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Join Date: Nov 2008
My Mini9 - 11-26-2008, 03:51 PM
Ordered my Dell Mini9 around the end of September.
Got it 2 weeks ago after many delays.
It is an all option USA XP build.
First thing I did was upgrade the ram using the Crucial 2GB kit (one stick kit).
XP saw the 2GB first time. No issues with having to install Pro. It just worked.
battery life is about 2.5 hours with a 2GB SD card installed.
I was having huge issues with freezes etc. Really sucked, I was tempted to return the nine to dell. But spoke with a buddy and took some hints and went to work.
removed pretty much everything within windows I don't use. Removed all of the crapware. I tried running Norton AV since that is what the we are given by UVA (I work for Virginia). That really made thing bad. Then I thought I would try one of my licenses of ZoneAlarm suite. Worse. So after un-installing those the system works good.
I have gotten the system down to 29 running processes and it screams.
I am still in search of a good ubber-lightweight A/V program. I use webmail and don't download anything, and only visit about 10 or so friendly websites, so I am pretty certain I wont have issues. But still...
I still get some freeze issues. So I turned off VM and it ran much better with only a freeze every so often.
I used Black Viper as a guide to trimming my XP down.
I love the size of this machine. I do a lot of sysadmin and user visits, and this is the perfect travel companion.
I do wish that instead of the big blank space where that WWAN card would fit, that Dell could give us the facility to hook up a faster disk drive, something like a 1.8" HDD. That would make the computer much better for what I do, but still having the small form factor I like. The 12" is nice, but I want something smaller.
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