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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Norwich, UK
08-22-2010, 11:47 AM
Welcome to the forum!
Sounds like a fried SSD.
If you wanted a quick solution, you could investigate Ubuntu for Netbooks, the download comes with instructions to install it to USB drive so you can jut put it on your Mini 9 (it wont need any drivers!) and see how long it lasts.
To be honest it may not be worth investing any money in an SSD unless you can get a really good deal (I do actually know our sponsor is having a Mini 9 specific sale tomorrow) as the SSDs can end up costing as much as the Mini itself. Dell recently released the Dell Mini 1018, and it's pretty good value for money, this might be a better long-term investment. Of course you'll be getting new technology too!
Join Date: Apr 2009
08-22-2010, 04:20 PM
As an aside, many wireless cards work without effort, like my Mini 9's new Intel card, or my 1012's Atheros card.
Dunhamzzz's link is messed up, but Googling "ubuntu netbook" should find the right site. Ubuntu's netbook version basically amounts to a theme designed for small screens.
Ubuntu isn't difficult to use or install for the most part. But it can be daunting for people only accustomed to Windows. But if you just use it for web-browsing, you probably won't even notice the difference
You could also consider running Ubuntu off a small flash drive as described above. I'd probably recommend an 8GB drive, they can be had for US$20 or less. This isn't the best solution, and if you require Windows-only software it might not be useful to you. But it's the cheapest way to get a Mini with a failed SSD working again for simple uses, like web browsing.
Mini 1012 | SSD | Intel 6200 Wifi | Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
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