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Sorry for digging up a old topic but I only just found it and had this to share!


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Laptop / Notebook The term's laptop and notebook are generally interchangable. Traditionally they refer to any type of portable computer. However, with the introduction of the netbook, a laptop generally refers to computers with screens of 14+ inches. These computers are considered "full featured." Full featured means they have regular Intel or AMD ...


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Because Intel (until recently) restricted the size of the display that they would allow manufacturers to use with N-series Atom chips. This is the reason the Dell Mini 10, for example, uses a Z-series chip for the higher resolution version. See here for an article that mentions this. I don't think Intel have publicly admitted this, and can't find a direct ...


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I've got it running on a 1 GB Atom Netbook and I think it runs fine. Admitedly I only use it for web browsing, but I can't say I've noticed any performance difference to when it was running Windows XP.


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This is a known issue with systems running Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 whose resolution is set at 1366×768. Microsoft has created a hotfix which you can read about / request here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2582172 If you're lazy or don't want to give MS your email, you can just download it from here. Just know that by doing so Microsoft will have no ...


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Virtual Screen Use a virtual screen larger than the physical screen size. Often this can be done by: Adding something like "Virtual 1024x800" to /etc/X11/xorg.conf then Restarting X11 (using Ctrl+Alt+Backspace on those distributions/configurations that support this). What if I have Ubuntu? On Ubuntu Ctrl+Alt+Backspace does not restart X11. If using ...


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Resetting permissions on the file and overwriting will not work, as shell32.dll has code which compares the image with a SHA-256 hash. The only option other than tampering with the files yourself in a hex editor is using Stardock MyColors, though you must use an entire theme.


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I worked for some time as a Lenovo service technician, and I've done more LCD panel replacements than I care to recount. Here's a general play-by-play for a LCD panel replacement: Disassemble the laptop body to the point that you can remove the screen assembly. This is probably as simple as removing the keyboard, but you may also need to remove a seperate ...


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Fine Tune Visual Graphics/Animation Settings The Windows 7 eye candy is the main cause of GUI slowness. While my netbook has a decent graphics card that can display Aero Glass it can be choppy at times. Click on the Start Button and type in adjust the appearance and hit Enter. This will load the Visual Effects performance options. On this screen ...


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Before buying one, try spending some time coding on one. The small, rearranged keyboard might kick your productivity in the face. For instance, I have a Dell Mini9 and I would never code with it. Its keyboard is hard to do home-row typing. The trackpad mouse is too close to the spacebar and I keep tapping it as I type, moving the focus to wherever the ...


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You can hide a lot of FileZilla's interface parts in the View menu, even the directory trees. Go into Settings > Interface and move the message log next to the transfer queue, if you haven't hidden them both or you want to see them. Select a theme with 16x16 icons. You can end up with a UI with very little wasted screen space.


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There is no difference in performance between the versions (unless you count the Aero theme, but you can disable that). Ultimate just has more features, so it wouldn't make sense not to get it if cost isn't an issue for you.


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Right click on start bar, unselect "Lock the taskbar". Now simply drag it to an edge of the screen on the other monitor, it should stick there.


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I have found a workaround here: http://liliputing.com/2011/09/how-to-enable-windows-8-metro-style-apps-on-an-older-netbook.html What it does is basically it 'pretends' that the screen has resolution 1024x728 - when, obviously, it has still only 1024x600. The effect is OK if you want to play a bit with the Metro, but graphics and especially text displayed in ...


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according to http://www.ghacks.net/2009/11/26/bitlocker-versus-true-crypt-performance/ you will experience somewhat between 20% and 30% percent slowdown. according to http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/library/ee449438(WS.10).aspx#BKMK_Performance you will experience less than 10% slowdown. (bitlocker and truecrypt put similar workload to the system) the ...


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1GB is plenty for youtube/flash games. It's not enough if you start having several programs or several browser tabs open at the same time. Eventually, he will want to do this, and so you'll eventually want that 2GB upgrade. But you can always add the ram later.


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Windows XP Home is slimmed down from Professional, and in particular the network stack does not have the mechanics around domains etc included. Just on that basis you will most likely see improved boot times. Windows XP Service Pack 3 did bring a some speed improvements thought. Home also doesn't include the GPO loading and various other little small ...


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Ubuntu Netbook Remix is an Ubuntu variant customized specifically for netbooks. On some netbooks, bug 349314 makes the launcher slow, but that bug report has links to kernel versions which do not have the problem. Other than that, it works great.


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Yes, I am using it on an ASUS N10 (1 GB of memory), and it seems to run as well as Windows XP did. There are a few minor driver issues, but nothing bad enough to make me revert to Windows XP.


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To my knowledge all netbooks on the market use the same physical size module as laptops. You need to check your documentation though to ensure you get the right type: DDR2 and DDR3 modules are not compatible and you need to make sure you don't buy a module that is larger than your machines chipset will take. Also make sure your netbook it actually easily ...


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Try this: Middle Click Simulator (direct download link) Alternatively, have you tried installing he Synaptics Touchpad drivers?


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Nope, Windows 7 starter will not let you change the background. You'll need to upgrade to Home Premium or higher EDIT: I take that back, there is a way to do it, but you'll need to use a third-party tool like Windows Blind in order to do it. I wouldn't recommend it, however, because most netbooks are short on resources already. A third-party theme manager ...


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the simplest answer, without adding more downloaded-app cruft, without sending more money to Redmond, is regedit, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop 1a. the usual warnings, back up the registry / registry key before changing stuff temporarily change the permissions of the key to allow you to edit it; right-click the 'Desktop' key => ...


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If you're really after a netbook, then I would recommend the Samsung NC20. I have owned one for the last month and have found it quite satisfactory for coding on, but I probably wouldn't want to do so all of the time. I run Windows 7 on it and upgraded it to 2GB RAM. The keyboard is large enough for touch-typing and the screen is sizable (for a netbook) and ...


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It's an 8 or 10 inch display. 1024x768 usually means at least a 14 inch display. It's wide screen. Wide screen displays are relatively new. 1024 x 768 would look awful on a widescreen display. 1024x600 is standard for wide screens.


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Disable Services As Molly mentioned: have a look at Blackviper.com so you know what to turn off and why. Here are some notes for a Happier Computer and User on tweaking services Do not use "msconfig" to disable services, type "services.msc" in the Run box instead or check this FAQ! Before disabling any service, check out the service information about ...


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Enabling Metro apps: Press Win+R, type in regedit and hit Enter. Registry Editor will open up. Now press Ctrl+F, and the Find dialog box will appear. Type in Display1_DownScalingSupported in the "Find what" box and click Find Next. Once the key is found, change its value from 0 to 1. Press F3, and if it finds any more keys called ...


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My atom notebook have some advantages after upgrading HDD to SSD. But speed of SDD will be not so big as on desktop. Average difference between the same SSDs on atom after my tests: netbook - 170mb/ses, desktop - 240mb/sec. However it's good enough. And bear in mind - sata III is not supported by the most of netbooks.


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Usually there is. Look in the BIOS settings for Power Options, and find a "Action when lost power" or similar. Change it to "Last State" or "Power On". Your BIOS may or may not have it depending on bios manufacturer.



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