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Old 07-09-2013, 09:03
dave clarke
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Had a Samsung netbook which comes up with failing hard drive message each time it started so bought a Samsung galaxy pad but can't get on with it
Netbooks seem unavailable now unless I buy a refurbished one can anyone recommend a decent new one
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:10
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They've died a death. It's all about tablets and ultrabooks, now...
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:37
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Would a small laptop or perhaps a Chromebook serve your needs?
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:29
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Why not get a new hard disk for around 40 like this http://www.ebuyer.com/272944-seagate...ive-st500dm002 ? Its not a big job to change, then re-install windows using the licence key on the bottom of the netbook? You should be able to find the install media on the net somewhere for what ever version of Windows the key is for, then using a friends machine make a bootable USB stick to install Windows or use a USB DVD Drive? Install your drivers and your done good as new. (in fact better as it wont have all the crap manufactures seem to load on them!)
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:12
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Netbooks have gone out of production and they were always a halfway house in my opinion as a confirmed cynic. I'd consider instead a lightweight laptop 10-15 inches weighing 1-2 kg. When you say decent that's not much help. Everybody has a different definition of decent. It really depends on what you want it for and how much you want to pay. Then you can narrow down the field and make an informed choice.

Broadly speaking though, to give you some idea of the sort of laptops you should be looking at, there's the Asus S200E Intel i3 with an 11.6 inch touchscreen, the Apple MacBook Air 11-inch, and the 13 inch Acer Aspire S3-391 Intel i5, but no touchscreen.

Another 13 inch is the Samsung Series 5 NP530U3C Intel i3 and there's the hybrid tablet/laptop HP Envy x2 Intel Atom Z2760 11.5 inch touchscreen with a detachable keyboard, only 2GB RAM but still good performance for general use.

I think the ones I've listed are the best of the bunch. Have a look at the various specs and differences and make your choice. If money is no object then any of the Macs would do an excellent job or the 14 inch HP Envy 14-3000 Spectre Intel i5 is a top of the range performer with outstanding Beats Audio branded sound.
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Old 07-09-2013, 14:31
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Had a Samsung netbook which comes up with failing hard drive message each time it started so bought a Samsung galaxy pad but can't get on with it
Netbooks seem unavailable now unless I buy a refurbished one can anyone recommend a decent new one
TIA
If you were happy with the netbook, why not just replace the harddrive with a nice SSD - that's relatively simple to do with most Sammy's and lots of guides to doing it online. It also makes a netbook considerably more responsive / less of a pain to use and will work out much cheaper than a new one
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Old 07-09-2013, 15:50
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I might try a new drive so thanks all for the help it fits in a pocket in van well and does all the work stuff I need
With a touchscreen I don't seem to get a response always and if my hands are dirty looking up a manual isn't easy keys on netbook always seem fine probably just me but I don't like tablet at all
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Old 07-09-2013, 16:19
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If you were happy with the netbook, why not just replace the harddrive with a nice SSD - that's relatively simple to do with most Sammy's and lots of guides to doing it online. It also makes a netbook considerably more responsive / less of a pain to use and will work out much cheaper than a new one
This.

An SSD was by far and away the biggest performance boost my old netbook got. Extra RAM also helped, but not as much as an SSD.

Check out how easy the drive replacement will be first though. Video guides for the vast majority on YouTube. Some are a doddle, some are not. But even the tricky ones can be done. But if you're not happy tinkering about inside a computer, you may want to see about getting someone to do it for you.

Oh, and it would be worth finding out what SATA speed the board in the netbook supports if you go down this route. You can pick up older SSD's that only support SATA 2 pretty cheap. No point putting a SATA 3 one in there if the ports are previous generation ...
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Old 07-09-2013, 19:01
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Ill look into that luckily my sil knows a bit about things ill enlist his help
Thanks for the input
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Old 08-09-2013, 00:55
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There are plenty of good Samsung N145 netbooks on ebay which are in excellent condition and go for between 80 and 100.

Then put a linux based distro called LXLE (based on Lubuntu) on it and you will have a very good performing machine which operates much quicker than the windows 7 versions. http://lxle.net/
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Old 08-09-2013, 18:10
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Maybe If you've got any tech savvy friends you could just have the hard drive replaced?
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Old 11-01-2014, 16:45
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I have a Netbook running XP.

Does it make sense to run Linux or Chromium to speed things up?
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Old 11-01-2014, 16:49
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It makes sense to switch your netbook away from Windows XP as it is going out of extended support.

Go for a linux install, at least from a security perspective and keeping up with modern browsers even if no security boost.
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Old 11-01-2014, 16:55
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It makes sense to switch your netbook away from Windows XP as it is going out of extended support.

Go for a linux install, at least from a security perspective and keeping up with modern browsers even if no security boost.
Thanks.

What's the easiest way of doing that?

Just download and install on bootup as with XP / Vista?

Which version?

Can I make my netbook a Chromium? Is the OS the same as Linux OS?

I use google products for almost everything.

EDIT

answer seems to be here

http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/how-t...-on-a-netbook/

But how about drivers? Are these OS dependent?
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