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    Best laptops for a dedicated Kali setup?

    Up to this point I've been using Kali on either VMs or a USB Live distro. I'm looking to purchase a laptop for a dedicated install, but have found it difficult to find information on what are actually good compatible laptops for Kali currently.

    I don't have a ton of restrictions. Main things I want are

    1) Highly compatible/Least issues to setup
    2) Cheap is good
    3) More USB ports is better

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    Quote Originally Posted by zabado View Post
    Up to this point I've been using Kali on either VMs or a USB Live distro. I'm looking to purchase a laptop for a dedicated install, but have found it difficult to find information on what are actually good compatible laptops for Kali currently.

    I don't have a ton of restrictions. Main things I want are

    1) Highly compatible/Least issues to setup
    2) Cheap is good
    3) More USB ports is better
    I have kali 2018.1 working on a ACER. Everyrhing runs like a dream.

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    Would it be possible to get a model number? Does it work with your built in wifi, or only USB? I've noticed some of the built in wifi adapters are very spotty running Kali Live off the USB so I end up having to waste a USB slot for wifi to keep a decent connection.

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    If using VM, use whatever. VM can be snapshotted and reverted in case something goes wrong.

    The reason to use live or install:
    - GPU cracking
    - Bluetooth stuff
    - Use built-in wifi card

    If you choose to install, I'd recommend to stay away from laptop with dual gpu (Intel/Nvidia) and avoid latest CPU generation. Too recent hardware and it won't be supported. You can always check debian wiki for specific laptops, they'll tell you what works and what doesn't.

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    Acer es 1531 workes with internal wifi. 2 usb 2.0 ,1 usb3.0

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    Hello Everybody!

    I'm new around here and I would like to get some advice.

    I will buy a laptop and I was interested in the Dell Inspiron 15 (7560)
    Since it already comes with Ubuntu I think it would work with Kali...but you never know!

    So I would like to get some info and I greatly appreciate any info you can give me about it.

    Specs:

    7* Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7500U 2.7 GHz
    Ubuntu Linux 16.04 (pre-installed)
    16GB, DDR4, 2400MHz
    SSD de 128 GB
    NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX de 4GB, GDDR5
    Dell Wireless™ 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0

    So, would it be fully compatible with Kali or does it have issues?

    Thank you all for your attention!

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    4dr14n4, there is no way to know other than you looking up to find other people who have the exact same laptop as well as looking in the debian wiki that I mentioned.

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    It really depends on what you like. I prefer small, light, and expandable. Have had Hp, Dell, and Toshibas in the past but mainly Acers now. For real work I prefer a desktop with removable drives and one OS per drive.

    OK but for mobile I like an 11"-12" screen with 1366x768 resolution. Mine only have one USB 3.0 port so carry a powered 3.0 hub.

    Currently have two: a 2016 Model R11 with 4-core N3700 (Braswall), 8GB ram, and a big SSD. It can run with an i7 Desktop and has extras like an RJ-45 jack. It has no problem with Kali.

    The other one is a current Spin1 "loss leader" that can be found for under $200. 2-core N3350 (Apollo Lake), 4GB ram, 32GB SSD and has been fighting me at every turn. The bloatware loadout did not leave enough disk space for Windows 10-64 (10-32 would have been a lot better choice) to update without extreme measures and a mini SD card formatted NTFS.

    Decided some time ago that it would be better off with Linux. Having used Kali a lot when working started there. Locked up on boot. As did Mint, Centos, Fedora, & Ubuntu. Turning UEFI on and off had no effect. Adding boot files to UEFI store did not help. Refind could display menu but locked up after. Finally found a distro, Manjaro, that would boot.

    But still came back to Kali. Something was fixed in 2018-W09 that works. 2018-1 and 2018-W08 do not. Still need to erase the UEFI store but now works. See bug 4558.

    And the moral is I'd avoid a laptop/notebook with an Apollo Lake processor (see the Intel Ark for a list) at least until W09 makes it into production.
    Last edited by Padgett; 2018-02-28 at 21:20.

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    Are there bad laptops for Kali to run on?

    To the best of my knowledge, you can install Kali on any laptop that meets the minimum specs. The more powerful the processor, the better. If you're planning on cracking hashes, a really strong graphics card is good to have.

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    Dell Inspiron 15 5000 would be a great and cheap laptop that would be awesome for you
    Last edited by enos; 2018-03-10 at 01:11.

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    That Dell with an i5 seems a bit of overkill.

    Personally have always preferred multiple machines and drives to dual boot and the current rash of small notebooks and "2in1"s with ventless designs and often 4GB of ram but only a 32GB non-upgradable SDDs that ship with Win 10-64 and lots of bloatware makes for a device fails updates & newbies cannot fix that makes for a lot of interesting.opportunities in returns and factory refurbished devices.

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    I am new to the Kali world, but not to linux in general.

    I recently setup a dedicated box for Kali using a x240 Thinkpad I picked up on Amazon for about $250. It has an ssd, rj-45, 2x usb, sd and sim slots. Everything worked on first install with no problems. It runs great and I am thinking of ordering another just to keep on hand. Also, these are really sturdy little laptops and the battery lasts almost 8 hours (depending on what I happen to be doing).

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    If you are cutting off the second point you may want to buy the XOTIC Sager NP9778......(It is a beast)
    But if you are considering all three points you may want to buy the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-76YK.....(It is a powerful computer)





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    I bought a second hand old laptop,lenovo k27 with a CPU of i7 2620 model.
    It works fine, and since the laptop is cheap, I may dispose it once my crime actions was traced


    Well, I'm just trolling

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    I just got a PineBook, kali took right of with no problem. I only have $130.00 in it new.

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    well, I found a nice lenovo thinkpad T420 cheep. I put kali on it and it runs great, now I have two good machines to use.
    Thank you all for your time and effort.
    renny
    it is going to be nice going down the road and hacking, if I done run in to something!!!!!HA Ha ha ha

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    Dell Inspiron 15 and Acer laptop will work like a charm. I have a dell and Acer laptop both and I am using kali on both.

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