Since my laptop needed replacement, I had to study what was available on the market
I finally settled on a Dell Inspiron 1520, with some options.
Read the adventure here
Of course, I immediately tried to install a sane operating system on it : debian unstable. And since I had already set up one of my boxes (goedel) as PXE server (see my post about it), I thought I could use that to kickstart the installation.
Failure! No DHCP answer. In such a case, theres no need to think long : first I made sure the cable was correctly plugged on both ends, then checked the dhcpd configuration file. The cable was well plugged, but the dhcpd had the mac address from my (now) old laptop (hilbert) : a slight modification, a dhcpd restart and I could reboot the new laptop (noether) to see if things went