Netbooks or subnotebooks are very small, inexpensive, minimal notebook or laptop PCs

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How do I change the wallpaper of Windows 7 Starter Edition?

Is there a way to change the desktop wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter Edition? I wanted to do that on my new netbook, just to find out that there is no "Customize" option in the control panel. Microsoft ...
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How can I toggle Full Screen mode in Remote Desktop without a Break key?

My small laptop has a small keyboard, which lacks a Pause/Break key. Ctrl-Alt-Break toggles Full Screen mode in Windows Remote Desktop. Without a Break key, how can I enter Full Screen mode? I know I ...
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Difference between a netbook, a notebook, and a laptop

What's the difference between the terms 'netbook', 'notebook', and 'laptop'? I've always just called portable computers "laptops", but apparently there is a technical difference between the three.
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Netbook recomendations for a developer [closed]

I am thinking about getting a netbook for a secondary laptop. Ideally it would mainly be used for surfing/email/travel, but I would like it to be good enough to be able to run Visual Studio for when I ...
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Force Windows 8 Metro apps to run lower resolutions below 1024x768?

I have installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Samsung NB30 netbook. I was very excited to try it on this little box cause it has a touchscreen and Windows 8 is supposed to be optimized for ...
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Does Windows 7 run acceptably on a 1 GB RAM Atom netbook?

Does Windows 7 live well on a 1 GB RAM Atom netbook? It's hard for me to try before I buy at the moment, so any advice from those that are already running Windows 7 would be appreciated.
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How much will full-disk encryption slow down a netbook?

I've been comfortable using TrueCrypt volumes to protect various sets of files on my computers. But I've gathered there can be more convenience and security to be had be encrypting the full hard disk, ...
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How can I emulate middle click in Windows on a touchpad?

On my laptop, the touchpad drivers for it allowed me to emulate middle click by clicking both the left and right mouse buttons at the same time. I'd like to have the same feature on with my netbook's ...
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Tips for improving Windows 7 performance on a netbook [closed]

Windows 7 doesn't run very well on my HP Mini (Atom 280N with 2GB DDR2). Does anyone have anyor any tips for improving the general performance of Windows 7 on netbooks?
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How can I move the start menu / task bar to a secondary display?

I have a netbook using Windows XP, with a secondary monitor attached. Both monitors are configured and working correctly. What I would like to do is move the start menu and the task bar over to the ...
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Windows 7 Ultimate on a netbook

Is there any reason not to run Win7 Ultimate on a netbook - compared to the other versions of Win7? Sorry - should have been clear in my original post. I have an MSDN sub so cost isn't a concern. I'm ...
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How to disable my netbook's touchpad when a usb mouse is connected

This is the first computer I have ever bought and I couldn't bring it home without a mouse of its own. I'm trying to disable the touchpad but the only option I find is by uninstalling the drivers, ...
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Why do so many netbooks have a base resolution of 1024 x 600

I'm running a piece of software the requires a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768. I was thinking about getting a netbook, but many of the netbooks I have looked at have a resolution of 1024 x ...
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Netbook screen too small, Software fix?

I have a netbook with a maximum screen resolution of 1024x600. I'm running a dualboot Ubuntu10.10 & Backtrack4r2, and I'm having some trouble with windows whose "height" was larger than 600px. ...
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“This CPU is not compatible with 64-bit mode.” - Installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on a netbook with a 64-bit Intel Atom CPU

I tried installing Windows 7 Ultimate SP 1, 64-bit on a netbook (Lenovo IdeaPad S110), which has the Intel Atom N2800 (1.86 GHz) as its processor, but I get the following error message when the ...
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Spilled vinegar on laptop, what to do?

We accidentally spilt vinegar on netbook (EeePC). What should we do about it? Should we try to wash vinegar out or just let it dry?
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On my netbook, how can I disable the touch pad while I'm typing to avoid bumping it?

I'm getting very frustrated with this. I know I can use an external mouse and disable the touch pad, but that isn't always convenient. I'm running Windows 7 on an EEEPc 900HA
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Rescuing an encrypted hard drive

A friend of mine asked me to encrypt the hard drive on his netbook (running Windows Vista) so I used TrueCrypt's full-system encryption to do it. All is well. Except now he forgot his Windows login ...
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Place calls from Windows (7) using a SIM-card

So, I have a built-in Globetrotter SIM module in my netbook that allows me to access the internet over 3G. The software that comes with it also allows me to send and receive text messages. However, ...
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Will an SSD speed up an Atom-based netbook?

I have an Asus EEE PC 1000H, which I bought for its light weight and great battery life. However, it is painfully slow. Judging by the constant flickering of the HDD light, disk I/O looks like a ...
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1 GB RAM enough for netbook?

My family is getting my much younger brother a netbook for Christmas, and I'm picking it out. The sweet spot as far as prices go is 1 GB of RAM, but I'm worried that it's not enough for what he does: ...
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How do I load windows 7 on my netbook from a USB key? Failing on CD/DVD Driver

I'm trying to load windows 7 on my brand new Acer Aspire One netbook. I made my USB key bootable etc. and windows begins to load from it. During the first stage of the install, it stops and says ...
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How to Backup an Acer Aspire One Recovery Partition?

