Laptop adapter interchangable w/other brand Netbook?

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  1. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    @Judy Smith

    Let us know how the power adapter works. As Mr. Fox noted, to calculate wattage, it's amps * volts. The power adapter should state how many amps and volts it supplies.

    I found a service guide for the HP Mini 311 on HP's site here. It states there is 1GB of onboard/non-removable memory, and one DIMM slot for upgrades. Up to a 2GB module can be installed in the slot for 3GB of total memory. You can get a 2GB DDR3-1333 module (NOT DDR3L-1333, so be careful) for under $20. Windows will be better with 3GB of memory than 2GB, but it's still not a lot. The notebook uses an Atom N270 processor, which will be very slow, and extra memory isn't going to alleviate that.

    HDTune - I haven't used that in a while. According to their site, the basic version hasn't been updated since 2008. Probably still works, though. I think you can run a health check in there for your storage drive, that's all I'd do.

    Can I ask why you want to continue using the HP? Even a refurbished notebook for US$200-250ish would be worlds ahead of it.

    Charles
     
  2. Judy Smith

    Judy Smith Notebook Consultant

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    Hi, Charles, so sorry I just saw this post now. Thanks so much for your feedback, and indeed this is VERY slow. (Each letter i'm typing now takes maybe 1/2 min. to display in this box! Also, the display is weirdly wide & squat. And it isn't able to be dimmed, even though I clicked the display section of Win-10. The brightness-slider remained Grey and was not movable from its position at the far-right of slider....
    ...My eyes are KILLING.

    ...As you can see, I got this working, so the Ebay adapter works - though the plug fits loosely rather than tightly in the TrippLite. (note the USPS dope had delivered it to someone a few blocks away from me despite the tracking number, but those people contacted my BIL who delivered it to me today...

    The reason I bought this was because I was looking for something cheap, lightweight and not-wireless nor requirement to touch the screen, which fries my fingertips. It's for purpose of "backpacking" with this to someone a few blocks away to show photo's and video's. This was cheap ($25 plus $9 warrantied adapter bought separately) and had Win-10 loaded on it, so I figured i'd get a taste of Win-10 too.

    But now you're explaining about the processor being slow, that's a letdown. I thought it was Win10 plus the 2gb RAM slowing it down.

    I'll post my HDtune pics below - do they look OK? And is this redeemable, and worth doing so? Because if this had been much dimmer & not so slow - I might like it. I didn't test printing yet, nor other nitty gritties.

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    The HD Tune results look fine, the SMART sensors are reporting no general problems. So the machine is working fine, but it's slow as you noted. For $25, I can't argue it was a bad deal. I don't think it's worth expanding the RAM to 3GB, though.

    Dell often has small laptops and Chromebooks going for $149 or so in their Outlet. In fact, the other day they had some going for $99. If you decide to upgrade, one of those would be light years ahead of your machine.

    Charles
     
  4. Judy Smith

    Judy Smith Notebook Consultant

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    Thanks! I'll have to check it out via my alt. latptop, cuz it took forever until your link would display on this netbook. My question is - whether there's any that's equivalent to the specs of the one i'm on now, which is lightweight, and has several usb ports & internet port?

    I prefer wired, so as not to fry my fingers via touchscreen, and my brain ia WiFi.
    (Tha's "via" but that's the way this netbook is typing due to slowness.

    If i'd bring this thing to BestBuy, could they improve it with a faster processor and RAM?
    What might that cost?
    ...alternatively, would replacement with Linux help?

    I should also emphasize (in case I didn't yet) that I have the slowest Optimum internet svc. due to my budget, so wouldn't a high-speed processor (and RAM) be overkill?
     
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    The processor in that notebook is soldered/non-replaceable. Even if it were replaceable, the platform is so outdated at this point that there wouldn't be a good-enough upgrade to make it worthwhile.
    Any notebook in the Dell Outlet (I linked in my last post) will be much faster than your current notebook. You might consider a Chromebook, they don't require as much hardware to run smoothly as a Windows machine.

    Charles
     
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    Judy Smith Notebook Consultant

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    Charles, thanks again! I think i'll ask further pertinent questions on the "which notebook to buy" forum, as it's more relevant & notebook shopping is difficult for me (understatement).
     
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