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Old 26. Apr 2010, 04:00 PM   #11 (permalink)
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As a general point, it may help to see if the software you want has been made portable @ portableapps.com. These versions are slightly smaller and the claim, if I remember right, is that they read/write less. One disadvantage is that one has to wait a few days / weeks before the portable version is available.
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Old 26. Apr 2010, 11:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Okay, change of plans. Going to install XP Pro on it instead of Home. Found all the necessary drivers online (hopefully they will include an option to opt-out of unnecessary stuff).

Thanks for the tips.

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Old 27. Apr 2010, 02:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Turn out the unnecessary stuff aren't even part of the drivers I downloaded.
Only installed necessary drivers, other ones are backed up just in case

Everything is still working fine, in fact, better than before!
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Old 27. Apr 2010, 03:10 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Yep J.L., I have a 8 GB hard disk with XP SP2 on it. 8 GB is a really small hard drive to have, specially in present times. But, this hard disk has been with me since my first computer in 2000. And I turn to it in case of emergency. Till date, 3 of my other hard disks have gone bad... but this one still goes on.

That's what I really do not like with the branded computers like Acer, HP, Compaq etc. They come pre-installed with so many junk which we really do not need, specially us freeware users. I would first go uninstalling the extra components and software, which are not needed.

Also, you have already taken the steps to remove unnecessary Windows components. For that, you can use Revo Uninstaller. In the Options, under Uninstaller... you can tick the check box for "Show system components", and it will show Windows components not normally seen from Add/Remove.

I keep Windows updates off when I use 8 GB hard disk. The updates take up a lot of space, and also keep their hot fixes setups stored on the disk, which take up space too. I also turn off the System Restore, since restore points are also space consumers. If you do not want to keep that off, then you can make use off CCleaner to remove individual restore points on daily basis.

Next, I install only the necessary programs on my PC. I install an AV, and if required, a firewall. I do not install both MBAM, and SAS. I just install MBAM, and keep it updated.

Instead of heavy media player like VLC, or KM Player, I use Media Player Classic Home Cinema. For my needs, it works well, and can play music too. For smaller music players, I go for 1by1, Xion, or XMPlay. These are very light, if you only want to play MP3.

For pdf reader, I use Sumatra Pdf Reader. Its very small, but works really well if you do not have to open really complex pdfs.

On smaller hard disks, you might want to keep track of where the space is being used. So, for that you can make use of software like TreeSize, or WinDirStat, which show you where space is being used.

I would not bother much with the drivers, since I would not be sure, if any of them might be required for proper functioning of the system. I don't mess around in that area. Still, you can check and remove only the unnecessary ones. To be on the safe side, you can make use of a drive backup utility(I think DoubleDriver does that).

I hope all this is useful. If I remember more, I will share here.
Thanks, very useful tips there.

About the Revo Uninstaller, does it use the same show system components as Add/Remove Windows Components shown on the left-hand side of Add or Remove Programs?

I believe VLC and KM Player installs their codecs in their program folder right?
Therefore, I want to install them instead in my RamDisk, because of not only speed issues, but squeezing as much life out of the SSD as possible.

About Sumatra, how does it compare to Cool PDF Reader? Since I'm going to install either in my RamDisk, I doubt the SSD would be much of a factor.

I'll get WinDirStat, almost forgot about that!

Also going to get RealAlternative too, cause I like Anime. The newest version of QuickTime alternative now needs proprietary Apple junk installed to function!
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Okay, this SSD is not good, after 3.5 gb, it gets REAL slow.
Going to return and get new one, next time gonna try Linux to make these last longer. According to Ubuntu Netbook remix, it is compatible, except for a few problems with sound recording and media card reader is not hotpluggable (both I don't really need).

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About the Revo Uninstaller, does it use the same show system components as Add/Remove Windows Components shown on the left-hand side of Add or Remove Programs?
Hmm, I never compared that. But, I think it shows different components. You can try yourself, and see the difference.

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I believe VLC and KM Player installs their codecs in their program folder right?
Therefore, I want to install them instead in my RamDisk, because of not only speed issues, but squeezing as much life out of the SSD as possible.
I don't have any idea about that question. And I don't know about RamDisk too... so can't help with that.

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About Sumatra, how does it compare to Cool PDF Reader?
I haven't used Cool Pdf Reader, just Sumatra. You can install Sumatra and compare it. Use the one which suits you. Idea is to use software which take up less space, and get your work done.

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The newest version of QuickTime alternative now needs proprietary Apple junk installed to function!
Yes, Apple products install a lot of junk on the system. I avoid them as much as I can. Thank God, I don't have an iPod .
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If you want to try another OS on the netbook, then you can give Moblin a try. Its based on Linux. I have read some good reviews about it. The looks are modern, works well... and boots almost instantaneously.
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If you decide to try installing XP again then you may find nlite useful to slipstream and slim down the install.
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Old 28. Apr 2010, 12:11 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Finally got a new one, I've decided to install Ubuntu Netbook Remix, because it's popular and well-supported with many linux freeware. Tried out the 9.10 live cd, very impressed with the interface and the power of Ubuntu. It's mostly compatible, all of the hardware will work, maybe not as well as in Windows, but good enough.
Just a few questions before I install it. Does version 10.04 for Ubuntu Netbook Remix have long-term support as well? When will it be released? (I know Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is released at April 29, but not sure about its derivatives)

Moblin seems interesting as well, but ultimately I'd go with Ubuntu.

XP's interface is too cumbersome with the touchpad especially if compared to it.
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There is a version of Linux specifically designed for your netbook: Linpus Linux Lite, but it only seems to be available for download as a trial version.
I recently installed XP on the same model machine that you have and you will definitely be better off with Linux in my view. If the machine were mine i would have left Linux on it.

I wouldn't normally link to wikipedia but this may be helpful http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_Aspire_One
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