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For those of you who missed out on the Amazon deal @ £166.63, save yourself an additional £1.29 on top!

Now £165.23 using code VAT3
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#1
argh i want one. damn you for posting good deals.
#2
Mm, How does this compare to the infamous Dell Mini 9 "offer"?

It does not look tooo different on a quick look, other than the internal memory.

Ta!
#3
Obviously the dell "offer" was £65 cheaper so much better value. In terms of hardware spec, there really isn't much in it (at all) and they both run Linux, albeit slightly customised by the manufacturer.

And an additional 1GB of RAM is only £13 from Crucial (possibly cheaper elsewhere)
#4
What about the Tesco one:£179.00
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.204-6391.aspx
-£3.92 VAT back
-£13.00 E coupon XXC7NM =£162.08
then you could get 3% back through quidco on that.
plus clubcard points.
banned#5
Herm

-£13.00 E coupon XXC7NM =£162.08


just be aware that that coupon is a 'use one time only' coupon
#6
How can the Amazon deal be roasting hot, then expired and this be cheaper but colder? lol
#7
Will this notebook accept an external optical drive plugged in through one of the usb ports.

Also anybody know of a good firewall to use with linux as i understand AV is not really needed.

Thanks
#8
0.3MP webcam ?? is that right? seems low

cracking price might buy one :)
#9
Rich_T;3654665
0.3MP webcam ?? is that right? seems low

cracking price might buy one :)


Same as the Dell Mini 9 - It does sound low but its perfectly adequate for a webcam.
#10
Mr Plum
Will this notebook accept an external optical drive plugged in through one of the usb ports.

Also anybody know of a good firewall to use with linux as i understand AV is not really needed.

Thanks


Yes it will. It's worth noting that the performance of XP on this isn't fantastic if you are planning to install it - better of going with the harddrive version.

Also diy RAM upgrade is not for the faint hearted as it involves dismantling practically the entire computer.
#11
Hi

what was the dell deal and would i still be able to get it?

many thanks

Kelly
#12
greencat
Yes it will. It's worth noting that the performance of XP on this isn't fantastic if you are planning to install it - better of going with the harddrive version.


Try Windows TinyXP Rev09 insead of normal XP. TinyXP installation only uses 390Mb of hard-disk space, whereas the normal full install of XP Professional takes up 1100Mb of space allowing your PC to run fast. Therefore it should be ideal for the Aspire One. I haven't tried this yet though. As far as I can tell you can use your existing XP product key too.

When you boot from this CD you have the following options:

1 - TinyXP With IE/OE/WMP (With Added Driverpacks)
2 - TinyXP With IE/OE/WMP (Without Added Driverpacks)
3 - TinyXP Without IE/OE/WMP (With Added Driverpacks)
4 - TinyXP Without IE/OE/WMP (Without Added Driverpacks)
5 - TinyXP BARE With IE/OE/WMP (With Added Driverpacks)
6 - TinyXP BARE With IE/OE/WMP (Without Added Driverpacks)
7 - TinyXP BARE Without IE/OE/WMP (With Added Driverpacks)
8 - TinyXP BARE Without IE/OE/WMP (Without Added Driverpacks)
9 - TinyXP With Repair Option (Product Key Already Filled In)

Abbreviations from above:

IE ---> Internet Explorer
OE ---> Outlook Express
WMP ---> Windows Media Player

Statistics:

OPTION 1/2 (With IE/OE/WMP)
RAM Usage On First Installation............ 85 Mb
WINDOWS Folder............................. 561 Mb

OPTION 3/4 (Without IE/OE/WMP)
RAM Usage On First Installation............ 75 Mb
WINDOWS Folder............................. 517 Mb

OPTION 5/6 (BARE, With IE/OE/WMP)
RAM Usage On First Installation............ 60 Mb
WINDOWS Folder............................. 488 Mb

OPTION 7/8 (BARE, Without IE/OE/WMP)
RAM Usage On First Installation............ 50 Mb
WINDOWS Folder............................. 459 Mb

Not 100% sure about legitimacy though as it has been stripped out by an external party and not Microsoft and thus I do not condone it, just passing on the info... :whistling: :thumbsup: :santa:
#13
Don't forget that you get 5% cashback on the Dixons deal if you pay with an Egg Money card too, bringing the total down to around £157 :thumbsup:
#14
Here's something that I typed in on another thread so I thought it would help to cut'n'paste it here for those new to the Aspire One...

[size=3]Upgrading RAM[/SIZE]
Currently, all available models of the Acer Aspire (regardless of colour, HDD/SSD, 512Mb/1Gb RAM) have 512Mb hard-soldered on to the motherboard with only one available DDR2 SO-DIMM slot. There is a limit of 1Gb in that slot and so that means you can only have a maximum of 1.5Gb of total RAM. With the 1Gb Aspires, there is already a 512MB stick present in the slot and so you would waste a 512Mb stick in order to replace it with 1Gb one.


