Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5600 (1.86GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB)
</o> What more can I say? While not the fastest, it certainly smokes anything I’ve ever used. On XP it was lightning fast; on Ubuntu, its pretty quick also.
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</o> Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
</o> Out of the two choices, this is not the best, but it is the cheaper. If you’re not gaming, then this is probably all you’ll need. I’ve played doom 3 a little bit, but it was kind of choppy. If I had it to do over again, I’d spring for the Nvidia.
</o>Intel Pro Wireless
No complaints here. The Wifi connects easily in XP, and not so easily in Ubuntu (mainly due to my use of WPA encryption. I really don’t know enough about Linux to troubleshoot it at this point). After changing my router to WEP encryption however, it worked fine.
1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms)
</o> This wasn’t the largest amount of RAM money could buy, but it wasn’t the lowest. So far it doesn’t seem to have affected performance.
</o>The absolute bane of my existence; Sigmatel hardware, and Creative software. I’ve had and read about more problems on this segment than any other “out of the box” notebook. Now I’m not a music buff, and I’ve read that the speakers are too tiny. The real problem however, is the software conflicts (both on XP and Ubuntu). The best I could figure it, the software on the Creative CD (pre-installed), was conflicting with the Sigmatel drivers. After reformatting I left the Creative out of installation, and it worked fine- that is until I installed Ubuntu. Initially the speakers were good, then as soon as I plugged in the head phones, there was no sound at all. After some laborious googling, I got the speakers and one (of two) headphone jacks working, but the line in doesn’t function at all (everything still works in XP though).
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It plays movies. No issues.
I really like its sturdiness. It’s a hearty little machine with a lot of power. Some people complain that its too fat, but I guess that’s just personal preference.<o></o>
A tale of two operating systems:<o></o><o></o>
Currently I’m dual booting with Ubuntu and XP. This might actually be necessary with this model due to the protected Media Direct software that comes with the system (it’s a long painful story) The version of XP I selected was Media Center Edition, with an express upgrade to <st1>Vista</st1>. Everything worked out of the box except the audio (which worked, it just kept popping error messages every time I plugged in headphones).<o></o>
Later, I installed Ubuntu, which took a lot more tweaking to function. So much so that it begs the question; why switch? I guess I just heard so many great things about it and I’d hate to miss out just because I’m dumb. <o></o>
Anyways, I’ve managed to get mostly everything working, and I’m pretty happy with it. It runs fast, and Does everything I need.<o></o><o></o>
Pics to follow!