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    How can we get the best out of our rubbish netbooks?

    We have four trolleys of samsung netbooks which take an age at the beginning of lessons to log on to the network. We recently lost an ICT suite due to building works that won't be opened again until the end of 2014. As a result of these two things I have a bunch of irate teachers who can't teach with what we have. I don't blame them, the log on times are ridiculous for the netbooks. We have 2 trolleys of much better laptops that log on quickly and just work.
    Anyway, I'm trying to work out the best route to get some use out of these netbooks, particularly for some staff who want to use them for controlled assessments.

    Can anyone suggest how we could achieve this?

    Maybe flatten a group of laptops and have them off the domain, purely as word processors saving all work to memory sticks?
    Booting up straight to a remote desktop log on screen or some other remote solution?

    Thanks

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    I've had similar issues with Samsung and Fizzbook netbooks taking minutes rather than seconds to log on and off. Doubling the RAM to 2GB made a massive difference, as did re-installing Win 7 pro with the bare minimum software, i.e. Office 2010 Starter and anti-virus software. Now they are usable, but not amazing by any standards.

    I would get a 2GB stick of RAM and try it in one of the netbooks and see what difference it makes. Just make sure you check the netbook can take a 2GB stick. If you can afford an SSD you could also try that but the RAM will most likely give you the best boost for the money.
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    I'm not sure on the setup - but potentially wack in some SSDs?

    Do you use full Roaming Profiles?

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    We can help you with RAM upgrades. The other option would be to install some SSDs. You can get some nice and cheap nowadays. Again we can help you there

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    SSds may be a good shout.
    Ram is already maxxed out.
    No roaming profiles, mandatory here.

    I'm about to flatten a netbook and give it bare minimum software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    SSds may be a good shout.
    Ram is already maxxed out.
    No roaming profiles, mandatory here.

    I'm about to flatten a netbook and give it bare minimum software.
    I'll Drop you a PM

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    I'm about to flatten a netbook
    It'd probably be more useful as a coaster.

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    drop them off the domain and use a script to map users drives after asking for input

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    netbooks on a domian is asking for trouble they just dont have the grunt required.
    imo a "home" based device which got pushed into being used beyond "a cheap internet device"

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    Stick Ubuntu on them and use them to teach Linux and maybe some programming like python?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    drop them off the domain and use a script to map users drives after asking for input
    Interesting idea. You don't have any scripts to hand do you?

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    Install Centos.
    Use them as "Kiosk" devices
    Manage them using Spacewalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    Interesting idea. You don't have any scripts to hand do you?
    you prefer vbs or bat? the bat hides the password the vbs its visible as they type (did this for rt's as vbs on them is crippled to uselessness)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    you prefer vbs or bat? the bat hides the password the vbs its visible as they type (did this for rt's as vbs on them is crippled to uselessness)
    In that case bat files!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    In that case bat files!
    nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana... BAT FILES!




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