looking for a laptop around $500

You guys must hate these threads, but bear with meI want a laptop to run Ubuntu for web browsing, youtube, music, videos, and some windows emulations so I can use tuning and diag software.

I will be using fluxbox for my windows manager to get the most out of it.

What can you guys do for me, I am looking at newegg only right now and see some compaq refurb machines that arent too bad imo

Also thinking about buying from the Dell outlet store online..


help a brother out! at least give me some min specs to look for....

I went with a scratch and dent from Dell, lame I know but,

AMD Turion X2 Dual core 1.9GHz
15.4" display
160gb SATA HD 5400rpm
8x DVD +/-RW
1390 wirelss card
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 256mb GFX
2GB DDR2 SDRAM 677MHz 2 DIMMS

My local bestbuy actually has some decent ones that I assume are refurbs/returns in that price range.

Diaz 3:16 - I went with a scratch and dent from Dell, lame I know but,


AMD Turion X2 Dual core 1.9GHz

15.4" display

160gb SATA HD 5400rpm

8x DVD +/-RW

1390 wirelss card

ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 256mb GFX

2GB DDR2 SDRAM 677MHz 2 DIMMS



Nothing lame about that, by going that route you got a better system and stretched your $500 even further. Seems like a decent system for that price

It's amazing how cheap PC laptops are getting.

Yeah man I am pretty impressed with the hardware I got for so cheap, This thing should fly with fluxbox....

Dell SB has Vostro 1500 laptop with dedicated video card for $499 wich free shipping. Thanks g0dM@n
Specs:

* Intel Core 2 Duo T5270 (1.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
* Genuine Windows XP Home Edition
* Microsoft Works 9. Does NOT Include MS Word
* 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA LCD Anti-Glare Display
* 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz, 2 DIMM
* 8X CD/DVD+RW Read and Burn CD and DVD
* 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
* 80GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
* Dell Exclusive MediaDirect Instant Play Software Application
* Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Wi-Fi Internal Card
* 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
* 1 Year Basic Limited Warranty plus 1 Year Mail-in Service
* High Definition Audio 2.0
* Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem



http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=04&kc=6W300&l=en&oc=bqdeklk&s=bsd&dgc=BF&cid=7421&lid=197378

for the price, its a really good deal. this is not a high end laptop, but should do fine with day to day stuff

I would upgrade that 5400rpm hard drive to 7200rpm, but it looks good other than that.