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    What to buy next after eeePC?

    I've got about 50 of the original eeePCs (7in screen 4G mem) in two of my schools.

    These have been used quite sucessfully as basic tools to search on t'internet, access on-line learning tools and write out work using Openoffice Writer and Impress.

    They just sit on the side of the classrooms and are picked up by the pupils and used on their desks and then put back when they are finished.

    None of them have been damaged and once I'd got over the pain of getting them to print and save via a server, they've worked fine

    (Just have to keep clicking on the connect to wireless icon every tuesday with an r in the month )

    Anyway, other schools of mine are starting to consider using such devices and I'm wondering whether to stick with these ones (as you get good value for money) or move up to something better.

    Has anyone used any of the newer ones out like the Aspire One or the bigger Asuses in real classroom enviroments and would they recommend them?

    regards

    Simon

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    The Samsung NC10s are good. A bit expensive though, may be overkill for your needs.

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    The acer atom quite good - similar spec to the 901 but cheaper

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    I've always wondered about the Dell mini9, has anyone got one?

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    El Reg did a top 3 review only last week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    I've always wondered about the Dell mini9, has anyone got one?
    I've got the Vodafone edition and the 8Gb SSD is far too small - I have about 1Gb free after removing hotfix install files and moving MSOcache to the SD card.

    The keyboard is also a bit small - you soon notice the function keys are missing (need to use the Fn key) although the latest bios update gives Fn-Z as F11 (handy for firefox). I'm forever hitting the wrong keys - especially for right shift, full stop and enter, which are all pretty small.

    The screen is quite nice and the build quality is pretty good. The mains brick is also pretty good - it's smaller and more portable than many netbook power supplies.

    If it wasn't for the internal HSDPA I'd have gone for the Advent 4211/MSI Wind.

    It looks (and runs) much better with Ubuntu on, but I had HSDPA modem problems so I reverted to XP.

    Edit: This month's PC Pro has a review of netbooks too although they seemed to keep their options open recommending the Acer, Samsung and Dell Mini.
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    I like the Samsung NC10. But I'd prefer one with XP Pro.

    Why don't they supply these netbooks with XP Pro?

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    I like the Samsung NC10. But I'd prefer one with XP Pro.

    Why don't they supply these netbooks with XP Pro?
    I ended up getting an NC10 as my working laptop for me and to demonstrate a top end machine to my schools.

    I think the eeePC 901 is the best value/performance machine out there AFAICT and is only slight down on an NC10.

    One of the reasons they don't supply XP Pro is that MS won't let anyone sell a machine with XP Pro - only let them sell with Vista and a "downgrade" CD - which doesn't really work out on a machine with a 1.6GHx processor and no CD drive

    Rumour has it that MS are letting manufactures put XP Home on for very very very little in order to fight the evil Linux

    But its just a rumour

    regards
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    PS An education XP Pro license upgrade is only about £30 but I don't know if they can still be bought or not.

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    NC10

    Has anyone tried installing XP Pro on an NC10?

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    I've already asked that one but got no replies.

    OT I'm currently trying to install Ubuntu but can't get the wireless to ackle

    regards

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    XP Pro on 15 here, all work fine, no probs during the install.. Really handy as it has a great 802.1x client that is quick to get a network connection...

    I absolutely love and recommend the NC10.

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    NC10 & XP Pro

    Think I'll go for one of these but I'm just wondering would I better off waiting until they come out with the latest N280 processor?

    linkaziod: is it difficult to do the XP Pro installation? Where can you download all the drivers?

    Thanks.
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    XP installation, just followed this eeepc guide for USB installation:

    USB XP Installation Guide


    All drivers for XP Pro are :

    Samsung NC10 Chipset Driver
    Description

    * Chipset ver.8.2.0.1014
    * Chipset Driver For Windows XP
    * File Size: 2.05 MB
    * File Name: Chipset_8.2.0.1014.zip

    Samsung NC10 VGA Driver

    Description

    * Intel Graphics VGA ver.6.14.10.4926
    * VGA Driver For Windows XP
    * File Size: 17.40 MB
    * File Name: VGA_Intel_6.14.10.4926.zip

    Samsung NC10 Audio Driver
    Description

    * Audio Driver ver.5.10.0.5693
    * Audio Driver For Windows XP
    * File Size: 91.96 MB
    * File Name: Sound_5.10.0.5693.zip

    Samsung NC10 Web Camera Driver
    Description

    * Camera_Namuga ver.343.2001.4001.7
    * Web Camera Driver For Windows XP
    * File Size: 3.5 MB
    * File Name: Camera_343.2001.4001.7.zip

    Samsung NC10 Touchpad Driver
    Description

    * Touchpad ver.11.1.3.2
    * Touchpad Driver For Windows XP
    * File Size: 6.24 MB
    * File Name: Touchpad_11.1.3.2.zip

    Samsung NC10 Bluetooth Driver
    Description

    * Bluetooth ver.5.1.0.6100
    * Bluetooth Driver For Windows XP
    * File Size: 99.19 MB
    * File Name: Bluetooth_5.1.0.6100.zip

    Samsung NC10 LAN Driver
    Description

    * LAN ver.10.64.17.3
    * LAN Driver For Windows XP
    * File Size: 1.14 MB
    * File Name: Lan_10.64.17.3.zip

    Samsung NC10 WLAN Driver
    Description

    * Atheros WLAN ver.7.6.1.210
    * LAN Driver For Windows XP
    * File Size: 14.19 MB
    * File Name: WLAN_Atheros_7.6.1.210.zip

    Michael

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    NC10 and XP Pro

    That's great info.

    Thanks.

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    I have one of the HP mini-note 2133 with XP pro installed and 2GB ram inside. Works reasonably well enough. Every thing works as it should. Open Office 3.0 installed etc.

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