no probs, here we go:
for those of us who haven't taken out a hard drive, where do you find instructions? and how do you know which drive to buy that will go in there? and does it come with the adapter to fit on?
A: Hmm, i guess you just have to wing it.. it helps if you've owned other notebooks before or built your own pc.. the adapter is supplied with the default drive, you just gotta pop it off the drive and put it onto your new drive. most modern 2.5" drives will fit in there, I think the thickness can't exceed 9.5mm or something like that though. what drive to buy? well it comes with a hitachi, so you might want to upgrade to one of the same brand. hitachi is about the only brand with a 7200rpm drive anyway, so if you want the best performance they are the only brand to go with. Helluva expensive though, the 7.2ks.. :P
and the memory thing? my slim research shows that notebooks can be more picky about what brand of memory your popping in...is that the case? if so, what resources are out there for me to find out what to buy?
A: well, i guess a good guide would be to see what ram acer supplied and buy larger ram modules from the same brand.. no idea about incompatibilities cos I haven't been able to afford more ram, but the 2025 comes filled with 2x 256mb sticks. mine happened to be pc2700 micron sticks.
now the bluetooth...are you using a mouse w/ bluetooth? is that working good? how about a cell phone?
A: yeah i used the bluetooth with my motorola cellphone, no probs with sending files and stuff.. a bit slow, but that's just the phone i guess. no bluetooth mouse yet...
and what about the firmware for the rom? i'm not versed in firmware. but i'd love to know what you are talking about here. i know about region stuff, but how's firmware connected to it?
A: well to make rom drives region free, you gotta flash it with firmware, or it will lock you to a certain region after five changes. means you can only play region 1 or region 2, etc. the modified region-free firmware allows you to play discs from any region without locking you to any one. just do a search on google for firmware page.. you'll reach a badass page with lotsa region-free firmware for different drives. prob is, the panasonic ain't there.. and from what i read elsewhere, it's a pain to hack. if you tend to order dvds from around the place, that may be a problem, but if you just wanna play US dvds or stuff then it shouldn't be a problem.
I have no idea where the other 2025 owners are off to.. too busy enjoying the machine I guess haha. well on the whole i love it, but it is a bit on the bulky side cos the arcade controls and the one line mini lcd takes up an extra 1 cm or so in front of the lappie, so its a bit wider than most widescreen lappies.