn and now it’s running again ๐Ÿ™‚

Cause of the 2.6.26 kernel which opensuse 11.1 alpha0 uses now I can’t use the proprietary nvidia driver anymore which means that I now got decent KDE4 2D performance with the nv driver ๐Ÿ™‚ The only downside is that I now can’t use the desktop effects anymore ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย .. well.. better no 3D than crappy 2D performance

Another example matching the title of this post is the situation of my “notebook buying process”.
I really want a notebook with the new montevina platform

  • b/g/n (draft) wireless
  • new cpus (25W) (P9400)
  • nvidia 9600m gt
  • intel x4500 gma
  • ddr3 support
  • and the most important point imo switchable graphics

Sadly my main point of interest (switchable graphics) is not yet available in ANY notebook and also hasn’t been tested anywhere..
Quality is another very important point in my plans for buying a new notebook.. my current notebook (Asus Z9252Va) is just crappy.. the lid hinges are broken, the paint on the palmrest has completely gone away as on my touchpad buttons, the keyboard keys are worn out and so on.. from a quality point of view I’ll never buy a Asus notebook… it was just such a great deal when I bought it 2 1/2 years ago …

Exactly such a deal has again occured: ย ASUS M51VA-AS019C Intel Core 2 Duo P9400 2.53GHz / 4096MB / 320GB / TFT15.4 / BD/DVD-RW / Win Vista Home Premium
It has everything I want except a long battery life … and I’m afraid that the quality is as bad as that of my current one.. also service is surely not as good as Dell ones.

I really hope that Dell is going to ย present a new Dell XPS 1530m with all the new goodies within the next 2 weeks. If that’s not the case I’ll likely buy this one:

  • Intel T9300 (2,5GHz)
  • 4GB DDR2 667MHz
  • NVIDIA 8600M GT
  • 320GB 5400rpm
  • DVD RW Double Layer^
  • 1440×900

If anyone got any suggestions where to get a good montevina notebook matching these specs (mentioned above) with decent support and good quality please write me a comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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