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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
looking at this Acer 5375 with 500GB hard drive, any advice appreciated or alternative suggestions. Currently have Acer Extensa 6600 but running very low on hard drive space - 3 years ago we thought 80GB would be plenty!

Processor

* Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology
* Intel® Core2 Duo processor Core 2 Duo T6400 2.13GHz
* 2MB L2 Cache
* 800Mhz FSH
* Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset

Memory

* 4 GB DDR2, 667 MHz
* 2 x soDIMM modules

Hard Drive

* 500 GB disk drive

Optical Drive

* 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive:
* Read: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-R, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD-ROM, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 6X DVD-ROM DL
* (double-layer), 6X DVD-R DL
* (double-layer), 6X DVD+R DL
* (double-layer), 6X DVD-RW, 6X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM
* Write: 24X CD-R, 16X CD-RW, 8X DVD-R, 8X DVD+R, 4X DVD-R DL
* (double-layer), 4X DVD+R DL
* (double-layer), 6X DVD-RW, 8X DVD+RW, 5X DVD-RAM

Software

* Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (Service Pack 1)
* Acer Empowering Technology (Acer ePower, eDataSecurity, eRecovery, eSettings Management)
* Acer Arcade Deluxe featuring Cinema, Album, Music, Acer HomeMedia
* Acer Crystal Eye
* Acer GridVista
* Acer Launch Manager
* Acer GameZone
* Acer Video Conference Manager
* Adobe® Reader®
* CyberLink® PowerDirector® trial version
* McAfee® Internet Security Suite Trial
* NTI Media Maker
* Microsoft® Works 8.5 with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial (60 days or 25 uses)

Security

* BIOS user, supervisor, HDD passwords
* Kensington lock slot

Display

* 15.6" HD 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, high-brightness (220-nit),
* Acer CineCrystal TFT LCD, supporting simultaneous multi-window viewing via Acer GridVista
* 16:9 aspect ratio
* 8 ms high-def response time
* 60% color gamut

Graphics

* Mobile Intel® GM45 Express Chipset with integrated 3D graphics, featuring Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (Intel® GMA 4500MHD)
* Up to 1759 MB of Intel® Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0 (64 MB of dedicated video memory, up to 1695 MB of shared system memory), supporting Microsoft® DirectX® 10
* Dual independent display support
* 16.7 million colors

External resolution/refresh rate

* 2048 x 1536: 60 Hz
* 1920 x 1440: 75/60 Hz
* 1856 x 1392: 75/60 Hz
* 1792 x 1344: 75/60 Hz
* 1600 x 1200: 100/85/75/60 Hz
* 1600 x 900: 60 Hz
* 1400 x 1050: 60 Hz
* 1280 x 1024: 120/100/85/75/60 Hz
* 1280 x 960: 85/60 Hz
* 1280 x 768: 60 Hz
* 1152 x 864: 100/85/75 Hz
* 1024 x 768: 120/100/85/75/60 Hz
* 800 x 600: 120/100/85/72/60 Hz
* 640 x 480: 120/100/85/75/60 Hz
* MPEG-2/DVD acceleration
* WMV9 (VC-1) acceleration
* Acer Arcade featuring Acer CinemaVision and Acer ClearVision technologies

Audio

* Two built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers
* High-definition audio support
* MS-Sound compatible
* Built-in microphone

Input Devices

* 105-/106-key keyboard with inverted "T" cursor layout, 2.5 mm (minimum) key travel
* Touchpad pointing device with multi-gesture technology, featuring circular-motion scrolling and pinch-action zoom
* 12 function keys, four cursor keys, two Windows® keys, hotkey controls, standard numeric keypad, international language support, independent US dollar and Euro symbol keys
* Empowering Key
* Easy-launch buttons: WLAN, Bluetooth®
* Media keys (printed on keyboard): play/pause, stop, previous, next
* Volume meter (volume up/down)

Networking

* Intel® WirelessWiFi Link 5100/5300 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N)
* Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, featuring MIMO technology, supporting Acer SignalUp with Nplify wireless technology
* LAN: Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
* Modem: 56K ITU V.92 with PTT approval, Wake-on-Ring ready

Dimensions

* Width 383mm (15.1)
* Depth 250mm (9.9)
* Height 15/37mm(0.6/1.5)
* Weight 2.7 kg (5.94lbs.)

