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Are you an engineer, middle manager or student looking for an average priced but better then average features note book? Do you like Windows XP more then Windows Vista as second operating system on your note book? Do you need a resolution of 1366×768 pixel on 15.5 inch but you dislike a heavy note book? The Compay 610 was tested with Fedora 11, which turned out to be completely flawless, Novell/Suse OpenSuse 11.1 and SLES10 SP2. Weight with batteries is 5.2 pound or 2.35kg.
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|Processor||Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5870 (2.00 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core Processor T1500 (1.86 GHz, 512 KB L2 cache, 533 MHz FSB)
|Screen||15.6\” (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||160GB to 250GB|
|Graphics||Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100|
Intel PRO/Wireless 802.11a/b/g
|Processor||works with Opensuse 11.1|
|Screen||works with Opensuse 11.1|
|HDD||works with Opensuse 11.1|
|Optical Drive||works with Opensuse 11.1|
|Graphics||works with Opensuse 11.1|
|Sound||works with Opensuse 11.1|
|Ethernet||works with Opensuse 11.1|
|Wireless||works with Opensuse 11.1|
|USB||works with Opensuse 11.1|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
Absolutely everything works on Fedora 11, including the wireless card, webcam, microphone, etc. Debian-based distros like Ubuntu, Mint and Debian itself don't seem to work too well on the Compaq 610, as there are sound issues and such.
Sound chip IDT 92HD75B is not yet supported by ALSA. Fix the no sound problem with adding the line “options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m4-1” to file /etc/modprobe.d/sound (/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf on Ubuntu). Some older Linux version like Novell/Suse SLES10 SP2 do not support the Marvell Yukon LAN chip.
The 610 is a nice laptop computer, which runs Linux just fine, Fedora 11 has particularly good compatibility (if you have tried other distros please add your experience here). The computer's got a killer battery and can be made to last up to 3 and a half hours (altho' the manufacturer says 4). Nice non-glare display, lightweight, the only thing I can think of that could be improved is that it doesn't have a suspend or a reset button. More than worth it's price.