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    SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    I have an HP mini netbook which has an Intel Atom CPU. I'm wondering which would be better to achieve better performance, replacing the HDD with an SSD or just upgrading the CPU. By performance I mean, this netbook can't handle videos, be it DVDs via external DVD drive, online streaming or video files. I get sound but a still image.
    Changing to SSD is rather spendy and you get less storage space, but I've read it can enhance performance. I'm guessing that the video problem is likely graphics related though and an SSD may not help. I'm not sure what to replace the CPU with but it's going to have to be similar to the Atom right? As I understand it the graphics card/controller is built into the CPU. Please correct me if I'm mistaken, The price of new CPUs doesn't look too bad, so maybe upgrading that is the way to go? Or upgrade both perhaps?
    To the point, if a new CPU is the way to go, can someone please recommend what to replace it with? Thanks

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    Re: SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    More then likely the CPU is soldered on to the motherboard. Your only option would probably be to add an SSD and in my opinion that probably wouldn't be worth it, imo.

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    Re: SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkmanifesto View Post
    More then likely the CPU is soldered on to the motherboard. Your only option would probably be to add an SSD and in my opinion that probably wouldn't be worth it, imo.
    Oh, that's a shame. I thought the CPU clips in.

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    Re: SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    Please run
    Code:
    sudo lshw -sanitize > lshw.txt
    and post lshw.txt in CODE tags.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    Please run
    Code:
    sudo lshw -sanitize > lshw.txt
    and post lshw.txt in CODE tags.
    Here it is, thanks.

    Code:
    computer
        description: Notebook
        product: HP Mini 110-4100 (A9M23PA#ABG)
        vendor: Hewlett-Packard
        version: 0797200000204600000300100
        serial: [REMOVED]
        width: 32 bits
        capabilities: smbios-2.7 dmi-2.7 smp-1.4 smp
        configuration: boot=normal chassis=notebook cpus=2 family=103C_5335KV G=N L=CON B=HP S=PAV X=MIN sku=A9M23PA#ABG uuid=[REMOVED]
      *-core
           description: Motherboard
           product: 338D
           vendor: Hewlett-Packard
           physical id: 0
           version: 37.19
           serial: [REMOVED]
           slot: Type2 - Board Chassis Location
         *-firmware
              description: BIOS
              vendor: Hewlett-Packard
              physical id: 0
              version: F.07
              date: 11/14/2012
              size: 128KiB
              capacity: 1984KiB
              capabilities: pci upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect edd int13floppynec int13floppytoshiba int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int9keyboard int10video acpi usb biosbootspecification
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              slot: System board or motherboard
              size: 2GiB
            *-bank
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                 vendor: Hynix
                 physical id: 0
                 serial: [REMOVED]
                 slot: Bottom-Slot 1(top)
                 size: 2GiB
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 800MHz (1.2ns)
         *-cpu:0
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              product: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N2600   @ 1.60GHz
              vendor: Intel Corp.
              physical id: f
              bus info: cpu@0
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              serial: [REMOVED]
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              configuration: cores=2 enabledcores=2 id=0 threads=4
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                 slot: L2 Cache
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                 capacity: 512KiB
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                 slot: L1 Cache
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                 width: 64 bits
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              serial: [REMOVED]
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              capacity: 1600MHz
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                 physical id: 0.1
                 capabilities: logical
            *-logicalcpu:1
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 0.2
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            *-logicalcpu:2
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 0.3
                 capabilities: logical
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                 physical id: 0.4
                 capabilities: logical
         *-pci
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              vendor: Intel Corporation
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              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
            *-display UNCLAIMED
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                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 2
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                 version: 09
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: latency=0
                 resources: memory:84000000-840fffff ioport:40d0(size=8)
            *-multimedia
                 description: Audio device
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1b
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
                 resources: irq:44 memory:84100000-84103fff
            *-pci:0
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:40 ioport:3000(size=4096) memory:83000000-83ffffff ioport:80000000(size=16777216)
               *-network
                    description: Ethernet interface
                    product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
                    vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
                    logical name: eth0
                    version: 05
                    serial: [REMOVED]
                    size: 10Mbit/s
                    capacity: 100Mbit/s
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
                    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=half firmware=rtl_nic/rtl8105e-1.fw latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
                    resources: irq:43 ioport:3000(size=256) memory:80004000-80004fff memory:80000000-80003fff
            *-pci:1
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 2
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:41 ioport:2000(size=4096) memory:82000000-82ffffff ioport:81000000(size=16777216)
               *-network
                    description: Wireless interface
                    product: AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
                    vendor: Qualcomm Atheros
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
                    logical name: wlan0
                    version: 01
                    serial: [REMOVED]
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical wireless
                    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=3.2.0-54-generic-pae firmware=N/A ip=[REMOVED] latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
                    resources: irq:17 memory:82000000-8207ffff memory:81000000-8100ffff
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB controller
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:17 ioport:40a0(size=32)
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB controller
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:4080(size=32)
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB controller
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:18 ioport:4060(size=32)
            *-usb:3
                 description: USB controller
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.3
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:16 ioport:4040(size=32)
            *-usb:4
                 description: USB controller
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.7
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:17 memory:84105000-841053ff
            *-pci:2
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1e
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
                 version: e2
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master cap_list
            *-isa
                 description: ISA bridge
                 product: NM10 Family LPC Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-storage
                 description: SATA controller
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
                 logical name: scsi0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: storage msi pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list emulated
                 configuration: driver=ahci latency=0
                 resources: irq:42 ioport:40c8(size=8) ioport:40dc(size=4) ioport:40c0(size=8) ioport:40d8(size=4) ioport:4020(size=16) memory:84104000-841043ff
               *-disk
                    description: ATA Disk
                    product: Hitachi HTS54323
                    vendor: Hitachi
                    physical id: 0.0.0
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/sda
                    version: ES2O
                    serial: [REMOVED]
                    size: 298GiB (320GB)
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=8c890b7d
                  *-volume:0
                       description: Windows NTFS volume
                       physical id: 1
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                       logical name: /dev/sda1
                       version: 3.1
                       serial: [REMOVED]
                       size: 197MiB
                       capacity: 199MiB
                       capabilities: primary bootable ntfs initialized
                       configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2012-12-23 08:15:19 filesystem=ntfs label=SYSTEM state=clean
                  *-volume:1
                       description: Windows NTFS volume
                       physical id: 2
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
                       logical name: /dev/sda2
                       version: 3.1
                       serial: [REMOVED]
                       size: 49GiB
                       capacity: 50GiB
                       capabilities: primary ntfs initialized
                       configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2012-12-23 07:51:46 filesystem=ntfs state=clean
                  *-volume:2
                       description: Extended partition
                       physical id: 3
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,3
                       logical name: /dev/sda3
                       size: 247GiB
                       capacity: 247GiB
                       capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
                     *-logicalvolume:0
                          description: Linux filesystem partition
                          physical id: 5
                          logical name: /dev/sda5
                          logical name: /
                          capacity: 19GiB
                          configuration: mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,barrier=1,data=ordered state=mounted
                     *-logicalvolume:1
                          description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                          physical id: 6
                          logical name: /dev/sda6
                          capacity: 2929MiB
                          capabilities: nofs
                     *-logicalvolume:2
                          description: Linux filesystem partition
                          physical id: 7
                          logical name: /dev/sda7
                          logical name: /home
                          capacity: 225GiB
                          configuration: mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,user_xattr,barrier=1,data=ordered state=mounted
                  *-volume:3
                       description: Windows FAT volume
                       vendor: MSDOS5.0
                       physical id: 4
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,4
                       logical name: /dev/sda4
                       version: FAT32
                       serial: [REMOVED]
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                       capacity: 103MiB
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                       configuration: FATs=2 filesystem=fat
            *-serial UNCLAIMED
                 description: SMBus
                 product: NM10/ICH7 Family SMBus Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
                 version: 02
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                 clock: 33MHz
                 configuration: latency=0
                 resources: ioport:4000(size=32)
      *-battery
           description: Lithium Ion Battery
           product: MT06055
           vendor: 11-85
           physical id: 1
           slot: Primary
           capacity: 55080mWh
           configuration: voltage=10.8V

