I have retired this laptop. The screen seems to have quit working, but I think it might be a driver issue. It is now performing light duty as my wife’s computer for checking email and such.
Pros: Lots of RAM (4GB, which at the time that I bought it was about the most you could get in a laptop). Nice screen 1440 x 900; 17″. 10-key keypad.
Cons: Broadcom wireless (actually has worked quite well in recent versions of Ubuntu), Intel Core 2 Duo chip doesn’t have Virtualization features (won’t let me do multiple processors in VBox or 64-bit guests in VMWare).
Current OS: Ubuntu 12.04