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LaRoza
September 30th, 2008, 10:33 PM
Figured I'd start one now and avoid the rush :-)

I recently ordered one of these, the black Ubuntu one with a RAM upgrade to 1 GB and a 0.3 MP webcam. I kept the 4 GB SSD because I won't be needing storage space and I have flash drives if I must.

I can't wait for it, although I must, therefore I will.

I'll give more information once I get it, and I expect you to do the same (but not if you get yours before I get mine)

Here is the review!: http://laroza77.blogspot.com/2008/10/dell-inspiron-910-dell-9-mini.html

earthpigg
September 30th, 2008, 10:56 PM
i cant wait to order mine... assuming there are no quality control issues with the first batch sent.

that is what i am waiting on. i will be getting the exact same config as laroza.

LaRoza
September 30th, 2008, 11:00 PM
i cant wait to order mine... assuming there are no quality control issues with the first batch sent.

I hear from reliable...gossip, that they run great. I don't see how they could have any major problems. At the end of the day it is a small computer with an architecture on which Linux works well.

I was holding back until I realised it isn't ah iPhone (or iAnything) and basically nothing physically new.



that is what i am waiting on. i will be getting the exact same config as laroza.

Thanks, fan :-)

You can get a better webcam 1.3 MP, and upgrade the SSD and get it in white (white doesn't cost extra)

Joeb454
September 30th, 2008, 11:03 PM
Are they Atom based CPU's?

LaRoza
September 30th, 2008, 11:09 PM
Are they Atom based CPU's?

Not just based, but are ;)

Were google and wikipedia down?



Inspiron Mini 9 - Intel® Atom Processor® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache), Mini OS powered by Ubuntu 8.04
Unit Price: $389.00
Quantity: 1
Total Price: $389.00

-- Inspiron Mini 9 --
-- Intel® Atom Processor® N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache)
-- [224-0776]
-----------------------
-- System Color Option --
-- Obsidian Black
-- [311-9264]
-----------------------
-- MEMORY --
-- 1GB DDR2 at 533MHz
-- [311-9263]
-----------------------
-- LCD Panel --
-- Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600)
-- [320-7130]
-----------------------
-- VIDEO --
-- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
-- [320-7126]
-----------------------
-- Hard Drive --
-- 4GB Solid State Drive
-- [341-7611]
-----------------------
-- OPERATING SYSTEM(Ubuntu) --
-- Mini OS powered by Ubuntu 8.04
-- [420-9205]
-----------------------
-- Sound --
-- Base LCD Assembly
-- [430-3223]
-----------------------
-- Wireless --
-- Wireless 802.11g Mini Card
-- [430-3225]
-----------------------
-- Camera Module --
-- Integrated 0.3M Pixel Webcam
-- [320-7127]
-----------------------
-- Battery --
-- 32WHr Battery (4 cell)
-- [312-0776]
-----------------------
-- Service --
-- 1Yr Ltd Warranty and Mail-In Service
-- [950-3337]
-- [960-2780]
-- [988-6059]
-- [990-7989]
-- [991-0320]
-- [992-2067]
-----------------------
-- Installation --
-- No Installation
-- [900-9987]
-----------------------
-- Trigger Logic Module (hidden online) --
-- Base LCD Assembly in Black
-- [313-7127]

earthpigg
September 30th, 2008, 11:20 PM
You can get a better webcam 1.3 MP, and upgrade the SSD and get it in white (white doesn't cost extra)

.3 is fine... i am buying it for what it is, not what some people want to think it is. i am undecided on the color.

LaRoza
September 30th, 2008, 11:44 PM
.3 is fine... i am buying it for what it is, not what some people want to think it is. i am undecided on the color.

+1 I got it because it was cheap and I couldn't resist (not because I think I will use it, besides for messy around)

About the colour, it is a hard choice, but unlike many choices, it is a black and white issue.

Black PWNS. Don't want it to be mistaken for some Apple product.

NintendoTogepi
September 30th, 2008, 11:49 PM
I want one...an ultra portable laptop would be nice.

I'll probably get the 8GB with Ubuntu on it...and probably Bluetooth too.

White, or black? Hmmm...

zmjjmz
October 1st, 2008, 12:45 AM
Wantity want want.
That and the Breeze 3110.

DeeGor
October 3rd, 2008, 09:02 PM
White, or black? Hmmm...

I ended up picking the white, because black tends to be a fingerprint magnet. I have a black Nintendo DS and I constantly have to wipe fingerprints off of it. I am hoping the white is better.

Ub1476
October 3rd, 2008, 09:14 PM
I really want one..

But don't know what I need it for, when I already have an ultraportable (a bit bigger though).

LaRoza
October 3rd, 2008, 09:21 PM
I really want one..

But don't know what I need it for, when I already have an ultraportable (a bit bigger though).

I solved that problem by selling the iBook.

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 04:33 AM
Good news!

I just got an email from Dell.

My 910 is on the way and is currently in Nashville TN.

Here are some excerpts:


We are happy to inform you that your order shipped on 10/10/2008.Please review the information below for shipping details and an estimated delivery date for your order(s).Thank you for choosing Dell!

Quantity: 1

Product Description:
Inspiron 910 Intel Atom processor N270, 1.6GHz, 533Mhz512K L2 Cache

Est. Delivery Date:

10/15/2008 - 10/17/2008


Put that in your pipe and smoke it all you Dell 910 less people. :-) Finally, I am a first adopter of something other than Vista.

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 04:48 AM
Good news!

I just got an email from Dell.

My 910 is on the way and is currently in Nashville TN.

Here are some excerpts:


Put that in your pipe and smoke it all you Dell 910 less people. :-) Finally, I am a first adopter of something other than Vista.

mine is supposed to ship in 4 days, i cant wait! :biggrin:

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 04:53 AM
mine is supposed to ship in 4 days, i cant wait! :biggrin:

Cool. Ubuntu?

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 05:06 AM
Cool. Ubuntu?

of course, 1.3 mp webcam and 1 gb ram as well

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 05:07 AM
of course, 1.3 mp webcam and 1 gb ram as well

Black?

I got the 0.3 webcam, but I got the 1 GB RAM also

bsharp
October 11th, 2008, 05:08 AM
Hmm, Nashville, you say?

I think UPS/Fedex is gonna find a package missing tomorrow......

OutOfReach
October 11th, 2008, 05:08 AM
Gah, I'm jealous right now. Thanks alot LaRoza.

:p

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 05:10 AM
Hmm, Nashville, you say?

I think UPS/Fedex is gonna find a package missing tomorrow......

DHL ;)


Gah, I'm jealous right now. Thanks alot LaRoza.


Good. That is why I got it.

bsharp
October 11th, 2008, 05:12 AM
DHL ;)


Damn Dell's alternate shipping choices!

I don't know where the DHL warehouse is :(

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 05:12 AM
Black?

I got the 0.3 webcam, but I got the 1 GB RAM also

yup, i like the black (it was $25 less), did you buy an external cdrom drive, i was thinking about that, but its a good bit expensive.

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 05:13 AM
Damn Dell's alternate shipping choices!

I don't know where the DHL warehouse is :(

google maps?

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 05:13 AM
Damn Dell's alternate shipping choices!

I don't know where the DHL warehouse is :(

Good.


yup, i like the black (it was $25 less), did you buy an external cdrom drive, i was thinking about that, but its a good bit expensive.

No, I already have an external. Besides, I have many flash drives and the CD drive would only be useful for installing OS's.

