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#1 2013-04-21 06:11:50

srccon
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Best Netbook for #!

I have heard lots of people express love for their netbooks running Crunchbang, but which one is the best?

This is selfish because I am looking to pickup a new netbook to replace my aging Sony Vaio VGN-T150, which the only complaint I have about it is that the HD is super slow. Who knew 1gb of ram would be the least concern.

Anyway, what netbook do you have and would to recommend it. Was it working at first install or was tweaking necessary. Personally, I am going to opt for an SSD, but that will probably be added after.

Thanks!

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#2 2013-04-21 07:34:00

mariannemarlow
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Well mine is an Asus eePC and I have to say that Waldorf runs great on it, superfast. Have had no problems at all, everything worked out of the box.


Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before ~ Mae West

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#3 2013-04-21 08:22:34

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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Dell Mini 9 (Diamondville, not Poulsbo).  Even the Broadcom wifi in my old Mini worked OOTB with CrunchBang.  Not only did this little gem have the SSD, it was also fanless, so the only mechanical noise you'd hear from it was the keyboard.

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#4 2013-04-21 08:25:09

mariannemarlow
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Mine is also fanless  tongue


Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before ~ Mae West

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#5 2013-04-21 08:38:54

pvsage
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Just a little tip - though I'm sure this applies to practically all laptops with modern Li-Ion batteries - be careful not to run the  battery down below 20% too often.  In fact, you might want to set this as the shutdown point in your power manager!  I ended up having to replace the battery in my Mini after only about a year and a half because it was only holding about 30 minutes' charge.

If you get a used netbook - and I'm pretty sure Dell isn't making the Inspiron Mini series anymore - you might want to get an extended-capacity battery for it anyway.  The one I got for my mini held twice the original charge and doubled as a prop for the back edge of the laptop, placing the keyboard at a much more comfortable angle and improving ventilation under the mobo.

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#6 2013-04-21 12:07:32

dura
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Thinkpad.

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#7 2013-04-21 12:11:35

DebianJoe
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

dura wrote:

Thinkpad.

+1 Dura.  The older T43, T60s are amazing with it.

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#8 2013-04-21 17:28:51

srccon
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

I'm leaning toward the 10" models, like the Dell Mini 9 and a eePC, but getting a newer lenovo thinkpad for my workhorse machine will definitely be a goal when I kick the dirty OSX habit (maybe the X230 would be a compromise). I've been eyeing the Ubuntu Hardware List cause then I at least know that the drivers for the hardware exist. 

Any opinions on newer netbooks and what netbooks/hardware to stay away from?

Craigslist has so many to choose from  big_smile

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#9 2013-04-21 19:10:43

fatmac
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

What to stay away from? Best not have Broadcom wifi & ATI graphics


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#10 2013-04-21 19:12:51

srccon
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Fatmac, that really helps. Thanks!

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#11 2013-04-21 21:37:32

yiannism01
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Waldorf is running fine on my old ThinkPad R50e! (fall 2003 model)

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#12 2013-04-21 21:52:49

srccon
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

yiannism01, please tell me you have more then the 128mb of ram that it can come with.

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#13 2013-04-21 22:08:19

DogMatix
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Acer ZG8 Aspire One - Intel Atom N240 - 1GB RAM - 160GB HDD (circa. 2008)

Runs Waldorf flawlessly out the box. No Broadcom or ATI here.

Probably get one for £70-100 (GBP) second hand. Dunno if this is the hardware advance your looking for but you won't find mine on ebay anytime soon.


Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. - William Burroughs

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#14 2013-04-21 22:13:01

srccon
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

DogMatrix, I have been eyeing the Aspire One. It seems like they change hardware between models  but I'll keep my eyes open for that one. Thanks!

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#15 2013-04-21 22:24:19

pvsage
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

fatmac wrote:

What to stay away from? Best not have Broadcom wifi & ATI graphics

Depends on the Broadcom chip and ATi graphics, as well as what you plan to do with the netbook.  I've found Radeon graphics more than adequate for general computing on my AMD/ATi box, and as I said before, the 4312 lpphy in my Mini worked great OOTB in Waldorf.  (I believe I needed to add a PIO tweak to get it to cooperate with my home wifi router, but that's the (Belkin) router's fault.)

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#16 2013-04-22 14:28:20

Lithdk
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

If I could redo my laptop purchase I would go with a ThinkPad. But I also only use my laptop for work.

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#17 2013-04-22 16:21:15

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Re: Best Netbook for #!

srccon wrote:

yiannism01, please tell me you have more then the 128mb of ram that it can come with.

It came with 512, but now has 1.5Gb  big_smile

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#18 2013-04-22 17:02:45

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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Hello, I'm another EeePC user.  1001PXD with an Atom N455 and two gigs of RAM.  This is the only netbook I've ever had so I can't really comment on what netbook is best for #!, but after my many forays with different distros I can say #! is best for this netbook.  I have nothing negative to report.

Last edited by vaarwel_broek (2013-04-22 17:03:04)

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#19 2013-04-22 17:07:57

rkwurth
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Not exactly a netbook, or crunchbang, but I'm running plain old debian on an x230. Would recommend to others.

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#20 2013-04-23 18:23:59

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Re: Best Netbook for #!

I had great experiences with #! on both the Asus 1005HA and 1001PX.  Asus is about to drop a new netbook with a Celeron 847 that will be a significant performance jump over the Atom chips. According to this blog post, it'll be ~300$ so you might be able to afford an SSD without busting the netbook budget.
http://liliputing.com/2013/04/asus-intr … tbook.html


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#21 2013-04-24 12:53:17

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Re: Best Netbook for #!

Has anyone had experience with an HP Mini? The early models seemed to have very comfortable and sturdy, metallic keyboards. Always fancied one.


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#22 2013-04-24 22:32:06

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Re: Best Netbook for #!

DebianJoe wrote:
dura wrote:

Thinkpad.

+1 Dura.  The older T43, T60s are amazing with it.

Well, but those doesn`t qualify as netbooks in my mind. They are laptops. I just bought two defect Aspire One for the whopping price of 30 $  in total, and they are coming in the mail soon. It`s always exiting to buy defect hardware. Hoping to make one decent netbook out of the two:)


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#23 2013-04-25 05:07:40

DebianJoe
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

...b...b....b.....but Ew, the t43 has a tiny 14" screen!  With a 9cell battery, I think it should be considered a "netlapbook."

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#24 2013-04-25 11:49:02

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Re: Best Netbook for #!

DebianJoe wrote:

...b...b....b.....but Ew, the t43 has a tiny 14" screen!  With a 9cell battery, I think it should be considered a "netlapbook."

Perhaps it can qualify as a big ultrabook big_smile Anyway, they are very good. But I don`t see the point in having a 15" laptop, and a 14" netbook. They are to close. But if I had a 17" laptop, then a 14" netbook would sound like a good idea. As it is for me now, I  consider a 12" as the perfect mobile netbook. Small enough to drag along everywhere, but still big enough to be readable:)


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#25 2013-05-26 02:24:02

gychang
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Re: Best Netbook for #!

srccon wrote:

I have heard lots of people express love for their netbooks running Crunchbang, but which one is the best?

Thanks!

works great on my Samsung N150+ netbook, fast and quick.  I use keyboard combo a lot.

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