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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
# IntelŽ 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 (This is not a good sign...I hate companies that once product is superseded you get "Nothing found" when you type in a model number.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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#76
does anyone have an example of coupon that OD will take? I think it was posted somewhere they would take a competitor coupon
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#77
If it uses any of these mainboard chipsets it should support all 800mhz fsb c2d chips

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Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
If it uses any of these mainboard chipsets it should support all 800mhz fsb c2d chips

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The spec for the GF 8200M chipset states up 1066FSB support using Socket P which means even a 1066FSB 3,06GHZ T9900 C2D should work as long as BIOS has support for it. I just want to overclock the stock 800FSB Celeron to 1066FSB on stock 1-1.25vcore for 2.4ghz clock. That would make this an amazing notebook for $319.99!
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Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
If it uses any of these mainboard chipsets it should support all 800mhz fsb c2d chips

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GM965
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GM45
I'm pretty sure the A5000 is based on the MSI MS-1683-ID1 Barebones system - and is sold under their own name.

The specs all seem to line up - NVidia 8200 graphics, 1366 x 768 display, HDMI, express card, 4-in-1 card reader, Socket P for the processor.

According to this spec page Link [msiwhitebook.com] the chipset is the NVIDIAŽ MCP79MVL

Ted
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#80
what's the difference between tft lcd and wxga?
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#81
Further follow up - this appears to be the same thing as the MSI CR600 series - same specs throiugh and through including the chipset, HDMI, graphics, etc.

The link for drivers from the page in my previous post takes you to the CR600 page.

There's not a WHOLE lot more info out there about the CR600 - but at least there's some.

I have confirmed that both the A5000 and CR600 are based on the same MSI barebones chassis.
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#82
Okay... looking at pictures and specs, it definitely is a clone of the CR600.

Check out the newegg page on the CR600-013US

Link [newegg.com]

Average 5 egg rating (24 reviews overall) at $529.99.

The only differences between the CR600-013 and the A5000-025 are the CR600 has Pentium Dual Core T4200 and 320GB hard drive - otherwise, they look identical. (Except that the CR600 is listed as Vista Home Premium - but would probably qualify for Win7 upgrade).

The $210.00 price difference is huge given that you could replace the T3000 with a T4200 for about a net $30.00 at most if you resell your current chip.

I'm definitely going to try to grab one of these in the morning.

Ted
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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
Seriously, why would you tell someone to take 15% restocking fee on a $249 computer, to buy a $320 computer.

15% of $249 is about $37. I have seen Craigslist ads for the $249 Acer for between $300 and $420!

You can always post an add on CL and offer to sell your $249 Acer for cost (including any local tax), or even a 5% discount. It is new, you have a receipt, and it is no longer available for $249.

Be honest about the price you paid in your ad, say you got it on a one day (now-expired) sale for an ultra-low price, but you changed your mind and you want to avoid restocking fees, and you will most likely get a buyer.

Or, keep it. The $249 Acer was still a good deal.
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#84
Hmm... 4 MSI laptops or one quad-core dv8t. Oh well.
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#85
Like Hurtz777 said, my local store also only has 3 in stock as well. After reading that, Im glad I pulled the trigger. I went ahead and bought one today at regular price and gonna price match for the difference in a couple days.
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Like Hurtz777 said, my local store also only has 3 in stock as well. After reading that, Im glad I pulled the trigger. I went ahead and bought one today at regular price and gonna price match for the difference in a couple days.
is_250,

Will you please install the Nvidia System Tools and try to overclock the CPU and GPU via the performance tab and tell us if it allowed overclocking and how far it overclocks stable? Did it come with Win7 HP 64Bit preloaded and does it have bluetooth module like it should going by the barebone design. I am right on the edge of buying this now. ;-)
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#87
Noob here, so pardon my ignorance....

I just signed up for a bing account to take advantage of the cash back rewards.
My question is, how do i go about purchasing this unit tomorrow online and receiving the cash back option. Do i just go to the bing cash back search and search for the laptop or home depot and go from there? Or is there another option.

Is the Processor upgradeable? I saw mentions of this throughout the thread.
if so, assuming the bios can support, which processors can it support

Thanks for your feedback
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Quote from wombat94 View Post :
I'm pretty sure the A5000 is based on the MSI MS-1683-ID1 Barebones system - and is sold under their own name.

The specs all seem to line up - NVidia 8200 graphics, 1366 x 768 display, HDMI, express card, 4-in-1 card reader, Socket P for the processor.

According to this spec page Link [msiwhitebook.com] the chipset is the NVIDIAŽ MCP79MVL

Ted
Wombat94,

I think you are right! They definitely should be identical as far as mainboard and chassis. Thank you for posting link to the internal's pic showing that it has a full\half height mini pcie port. The Atheros N WLAN it has should be half height just like the A6000 has. Looks like a great design inside for sure. It should also have a LED backlit LCD. Hopefully someone who bought it today can install the Nvidia System Tools and see if it overclocks properly. ;-) If it overclocks it will finish the deal right.
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#89
When exactly does the deal start 12:00 a.m. of Sunday?
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When exactly does the deal start 12:00 a.m. of Sunday?
i thought the deal is in-store only
your OD open at 12am or you expect the deal online also?
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