The black and white versions were the same price for me.

earthpigg
October 11th, 2008, 05:32 AM
The black and white versions were the same price for me.

yeah, they are changing up their marketing/pricing stuff at a fairly fast clip.

have you looked into getting money back, since mini 9s purchased now are ~$40 cheaper than windows versions with the exact same hardware?

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 05:51 AM
yeah, they are changing up their marketing/pricing stuff at a fairly fast clip.

have you looked into getting money back, since mini 9s purchased now are ~$40 cheaper than windows versions with the exact same hardware?

No, I don't have delusions like that.

I agreed to pay their price with the understanding it was a new product and it may change.

I am not going to pull the old iPhone whine because the company changes in response to the market.

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 06:26 AM
turns out that my dell shipped today too!

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 06:28 AM
turns out that my dell shipped today too!

Lets race.

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 06:34 AM
Lets race.

hmmm... mine is shipping to texas, so im closer to the main factory, so its not a fair race, do you think? :)

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 06:43 AM
hmmm... mine is shipping to texas, so im closer to the main factory, so its not a fair race, do you think? :)

Fairness doesn't exist.

When is yours due to arrive?

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 06:46 AM
Fairness doesn't exist.

When is yours due to arrive?

15th-17th

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 06:50 AM
15th-17th

Hah! 14th for me.

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 06:52 AM
Hah! 14th for me.

:( that not fair.

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 06:59 AM
:( that not fair.

See above for what I think about fairness ;)

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 07:02 AM
See above for what I think about fairness ;)

its 1am here, im going to bed, good night to all!

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 07:14 AM
its 1am here, im going to bed, good night to all!

2 AM here, I beat you.

earthpigg
October 11th, 2008, 07:20 AM
2 AM here, I beat you.

9 am here, i beat you.

phrostbyte
October 11th, 2008, 07:26 AM
2 AM here, I beat you.

Hi timezone buddy!

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 10:44 PM
2 AM here, I beat you.

stop doing everything better!

dont tell me you can program too!?

LaRoza
October 11th, 2008, 10:45 PM
stop doing everything better!

dont tell me you can program too!?

Um, yes. See my sig ;)

https://launchpad.net/sysres

kevin11951
October 11th, 2008, 10:49 PM
Um, yes. See my sig ;)

https://launchpad.net/sysres

#-o

lol

Prefix100
October 12th, 2008, 01:34 AM
I got an Acer Aspire One netbook instead, simply because a 120 gig hard drive on a netbook is awesome.

And other than that, all the rest of the Specs are the same.

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 01:46 AM
I got an Acer Aspire One netbook instead, simply because a 120 gig hard drive on a netbook is awesome.

And other than that, all the rest of the Specs are the same.

SSD is better.

earthpigg
October 12th, 2008, 05:14 AM
getting a huge large non-SSD hard drive on a netbook, to me, seems like trying to tow a trailer with a motorcycle.... sure, you can if you really want to...

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 05:18 AM
getting a huge large non-SSD hard drive on a netbook, to me, seems like trying to tow a trailer with a motorcycle.... sure, you can if you really want to...

Exactly. Other it is nice to have various options, I am getting the netbook with the goal of having a extremely portable computer that may be moving a lot.

kevin11951
October 12th, 2008, 05:27 AM
Exactly. Other it is nice to have various options, I am getting the netbook with the goal of having a extremely portable computer that may be moving a lot.

i feel bad for my dell mini, its going to have to deal with lots of little highschoolers and their grubby little fingers all over the screen... i dont like being a teenager.

Canis familiaris
October 12th, 2008, 05:30 AM
Good. That is why I got it.
lol

/me gets jealous

/me remembers that I don't need an ultraportable and I'll get my sister notebook soon, an HP Compaq nx7300


i feel bad for my dell mini, its going to have to deal with lots of little highschoolers and their grubby little fingers all over the screen... i dont like being a teenager.
Exactly the reason why I am not going to buy an ultraportable.

earthpigg
October 12th, 2008, 05:30 AM
i feel bad for my dell mini, its going to have to deal with lots of little highschoolers and their grubby little fingers all over the screen... i dont like being a teenager.

a few years from now when you make a post saying "i wish i was a teenager again", i will necromance this thread for you.

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 05:32 AM
i feel bad for my dell mini, its going to have to deal with lots of little highschoolers and their grubby little fingers all over the screen... i dont like being a teenager.

Don't let them touch it. Remember, if you play your cards right, you won't be tried as an adult.



/me gets jealous

That is the whole point of me getting it.

Sort of like those people getting the iPhone when it first came out, except I am getting something useful and not overpriced.



/me remembers that I don't need an ultraportable
Keep telling yourself that.

Canis familiaris
October 12th, 2008, 05:35 AM
Keep telling yourself that.
The Compaq NX7300 would have a larger screen... :evil:

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 05:37 AM
The Compaq NX7300 would have a larger screen... :evil:

I have a 22" monitor and a better computer than you.

Now, I will have something much more portable.

Plus, I have a Thinkpad with better specs than that Compaq.

Canis familiaris
October 12th, 2008, 05:42 AM
I have a 22" monitor and a better computer than you.

Now, I will have something much more portable.

Plus, I have a Thinkpad with better specs than that Compaq.

:(

I only have a 19" monitor.

/me plans to save money and beat LaRoza...(24 inch will HD resolution will do. No?)

Which processor resides in your desktop BTW?

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 05:55 AM
I only have a 19" monitor.

See.



/me plans to save money and beat LaRoza...(24 inch will HD resolution will do. No?)

Keep in mind I am not static and will improve my stats also.



Which processor resides in your desktop BTW?
Your sleuth skills are down. It is online somewhere and easy to find. ;) Happy Hunting.

earthpigg
October 12th, 2008, 06:05 AM
since we are on the sixth page, and not a single post in the thread titled "Dell Inspiron 910 Owners Thread" has been by a Dell Inspiron 910 owner, we are going to have to make a new thread once they actually start arriving.

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 06:06 AM
since we are on the sixth page, and not a single post in the thread titled "Dell Inspiron 910 Owners Thread" has been by a Dell Inspiron 910 owner, we are going to have to make a new thread once they actually start arriving.

Tuesday....

If it isn't hear like it says on the tracking page, I'll have to pull a Steven Seagal on DHL and Dell.

Canis familiaris
October 12th, 2008, 06:08 AM
Your sleuth skills are down. It is online somewhere and easy to find. ;) Happy Hunting.
Not down really. Just lazy.
Pentium D 820, eh? I Win. :D
(I've Athlon X2 4400+)

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 06:29 AM
Not down really. Just lazy.
Pentium D 820, eh? I Win. :D
(I've Athlon X2 4400+)

AMD...

I don't do much that requires intense CPU or GPU work.

I do have two 250 GB hard disks and two DVD +RW (one with LightScribe) though and 2.5 GB of RAM.

My laptop has an Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard disk and a DVD +RW (not to mention it pwn's the one you are getting).

kevin11951
October 12th, 2008, 06:32 AM
AMD...

I don't do much that requires intense CPU or GPU work.

I do have two 250 GB hard disks and two DVD +RW (one with LightScribe) though and 2.5 GB of RAM.

My laptop has an Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard disk and a DVD +RW (not to mention it pwn's the one you are getting).

if your laptop has an nvidia 8400m gs, then we have the same computer.

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 08:09 AM
if your laptop has an nvidia 8400m gs, then we have the same computer.

