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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 (This is not a good sign...I hate companies that once product is superseded you get "Nothing found" when you type in a model number.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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#151
Purchased one here in Southwest Florida. The cashier looked up how many laptops were at the surrounding stores and she verified that each store had exactly 3 of the laptops. When I fist got there, she told me that they had 2 laptops and 1 on display. But she later realized they never put the display model out for display. Good luck getting them! All 3 were gone within 15 minutes at the particular store I went to.
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#152
This deal compared to the popular Acer Extensa 5230 a few days ago.
You actually have a chance in hell of getting the Extensa +∞ Acer
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#153
Got lucky here in West Chester, PA.

Went to church, picked kids up from Sunday school and on the drive home decided to stop in to OD and see if I lucked out... got there at 10:45 and much to my surprise, I got number 2 of the 3 that they had received.

The salesman tried to offer me additional software and services, but was polite and wasn't pushy so I didn't even cut him off. $119 for a 2 year extended warranty on a $319 computer didn't seem to make much sense to him either, so he was even hesitant to offer it.

I did pick up a copy of Win7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.99 that OD offers with the purchase of any new PC - that covers the other machine in our house that hadn't been upgraded yet.

Thanks to the OP for this deal. It's sitting on the kitchen counter right now waiting for my wife to get home so she can unbox it.
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#154
Any of you guys who just got the notebook please download and install Nvidia System Tools 6.05 and see if you can overclock FSB via Performance Tab. My store opens here in 45 min and I am on the edge and if overclock works I will jump.
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#155
dhouser - I'm the guy that bought the laptop Sat. evening at the Bethel Park store. I called before going to make sure I could get it at the retail price that evening and then price match it later. Will go back for the price match Monday. Hopefully, Stephen, the sales person did not get in any trouble. Since you indicate no one was in line this morning at the BP OD this morning the manager should just chill out!
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#156
I just got back from the store in Aurora, IL (Rt. 59). Nobody in line. Bought 2 of them (son 10, daughter 8). Tried to push ex. warranty, bags, software, etc. Sales person got upset because I did't buy the ext. warranty or anything else. Didn't ask how many more in stock.
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Quote from Deal248 View Post :
dhouser - I'm the guy that bought the laptop Sat. evening at the Bethel Park store. I called before going to make sure I could get it at the retail price that evening and then price match it later. Will go back for the price match Monday. Hopefully, Stephen, the sales person did not get in any trouble. Since you indicate no one was in line this morning at the BP OD this morning the manager should just chill out!
I'm sure he will be fine. But he seemed overly upset. I tried to cheer him up a little bit after his boss walked away. I don't think his boss was being mean or anything, I just bet "Stephen" felt bad because he doesn't like making mistakes. Just like anyone else would be.
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#158
hurtz777 - I would love to see if it overclocks and that is one of the reasons I am not opening the box right now. Hopefully, someone else will see if it overclocks and let us know. I am also waiting to see if there are any other deals in the next 2 weeks before I open it since OD will charge a restocking fee on open boxes. The Toshiba with a T6500 and the Sony Vaio (T6600) on Black Friday at Best Buy are possibilities but not sure if I feel like camping out Thanksgiving eve.
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Quote from mannyaguilar View Post :
I just got back from the store in Aurora, IL (Rt. 59). Nobody in line. Bought 2 of them (son 10, daughter 8). Tried to push ex. warranty, bags, software, etc. Sales person got upset because I did't buy the ext. warranty or anything else. Didn't ask how many more in stock.
I'm surprised they let you buy two without buying the extra cr@p !!! NICE...btw, I live in IL too - IF I needed another lappy, I would have been # 3 Smilie
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#160
As info for everyone...

I haven't opened it yet - leaving it for my wife to do later, but I did go on and register on msi.com for the warranty.

The warranty shows as being in force until 10/26/2012 - looks like 3 years from the date of manufacture.

Ted
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#161
I have never been #1 in line before. 3 at Utica OD.

Thanks and repped!
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#162
crap, the deal is not on-line.
i have bought over 10 computers in the past 5 years, but none in-store.
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#163
Hit my store in Westminister, nobody even waiting at the door, but there were a dozen people waiting at Michaels (go figure)!

I picked up 2. Since there was no limitation on how many you could purchase, what the heck!

But these guys are apparently trAined big time to shove all the extra wArranty and coverages down you r throat. I told the sales rep they were gifts and I didn't need any extras...

Got out the door finally with 2, woot!!!
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Quote from kimnicho View Post :
I'm surprised they let you buy two without buying the extra cr@p !!! NICE...btw, I live in IL too - IF I needed another lappy, I would have been # 3 Smilie
I think I got lucky. Even though there is no limit stipulated on the add (like limit one per customer), I was expecting them to deny the second laptop (and try arguing with an officedepot manager). I had a back up plane though, since the store in Oswego (10 min. away) opens at 11:00 am instead of 10:oo am.
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#165
Quote from Deal248 View Post :
hurtz777 - I would love to see if it overclocks and that is one of the reasons I am not opening the box right now. Hopefully, someone else will see if it overclocks and let us know. I am also waiting to see if there are any other deals in the next 2 weeks before I open it since OD will charge a restocking fee on open boxes.
If you so choose:

The Office Depot outer box and the MSI inner box can both be easily opened from the bottom by pulling the flaps out, thus not disturbing either box's taped seals on top......
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