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MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop: Intel Celeron T3000 1.8GHz, 3GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, Nvidia 8200M-G, HDMI, Windows 7 Home Premium $320 @ Officedepot B&M

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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 (This is not a good sign...I hate companies that once product is superseded you get "Nothing found" when you type in a model number.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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#1201
Tried to wake from sleep and couldn't get my HP IR receiver to wake it up. Nor could my USB wireless keyboard. Kind of sucks.
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#1202
I know this thread is really old, but has anyone else moved on from their A5000s? I'm thinking of selling mine while it's still worth something. It has been completely trouble free but I notice its CPU utilization is at 80+% when playing HD content, and battery life is poor (2-3 hrs) compared to the newer Sandy Bridge laptops.

This was my main computer for a year and then afterward it's just been sitting on my table hooked up via HDMI to my TV. Still has the plastic on it!
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#1203
Just got BIOS with overclock options/ ctrl-fn swap updated to latest version (X.0T) from Svet today-

http://www.mediafire.com/?bb82vxyu1nepwyo
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#1204
Unfortunately the X.0T modified bios from Svet has been deleted from mediafire. Does anyone else have another link to it or can they pm me a link to it? This notebook has been rock solid for me with no issues with an Intel 120GB SSD.
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Quote from hurtz777 View Post :
Unfortunately the X.0T modified bios from Svet has been deleted from mediafire. Does anyone else have another link to it or can they pm me a link to it? This notebook has been rock solid for me with no issues with an Intel 120GB SSD.
Sorry to bump this old thread, but I would also like to get this X.0T modified BIOS. BTW, this computer has been great for my needs.

MD
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Here is the final 1683_x0t_Svet_Modified BIOS release for this notebook and it is rock solid. You can download it from my mediafire shared folder @ http://www.mediafire.com/?c2svnwgwn91fdh3. I recently installed an OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD in my A5000-025US and it is absolutely flying! Unfortunately I get a consistent freeze with occasional GPU artifacts and then reboot after 5-10 minutes running my genuine Windows 8 PRO and it has something to do with a power saving feature of the Nvidia 8200M GPU driver. The only fix for it right now is to run "bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes" at an administrative command prompt and reboot, I am hoping a future Nvidia GPU driver or another patch from Microshaft will fix this freeze. Windows 7 SP-1 runs flawlessly with the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB but Windows 8 PRO definitely runs faster overall then Windows 7. Has anyone else noticed this freeze/reboot issue with Windows 8 with their A5000-025US? This has been my favorite laptop and it is derfinitely built to last with no issues.
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Quote from hurtz777 View Post :
Here is the final 1683_x0t_Svet_Modified BIOS release for this notebook and it is rock solid. You can download it from my mediafire shared folder @ http://www.mediafire.com/?c2svnwgwn91fdh3. I recently installed an OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD in my A5000-025US and it is absolutely flying! Unfortunately I get a consistent freeze with occasional GPU artifacts and then reboot after 5-10 minutes running my genuine Windows 8 PRO and it has something to do with a power saving feature of the Nvidia 8200M GPU driver. The only fix for it right now is to run "bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes" at an administrative command prompt and reboot, I am hoping a future Nvidia GPU driver or another patch from Microshaft will fix this freeze. Windows 7 SP-1 runs flawlessly with the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB but Windows 8 PRO definitely runs faster overall then Windows 7. Has anyone else noticed this freeze/reboot issue with Windows 8 with their A5000-025US? This has been my favorite laptop and it is derfinitely built to last with no issues.
Just downloaded this bios. What's the difference between this new one and the old one that we all used? If I install it, will it change any of the original settings? Is it even worth installing the new bios if speed can't be increased?

BTW, I agree with you on this being a favorite. Absolutely have no problems since buying it and overclocking it. I admit it does run a little hot--probably due to the overclock-- but not too bad. Still using it til this day (typing this message on it as we speak). I use a dell i7 sandy bridge @ work, basically doing the same things I do on this MSI, and I hardly can tell the difference. Well worth the investment.
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#1208
Question concerning the stock BIOS in this laptop: is there any incompatibility with the stock BIOS and running a SSD? I'm having all sorts of instability running a Kingston SH103S3/120G HyperX SSD. I'd like to rule out BIOS issues if I can. (OS is Win 7 SP1 32-bit).

Thanks!
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Quote from pdxesto View Post :
Question concerning the stock BIOS in this laptop: is there any incompatibility with the stock BIOS and running a SSD? I'm having all sorts of instability running a Kingston SH103S3/120G HyperX SSD. I'd like to rule out BIOS issues if I can. (OS is Win 7 SP1 32-bit).

Thanks!
Haven't tried SSD on this machine but I have has BSOD with SSD's before. Alot got fixes when I upgraded to the SSD firmware to the most current one. Happened on one Kingston and one OCZ ssd. Try it first.
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Quote from yazyazoo View Post :
Haven't tried SSD on this machine but I have has BSOD with SSD's before. Alot got fixes when I upgraded to the SSD firmware to the most current one. Happened on one Kingston and one OCZ ssd. Try it first.
I finally got things to work, after Kinsgton replaced the first drive I bought. I wasted a week trying to figure out why things almost worked; it was not immediately apparent at all that the drive was at fault. The second drive worked like it was supposed to, and now the laptop flies! Night and day difference from the sluggish HD.
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