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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 (This is not a good sign...I hate companies that once product is superseded you get "Nothing found" when you type in a model number.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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#91
i'm more interested in an application that can UNDERCLOCK this cpu to save battery juice.....

anyone know of any prog?
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i'm more interested in an application that can UNDERCLOCK this cpu to save battery juice.....

anyone know of any prog?
I use RMClock 2.35 to undervolt my T3400 from 1.25v to 1.05v stable. It will also allow you to choose a lower multiplier to underclock your CPU but the CPU has to support Intel Speedstep or AMD Cool & Quiet. The Celeron T3000 doesn't have speedstep so you can't underclock with RMClock, but you might be able to with Nvidia System Tools.
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Quote from smartdeals View Post :
i thought the deal is in-store only
your OD open at 12am or you expect the deal online also?
Well, the OP wrote:

Officedepot [officedepot.com] will have, starting Sunday, the MSI A5000-025US 15.6" Laptop for $320 + Free Shipping.

I assume this will be online also since he mentions shipping.

Anyone knows if it will start midnight?
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Last edited by mannyaguilar November 14, 2009 at 06:37 PM
#94
First post, been lurking for a laptop deal for a while now.

So, I don't think anyone has mentioned this but you have 14 days to return it with no restocking fee as long as you don't open it. For those, like me, who are waiting until BF, you could buy it and hang on to it un-opened to see if something better turns up.

Anyone know where I could get a better battery and how much a it would be? I don't really want a netbook and am quite happy with my current 15" laptop's screen size but I would like a decent battery life this time around (maybe 6 hrs).
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Quote from LostOranges View Post :
First post, been lurking for a laptop deal for a while now.

So, I don't think anyone has mentioned this but you have 14 days to return it with no restocking fee as long as you don't open it. For those, like me, who are waiting until BF, you could buy it and hang on to it un-opened to see if something better turns up.

Anyone know where I could get a better battery and how much a it would be? I don't really want a netbook and am quite happy with my current 15" laptop's screen size but I would like a decent battery life this time around (maybe 6 hrs).
You will need a 9 or 12 cell battery. You can find that when you buy a configure to order laptops on dell, hp or lenovo.
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#96
I see bing shopping is showing 7% cash back right now. Any search words to locate 10%?


Thanks
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#97
i decided to get it today and have them pricematch it tomorrow. So I went to the store and they had 3 left. The salesman kept pushing me to get the 2 year warranty...and then he pushed me to get a bag. He didn't know where the laptop was but I saw him flip one of the signs showing it for $319.99 originally $479.99. He told me I should wait until tomorrow to get it. I told him I had work tomorrow and I was just going to get it at the full price. Then, he pushed for me to get the warranty and the manager said if I bought it for full price he would give me the warranty for free. I declined. The salesman then asked me pushed me for the $30 optimization similiar to best buy's deal.

Later, the manager came to talk to me and I was explaining how I was going to get it pricematched the next day. He told me he could just give it to me for the sale price tonight instead. I thought that was pretty nice of him even though the salesperson was a little annoying pushing for the warranty for like 10 minutes. I hope I can return the walmart purchase! With a webcam and HDMI and slightly better processor I think it's better than the $299.99 walmart deal. Hopefully there are no problems with MSI.
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Quote from cheaplikeafox View Post :
i decided to get it today and have them pricematch it tomorrow. So I went to the store and they had 3 left. The salesman kept pushing me to get the 2 year warranty...and then he pushed me to get a bag. He didn't know where the laptop was but I saw him flip one of the signs showing it for $319.99 originally $479.99. He told me I should wait until tomorrow to get it. I told him I had work tomorrow and I was just going to get it at the full price. Then, he pushed for me to get the warranty and the manager said if I bought it for full price he would give me the warranty for free. I declined. The salesman then asked me pushed me for the $30 optimization similiar to best buy's deal.

Later, the manager came to talk to me and I was explaining how I was going to get it pricematched the next day. He told me he could just give it to me for the sale price tonight instead. I thought that was pretty nice of him even though the salesperson was a little annoying pushing for the warranty for like 10 minutes. I hope I can return the walmart purchase! With a webcam and HDMI and slightly better processor I think it's better than the $299.99 walmart deal. Hopefully there are no problems with MSI.
Cheaplikeafox,

Will you please install Nvidia System Tools and see if it will overclock CPU FSB?
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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. ;-)
Honestly, I would but im not sure how to do it. Not to mention, Im waiting to crack it open tomorrow after I get the store to price match.



