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Join Date: Oct 2009
Head to head!! stock Dell Mini 10v vs modded 10v (video) - 05-11-2010, 07:32 PM
On the leeeeeeeeeeft.... an freshly installed Dell Mini 10v running 10.6.2, stock 1GB ram and stock WD 160GB 5400 rpm!
On the riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight... my very own 1 month old 10v, upgraded to higher spec'ed Transcend 2GB Ram and Seagate 320GB 16mb cache 7,200 rpm drive!
aaaaaarrrrreeeeee yoooouuu rrreeeaaaadyy ttoooo rruuuummmbbllleeee ?!?!
Gentle-silicon-chips, on your marks... get set.... beep!
YouTube- stock vs tweak race
So the question is... is it worth it?
I would say no to HD but yes to RAM. I mean, I use this machine like any other mac and for everything non cpu intensive, it is just blazing snappy, with loads of apps running. Spaces, dashboard, everything, so I like to think the extra RAM does help, though I have never used a 1GB 10v.
I finally found this video I thought I had lost. Made it late december. Since then, the 10v has been my main computer, I've been humbled at how well SL is coded and how well it runs on an these machines. I've been a long time hackintosher too. So what I am getting at is this... I accidentally discovered and introduced this notion to others who have confirmed it with other laptops. I am finally ready to test this on the 10v
Since hacking regular intel core duo and core 2 duo was a terrible and horrible ordeal, with major and long steps to take, and numerous and hazardous and long tweaks... the first thing to do when you have optimal system was to do a backup! Then further tweaking for audio, video, system bus, usb, firewire, ehternet, wifi... oooff.. you name it.
When people got their systems right, they would backup for security, but just went ahead and used the system. Being stable and further installed, that was it, end of story, stable and long running.
What I discovered was that once you have your system in tip-top condition, not only back it up (using CCC), but then go ahead and wipe the drive and restore. I KNOW there is much more going on than a defrag, because the systems are usual ALOT more responsive and efficient. You can clearly see this when repairing permissions. It took 10 to 20 seconds, from click to finish, with loads of errors corrected. Boot up and shutdown too. Loading programs...everything.
I will be cloning this seagate drive back to the dell's stock and report back as to if this trick does anything to the 10v... Its been 6 months, system fully loaded, used and abused, still disturbingly snappy... but still I hope to further improve.
Join Date: Oct 2009
05-12-2010, 12:29 AM
Well, I wouldn't know... I did it for a friend to give to his girlfriend, and I don't know anyone around to perform a test like this. But pitch in your numbers!
The first thing I did when I got it was to swap the HD. My 10v stayed on 90% of the time since last december. gzillion sleeps in the backpack, once a month reboots (really!). Today, it holds battery 2h15 - 3h20 mins depending on wifi and brightness with general usage. Note that I use voodoopower kext which throttles the cpu. But I am always careful to let the battery go really down and straight back up, often.
It does produce heat, but i can comfortably use it on my lap for hours while torrenting and video watching. I wouldnt let it heat up on top of a blanket, but I have forgotten it a time or two on the couch or bed etc without issue.
When I swap drives back to stock, i'll report of heat, but obviously it will be less.
SSD drives, thats a whole different story, though no personal experience.
Join Date: Oct 2009
05-12-2010, 12:51 PM
I've managed to clone the drive back to stock, and I can definitely say I there is a difference. Now, obviously, the higher the system specs, the more noticeable, but my boot up improved (1m 02 secs), so does shutdown (alot)... repairing permissions is faster, Safari is loads faster, so do other apps (open office, itunes)
So I would definitely say this is another recommended tweak. The drive is much slower, but the system feels even snappier than before, so there is a definite boost with this cloning trick.
1 - install system and tweak to liking
2 - get other drive on USB
3 - CCC clone it to USB drive
4 - sprinkle to taste with NBI of choice (I was using NBI.0.8.3 RC5 but i tried first with NBI .8.4 RC1 but the system did not boot, so I slapped good 'ol NBI 0.8.3 RC 5 and everything is perfect. Lesson once again.. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!)
5 - Swap drives and boot with -v -f (no necessary, I just do it for extra grip)
6 - once in, repair permissions (this first one should take a bit longer than usual)
If you get ''SUID can't repair etc...'' - these can be ignored. There is a terminal trick to get rid of them, did it before, worked, but the SUID thing is back. Apple knowledge base is clear, no biggy
Mac OS X: Disk Utility's Repair Disk Permissions messages that you can safely ignore
I get this one
Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAgent" has been modified and will not be repaired.
But now I can't find the link to get rid of it. I think I even posted this fix here a while ago, I'll try to find it
Now that I have stock drive back in, I'll give it a few days to run it and report back on performance.
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