Fixing performance issues with Windows Vista and Windows 7

My Windows Vista system become unresponsive, while using Safari browser or Windows explorer. The system was doing almost nothing, but CPU load was very high and system becomes nonresponsive and very slow.

If you are experiencing performance issues with Windows Vista or Windows 7, if your system becomes nonresponsive, while doing almost nothing and CPU utilization looks unreasonably high, here is one possible solution. Read more


Performance and speed tests of SSD, USB Flashdrives, SDHC cards and USB HDD in ASUS EeePC 901- Disk drive benchmarks on netbook

People are asking a lot of questions regarding SSD, USB Flashdrive and SDHC cards performance in ASUS EeePC. With all flexibility of OS installation (both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux), offered by EeePC, these questions become really critical in getting good performance and desired flexibility of EeePC operation.

I don’t want to make any conclusion about drive performance. I just want to collect data, available to me on ASUS EeePC 901 and ask people to share information that they can measure on their systems.

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Imation Apollo Portable Hard Drive-enhance storage options of your netbook with inexpensive external hard drive

Imation Apollo 160GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive for $47.99

The Imation Apollo 2.5″ Portable Hard Drive offers high-capacity mobile storage for data, photos, presentations, videos and music in a pocket-sized device that is lightweight, stylish and extremely durable. The Apollo drive is fully USB 2.0 powered and does not require an additional power supply. A blue indicator visually shows when data transfer is in process. The Imation Apollo 2.5″ Portable Hard Drive may be a good addition for your netbook, if you are looking for inexpensive storage options to enhance functionality of your favorite netbook


Searching for the best netbook deal-Acer Aspire One Netbook AOA150-1864

Majority of 8.9 inch netboks seems to be like brothers, raised by the same family. Acer Aspire One Netbook is not exeption. Common set of features and options. But the price of this refurbished unit rocks.

Acer Netbook, 8.9″ WSVGA with CrystalBrite Technology Intel Atom 1.60GHz N270, 120GB HD, 1GBDDR2 SDRAM, 802.11b/g wireless LAN, Built-in Card Reader, Acer Crystal Eye Webcam, Windows XP Home, Sapphire Blue, Factory Refurbished – AOA150-1864 – L-LU.S050B.182R

Acer Netbook, 8.9″ WSVGA with CrystalBrite Technology Intel Atom 1.60GHz N270, 120GB HD, 1GBDDR2 SDRAM, 802.11b/g wireless LAN, Built-in Card Reader, Acer Crystal Eye Webcam, Windows XP Home, Seashell White, Factory Refurbished – AOA150-1786 – L-LU.S040B.204R

You can get any of them for $289.99 with free shipping.

Buy-Com named it “The ultimate machine for the economic crisis”


Razer Pro Click Bluetooth Mouse-enhance functionality of your netbook

While touchpad of my ASUS EeePC 901 is working well for majority of applications, there are some that are not easy to operate without regular mouse. These applications include Adobe Photoshop, GIMP and other drawing, image manipulating and CAD software. Razer Pro Click Bluetooth Mouse is a pure solution to the problem. While you can easily attach any USB mouse to the netboook, Bluetooth Mouse could be an exellent solution for your “mouse mobility” needs. Espesially, taking into account Bluetooth interface presence in your favorite netbook.

Razer Pro Click Bluetooth Mouse is priced for less than $30 at your convenience

With its pocket-sized, ergonomic ambidextrous design, the Razer Pro Click Mobile Notebook Mouse is the ideal notebook mouse for professionals on the go and where space is a constraint. Experience high-precision performance and true freedom with Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity.
Uninterrupted Connectivity – With Bluetooth 2.0 adaptive frequency hopping, you can be assured of a reliable performance no matter where you are.
Ergonomic Form Factor – Enjoy true comfort on the go, with the ergonomic ambidextrous design and sleek non-slip finishing of the Razer Pro Click Mobile.
No Drivers Required – With no need for any driver installation, getting started with the Razer Pro Click Mobile is simply a breeze. I installation is easy with no drivers required.
Razer Pro Click Bluetooth Mouse is powered by two AA battery’s and it has the on/off switch to help extend battery life. This is very nice feature for mobile product.
This Bluetooth Mouse keeps all USB ports available for other devices.
And the price, that is almost too times less than most of other Bluetooth Mouse’s on the market.


MSI Wind U100-279US 10 inch Netbook with 6 Cell Battery, powered by Windows XP

MSI Wind U100-279US 10″ Netbook Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB, 160GB HDD, 6 Cell Battery, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Webcam, Windows XP Home Edition (White) for $384.95 after rebate

If you feel that 7 inch ASUS EeePC is two small and 13.3 inch Macbook is two big, this baby is right for you. Powered by full set of features, common for the latest netbooks, including 160GB hard drive and 6 cell battery, this attractive netbook is sold for very reasonable price. Big hard drive offers additional flexibility in OS installation. Light weight, long battery life and almost full size keyboard makes MSI Wind U100 good travel companion.