Quote from cheaplikeafox View Post :
i decided to get it today and have them pricematch it tomorrow. So I went to the store and they had 3 left. The salesman kept pushing me to get the 2 year warranty...and then he pushed me to get a bag. He didn't know where the laptop was but I saw him flip one of the signs showing it for $319.99 originally $479.99. He told me I should wait until tomorrow to get it. I told him I had work tomorrow and I was just going to get it at the full price. Then, he pushed for me to get the warranty and the manager said if I bought it for full price he would give me the warranty for free. I declined. The salesman then asked me pushed me for the $30 optimization similiar to best buy's deal.

Later, the manager came to talk to me and I was explaining how I was going to get it pricematched the next day. He told me he could just give it to me for the sale price tonight instead. I thought that was pretty nice of him even though the salesperson was a little annoying pushing for the warranty for like 10 minutes. I hope I can return the walmart purchase! With a webcam and HDMI and slightly better processor I think it's better than the $299.99 walmart deal. Hopefully there are no problems with MSI.
You lucky dog!... Manager didnt even offer me that option. Im gonna head back to the store tomorrow to price match.

FYI: Office Depot's Pricematch policy is only within 7 days of purchase... Well thats what the csr told me over the phone.
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#100
i just picked up this laptop tonight.

i'm in the los angeles area, and I called up a few stores. Each of them only has 2 in stock.
OD.com shows every store within 20 miles has this in stock. But i bet they each only have 2.

i found it fishy why each store had exactly 2 in stock, no more, no less.

it doesn't take a genius to figure out this is just a trick to get you in the door.

the barcode label on my box said "2 of 2", and the store only had 2 in stock.
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Honestly, I would but im not sure how to do it. Not to mention, Im waiting to crack it open tomorrow after I get the store to price match.


You lucky dog!... Manager didnt even offer me that option. Im gonna head back to the store tomorrow to price match.

FYI: Office Depot's Pricematch policy is only within 7 days of purchase... Well thats what the csr told me over the phone.
i have to return my walmart laptop first before I open the msi...i don't remember if they have a restocking policy or not on their computers. Yeah that's the first time someone's offered to pricematch BEFORE the actual sale started! The salesman put like 6 stickers of the restocking fee/exchange only policy on my laptop box...did they do that to you too?
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i just picked up this laptop tonight.

i'm in the los angeles area, and I called up a few stores. Each of them only has 2 in stock.
OD.com shows every store within 20 miles has this in stock. But i bet they each only have 2.

i found it fishy why each store had exactly 2 in stock, no more, no less.

it doesn't take a genius to figure out this is just a trick to get you in the door.

the barcode label on my box said "2 of 2", and the store only had 2 in stock.
how is it a trick to get you in the store if they advertise that there are only 3 per store minimum?
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Quote from cheaplikeafox View Post :
i have to return my walmart laptop first before I open the msi...i don't remember if they have a restocking policy or not on their computers. Yeah that's the first time someone's offered to pricematch BEFORE the actual sale started! The salesman put like 6 stickers of the restocking fee/exchange only policy on my laptop box...did they do that to you too?
Yes, they actually put a huge red sticker over the box tape with the return policy.

Wal-mart has no restocking fee as long as its not opened and returned within 15 days. BB has 15% if opened and within 14 days. Actually, I just returned an Acer to wal-mart that was $348 and another HP from BB that was $429. I actually caught a break at BB because the geek squad opens every PC at my store. I returned it after I opened it w/o the restocking fee after arguing with them that my pc isnt new. Apperantly all of them were like that, so they refunded my money. Actually worked out for me in the end.
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how is it a trick to get you in the store if they advertise that there are only 3 per store minimum?
is my english that f'd up?

when i say i have a minimum of 3, I mean i have AT LEAST 3 available.

3 minimum = 3 or more

that is different from 3 maximum.

in my case, the store had 2 maximum. tomorrow morning, there will only be 1 left.
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Yes, they actually put a huge red sticker over the box tape with the return policy.

Wal-mart has no restocking fee as long as its not opened and returned within 15 days. BB has 15% if opened and within 14 days. Actually, I just returned an Acer to wal-mart that was $348 and another HP from BB that was $429. I actually caught a break at BB because the geek squad opens every PC at my store. I returned it after I opened it w/o the restocking fee after arguing with them that my pc isnt new. Apperantly all of them were like that, so they refunded my money. Actually worked out for me in the end.
so is it 15% restocking fee at walmart if opened? I didn't see this policy on their receipt or online. According to laptopmag's blog, walmart, staples, and HP don't charge restocking fees.

thanks

Quote from link626 View Post :
is my english that f'd up?

when i say i have a minimum of 3, I mean i have AT LEAST 3 available.

3 minimum = 3 or more

that is different from 3 maximum.

in my case, the store had 2 maximum. tomorrow morning, there will only be 1 left.
yeah i guess it's a little deceiving...maybe some people just bought it today to get it pricematched for tomorrow though so they would have had 3 but now they don't.
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