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Old 7th September 2023
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Default New laptop?

My thinkpad X220 is running slower and slower these days - taking 5 seconds or more for apps like firefox to open is par for the course.

As a result I am thinking about purchasing a new laptop, preferraly in the Thinkpad family.

As I know very little about this subject I would appreciate any suggestions; the one requirement being that OpenBSD would install with no problem.

Thank you

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Old 8th September 2023
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Avoid Nvidia graphics cards.
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Old 8th September 2023
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I have an E485 that runs OpenBSD perfectly but then I also have a P14s that doesn't because it has an RTL8852AE wireless card, that's usually what will catch you out.

Probably best to check dmesgd.nycbug.org for specific support:


Check for the wireless drivers being assigned and also for "drm0" for full graphics support, although that's almost guaranteed with Intel or AMD.

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Old 8th September 2023
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Wireless cards can be changed out, video not so much. If you find a laptop, it is worth websearching to see what is involved. For some it is just a few phillips screws. My HP Stream 14 took a plastic pry tool to remove the back plate.

One caveat with wireless cards: some manufacturers whitelist them in the bios. I'm running OpenBSD on an HP stream 14 that initially came with an unsupported Realtek card. Found an HP branded Intel 7625 on the internet for $7 and changed it out. Also pertinent is that OpenBSD Realtek drivers, last I looked, only support 2.4G rtwn(4). iwn(4) supports 2.4G/5.0G bands.
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Old 9th September 2023
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Don't worry so much about wifi cards, just use a USB stick, if all else works OK.

My experience, so far, has been that most Intel & AMD work OK - my several various computers to hand.
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