It’s all about netbooks-Acer Aspire AOA110-1295 Netbook

Acer Aspire AOA110-1295 Netbook Intel Atom N270 1.60GHz, 8.9″ Wide SVGA, 512MB, 8GB SSD (White) – LU.S020A.012 for $299.00

The Acer Aspire Mini-Notebook- Intel Atom Processor N270 (512KB L2 Cache, 1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB). 512MB DDR2 533 SDRAM. 8GB NAND flash memory, multi-in-one card reader, SD Card reader TFT Display: 8.9″ WSVGA (1024 x 600), Acer CrystalBrite Technology. Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 802.11b/g WLAN, 10/100 LAN, integrated webcam. Chassis Color: Seashell white. OS: Linpus Linux Lite

Nice but not very powerful netbook. Only 512MB of memory and 8GB Solid State Drive. But wait, we’ve heard some rumors about next week deals and expecting more powerful MSI Wind U100 for a very interesting price. Stay in touch


One more 9 inch netbook fom ASUS, cheaper than others-ASUS Eee PC 904HA

ASUS Eee PC 904HA 8.9″ Netbook Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB, 160GB HD, Intel UMA Graphics, 802.11G, Webcam, Windows XP Home (Fine Ebony) – EEEPC904HA-BLK010X for $339.95

This Asus Eee PC 904HA comes with 6-Cell Battery Pack and 160GIG harddrive. It is based on Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU and should be as fast as my Eee PC 904HA. 160 Gig HDD is a very nice option. Battery life could be as good 5 or may be even 6 hours. One difference between Eee PC 904HA and Eee PC 901-904HA is slightly bigger.


Samsung Q1 Ultra – ELXP Tablet PC – NP-Q1U/600

Samsung Q1U-EXLP Q1 Ultra Mobile PC Intel A100 600MHZ, 1GB, 40GB HDD, 7″ WSVGA, 802.11b/g, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition for $649.95

The Q1 Ultra has the same size 7-inch display as its predecessor. Screen resolution is 1024 x 600 and is brighter compared to the older model with its’ 800 x 480 display. This bright higher-resolution screen makes reading, surfing Web pages, and watching videos much more enjoyable.
Samsung Q1 Ultra is the first of a new range of UMPCs that are based on Intels McCaslin architecture. McCaslin provides a 600/800Mhz processor coupled with a 945 chipset (Aero Glass support.)
If you’ve ever used a Pocket PC or Palm PDA, some of the features — and limitations — of the Q1 Ultra will seem very familiar. Its 7-inch, 1020-by-600 touch screen is about four times the size of the typical PDA screen, but it’s still small. And the price is very good for this model.


Windows XP installation on ASUS eeePC 901 netbook

ASUS Eee PC 901 8.9 Netbook, Intel Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 20GB Solid State Drive, Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, Webcam, Linux OS Preloaded, Fine Ebony
You just got your new eeePC with Linux OS on it. This is specific version of Linux (XANDROS) that has its own unique user interface, modified by ASUS. Interface is very simple, easy and intuitive to use and offers the whole productivity software suit preinstalled. However, it is not compatible with other common flavors of Linux and you would not be able to enjoy completely the whole new world of Open Source Software. In this case, you may decide to move into more common direction and install Windows XP on your eeePC.
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Hunt for the best netbook notebook-ASUS Eee PC 901

ASUS Eee PC 901 8.9″ Netbook, Intel Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 20GB Solid State Drive, Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, Webcam, Linux OS Preloaded, Fine Ebony – EEEPC901-BK001 for $409.95

It seems that ASUS is offering $40 instant rebate. Together with Linux version of OS this explains low price. You can argue about what netbook notebook is the best. All of them have very similar list of features. After some research, I figured out that ASUS Eee PC 901 has the best combination of options I was looking for. It has the smallest size among 8.9 inch versions, the fastest Atom Intel’s CPU. It is the lightest among 6 battery netbooks, giving up to 8 hours of battery life. I don’t believe in 8 hours, it is more likely to get something between 5 and 6, but it should be better than 3 or 4 cell battery lifetime. For majority of other 8.9 inch UMPC’s 6 cell battery is an optional and cost additional money. It also has Linux and Windows drivers and this gives you additional flexibility in OS choices if you’ll decide to change OS later. And very active user community, helping to support ASUS Eee netbook PC’s, supplying interesting ideas for modification and upgrade. I could not resist and ordered one for myself. I’ll share my impressions as soon as I’ll get my hands on ASUS Eee PC 901