MSI WIND U135 WIN XP 7HOUR NETBOOK WHITE REFURB £138.98 @Argos/Ebay - HotUKDeals
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Back in stock! Slightly more expensive than last time, still worth the price
With 12 months Argos warranty

Please note: This product does not have a CD/DVD drive.
CPU and Memory:
Intel Atom N455.
Processor speed 1.66GHz.
1GB.
160GB SATA hard drive.
Display features:
10in display.
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels.
Graphics:
Intel GMA 3150 graphics card.
Interfaces and connectivity:
4-in-1 media card reader.
3 USB ports.
B/g wireless/WiFi enabled.
Multi-media features:
0.3MP built-in webcam.
Operating system and software:
Microsoft Windows XP.
Music.
Photo.
Movie .
Business .
Tuition .
Gaming .
General features:
Size H26, W18, D19cm.
Weight 1.2kg.
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4 Likes #1
First things to do when you get this machine to make it faster:
1. Remove bloatware with PC Decrapifier:
http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/download

2.a. Remove whatever security program they've put on, especially if it's McAfee, using Appremover (or search for the specific removal utility from whichever antivirus vendor is on the PC):
http://www.appremover.com/

2.b. Disable Windows Defender otherwise it might conflict with av software:
http://www.avira.com/en/support-for-business-knowledgebase-detail/kbid/587

3. Install faster av program such as free Avast! antivirus or Antivir depending on your preference
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus
http://www.avast.com/en-gb/free-antivirus-download
(follow these instructions to remove the Antivir nag popup http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm)

4. Run Startup Lite from Malwarebytes:
http://www.malwarebytes.org/startuplite.php

5. Check for yourself what is set to startup with Windows using Autoruns:
http://download.cnet.com/AutoRuns/3000-2094_4-10744886.html

Afterwards you could run services.msc and set to manual services you don't need (lots of guides on the net, particularly blackviper), run crapcleaner (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/slim), install extra memory, or run cleanmem (http://www.pcwintech.com/cleanmem) which may or may not do anything.
1 Like #2
I found this made mine super fast
#3
Good deal, heat added
#4
Good price for a netbook with a big battery, will sell fast.
#5
Can you play Club Penguin on this. May be a silly question, but my daughter tried on someones we know and it didn't work well on it. It's a crucial factor for buying this for my 8 year old.
#6
Good price, Get in Fast! Heat Added
#7
Sounds good but with usb3 around the corner & proper resolution will vote hot but hold off
#8
How much was it last time?
#9
afternoondelight
Can you play Club Penguin on this. May be a silly question, but my daughter tried on someones we know and it didn't work well on it. It's a crucial factor for buying this for my 8 year old.

Anyone????
#10
Good price. Bought two of these recently from Argos. Cracking little machines. One is now my Squeezebox server, the other is used as a proper laptop.
BG
#11
Its an N455 atom version which consumes much less power than the usual N270 atom CPUs in most netbooks at this price point. This means tha battery should last twice as long in my experience.
#12
Will this play GTA4? :)
#13
afternoondelight
afternoondelight
Can you play Club Penguin on this. May be a silly question, but my daughter tried on someones we know and it didn't work well on it. It's a crucial factor for buying this for my 8 year old.


Anyone????


I'm not sure anyone will really know what "Club Penguin" is to be fair, wish i could help.
2 Likes #14
cactidust
Will this play GTA4? :)

Why would you want to play this when you could be playing Club Penguin (_;)

Edited By: afternoondelight on Mar 09, 2011 21:16
#15
Woohoo - I can't say I need it but would be pretty cool with osx or linux so ordered! Cheers.
#16
If the battery on these lasts for 7 hours then I am definitely princess Diana. Just think why they ended up returned and onto their ebay site.

Edited By: Aiadi on Mar 09, 2011 21:18
#17
Would it be worth upgrading from XP?
#18
Aiadi
If the battery on these lasts for 7 hours then I am definitely princess Diana. Just think why they ended up returned and onto their ebay site.


Your right ...they last roughly 6 hours !!

I own 3 of these and have no probs with them at all ....awsome little netbook ...even better at this price !!!
#19
afternoondelight
afternoondelight
Can you play Club Penguin on this. May be a silly question, but my daughter tried on someones we know and it didn't work well on it. It's a crucial factor for buying this for my 8 year old.


Anyone????

I dont think people are ignoring you, but instead, no-one has experience with club penguin!

Didnt work in what way? Stuttery, didnt load fully etc? I have no experience with club penguin but hopefullly if you can give more details someone on here can help. :) To anyone in the know , its an online flash based game.(maybe lack of hardware acceleration for flash on certain netbook chips? kind of clutching at straws there... )
#20
jaybear88
afternoondelight
afternoondelight
Can you play Club Penguin on this. May be a silly question, but my daughter tried on someones we know and it didn't work well on it. It's a crucial factor for buying this for my 8 year old.
Anyone????
I dont think people are ignoring you, but instead, no-one has experience with club penguin!Didnt work in what way? Stuttery, didnt load fully etc? I have no experience with club penguin but hopefullly if you can give more details someone on here can help. :) To anyone in the know , its an online flash based game.(maybe lack of hardware acceleration for flash on certain netbook chips? kind of clutching at straws there... )

Just checked their site and it gave this information. Should be fine, maybe the one she used before had problems and was basically rubbish.

