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Default "10v or not 10v... that is the question..." - 12-20-2009, 11:09 PM

Hi guys,

I've been holding off buying a netbook for about a month now while I conduct my research into which to go for! I thought that I'd settled on the asus 1005ha... that is until I found that the 10v was highly recommended for snow leopard. Before starting my research I never knew you could put a mac os on a pc!! Since the discovery I've realised that I don't want a netbook that comes with Windows, be it XP or 7!!

The 10v seems every bit as good as the asus but for that touchpad! (from what I've read). I popped into a store to try out the 10v and see what I thought of the pad and it seemed ok, but then I didn't spend long on it and there's enough complaints about it on the net to be concerned about it.

The other issue is the technical task to upgrade the RAM.

SO what I need to know from you guys is what have you done to improve the touchpad so that its not longer annoying and actually comfortable to use? Do you still have the problem of the cursor jumping around the screen when you left-click, drag and drop. Would you recommend installing Snow Leopard?

Any advice is much appreciated so that I can buy a machine in January!!

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Cool 12-20-2009, 11:15 PM

you might get a better deal now around the holidays though..

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Default 12-21-2009, 02:23 AM

They sell the Mini 10v with Ubuntu (linux) and they used to offer an upgrade to 2GB (windows licensing doesn't allow for more than 1GB) on the web. I just bought my 10v and the 2GB option was not there (US or CA sites) and after reading here I realized that you could probably get the 2GB with Ubuntu if you phoned in the order. Also, the 16GB SSD drive is worth it if you don't need much local storage.
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Default 12-21-2009, 06:19 PM

The RAM upgrade isn't that hard. It looks bad, but if you're reasonably used to working on computers it's not a big deal. OSX runs great on the 10v. NetbookBootMaker/NetbookInstaller include a driver for the touchpad that fixes the problems with it, IMO. I find it works rather well overall. For drag and drop, I usually do the tap-drag thing, but holding the button down and dragging works fine as well.

With the new driver, I find the 10v touchpad about as good as any other touchpad. And there's the low-tech put tape on the corners to make it less sensitive on the button areas if the driver doesn't do enough for you. It can even be made to look quite nice.
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Default 12-22-2009, 08:10 PM

Don't get either. Dell just announced the next generation of Mini 10s. Starting at $299. Their 6 cell battery is flush and they get 8 hours or so out of that battery. Although they have a weird hinge...
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Default 12-22-2009, 08:20 PM

Yea how mad.. I ask whether to make the jump and buy a 10v, the very next morning Dell announces the new mini 10's. Apart from the flush 6-cell tho i don't see much performance enhancement for my needs. I'll beable to watch HD youtube vids on the current 10v right. The other issue with the new 10's is that they may not be hackintoshable!! Which would seriously write it off for me and i'd just buy an 1005ha eeepc with 6-cell for much less!!

What the introduction of the new machines may bring in January is a price crash online of the current crop, or dell outlet will be selling everything off in stock.

The UK doesn't seem to save as much as the US on these machines though.

So do i buy one now, or wait til January!! Argh!!!!!
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Default 12-25-2009, 12:33 AM

Just remember that the new revision might be be able to run OS X, just like the Mini 10.
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Default 12-25-2009, 02:11 AM

But the 10 runs OS X poorly...

We'll just have to wait a few weeks and find out.

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Default 12-25-2009, 11:44 PM

Originally Posted by holmes4 View Post
But the 10 runs OS X poorly...

We'll just have to wait a few weeks and find out.
The 10 runs OS X just like the 10v does, just without QE/CI

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