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Acer Aspire S3 i3-2367M 13.3" Ultrabook - WalMart B&M $300

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Local B&M WalMart has Acer S3-391-6046 13.3" Ultrabook marked down to $300. There were over 10 at local WalMart in Concord, NC

Acer Model # S3-391-6046

Operating System: Windows 8

CPU Type: Intel Core i3-2367M 1.4GHz

Screen: 13.3"

Memory Size: 4GB DDR3

Hard Disk: 320GB HDD / 20GB SSD

Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics 3000

WLAN: 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 HS

Ports: 2 x USB 3.0 and 1 x HDMI

Audio Ports: 1 x Combo headphone/microphone-in jack

Card Reader: 2-in-1 memory card reader

Webcam: Built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam

Battery: 3-cell lithium-polymer battery w/battery life up to 5.5 hours

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-Ul...m/21317992
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Last Edited by IchibahnSLC September 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I am not responsible for any damage that you may do. DO AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS WILL ERASE BOTH THE iSSD AND THE HDD!!!

TO INSTALL UEFI ON THE ASPIRE S3-391-6616 ONLY!!


Supplies needed:

Large enough USB for Windows 8 (I used a 8GB Patriot)
Windows 8 iso with key of course
Bios file of 2.09 (https://app.box.com/s/wkubotuy0kf75gs6c0ny)
Understanding of the command prompt
Software for creating iso's (http://rufus.akeo.ie/downloads/rufus_v1.3.4.exe)

1. Install the Windows 8 iso as a bootable USB as a GPT UEFI partition using Rufus. Unplug it once it's done.
2. Run the Bios install file. Don't run any other programs at the same time. Make sure the computer is plugged in during this whole process.
3. Once the computer restarts shut it down, if it blue screens then enter the bios during bootup and set the bios type to legacy instead of UEFI for now. Restart it after that.
4. Update to the latest bios from Acer's website, make sure to get the 2.x one now.
5. Once all that is done and all necessary restarts are done boot into your bios with the USB stick plugged in.
6. Change it to UEFI from legacy and enable F12 during startup. Restart and hit F12 a bunch of times until the boot manager pops up.
7. Select the USB stick to boot from.
8. Once Windows 8 installer is up open up command prompt using Shift+F10. (You cannot skip this step)
9. Once the command prompt is open type diskpart.exe
10. Now type disk info
11. It should show a ~18.6GB Drive and a ~298GB Drive.
12. Type sel drive x. (X is the drive number for the 298GB)
13. Now type list partition
14. Type sel partition x (X represents any of the partitions)
15. Type del partition
16. Type list partition again and repeat the process till all the partitions are deleted
17. When that is done type convert gpt
18. Repeat the same thing with the iSSD by typing list disk and repeating steps 12-17.
19. Once all that is done you can continue to install windows using the advanced install option. IF YOU DON'T CONVERT TO GPT YOUR DRIVES WONT SHOW UP!
20. Enjoy!!

I will add a how to reinstate the express cache and the hybernate onto the iSSD later.


More to come!

TO INSTALL WINDOWS 8 ON THE iSSD:

Drive Benchmarks with Windows 8 on iSSD:

iSSD speed
http://tinypic.com/r/j8pq10/5

HDD speed
http://i42.tinypic.com/66lts1.png

Kingston HyperX 3k in my laptop:
http://i39.tinypic.com/205w7c0.png


ATTENTION:
Since there are a few people reporting clicking problems with the HDD on the $120 6616 I'd like to see how many have the problem.
Please just add your username to the list if you have it.


Have Problem on S3-391-6616 $120:
IchibahnSLC
HemiHilton
FranktheTank
SDelnick


Just a proof of concept!! Windows 8 takes up a uncomfortable amount of space on the 20GB iSSD. Ubuntu or similar would probably be more suited to it.

The SSD on these laptops is iSSD. It can be used for any type of file storage including the operating system but by default is for hybernation and wake events. I chose to install Windows 8 Pro onto it. Here is what I did. I want to state that I am just running it this way temporarily because I wanted to try it. I will be putting a SSD in and using the iSSD as a hybernate drive again.