Power Supply

* ACPI 3.0 CPU power management standard: supports Standby and Hibernation power-saving modes
* 6-cell Li-ion battery pack
* 48.8 W 4400 mAh
* 3.0-hour battery life10
* 2.5-hour rapid charge system-off, 3.5-hour charge-in-use
* 3-pin 65 W AC adapter
* ENERGY STAR® 4.0

Interfaces

* Three USB 2.0 ports
* External display (VGA) port
* Headphone/speaker/line-out jack
* Microphone-in jack
* Ethernet (RJ-45) port
* Modem (RJ-11) port
* DC-in jack for AC adapter

Expansion

* ExpressCard/54 slot
* 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD)

Warranty/Miscellaneous

* 1 Year Warranty
* Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam supporting enhanced Acer PrimaLite technology
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Not a bad spec... but how much are you looking at paying ? GFX card is a bit pants but do you need it to run any heavy gfx on ? Also Acer get mixed reviews (but then again everyones got a gripe about some other manufacturer over something lol!).

Also if its only hdd space why not just buy an external and use that to back up most of your 80gig current one. Frees up the laptop and saves you cash on having to get a new one :-)

Hard to find the specs on the 6600 youve got but is it this:

Specifications
Intel Pentium M processor 725 [1.6 ghz, 400 mhz FSB, 2 mb l2 cache]
15.4 WXGA crystalbrite tft lcd
60 gb hd
dvd dual
(support dvd+r double layer/dvd+rw)
512 mb ddr2[support dual-channel]
802.11 b/g wireless lan
bluetooth

If it is m8 then its actually not a bad laptop (depending on what youre using it for obviously). If its just surfing the net, a few office programs, and basic gaming such as Feeding Frenzy or Solitaire then TBH id stick with what youve got and give it an overhaul to save unnecessary spending. Id get an external hdd and backup everything you can, format and reinstall the OS, buy a good memory upgrade to 2gig and your pretty much laughing. I expect the HDD and the memory is well letting u down atm on that - if you done the above then trust me it would give a whole new lease of life to what you have, youd have more money in your back pocket, and it would speed up the laptop considerably ;-)
#2
Squelds
Not a bad spec... but how much are you looking at paying ? GFX card is a bit pants but do you need it to run any heavy gfx on ? Also Acer get mixed reviews (but then again everyones got a gripe about some other manufacturer over something lol!).

Also if its only hdd space why not just buy an external and use that to back up most of your 80gig current one. Frees up the laptop and saves you cash on having to get a new one :-)

Hard to find the specs on the 6600 youve got but is it this:

Specifications
Intel Pentium M processor 725 [1.6 ghz, 400 mhz FSB, 2 mb l2 cache]
15.4 WXGA crystalbrite tft lcd
60 gb hd
dvd dual
(support dvd+r double layer/dvd+rw)
512 mb ddr2[support dual-channel]
802.11 b/g wireless lan
bluetooth

If it is m8 then its actually not a bad laptop (depending on what youre using it for obviously). If its just surfing the net, a few office programs, and basic gaming such as Feeding Frenzy or Solitaire then TBH id stick with what youve got and give it an overhaul to save unnecessary spending. Id get an external hdd and backup everything you can, format and reinstall the OS, buy a good memory upgrade to 2gig and your pretty much laughing. I expect the HDD and the memory is well letting u down atm on that - if you done the above then trust me it would give a whole new lease of life to what you have, youd have more money in your back pocket, and it would speed up the laptop considerably ;-)


The one we are looking at is £460 from ebuyer

You're not far off our current specs
Intel Pentium M processor 740 [1.73 ghz, 533 mhz FSB, 2 mb l2 cache]
15.4 WXGA crystalbrite tft lcd
80 gb hd (came split into 2 40GB)
dvd dual
(support dvd+r double layer/dvd+rw)
512 mb ddr2[support dual-channel]
802.11 b/g wireless lan

We mainly use it for surfing, & word/excel documents, what's taking up the space is the music files & photos, we have a digital camera & have 8 years worth of pics on there! so obviously we have photo editing software although we don't do much of this, other half occasionally restores some old photos for the family but not very often.

We already have an external Hard drive as I keep a backup of the photos & other docs we may require in case of a hard drive failure, our reasoning behind getting a new one is that we have an old tower pc that our son uses & we'd like to get rid of that, so basically our options are to either get him a cheap laptop or we upgrade & he gets this one, if we go down the route of getting him a cheap one then I'd still need to do something with this re hard drive & memory from what you are saying. I've added memory into a desktop pc before & think I'd be ok doing that on the laptop but what about putting a new hard drive in are they generic or whould I have to get a specific one & how easy is it to get XP installed again, fairly sure it didn't come with an XP disc but I do remember doing a full backup onto 4 dvd as prompted on first starting it up.
#3
Yes if it were mine, and like ive said its not a bad spec for a general machine, then id upgrade the memory first off. Its pretty easy and only usually a couple of screws that hold on a memory cover. Some laptops ive worked on however have had the 2nd memory slot behind the keyboard and can be a bit more fiddly but it all depends where yours are located - usually a google search chucks up some sort of walkthrough on changing the memory. Hard drive, well its up to you. 80 is not a bad size for a laptop. XP i always leave at least a couple of gigs free for swap files and virtual memory etc so realistically once formatted and setup again it leaves roughly 70gig free - is your nipper going to need any more than that ? If yes then look into the spec of the hdd and buy one that matches accordingly - perhaps a 2.5" 5400rpm 320gig WD or something (roughly £45). If hes not going to need more than 70gig then make do and when the times comes use an external hdd or even the internal dvd burner to back stuff up. Fitting a new hdd to a laptop is not that hard to do, again a couple of screws here and there, removal of the existing caddy and then putting it all back together again. Usually a 10 min job. The rest is in the setting up.

