Spinoff thread alert...!
Is this the model with a 4Gb primary SSD for the OS? Would be interested
to hear what OS you use and how you get on with it... we've had a 901 model
for a few years, running Windows XP but sadly it's now literally unusable
as the number of Windows updates has completely filled the SSD. Tried
installing a slipstreamed version, too, but that only bought about an extra
I'm guessing you're going to say Linux? Recently I fished it out for fun,
and tried killing XP and installing Linux (not sure what flavour, and I'm
not at all familiar with Linux) from the originally supplied CD; however by
the time that had finished updating itself with several years'-worth of
stuff, the problem was identical.
It's a total embuggerance that the machine has a 16Gb secondary SSD which
you can't use for the OS, and which is almost empty :(
On Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:47:16 +0000, Lobster wrote:
Yes, the 4GB limit killed off XP.
I originally bought it with Linux because an OEM XP disc cost less than
the extra to have XP installed. Then installed XP over the Linux. IIRC it
stuck on .Net upgrades a year or so later. Couldn't dig it out without a
full wipe and re-install. Linux let me get at the data.
I am running Linux - an Ubuntu variant (IIRC) specifically configured for
This runs on the second (slower) SSD. Again IIRC as long as you can fire
up a boot loader such as Grub you can install Linux on any drive.
The main reported constraint was that the second larger SSD was slower
than the smaller - however it may be slow but it still works :-)
I have been meaning to 'fettle' it but up until now it just worked.
I never tried to install XP on the second drive (something nagging at the
back of my mind suggests that perhaps the second drive shows as a USB
drive and so is suitable for Linux but not for XP).
One of the interesting things now is that 'Netbooks' were more or less
wiped off the market by the onrush of tablets.
However I think you can now get a pretty spanky netbook for around £250
and I am seriously considering this because I have found that the original
netbook was far better for long term travel (due to the much more capable
OS) than the 10" Android tablet we bough for a lot more money and used on
our last extended trip.
Well, my love/hate relationship with Lenovo X-series 12.1" models
(usually off ebay) continues apace. You can get a pretty decent one for
under 100, and the tablet convertibles are excellent if you don't lose
Full maintenance manuals, drivers etc. freely available, plenty of
people breaking for parts, and chargers and batteries available from
China (often via Weston super Mare).
In comparison, my early Toshiba netbook is a joke, with horrendous
keyboard and touch pad.
Looks like I got a good Xmas deal, it's £350 now:
Jeff Gaines Wiltshire UK
640k ought to be enough for anyone.
On Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:47:16 +0000, Lobster wrote:
Damned Small Linux
I ran Puppy on an old IBM 560Z with 192MB memory and a small hard disk.
It worked very well. It should be fine on a EEPC 900
This thread will be of interest too
Alternatively, use Windows 2000 SP4. It will take up far less room and
will still do just about everything you are likely to want to do on a
netbook. There is also the benefit of no updates so the disk won't keep
> With drivers for all the Asus hardware (although the XP drivers
> should do).
There is a Microsoft site where it was possible to download an encrypted
copy of the .iso file (For educational use only) as of April last year.
There is also available in the wild a decryption procedure for said
encrypted file and, if you ferret about it is possible to find a product
key that will let you use it and which won't trigger any forged software
detection. Hardware drivers will probably be available on the Asus site
until at least April, possibly longer as some makers even have Windows
95 drivers still available for their older hardware.
You can untie it by changing one file on the install CD. Instructions
are available on the Web. I did all this a year or so ago, when I bought
an old Windows 2000 PC that had had its hard drive securely wiped. Then
I uninstalled Windows 2000 as it didn't work with soe of the programs I
use on a daily basis.
On Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:49:50 +0000, David.WE.Roberts wrote:
Turns out that they ARE two shop fronts for the same organisation.
I complained to the original one and chased the refund on the second one
quoting the Sale Of Goods Act.
I now have a full refund.
This is the cheapest option for the supplier, as they don't send me 'free'
stock and don't pay for return postage on the wrong cable.
I am not out of pocket, but not a happy customer.
I also have an unwanted kettle lead and a PSU I have paid for but cannot
So off to hunt for a clover leaf connector.
Do they supply such things ready to be wired in?
I do happen to have a spare sacrificial power lead......although the cable
is probably too thick.
Being 3 pin I assume that it requires earth, which means that I can't
modify the old cable with the 2 pin connector.
Also, if I end up sourcing a plug and modifying a cable I might just as
well have sourced a new jack plug for the old cable.
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