No, it has Intel everything.

smoker
October 12th, 2008, 09:08 AM
i'd love to get one of these:
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/laptop-inspiron-9?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

but i don't really 'need' one, give me a few reasons to justify to myself that i can't live without one?
:-)

earthpigg
October 12th, 2008, 09:28 AM
i'd love to get one of these:
http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/laptop-inspiron-9?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs

but i don't really 'need' one, give me a few reasons to justify to myself that i can't live without one?
:-)

first you should write tell and tell them to sell an ubuntu model :)

smoker
October 12th, 2008, 10:31 AM
first you should write tell and tell them to sell an ubuntu model :)

it's on the page, £269

Operating System
http://i.dell.com/images/global/brand/icons/help.gif (javascript:winopen('http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/learnmore/learnmore.aspx/hmc_os_mini9?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&~lt=popup','Main','WIDTH=595,HEIGHT=400,RESIZABLE= YES,SCROLLBARS=YES,TOOLBAR=YES,LEFT=0,TOP=20');)

Ubuntu 8.04




You are here: http://i.dell.com/images/global/masthead/smlflags/uk.gif United Kingdom (http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/default.aspx?c=uk&l=en&s=gen&%7Eck=bt) > Home & Home Office (http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/default.aspx?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&%7Eck=bt) > Laptops (http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/notebooks?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&%7Eck=bt) > Inspiron (http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/category.aspx/inspnnb?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&%7Eck=bt)

unless the page changes depending on area:confused:

it would only be a ubuntu model i bought, if i did splurge out:)

earthpigg
October 12th, 2008, 10:40 AM
it's on the page, £269


ah, so it is. all buried and hidden. that was an interesting decision on dell's part.... an unconventional operating system is something you kind of want to make obvious to the unsuspecting customer.

Prefix100
October 12th, 2008, 11:59 AM
SSD is better.

What are the advantages?

Sure it might be slightly faster, but it wears from read/write operations easily.

earthpigg
October 12th, 2008, 12:06 PM
What are the advantages?

Sure it might be slightly faster, but it wears from read/write operations easily.

more rugged and less electricity use. as you say, faster - i havent done any experiments, but im pretty sure the difference is more than 'slight'.

all good things for netbooks.


not the end all be all solution for everyone, but i think SSD and netbook is a winning combination for me.

Prefix100
October 12th, 2008, 12:27 PM
more rugged and less electricity use. as you say, faster - i havent done any experiments, but im pretty sure the difference is more than 'slight'.

all good things for netbooks.


not the end all be all solution for everyone, but i think SSD and netbook is a winning combination for me.

Thanks for the clarification, I didn't think about the battery consumption.

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 06:41 PM
but i don't really 'need' one, give me a few reasons to justify to myself that i can't live without one?
:-)

My excuses:


I've been good lately
I deserve one
If I get it now, I'll totally pwn all the n00bs on UF
I'm in the USA, where you can get it with Ubuntu at the moment. Must show support
Oh looky....$400 dollars not doing anything at the moment and I needed to go on a diet anyway (well, not really, but as long as I must I should accept it)

LaRoza
October 12th, 2008, 06:43 PM
Sure it might be slightly faster, but it wears from read/write operations easily.

It is solid state, no moving parts.

And you are wrong about the write operations. Sure, there is a limit, but hard drives fail a lot more often than you'd think. Hard drives have moving parts, many moving parts. They are magnetic. They may not have a write limit, but they have every other limit. Now, I go by time. If the drive lasts 5 years, it is worth the cost in an ultra-mobile PC.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/129558/study_hard_drive_failure_rates_much_higher_than_ma kers_estimate.html

smoker
October 13th, 2008, 01:22 AM
My excuses:


I've been good lately
I deserve one
If I get it now, I'll totally pwn all the n00bs on UF
I'm in the USA, where you can get it with Ubuntu at the moment. Must show support
Oh looky....$400 dollars not doing anything at the moment and I needed to go on a diet anyway (well, not really, but as long as I must I should accept it)



yes, been good lately:p
yes, i deserve one:)

dont really care about pwning noobs, and not in the USA, and $400 means check the exchange rate:)

it's a choice between one of these, and an eeepc, and more justification of course:rolleyes:

LaRoza
October 13th, 2008, 02:10 PM
yes, been good lately:p
yes, i deserve one:)

Now, you just need the funds.



dont really care about pwning noobs, and not in the USA, and $400 means check the exchange rate:)
Think of it as icing on the cake (if you eat cake, I don't). I don't know prices outside the USA except for rs and KD (Indian and Kuwait).



it's a choice between one of these, and an eeepc, and more justification of course:rolleyes:

Get the Dell.

Oh, it is out with the carrier now, one day before it is supposed to be delivered.

With any luck, I may get it today (although it says tomorrow, tracking says it is close by). I sense something. Something I've not sensed since...

earthpigg
October 13th, 2008, 02:53 PM
... since the last time you had a fully armed and operational netbook?

LaRoza
October 13th, 2008, 02:54 PM
... since the last time you had a fully armed and operational netbook?

O no...

The van came and I saw a hint of a gun barrel. It is the FBI trying to lure me out...

Its a trap!

Canis familiaris
October 13th, 2008, 02:56 PM
O no...

The van came and I saw a hint of a gun barrel. It is the FBI trying to lure me out...

Its a trap!

:twisted:

LaRoza
October 13th, 2008, 03:06 PM
Just got it :-)

Unpacking and taking video evidence for you all Dell 910-less people.

I never seen firepower of this magnitude!

earthpigg
October 13th, 2008, 03:13 PM
Just got it :-)

Unpacking and taking video evidence for you all Dell 910-less people.

i hope it explodes in your face.

Canis familiaris
October 13th, 2008, 03:14 PM
i hope it explodes in your face.

+1 :p

LaRoza
October 13th, 2008, 03:19 PM
i hope it explodes in your face.


+1 :p

Knew you'd be envious :-)

Lord DarkPat
October 13th, 2008, 03:46 PM
i don't need a netbook, not to mention I don't need half the things I have. It would be nice to have a better laptop though.
(/me starts saving up for thinkpad, AFTER he gets his upgrades in a week)

Lord DarkPat
October 13th, 2008, 03:48 PM
Think of it as icing on the cake (if you eat cake, I don't). I don't know prices outside the USA except for rs and KD (Indian and Kuwait).

It's always nice to quote your teachers (Kuwait, maybe Indian)

nwgray
October 13th, 2008, 03:52 PM
I find that the mini is a great little laptop. I ordered mine with XP Pro so I wouldn't have to wait (plus I wanted the 16gb SSD). I removed XP and installed 8.04. I haven't had any issues so far.

I will be installing the Cisco vpn this eve so we'll see what happens.

It runs fast, especially since I've installed the ubuntu remix. It's a nice front-end for a small screen.

Canis familiaris
October 13th, 2008, 03:59 PM
i don't need a netbook, not to mention I don't need half the things I have. It would be nice to have a better laptop though.
(/me starts saving up for thinkpad, AFTER he gets his upgrades in a week)
I will still PWN you at least if not LaRoza... :P

Lord DarkPat
October 13th, 2008, 04:05 PM
I will still PWN you at least if not LaRoza... :P
One day will come when I shall unleash all my win on you. It would be better for you to dread said day, for when I get my macbook pro (if I do), the last laugh will be mine, ALL MINE!1!one!!one

LaRoza
October 13th, 2008, 04:12 PM
I'd hate to rain on your luzer parade, but here is the review:

http://laroza77.blogspot.com/2008/10/dell-inspiron-910-dell-9-mini.html

9 pages and 82 posts before an actual Ubuntu wielding Dell 910 user came.

