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New ASUS Eee Netbooker - Any Upgrades?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by duncan, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Got the 2005PEB from Best Buy.

    What is up with all of the netbooks running 1G of RAM?

    Definitely upgrading to 2G of RAM. Any tips on where to get? BB had them for $80. Yeah right. Online was selling for $40 but local store wants to take all of your $$$$$.

    INstalled AVG, Spybot, OpenOffice 3.2, and Opera brower. Get rid of IE and add Chrome instead. Just hate having apps I do not like.

    Mainly for surfing, email, word prcoessing, and some light spreadsheeting.

    Am I missing any cool items?
     
  2. kc8ykd

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    After downloading FFX on a new machine running windows, Revo Uninstaller is my second download.

    Makes it super easy to uninstall all that bulky stuff mfgr's include these days.

    Here's the free version that works great:

    http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html


    What kind of ram does it take? I'd buy from newegg.com or amazon.com and install it myself, it's not that difficult, just a screwdriver and 5 minutes typically.
    If some guy @ bestbuy can do it, I'm 200% sure you can :) I'd go to 2gb as well.

    Also, if you're looking for lightweight apps, you might want to check out:
    http://portableapps.com/

    they've got free version equivalents of just about everything and since they're designed to run from a thumb drive, they don't require any bulky installations.

    Almost forgot, I always install this:
    http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp
    it's a free pdf writer that shows up as a printer, so it will work from any application. I use it when doing my taxes online and anything that has a digital receipt. I just 'print' it to a .pdf file and store it in my normal places (thumb drive + external drive + local copy if it's important)

    I also use Foxit PDF reader (as opposed to Adobe), however, I hear good things about Sumatra, but haven't tried it myself so I'm not sure which is better (both are better than Adobe imo).
     

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2010

  3. BigDog[RE]

    BigDog[RE] NRA Member

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    There are a lot of useful apps here: http://www.ninite.com and that website makes it easy to download them all with just a click or two...


    P.S. You can get all the apps mentioned in the post above at that website.
     
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  4. Linux3

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    I have the 1005HAB and I also upgraded (replaced) to 2 gigs. Now what do I do with the 1 gig chip?
    Mine HAD XP on it and it ran like a pig and the XP interface is a major pain with a netbook.
    Come on, even if you like Windows, XP was never meant for netbooks.
     
  5. kc8ykd

    kc8ykd

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    hey, that's a pretty cool site

    I think between that an portableapps.com, it should be pretty easy to find free versions of just about every popular commercial package most people use.

    one thing i found not listed on either site is Reaper, which is a pretty good free audio editing/production package that takes vst plugins. (quite a bit more capable than audacity, but audacity is handy in itself on occasion as well)
     
  6. kc8ykd

    kc8ykd

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    I'd hang onto that module for troubleshooting purposes. If, down the road you experience problems that could be memory related, it would be pretty easy to swap out the modules to eliminate them as the problem.

    (i totally agree about the xp thing too, i think 7 is much more suited if going the windows route on a netbook)
     
  7. duncan

    duncan Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Truthfully, I would prefer an even lighter OS on netbooks like Xubuntu.
     
  8. Linux3

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    Xubuntu is still Ubuntu but with a light weight Window Manager.
    By default Ubuntu uses Gnome window manager where as Xubuntu by default uses Xfce.
    UNE, Ubuntu Netbook Edition has a very light weight foot print.
     
  9. Atomic Punk

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    i got a 1005peb last month with win7. it could really use the 2 gig chip but about the only problem i have had is if i try to play streaming vid or a newer game with some 3d graphics. the battery life is great on this thing, and why i got it.