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    Re: SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    The hard disk has fairly good performance: http://www.chip.de/preisvergleich/10...32-L9A300.html . I don't think it matters anything changing to SSD. Have you noticed any increased activity when trying to play a film?

    I believe that you should focus on software solutions.
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    Re: SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    I think so too. CPU will be difficult to change, and the SSd will speed up the system, but not help very much with video encoding.

    I heard that the Atom Linux driver are very poor. Especially the video part. That might be where the problem is at.

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    Re: SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobi_Rall View Post
    I think so too. CPU will be difficult to change, and the SSd will speed up the system, but not help very much with video encoding.

    I heard that the Atom Linux driver are very poor. Especially the video part. That might be where the problem is at.
    I've owned 2 HP Mini's and even running WinXP or Win7 provided the same performance when it came to video play back. In general they are decent netbooks, but they lack performance for certain tasks.

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    Re: SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrgs View Post
    The hard disk has fairly good performance: http://www.chip.de/preisvergleich/10...32-L9A300.html . I don't think it matters anything changing to SSD. Have you noticed any increased activity when trying to play a film?

    I believe that you should focus on software solutions.
    I can't say that I've noticed any increased activity. I just assumed this netbook is just not powerful enough and somewhere during an online search I came across some info about SSDs and the extra boost in performance that they give since they have no moving parts.

    What type of software solutions should I be looking for? I did have the additional drivers installed which controlled graphics (assuming this is graphics related) but it really slowed the netbook down.

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    Re: SSD and/or CPU upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobi_Rall View Post
    I think so too. CPU will be difficult to change, and the SSd will speed up the system, but not help very much with video encoding.

    I heard that the Atom Linux driver are very poor. Especially the video part. That might be where the problem is at.
    If I understand correctly, an SSD would make the system faster but that wouldn't do anything for playing a video? There's still so much I don't know.

    Quote Originally Posted by mkmanifesto View Post
    I've owned 2 HP Mini's and even running WinXP or Win7 provided the same performance when it came to video play back. In general they are decent netbooks, but they lack performance for certain tasks.
    Did you have the same video problems? If so were you able to overcome them?

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