Processor: Pentium III
Speed: 500MHz
Modem Speed: 56K modem or better
Operating System: Windows 98, NT, 2000, ME, XP, or Vista
Web Browser: Internet Explorer 6, Netscape 7.2, or Firefox 1
Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 9

Every type of PC is different, so you may have to ask an adult to help you check the settings. If you use WinXP you can right-click on “My Computer” on the top of your screen. Then click on “Properties” to get most of the information.
#21
afternoondelight looks like it is a no no, I have the Medion version of this, which has been great, however, I have just loaded and joined Club Penguin, but when I click on start it does not run.

DG
#22
afternoondelight - Mar 09, 2011 20:50
Can you play Club Penguin on this. May be a silly question, but my daughter tried on someones we know and it didn't work well on it. It's a crucial factor for buying this for my 8 year old.


Not a silly question at all but looks like nobody with a netbook plays Club penguin. It runs fine on my elderly Celeron laptop (which can't run Bamzooki) so don't see why not - doesn't need a powerful processor or graphics card. Was your friend's netbook running Linux rather than Windows?
#23
Wonder why these got refurbed, were they generally bad in the first place?
banned#24
afternoondelight
Can you play Club Penguin on this. May be a silly question, but my daughter tried on someones we know and it didn't work well on it. It's a crucial factor for buying this for my 8 year old.


Yeah, my son plays club penguin and ben weevils ok
#25
donny-gal
Would it be worth upgrading from XP?


In a word...no.
#26
hackintosh?
#27
eatmorefish
donny-gal
Would it be worth upgrading from XP?


In a word...no.


Eh ....absolute rubbish..... mine works perfectly well on Win 7 Ultimate .....just makes sure it has 2Gb of memory in it.

Edited By: Mecoconuts on Mar 09, 2011 21:52
1 Like #28
To that first massive post its as easy as: format c: and re-install windows. Done
#29
Thanks OP. Bought one of these last time you posted at £134.99. Really impressed with the speed of delivery. Well packaged. May be a refurb, but indistinguisable from new item in my experience. Nice little netbook. Fast boot time. Added 1GB of RAM from Crucial. Battery life about 3.5 hours thus far. All-in-all an absolutely bargain. Family are well pleased. Thanks.
1 Like #30
We bought one last month, very easy to upgrade to 2gb for £10.79

http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=A3F55285A5CA7304

and a simple guide on how to fit it

http://www.laptopmag.com/advice/how-to/msi-wind-ram.aspx?step=1

Very pleased with it <3
#31
I bought one of these last time fantastic just about to get another one. Battery life is amazing its does just what i need it to do. i have experimented and have intalled win7 and osx its does it all. i havent tried android as i cant get any istructions for this. for the money just buy it, if you dont like it youll get your money back of you sell it on.
#32
I bought one of these last time fantastic just about to get another one. Battery life is amazing its does just what i need it to do. i have experimented and have intalled win7 and osx its does it all. i havent tried android as i cant get any istructions for this. for the money just buy it, if you dont like it youll get your money back of you sell it on.
#33
redbiro
Sounds good but with usb3 around the corner & proper resolution will vote hot but hold off

I do not expect USB3 any time soon - not even the new desktop platform has it included. And I doubt that the Atom has the CPU power to handle it... But I hope that *net*books will get gigabit ethernet soon. And a better resolution, that is true.
#34
Does it have an easily removable battery so that I could just run it off the mains or does the battery stay in permenantly (like a DS Lite etc)?
#35
I bought one after the last offer was posted. Looked great. Then did a keyboard test. Some of the keys were faulty, so it has gone straight back to Argos' agent for repair. Just unlucky?

Edited By: dusinane on Mar 09, 2011 22:47
#36
#37
mummyto2boys
We bought one last month, very easy to upgrade to 2gb for £10.79


I bought the memory, then realised I had to damage the warranty sticker to install it. If they had MSI warranty, I understand I'd be OK (you register the machine and then go ahead) but has anyone asked Argos whether upgrading the memory leaves their warranty intact or not?

Thanks,
BG
1 Like #38
Guys - I'm not sure if this has been asked, already - but does anyone know if this machine can play Club Penguin?

A few of my friends have a 'get-together' every Friday night for marathon Club Penguin sessions - I was hoping I could take along this netbook.
#39
when Igot mine I unpacked it, didnt even bother switching it on before unscrewing the base, adding an extra 1gb ram, installed my 500gb hard drive out my other laptop, screwed it all together again, installed windows 7 ultimate off a usb stick, did a full windows update and now here i sit on it!

First impressions of how small these netbooks are after coming from a 15" laptop, but since all i do nowadays is browse the web, check emails, and watch the odd movie or top gear episode, this small form factor is somethig i will get used too over time.

Speed wise, its very very nippy. I guess this is because i did a clean install with an extra 1gb of ram right from the off, so i cant compare how it ran on 1gb ram with all the bloatwise installed, but even if your a little bit competant, you should just do a clean install of windows, it makes the machine much much nippier.

720p video playback seems to work ok as long as you dont have anything else running at the time. It can lag occasionally, but on the whole, seems ok.

Speakers are crap, as to be expected, and im still getting used to the keyboard.

Not sure if this will make it to be my only laptop / netbook. for what i do, its good enough though to be fair. Very very portable, very light, and very easy to use. Mine came perfectly boxed, with all accesories, and no faults to report what so ever. for £150 odd, im very very happy :)
#40
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I bought the memory, then realised I had to damage the warranty sticker to install it. If they had MSI warranty, I understand I'd be OK (you register the machine and then go ahead) but has anyone asked Argos whether upgrading the memory leaves their warranty intact or not?

Thanks,
BG[/quote]

Hello. No it shouldn't void the warranty as it's a common upgrade. And besides, if you check the item manual and it explains how memory can be upgraded without explicitly outlining that adding extra memory voids warranty then there's nothing the seller can do but adhere to the standard warranty policy.

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