Lord DarkPat
October 13th, 2008, 04:15 PM
I'd hate to rain on your luzer parade, but here is the review:

http://laroza77.blogspot.com/2008/10/dell-inspiron-910-dell-9-mini.html
HEY! Mah luzer parade!
(not to mean it WAS a luzer parade, which it wasn't, as LaRoza meant to imply, but it was in fact, a cynical, maniacal display of my hurt ego, kthxpls)

Canis familiaris
October 13th, 2008, 04:23 PM
I'd hate to rain on your luzer parade, but here is the review:

http://laroza77.blogspot.com/2008/10/dell-inspiron-910-dell-9-mini.html

9 pages and 82 posts before an actual Ubuntu wielding Dell 910 user came.

B& for using Firefox and not Opera.

http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/1862/screenshot1hs4.th.png

At least my web browser PWNS yours in that Inspiron 910 :P

LaRoza
October 13th, 2008, 04:28 PM
B& for using Firefox and not Opera.

At least my web browser PWNS yours in that Inspiron 910 :P
I was showing off the defaults ;)

kevin11951
October 13th, 2008, 06:39 PM
Just got it :-)

Unpacking and taking video evidence for you all Dell 910-less people.

I never seen firepower of this magnitude!

mine hasn't come today yet, but it is supposed to come today.

EDIT: an laroza wins the race again... :(

Lord DarkPat
October 13th, 2008, 06:56 PM
B& for using Firefox and not Opera.

http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/1862/screenshot1hs4.th.png

At least my web browser PWNS yours in that Inspiron 910 :P
B& for accusing LAROZA of treachery to Opera.

LaRoza
October 13th, 2008, 07:28 PM
mine hasn't come today yet, but it is supposed to come today.

EDIT: an laroza wins the race again... :(

Did you get tracking information?


B& for accusing LAROZA of treachery to Opera.

I was showing the defaults of it.

jespdj
October 14th, 2008, 01:43 PM
Yay!! :D

I see there's Firefox on your Dell Mini, but why would they have made it anonymous like that (it's simply called "Web Browser" instead of "Firefox")?

Grrr! Why is Dell so nasty to us here in the Netherlands?! We have to wait months before it's available here!

LaRoza
October 14th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Yay!! :D

I see there's Firefox on your Dell Mini, but why would they have made it anonymous like that (it's simply called "Web Browser" instead of "Firefox")?

Probably for trademark reasons, just like Debian.



Grrr! Why is Dell so nasty to us here in the Netherlands?! We have to wait months before it's available here!

Well, you try to manage a business which releases new products into every country at once ;)

Dell was founded by one person, in the USA. No reason why someone in the Netherlands can't do the same ;)

Thelasko
October 14th, 2008, 07:44 PM
Dell was founded by one person, in the USA. No reason why someone in the Netherlands can't do the same ;)

Perhaps the Dutch government isn't as encouraging to entrepreneurs as the US government. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Business_Administration)

earthpigg
October 15th, 2008, 12:01 AM
Perhaps the Dutch government isn't as encouraging to entrepreneurs as the US government. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Business_Administration)

sounds like a revolution is in order.

a revolution of... small businessmen!

Phalan
October 15th, 2008, 04:43 AM
I ordered one on the 11th but based on dells order status I won't see it till November 17th or later, That really ruined my week. I keep hearing from friends that I will see it a lot sooner then that so we'll see.

Having recently moved to Ubuntu/Linux I was excited to see the mini 9 with an Ubuntu OS option, Honestly thats the only reason I got one.

LaRoza
October 15th, 2008, 11:21 AM
I ordered one on the 11th but based on dells order status I won't see it till November 17th or later, That really ruined my week. I keep hearing from friends that I will see it a lot sooner then that so we'll see.

11th of what? I got mine weeks early. Dell predicted they'd ship November 3, and they did I got it last Monday.

jespdj
October 15th, 2008, 11:50 AM
Well, you try to manage a business which releases new products into every country at once ;)

Dell was founded by one person, in the USA. No reason why someone in the Netherlands can't do the same ;)
But Dell is a large and worldwide company now, with factories in different places around the world. Dell's products that are available here are made in factories in Poland and Ireland. Dell does sell the Mini in Germany and France, two large European countries. You'd say it wouldn't strain the factories that much is they'd include a small country like the Netherlands (only 16 million inhabitants)?

All companies ultimately started as an idea in the head of a single person, I don't see how that has anything to do with it.

LaRoza
October 15th, 2008, 11:56 AM
But Dell is a large and worldwide company now, with factories in different places around the world. Dell's products that are available here are made in factories in Poland and Ireland.
Yes, but it started with a single person. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dell#Career



Dell does sell the Mini in Germany and France, two large European countries. You'd say it wouldn't strain the factories that much is they'd include a small country like the Netherlands (only 16 million inhabitants)?

I think you hit the nail on the head, twice. They sell it to two large European countries, not the small one. It is a US company. Why should it target small foreign countries? Not slighting the country. My city (Scranton) doesn't have all that New York City has to offer. This is for a reason.



All companies ultimately started as an idea in the head of a single person, I don't see how that has anything to do with it.
The point was that if there is an itch, it should be scratched. China is working on making its own CPU's and systems (with Linux :-)). If the Netherlands lacks a decent computer manufacturer, then someone in the Netherlands should do something about it.

earthpigg
October 15th, 2008, 12:55 PM
My city (Scranton) doesn't have all that New York City has to offer. This is for a reason.


is Pam as hot IRL as she is on tv?


... am i the 5000th person to make a reference to "The Office" immediately after you posted your home town?

DarkDancer
October 15th, 2008, 03:36 PM
11th of what? I got mine weeks early. Dell predicted they'd ship November 3, and they did I got it last Monday.

I thought you said you got it through DHL, not TVS (Temporal Vortex Shipping). TVS Get the package before it ever ships, sometimes even before you order it!

BCurtisWX
October 15th, 2008, 03:42 PM
does it appear that people are getting their dells shipped a few weeks before their predicted shipping date. If LaRoza's is any example i am supposed to get mine shipped the 7th of Nov, but it'll actually get shipped today... I highly doubt that though.

LaRoza
October 15th, 2008, 03:59 PM
Hello n00bs. I am at the mall (Steamtown Mall) with my Dell 910. So far, I have one person wanting Ubuntu.



is Pam as hot IRL as she is on tv?


... am i the 5000th person to make a reference to "The Office" immediately after you posted your home town?

Who is Pam? I assume from your next comment it has to do with that show, which I knew nothing about until people on the forum mentioned it.


does it appear that people are getting their dells shipped a few weeks before their predicted shipping date. If LaRoza's is any example i am supposed to get mine shipped the 7th of Nov, but it'll actually get shipped today... I highly doubt that though.

Yes. I ordered September 26th I think, and it was estimated to be shipped November 3 (arrive on November 6-9). You can get an email notification of when it ships.

jespdj
October 15th, 2008, 07:17 PM
The point was that if there is an itch, it should be scratched. China is working on making its own CPU's and systems (with Linux :-)). If the Netherlands lacks a decent computer manufacturer, then someone in the Netherlands should do something about it.
Oh, we do have a computer manufacturer, Tulip (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulip_Computers) (looks like it's called Nedfield now) but it isn't doing very well (you have to search really hard to find a shop that sells Tulip or Nedfield computers)... they're certainly not going to produce a netbook.

frani23
October 16th, 2008, 10:05 PM
Hi everyone! I just got my dell mini today. Now please forgive me but I have no idea what I did and I cannot connect to my internet. I can see my wireless network and supposedly it is connected (with 3 bars!) but when I try to view a webpage it says that it is not available. There was something that says more info or something like that and when I clicked it, it said that the webpage does not allow encrypton so I tried another page and it said something else. I am so bummed guys cause internet was the main reason why i got the mini...(love ubuntu so far though ;)).

