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  Reply # 293442 27-Jan-2010 14:09
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eXDee: I'm tempted to just wipe it with no regard for restore partitions etc. But i suppose i shuld take it into account. If someone can come up with a nice method for getting an ISO image made that would be nice.

Im putting Win7 Pro on both of mine after putting in 2gb of ram.


http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/
http://www.blogsdna.com/2016/how-to-install-windows-7-from-usb-drive-without-windows-7-iso-dvd.htm
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_to_install_windows_7_beta_a_usb_key


I have used https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/ to put a win7 ISO image onto a 8gb usb key, easily.

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  Reply # 293444 27-Jan-2010 14:14
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I hear they are hard selling accessories. Word is that they have a bunch of netbook cases easily accessible by the counter in some stores, and one guy had the pitch for Norton 360 (way to bog down your netbook with trash) given to him twice.
Even on the phone the guy mentioned i should buy "an internet security solution" and Office.

It appears they are trying to make up for the loss on the item with as many accessories as possible, unfortunately i think many people will end up getting norton.
hellonearthisman:
eXDee: I'm tempted to just wipe it with no regard for restore partitions etc. But i suppose i shuld take it into account. If someone can come up with a nice method for getting an ISO image made that would be nice.

Im putting Win7 Pro on both of mine after putting in 2gb of ram.


http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/
http://www.blogsdna.com/2016/how-to-install-windows-7-from-usb-drive-without-windows-7-iso-dvd.htm
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_to_install_windows_7_beta_a_usb_key


I have used https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/ to put a win7 ISO image onto a 8gb usb key, easily.

This isn't of concern to me, i can easily manipulate the win7 image to get it to install from USB.

What i am considering, is how to go about creating a recovery iso from the XP install already on the netbook, in the case that i decide to resell or w/e.
Can it be confirmed whether it has a working recovery partition or not?

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  Reply # 293460 27-Jan-2010 14:35
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eXDee:
What i am considering, is how to go about creating a recovery iso from the XP install already on the netbook, in the case that i decide to resell or w/e.
Can it be confirmed whether it has a working recovery partition or not?


The DVD has a ghost image on it, and there is a hidden partition on the drive, I haven't tested it to make sure it works, but I think you can safely assume it does. Asus aren't muppets.

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  Reply # 293479 27-Jan-2010 15:05

eXDee: I hear they are hard selling accessories. Word is that they have a bunch of netbook cases easily accessible by the counter in some stores, and one guy had the pitch for Norton 360 (way to bog down your netbook with trash) given to him twice.
Even on the phone the guy mentioned i should buy "an internet security solution" and Office.

It appears they are trying to make up for the loss on the item with as many accessories as possible, unfortunately i think many people will end up getting norton.
hellonearthisman:
eXDee: I'm tempted to just wipe it with no regard for restore partitions etc. But i suppose i shuld take it into account. If someone can come up with a nice method for getting an ISO image made that would be nice.

Im putting Win7 Pro on both of mine after putting in 2gb of ram.


http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-install-windows-7vista-from-usb-drive-detailed-100-working-guide/
http://www.blogsdna.com/2016/how-to-install-windows-7-from-usb-drive-without-windows-7-iso-dvd.htm
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_to_install_windows_7_beta_a_usb_key


I have used https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/ to put a win7 ISO image onto a 8gb usb key, easily.

This isn't of concern to me, i can easily manipulate the win7 image to get it to install from USB.

What i am considering, is how to go about creating a recovery iso from the XP install already on the netbook, in the case that i decide to resell or w/e.
Can it be confirmed whether it has a working recovery partition or not?



Won't buying windows 7 to put on it, be more expensive than the netbook itself. Are there really any benefits to running win 7 over xp on this computer.

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  Reply # 293488 27-Jan-2010 15:19
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c71931f:
eXDee: I'm tempted to just wipe it with no regard for restore partitions etc. But i suppose i shuld take it into account. If someone can come up with a nice method for getting an ISO image made that would be nice.

Im putting Win7 Pro on both of mine after putting in 2gb of ram.


