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Need a cheap laptop/Netbook for School. Suggestions?

#1PhantomTacoPosted 8/23/2013 9:06:15 PM
My old crappy Compaq Presario died on me after 4 years of heavy use (RIP). I built a solid desktop, but I commute to school, so I need something for note taking, general web surfing, and writing papers while I'm on campus.

I looked at a Chromebook, which seemed perfect, until I realized the OS was different. Something in the 250-350 range is preferable, with Windows and a decent battery life. Any suggestions?
#2Doomsday FortePosted 8/23/2013 9:19:06 PM
I can't remember if it's possible to stuff something like Linux on a Chromebook. I want to say it was at one time, but then I don't remember as you can see. You'll at least get the web browsing and note taking/paper writing from the get-go without having to buy anything extra. Uh, provided that works I mean.
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#3PhantomTaco(Topic Creator)Posted 8/23/2013 9:26:28 PM
Really? That'd be interesting if I could. I was also turned off by thinking I could only use it online, but apparently that's not true. So perhaps Chromebooks aren't out of the question.
#4LorthremarPosted 8/23/2013 9:53:36 PM
For sure Ubuntu works on Chromebooks; I'm running it on mine right now. You can switch back and forth between Chome OS and Ubuntu really easily. It's quite a powerful machine for such a low price (relatively speaking).
#5PhantomTaco(Topic Creator)Posted 8/24/2013 9:40:58 AM
That's awesome, I'm really considering a Chromebook now. The price is great. Only thing I don't love is the 16gig hard drive on the ones that are SSD, but I suppose I really wouldn't need that much space.
#6LorthremarPosted 8/24/2013 10:07:41 AM
PhantomTaco posted...
That's awesome, I'm really considering a Chromebook now. The price is great. Only thing I don't love is the 16gig hard drive on the ones that are SSD, but I suppose I really wouldn't need that much space.


You can expand it via SD card, and a lot of your stuff is saved onto the Google Drive automatically.
#7TeenmanPosted 8/24/2013 10:14:13 AM
PhantomTaco posted...
That's awesome, I'm really considering a Chromebook now. The price is great. Only thing I don't love is the 16gig hard drive on the ones that are SSD, but I suppose I really wouldn't need that much space.


It is not as awesome as you think.
You must put the device in developer mode to run Ubuntu; at least the last time I did this.

If the device is remove from developer mode, which takes one press of a button; it will wipe the Ubuntu partition. Not to mention the annoying, you are in developer mode warning screen that will show up every time you power on the device.

If you just want to run Ubuntu, you would be better off buying an extremely cheap netbook.
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#9PhantomTaco(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2013 7:18:05 AM
Definitely a bit iffy on refurbished stuff. Think I'm going to try to use Ubuntu on a chrome book, and save everything I can on an SD card in case of a wipe or something. At worse, I can just use Chrome OS.