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IndyGunFreak
12-04-2008, 04:05
I really like my Asus eee, but I think the SSD is limited. Its a bit slower than a normal hard drive, and as I used it more, I found it seemed to effect performance a bit. Solid State Drives are an awesome idea, but I'm not entirely sold on it yet, although I'm sure its only a matter of time.... So I sold the eee, and bought me an Acer Aspire One, w/ a 160gig SATA hard drive on Ebay. Seller says it was only a month old, included all documentation, etc. I got it for $315, plus $15 shipping/insurance. On retail sites, I found similar spec'd ones for $379-$429, so I feel pretty good about the price.

It has XP installed, which I'll almost definitely nuke. From what I've read, the AAO's have either an atheros wireless device, or a broadcomm wireless device. If its Atheros, I may not even boot Windows, and just start the install process for some version of Linux.. probably Ubuntu. If its Broadcomm, I'll probably suffer w/ XP for a bit, until Broadcomm's Linux support is a little better.

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Big Al 24
12-04-2008, 18:01
I have a laptop with a Broadcom chip and it always ran Ubuntu fine. It was a pain to install with one version of Ubuntu, but when the next one came out the problem was gone. Let us know how you like it.

The Pontificator
12-05-2008, 16:18
I really like my Asus eee, but I think the SSD is limited. Its a bit slower than a normal hard drive, and as I used it more, I found it seemed to effect performance a bit. Solid State Drives are an awesome idea, but I'm not entirely sold on it yet, although I'm sure its only a matter of time.... So I sold the eee, and bought me an Acer Aspire One, w/ a 160gig SATA hard drive on Ebay. Seller says it was only a month old, included all documentation, etc. I got it for $315, plus $15 shipping/insurance. On retail sites, I found similar spec'd ones for $379-$429, so I feel pretty good about the price.

It has XP installed, which I'll almost definitely nuke. From what I've read, the AAO's have either an atheros wireless device, or a broadcomm wireless device. If its Atheros, I may not even boot Windows, and just start the install process for some version of Linux.. probably Ubuntu. If its Broadcomm, I'll probably suffer w/ XP for a bit, until Broadcomm's Linux support is a little better.

IGF

Both My AAO's have Atheros wireless cards.

IndyGunFreak
12-05-2008, 19:34
Both My AAO's have Atheros wireless cards.

Well, then if thats the case, Windows might not make the first boot.. :)

Do you know if its the Atheros AR242x? I've set that device up w/ madwifi on my laptop, and helped others in support channels do it so many times, I think I can do it w/ my eyes closed on Ubuntu.

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IndyGunFreak
12-09-2008, 02:58
Well, I got it in the mail Monday morning, got Ubuntu installed, setting up hardware, installing software, etc. pretty easily. Everything but wireless worked out of the box. For such a little PC, it actually even ran Desktop Effects reasonably well. Pont correctly identified the wireless device above, so once I saw that, I knew I'd be able to set it up with little fuss. Other than the hard drive is bigger and faster, its not a whole lot different from the eeePC.

I did leave the XP restore partition on the drive, which I rarely do. I didn't spend a whole lot of time testing hardware, etc, and maybe I'll run into a glitch that requires me to run XP. It's only a little over 5gigs, so its not a huge space taker..I had everything set up by the time my mid-afternoon shift started, and took it with me and used it while eating lunch, and it worked fine.

The great thing is, with the big hard drive on this thing, I can put all my movies and videos, and music on the drive, and I've probably still got around 70gigs free... :)

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EagleOne716
12-09-2008, 11:30
My wife purchased a EeePC 900 for me for Christmas. Fedex showed up yesterday with it and she decided to give me my toy early.
Love it, although the default Linux sucked so, last night I installed Ubuntu-eee on it. Fantastic operating system.
The netbooks are great and I hope that people who are stuck with windows will try these versions of Linux. I think they might change their minds about operating systems.
Eagle

The Pontificator
12-09-2008, 16:18
Well, then if thats the case, Windows might not make the first boot.. :)

Do you know if its the Atheros AR242x? I've set that device up w/ madwifi on my laptop, and helped others in support channels do it so many times, I think I can do it w/ my eyes closed on Ubuntu.

IGF
no, it's an Atheros AR5006EG

IndyGunFreak
12-09-2008, 16:59
no, it's an Atheros AR5006EG

Correct, but for some reason, every Linux kernel I've ever seen, mis-identifies the AR5006EG as an AR242x... Why this is, I really don't know. I'm sure there's some out there that sees it right, but Ubuntu, Debian, and a couple other distros I've tried, see it as AR242x.


ken@ken-laptop:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
ken@ken-laptop:~$


Eagle.. Glad you like the eee, it truly is awesome. Ubuntu-eee is equally good, although I didn't particularly care for the "control panel" GUI, disabling it was pretty easy, and I got a normal Gnome interface...

IGF