Eee PC 1215n Performance

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  1. Setsuna203

    Setsuna203 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have a WDC WD2500BEVT-80A23T0 build in. No problems so far. Maybe because I don't oc the CPU?
     
  2. oogamar

    oogamar Notebook Evangelist

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    I would have to agree. Personally i feel that 1024x768 doesnt look that bad at all on the 12" screen of the 1215n so if it stays over 20fps consistantly (25+ is preferable) then i would consider that playable. My global definition of smooth gameplay would be a consistant 50-60fps but we arent going to get that from this machine because it wasn't built with gaming in mind... so on the 1215n i'll take playable.

    Hmm that pretty bad isn't it. They do a possibly unnecessary motherboard swap and give you another faulty drive... that's quite bad luck.
    If i were you i'd ask about the possibility of a replacement unit rather than another repair... possibly ask them about the 1215b since its a comperable but better model and it's supposed to be coming out in april.

    I know dell have a policy where if there are 3 unsuccessful repair attempts you are entitled to a replacement machine. Im unfamiliar with the asus warranty but it might be worth looking it up to see if they have a similar policy.

    That's a western digital drive, mine came with a really noisey seagate drive. So far i've had no issues apart from the noise but i have always preferred wd over seagate and this only serves further my belief. The majority of people that complained about the hdd in the 1215n have the seagate drive so it's not surprising that you have no problems.
    Also overclocking the cpu has no effect on the HDD whatsoever.
     
  3. Vulpix

    Vulpix Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well actually I have called my retailer and he said that the rule is "3 same problems or 4 different ones". So I told him "Well this will be the fourth time I am sending the device in", and he recommended that I request a "Certificated of irrepairability" from Asus. That way, me and the shop can arrange a money refund or perhaps a swap for another device.

    I'm sorry but after the ignorance I have met in Asus, I don't see a possibility of me ever getting another device from them. Two of the repairs that I requested basically returned the device in equally bad shape or in a shape which had new symptoms of failure. First time they flashed my bios even though I specifically told them I had done that before and it did not help. I had to scavenge the net and find every possible diagnostic tool I could lay my hands on to figure out where the real problem was, then inform them and only then I got a replacement drive.

    And this time, they do a motherboard swap and leave a loose screw inside or something.

    I just don't want to put up with that anymore. The only problem is that there are no devices with even similar performance in the "same dimension" area.

    The only thing close to it is m11x (R2) which I've read multiple reviews of (and saw many forum posts about), and it seems that there is a very, very bad problem with the laptop's hinges - huge portion of the users stated that their hinges became loose in about 2-4 months of usage. Since the only way I can get Alienware M11x in my country is to order it in the US and have it shipped to me by a friend, there is no way I could get any warranty service for it here... and for a netbook that costs this much, I just don't want something I know has that many problems. Not to mention that the m11x R2 has no VGA output which is somewhat essential for the low-tech equipment of my school... and the older, first release of M11x comes with a core2duo CPU.. and even though the core i5 is actually less powerful and the core i7 is not _that_ much powerful (in the m11x R2), I don't want to purchase an old piece of technology.

    So that falls off the table too.

    There is _no_ way I am _ever_ purchasing an apple product either so... I was doing some scooping and I found out that the only alternatives are by Sony (some subnotebook) and then an Acer.

    And even though the acer is 13.3", it has a great graphics card, 640GB drive, 4GB RAM and all that... and it actually doesn't cost much more than my 1215N... so I am probably gonna go for that.

    I want something that is portable, can play an occassional game and is smaller than 14".

    In that area, the acer 3820TG has no competition (there are two revisions too, one with an 5xxx series card and one with a 6xxx series, and the latter one is the one I am interested in).
     
  4. chinoquezada

    chinoquezada Notebook Enthusiast

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    My HDD is no longer clicking, tyvm!

    btw, if the link on the OP for the utility that fixes this does not work for you, try a google search for Notebook Hardware Control.
    Remember also that you need to download the 2007 version.
     
  5. DraXxus1549

    DraXxus1549 Notebook Evangelist

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    Has anyone tried too put Linux on their 1215n? If so what distro did you use and was if difficult to get everything to work?
     
  6. powerfull499

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    I thought it was normal that the HDD clicked. My HDD makes a lot of noise too. It is actually louder than the fan when I stress it but it doesn't bother me - it is fast.
     
  7. kapsrox

    kapsrox Newbie

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    I use Linux Mint 10 (based on Ubuntu Maverick) x64 on my 1215n and the only nonfunctional hardware is the ION chipset, due to OPTIMUS, that nVidia already let clear they don't intend to support this feature on linux... we can use only the intel GMA 3150 (but even compiz runs fine with it)... everything else works w/o any extra config...
    albeit not working, nvidia ION chipset is turned on by default after a linux boot, so we need the use of acpi_call module (google it) to switch off the discrete gpu and make it stop eating battery... after that, i got even longer battery life on linux than on windows...
    I surely recomend dual booting win 7 since you may want to use the ION for gaming, but for usual tasks the linux support is fine ;)
     
  8. DraXxus1549

    DraXxus1549 Notebook Evangelist

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    You said that the ION is on by default and you switched it off, is there no way to turn it back on?
     
  9. kapsrox

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    Yes, you can use the same acpi_call module to switch on/off the ION, by the way, I realized that when it is off, the shutdown/suspend/hibernate scripts always crash... so I created some scripts to turn it ON before the shutdown/suspend/hibernate process to fix it.

    Just to make it clear: the ION is ON but you CAN'T use it, even installing nvidia driver won't make the system recognize and use the chipset to render X.org server... :/
     
  10. DraXxus1549

    DraXxus1549 Notebook Evangelist

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    Thats really to bad, I would love to put ubuntu on my netbook, but I am not willing lose the function of my GPU, thanks for the help though.
     
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