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2008 April | HP Mini Note PC Blog

Monthly Archive for April, 2008

XP on a USB Stick

Brad Linder at Liliputing.com has gone to considerable trouble to explain in detail how to get Windows XP on to a USB stick so you can install it on your HP2133 mini note. He also explains in the article how to then partition the drive after installation for use with Linux or other operating systems using Parted Magic (an Open Source hard disk partitioner).Parted Magic Screenshot

http://www.liliputing.com/2008/04/install-windows-xp…

HP2133 mini-note memory upgrade

Laptopmag.com has a video of Joanna Stern upgrading the memory on her mini-note from the factory shipped 1 Gig module to a Corsair branded DDR2 SO-DIMM 2 Gig module. Unfortunately for Joanna, it really didn’t help the system performance running Windows Vista. Sorry Joanna.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/upping-the-ram-on-the-mini-note…

Do HP “really” want my opinion?

I’ve been struggling with the HP2133 mini note since I picked it up and opened the box on Saturday morning. Three days of tweaking, and I’m no closer to getting the wireless networking to work correctly. Looking at the community forums, I am not alone in my frustration.

On HP’s official support Forum, John O’Hara has had no response to his question. http://forums12.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/bizsupport/questionanswer.do…

On Notebook Forums, the wireless issue has been discovered several times:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=241040

On netbookuser.com, some help was offered, but I’ve been unable to resolve the issue following Mike’s advice:

http://forum.netbookuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=512

and finally, mininoteuser.com has several posting about the issue with wi-fi including: http://forums.mininoteuser.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=97

A couple of things I have learned from following these various discussion threads:

- The wi-fi switch on the front of the computer does work, it always stays orange but when wireless is enabled if you stare at the light very hard, you can see a hint of blue (just try it out and let me know if you can see the difference).

- Almost all the issues that Linux users are experiencing are resolved when they “upgrade” their system to Windows XP. There’s a step-by-step guide to the upgrade process available on the mininoteuser.com web site.I think I can “trick-out” my mini note to run XP for a couple of hundred dollars (more memory, different hard drive and a copy of Windows XP Home Edition) or I suppose I could have just bought the Windows configuration if I really wanted to run Windows….

Today, HP requested my opinion on my mini note buying experience by asking me to complete a survey. If you bought an HP2133 mini note with SuSe Enterprise Desktop 10 (i.e. Linux) and your having the same issues as most of the community I strongly suggest you complete this survey and give HP your personal information so they can contact you.I’ll let you know what happens when I get the “call”.

Your HP mini-note is in the mail

The official HP web site for ordering the mini note came online about 12:30pm.

http://h71016.www7.hp.com/dstore/ctoBases.asp?BEID=19701&ProductLineId=539
&oi=E9CED&FamilyId=2769

It appears that the online order form may have been broken, as I was unable to successfully complete a credit card purchase and had to call HP directly. I ordered two KR922UT#ABA units, with an estimated ship date of 4/15.

Goodbye to the eee pc

EEE PCAfter the runaway success of the Asus eee pc, HP launched their first sub-portable, the HP 2133 mini-note yesterday. At first glance, the mini-note looks to be both stylish & functional, and priced competitively.

In comparison with the Asus eee pc, the mini-note has a larger, higher definition screen (8.9-inch diagonal, 1280 x 768 WXGA vs eee’s 7 inch 800 x 480 resolution), a larger keyboard (stated as 92% the size of a full-sized keyboard) and comes with a choice of either a solid-state flash (4 GB) or traditional SATA hard drive (120GB 5400 or 7200 RPM). HP is also offering a choice of operating system installations ranging from Windows Vista Business (with a windows XP Professional downgrade available) to SuSe Enterprise Desktop 10.

HP’s mini-note is scheduled for shipping next week, although early versions of HP’s web site appeared unsure of their own products specification and dimensions, stating that the mini-note has a 6.9 inch diagonal screen in one specification, and the (correct) 8.9 inch screen in the adobe pdf.

HP had the system originally listed on their government site:

http://government.hp.com

and had a UK version of the site that looked like it was still under development:

http://h40059.www4.hp.com

PC World has a detailed review of a mini-note, running the Windows Vista Business operating system and priced at $749.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2281667,00.asp

As did Laptop magazine:

http://blog.laptopmag.com

I’m looking forward to a detailed review of the eee Linux competitor, priced at a very affordable $499 running SuSE Linux, a VIA C7-M 1-GHz processor, with 512MB of RAM— and their $599 configuration which will come with a 1.2-GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and a Windows operating system (either Vista Basic or XP).