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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 (This is not a good sign...I hate companies that once product is superseded you get "Nothing found" when you type in a model number.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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i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.
no, you got a hell uva deal!
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I wonder why a low end laptop like this one would need a dedicated GeForce chipset? The intel x4500 for a machine of this class would be better.
how so? Im not trying to argue? just curious??? is the x4500 clocked faster?
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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
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32 or 64 bit?

The Acer is 64 bit.

Does it really matter for a 11 year old kid or a 65 year old grandma?
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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.
If you are willing to spend a few more $ then a USB dial-up modem could solve that issue.

this was posted in the thread about the other MSI deal

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6825164005

Not something I need so you may want to comparison shop for price.

Could leave it at G-ma's house for others who arrive w/other new laptops/netbooks that don't have dialup modem
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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
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Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
how so? Im not trying to argue? just curious??? is the x4500 clocked faster?
Actually disregard my statement, I assumed since this notebook came with a Nvidia GPU, I thought it would be a lot more powerful and capable than the x4500 but however that is not the case. A strong GPU paired with a weak T3000 or similar model would make no sense at all hence my comment of the x4500 on this laptop would be better. The face is they are both very similar as the 8200M is also integrated but still Nvidia>>Intel GPUs in general that's not even an argument. Neither one paired with a T3000 will be able to satisfy serious gamers.


Quote from lightfoot3b View Post :
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
100% correct, at first I thought the Geforce 8200M was a dedicated chipset until I just read up on it and it's an integrated chipset..although it is SLIGHTLY better than intel's x4500...neither one will satisfy gamers especially as it's paired a processor like a T3000...
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The only real problem was the lack of a scrolling touchpad.

are you stating there is an issue with the scrolling touchpad, or is there no scrolling ability whatsoever on the msi touchpad?
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32 or 64 bit?

The Acer is 64 bit.

Does it really matter for a 11 year old kid or a 65 year old grandma?
Well 1 thing matters...personally and those around me encounter way less software problems and bugs on 32-bit...it is the more stable of the 2. If you don't need 64 bit OS for any particular reason or programs you need to run...32-bit is a better choice for average consumers.
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so we still dont know what the NB chipset is? i cant find any detailed specs of this laptop
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Very good price.

The Celeron T3000 is actually virtually identical to the Pentium Dual Core T4200, but runs at 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz. Both are 45 nm "penryn" Core 2 Duo derivatives.

Both are similar to the Core 2 Duo T6500, but both have 1MB cache vs. 2MB. Indeed, the Celeron T3000 could be called the Pentium Dual Core T4000, because it is that similar to the T4200, other than clock speed (again, 1.8Ghz vs. 2.0Ghz).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inte...al-core.29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...45_nm.29_2

MSI is the only issue, as people in the MSI T6600 thread reported a few problems.

Other than quality, which could be fine, this is a great deal for the price.
My question to you and anyone that has some knowledge on the T3000 and similar CPUs is:

How does the T3000 compare to the T3400 Merom in terms of real life performance??
On the benchmarks I see the T3400 Merom ahead of the T4200 Penryn and more ahead of the T3000.....The T3400 Merom has a slower FSB (667vs800) but has 0.1 more GHz than the T4200...would that make the T3400 a better processor than the T4200 and even more so when compared to this T3000 based on the benchmarks/rankings??? How about noticeable differences in real life performance??? thanks.
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i bought the acer from best buy, should i be feeling buyers remorse about now? i'm not very good with laptop technicalities.
no need. the $2xx lap top is for what it is. you should look at your need, and the % increase in cost over this one. if you need/want all this msi feature, then return the BB acer. this is good for the above $3xx price range..i am just a number guylook around
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I got a preview of the OD ad for Sunday and it says "In store only." Frown

It also says "Quantities limited. No rainchecks. Minimum 3 per store."
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I got a preview of the OD ad for Sunday and it says "In store only." Frown

It also says "Quantities limited. No rainchecks. Minimum 3 per store."
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