[size=3]Add more disk space with SSD models[/SIZE]
The SSD drive present in all Aspire Ones are 1.8inch IDE form factor and so can ony be upgraded with another SSD or normal HDD of the 1.8inch variety. The more common size is the 2.5inch and this will NOT physically fit inside the case of the Aspire One.

[SIZE="3"]Add more disk space with HDD models[/SIZE]
In the HDD models, the drive in use is a standard 2.5inch SATA type, much like those used in modern day notebooks and even the PS3. The underside of the casing on these models is different in that there is a *very* slight bulge in order to accomodate the slightly larger form factor. You can replace the drive with another 2.5inch SATA HDD drive of larger capacity or go for an aftermarket SSD if you want to spend as much (or more) on that than you did on the Aspire one itself :-D


[size=3]How easy is it to do any of the above?[/SIZE]
Not very. There are no easy to access compartments underneath the Aspire One to upgrade either the RAM or the HDD/SSD. If you want an idea of how far you need to go to do anything inside the Aspire One then have a quick scroll through this...

http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=2673


[size=3]The other method of adding more disk space[/SIZE]
The Aspire One has two Secure-Digital slots, one on the left hand side and one on the right. The one on the left can be used to expand the storage already present on the Aspire One, regardless of whether it's the SSD or the HDD model. Insert an SD card into that slot and the available space will be combined with what's already available. Eg your SSD is down to 4Gb free and you added a 16Gb empty SDHC card. Your total available space then jumps up to 20Gb! I haven't actually used this feature myself yet so I can't say for sure how the OS decided where the files should go first, fill up the SSD/HDD first and then overflow to the SDHC or some kind of mix.

:stocking::santa::gift:
#15
Mr Plum
Also anybody know of a good firewall to use with linux as i understand AV is not really needed.


Linpus Linux is a fork of Fedora so you will probably want to use the Fedora firewall, which I believe ships on the device anyways. Linux is not like Windows where you need to go install a bunch of 3rd party apps, pretty much the best software available in any given category is the default one that ships with it. (No reason not ship the best when all the software is open source and hence can by included at no additional cost)
#16
balltheheed
Try Windows TinyXP Rev09 insead of normal XP. TinyXP installation only uses 390Mb of hard-disk space, whereas the normal full install of XP Professional takes up 1100Mb of space allowing your PC to run fast. Therefore it should be ideal for the Aspire One. I haven't tried this yet though. As far as I can tell you can use your existing XP product key too.

When you boot from this CD you have the following options:

1 - TinyXP With IE/OE/WMP (With Added Driverpacks)
2 - TinyXP With IE/OE/WMP (Without Added Driverpacks)
3 - TinyXP Without IE/OE/WMP (With Added Driverpacks)
4 - TinyXP Without IE/OE/WMP (Without Added Driverpacks)
5 - TinyXP BARE With IE/OE/WMP (With Added Driverpacks)
6 - TinyXP BARE With IE/OE/WMP (Without Added Driverpacks)
7 - TinyXP BARE Without IE/OE/WMP (With Added Driverpacks)
8 - TinyXP BARE Without IE/OE/WMP (Without Added Driverpacks)
9 - TinyXP With Repair Option (Product Key Already Filled In)

Abbreviations from above:

IE ---> Internet Explorer
OE ---> Outlook Express
WMP ---> Windows Media Player

Statistics:

OPTION 1/2 (With IE/OE/WMP)
RAM Usage On First Installation............ 85 Mb
WINDOWS Folder............................. 561 Mb

OPTION 3/4 (Without IE/OE/WMP)
RAM Usage On First Installation............ 75 Mb
WINDOWS Folder............................. 517 Mb

OPTION 5/6 (BARE, With IE/OE/WMP)
RAM Usage On First Installation............ 60 Mb
WINDOWS Folder............................. 488 Mb

OPTION 7/8 (BARE, Without IE/OE/WMP)
RAM Usage On First Installation............ 50 Mb
WINDOWS Folder............................. 459 Mb

Not 100% sure about legitimacy though as it has been stripped out by an external party and not Microsoft and thus I do not condone it, just passing on the info... :whistling: :thumbsup: :santa:


How much ram does XP take up nowerdays? I used to run XP on my old desktop back in 2003. It only had 256mb of ram and althugh XP was abit slow it was quite useable. When I finally upgraded to 512mb it wasn't slow at all. And RAM back then was a little slower than the stuff today.
#17
Since extra / replacement RAM became dirt cheap everyone assumes more is better.