Also, I would really like to find a financial program (to track personal expenses and earnings) for the gnome version. I found various ones for the KDE version but not for gnome and the menu (add programs) doesn't have one. This was the other reason why I got the mini...so I am really bummed because I cannot do the things I wanted to do with my new computer...I was so excited!!! Please help this poor soul...I'm going to class right now so I might not reply today...(I wanted to show it off...there is no point without internet...wahhh!) Sorry if this post was long/annoying...it's just how I am...please help me though! And please try to explain it in simple terms because I might not understand otherwise, lol!

zmjjmz
October 16th, 2008, 10:15 PM
Hi everyone! I just got my dell mini today. Now please forgive me but I have no idea what I did and I cannot connect to my internet. I can see my wireless network and supposedly it is connected (with 3 bars!) but when I try to view a webpage it says that it is not available. There was something that says more info or something like that and when I clicked it, it said that the webpage does not allow encrypton so I tried another page and it said something else. I am so bummed guys cause internet was the main reason why i got the mini...(love ubuntu so far though ;)).

Also, I would really like to find a financial program (to track personal expenses and earnings) for the gnome version. I found various ones for the KDE version but not for gnome and the menu (add programs) doesn't have one. This was the other reason why I got the mini...so I am really bummed because I cannot do the things I wanted to do with my new computer...I was so excited!!! Please help this poor soul...I'm going to class right now so I might not reply today...(I wanted to show it off...there is no point without internet...wahhh!) Sorry if this post was long/annoying...it's just how I am...please help me though! And please try to explain it in simple terms because I might not understand otherwise, lol!

You'll probably have to give more details regarding your problem, but open up a terminal and try this

ping 72.14.207.99
If it works, you should get something like this
64 bytes from eh-in-f99.google.com (72.14.207.99): icmp_seq=1 ttl=241 time=48.4 ms
over and over again, until you hit ctrl-c.
If that works, try
ping google.com.
If it says something like
ping: unknown host I suspect something's wrong with your DNS.

I recommend posting in the Dell Ubuntu Support (http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=342) forum for further help.


As for money management, I've heard that Gnucash is good.

KiwiNZ
October 16th, 2008, 10:18 PM
Now I am a fairly big guy , 6'3" tall and have quite big hands which consist of five thumbs and one finger per hand .

Now these mini laptops are a really problem , the sodding keys are so close I type all the wrong buttons. I have the same issue will Cellphones

What are these Dell like for someone like me

LaRoza
October 16th, 2008, 10:31 PM
Now I am a fairly big guy , 6'3" tall and have quite big hands which consist of five thumbs and one finger per hand .

A thumb is a finger, but I get the picture.



What are these Dell like for someone like me
Probably, harder. If you can type without problems on a normal sized keyboard, or even slightly smaller, you may be able to use the Dell 910 without much problem. The letter keys (a-z, 1-9) are the same size, but closer. The other keys are smaller, but in the places one would expect. In short, you'd probably have to try.


http://img48.imageshack.us/img48/4662/cimg0092gt4.th.jpg (http://img48.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cimg0092gt4.jpg)

KiwiNZ
October 16th, 2008, 10:51 PM
its a pity we don't have Dell shops here so I cant see one

I was considering getting one to take with me when I am out and about , it would be easy to carry on the Wheelchair

LaRoza
October 16th, 2008, 10:59 PM
I was considering getting one to take with me when I am out and about , it would be easy to carry on the Wheelchair

I know someone in a wheel chair (well, online, never met in person) and he uses a netbook (not the Dell though) and he seems to love it. Although, he is smaller than average and I think that is another factor. It would work with a USB keyboard, so perhaps something like: http://www.amazon.com/Portable-USB-Tablet-Keyboard-PA875U01X/dp/B000EU01GO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1224194335&sr=8-2

would help. That may be overkill, and a large laptop would probably work the best (if the Dell's keyboards were too small)

KiwiNZ
October 16th, 2008, 11:04 PM
I have a HP 9301TX now , it has a 17" screen and is heavy and cumber some to cart around .
Dont get me wrong its a great PC but past its prime and in need of replacing so I am looking for a small PC for mobility and a normal laptop for around home , uummm a Apple Mac Pro springs to mind :)

Maybe I should ring Dell NZ and see if I can get a sample one to trial , other manufacturers do that here . Unfortunately the Dell NZ website says that the 910 is currently sold out here

OrangeCrate
October 16th, 2008, 11:16 PM
^,

You and I are about the same size, and have pretty much the same problems. For me, it's ham hocks for fingers, and reading glasses are a must even to read my 19" monitor.

A friend of mine got one last week, and he left it for me to play with for a couple of days while he was out of town. It's too small for me to use, but one of our cats really likes it. I have to shoo her off of it often - it's warm, you see...

A great idea for younger, and smaller users, but alas, it won't be under the Christmas tree for me.

Edit:

This is a good cell phone for big guys. I have the Type-S...

http://www.casiogzone.com/home.aspx

LaRoza
October 16th, 2008, 11:19 PM
Dont get me wrong its a great PC but past its prime and in need of replacing so I am looking for a small PC for mobility and a normal laptop for around home , uummm a Apple Mac Pro springs to mind :)


I see. Perhaps this thread will help?

TBOL3
October 17th, 2008, 12:15 AM
You know, I would rather have a xo laptop (minus the cheesy interface). It's much cheaper, and can turn into a nice little ebook reader. It also has amazing battery life.

But you can only buy them used. :(

earthpigg
October 17th, 2008, 12:58 AM
You know, I would rather have a xo laptop (minus the cheesy interface). It's much cheaper, and can turn into a nice little ebook reader. It also has amazing battery life.

But you can only buy them used. :(

i would love a low-power laptop that used colored e-paper. that is where insane battery life will come from.

wbarido
October 24th, 2008, 03:52 AM
I ordered mine on October 10th and received it today (Oct. 23).
1 gig of ram, 16 gig ssd and Ubuntu.
As soon as I booted it saw my wireless network, though I had to put the browser online. Sound, videos and music all work fine.
The little computer is fast.
The keyboard is not as crowded as I imagined. It was easy to adapt to.
The only con is that it only shows 8 gigs available even though the bios sees 16. I guess I will try to correct this tomorrow.
The Dell application bar is perfect for my small son, but annoying to me. Fortunately it is no trouble to switch back to the standard Gnome desktop.
All in all, it is a pleasant little device and well worth the $409.00 I paid for it.

LaRoza
October 24th, 2008, 05:56 AM
Yes, they are nice. Dell has a partitioning problem:

http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/10/19/dell-inspiron-ubuntu-mini-9-ships-with-partition-error/

Dragonbite
October 28th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Yes, they are nice. Dell has a partitioning problem:

http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/10/19/dell-inspiron-ubuntu-mini-9-ships-with-partition-error/

Now that you've had it for 2 weeks, has anything come up or any new thoughts on the little guy? (good or bad)? Any misconceptions you've noticed from people?

Initial reviews are great but I like seeing how people feel after they've fooled around, gotten over the "honeymoon" and are integrating it into their regular (e-hem... ok, "regular") lives!

graabein
October 28th, 2008, 03:15 PM
About the colour, it is a hard choice, but unlike many choices, it is a black and white issue.

Black PWNS. Don't want it to be mistaken for some Apple product.

Ditto. If I get one I want a Tux sticker on it.

notwen
November 6th, 2008, 06:33 PM
Received mine this past Tuesday and am loving it. I was able to grab a maxed out one for right at $300 shipped w/ online coupons and employee discounts. Only catch was I could only get the one shipped w/ XP. As long as my schedule permits I will hopefully be installing either Ubuntu or Arch this weekend on it. I'll eventually go back and get a 2GB stick fo ram for it and a 8/16GB SDHC to keep in it permanently.

