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Your opinions on customs OS on netbooks? Any other suggestions to make it better?

Posted by david12795, 20 June 2011 · 236 views

I recently got an HP Mini 210. here are the specifications:


http://h10025.www1.h...product=5074977


What OS would you guys recommend? I heard Linux Mint or Ubuntu is the way to go but I'm just not sure which one will work because i hear wireless doesnt work on ubunto or touchpad doesnt work on linux. Both of which depends on the netbook. :-#


Anddd according to the HP site, only ONE gb ram is supported, MAX. :-#:-#

But people on forum told me go ahead and upgrade it to 2 GB anyways. I even asked the HP rep online and they said only ONE is supported, max.


Even crucial sells it?

http://www.crucial.c...-1171NR&Cat=RAM


so yeah, help would be greatly appreciated :D




I recently got an HP Mini 210. here are the specifications:


http://h10025.www1.h...product=5074977


What OS would you guys recommend? I heard Linux Mint or Ubuntu is the way to go but I'm just not sure which one will work because i hear wireless doesnt work on ubunto or touchpad doesnt work on linux. Both of which depends on the netbook. :-#


Anddd according to the HP site, only ONE gb ram is supported, MAX. :-#:-#

But people on forum told me go ahead and upgrade it to 2 GB anyways. I even asked the HP rep online and they said only ONE is supported, max.


Even crucial sells it?

http://www.crucial.c...-1171NR&Cat=RAM


so yeah, help would be greatly appreciated :D
I had the same problem with my ACER Aspire Netbook. It never said anything in the manuals pointing toward an available upgrade to 2GB and customer support didn't have a clue. I ended up upgrading and it works perfectly. Worse comes to worse, you can always return the ram.

I personally used what came on the netbook (Windows 7 Starter). I didn't want to mess around with the OS, as I really only needed it for web browsing, word processing, and simple procedures. Works beautifully and runs very fast.
Windows 7 Pro will run better on the minis, than starter in most cases. Even without the memory upgrade. Starter is crippled beyond belief. I actually dual-boot with Windows XP Pro and Windows 7 Pro. Both operating systems work great on my HP Mini 311.
I dual boot windows 7 and Ubuntu Netbook edition and I love Ubuntu. Yeah, I have 4 GB of Ram but I have seen Ubuntu run perfectly fine on 1GB. I am sure there are all kinds of drivers out there to get everything working on your Mini but it's just a matter of looking for it. I also installed Xubuntu on a VERY old PC with 256 MB of ram and it runs fine. There are plenty of Linux distros out there it's just a matter of finding the one that fits your needs the most.
That's the great thing about Linux is the ability to do more on less. I've been using Win7 on pretty much all of my platforms and the Professional edition has been rocking. Of course I haven't used anything less than 4GB on my rigs.

I say go with the dual boot like eliter1 says.
If in not mistaken, dual boot is when you have BOTH Linux and windows 7? So if I do that, then would that make going back to windows 7 a whole lot easier?
Where can I find the ubuntu netbook edition? When I tried going on the ubuntu website, it gives me the 11.04 download..

Thanks for replying everyone!
Looks like Ubuntu Netbook edition is now included in the regular Ubuntu distro (Used to be a different download). You can install Ubuntu from inside Windows so if you ever want to go back to Windows you can uninstall it like any other program.
@eliter: can i also install linux mint inside windows as well?
I don't know. I know Ubuntu has wubi, which allows you to install ubuntu as a regular program. I am sure you can google something like "wubi mint" and there should be some way to do it.