Subject: Re: Recommendation on laptops, notebooks or portables for NetBSD.
To: None <,,>
From: Gustaf D <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/18/2002 02:38:51
>John Fisher <> wrote:
>I am looking to buy a new laptop or a notebook.  And was hoping that I 
>get some recommendations on some good ones that NetBSD supports most or all 
>the hardware on.

I'm using NetBSD 1.6 on an Asus M2E. P4M 1.8GHz, 384MB, 40GB, 
DVD/CD-RW-combo, chipset SiS650, SiS650 onboard graphics and lan, 14,1" TFT 

PCMCIA works, USB works, XFree86 works using VESA-driver, touchpad works, 
floppy works (both internally and externally). Don't remember for sure if 
the IR works, but I think it acts as a serial port.

Integrated audio works with auich.c v1.20 from CVS. Integrated LAN works 
after some cut-n-paste in if_sip.c (See "Re: SiS650 Deknote A928" of 

APM does not work since ASUS decided they didn't need to support it anymore. 
The ACPI-code that comes with 1.6 does not work. Some day I might start 
digging into it... Firewire does not work.

Note: Max mem is 640 MB since one of the slots has a soldered 128 MB module. 
No PS/2 connectors: mouse and external keyboard using USB-ports.

I really like this machine. It's fairly light (~2 kg without DVD/floppy), 
has a reasonable battery life, more power than I need and it looks good... 
Oh, and the price was right, too.


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