This thing is tiny and extremely light, still getting used to the shrunken shift key and the apostrophe being placed at the bottom, other than that no complaints. I'm able to actually carry it in the front pocket of my work laptop bag w/o even noticing a bulge in the bag or much of a weight difference. Wowzerz. =]

---edit---
the glossy back tends to get fingerprints on it easily.

specs are as follows:


-- Inspiron Mini 9 (910) Laptop: Intel Atom Processor N270 (1.6GHz/533Mhz FSB/512K cache) No DVD or CD Drive
-- 4 Cell Primary Battery
-- McAfee Security Center, 30 Day
-- 30W AC Adapter
-- Software
-- No WAN card Slot
-- Obsidian Black
-- Dell Support 2.0 Software
-- Processor Label
-- Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950
-- Service Software
-- Information
-- Dell Solution Center Software
-- Information
-- Operating System DVD
-- Processor Label
-- Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
-- Shipping Material
-- 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz (1 DIMMs)
-- Miscellaneous
-- Genuine Windows XP Home
-- Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600)
-- Notebook Keyboard
-- Microsoft Works 9.0
-- Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 capability
-- 16 GB Solid State Drive
-- Adobe Acrobat 8.1 Reader
-- Operating System DVD
-- ISP Search Assist
-- Wireless 802.11g Mini Card

LaRoza
November 6th, 2008, 06:59 PM
Now that you've had it for 2 weeks, has anything come up or any new thoughts on the little guy? (good or bad)? Any misconceptions you've noticed from people?

Initial reviews are great but I like seeing how people feel after they've fooled around, gotten over the "honeymoon" and are integrating it into their regular (e-hem... ok, "regular") lives!

Sorry for being late.

It works fine. The only issue is that during startup after logging in, if I attempt to use firefox before the network is connected, it freezes. Remember, my Dell 910 is a first release. They have been tweaked since then.

It works fine and I use it often (often, in bed...).

zmjjmz
November 6th, 2008, 07:10 PM
Mine finally just shipped, and right in time for my birthday too.
I should be getting it sometime next week, hopefully sooner.

Here's what I plan on doing when I get it:
1. Upgrade to Intrepid
2. Enable third party repos
3. Install xmonad, xmobar, trayer, feh, slim, dmenu, aterm, and fun stuff like that.
4. Take my xmonad and xmobar configs from my T20 with sidux and modify them slightly and then put them on my netbook.
5. ???
6. Profit!

cyclist23
November 6th, 2008, 10:13 PM
Received mine this past Tuesday and am loving it. I was able to grab a maxed out one for right at $300 shipped w/ online coupons and employee discounts. Only catch was I could only get the one shipped w/ XP. As long as my schedule permits I will hopefully be installing either Ubuntu or Arch this weekend on it. I'll eventually go back and get a 2GB stick fo ram for it and a 8/16GB SDHC to keep in it permanently.

This thing is tiny and extremely light, still getting used to the shrunken shift key and the apostrophe being placed at the bottom, other than that no complaints. I'm able to actually carry it in the front pocket of my work laptop bag w/o even noticing a bulge in the bag or much of a weight difference. Wowzerz. =]

---edit---
the glossy back tends to get fingerprints on it easily.

specs are as follows:

How much did the coupon take off? You got an awesome deal. I got mine from the outlet and with a 25% off coupon and mine came out to be $314 with CA tax and recycling fee. I got a maxed out Ubuntu system.

notwen
November 7th, 2008, 05:58 PM
$480 - (15% off coupon + 20% employee discount)

Just wiped XP off last night and have Hardy up & running w/o any issues. Loving this thing. =]

LaRoza
November 7th, 2008, 07:43 PM
Mine finally just shipped, and right in time for my birthday too.
I should be getting it sometime next week, hopefully sooner.

Here's what I plan on doing when I get it:
1. Upgrade to Intrepid
2. Enable third party repos
3. Install xmonad, xmobar, trayer, feh, slim, dmenu, aterm, and fun stuff like that.
4. Take my xmonad and xmobar configs from my T20 with sidux and modify them slightly and then put them on my netbook.
5. ???
6. Profit!
I was planning on using xmonad on it as well, but I have found no way to easily use wireless (I do know how to do it from the command line, but for some reason, it isn't working well with my network, perhaps I shouldn't try it in GNOME...).

Google tells me that xmobar is a text panel, would I be able to use the wireless manager from that?

cyclist23
November 7th, 2008, 08:38 PM
$480 - (15% off coupon + 20% employee discount)

Just wiped XP off last night and have Hardy up & running w/o any issues. Loving this thing. =]

Cool, stacking coupons. How did you get the 20% discount? Was this through the outlet deal or member purchase?

zmjjmz
November 8th, 2008, 05:59 AM
I was planning on using xmonad on it as well, but I have found no way to easily use wireless (I do know how to do it from the command line, but for some reason, it isn't working well with my network, perhaps I shouldn't try it in GNOME...).

Google tells me that xmobar is a text panel, would I be able to use the wireless manager from that?

That's why I have trayer actually, I'd just run gnome-power-manager and nm-applet in trayer.
ceni could do for wifi, but it's not as straightforward as nm-applet.


I can't seem to upgrade to Intrepid though, even running update-manager -d says that all the latest has been installed.
I heard that Dell prevented some repositories from working or something, is this confirmation of this?

Lord DarkPat
November 8th, 2008, 10:32 AM
I was planning on using xmonad on it as well, but I have found no way to easily use wireless (I do know how to do it from the command line, but for some reason, it isn't working well with my network, perhaps I shouldn't try it in GNOME...).

Google tells me that xmobar is a text panel, would I be able to use the wireless manager from that?

Pypanel is supposed to work well with xmonad

hlowe
November 9th, 2008, 02:28 AM
I am using one now. Mine has 16g drive and bluetooth. I have it set up to work off a Sprint Novatel Ovation U727 card. Seems to work well in spite of my lack of experience with linux.

notwen
November 9th, 2008, 09:01 PM
Cool, stacking coupons. How did you get the 20% discount? Was this through the outlet deal or member purchase?

Member purchase. My workplace gets discounts w/ random companies on random things and the Mini happened to fall into the appropriate categories. =]

chazpaw
November 10th, 2008, 01:08 AM
I finally got mine about two weeks ago. I ordered on the first day, September 4. My order was delayed once.

I ordered black, 16 gig SSD, 1 gig ram, 1.3 webcam, bluetooth, on Ubuntu. I have had no problems and everyone that has seen it, wants one.

The wireless works great.

zmjjmz
November 10th, 2008, 01:22 AM
I've been having two issues, probably due to my extreme customization
1) For some reason wireless randomly stops working. It comes back randomly too.
2) Whenever gnome-power-manager is running and I plug in the AC, xmonad freezes.

EDIT: Workaround to issue 2: charge it while it's in suspend. It works for my use of the netbook.
1 just doesn't happen anymore.

My only gripe is that it takes a long time for it to scan networks.
Like a really long time.

zmjjmz
November 12th, 2008, 12:45 AM
So I took my Dell Mini 910 to school today to see how people would react, and the general reaction was positive...
Until they tried to use it (mine has xmonad, remember).


Timeline
-------------
2nd period was when I first took it out at the end of class. I didn't wake it up, but I just showed off the size and weight to two of my friends who were notably impressed.

