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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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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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#751
Quote from WeAreNotAlone View Post :
BTW: Check your units to see if they have a label across the bottom access panel that says Warranty Void if tampered and post back.
I opened the back a few days ago to see how difficult it would be to upgrade the cpu (terribly simple) and found no warranty stickers.
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#752
No warranty void stickers externally or internally on mine.
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#753
Quote from hurtz777 View Post :
MSI Engineer just posted a new A5000/A6000 BIOS version X.0N in the MSI HQ User forum. You can get it by going to http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=132810.0 . You will need to register with the forums to download the attached self-update bootable ISO BIOS for your A5000/A6000. I just burn the bootable ISO and booted from it and the BIOS flash went flawless. Make sure after the flash is done to unplug battery and power for a couple of minutes then plug them both back in and Load System Defaults in BIOS to completely reset BIOS and ECBuild. MSI's tech support is unbelievably responsive by releasing this bios within a couple of hours of my request! I will definitely buy MSI again.
That bios is the same file number as the cr600 bios, is your notebook still saying cr600 or does it say a5000 now. So it has definitely lowered your temps, any other benefits/benchmarks? Gpuz with stock drivers on 32bit windows 7, it says 1600mhz for memory and 25.6gb/s bandwidth. What are you guys getting on 64bit?
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#754
Quote from ghettorc View Post :
That bios is the same file number as the cr600 bios, is your notebook still saying cr600 or does it say a5000 now. So it has definitely lowered your temps, any other benefits/benchmarks? Gpuz with stock drivers on 32bit windows 7, it says 1600mhz for memory and 25.6gb/s bandwidth. What are you guys getting on 64bit?
It says A5000 now from this new BIOS. It is BIOS version A1683NMS V6.0N which is different version then CR600 BIOS but the ECBuild is the same as CR600 at v4.08.
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#755
did you hear word back about the gpu memory designation
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#756
Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
did you hear word back about the gpu memory designation
No I sure haven't. I think you will need to look into hacking the BIOS and unlock GPU clocks and VGA memory share size. Are you up for the task?
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#757
im down as soon as i can get some time... been working 70 hour weeks :-( on another note, my t9300 should be arriving soon...
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#758
I hope they release a new firmware to allow modification of VGA memory share since even HP laptops can do that, and they are plain vanilla
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#759
I had this laptop from BB and later also got one MSI A5000 from OD .
Both are un-opened. I need to return one of them. Today is the last day to return Best Buy (Acer) one.
Can someone tell me which one has got better built quality, overall look and performance in general. Less driver kinda problems etc.
I need it just for day-to-day use for a non-tech person.
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#760
Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
im down as soon as i can get some time... been working 70 hour weeks :-( on another note, my t9300 should be arriving soon...
What tool have you used in the past to mod AMIBIOS? I have AMIBCP v3.13 for Windows and I have opened the the stock A1683NMS.60N bios file and the utility shows quite a few advanced options that are disabled for our chipset. You brave souls can get this awesome utility by downloading it from http://www.lejabeach.com/sisubb/AMIBCP313.zip . Now if I can figure out where to go from here. I have also found the option to change VGA Share Size in the under Advanced>Chipset Configuration>SouthBridge Configuration>iGPU Frame Buffer Size. You can choose 32MB to 512MB. I also found all the CPU FSB/FSB-MEMORY RATIO/MEMORY CLOCK/MEMORY TIMINGS settings under Advanced>Chipset Configuration>Northbridge/Performance Options. It is such a tease to have access to all these OC settings. It looks like all you have to do to make them show up in BIOS is click the check boxes next to the categories, save BIOS, and flash. I am just wondering why there are 2 BIOS files that the Flashit.bat runs.
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#761
Warranty is not VOID if you remove your Warranty Void sticker. This has been stated by "Warner" at MSI USA in the official MSI forum @ http://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=132833.0
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#762
Quote from rubash View Post :
I had this laptop from BB and later also got one MSI A5000 from OD .
Both are un-opened. I need to return one of them. Today is the last day to return Best Buy (Acer) one.
Can someone tell me which one has got better built quality, overall look and performance in general. Less driver kinda problems etc.
I need it just for day-to-day use for a non-tech person.
Asking such a question in a MSI thread will most likely result in persons saying the MSI is better. Asking same question in Acer thread- the Acer will be the better choice.

