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Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Eee netbook as primary computer, need advice for a replacement


Hello. I bought a new Eee netbook in October of 2009 and have absolutely loved it. I use it as my primary (and currently only) computer. For work I need to run MATLAB, SPSS, and an assortment of other programs. I also use it for Office applications and general use (e.g., email). I have always found it to be fast enough for my needs and to do a good job handling larger applications (e.g., MATLAB), even when doing multiple, simultaneous computing tasks.

Predictably, after 3.5 years it's slowing down and on the fritz, so I need a replacement. I was hoping to buy the newest Eee but found out that they are no longer being manufactured (!). Any suggestions for a comparable product? I know that lots of laptops are pretty cheap now, but I travel a lot so I need something that is smaller and lighter than a standard laptop and cannot justify the price of the smaller MacBook Air.
 
Old 02-23-2013, 12:55 AM   #2
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So sorry to hear that
I would like to share my experience with you
I bought a tablet online recently, the device is wonderful!Stylish, small, portable and compact, cute for travel.
Just recommend to you, May you will be interested in this item
BTW,the website is called PIGPONY.COM
Hope that helps!
 
Old 02-23-2013, 10:05 AM   #3
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I am using an acer aspire one d255 as my primary computer, (upgraded with 2 GB of ram) and I love it! 5 hours of battery life with the standard 6-cell battery, and an intel N550 cpu (dual core, and hyperthreading gives a total of 4 cores). It is just a little over 2 lbs. Comes standard with Windows 7 starter, and works great under linux too. One thing to make note of is that I have not as of yet been able to make the internal microphone work completely right...It seems to be really crackly under linux but not under windows... But perhaps all that is wrong with your netbook is a software problem. After a couple years it is normal for an operating system to sometimes need refreshed and reloaded.

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Old 02-23-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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Which operating system are you using on your EEEPC? I have an EEEPC 1000 I bought a similar time ago and it isn't any different in performance to when I first bought it. Hardware does not get slower as it is physical and digital.
 
Old 02-23-2013, 03:16 PM   #5
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Tablet

I do not believe a tablet can function as one's only computer, can it? My understanding is that they do not run multiple programs simultaneously, which is necessary for my work. In addition, I don't believe I could get most of the software I need onto a tablet and then there's the keyboard issue.

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So sorry to hear that
I would like to share my experience with you
I bought a tablet online recently, the device is wonderful!Stylish, small, portable and compact, cute for travel.
Just recommend to you, May you will be interested in this item
BTW,the website is called PIGPONY.COM
Hope that helps!
 
Old 02-23-2013, 03:21 PM   #6
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Windows XP

I am running Windows XP on it. I run regular scans for spyware and viruses, but it gets bogged down all the time now. I have to regularly restart the whole computer because it gets stuck on various processes (Chrome browser seems to be a particular problem). Also, about a month ago I got the dreaded blue screen, although luckily I restarted and it seemed normal afterward. Should I just think about downloading a more recent OS?

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Which operating system are you using on your EEEPC? I have an EEEPC 1000 I bought a similar time ago and it isn't any different in performance to when I first bought it. Hardware does not get slower as it is physical and digital.
 
Old 02-24-2013, 12:48 PM   #7
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I would give Xubuntu or Linux mint with XFCE a go. I'm using Debian with XFCE but Debian does take a couple of extra steps to get going with wireless drivers and some CODECs.
This certainly isn't a fast machine but for web browsing and email it's fine and will even play movies pretty well through a monitor if required.
 
Old 02-25-2013, 06:54 AM   #8
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If you want to buy a new netbook please keep in mind that many newer netbooks use the Intel Atom N/D2XXX CPUs, which feature the GMA36XX (aka PowerVR SGX545) video unit, which does not have proper Linux support.
 
Old 02-25-2013, 10:11 AM   #9
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If you don't mind me asking, how much are you willing to spend for a new laptop? If you're looking for something in the same dimensional ballpark as Macbook Air, then you can buy a brand new Dell XPS 13 (Sandy Bridge i5 model) for just under $500 direct from Dell's website.
 
Old 03-02-2013, 06:14 PM   #10
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I use a toshiba nb100 netbook 9" (several years old) as a main computer, with slack-current (also win xp to use myob accounting, and xubuntu, ubuntu for fun). Slackware runs just as fast as it did when i installed it. Xubuntu also works very well. Xp works well, however i do not use it online. It is the only system that gets slower!
I use a samsung galaxy 7.7" smartphone and backup to the netbook.
 
Old 03-04-2013, 11:04 AM   #11
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more details about my needs

thanks for all your input!

i'm willing to spend up to $500 as long as it will run the software i need for work and is still small (<13" screen) and light (<4 lbs). i hate to use Windows, but i need to be able to run SPSS for work, which requires either a Windows or Mac OS. all the other applications i use (e.g., MATLAB) are more flexible, so Ubuntu (or others) would be fine. i do not play any games on it or use it to watch movies, so the media specs are of less concern.

at this point i'm thinking i should either clear my existing Eee and download a newer Windows OS, or get a new computer that has a dual core so that i can run SPSS. it looks like Asus has a lot of smaller computers that might meet my needs, but i'm having trouble figuring out which models are currently being manufactured and do not want a refurbished computer. (i did look at the Dell XPS 13, but i think 13" is actually bigger than i want.)
 
Old 03-05-2013, 11:05 AM   #12
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Look at the 11.6" models then. The AMD e-450/E2-1800 APUs are cheap (and maybe the newer Intel Celerons). I dont recommend anything below that.
For example Asus has some nice models (x202) that are not that expensive and look quite ok (i think they go up to i3 cpus). Also there are the 1225B/x201 series with AMD e-450 APUs/intel celeron cpus that are quite ok (these are even lower priced).
 
Old 03-06-2013, 10:49 PM   #13
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Just to add my two cents, since I am also actively seeking a netbook-or-equivalent to replace my thinkpad T61, which I have lovingly carted all over the place for years. It was a great linux laptop, but it was also more power and weight than I needed to transport.

First off, netbooks, from what I have read, are being discontinued. Having said that, there are still tons of netbooks out there from everyone who used to carry them, so if you are not concerned with this they could potentially become very cheap. Personally, I think they're gouging for what you get out of most (an old atom processor and 1 gig of ram for $2-300 USD).

Secondly, there are plenty of "ultra-portable" (around 11 inch) laptops with low voltage processors and I would assume that they (along with the new tablet "hybrids," ultrabooks, and chromebooks) are the intended replacements. Personally, I like the idea of a cheaper samsung chromebook booting chrubuntu, more or less becoming a cheap ultrabook. That said, ultrabooks and ultra-light laptops at the bargain level are becoming cheaper and they don't require you do live off a SD card for local storage.

It's a tough call. I am still trying to make the decision myself.

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