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Last Edited by LifeStyl3r November 15, 2009 at 06:22 AM
Officedepot [officedepot.com] has the MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop for $320 In-Store Only.

This Ebay page [ebay.com] has the best information I can find.[/B]


Specifications
# Intel® Celeron T3000 processor 1.8GHz
# 15.6" WXGA widescreen LCD (1366 x 768 resolution)
# 3 GB DDR2 memory (2 Dimm)
# 250GB hard drive capacity
# Supermulti DVD-RW optical drive
# 802.11b/g/n WLAN
# 1.3 megapixel webcam
# Nvidia GeForce 8200M-G video graphics
# HD audio with 2 speakers
# HDMI port
# 3 USB 2.0 ports
# 4-in-1 card reader
# PCI Express slot
# VGA port
# 103-key keyboard
# 65-watt AC adapter
# 6 cell battery
# Windows 7 Home Premium

* Dimensions: 13.66" x 9.68" x 1.4"
* Unit Weight: 5.24 lbs.

Product Warranty:

* 3 year limited warranty.

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Last Edited by Jrav March 15, 2012 at 06:30 PM
BIOS with overclock options/ ctrl-fn swap updated to latest version (X.0T) released 2010-07-26:
http://www.mediafire.com/?bb82vxyu1nepwyo

MSI A5000, and A6000 are based upon the MSI 1683 "Whitebook".

A5000 , A6000 series uses the same motherboard as the 1683 "Whitebook".
A5000 =11-2009 (2010) model=Win7, aka CR500 = Vista 2009 model?

http://www.msiwhitebook.com/produ...S-1683-ID1

Information supplied by Warner from MSI USA:

Vista = Win7
U210 = L2100 (1241)
CR600 = A6000 (1683)
CR500 = A5000 (1683)
CR400 = A4000 (1451)
CX600 = A6005 (1682)
http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=133088.0

Link to A5000-025US product page on MSI.com = as of 2011-06 I can't find it,Mad typing A5000, A5000-025US does not bring up any hits for me... EEK! (This is not a good sign...I hate companies that once product is superseded you get "Nothing found" when you type in a model number. Typing in A5000-025US should bring up product page- Link to latest bios, drivers. (Tip search for CR500)

EDIT: Found the product page by GOOGLING some more, Google rolled me over to my own posts on Slickdeals in which I had posted links to the product pages for the unit! MSI really needs to update their search engine so it searches all divisions when a model number is typed in. IIRC there are several divisions of MSI and they don't link /forward info between them.
http://www.msimobile.com/level3_p...d=9&id=157

15" ~ 16" (Discontinued) > A5000-025US
Product Number: 9S7-168344-025


Drivers, Bios, manuals: Link on above page rolls over to CR500...
http://www.msi.com/product/nb/CR5...div=Driver

Assemble, disassemble VIDEOS, and PDF's of CR600: (sister unit to A5000)
http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=132295.0

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Windows 7 x64 =

MSI does not "do "x64, all systems, even ones with 4GB are shipped with 32-bit OS.

Search for posts by Hurt777 - he has a walk thru on installing Win7 x64

EDIT: It appears that x64 drivers are listed now: http://www.msi.com/product/nb/CR5...=Win7%2064

TIP: MSI sources parts from several vendors: Run a app like Belarc Advisor to find out what is in your unit.

Support: Long term impressions

Long term impressions of the unit is good- abit right now I have a problem in which the unit will not come out of sleep mode via any attached USB device due to BIOS is hard-coded to stop monitoring USB ports in Sleep mode.

Post 1199
Can't wake from S3 sleep mode from USB Mouse, keyboard, ehome Infrared Receiver (USBCIR)
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=40132411&postcount=1199

Anyone has any info, feel free to post...



MSI sites are tricky to navigate, links go dead:
As I mentioned above about a year and 1/2 after purchase I can't find support pages. Links previously post here are getting 404 errors.

MSI has a forum board .
MSI really needs to do some spring cleaning so to speak- Get some of their tech's posting over there.
- I'd rate it about a 3 out of 10.

What to expect when posting on the MSI forum board:

1: There are more mods than users.
2: If you post anything about x64, BAS (mod) is sure to post his boiler plate response there is no need to run x64, 32 is faster.
3: Mods to post "We don't work for MSI" if you ask a hard question.... if you get a response at all.
4: Most threads lead to a dead end, with the boiler plate "contact MSI support for hard issues".

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RECOVERY DISCS- WARNING, MSI ships product without testing what they sell.

Update the SATA DRIVERS ASAP before you burn the recovery discs ! (Disc burn will fail, or discs will burn but won't work
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func...aq_no=2134
(Crap-ola - 404 error.... What the FAQ, link to the files needed to update the SATA drivers for the burner said there was there was a LARGE number of units affected over several product lines- in which end users would burn the recovery discs only to find out "later" the discs were no good.
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Potential of T3000 CPU

The A5000 is powered by a Intel 1.8 GHz Dual Core Celeron processor. This processor (ranked #98, according to Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net], beats the M500 AMD II Processor (rank #99).
You can check out http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php to look at how it compares with others.

T3000 vs Pentium Dual Core T4200. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives, with 1MB cache vs. 2MB in the C2D T6500.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...al-core.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...45_nm.29_2

OVERCLOCKING:

A5000/A6000's based upon the MSI-1683 are GOOD OVERCLOCKERS with SVET's modded bios.
Search for posts by SVET (On MSI forum) , Hurtz777 for a detailed step by step overclocking guide.)


Sister units
As stated previously the 1683 motherboard is used on the 5000, and 6000 series. Same motherboard is used on various models.
This laptop is essentially the same as the MSI A5000-026US Notebook that was sold thru Circuit City.

