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tsr
August 31st, 2011, 04:48 PM
Hi,

So, I need to get myself a new computer, the quite old desktop box is crumbling and I've started some university studies that require me to be able to use Adobe Connect (http://www.adobe.com/support/connect/updates.html).

Since I'm constantly low on cash I'm looking to buy a simple netbook with only two requirements:
1) it must work out of the box - I can install drivers etc post installation, but I don't want to fix a lot of things
2) I must be able to use Adobe Connect with full video and sound support (you can test if it works here
(http://www.du.se/Templates/web5/AdobeConnect/OpenRoom.aspx?room=/cafe/&s=1) (it is in swedish - log in as guest)

If you have a system that meet these requirements please let me know. I've tried searching for the information but https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport/Machines/Netbooks has very little information about Natty and the forums are hard to search for this kind of general information.

Thank you for your time,
tsr

Reg71
August 31st, 2011, 06:43 PM
Hi,

So, I need to get myself a new computer, the quite old desktop box is crumbling and I've started some university studies that require me to be able to use Adobe Connect (http://www.adobe.com/support/connect/updates.html).

Since I'm constantly low on cash I'm looking to buy a simple netbook with only two requirements:
1) it must work out of the box - I can install drivers etc post installation, but I don't want to fix a lot of things
2) I must be able to use Adobe Connect with full video and sound support (you can test if it works here
(http://www.du.se/Templates/web5/AdobeConnect/OpenRoom.aspx?room=/cafe/&s=1) (it is in swedish - log in as guest)

If you have a system that meet these requirements please let me know. I've tried searching for the information but https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport/Machines/Netbooks has very little information about Natty and the forums are hard to search for this kind of general information.

Thank you for your time,
tsr

Just went through this myself. I bought the Toshiba nb505 at best buy for $229 and installed ubuntu 11.04 the same day. the install went off without a hitch. I'm not a linux vet, either. I followed the step by step instructions on the website and installed it from a USB stick. I'll try the other thing you mentioned and see if it works.

Reg71
August 31st, 2011, 06:53 PM
seems to work, it looks like I'm watching a remote desktop and there are people chatting over to the right. I should note that this is a 10" netbook so viewing a remote desktop in a smaller window makes for some tiny viewing. The netbook does come with Win 7 starter also so I left mine dual-bootable which would prob run the software, too.

tsr
August 31st, 2011, 07:01 PM
Thanks,

Can you try and see if you can get your microphone and webcam working too? There are small icons on the top of the screen to enable them.

If your webcam works you should see yourself in the upper right corner.

I think there is some kind of tests you can run from an icon/text in the upper left corner too (I'm at another computer that is even worse than the one that crashes so I can't even go there now).

I'll look around to see what deals I can get on that model of netbook here in Sweden.

/tsr

Reg71
September 2nd, 2011, 04:19 PM
I tried it and a popup comes up that says "Adobe Flash Player Settings" and asks to allow or deny. Neither button seems to work at that point. I'm trying it from chrome, I'll see if maybe it works from firefox. I've never used the camera since I only recently got the computer.

Reg71
September 2nd, 2011, 04:40 PM
Given your limited funds, you may want to investigate ebay for a cheap netbook. I saw several when I was looking that are a little older then the one I bought and they still had the same cpu but a little smaller hard drive (160GB vs 250GB).

I'm still testing the performance of camera on firefox. I had to download software from Adove using the USC.

I was wondering if you have to use Ubuntu, though? I know it's sacrilege around here, but my netbook came with windoze 7 starter which should run your requirements out of the box, and we are talking on a cheap computer. You could still dual boot over to linux if you like. I use linux 90% of the time, but I boot over to windoze if I have to.

Reg71
September 2nd, 2011, 04:52 PM
Ok, it seems to work, the camera comes on, I see myself in a little window and the mic active icon appears. No one was there just now when I looked at it, but all appears well. Here's my setup:

Ubuntu 11.04 on Toshiba NB 505 (dual-booting)
Firefox 6.0.1 (Download from USC if not already included in install)
Adobe Flash Plugin 10 (available on USC)