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Default Did Dell Mini 1012 ever ship with DDR3 or N550 CPU? - 02-12-2011, 09:12 PM

I took advantage of the 15% off coupon for refurbed PC's at Dell Outlet and bought a Dell Mini 1012 with 1366x768 screen (can't stand the 1024x600).

Either way, I have conflicting information in my data sheet. I says it has an N450 and N550. I was thinking maybe the N550 was an upgrade that Dell offered at one point, or is it just an error?

Also it says DDR2-667MHz, but in the description for it on the site it said DDR3. So not sure what to believe. It should be here in a few days, so I guess I'll know for certain, but thought I'd ask. I already have a 2GB DDR3 module that I can use that had laying around, guess I can sell it and get a 2GB DDR2 module then.

I also bought a 32GB Corsair Nova SSD to put in there for cheap. I'm excited, but just wish I knew if it came with N450 or N550. I'm expecting N450 but N550 would be an obvious bonus.
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Default 02-12-2011, 10:39 PM

I noticed that the Outlet specs for the 1012 are more retarded than usual.

All 1012 netbooks have the N450 CPU and DDR2 RAM. The similar 1018 uses the N455 and DDR3. I think the Duo and Latitude 2120 are the only Dells with the N550 (and DDR3).

Check your invoice, its listing will be closer to reality (but still not error-free).


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Default 02-13-2011, 04:10 AM

Thanks. Here's what it shows:



edit: Nevermind, went to their site and it states N450 and DDR2. Guess I'll have to sell my DDR3 and buy 2GB DDR2.

By the way just noticed you have Ubuntu 64-bit on your Mini 1012. How's that working for you? I'm considring that route. Mainly want it for web surfing, Office apps, a couple simple games (not sure what's on Linux though). Also why 64-bit?

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Default 02-13-2011, 01:50 PM

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By the way just noticed you have Ubuntu 64-bit on your Mini 1012. How's that working for you? I'm considring that route. Mainly want it for web surfing, Office apps, a couple simple games (not sure what's on Linux though). Also why 64-bit?
I choose 64bit for two reasons. First, I hoped 64bit would give me a little better performance for video decoding. But I don't think my 1012 with 64bit is faster playing videos than my Mini 9 running 32bit, except for the slight, expected improvement due to cpu speed: 1.66GHz vs 1.6GHz.

Second, I choose 64bit because I could

EDIT: A third plus of 64bit is that my other machines generally run it, so I can share software and updates between my computers. One 64bit machine gets the updates from the Internet, then the other machines get 'em from that machine.

I don't think I've gained any performance by opting for 64bit on my 1012, but it runs well.

As for "web surfing, Office apps, a couple simple games"... web surfing in Firefox on Linux is the same as on Windows... but Adobe Flash videos and games perform a bit worse. I do have a trick for playing Flash video perfectly. If you play the cached ".flv" file in another player, you'll see better performance (better than Flash player on Windows).

You don't have MS Office on Linux (obviously), but you have your choice of a number of other options.

As for games, I don't really game on my 1012. First off, as you probably realize, you won't be playing fancy 3D games on the 1012 in any OS.

And as I stated above, Flash games perform worse under Linux. For example, "Mirror's Edge 2D" (a Flash game) is playable, especially if you lower quality, but if I recall correctly, it plays near perfectly on Windows netbooks. Another simpler Flash game, "One Button Bob" seems to play as well in Linux as in Windows.

Linux also has the typical simple computer games: Tetris clone, Minesweeper clone, etc.

In the end, I'd probably only recommend Linux if you're willing to make an effort to learn a bit about it. Linux definitely has it's strengths, especially on netbooks. For example, less need for antivirus means it can be faster, less need for hard drive space means small SSDs are viable options. But if you expect it to be Windows, you might be disappointed.


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Default 02-13-2011, 02:00 PM

Thanks for that informative response. If flash doesn't do so well I will probably just stick with Windows 7 then. As far as games, I don't expect to be playing crysis on there, but there are many older titles I got to work on my old Eee PC years ago like Warcraft 3, Age of Empires 2, Rogue Spear that worked like a charm, although that was XP, and may even have compatability issues with 7 I dunno. In either case it'll be a game or two to help pass the time when I have to. I have my M11x anyhow for times when I know I'll have extended gaming time available.


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