4th period I had "gym" but all we did was sit around and wait for class assignments because the schedules are all messed up (at the beginning of the second marking period, nonetheless) so I took it out and just used the internet connection conveniently available in the Gym. Since there were quite a few kids around, I got a lot of questions on pricing info and specs and such.
I guess that means a bunch of kids want to buy it now :D

During Lunch I took it out and got on IRC (mibbit gets past websense apparently) and just ate and talked on IRC. A bunch of kids at my table asked me about it, but that was about it.

6th period prior to the teacher coming in I woke it up and showed it off to some fellow classmates, who proceeded to ask me if I can "hack into the gradesheet and change their grades".
I closed it up before the teacher came in.

7th period we had a sub who put on a videotape of... something and then went outside to smoke something (bloodshot eyes and you could smell it too), so I took out my Dell and got on IRC (wifi there too) and some kids noticed and asked if they could use it (most of them had seen it already by now). I let some of them use it, but class ended soon thereafter.

I took it out again after school during Robotics and showed it to the programming teacher who was to instruct us in LabVIEW, which sparked a discussion about netbooks and the downfall of Microsoft.


Anyways, a lot of people said they saw something similar at Costco/Staples/Best Buy, but nobody had seen the Dell (Usually the AAO or the EEE).

It was an interesting experience, and I've found that the laptop is definitely useful at school (portability win).

zmjjmz
November 13th, 2008, 05:28 AM
I'm having a strange problem with ssh where it hangs after password entry. This is only on my Dell Mini 910. Anyone else suffering from this?

kevin11951
November 13th, 2008, 05:40 AM
So I took my Dell Mini 910 to school today to see how people would react, and the general reaction was positive...
Until they tried to use it (mine has xmonad, remember).


Timeline
-------------
2nd period was when I first took it out at the end of class. I didn't wake it up, but I just showed off the size and weight to two of my friends who were notably impressed.

4th period I had "gym" but all we did was sit around and wait for class assignments because the schedules are all messed up (at the beginning of the second marking period, nonetheless) so I took it out and just used the internet connection conveniently available in the Gym. Since there were quite a few kids around, I got a lot of questions on pricing info and specs and such.
I guess that means a bunch of kids want to buy it now :D

During Lunch I took it out and got on IRC (mibbit gets past websense apparently) and just ate and talked on IRC. A bunch of kids at my table asked me about it, but that was about it.

6th period prior to the teacher coming in I woke it up and showed it off to some fellow classmates, who proceeded to ask me if I can "hack into the gradesheet and change their grades".
I closed it up before the teacher came in.

7th period we had a sub who put on a videotape of... something and then went outside to smoke something (bloodshot eyes and you could smell it too), so I took out my Dell and got on IRC (wifi there too) and some kids noticed and asked if they could use it (most of them had seen it already by now). I let some of them use it, but class ended soon thereafter.

I took it out again after school during Robotics and showed it to the programming teacher who was to instruct us in LabVIEW, which sparked a discussion about netbooks and the downfall of Microsoft.


Anyways, a lot of people said they saw something similar at Costco/Staples/Best Buy, but nobody had seen the Dell (Usually the AAO or the EEE).

It was an interesting experience, and I've found that the laptop is definitely useful at school (portability win).

see now, in my school, you would not have still had that in your possession by the end of school... students here are evil! I tried to bring mine to school, but i got many treats (they said they wanted one, and that mine looked ripe for the picking) from fellow students, so i put it away and waited till i got home. :(

zmjjmz
November 13th, 2008, 05:47 AM
see now, in my school, you would not have still had that in your possession by the end of school... students here are evil! I tried to bring mine to school, but i got many treats (they said they wanted one, and that mine looked ripe for the picking) from fellow students, so i put it away and waited till i got home. :(

Yeah, I was careful not to leave mine unattended.
Nobody will try to steal it from you, but if you just leave it alone (in a locker room or something) it'll get jacked.

userfriendly
November 15th, 2008, 11:36 PM
right. so i'm not technically the owner of a dell mini, but my bosses bought one for my personal use, i guess that's the next best thing.

main qualm i have about it is the really tiny keyboard. will take me some getting used to, i suppose. other than that, it's really a neat little bugger, especially the whole noiseless thing it has going for it. i love that.

it came with xp preinstalled, but as soon as i got home i installed ubuntu 8.10 on it. had to tinker a bit with wireless until it magically started working at some point - no idea why. didn't care, either, just hope it stays that way.

everyone i showed it to since then wanted to have one as well (that reaction probably isn't uncommon, judging by the previous posts here).

at the moment i'm wondering whether to install this netbook remix thing. not sure, though, looks like it's merely a modded launcher menu kind of thing, no?

zmjjmz
November 15th, 2008, 11:52 PM
Well, since I removed the Dell Launcher I've seen improved battery life.
Since the Netbook Remix (which is not just a launcher) and the Dell Launcher both use compositing, I personally would not recommend it.

userfriendly
November 16th, 2008, 01:30 AM
Well, since I removed the Dell Launcher I've seen improved battery life.
Since the Netbook Remix (which is not just a launcher) and the Dell Launcher both use compositing, I personally would not recommend it.

thanks. i think i'll pass on that, then.

JamieV
November 16th, 2008, 03:01 AM
I received mine this past Wednesday. I've been up late with it every night. It worked right out of the box, except for trying to configure the WiFi. I tried to set it up manually and couldn't get a connection. Then I gave up and used the auto settings that were already configured. Two clicks, enter the pass phrase, bam! It connected. (RTFM)

Other than not being able to download Ubuntu updates, it's working fine. I'm having problems with the small keyboard and my big hands. The <enter> key is where the apostrophe should be, so that is slowing me down quite a bit.

zmjjmz
November 16th, 2008, 04:05 AM
I received mine this past Wednesday. I've been up late with it every night. It worked right out of the box, except for trying to configure the WiFi. I tried to set it up manually and couldn't get a connection. Then I gave up and used the auto settings that were already configured. Two clicks, enter the pass phrase, bam! It connected. (RTFM)

Other than not being able to download Ubuntu updates, it's working fine. I'm having problems with the small keyboard and my big hands. The <enter> key is where the apostrophe should be, so that is slowing me down quite a bit.

Yeah, the location of the ' is a bit insane. On the other hand, I find myself hitting enter (On my MacBook that's next to <--) instead of '.


Oh, and it runs off of Dell's repository because they are very controlling people. You'll upgrade to Intrepid when they've tested it and can confirm that it works on the Dell Mini.

starcannon
December 1st, 2008, 08:33 PM
I'm having a strange problem with ssh where it hangs after password entry. This is only on my Dell Mini 910. Anyone else suffering from this?
Permanent Solution: Link given to me by zmjjmz; thanks zmjjmz!
code below is copy pasted from here: http://mydellmini.com/forum/fixing-ssh-t1092s25.html ; thanks Spencer Williams.


gksudo gedit /etc/network/if-pre-up.d/wireless-tools
Scroll to the bottom of the file and Insert:


/sbin/iwpriv eth1 set_vlanmode 0

Per Session Solution:

sudo iwpriv eth1 set_vlanmode 0I found the solution here: http://rmjokers.blogspot.com/2008/10/ssh-on-inspiron-910.html
I have confirmed it to work on my own systems, GL and have fun.


Exact same problem here as well, same if I try to ssh into the mini9 from another computer.

So:
ssh from mini9 to some other computer, mini9 hangs after password is entered
ssh from other computer to mini9, other computer hangs after password is entered
ssh from other computer so some other computer, no problem, logs in successfully and I can do a routine ssh session.
If I get the password incorrect when logging from or to the the mini9 it will ask for another password, it only hangs when the correct password has been put in.