Acer Aspire One has a 13 GB Recovery Partition. Is it possible to backup this partition to a network share? If so, how do I do that?
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Any good ftp client for a 9'' netbook? [closed]

I currently run FileZilla client but it's too large to fit the screen correctly. Any suggestion?
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A minimal Linux distribution for my ASUS EEE PC

I recently bought myself a ASUS EEE 1000HE and I intend to use it for note-taking and light browsing at the University. The machine has a 10" screen so the interface needs to be very compact. I've ...
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Replacing the LCD panel in a laptop

Yesterday, I was cleaning up and dropped my Asus Eee 1005PE. The screen is cracked inside (i.e., cracks are visible only when on), and no longer works properly. I booted up with another monitor ...
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Do netbooks run Office well? [closed]

I'm looking at getting a netbook for the company I work for. I've got one picked out but the boss has heard that netbooks don't run office type software well at all. He's heard from other people ...
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XP Home boots faster than XP Pro?

I've just installed a fresh copy of Windows XP Professional on my EEE PC 1000H, configured everything drivers/patches etc. and noticed the killer bootup time is now gone! So I was wondering wether XP ...
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Possible to replace harddrive in this netbook? (without major hacks)

I'm looking for a tablet laptop/netbook. I'm also looking to replace my piece of crap HP Mini (first generation). The HP Mini has a very small 16G SSD that is also very slow. So looking at something ...
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Is there a way to make a computer boot when plugged in(or power returns after an outage)?

I've been using a little netbook as a personal server for 2 years give or take a few months, but soon I'll be going off to college. I plan on leaving it at my house, but if the power goes out I won't ...
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Windows 7 netbook goes to sleep despite settings - Why & How?

For the life of me, I can't understand why my Acer Aspire One netbook goes to sleep despite all settings telling it not to sleep: The netbook is explicitly told not to "put the computer to sleep" ...
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What's wrong with this screen

I have a Samsung netbook N130, out of warranty. One day a kid sat on it and since then the display on the monitor is split horizontally. Each half is a duplicate of the other as you can see on these ...
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Which linux distro to run on a slow SSD?

I bought an Eee PC 1000, the Linux SSD model, a couple years ago. I ended up putting Easy Peasy (then called Ubuntu Eee) onto it, only to be dissatisfied with the speed. Then I put Windows XP on it, ...
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Replacing the HDD in a netbook

I have an Aspire One (ZG5) with a spinning platters HDD that is starting to show signs of needing a reinstall. I also happened to end up with a spare 80GB SSD and I'm considering swapping it out but ...
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Netbook as a cellphone?

Anyone know of a netbook that has cell phone capability? I mean something where I can hookup a headset of some sort and make phone calls over a cellular plan with a major network like TMobile. I ...
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Replacement AC adapter for my CR-48?

I managed to lose the AC adapter on my Google CR-48. Yeah, already, I know. I have a couple more places to check, but does anyone know where I could find a compatible AC adapter? 19.5v 2.0a is not ...
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Max ram for Acer Aspire one D255

I can't seem to find what the max amount of ram is supported on the Acer Aspire one D255. It came with 1gb, and I see that most netbooks support up to 2gb.
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Which MS Office version is the most Netbook-friendly? [closed]

My sister has just bought a mid-range netbook, not sure about the exact spec. We're trying to figure out which version of MS Office would be the most resource friendly. The current options are Office ...
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Primary IDE Channel: Ultra DMA Mode 5 >> PIO Mode

My netbook was having huge audio lag and just abnormally slow processing. After doing some searching on the internet, I found out that I needed to uninstall/reinstall the Primary IDE Channel found ...
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Add a netbook to an existing Windows XP home network

I've got a home network set up with a couple of Windows XP computers. I'm now trying to add our new netbook to it - also running XP. (The goal is to share files and a printer.) I have run the Network ...
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Netbook (Samsung N220) on Ubuntu 10.04 slows down WiFi for other computers

I encountered a really odd problem with my new netbook. I am running Ubuntu 10.04 on a Samsung N220 Mito. So far everything worked fine. Now I tried the machine for the first time in our work group ...
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Cleanup Windows XP on netbook

I already moved all installed application software to drive D:, but C: (4&nnsp;GB SSD) is full since the auto update to SP3. I don't need or want things like Windows Media Player, Windows Messenger, ...
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Is netbook RAM smaller than laptop?

I want to upgrade my netbook's RAM and my question is about its size. Can I use the RAM from my laptop?
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Most user-friendly (and speediest) Linux flavour for a netbook

I'm interested in some feedback for the most user friendly but also speediest (speed matters more over user friendly) flavours of Unix that work best with netbooks, namely an Acer one. I need one ...
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How to fix my netbook screen?

Recently, my netbook's screen started doing something strange. As the screen changed angles (like when opening the screen), sometimes the screen would go black. The backlight would still be on, there ...
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My netbook battery won't charge (0%) how can I detect what's faulty?

I have read here and there on superuser and it looks like I could have: Faulty recharge circuitry Faulty battery Faulty power adapter How can I be sure to change the right part? The netbook is an ...
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Looking offline map / gps / turn by turn software

Anticipating some travel to Europe, I've secured a netbook and usb gps. I'm concerned that I won't always have access to free wifi and a phone data plan is not an option. Is there any decent ...
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Doubt about netbook energy modes

In my control panel there's an energy preferences option. There, I find a "Balanced" energy mode and a "Performance" energy mode. The only differences I detect are the brightness levels and the ...
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How to use my recovery CDs if my netbook has no CD drive?

Hey there, I'm not really tech savy but am going to give this a try as the Netbook was a freebee. The hard drive is toast, I have the recovery discs that came with the netbook from the factory. If I ...
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Are netbook cooling pads really worth it? [closed]

I'm tempted to work with a cooling pad at home, since my netbook is my primary computer, and if you are following my questions I plan to buy a dual core netbook that I'll use as desktop most of the ...