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Re: Mini 9 Newb -- First Impressions and Issues - 01-07-2009, 01:21 AM
have you tried IBEX Ubuntu (8.10)? I've downloaded that version and installed it. It needs no drivers, works like a charm and never freezes up. I was not too happy with Dell's version of UBUNTU (8.04 with custom interface).
Keep in mind that I've installed a Runcore SSD drive (32 GBs..... from My Digital Discount) which is faster. I use to have 8.10 on the original 4GB drive. That one never locked up and it ran pretty smooth. I've also upgraded the RAM to a 2GB module.
I tried running XP on both the 4GB and 32GB SSDs....it run's OK (obviously faster on the 32GB Runcore one).....but if you're a Unix/Linux user, your natural instinct is to stay as far away as possible from "Microsloth's" products.
Also (as far as I know...but do not quote me on this one) there's a slight performance increase as of A02 Bios.
If you upgrade to A02 (or better......A03) and load all of the factory defaults, it will increase your VIDEO RAM to at least 128MBs.
I've used this website as a great resource in order to install 8.10 on my mini:
Has a great install guide:
http://www.ubuntumini.com/2008/10/insta ... -mini.html
There's also a few guides on how to tweak the OS to run faster.
Finally I've even installed Sun's VBOX in order to virtualize XP (allocated 5GB chunk of Hard Disk space....great application for virtualization).
Hopefully this helps a bit. Both the RAM and SSD upgrades did make a difference in performance.
Take care! ;-)
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