I haven't found a solution yet, anyone else?

zmjjmz
December 1st, 2008, 10:01 PM
SOLUTION:

sudo iwpriv eth1 set_vlanmode 0
I found the solution here: http://rmjokers.blogspot.com/2008/10/ssh-on-inspiron-910.html
I have confirmed it to work on my own systems, GL and have fun.


Exact same problem here as well, same if I try to ssh into the mini9 from another computer.

So:
ssh from mini9 to some other computer, mini9 hangs after password is entered
ssh from other computer to mini9, other computer hangs after password is entered
ssh from other computer so some other computer, no problem, logs in successfully and I can do a routine ssh session.
If I get the password incorrect when logging from or to the the mini9 it will ask for another password, it only hangs when the correct password has been put in.

I haven't found a solution yet, anyone else?

Wait, didn't I just PM you the solution?

starcannon
December 2nd, 2008, 12:04 AM
Wait, didn't I just PM you the solution?
Yeah, you sent me a link whilst I was out googling a solution. Yours is the better link as it provides a permanent fix instead of a per session fix.

Thanks again zmjjmz, really appreciate it; and I did add the link you gave me to my post.

Rob aka starcannon

klange
December 2nd, 2008, 12:55 AM
In a few weeks, I'll be a Mini 9 owner.
Getting a black one, fully loaded (1GB RAM, 1.3MP camera, 32GB SSD, bluetooth).

Phospholipid
December 6th, 2008, 08:42 PM
I've had mine for 2 days now and I'm really happy with it. In the uk th?ere are practically no choices on configuration. you only have black/white or ubuntu(8g ssd)/xp(16g ssd) to choose from, but when I realised there was a 32gb drive I went for the ubuntu, saving £30ish, with the intention of getting a bigger ssd at a later date, although I don't think it'll ever happen because it's a netbook, not a file server, and I have that covered.

You have to admit though, for the money it's an awesome bit of kit.

Did anyone else find a case to fit properly?

notwen
December 6th, 2008, 09:24 PM
You have to admit though, for the money it's an awesome bit of kit.

Did anyone else find a case to fit properly?

I'm also enjoying mine, as far as cases go this (http://shop2.frys.com/product/5678561) is all I've stumbled across. Then again I haven't really been looking, just saw it on some of my daily deal rss feeds. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do. =]

Phospholipid
December 6th, 2008, 11:30 PM
I did find a case in the end actually. It's actually a case for external hard drives, but it is a nice snug fit in a superlight case. Perfect for these little netbooks.
I'm loving how light this thing is, and I'm getting about 4.5hrs of battery life too, dell advertised 3.5hrs.
Anyone else missing f11? and does anyone know any ways around it.

klange
December 15th, 2008, 08:08 PM
My Mini was shipped to my house today at 11:24 AM, one day before the "estimate" FedEx gave me yesterday. Why do they do that? Do they honestly expect people to stay home to sign for something, and even then, it was shipped on the wrong day! And now I have to take a half-hour drive to go get it...

@Phospholipid: There's a key combination that does F11 and F12, but as I don't yet have one, I don't know what it is, you'll have to Google it. I plan on using mine with an external USB keyboard most of the time anyway, so it doesn't really matter to me.

Phospholipid
December 16th, 2008, 09:55 PM
I sorted the problem of no F11. The "windows" key full screens just about anything.
With the screen only being 600px high, we'll be using this a lot.
Phospho

JordanMcSwifty
December 19th, 2008, 05:09 AM
Ive been running ubuntu on my desktop for a while and want to install it on my 9, but should I install just regular ubuntu, or the dell version of it?

Is the dell version made for netbooks, or is there a better version i should install?

eversonl
December 26th, 2008, 07:32 PM
hi all, trying to set one of these up for my mate who bought one with ubuntu pre loaded. I have managed to get the vodafone usb 3g dongle working well but as yet have been unable to install skype.

I downloaded the version for ubuntu but it errors on install saying its for the wrong architecture. Can someone help me out here?

I just need to know if its possible and if so which version to download. Can't seem to install it through synaptic either.

Thanks for any help
Lee

jvanhare
December 26th, 2008, 08:58 PM
Sorry for being late.

It works fine. The only issue is that during startup after logging in, if I attempt to use firefox before the network is connected, it freezes. Remember, my Dell 910 is a first release. They have been tweaked since then.

It works fine and I use it often (often, in bed...).
Glad you like it, because Dell sure doesn't want to take them back, I spent hours on the phone with 6 different people. I can't get an RMA number from anyone but the President of the company apparently. I think the problem is the wireless networking drivers, mine locks up on the wireless card, but works fine with s network cable plugged into it.
The guys from India are no help, they don't speak English well enough to even find your account, it takes their supervisor to do that. Has anyone found a solution to the costant locking up on wireless? (17 times in the first 2 hours)

sammehta
December 26th, 2008, 10:46 PM
we just got mini 910 ubuntu with 1gb ddr and 16 gb drive. it works great. so fast. BUT I have problem connecting with wireless. Does any one know how? I am entriley novice in this area. People with XP has no problem.

Sam

jvanhare
December 27th, 2008, 02:13 PM
we just got mini 910 ubuntu with 1gb ddr and 16 gb drive. it works great. so fast. BUT I have problem connecting with wireless. Does any one know how? I am entriley novice in this area. People with XP has no problem.

Sam

Double click on the network symbol in the top right corner, and see what your signal strength is, and make sure you have selected the right neighbor, er I mean network (my neighbor's network showed up on mine, never knew he had one, lol) Then it should lock up at random while sending or receiving mail or using the browser or downloading. Pidgeon will work without freezing up, so you can chat, pretty much. All in all, a not ready for distribution product, and I might mean Ubuntu, the general public isn't going to go for something brand new they have to fix before they can use.

Phospholipid
January 17th, 2009, 01:28 AM
Hi Guys, how are your Mini's going?
Mines all of three weeks old now and has had very little problems, a couple of failed boots (freaky graphic over screen during boot, then stalled before initialising Ubuntu) and my keyboard seems to have a lump in it.
But the thing is going awesome.
Although I'm sure it's an Ubuntu common issue it really annoyed me when the updates came and deleted my bookmarks and ruined my "windows" key (I had it fullscreening everything) but I sorted it out no problem.

I want to get some different Desktop modes or window managers, I'm bored of the Classic Desktop and Dell Desktop. I kind of feel like having a desktop with live info on it instead of having a completely full top panel, all the info staying in the background instead of having panels eating up our premium screen resolution.

Anyone got a clue on this one?
Phospho

Phospholipid
January 17th, 2009, 06:22 PM
Has anyone tried installing a different os yet?
I'm thinking about upgrading to Ibex but I don't want to mess up the hardware drivers.
Also I have discovered the wonders of Gdesklets for all my on desktop needs.

Mig Daddy
January 18th, 2009, 10:37 PM
Many people run Intrepid with Netbook Remix on their Minis. I am also considering this route for two main reasons. First, most programs are designed for the i386 architecture as lpia is new. Secondly, the Dell launcher is a little annoying to use. There is always WinXP and I have seen pics of OSX installations. I believe the Leopard installations are from the slipstreamed versions originally designed for the MSI Wind.

I suggest buying the Mini from Dell's outlet site. You can easily get one for under $300. I got one fully loaded for $350 (32gb, 1gb, bt, 1.3mp webcam).

Phospholipid
March 23rd, 2009, 11:03 PM
Right has anyone else had this issue, Random freezing followed by the complete loss of the taskbar.

Its really annoying and I cant seem to fix it.