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Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:14 pm

I've recently setup the ultimate FreeBSD laptop. Here's a little breakdown of my W530 and associated costs:

W530 - $530 (8GB RAM, 3740QM, bad battery, bad power adapter, 1080p display, 2GB K1000M Nvidia)
256GB SSD - Free, got it out of a recycled server
1TB HDD and DVD Drive sled - $120
4x8GB RAM sticks - $80
3940XM CPU Upgrade - $300
Docking Station, Batteries and Power cord - $100

SOLD - 3740QM - $100

Total cost: $1130 - $100 = $1030

Final Specs:

3940XM 3GHz
32GB DDR3 RAM
2GB nVidia K1000M
256GB SSD - FreeBSD 11-RELEASE
1TB HDD - Windows 7 Pro

I can play Overwatch on High at a constant 60FPS. Skyrim at Ultra 60FPS and it can of course handle pretty much any video, music, other game I throw its way.

100% worth it if you ask me. This laptop will last me likely through the next 3-4 years with no issue, if not longer.
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby Krokodil » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:29 pm

Using an ASUS K55VD for mine.

Cost around $1000 in November 2012.

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Intel wireless module - swapped with a compatible module from a Dell laptop.

Took a little while for Intel KMS/GEM to be sorted out. But it has been a great machine,
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:41 pm

Nvidia on FreeBSD is pretty good. NetBSD JUST got alpha support for Nouveau.
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby Krokodil » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:16 pm

Raion-Fox wrote:Nvidia on FreeBSD is pretty good. NetBSD JUST got alpha support for Nouveau.


Does the Optimus crap work now without any weird hacks?
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Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:26 pm

Negative. But if you lock Nvidia or intel it works fine. To be fair, Linux requires Bumblebee to get it semi-working at best.
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby Krokodil » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:53 pm

Raion-Fox wrote:Negative. But if you lock Nvidia or intel it works fine. To be fair, Linux requires Bumblebee to get it semi-working at best.


Lock Nvidia? As in turn one off in the BIOS? Both Optimus era computers I have, lack the option to only run with Nvidia only. Used to be they had a hardware switch for this stuff, then they got cheap and stopped putting those in.

I wouldn't mind being able to use my Nvidia graphics. Haha.
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Unread postby Raion-Fox » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:04 pm

You need to have a bios lock to allow Nvidia/Intel to be used solely.
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby johnnym » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:52 pm

Raion-Fox wrote:I've recently setup the ultimate FreeBSD laptop. Here's a little breakdown of my W530 and associated costs
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100% worth it if you ask me. This laptop will last me likely through the next 3-4 years with no issue, if not longer.

There's an extensive review of the Thinkpad W530 on NotebookCheck for people that need additional info about the machine. I'm unsure though if all information there is still valid, as the review is from 2012 already.

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Is yours a newer revision of the reviewed W530? On the bottom - at least on my X201 - there might be/is a sticker with a barcode that has a "YY/MM" or "YY/WW" indication of the production date.
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby Y888099 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:07 am

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Unexpected surprise found in a customer's lab: a rusted old Olivetti Philos 486 DX2 @ 66Mhz, 32MB of ram, 4GB hd, loaded with OpenBSD and "os.x86" (I suppose it's DOS), and the lan goes through a PCMCIA-LAN card which ends with a RJ45 cable

They use it as 'lan console' o_O
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby itsvince725 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:46 pm

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I had no idea Olivetti made computers.
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:29 pm

itsvince725 wrote::O

I had no idea Olivetti made computers.


Olivetti made a number of systems; some were quite notable. Several of the models were rebadged in other countries such the Olivetti M24, which was sold as the AT&T 6300 and Xerox 6060. The Olivetti Programma 101 (1965) is even considered to be the first desktop personal computer, though by modern standards it would be better described as a programmable calculator.
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby guardian452 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:45 am

Sounds like you were on a budget (because you have prices listed and bought used), so I'm dying to know what you are running that is so CPU intensive that it justifies a $300 upgrade? OK, $200 if you invest the time and effort to sell the old one.

Because my 520 has the i7-2720QM and I have ZERO complaints with the CPU speed. :shock:

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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:54 am

I got a good deal on a CPU that costs around $500 usually so I jumped on it.
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Re: Best BSD Laptop Guide

Unread postby Jack Luminous » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:22 am

I think you overpaid a bit for the whole thing. I bought a refurbished W520 with i7/8gig/K1000m and the docking station for $350. I added a 500gig msata SSD for $200. The thing works very fine for anything and total cost was $550. ;)
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Unread postby Raion-Fox » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:24 am

No you underpaid. Most W530s go for $4-600 right now.
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