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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby matt » 03 Jul 2011, 16:27

Hi chaps,
my macbook is not booting at the moment and I don't have a back up disc to get it working again. *fail*

(If) I can't get working, what is the cheapest replacement - 13 inch vostro?

needs:
light / minimal cooling
web browsing
media (spotify mostly these days)
Storing photos
basic office excel
no gaming.
hdmi - bonus

long term I've always wanted something I can easily sync my laptop to my amp wirelessly but I think we are still a way off that without using a bridge like a ps3 or apple tv. I'm still hankering for a ipad but will probably settle for a iphone 5 next year so don't think I necessarily need to stay with apple.

What about netbooks? Ideally I want a high res screen but would settle for 1280*800.
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby Johnmcl7 » 05 Jul 2011, 18:21

Tricky one Matt, I think some of the decent netbooks are fairly good little machines despite the reputation the Atom processor has. However they're made to a budget and the screen is one of the first to suffer, I think they're a bit on the small side for general use rather than paired with another machine. That really comes to your personal preference though.

Asus were doing 13in CULV machines for a while which were at the top end of Atom netbooks but offered a better balance with their 13in screens and more powerful processors which also offered decent batterylife and quiet cooling. I think they've been a tough sell though as people couldn't understand why they'd only be getting a 1.2Ghz processor instead of 2Ghz despite the fact the slower processor is probably all they need performancewise and the better batterylife and quieter cooling would be of noticeable benefit.

Very few 13in machines even in the upper ranges offer anything better than 1280x800/1366x768 unfortunately so you're probably stuck with that. Strangely even Dell who used to be at the forefront of ultra high resolution screens still don't offer anything better to my knowledge.

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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby matt » 05 Jul 2011, 19:50

so what you are really saying John is I should get a mac mini and pair it with an ipad to control it? :D

Thanks for your thoughts, you've confirmed a lot of what I was thinking.

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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby scarbunny » 05 Jul 2011, 20:30

The only problem with that setup is that iTeleport is pretty laggy, trying to watch a video through that would be impossible, I know I've tried it. Would be ok for basic internet and basic word processing but in that case why use the mac mini?

See how in the vid they don't actually do anything.

It's a fun idea, but not practical for day to day.
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby matt » 18 Jul 2011, 22:15

Does anyone know the spec of the old plastic macbooks? I need to replace the HD, it won't let me format it so I'm assuming it has given up the ghost!

I've got hold of a snow leopard disc and it will recognise a disc is there but not let me do anything else. If it is sub £100 I'll replace the HD, if not, I'll keep it for spares (mum has the same) and look into new toys!
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby matt » 18 Jul 2011, 23:14

looks like it will be a simple repair job, just need to order in the right drive.

I managed to fill 120gb with crap last time but now it is all gone and I'll probably not need that much storage (unless I load it up with TV stuff).Is SSD worth the price? £100 for 64gb is a tough pill to swallow when 320gb is half the wedge...

http://www.macupgrades.co.uk/store/mach ... ok#int-hdd
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby Tappy » 19 Jul 2011, 08:14

Considered a Hybrid drive? The 500GB + 4GB SSD one is about £70 on ebuyer. They have very good reviews on there, and seem to be a good compromise for a laptop, combining space and some SSD action for common activities. Thinking of getting one myself since, as you say, the price of a pure SSD is a hard pill to swallow.

EDIT: Infact, they are £81... http://www.ebuyer.com/product/222310
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby matt » 19 Jul 2011, 08:30

cheers Tappy, that looks to be an ideal solution.

I'll try and get my old hard drive out tonight to see if I have any issues.
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby matt » 20 Jul 2011, 13:11

Tappy wrote:Considered a Hybrid drive? The 500GB + 4GB SSD one is about £70 on ebuyer. They have very good reviews on there, and seem to be a good compromise for a laptop, combining space and some SSD action for common activities. Thinking of getting one myself since, as you say, the price of a pure SSD is a hard pill to swallow.

EDIT: Infact, they are £81... http://www.ebuyer.com/product/222310


ordered, cheers tappy!
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby matt » 20 Jul 2011, 19:31

fricking torx screws. Happy Matt is not Happy.
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby Johnmcl7 » 20 Jul 2011, 19:42

Yeah I know what you mean...

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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby Tappy » 21 Jul 2011, 09:56

I ordered one too :oops:
After advocating them, I thought I should at least try them out! And the extra storage space is never a bad thing.
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby matt » 21 Jul 2011, 19:36

now running on hybrid power! I feel like I should have some sort of tax break.

Not noticed any difference in the ten minutes of using it but have 1.2gb's left of updates to download. That and I have the advantage of a clean install with zero crap. the first time in 5 years!
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby Tappy » 22 Jul 2011, 08:33

I got mine yesterday too. Went for a clean install, so much like you, I've just been installing updates. It is restarting a lot quicker, but not sure if that's because all the rubbish has been removed. I'm mostly greatful for the extra space at the moment. My Steam directory was beginning to consume all available space!
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Re: OSX + M1330 =?

Postby matt » 22 Jul 2011, 13:15

mail app now opens instantly. INSTANT MAIL FTW.

Still takes a while to download new messages though on my rural broadband lol...

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