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General Chat Thread, Asus EE Books in General; We have recently recieved a number of Asus Eee Books from the LEA. I am wondering if anyone out there ...
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    Asus EE Books

    We have recently recieved a number of Asus Eee Books from the LEA. I am wondering if anyone out there has these in their schools and what they think of them? Are they integrated into your Windows networks? Are you allowing kids to take them off site and if so have you got policies in place for this?

    comments on this would be really appreciated.

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    We have 4 of the EEEPC 900 models that we have just purchased.

    They are running WinXP Pro and we have purchased them specifically to use with Sims .Net and registration through SIMS. As they run WinXP they happy sit in the domain as a normal pc would.

    Only staff will be able to access them and hopefully they wont get stolen - although with how small they are they are an easier target.

    No further details as we haven't used them for very long.

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    We dont have any yet, but we will be using them for electronic registration.. so win xp and sims.net is what we will be using them for so staff only maybe in the future we will get some of the kids.

    we also have webparts so we might be ditchin sims and jst doing it through the web browser so no need to have sims

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    We have 2, one is mine personally and they both sit in the office doing nothing.

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    Cheers for the feedback on this. It is just that we have been given 38 and I am currently deciding how best to utilise them. I was reluctant to try and integrate their linux os onto our 2003 domain. I think I will probably go the XP pro route with them.

    Good idea to use them for SIMS reg though!!

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    how does SIMS actually run? Is it noticeably slower than usual?

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    We stripped XP down on one of them and it ran fine on the default 512MB of memory available.

    Mind you, once we put antivirus on them etc (if you run the windows version, you really must do this) they became bogged down and notably less useful.

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    we had 30 of them used for accessing the vle by kids in class over wireless.

    running the Linux Xandros install, all good

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    We now have approx 150-200 devices out in Primary / secondary Schools accross the city. Just a quick rundown of our findings

    1> Stick with the Linux Installs
    2> Provide a "dirty" wireless solution to allow them to connect without going anywhere near your network.. all work done on the device to be uploaded to your VLE/ Learning space
    3> Linux install is clean, easy to use and provides students with the tools they need to use in lessons as an alternative to the traditional notebook.
    4> If you do mess the the distro eeebackup is a great tool for "imaging" onto an SD Card (PM Me foir more details on howto use) - but is not without its problems and could on occaision be more hassel than pressing F9 at startup and restoring to its original settings (ok u do have to re-enter wireless details but hey we have Y2 children doing it so its not that hard)
    5> Provide each device with a 4GB SD card and you got plenty of storage


    Example Uses:
    Simple notebook / spreadsheet / presentation with Open Office
    USe built in video to record drama / Science / etc
    Use built in Audio Recorder for MFL / AFL / digital notetaking
    Games keep em happy over break / lunchtime
    WEb is great for "just getting information quickly"
    They will last all day if you just open, do what you need to to then close the lid.

    Don't get too geeky with messing about with the Linux/ connecting to network etc they are meant for open, use, go meantality

    I could go on and on but that will do for starters.. I will do a full publish of the article I am writing to the forum when done at around christmas time

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    dabs.com - Asustek EEE PC 900 1GB 16G SSD Linux White (EEEPC900-WF001)

    £200 and able to have xp pro installed? Anyone installed XP pro or know of idiots guide?

    I was thinking of actually buying one for myself, though might splash out on a real laptop instead.

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    We use them for PE Attendance here also.

    And will probably buy some more for Assembly registration using the SIMS webparts to access the registers.

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    We have 32 of the 2 gig versions, we have kept Linux on them just heavily modded the front end and created a log on script to map there home dirs and the public drive. Seem to be working well and are liked by the teachers and students.

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    We have 7 in our PE dept for registration. They love them and find them easy to get on with. I installed XP and SIMS on them and they seem to work well. We went for the Atom processor ones with 1Gb of RAM. Only thing I didn't like was they are advertised as 12Gb drive - in actual fact they have 1 4Gb card and 1 8G drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_Guy
    £200 and able to have xp pro installed? Anyone installed XP pro or know of idiots guide?
    I put XP Pro on mine (701 Surf series with 512MB RAM and 4GB SD card) using an external CD/DVD drive to do it - it was fairly idiot-proof I guess!

    Runs perfectly fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete10141748 View Post
    I put XP Pro on mine (701 Surf series with 512MB RAM and 4GB SD card) using an external CD/DVD drive to do it - it was fairly idiot-proof I guess!

    Runs perfectly fine.
    I have heard of various people having problems with the aspire 1, no fixes for the eepc because it works?

    I'm kind of thinking that a super small xp laptop would be quite fun. The linux one was ok but the 800 x 600 didn't make me love it.

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