You will need:

Windows disc
I used Windows 8 Pro 64bit
4GB or larger USB flash drive
I used a Patriot 8GB
Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool http://www.microsoftstore.com/sto...stallation
Bios update (optional) , Drivers for everything
http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers

To fresh install Windows onto the iSSD:

1. Grab your Windows installation disk and make an ISO from it using your choice of sotware, I used BurnAware free. (ISO is a disc image)
2. Use Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to load that ISO onto a 4GB or larger USB Drive. (If you receive a ISO error then you will have to edit the ISO properties using UltraISO or similar.)
3. At this point I updated the bios to the latest one. Save all your work! Make sure to select the correct bios for the correct Laptop. If you have the $120 6616 then do NOT install the Windows 8 bios. If you have the $200 6046 then do NOT install the Windows 7 bios. Follow the instructions during install and don't touch the laptop. Let it do it's thing. It will restart during this process.
4. Back up anything you will need off the laptop.
5. Restart the laptop and press F2 furiously until you get into the BIOS. At this point find the option for F12 and enable it.
6. Insert the USB drive.
7. Restart the computer and furiously hit F12. Select the USB drive.
8. Follow the normal Windows installation prompts until you get to the Installation options. At this point select custom install.
9. It should now show all of your drives. I had 5 different partitions, 2 on the iSSD and 3 on the HDD.
10. Select the advanced options icon and then proceed to delete all the partitions. In the end you should have a 298GB~ partitions and a 18GB~ partition. This is due to how manufacturers define memory. Most use a base 10 system when they write out capacity but Windows uses a base 8. That is why you have a 320GB HDD but it only shows 298GB~. It's calculated differently.
11. You can format both drives if you want but I chose to just select the iSSD partition and hit next.
12. Follow the instillation like normal.
13. Once started up I first disabled Windows Update and then checked capacity. I had 4GB~ free. Let's free up some more. (Install all of your drivers for wifi etc. once you have finished moving the Programs folder at the end)
14. I went through this to optimize, you really only need to do the space saving ones but I did all. (I left a 16MB to 1GB pagefile allocation) http://www.thessdreview.com/ssd-g...edition/1/
15. Restart your computer once all of that is done.
16. Open your Disk Management console by right clicking in the lower left corner. Create a partition on the 320GB HDD that should not be partitioned yet. Move all your program file install directories using this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum...les-normal (Now install all of your drivers)
17. Now proceed to run windows updates, then move your documents, my music, etc folders to the D: drive.
18. Once done you should have about 80% filled on the drive.

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ewww. first gen ultrabook.
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Eh, not too bad. Might consider picking it up. It is more like an over-glorified netbook but thats all I need.
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Can you post receipt? It rang up as 395 here
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Hmm, I wonder if it's worth the hassle to check
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Does anyone know if this has a backlit keyboard. I looked at reviews and videos and I can't find a definite answer yes or no.
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Quote from sfbchamps View Post :
Can you post receipt? It rang up as 395 here
Sorry...I did not purchase but did get some pictures
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Not bad, although I wish it had Win 7 instead of 8 ... and a bit more battery life. But for $300, it's a good deal.
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Does anyone know if this has a backlit keyboard. I looked at reviews and videos and I can't find a definite answer yes or no.
Anyone??
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398 at my walmart
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Anyone??
For $300 it's a no brainer. Great low range ultrabook for the price. Super lightweight, and very portable. Afters years with netbooks I feel so happy with this. No backlit keyboard though
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For $300 it's a no brainer. Great low range ultrabook for the price. Super lightweight, and very portable. Afters years with netbooks I feel so happy with this. No backlit keyboard though
Thanks & repped.

Appreciate getting an answer.
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Last edited by Redrotors August 30, 2013 at 01:53 AM.
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gosh i hate Acers.. personal preference / and opinion, but Ive always see Acer as junk, cheaply built from the get go.. like the other company's they own.. Emachines
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ewww. first gen ultrabook.
Its second gen. First generation were i3-330 and etc. This is sandy bridge
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