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Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mustang, Oklahoma
08-03-2009, 05:53 PM
Anyone who Buys a netbook needs to understand they are ment to be used as a "NET" book. Basic things, Internet, Email, Basic word Documents and such. I Use mine for testing, and a Life Organizer.. So 1gig of ram is more than enough to accomplish all that.
Where the 1010's downfall is Driver Support for the GMA500, And thats Intels Fault not Dells. Drivers have gotten a TON better in the past couple of months.
I think you will Find the 1010 will do everything you are needing to do. Id just receemned to keep checking around from time to time for GMA500 driver updates. For the type of Machine a Netbook is the GMA500 is a great video resource.
People just always have to remember when they buy a netbook.. Its not a Laptop, its Not a PC.. Its a Netbook. Nothing more.. A Barebone Basic Ultra portable system. Most people when they buy one its because they are "Trendy" and they are just following a Trend and or fashion statement. And then there of those of us who know what a netbook is and how it should be use and do what we can to improve it with minor tweaks here and there.
But yea I think your fine with the 1010. I havent Ran Windows XP on mine since I bought it, But from the posts on here and other sites it seems as if the XP drivers got a nice little boost last month and made it alot better than it was before. Windows 7 and Ubuntu is about all I can vouch for. Windows 7 Ran like a Dream with No Tweaks other than turning Areo off. And Ubuntu just needs a little bit of work and you can get some decent performance out of it. No where near perfect. But Netbooks where not designed for 3d graphics, just basic internet and PC usage.
Hope you enjoy your 1010, I know I Like mine Its help organize me a ton at work.
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Join Date: Apr 2009
08-03-2009, 09:09 PM
I do think you made a mistake in not getting the HD screen. I have the Mini 10 with the HD screen and it's a great screen. If I did not want the HD screen, I would have bought the 10v since it has OSX potential and RAM upgrade potential (with some elbow grease, apparently).
I got my Mini 10 from the outlet for $350 with 1.6 processor, 1.3 webcam, 6 cell battery, bluetooth, and HD screen. I am very happy with it at that price.
Join Date: Aug 2009
Thank you all - 08-03-2009, 09:48 PM
First off, thanks all for replying.
Second, I think I was being a bit harsh by using the word 'crippled'. I saw various threads about the mini 10 versus 10v and got the following:
10v can have RAM upgraded
10 processor (1.6 GHz Z530) with XP and 1Gb runs slow
10 without HD screen is like the cake missing the cherry on the top - loses browsing real estate
10 is mainly for the image-concious (which my wife would deny, but she is - she's got the 'muse in orange' cover) - glossy look & zinc body not necessary
So, what my wife uses it for is wireless web surfing, office apps, and BBC iPlayer/Channel 4OD (UK streaming SD TV). She wants a 3G dongle for out and about, and that's about it.
I presume that this fits your idea of what a Netbook is for Sammyboy? Are all these possible with the 1010?
And is there a 1011 coming out soon that's better in some way? Or am I just confused? And how come us Brits never get the great deals? Grr! :-/
three-fifty US dollars?! You do not want to know the UK prices... the HD screen is Â£20 extra, or about $35, the 6 cell is Â£45, or $75 more. The unit starts at Â£299, or $350. Hence me limiting the extras.
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Adirondack Mountains
08-04-2009, 01:38 AM
It's really good to hear support for the GMA500 has improved. I've had 3 Mini 10s (1010) since February (long story) and eventually gave up. I like my Mini 10v now, and with a really good SSD and 2GB of RAM its performance begins to approach my M1330.
There are rumors of revisions to both Mini 10s in September or October, but just rumors at this point.
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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
08-04-2009, 01:36 PM
New Intel GMA 500 drivers finally show its potential
Not sure about others. I tend not to mess around with drivers unless something isn't working correctly. As far as I'm concerned, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! ;-)
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