[Cialug] HP mini 1030NR review
dave at dchamp.net
Sun Apr 12 14:15:32 CDT 2009
I've seen the HP's, they do look nice.
Personally I think I'd like something like the OQO. Rumors are that
Nokia is coming out with a refreshed version of their MID, the N810
line... which is nice and small.
If they ever get to retail, I'd still like to get one of the Pandora
handhelds - it's primarily a portable gaming emulator (which isn't a bad
thing) but runs Linux, has WiFi and Bluetooth... if it pans out it would
be a great portable device for us nerds - smaller than a netbook
(roughly the size of a Nintendo DS), so you could put it in a pocket.
Matt Stanton wrote:
> Until recently I didn't have a clue what a netbook was. I've been
> pretty behind the times in keeping up with computer hardware information
> other than the nicer nVidia GPUs. So, when I saw the other members of
> the LUG at the meetings with those tiny little 'laptops', I just figured
> they paid a lot of money for them. I have always preferred to put my
> money in my desktop machine, because I can always throw a couple of
> computer parts at a desktop machine when it starts giving up on
> performance... I can't afford to buy the fastest computer on the market
> every year or two. Anyway, I ended up finding out that these netbooks
> are actually relatively cheap (by cheap, I mean I could buy one for just
> a little bit over what I would spend on a new graphics card).
> Well, I ended up getting the HP mini 1030NR from bestbuy. It came with
> a 16GB SSD, 10.2" widescreen display at 1024x600, wireless b/g wlan
> card, the standard 1.6GHz atom processor, 3cell battery, and an addon
> 2GB flash drive that fits neatly into a little slot on the side. Plus,
> the HP minis are pleasing to look at. It had XP home installed by
> default, which I wasn't going to let stand. I charged the battery while
> I downloaded the Ubuntu Netbook Remix and loaded it onto a flash drive
> with flashnul to make it bootable.
> The UNR live 'cd' (or live flashdrive?) booted up nicely, and I liked
> the way it utilized the small screen of the HP mini, so I wiped XP off
> the SSD and installed it. Everything works quite nicely. UNR detected
> and set up the wireless lan easily (using a broadcom restricted driver),
> and everything but sound is working perfectly.
> Now, the sound card works just fine. I can plug my headphones into the
> jack and hear everything. The only real problem with the soundcard is
> that I can't get the built-in speakers to play anything. I suspect that
> they would sound like crap, and the headphones I have are some nice Bose
> deals, so there's no reason to complain unless there was a youtube video
> or something that I wanted to show someone on the netbook.
> I'd imagine that a much more versed linux geek would be able to get this
> working with a little hacking around. It seems from what I've found by
> googling that the netbook speakers problem is fixed in 2.6.29, but
> jaunty is rolling with 2.6.28. Every time I've ever compiled a linux
> kernel for a modern version of linux, I've managed to break a large
> number of things, so I guess I'm waiting another 6 months.
> Anyway, I give it 4.5 out of 5 thumbs up or stars or something.
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