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Join Date: Feb 2009
Re: New Mini Owner Needs "Dummies" Guide to cleanup - 02-04-2009, 05:17 PM
as for more step-by-step instructions on setting up your mini (formatting/reinstalling your OS), come here:
hope the info there's helpful!
Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: New Mini Owner Needs "Dummies" Guide to cleanup - 02-10-2009, 04:46 AM
Just to give you a different point of view: I also have 1G of RAM, an 8GB SSD, the A04 BIOS, and XP. I have not reinstalled, nor do I plan to upgrade. When I got my Mini, it was freezing like mad, and I got it to stop with a simple battery installation--instructions are on the Dell site. That was the first--and obviously the most needed--of several suggestions to stop the freezing problem, and it was the one that worked. I also got rid of all the junk I could find, and I immediately updated my drivers and got the A03--and later, the A04--BIOS.
I am able to surf the Web very quickly and watch videos. I do not need to store anything on my Mini, except perhaps a small document now and then, so the 8GB SSD is fine for me. I can't imagine that I would ever want to store much on it, but if I did, I would simply use an SD card. So far, I have felt no need to upgrade to 2 GB of memory, and I have had my Mini for about four months.
Granted, I am not multi-tasking on this machine, except for writing an email while I have a scoreboard up. I suppose if you are going to use the Mini for multi-tasking (to the extent that one can do such a thing), you would want to upgrade. But consider your needs first. I have other machines for photo editing, photo and video organizing, etc. The Mini, for me, is just what it is advertised to be--something I can carry around for quick Web-surfing and light document-writing (though I still haven't adjusted to that apostrophe key).
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Re: New Mini Owner Needs "Dummies" Guide to cleanup - 02-12-2009, 08:07 PM
1 - After many, MANY hours of experimenting with a 2GB Corsair Flash Voyager drive and 8GB SanDisk Cruzer, I gave up on the idea of installing XP from a USB Flash Drive. It's just a royal PITA! So I grabbed a spare regular internal IDE CD-ROM drive I had lying around and my Vantec USB-to-IDE adapter. Voila, instant external optional drive. I also tinkered with nLite which allows me to scale down the XP install by removing components that I don't want/need. Although that is my final intention, I ended up using the XP Restore CD in full for now.
2 - Booted from Dell XP Home Restore CD.
3 - During the XP install wizard, deleted exiting C: partition that XP was already installed on and re-created it (formatted NTFS - quick). Do not delete nor mess with the 71MB non-DOS partition as the Dell Diags are stored there.
4 - Installed XP to new C: partition (takes about 30-45 mins).
5 - To eliminate the further need of the install CD, copied "i386" folder from CD onto C: drive. (Skip this step to leave an additional 506MB free on your SSD).
6 - Then, in XP, using regedit, went to "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Set up" edited the following keys to have the value of "C:\" (without the quotes):
7 - Downloaded and installed latest BIOS (A04) if need be.
8 - Downloaded and installed latest drivers (links can be found here) for:
JMicron SDHC slot
Network - LAN
Network - WLAN
Webcam (Webcam Software)
Webcam (Dell Video Chat)
Wireless switch (for "Fn+2" functionality)
9 - Ran Windows Update and allowed it to install IE7.
10 - (optional) Installed AVG AntiVirus (Free Version) and then install latest updates.
11 - (optional) Delete 200MB paging swap file.
12 - (optional) Compress "C:\Dell" and "C:\i386" folder to free up a few MB of space.
It took me several hours to accomplish all this by hand and several days of experimenting to get the routine down. In the end, as mentioned above, I had used up just under half of the 8GB SSD.
I figure that once I optimize my XP install using nLite, I'll be able to trim the fat even more so.
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