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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 (This is not a good sign...I hate companies that once product is superseded you get "Nothing found" when you type in a model number.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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#1171
Quote from cool_guysd View Post :
The best CPU I found for the combination of Socket P + GL 40 chipset is T7800, next is T7700.

...

agreed. I would stick with 800MHz CPUs when looking at the combo of GL 40 + Socket P.
but thats where you got it wrong
this isnt an intel GL 40 chipset, its a NVIDIA MCP79MVL

http://www.msiwhitebook.com/

look at MS-1683, which is this laptop, looks like 1066 mhz fsb to me

although according to speccy (http://www.piriform.com/speccy)
while my fsb being rated at 1066, its being used at 266 (which im assuming is default)

how much will battery life be affected if i bump it up from bios?
note: my cpu is rated at 25 W (T series rated at 35 W)
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#1172
if that 1066 mhz chip to actually runs at 1066mhz i wouldnt expect much more room to overclock, but you never know until you try. our chipset is meant for 667/800mhz chips so im shocked to see a 1066 chip dropped in and actually run at 1066. have you verified with cpuz that its running at 266? the problem with that chip is that its already running at 266mhz and i would be shocked to see you actually get another 10mhz from that chip. seeing as its a 1066 chip they have a much lower multiplier so this will limit your OC quite a bit. say a 800mhz chip with a higher multi is what you want to go after! the intel gl40 is very similar to the nvidia mcp79mvl so he is sorta right in that this chipset is designed for 800mhz chips. the fact that its able to run a 1066 chip and downclock the ram via divider doesnt mean its not native to the 800mhz chips. like cool said... your better off with a 800mhz fsb chip with a higher multi as opposed to the newer 1066 chips which by design have lower multipliers
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#1173
according to this https://secure.wikimedia.org/wiki...C_45_nm.29
its supposed to have 8.5x multipliers, i only see 6x from cpu-z
although, im not really looking to overclock that much
nor am i looking at dumping some more money
since i already spent a 100 on the p8400 (shouldve gotten ES instead of OEM)
not like ill be able to reuse the extra cpu on another laptop anytime soon

im not even sure what fsb and multipliers are important for
or why the bus speed and fsb are way different


on a side note, is there any way of decreasing the backlight's brightness any further?
this LED backlight is way too bright on the lowest setting
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Last edited by Neevak January 29, 2010 at 09:40 PM
#1174
Quote from Neevak View Post :
according to this https://secure.wikimedia.org/wiki...C_45_nm.29
its supposed to have 8.5x multipliers, i only see 6x from cpu-z
although, im not really looking to overclock that much
nor am i looking at dumping some more money
since i already spent a 100 on the p8400 (shouldve gotten ES instead of OEM)
not like ill be able to reuse the extra cpu on another laptop anytime soon

im not even sure what fsb and multipliers are important for
or why the bus speed and fsb are way different


on a side note, is there any way of decreasing the backlight's brightness any further?
this LED backlight is way too bright on the lowest setting
the 6x multi is where it idles at. if you were to put the cpu under load it would throttle the multiplier higher to increase the clock speed. check to make sure its doing this and not locking on the lowest multi.

on the note of fsb and clock speeds etc. ill try to explain.... the intel architecture is a Quad pumped design in which it can process 4 transfers/bits of information per clock cycle. so a fsb speed of 200mhz (200 cycles per second) actually gets multiplied by 4x transfers to get your rated theoretical speed of 800mt/s (mega-transfers per second) which is not technically 800mhz but a theoretical number for the amount of data transferred per clock cycle. this is the speed at which your cpu/processor communicates with your northbridge (memory controller hub).

The frequency at which the CPU operates is determined by applying a clock multiplier to the FSB. For example, a cpu running at 2400 MHz might be using a 200 MHz FSB. This means there is an internal clock multiplier setting (also called bus/core ratio) of 12. That is, the CPU is set to run at 12 times the frequency of the front side bus: 200 MHz × 12 = 2400 MHz. By varying either the FSB or the multiplier, different CPU speeds can be achieved. for our circumstance here the multiplier cannot be changed so to overclock we have to bump the fsb speed up.
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#1175
thanks..that makes more sense
i guess i should have looked at multipliers
8.5 x 266.7 = 2.26 GHz

ya goes up to 8.5 if i do something more than just browsing the web lol

ill try and see how much i can overclock this

edit: got it up FSB up to 1384 (1400 got BSOD during WEI scoring)
although i got frustrated as i tried it from 1200 down to 1066
kept failing WEI because the date was reset to 2002 (not sure why that would be a problem),
after i had tried 1333 from the BIOS selectables (not manual entry) and had to reset CMOS

so around 2.94 GHz...not bad
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Last edited by Neevak January 31, 2010 at 03:12 AM
#1176
Quote from Neevak View Post :
thanks..that makes more sense
i guess i should have looked at multipliers
8.5 x 266.7 = 2.26 GHz

ya goes up to 8.5 if i do something more than just browsing the web lol

ill try and see how much i can overclock this

edit: got it up FSB up to 1384 (1400 got BSOD during WEI scoring)
although i got frustrated as i tried it from 1200 down to 1066
kept failing WEI because the date was reset to 2002 (not sure why that would be a problem),
after i had tried 1333 from the BIOS selectables (not manual entry) and had to reset CMOS

so around 2.94 GHz...not bad
no thats not bad at all my friend. close to 3ghz with a mere 8.5x multi is not too shabby. have you ran any stibility tests with it running that high. i had my t9300 up to around 3.35ghz and was not too stable. it would pass wei but would fail and error prime95. got it down to around 3.25 stable... but now im actually thinking about ebaying this msi rig and picking up an asus 17" as long as i can find a backlit keyboard and an overclockable mobo ill be in heaven
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#1177
looks like it failed on prime95 (need to tone it down a bit)
with the test running battery life went down to 1 hour lol

ive got a T7500 in my acer travelmate (11x multipliers, 800FSB, stock 2.2ghz)
which im sure would be a much better overclocker
but that 4MB cache memory, 35 W consumption and 65nm would generate more heat

edit: can't swap the cpus anyway, the other board is a 965 chipset, which wouldnt support the p8400
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Last edited by Neevak January 31, 2010 at 04:48 PM

