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Considering Downsizing...

Posted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:52 pm
by Superewza
Well my desktop is getting on a bit, technically it's a Compaq Pressario but all that really exists from that any more is the CPU, Motherboard and RAM. I could easily sell this stuff i've got lying around for £200, which makes a Compaq Mini 311c at £250 on Amazon look rather tempting. Especially if i can convince them to refund me the cost of the OS (Windows XP).

Now i'm using a 19" Monitor at the minute, which is more than enough for me. I'm happy using a 13.3" Mac (but not for the OS :P ) and i've found myself only using the desktop for browsing and playing music recently, and although i've only got an E2140 and an 8400GS it does seem a bit excessive, especially running it in an Akasa Eclipse. I've been messing around with old hardware a bit lately (PII era stuff) and i'm surprised to find that it can easily cope with what i want to do, so i'm strongly considering going ahead with the change. I have a smartphone (i5700), but it's not really practical as a permanent solution, so i'm thinking the two would compliment each other nicely. Especially since the netbook has a SIM reader... just a few questions:
  • Anybody know how this particular model copes with Linux?
  • Do you think it's a good idea?
Thanks a lot :)

Re: Considering Downsizing...

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:31 am
by JasonLG
I'm in the market for a netbook myself (for my niece's 11th birthday next month) and all the research I've been doing keeps pointing back to the Eee line by Asus. They seem to have very little to no problems running Ubuntu/Mint. I'm pretty sure the prices are very comparable also.

Re: Considering Downsizing...

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:17 am
by libssd
I have an iMac and an Acer D150 netbook; since acquiring the netbook, the iMac gets used primarily as an iTunes repository, and as a CUPS print server -- >90% of my computer time is on the netbook.

The current generation of Acer netbooks was #1 rated by Consumer Reports. Everything worked "out of the box" with both Mint 9 and Ubuntu 10.04. The latest models have (finally) decent trackpads. 2.5" SATA drive, memory, and radio are all easily accessible through bottom hatches. I ran XP/Ubuntu for about a year on the 160gb HDD, before replacing it with a 32gb SSD, which flies. Nothing wrong with the HDD; I just wanted something faster and more rugged for motorcycle travel.

Much as I love the light weight and portability of a netbook, an external optical drive is a must for the Linux tweaker. I have saved my bacon from experiments gone awry many times by being able to restore from my most recent backup.

Re: Considering Downsizing...

Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:14 pm
by Superewza
Okay, so say it's between the Compaq Mini 311c and the Asus Eee 1001P.

Compaq Mini 311c - £250
  • Larger screen, higher resolution
  • Better graphics
  • Altec Lansing speakers
  • Shorter battery life
  • Less portable
Asus Eee 1001P - £230
  • Slightly faster CPU
  • Lower power draw
  • Far longer battery life
  • More portable
  • Supposedly better Linux support
  • Smaller screen, lower resolution
  • Far worse graphics
I think i'd be happy with either but i haven't a clue which one to go for...

Re: Considering Downsizing...

Posted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:14 am
by JasonLG
Superewza wrote:Okay, so say it's between the Compaq Mini 311c and the Asus Eee 1001P.

Compaq Mini 311c - £250
  • Larger screen, higher resolution
  • Better graphics
  • Altec Lansing speakers
  • Shorter battery life
  • Less portable
Asus Eee 1001P - £230
  • Slightly faster CPU
  • Lower power draw
  • Far longer battery life
  • More portable
  • Supposedly better Linux support
  • Smaller screen, lower resolution
  • Far worse graphics
I think i'd be happy with either but i haven't a clue which one to go for...
I'd go for the Asus(I'm guessing you figured I'd say that :lol:) Compatibility is a huge issue. Better graphics and higher resolution won't do you any good if you can't get Mint to boot.(Not saying it won't, but I know the Asus will)