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Default My First Dell Mini 9. Got some questions. - 10-28-2009, 03:06 AM

Hello, I am Dest. Let me just get straight to the point.

This Saturday, I am receiving a Dell Mini 9 from my friend. It is the entry-level model (4GB SSD, 512MB RAM, no webcam). I have many questions.

1. As a new Dell Mini owner, I have absolutely no clue as to what OS should be run on it. Shall I hackintosh it? Perhaps install Moblin or Win7? I have an external DVD-RW drive.

2. Obviously, 512MB of ram just isn't gonna cut it for me. I want to upgrade to at least 1GB, in the cheapest way possible (I'm tight on money here) so I need help on that too.

3. I want to upgrade the SSD to anything 8GB or more, and are regular hard drives compatible?

Help would be greatly appreciated.
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Default 10-28-2009, 05:46 AM

Welcome to the forum!

#2 May want to check out the for sale section of this forum or other sources. What country do you live in?

#3 Is no. It uses a very specific SSD.


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Default 10-28-2009, 12:46 PM

Welcome.

1. On the 4GB SSD, I'd use Linux. Probably Ubuntu 9.10, which is released tomorrow (I wouldn't bother setting up a swap partition).

I tried Moblin 2. It had quick boot times and a slick interface. But normal Moblin doesn't support the wireless card out of the box, it was buggy, and I missed the wide selection of packages on a regular Linux distro.

When you get a larger SSD, you can try Win7 or OSX.

2. RAM has gotten more expensive of late, but if you're patient, you might be able to find a good deal through Slickdeals.net - The best coupons, lowest prices, and hottest deals.. You could also check Frys, they might have something worth buying.

You could also check craigslist, but people there tend to overvalue computers and computer parts.

3. The Mini 9 uses specialized SSDs, so the drive has to say "Mini 9" in the description. And you're limited to SSDs only.


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Default 11-01-2009, 03:14 PM

Awesome, thanks for the help! I recieved my Mini 9 yesterday, it's a great little device. I have Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 installed, but it's gonna be Hackintoshed one day.

Another question: Does the Mini 9 perform well when plugged into an external monitor?
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Default 11-01-2009, 03:21 PM

Not sure what you mean by "well". At modest resolutions, it's fine. If you try for full resolution on a 24" LCD, you may have issues.


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Default 11-01-2009, 03:26 PM

Actually, I'm going 1400x900.
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Default 11-01-2009, 03:30 PM

That's probably ok.


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Default 11-17-2009, 02:54 AM

Quick Update:

Ubuntu 9.10 NBR only gave me about .7 GB of free space. Since then, I got an invitation to Jolicloud and I'm liking it so far. Photoshop CS2 (portable version, running off my flash drive) in Wine runs okay. Web apps are awesome. Just one thing though: I'm getting terrible internet speeds running off of my home Wifi. Like, 5-30 kilobytes per second during downloads. Normally I get around 150-200. When I plug it in to ethernet it is fine, but only over Wifi does it slow down. How do I fix that?

I have ordered a 32GB SSD and a 2GB stick of RAM from Newegg, and I plan on upgrading and hackintoshing it, or at least installing Windows 7. (Will I need drivers for anything or do Win7 and OS X come with drivers?)

Is the upgrading process straightforward or do I need to unscrew more than 4 screws? I guess what I'm trying to say is, how long does it take to upgrade, and how easy will it be? Also, will I notice a significant change in speed once I upgrade?

(sorry for asking a whole lot of questions, I'm a newbie at netbooks. I have built PCs before.)
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Default 11-17-2009, 06:00 AM

The actual hardware upgrade is simple - Remove the access panel (two screws) and remove the SSD (two screws, but check the threads on this as many people strip the screws.) Remove the card and reverse the process with the new card.

If you want to copy the data from the old card, how you do that depends on which SSD you buy. You may well notice a speed improvement, again, it depends on which SSD you buy.


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Default 11-17-2009, 01:19 PM

I started with the same base model and I never had these wifi speed problems you reference.

You may need addl drivers down the road, but you should be ready to work as soon as you have your OS installed.


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