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Dell mini 9 - 8 GB SSD - Win XP - Sluggish performance - Help!!

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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
I received my Dell mini 9 8 GB SSD - 1 GB RAM - Win XP with WWAN last week from the Dell outlet. Having used it for a week, I noticed that the performance is very sluggish with the default Win XP install which comes with it.

IE takes a bit to open and if I am using around 3 to 4 applications simultaneously, then the applications switch from one to another takes ages. I tried to used sky player on my mini 9 and the video playback is also very sluggish and choppy.

Overall I am not very impressed, even though it is lightweight and looks good, the performance is very sluggish. I also have a Acer aspire one with 160 GB HDD, 1 GB RAM with linpus lite and the acer perfoms far better than the mini 9.

Can someone tell me that is it me only who is having such problems or is this a common problem with the 8 GB SSD ones which have the default Win XP install from dell.

If I move to nLite or vLite will this solve the problem or will the problem still persist because of the sluggish 8 GB SSD?

Someone on the dell outlet mini 9 thread did warn about the sluggishness ofthe 8 GB SSD, but I didn't pay much attention to it and now I am repenting. Thinking of calling Dell tech support.
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
dcx_badass
They all use really crap SSDs.


Yes, and this seems to reflect in the performance. Wonder, why not many users have pointed the sluggishness before or it is only me who has received the crap one.:oops:
#2
sluggish compared to what tho?
#3
XP shouldnt be on SSD's, too much paging, kills the SSD in no time at all.
#4
Maybe one day SSDs will be able to be as fast as a HD, but I'm not going to hold my breath. I decided to buy a Netbook with a HD and the speed is ok even thought it has an Atom processor.
#5
Predikuesi
Maybe one day SSDs will be able to be as fast as a HD, but I'm not going to hold my breath. I decided to buy a Netbook with a HD and the speed is ok even thought it has an Atom processor.


Yep, my acer aspire one with 160 GB HDD works fantastic.

So what's the solution to this sluggish performance - does installing nLite or vLite help?
#6
kaku_lala;5821858
Yep, my acer aspire one with 160 GB HDD works fantastic.

So what's the solution to this sluggish performance - does installing nLite or vLite help?


To be honest, though I have never used it, I think that only Linux will be any good. I know there are cutdown versions of XP, but I wonder if they would be any better in the long run.

I thought about getting a Linux netbook, but my Fujitsu Siemens (only 60g HD) was going really cheaply. I'm glad I did.
#7
v2drinkers;5821890
Windows 7 is the answer - works a treat and quick.

PS upgrade the memory to 2Gig too



Will that work on SSD? Great if it does.
#8
I plan to give one of these a try:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NLite_and_vLite

Does some one know of any useful guide for this purpose?
#9
Recently i put xp on a acer netbook with a hardrive, it seemed o.k then my mate asked me to put on his machine that was same spec except instead of hardrive it had solid state memory, all i can say is it took ages longer than mine to install and it was very slow once installed. I would not buy one with solid state memory or recomend one untill things improve with read / write speeds. I did note that it was also slower when formatted to ntfs rather than fat32.
#10
OSX works fab on the standard 8gb mini - really flies and waaaay better than XP :-D
#11
DudeyGeeza
XP shouldnt be on SSD's, too much paging, kills the SSD in no time at all.


Nonsense, that may have been true on the first SSDs but the modern ones are definitely up to the task of being an OS drive.

Predikuesi
Maybe one day SSDs will be able to be as fast as a HD, but I'm not going to hold my breath. I decided to buy a Netbook with a HD and the speed is ok even thought it has an Atom processor.


SSDs are already faster than HDDs in most catagories, if they weren't expensive and low capacity they'd have replaced HDDs by now.

However, not all SSDs are equal and Dell and Acer have fitted extremely slow models to their netbooks - probably to keep the price down.
banned#12
I have an nlited version on my mini 9 8gb ssd. turn paging off and put 2gb ram in there. turn the indexer off too

it is fast as. from cold boot to surfing takes about 25 seconds.

google for dell xp n lite. you need a retail XP key for it to work though

is about 2gb fully updated with SP3 and office 2007 installed.
#13
Single core atom, slow SSD designed for value rather than performance and multitasking 3 or 4 apps at once? Its never going to be fast!

The netbook simply isn't designed to be used in this way - the CPU and storage cannot cope with such a usage model, particularly using the likes of IE. Using a lightweight Linux distro (or maybe Win 7) will help as would a faster SSD, but the supplied 8GB SSD has far more in common with a cheap SD-flash card than a performance (read several hundred-£) SSD...
#14
ive had my mini9 for 3 or 4 months now and love it as i dont have anything else similar to compare it to altho ive got a mini10 on the way with the 120gb hdd so we'll see how that performs with XP

Ive got WinXP running ok on mine using nlite and have also install Win7 using vlite on a friends mini9.

have a read of my nlite post on the last mini9 thread
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/432379/dell-mini-9-with-mobile-broadband-b/showpost.php?p=5712461&postcount=210

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