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what to do with 1 gb ram netbook

ElDorito 7,474 1,374 February 11, 2016 at 05:12 AM
I know some of you may say to toss it and just upgrade.. thought about getting a chromebook... the only thing I need it for is really google docs, google sheets, etc... Don't even care about other browsing.. .other than slickdeals Wink

I have windows xp on it and it is a bit sluggish with the 1 gb of soldered ram.. is there a free OS that would be a bit snappier? Perhaps linux? Was considering a dual boot device rather than just buying something new... Thanks.

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Put the cheapest SSD you can find on it - doesn't matter what size, just do a deal alert and buy anything in your budget. Then install some Linux (ask the Linux experts which one) and you'll have a usable system.
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Put the cheapest SSD you can find on it - doesn't matter what size, just do a deal alert and buy anything in your budget. Then install some Linux (ask the Linux experts which one) and you'll have a usable system.
Can an ssd be installed? If so, what should I be looking for? I know there are different ssd drives based on the machine.. I have a dell mini 10v http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspir...B002YPH5AW
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Here's the Dell service manual:
http://downloads.dell.com/Manuals..._en-us.pdf

It takes a standard 2.5" SATA drive, so any 2.5" SSD should work. Also, the RAM isn't soldered, you can upgrade to 2GB if you really want. http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ins.../CT5626134

You should be able to drop in a 60GB SSD and upgrade RAM for less than $50. As far as OS, I'd probably suggest Lubuntu. http://lubuntu.net/

But if it were me, I'd just donate it to charity for the write-off and buy a Chromebook.
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Here's the Dell service manual:
http://downloads.dell.com/Manuals..._en-us.pdf

It takes a standard 2.5" SATA drive, so any 2.5" SSD should work. Also, the RAM isn't soldered, you can upgrade to 2GB if you really want. http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ins.../CT5626134

You should be able to drop in a 60GB SSD and upgrade RAM for less than $50. As far as OS, I'd probably suggest Lubuntu. http://lubuntu.net/

But if it were me, I'd just donate it to charity for the write-off and buy a Chromebook.
Why bother? If he likes the layout and size, the battery life is still good, and he can stand the tiny keyboard, he can just turn this into a Chromebook

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I think a Chromebook or linux are good options. SSD would be nice if you want to spend money on it. Past that some type of emulator?
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SSD Install video [youtube.com]

It also appears you can upgrade/extend the memory [youtube.com]
I made a mistake... it is the mini 1010.. .I think that one is integrated ram...
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I'm not sure ChromeOS is going to be a ton faster than windows XP. Chrome is slow on the modern atom based Chromebooks with 2GB of RAM. The Z530 in that thing is a lot slower: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Cel...-Atom-Z530, and Chrome likes its RAM. Same deal with Linux. Unless you want to browse the web in Lynx, the Linux versions of Chrome/FF if anything are slower than they are on Windows XP.

Honestly, I'd write it off. Anything upgrades you put in this machine are going to be hobbled by the CPU.
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I used to have a Dell Mini and frequented this useful forum. Here's a bunch of threads about the 1010 and what people are doing with it - could give you some suggestions:

http://www.mydellmini.com/forum/dell-mini-1010/
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Try Ubuntu. It's free, extremely light and fast. Would be perfect for this machine. And the best part is you can install it on a USB thumb drive and boot it from that. So you don't have to replace your OS at all. You can try it out, then if you really like it you can install it.
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lubuntu is pretty nice and lightweight. there are many lightweight linux operating systems.

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You could turn it into a chromebook:
http://lifehacker.com/turn-your-o...1740556796

Or put Linux Mint Xfce or Ubuntu on it (uses fewer resources for older computers): http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2977

It looks like the Mini 10v uses a standard 2.5" SATA drive, so an SSD upgrade is certainly possible, you just have to think about how much you want to put into this machine.
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Perhaps linux?
GMA500 GPU.

Craigslist or nearest trashcan.

$100-$200 chromebook or windows netbook/laptop.
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