Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
OK so that's a NO Trend AV on W7, does anyone know of any other AV's that don't work as spectacularly as TAV? Write to Neilo with your results :-)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
2GB DDR2 memory 667Mhz
8GB SDHC Ultra II 15MB/s seek time
- 4GB Dedicated to ReadyBoost
- 4GB Dedicated to Program Files directory
I think the ReadyBoost option with one of these cards provides a significant boost, I really need to run some bench marks to find out.
I plug it all into a 19" monitor, full size keyboard and mouse connected to a Telstra 3G USB modem. It performs wonderfully all day then I just on the train home and continue to work until I get home.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This time Around I have disabled Automatic Updates because the patch KB958644 breaks Windows 7 and forces the Dell Mini 9 to boot into System Restore mode
So, anyway, after installation and initial patching, this time I am left with an Unknown Device in the control panel. The Device ID's are
And according to Chirs123NT's rather helpful Windows 7/Dell Laptop Site :-
"Now, it seems that this points to a file in C:\Windows\System32\Drivers called blbdrive.sys. Our best guess is that it has something to do with the Block Level Backup Engine (which is responsible for image-based backups in Windows Vista and higher, through a feature called CompletePC Backup and Restore), but we’re not 100% sure. If anyone has any information on this please let us know."
Now I am really confused, I have just plugged my Dell Mini 9 in at work, with Full Size USB keybaord, Mouse and External VGA monitor. I go to the control panel and said device is not longer listed as requiring attention.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Please review the KB artcile here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940226
Thank you Nicki, I look forward to sharing our gadget obessional findings on here.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Download the exe from this here for x86 machines http://www.withinwindows.com/files/upf/upf_x86_rev0.zip
Then follow the instructions from this guy here :-)
When I try to apply the Office 2007 patches one at a time and in order of patch date I get the "you lost connection with windows update" error.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I will post more when I determine which patch is the offending one
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
"My final score with 2gb of ram and my minimally vlited install (I really only took out movie maker, media centre and tablet support). I even left in speech support, which is hit and miss at best!
4.82gb free with all components working and all essentials installed including Office 2007 (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote), adobe reader etc. All the gadgets I like too!"
"The final missing unknown device was fixed by installing the battery meter software.
The driver to run is R192569. Once it's installed, you can just uninstall it again and the driver stays behind.
Finally, a clean device manager for me!"
EDIT: I have just done this on my mini-9 and can confirm there is no longer any missing drivers in Vista..time to complete a complete vlite install with all the drivers.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The amazing thing is that I have had my laptop on standby for 12 hours. When I went into standby it was 70% charged, 12 hours later it has 23% remaining.
I have my Vista power saving set to power saver.
Once Vista has been installed you will notice that there are a few drivers missing. Before I did anything I installed the Dell 910 chipset drivers for Vista and rebooted. This next step is where the folder you saved from the XP image comes into play. Right click your devices even if Vista has detected them and installed default drivers, select update and then choose to search for the driver manually, when you are promted to choose a path select the drivers folder and it will go though and update the devices.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
- Format a USB key as described in my earlier post
- From a computer with a DVDROM copy the Vista media onto the root of the USB key
- I used vlite (http://www.vlite.net/) to create a cut down vista image.
- Boot and select USB as the boot option
- Vista kicks off its install.
EDIT: Before you blow away your XP image make sure you copy the drivers folder and then copy it back t0 your USB key after you have installed Vista.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
1. Ok so you want to reinstall the os (or install a new OS), how do I do it?
When you book the mini-9 and if you select 0, one of the boot options are USB boot.
USB keys are very cheap nowadays, I picked up a 8gb USB key for $80 which is more than enough room.
2. Ive got my USB key now what?
What you have to do is prepare your USB key so the mini-9 will recognise it and boot whatever is installed on it. To do this you have to follow the following steps:
Hop on a machine that has a dvd drive so you can put in your xp or vista media
type list disk (see if your disk is listed)
select disk 1 (assuming this is your usb key)
create partition primary
select partition 1
I assume d: is your xp or vista dvd drive e: is the usb drive
Now xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\When that is done simply reboot your mini-9, select 0 for boot options and select USB, your computer will boot and load from the USB key much faster than a DVDROM
Monday, September 15, 2008
I am a proud owner of the new netbook called the dell mini 9, this is causing quite a buzz around the web due to its specifications and upgradability. The aim of this blog is to be a spot to collate and share useful hints, tips, modifications, os upgrades and more. I like to push the boundaries and really want to see what this little device is capable of. If you also feel you want to contribute to this blog please contact me.