[Wolves] HP Mininote 2133 for £200

Adam Sweet adam at adamsweet.org
Sun Mar 8 18:35:54 UTC 2009

On Sun, 2009-03-08 at 16:41 +0000, Claire wrote:
> This might be a silly question, but why don't you go for a cheap 2nd 
> hand laptop instead? You would get better performance and bigger screen 
> perhaps for less money.

I already have a monstrously big laptop, so as Kevan said, I want a
netbook for a 'throw in the bag and take anywhere without thinking about
it' web browser and SSH client (I'm a Linux sysadmin). I bought the Dell
Mini 9 but the keyboard is too small for me to type on and the screen is
just a little bit too pokey to be comfortable.

Aside from this, I unexpectedly had some spare cash for a month (though
I'll need to find it again by next month) and wanted to play with a new
toy. It was an impulse buy (I already have 4 other laptops), but I'm
very happy with it so far. I might try to recoup some of the money by
selling the Mini 9 (it won't be a at a radically cut price if anyone was
thinking of asking :).

Incidentally for anyone thinking of buying the Mininote, the CPU
frequency scaling fix worked, but it seems there is no 3D, multi-head or
MPEG2 or MPEG4 acceleration support with the default openchrome graphics
driver (open source, non-manufacturer supported). However both the
proprietary (alpha quality) and open source (in beta) drivers from the
manufacturer are said to be poor quality, unstable and the MPEG2/4
acceleration requires the playback application to run as root which is
pretty nasty security wise and damn inconvenient in practical usage.


There are no drivers from the manufacturer for 9.04 yet without frigging
the 8.10 driver to ignore the kernel version, so I think I'll stick with
2D and unaccelerated MPEG2/4 playback for now.


Adam Sweet



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