Acer is one of the larger PC manufacturers, MSI is a manufacturer that sells to OEM's such as HP, etc, plus they manufacture and sell motherboards /netbooks/notebooks branded under their own name, plus video cards, etc.
(Additionally they sell "barebone" whitebooks (Build you own).

Impressions of the MSI A5000-025US:
MSI seems very responsive to end users. The unit itself appears to be well made. I'm impressed with the look, the build quality, and performance of the A5000-025US. Unit runs cool, and makes very little noise.
Performance, while running Prime95 with both CPU cores running at 100% load, with Firefox with approximately 70 tabs open the system is very responsive. (This I would assume is due to WIN_7)

* Note if build quality is your main concern I'd look into a "business-class, instead of a consumer machine. Maybe a Lenovo (IBM ThinkPad)...

Business class machines have features such as magnesium frames, anti-shock hd framework which helps the unit survive falls that would shatter /render useless a consumer grade unit.
Business class machines also have a replicator port that ties in with a docking port that replicates all in/outs of the PC, all while charging the battery via (1) connection. They additionally have as a rule batteries of extra capacity available /more powerful power bricks, more run time than a consumer type machine.

I'd suggest if you haven't done so to find a place (Office Depot?) to see a MSI in person and compare it to the Acer. Note that hardly anyone is going to have a A5000 in stock, they may have the A6000...
Beyond that compare the spec's between the units, and maybe compare pricing of a spare power brick, spare/replacement battery against your needs.
You may find a battery for the A5000 (CR500/CR600 MSI-1683 "barebones whitebook" is $100, and battery for other unit is half that amount. If you use your unit on battery power allot of the time a spare battery pack is a issue, if not it's not.

PS: It's a good idea to post model numbers of units you are comparing, along with links to specs, with a listing of your needs when asking for help.

For me the A5000 is a pretty sweet unit. You mention not being technical... a nice feature of the A5000 is that it does disassemble easily, the motherboard is used across several products in the MSI lineup, and it appears the BIOS is not locked so you can drop in a more powerful cpu if needed.

If you notice in this thread there are people reporting success with overclocking, and swapping different cpu's into this unit being "excited" about the A5000.

Why should you buy a unit that can be "modded' if you''re going to run it stock?

Answer is simple, those persons who are into overclocking will find work-arounds to get the unit to *overclock- Unit being modifiable makes that unit popular, and that tied with persons being "excited" about their unit will help if future problems develop, over a unit that has all the personally of a toaster. (EG is not modifiable.)

Another aspect...Popular units=more people selling replacement parts, more parts sold the lower the cost..

3-year warranty is a big issue....

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A5000 Tip: To disable touchpad while typing, Press FN & F3 to toggle on and off.

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#763
Quote from hurtz777 View Post :
What tool have you used in the past to mod AMIBIOS? I have AMIBCP v3.13 for Windows and I have opened the the stock A1683NMS.60N bios file and the utility shows quite a few advanced options that are disabled for our chipset. You brave souls can get this awesome utility by downloading it from http://www.lejabeach.com/sisubb/AMIBCP313.zip . Now if I can figure out where to go from here. I have also found the option to change VGA Share Size in the under Advanced>Chipset Configuration>SouthBridge Configuration>iGPU Frame Buffer Size. You can choose 32MB to 512MB. I also found all the CPU FSB/FSB-MEMORY RATIO/MEMORY CLOCK/MEMORY TIMINGS settings under Advanced>Chipset Configuration>Northbridge/Performance Options. It is such a tease to have access to all these OC settings. It looks like all you have to do to make them show up in BIOS is click the check boxes next to the categories, save BIOS, and flash. I am just wondering why there are 2 BIOS files that the Flashit.bat runs.
this does appear to be quite simple to modify this bios. i will attempt it this weekend hopefully. as long as i have a backup bios to flash back over if my lappie doesnt post Wink
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#764
it appears to be 2 bios files in the listed .rar link at msi for the a5000... there is a a1683nms.8n and a1683nms.60n bios files
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#765
Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
it appears to be 2 bios files in the listed .rar link at msi for the a5000... there is a a1683nms.8n and a1683nms.60n bios files
I wonder if one is for the main BIOS and the other for the ECBuild BIOS? I would think all you would have to do is edit both files and check the boxes of features you want to be shown in BIOS, save the new file with the same filename and run flashit.bat and it should all work perfect! Anyone willing to try this to get extra function? Just use the tool I posted above in last post.
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