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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2016, 11:40:38 am »
Well the netbooks had died by then, so no most of the PM7 development took place on my laptop.

Don't read too much into that though .. I was only using it to show Atom powered netbooks are plenty powerful enough for most things besides gaming as long as they have a couple of gigs of RAM
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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2016, 11:54:15 am »
Can't say I've tried PM7 on one, but PM6 used to run brilliantly on my Acer aspire One's (before they eventually died) [...]

Explain, please.

What do you mean by 'died' ?

If they died from heat stroke -- that's always been a concern to me.  You know how hot my locale is.

It was 124 F here a week or so ago, and my EeePC uses the keyboard tray as the CPU heatsink.   :'(

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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2016, 12:03:27 pm »
Don't read too much into that though .. I was only using it to show Atom powered netbooks are plenty powerful enough for most things besides gaming as long as they have a couple of gigs of RAM

I almost bought a Atom-powered EeePC, by decided to go with a Celeron-powered model.

The trade-off was:  The Celeron was supposed to be a more robust (remember that term ?) processor, but the Atom offered extended battery life.

I went with the black brute ...  ;D

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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2016, 12:11:11 pm »
Nope nothing to do with heat (UK remember .. maybe RAIN, but no)

They departed from the SSD's dying .. they're weird little card SSD's with a ZIF connector that don't last very long as they don't support TRIM or any kind of wear levelling, and they're WAY overpriced.

And before you say why not add an HDD or SATA SSD .. no SATA connector on the mobo (though the SATA controller IS present so theoretically you could solder one on), simply a ZIF connector for the SSD and ribbon cable.

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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2016, 01:05:02 pm »
Interesting !

My ATG D630 had an optional ZIF micro HDD.  I bought one, but it was hideously slow, albeit indestructible (mil.spec).

I thought about getting a ZIF SSD and retro-fitting it, but it was easier (and much cheaper) just to get a regular SATA SSD.

I'm sure you've already checked it out, but do you think any of these adapters would work for you ?

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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2016, 01:22:26 pm »
The ZIF connector on the AA1 is on an IDE port not SATA

I did try both a 1.4" ZIF HDD, and an adapter for compact flash .. HDD is a bit unreliable (for whatever reason) and the mobo is supposed to be VERY picky about which CF cards it will boot from, they're not really any cheaper than the SSD, and you run the risk of buying one that won't work.
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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2016, 02:14:57 pm »
Well, that sucks !

For shiggles, I've been running my DJ bot 24/7 off a full Peppermint 6 USB stick install since ...  (been so long I need to look} ...  appears to be Sept. 2015.

Actually, I just wanted to see how long the stick would last, being constantly accessed.   ;D

I assume you could run them off a USB drive, yes ?

They make some sticks so small now, you can hardly see them ...

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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2016, 02:42:44 pm »
Yep I could run em off USB sticks but it kinda defeats the point if em being portable, the USB stick would keep getting knocked out.

Honestly I'm happy nuff without em now .. I promised to send Andy the bits and kept forgetting  :-[
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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2016, 11:13:18 pm »
I have P6 installed on my wife's eeepc 1005ha. Actually it's installed on an 8gig sdcard until my new hard drive comes in.  It runs pretty well.  I've been testing P7 on a live usb and it works well, too.  Ebay has some great prices on used netbooks.

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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2016, 07:04:47 am »
I have P6 installed on my wife's eeepc 1005ha. Actually it's installed on an 8gig sdcard [...]

Good idea !  Forget the full USB install.

Nothing visibly sticking out, that way ...   :)

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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2016, 07:20:23 am »
I've been testing P7 on a live usb and it works well, too.

I've been carrying a full Peppermint USB install (USB w/persistance) in my pocket/briefcase for years. 

I used to call it my pocket PC, because I can boot it from any PC with an open USB port - office computers, kiosks, et cetera.  But, one day, someone asked if it's a real Pocket PC ?!?!  LoL ! Evidently, there was actually a product called the Pocket PC, so I stopped calling it that.

Anyway, I don't have a problem running Peppermint on a USB.  Works great !  I do a lot of testing that way.

Sometimes, I don't even do a full install to a physical disk for months after a release.

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Re: Calling all netbook users!
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2016, 07:22:54 am »
The AA1 can't boot from SD :(
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