As far as XP is concerned its not that hard to reset IF you know what your doing - boot to CD in bios, delete ALL partitions as there not really any need to segment, create a new partition and then reinstall XP. If you do not have a disk then TBH the easiest bet is to borrow one or even download a copy. You will have a legitimate XP key on the base of that laptop which you can use legally. Just make sure you match the version of XP it says on the sticker - XP Home to XP Home, XP Corp to XP Corp, whatever you have on the sticker.

Like i have said i would go down this route if i were you. Then again i find it easy coz ive been building PCs and doing tech support stuff for the best part of 30 years now. So if i make it sound easy and you think its going to be a nightmare then just dont be afraid coz its not that hard honestly. First port of call - RAM, then a nice clean install and setup of the OS and it'll feel like a new machine !
#4
Squelds
Yes if it were mine, and like ive said its not a bad spec for a general machine, then id upgrade the memory first off. Its pretty easy and only usually a couple of screws that hold on a memory cover. Some laptops ive worked on however have had the 2nd memory slot behind the keyboard and can be a bit more fiddly but it all depends where yours are located - usually a google search chucks up some sort of walkthrough on changing the memory. Hard drive, well its up to you. 80 is not a bad size for a laptop. XP i always leave at least a couple of gigs free for swap files and virtual memory etc so realistically once formatted and setup again it leaves roughly 70gig free - is your nipper going to need any more than that ? If yes then look into the spec of the hdd and buy one that matches accordingly - perhaps a 2.5" 5400rpm 320gig WD or something (roughly £45). If hes not going to need more than 70gig then make do and when the times comes use an external hdd or even the internal dvd burner to back stuff up. Fitting a new hdd to a laptop is not that hard to do, again a couple of screws here and there, removal of the existing caddy and then putting it all back together again. Usually a 10 min job. The rest is in the setting up.

As far as XP is concerned its not that hard to reset IF you know what your doing - boot to CD in bios, delete ALL partitions as there not really any need to segment, create a new partition and then reinstall XP. If you do not have a disk then TBH the easiest bet is to borrow one or even download a copy. You will have a legitimate XP key on the base of that laptop which you can use legally. Just make sure you match the version of XP it says on the sticker - XP Home to XP Home, XP Corp to XP Corp, whatever you have on the sticker.

Like i have said i would go down this route if i were you. Then again i find it easy coz ive been building PCs and doing tech support stuff for the best part of 30 years now. So if i make it sound easy and you think its going to be a nightmare then just dont be afraid coz its not that hard honestly. First port of call - RAM, then a nice clean install and setup of the OS and it'll feel like a new machine !


Thanks for all the advice, I think we will get a new one for us & let my son have this one, 70GB will be plenty for him so first thing to do is get the new one & then do a new install on this & then have to look at upgrading the memory if it's required, with only the basics loaded the memory might be enough for him, it certanly wasn't slow when purchased new but when there's 3 years worth of other bits & bobs no longer required it get bogged down!.

It is currently set at 2 40GB drives this is how it came, how would I go about making it one 80GB hard drive either before or after starting fresh?
#5
Trust me... XP needs a minimum of 512mb of RAM to run at least a bit smooth. This is ok when u get a nice new system with hardly anything on it, then 3 months down the line when u start populating your programs it will slow down considerably. Putting in AT LEAST 1gig will speed it up greatly and well worth doing, as i said before though if it were me id go for 2gig. As far as your drive being in 2 partitions of 40gig you can reassign all drive space on install of XP. Just back up everything on the drive you need then when it comes to reinstall, delete ALL partitions that exist atm, then create a new partition in the unassigned drive space using the MAX space available.
#6
Thanks once again, I'm not very well informed on doing a new install and setting partitions so I'm going to see if I can search for an online guide that gives me step by step instructions, if you know of a good one thats in plain english then I'd appreciate a link :)

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