I've been lurking these forums for the last few weeks since I got my Mini9. I love it, and I love Ubuntu's new NBR (Karmic) on it as well. My disk space was becoming an issue since I installed NWN, though. Everyone who wants to play it, don't bother with Hordes of the Underdark! Your FPS will decrease by 50% due to the things Bioware added, so just play the original campaign. Bioware graciously gives all the game data away for Linux users, you just need to purchase a hard copy (original game) for a cd key. The performance is really really nice if you just use the original campaign and Undrentide, since Bioware didn't muck those up with extra hi-detail models. I'm getting around 25-30 fps indoors.
So that is the backstory, I wanted some more performance and space.
I was lurking around and saw that my options were Super Talent or Runcore. Runcore is too expensive and always on backorder, apparently, and people were having issues with it shorting out (and having to use washers?! Are you guys serious?!). I decided that I wanted to get the Super Talent, but, I also saw that Active Media Products had a Sabretooth Model that looked decent enough, and for the price, was comparable to the Super Talent FEM32GFDL.
I saw that Aaronasb had acquired the Sabretooth drive, but said disparaging things about it. I decided to give Activemp the benefit of the doubt. Well, after installing it, in the bios it says that it is a FEM32GFDL. Imagine my shock!
Well, hell, the price was better than the FEM32GHDL(THE OLD SUPER TALENT MODEL) on Amazon, for the value of the drive (since the newer GFDL is faster I hear). Am I suprised that Activemp rebrands FEM32GFDL's? Yes. I think it is a bit deceptive
Am I disappointed? Not really, since at least I got a bargain on it (compared to the prices for the other gfdls on other sites and the leftover ghdls), it shipped quickly, and boots up without a hitch.
I'll let everyone know if any aspect of my game performance changes, as well (load times, etc). I also got 2gb of Crucial RAM, which is worth it, I think.
Just a heads up to everyone. I'm not saying that the product is bad, it is sort of deceptive, though. I can't complain, though, since I was half expecting this, but am also glad at least I got the good version of the Super Talent for less.
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Replying to myself, here, but my NBR install seems to be botched somehow. Windowpicker doesn't work, fastswitcher doesn't work, I'm missing the power button icon, etc.
Going to reinstall. Not going to blame it on the new ssd
, that would be jumping to conclusions.
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Same problem again, will switch to normal ubuntu 9.10 to try that out.
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Scratch that, the functionality has been regained with NBR, but now boot time has gone from 30 seconds to more than 1 minute! What gives? I thought bigger ssds were faster?
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Installed Ubuntu on it, but the start up still takes like a minute. Will put the old SSD
(stock) back into it see what the start up time is.
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Yeah, the stock SSD
, 8GB, Stec, boots up ubuntu netbook remix faster. ~25 seconds.
Is the slow bootup on the Sabertooth aa due to the AA itself? At this point, I think so. This is disappointing. I'll do some further testing later.