I thought people could only get one ??Surprised

Okay technically they both aren't mine, they are just being used by two people in the same household. I'll end up configuring them though.

robbyp:Won't buying windows 7 to put on it, be more expensive than the netbook itself. Are there really any benefits to running win 7 over xp on this computer.

This is where Microsofts MSDNAA programme comes into play. The joys of being a student, free software!

noddy76:
eXDee:
What i am considering, is how to go about creating a recovery iso from the XP install already on the netbook, in the case that i decide to resell or w/e.
Can it be confirmed whether it has a working recovery partition or not?


The DVD has a ghost image on it, and there is a hidden partition on the drive, I haven't tested it to make sure it works, but I think you can safely assume it does. Asus aren't muppets.

They did say its custom built, so i wasn't sure or not.

Also Asus in general have a terrible recovery system for their full sized laptops. It has two discs's, not a recovery partition. This by itself makes it slow. You load up the first one which has the main image, and then for the driver/software disc is proceeds to install each driver and bit of software, using preset batch commands to 'sleep' for predefined periods of time to wait for that driver to load, before moving on to the next one. Very primative and inefficient system.
The end result, is it takes up to 2.5 hours to recover the laptop as opposed to 50mins with a usual recovery partition from another brand.

Thanks to NiceCarpet at GPForums, heres a bit more info on the internals.
CPU-Z Dump (chipset/cpu info etc): http://textsave.de/?p=23591
And a pic of device manager.

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  Reply # 293494 27-Jan-2010 15:31
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First bad observtion.. these have the super flexy keyboards. not confidence inspiring.

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  Reply # 293497 27-Jan-2010 15:44

noddy76: First bad observtion.. these have the super flexy keyboards. not confidence inspiring.


Wonder how long it will be before they start appearing on trademe. I am keeping mine, but I am sure there are those that purchased it to resell.

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  Reply # 293516 27-Jan-2010 16:36
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c71931f:
noddy76: First bad observtion.. these have the super flexy keyboards. not confidence inspiring.


Super flexy keyboards?Sealed


When you type with reasonably firm finger action the middle of the keyboard deflects downwards by about 3-4mm.

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  Reply # 293518 27-Jan-2010 16:40
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Can one of you guys with one already advise what the GPU chip is please?  Is it the 945 or 950?


Cheers 

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  Reply # 293520 27-Jan-2010 16:43
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INTEL 945GSE

edit: Sorry that's the chipset which can mean it has the 950 graphics...

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  Reply # 293521 27-Jan-2010 16:45

noddy76:
c71931f:
noddy76: First bad observtion.. these have the super flexy keyboards. not confidence inspiring.


Super flexy keyboards?Sealed


When you type with reasonably firm finger action the middle of the keyboard deflects downwards by about 3-4mm.

My old dell notebook does that, although perhaps not by that much. 

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  Reply # 293593 27-Jan-2010 19:19
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Psilan: INTEL 945GSE

edit: Sorry that's the chipset which can mean it has the 950 graphics...



Thanks Psilan.  I think I'm right in saying this model does have the "seashell" case design?  If yes, it will match the HP in terms of dimensions very closely.

Also, can anyone comment on whether it will run off the mains without the battery installed?


Smile

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  Reply # 293611 27-Jan-2010 20:05
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Has anyone picked one up from Botany HN yet? I havent had a call, and I have the day off tomorrow (I would call, but Im guessing they are probably sick of people asking)

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  Reply # 293632 27-Jan-2010 21:14

andyj14:
Psilan: INTEL 945GSE

edit: Sorry that's the chipset which can mean it has the 950 graphics...



Thanks Psilan.  I think I'm right in saying this model does have the "seashell" case design?  If yes, it will match the HP in terms of dimensions very closely.

Also, can anyone comment on whether it will run off the mains without the battery installed?


Smile


Don't they all (apart from apple ibooks)
In fact manufacturers recommend removing the battery, if not in use and connected to main for a long period, to prolong battery life.

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  Reply # 293669 27-Jan-2010 22:21
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Turns out HN Wellington do have them in stock. Maybe I missed out on a phone call because of the Telecom XT outage.

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