It will benefit the System Cache since the Aspire One probably uses a MLC SSD (slow).
#18
sotomonkey
How much ram does XP take up nowerdays? I used to run XP on my old desktop back in 2003. It only had 256mb of ram and althugh XP was abit slow it was quite useable. When I finally upgraded to 512mb it wasn't slow at all. And RAM back then was a little slower than the stuff today.


Not sure mate I'm not that technical with computer hardware. However I've been looking on various websites and they all say that this TinyXP is MUCH quicker than standard XP so it can only be a bonus for those choosing to run XP on the Aspire One. ;-)
banned#19
Are there car chargers available to use with the Acer Aspire One?

If so, please can you post a link, I have been trying to find one but can find one.


Thanks,
banned#20
Will the Huwaai usb mobile broadband with 3 network work well with this?

Thanks,
#21
you can get the newer version Acer Aspire One A150L exact same spec but with 120gb for £189 at play

only problem is you have to use the RAC 5% trick to bring it down from 199.99 to 189 which i believe some people have problems with. i haven't and have used it numerous times:whistling:

£22 more is worth it for a lot more hdd space plus would run xp better i believe for those of you who want to do that:thumbsup:
#22
2 hours battery life on this? hmmm
#23
hotuk
Are there car chargers available to use with the Acer Aspire One?

If so, please can you post a link, I have been trying to find one but can find one.


Thanks,


Hi

I got one from brando in HK

http://brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=02772

Works fine with my acer aspire A150, they have a good travel charger as well, which is more flexible than the standard one. Great as a spare.
#24
Had a look at this today in dixons, doesnt look as good a build quality as I'd hoped, Still voted hot but I wont be getting one.
banned#25
Gordeh
Hi

I got one from brando in HK

http://brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=02772

Works fine with my acer aspire A150, they have a good travel charger as well, which is more flexible than the standard one. Great as a spare.



Thanks, that would work out to £12.17 (US$18), can I get it at around that price in the UK as would not like to order from a site in Hong Kong
#26
hotuk
Thanks, that would work out to £12.17 (US$18), can I get it at around that price in the UK as would not like to order from a site in Hong Kong


I ordered from them and it was very quick to arrive. I've not seen anything similiar in the UK apart from on ebay and I think that was a german seller.
#27
My post from last weeks AAO thread, mebbe of interest to prospective buyers:

Hi all,

I have had this exact model since before it was officially launched in the UK, and am an active member of the Aspire One User forums.

The bottom line regarding Linux and these machines is as follows:

On the face of it, Linux isn't a whole lot different to Windows. You click on Icons to launch applications, you can browse the web and check your email in a similar way to how you would on XP or Vista.

What differs most is the system administration. Under the skin, Linux and Windows are very different, making things such as installing software sharing files between your Aspire and your Windows PC different - not necessarily more difficult, just different. This can take some getting used to.

Also, companies are usually more reluctant to offer drivers for Linux, so setting up printers etc... is usually more of a headache.

The Linpus Linux OS however is more tailored to the "lightweight" hardware of the One - hence it will run faster than Windows XP. If you are willing to put up with Linux, you'll have a better end user experience and probably find that you will learn to love it. Remember that you cannot install Windows applications (i.e. iTunes), but you can emulate them and there are plenty of free alternatives. Linux is a smarter OS - it doesnt require anti-virus software, and is much more customizable than Windows. You also have the freedom of choice - there are hundreds of Linux distributions out there, in different colours, shapes and sizes. Windows however, is just Windows.

What I want to enforce is that most users new to Linux only seem to get into a mess when carrying out administrative tasks. Hence ,if you want the best experience and aren't afraid of change or learning something new go for Linux. If you don't want the hassle of trying to learn a new OS, go for Windows. If you simply just want to turn it on, browse the web/email/documents and do not much else, then go for Linux.

Any questions about One's or Linux, feel free to PM me or post here and I'll endeavour to help out.

Here is a picture or two of my Linux desktop (running Ubuntu Linux - of course the Linpus Linux that comes with the One doessn't look like this, nor may your chosen distro):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/Andysan/Desktop2.png

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/Andysan/Desktop1.png
#28
aledpc
Had a look at this today in dixons, doesnt look as good a build quality as I'd hoped, Still voted hot but I wont be getting one.

I thought Dixons had closed all its high street stores? :thinking:
#29
Now £165.23 using code VAT3 :thumbsup:
#30
Got one the other day, great machine and as its the first time ive used a Linux machine im a fan already
#31
Happy5 code makes it £161.82....
#32
Voted hot!
#33
now Even Cheaper At £161.82 Delivered
#34
ought
Mm, How does this compare to the infamous Dell Mini 9 "offer"?

It does not look tooo different on a quick look, other than the internal memory.

Ta!


where is the dell offer pls i wanna dell? help
#35
Got a brand new battery still sealed if anyone is interested
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/351270/acer-aspire-one-brand-new-battery-s/

£25

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