This deal compared to the popular Acer Extensa 5230 a few days ago (2009-11?).

MSI has a Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz Processor (rank #98 on Notebookcheck.com benchmarks [notebookcheck.net]) vs the Celeron 900 2.2GHz ranked #181 on the same benchmark test. +1 MSI.
Screen resolution is different because one is 15.6" while the other is 15.4".
3GB DDR2 vs 2GB DDR2 memory. +1 MSI.
250GB HDD vs 160GB HDD. +1 MSI.
MSI Has HDMI. +1 MSI.
MSI has a 4-in1 card reader. +1 MSI.
Acer has 64-bit Win 7. +1 Acer.

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#31
Quote from lightfoot3b View Post :
The only real problem was the lack of a scrolling touchpad. This is the laptop tigerdirect sold for $400 on win7 opener. This was a decent deal on the opener and is a better deal now. If you want a good laptop at netbook prices this is it. I do plan on grabbing one of these.

Nvidia 8200M-G is pretty much equal in power to intel's x4500. In gaming the 8200 edges the intel, in raw power benchmarks the intel edges the 8200. You aren't buying this for its gaming power anyway Smilie
Do you know if Nvidia 8200M-G also accerlates 1080P contents? Intel does. Since this has HDMI, it makes sense to be able to smoothly play back any 1080P content. I'm guessing that the processor + the video should be fast enough to play back 1080P MKV movies?
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Quote from mythus View Post :
i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.

I got the Best Buy Acer 5230 too after driving to 3 stores but I didn't open it coz I wanted to see if anyone could beat that deal.

YES, take it back and accept your 15% restocking fee punishment. At least you woud get more ram, dual core, 10 key, Xpress slot, and HDMI out.
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YES, take it back and accept your 15% restocking fee punishment. At least you woud get more ram, dual core, 10 key, Xpress slot, and HDMI out.
I successfully returned a laptop bought online w/o getting hit for the 15% restock fee just yesterday. Some stores don't have one. I also got my shipping back. YMMV
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Quote from mardeebo View Post :
I successfully returned a laptop bought online w/o getting hit for the 15% restock fee just yesterday. Some stores don't have one. I also got my shipping back. YMMV
Good for you! Now we start from scratch. Oh yea, forgot to mention the memory card reader slot on the MSI too.
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Quote from mardeebo View Post :
I successfully returned a laptop bought online w/o getting hit for the 15% restock fee just yesterday. Some stores don't have one. I also got my shipping back. YMMV
I can take one from anyone in Norther VA who is planning to return, need a cheap laptop for just browsing & email.
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#36
is this as good as a black friday deal?

also, how will this computer be for playing poker online/with other programs?
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does OD take competitor coupons??
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#38
Quote from cool_guysd View Post :
The MSI laptop sold by Office depot 2 weeks back for $450 had great features too. But, MSI did a poor job configuring the hardware and the drivers. That's where HP/ Dell/ Lenovo beat the small guys like Acer and MSI.
acer is the #2 computer manufacturer worldwide (behind hp), #1 in notebooks. hardly what you'd call "small"
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does OD take competitor coupons??
yes, however, excludes technology
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#40
I currently have DV4-1225DX. I checked the PassMark CPU list and noticed that this T3000 benchmarked better than the Turion X2 RM-72 that I have in my laptop. It even scores better than my other laptop's Core 2 Duo T5800?? Will this run as hot as my AMD does and would it work for all HD needs? I don't play any modern games. Thanks!
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Quote from sklar View Post :
Does this slab have a modem port? From looking at the reviews I could find, I dont see or hear mention of one.

My niece wants a laptop for xmas, but she lives out in the sticks. 70% of the time she'll have wireless access but the rest of the time she's at grandma's house and has only dial up access.

So no modem wont fly.
You could get the 50K modem for usb port, they have some on Amazon. That's what I have for when we have to use the dial up connection for our laptop.
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#42
i know people were telling that acer processor can be changed in 5 to 10 minutes and that chipset supports core 2 processor. Can anyone comment if we can upgrade this processor also to core 2 duo and is it easy to replace the processor.??? please need more input
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Quote from peppermint View Post :
To me it looks like a much better deal then the BB's $250 Acer. Will this be avialable online? OD closed all the stores near me
yup, me too. those bastards closed the only store in NH. Hope the deal is online as the OP implies, but someone posted it will be B&M only.
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Quote from roma11_22 View Post :
i know people were telling that acer processor can be changed in 5 to 10 minutes and that chipset supports core 2 processor. Can anyone comment if we can upgrade this processor also to core 2 duo and is it easy to replace the processor.??? please need more input
I think this msi will actually have better chance of support for the new c2d chips in its bios... On that note however, we still dont know what this NB chipset for this laptop is, so its all really just speculation right now

Quote from rawlinsb View Post :
I currently have DV4-1225DX. I checked the PassMark CPU list and noticed that this T3000 benchmarked better than the Turion X2 RM-72 that I have in my laptop. It even scores better than my other laptop's Core 2 Duo T5800?? Will this run as hot as my AMD does and would it work for all HD needs? I don't play any modern games. Thanks!
the t3000 is the new generation 45nm chip... the t5800 is an older 65nm chip...
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#45
Curious what you think?

I can buy a "like new" used MSI A6000-029US in this thread
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1633178
for $425, maybe $400.

vs. the one in this thread for $320 + $27 tax = $347

The used one is hardly used (less than two weeks old), has receipt, warranty registered already though w/orig. purchaser who is an acquaintance.

Which would you get? Why? Pitfalls - especially buying the "used" one?
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