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undrpsi undrpsi is offline
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Smile Upgrading Vista? Windows 7? Mac OS? - 02-03-2009, 06:18 PM

Hey All...

First time poster...

My mini 12 comes in tomorrow. Here's some questions I have...

1. Upgrade Vista. Does this help performance?

2. Upgrade Windows 7 beta...same as above.

3. Has anyone hackintoshed a Mini 12 yet? (Mac OS 10.5)


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teatimest teatimest is offline
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Default Re: Upgrading Vista? Windows 7? Mac OS? - 02-04-2009, 04:17 PM

Hi, undrpsi.

In terms of performance, I would not recommend to upgrade to Vista.
Mine came with Vista and was UNUSABLE.
The hardware is not adequate to handle Vista at all.
I tried Windows 7 beta. It was ok. The response was much faster than Vista and usable.
However, I had some frustration during web browsing. It was sort of slow and started bothering me.
Then I tried Ubuntu Netbook Remix. If you follow the instruction given by CrazyDesi.
It's much faster than Windows 7 beta. I am not sure if it is faster than XP or not.
I think Win7 and XP are comparable. And XP is quite old OS.
If you want a up-to-date OS for free, go for UNR.
If you are satisfied with old and simple XP, then keep it.
MacOS? I have no idea......

Download UNR iso and burn on DVD as image. Fire up an external DVD drive and follow the instruction.
Instruction for running UNR on mini12.
If anyone is wondering, there are two main ways of setting up the UNR. The most functional way is downloading UNR. It will be dreadfully slow when you start. I mean DREADFUL. Do not worry this is what is suppose to happen. After you download it, switch desktop modes in preferences or administration(I forgot which one).

Now you should have a functional UNR working, but its still going to be a little slow. Go to Session properties in the System Menu and disable maximus and the launcher from starting on bootup. Finally, download the xserver-xorg-video-psb from synaptic(I dont think there is a menu you have to go into terminal and type sudo synaptic).

After that, I was able to get it working fairly well. Some people on the Ubuntu Forums claimed that they have 1080p video with only 17 percent CPU usage. I did not have any High Definition videos to test it out on, but I was able to play normal videos without a hitch. I also downloaded powertop to get some more usage out of the machine while it is on battery.

Hope this helps for anyone trying to get it to work faster.
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Default Re: Upgrading Vista? Windows 7? Mac OS? - 02-05-2009, 01:47 AM

MAC OSX as at right now cant run on the Mini 12 due to lack of drivers, it runs on teh MINI9, as they share some drivers with the Macbook platform from memory.

There is a thread on this issue in teh Mac forums on this site.
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Default Re: Upgrading Vista? Windows 7? Mac OS? - 02-05-2009, 04:08 PM

I'm using Windows 7 beta quite happily on my mini 12 at this very moment!
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linnix linnix is offline
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Default Re: Upgrading Vista? Windows 7? Mac OS? - 04-08-2009, 11:11 PM

I run windows 7 beautifully on my Mini 9 with 2 GB of ram. It works better than XP...much better
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Netbook Abuser Netbook Abuser is offline
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Default Re: Upgrading Vista? Windows 7? Mac OS? - 04-08-2009, 11:29 PM

I can run Windows 7 Beta which i installed easily from a USB flash drive. It runs quite well mainly because there was Vista drivers for it from dell :P

Mine is a 1.33 ghz atom

[Current] Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T-6937 1.4Ghz Core 2 Duo CULV, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HDD, XP Home
[Previouslyl] Dell Mini 12 - 1.33GHZ Atom, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD, XP home/Windows 7
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