Here's my situation. I'm in a new place. I have my notebook and laptop set up. I also have a spare PCLinuxOS box, but no monitor. All run PCLinuxOS with KDE.
Okay, the notebook goes back and forth with me to the office. The laptop is being used at the new place as the main computer.. There are a limited number of outlets where it's being used (in the basement), but I'm able to get my laptop, spare scanner, speakers, and backup drive all plugged in without tripping a breaker switch.
The laptop is about seven years old. It's a 17" Acer Aspire 9300-5349. It has a broken hinge, so t cannot be closed. But, I have it set up in the basement, open and always at the ready. it's in an area where I've set up a makeshift studio.
Specs for 9300 series are here
. Mine came with 1 GB RAM and I upgraded to 2 GB.
Every once in awhile, the screen just crashes and I get horizontal lines. Rebooting brings everything back up. Not sure if it's a hardware video issue, the cracked hinge, or kernel. I did upgrade the kernel, and, so far, so good.
Okay, what to do. Buy a 22" monitor and boot the spare box and get a little more oomph in my system. But, the outlets are limited. Or try to find a new/used spare laptop, 17" or larger.
I'm leaning towards getting a larger laptop so I can edit my toons, etc. and not worry about the outlet issue. How large a laptop is available? Anyone know of a good used one? I'd be installing PCLinuxOS KDE.
I may not buy anything at all. If the current laptop continues to run, I'm happy. But, I'm afraid that the cracked hinge may give me video issues...not sure. Just want to do some research in case the laptop suddenly dies.