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#1178
throw that t7500 in there for sh1ts n giggles and see how far you can push it! report back to us
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#1179
Quote from p0opstlnksal0t View Post :
throw that t7500 in there for sh1ts n giggles and see how far you can push it! report back to us
lol id love to but i already sold it off to my cousin

anyone getting battery life above 2.5 hours?
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#1180
Does anyone know if this has an extra HD slot? I'm debating the deal on the 60 gig SSD from newegg, but I need more space than that. Please send me a PM if you know. Thanks in advance!
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#1181
Quote from Lawhorns04 View Post :
Does anyone know if this has an extra HD slot? I'm debating the deal on the 60 gig SSD from newegg, but I need more space than that. Please send me a PM if you know. Thanks in advance!

RE: Please send me a PM if you know.???

Q: WHY PM YOU THE INFO?
Unless it's something illegal there's no reason to PM info back and forth.
If you have this thread added so you are notified when someone posts, you'll get notified when someone posts a response, just like you would via a PM.

If someone was to "PM" you, the time spent doing so would be the SAME as posting in the thread.

Difference in posting in the thread is the info will help OTHERS....PM only helps (1) person, (you).

(As a example of this say that Hurtz777 and others had PM'd info back and forth on the custom bios and the various bios /overclocking settings..... )

If they had done that... well this thread would be VERY different indeed, eh?

(Thread would be pretty much empty on tech tips, wouldn't it?)

Reserve PM's for things that can't be posted on the open board. (EG: Things of a illegal nature as a example)

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On a second HD I doubt it as I don't think there is enough space.
(Could be wrong as I haven't disassembled my unit yet)

See post 1161, Read section by WeAreNotAlone follow link.
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=26611585&postcount=1161

There are down-loadable videos, and a assemble /dis-assemble manual.

You might try viewing the pics of the unit that I think are linked to in the 1 page of this thread. Tiger-Direct / Compusa was selling the 026? /040? which is the same machine (Same case and motherboard)... They had pics showing the lower cover off.

PS: You might be able to put a ssd hd in the dvd slot if you could rig up a mounting scheme.


BTW: When you do get the SSD, you need to post back.
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Last edited by WeAreNotAlone February 21, 2010 at 12:15 AM
#1182
If I am not concerned about overclocking and just want a processor that runs cool and has longer batterry life, which CPU would be best for me to put into this laptop? I appreciate any input. Thanks!
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#1183
Quote from G37 View Post :
The power supply / AC adapter is a Li Shin 0335A1965 (65W, 19V, 3.42A with 2.5mm x 5.5mm tip).

Search bing, ebay, amazon, google products or whatever for "0335A1965" and pick your vendor.

These power adapters are pretty common and can be had for less than $10 shipped.
I had the same experience as an earlier poster, dog ate the cord (wasn't even our dog, we were dog sitting). Some of the cheap knockoff chargers on Amazon, et. al. made me a bit nervous. The I found the following info on the MSI site as a list of chargers on the AVL (approved vendor list) for the MSI Wind Nettop:

http://www.msi.com/index.php?func...od_no=1555

Power Supply
Vender Model Name Result
Delta ADP65HB BBH1 EPA OK
Bestec NA6501WB MS OK
Li-Shin 0335A1965 OK

Since the Li-Shin mentioned above was on this MSI list, I also searched for the other listed power supplies and found a good deal/reputable seller on Amazon for the Delta power supply here:

http://www.amazon.com/Delta-PA-16...633&sr=1-1

I purchased the Delta. The length of the power plug was a little shorter than that for the Li-Shin that the dog ate, but it engages and works fine. And since it is on the MSI "approved list" (although for a different model, which apparently uses the same power supply as the A5000), there shouldn't be an issue with any future warranty claims from using a knockoff charger.

Hope this helps anyone looking for a power supply - charger
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#1184
I have been having issues with my laptop. I OC'd it and my usb external hard drive isn't recognized by any usb ports. I tried the drive on other laptops and desktops and it works fine.

I want to do a fresh clean install of Win7 32bit. I downloaded a fresh ISO from Microsoft. Can I just use the key under the laptop? Does MSI have their own royalty key?

What is the best way to do this. I could restore with MSI restore but I don't want all the crap on it.

TIA
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#1185
sounds like you need to go into your disk management and rename the letter of the usb drive as its conflicting with another assigned letter... happens every once in a while.

Quote :
I tried all these suggestions and then finally found the solution:

For Windows 2000 and XP:

Right click on My Computer.
Choose Manage (This will open the Computer Management window).
Go to the Storage category and select Disk Management
Right click the new drive (usually listed as Hard Disk 1) and "initialize"
You now have the option to partition and format the drive.
The default settings of Primary Partition and NTFS- Quick Format are recommended for most users.
Enjoy your new drive.
Quote :
problem: windows xp not giving a drive letter to the external usb hard drive

symptoms:
the external usb hard drive worked on another computer.
another external usb hard drive worked on this computer.
the external usb hard drive showed up on the Safely Remove Hardware list.
the driver was correct.
when i went to the disk manager the external usb hard drive was listed as H:
H: was mapped to another directory.
i disconnected the mapped H: and my external usb hard drive appeared in H:
instantly.

worked for me.
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