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scott1981 scott1981 is offline
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Default Noob, M9 should be here early next week - 12-09-2008, 07:33 PM

Thought this lil guy was just too cool to pass up so I ordered one. I should have come here and researched a bit first, but I figured thats what the after market is for. Here is the build list, anything I should pick up right away?


1 224-0776 Inspiron 910 Intel Atom processor N270, 1.6GHz, 533Mhz512K L2 Cache $385.25
1 311-9264 Obsidian Black Color with Gloss Finish $0.00
1 311-9263 1GB,DDR2,533MHZ,1 DIMM $0.00
1 320-7130 8.9 inch Wide Screen WSVGA TL $0.00
1 320-7126 Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 $0.00
1 341-7612 8GB Solid State Drive (mini-card Module/PATA) $0.00
1 420-9205 Mini OS powered by Ubuntu 8.04.1 $0.00
1 430-3223 Base LCD Assembly $0.00
1 430-3225 Wireless 802.11g Mini Card $0.00
1 320-7129 No Camera Option $0.00
1 312-0776 32WHr 4-cell Battery $0.00
1 992-2067 Dell Hardware Warranty Plus Return To Depot, Initial Year $0.00
1 990-7989 1 Year Limited Warranty and Mail-In Service,Notebook $0.00
1 991-0320 Type 12- Mail-InService, 24x7 TechnicalSupport, Initial Year $0.00
1 960-2780 Warranty Support,Initial Year $0.00
1 950-3337 1 Year Limited Warranty $0.00
1 988-6059 No Warranty 2 and 3 $0.00
1 900-9987 Standard On-Site Installation Declined $0.00
1 430-3227 Bluetooth 2.1 module via USB I/F (Option) $18.75
1 313-7127 Base LCD Assembly in Black $0.00
1 467-8515 Dell Remote Access Basic Email $0.00

I am really looking forward to learning a bit about Ubuntu and getting away from windows. I have had a couple issues with windows that have left a sour taste in my mouth.
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Default Re: Noob, M9 should be here early next week - 12-09-2008, 11:29 PM

I'm in a similar boat as you. I just received an email from Dell informing me my Mini has shipped, and I to placed an order for my "toy" before finding this wonderful resource. Now I wish I opted for a smaller SSD drive and ordered an RunCore SSD (despite the noted issues some have experienced).

I have a spare keyboard and mouse laying around I think I will put to use once the mini shows up as I configure my setup... I would suggest devising a plan on how you want to use the mini... as a long time OS X users I plan on dual booting mine with Ubuntu & OS X... and then, cross my fingers, figure out a way to virtualize XP so I can access the same XP install from either boot. A little ambitious, I know.


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Default Re: Noob, M9 should be here early next week - 12-10-2008, 01:24 AM

You can upgrade the RAM to 2GB. See threads in the hardware upgrades / problems section for some suggestions, or just head on over to crucial.com and tell them you've got a Mini 9. This makes a significant difference with Windows. I don't personally know if it matters to Linux as much, though I suspect it will. This is a cheap upgrade, and easy to do. Other than unscrewing the back lid, its tool-free.

Whether you want to upgrade the SSD or not, I can't say. 8GB may be enough for you. If it isn't there appear to be two good options available, the Runcore SSDs (not yet shipping in volume) from MyDigitialDiscount.com (don't buy the non-runcores from them, they're slow), and the Buffalo's which haven't started shipping yet. Wait until you get it and see how you live with it over time. You can always upgrade later. Prices will only go down, speeds and capacities up.

I would buy an external mouse, but that's me. Again, lost of threads here suggesting what to get. Maybe you like trackpads though.

I would also buy a case of some kind if you didn't already. There are fine ones on Dell's site, or again, threads on this board for what to buy.


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Default Re: Noob, M9 should be here early next week - 12-10-2008, 02:51 AM

Thanks for the help guys. I figured the 2GB RAM will probably come within the first week of ownership. I do not plan to push this machine to its limits, mainly internet, e mail, possibly using it to do come online courses. While I do not plan to max it out I have a bad habit of modding everything I own. :twisted: I will have to get the biggest SSD avail once they are released and the price is reasonable.

This should be great for pretending to do work while I check out the babes at Starbucks
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