Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Aug 2008 00:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There's a new hype going on in the world of computing. I used to call them 'tiny laptops', but somewhere along the way, Intel's marketing got at me and now I call them netbooks. Every self-respecting manufacturer has a netbook product line, or is about to introduce one (Apple?), so I figured I would take a look at what all the fuss is about: I bought a netbook.
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I own one....
by truckweb on Tue 12th Aug 2008 20:16 UTC
truckweb
Member since:
2005-07-06

It's been with me for a week now. It's a nice netbook, much better than the EeePC 701 I had before (sold, ebay!). Acer was stupid enough to NOT include a back door to add RAM. So I voided my warranty in order to add 512Mb for a total of 1Gb RAM. It feels smoother now.

I'm using it with a 8Gb SDHC for additional storage space and I had a 8Gb USB Key also. Enough for the road!

But the real pain is the SSD. It's terribly slow, near unusable with WinXP. I wanted to run WinXP because I found the Linux install to be limited. And I'm no expert on Linux....

All in all, it's a nice netbook with a crap SSD drive.

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RE: I own one....
by vaette on Tue 12th Aug 2008 21:12 in reply to "I own one...."
vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

Have you disabled the Acer D2D recovery option in the BIOS? This is more or less required to make it work acceptably in XP. Heres some extra tips also:

* If you are making a new install, use FAT32 (journaling is expensive on the slow SSD).
* If you already have NTFS, disable "last access time stamps", see: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms940846.aspx
* For browsing, I noted that IE and Firefox both have some bad write behaviour (Firefox 3 being especially bad, with huge sqlite sync()'s every time you hit enter in the location bar). Try Opera with disk cache disabled (it is in advanced options, history).
* Disable system restore.
* You may want to disable the page file. This has some rather performance reprecussions, but really gives you a more predictable behaviour (especially as you have a gig of ram anyway).

That's about it, I find mine to be quite useable in XP after disabling D2D and tweaking a bit.

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RE[2]: I own one....
by truckweb on Thu 14th Aug 2008 11:24 in reply to "RE: I own one...."
truckweb Member since:
2005-07-06

I did everything you said, it's still unusable. Would you believe that it took almost 10 mins to install WinAMP? The SSD seems to be working all the time and I have nothing running, no anti-virus, no auto-update.

The SSD is pure crap for WinXP.

The SSD inside the first Asus EeePC was faster than this. I guess you get what you pay for.

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