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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NV, US
Re: My First Netbook - 01-12-2009, 05:42 AM
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Re: My First Netbook - 01-12-2009, 06:30 AM
Sorry about the rude reception you received. Most of us aren't quite so rude. I deleted the two inappropriate posts. We're generally a pretty easy going group of people here in this forum.
As for the lack of parts available for the Mini9 in Australia... Sounds like a business opportunity to me..
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Re: My First Netbook - 01-12-2009, 06:52 AM
Long life internal 6-cell batteries seem to be appearing for more and more Netbooks, so if there isn't one available for the Dells now maybe one will appear in the not too distant future.
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Re: My First Netbook - 01-12-2009, 06:53 AM
sorry for the rude comment. It came out the wrong way. Sometimes you spend so much time on the internet that you start to behave like this. I'm used to big boards with 20k members or more. I even have my own. When people as the same question you tend to react this way.
Is it possible to upgrade the 16GB SSD?
I bought the RunCore 32gb and I love. One advice that I should have done is to go with the 64gig. you tend to use the space right away. for the difference in cost I could have gotten the 64gig instead. One warning is that there might be delays if you go with MDD. Crucial will be releasing there SDD version for the mini 9 but no solid information yet.
Is it possible to upgrade the 1 GB of RAM?
--- It would be a replacement module, not an addition, right?
Yes. here is a simple guide. I'm sure you can find other guides on this forum as well.
http://www.laptopmag.com/advice/how-to/ ... i-ram.aspx
--- Can anyone name a RAM make/model proven to work?
I went with the G.SKILL 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300). You can buy it for about $21 or so USD. Keep in mind that other memory work as well. Crucial is also a good choice.
Is it correct that there is a six-cell battery upgrade available for the Dell Inspiron 9 if purchased in the USA. This option is not available to Australian buyers, just the old 4-cell.
Dell has not officially realeased a 6-cell battery for what I was told. I plan to do some research soon since I need more battery juice.
I will want to replace the default Windows XP Home with XP Pro. Should I expect any problems with that? Hardware drivers, etc?
You shouldn't have any problems but be careful about hard drive space. You might want to use tinyxp and remove any junk that you might not need. I''m sure you will find detailed guide on the xp section of this forum. You might want to also consider windows 7. I was surprise at how fast and stable it works with the mini 9. So far it's been a great experience to some members in here.
Finally, while I realize this is probably a strange place to ask, is there another brand of netbook that I should be looking at?
I spent some time at CES and let me tell you that this year it's going to be all about the netbooks. I was considering trying out the asus n10j but the price tag kept me away. HP has a couple of netbooks coming out as well and MSI has a couple of interesting ones. So look forward to netbooks because it should be interesting. No matter what i'm going to keep my mini 9 because it's been a great experience and this is my first dell laptop.
Keep an eye out for the discount codes and buy it from the dell outlet so that you can save money. I would also get the internal bluetooth. It's nice to have this option for any future device. (headset, mouse, etc)
Again sorry for the behavior and I hope we can have a new start. welcome to the site and if you have any other question feel free to post them up.
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Re: My First Netbook - 01-12-2009, 07:19 AM
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Location: Baton Rouge LA
Re: My First Netbook - 01-12-2009, 12:32 PM
I wasn't trying to be rude, and I could tell from your carefully-worded questions that you were at minimum reasonably computer literate (IOW, you weren't a newbie who didn't understand what you'd read). What got me was that in the time it took for you to type your detailed questions, you could already have had answers to some of them (the RAM and SSD upgrades) by looking at some of the threads, since there are current and ongoing discussions. IOW, you'd have had your answers right away instead of having to wait for them!
Of course, that doesn't apply to your Australian-specific questions...
I see this all the time in students and on all sorts of boards. Instead of taking a few minutes to wander in and check out the current active topics, possibly use search, read the materials at hand and very often find exactly the information needed pretty quickly, someone posts a message (often their very first message on the board) and waits for someone to provide the answers that are readily available.
(And the mod will probably decide this is rude, too, but I'm pretty straightforward and don't beat around the bush very well.)
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