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Windows 7 on HP Mini 1000 (1120NR)

by on Aug.13, 2009, under Technology

I’ve replaced Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix with Windows 7 Starter on my HP Mini 1000.  After having no problems running the Windows 7 Release Candidate on it, I decided to switch to the RTM version.

So far I haven’t had any problems (and sound works–out-of-the-box sound didn’t work in UNR).  The Windows 7 Starter edition is missing the “Aero” bells and whistles, but for the most part when I use my netbook I’m remoting into another computer so this doesn’t bother me.

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Urgent Support Notification From HP

by on Jul.14, 2009, under Technology

I just got this e-mail from HP regarding my HP Mini 1000:

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URGENT SUPPORT NOTIFICATION FROM HP
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HP recently released a critical BIOS update, version F.13, for
Compaq Mini 700 series and HP Mini 1000 series of notebook PCs.

This BIOS updates the Keyboard and battery Firmware on your
notebook PC.

HP records show that you have registered one of these products.
If you do own one of these products, HP suggests that you click
here to download this BIOS for your notebook PC product.
http://www.hp.com/support

1. Click here and select your country/language.
http://www.hp.com/support
2. Select Download drivers and software (and firmware) and enter
your product number in the text box.
3. Select the Operating System you are using.
4. Scroll down and click the link below the BIOS section.
5. Follow the instructions on the download page to install the
latest BIOS.

Sincerely,

Hewlett-Packard Company

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Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix on HP Mini 1000

by on May.17, 2009, under Technology

A couple weeks ago I installed Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) Netbook Remix on my HP Mini 1000.

I tried tried UNR (Ubuntu Netbook Remix) a few months ago on a virtual machine and really liked the interface.  Installing it on my netbook took some consideration because I believe it voided my warrenty (I didn’t get any kind of extended warranty, so just the standard warranty).  In the end, I decided I liked the interface enough, wanted to use the new EXT4 file system (which is supposed to be faster on solid-state drives) and everything else 9.04 has to offer.  Most importantly though is always being up to date.  With HP MiE, I assume I was only getting updates after they tested them, found no problems in the existing infrastructure and decided to release them.  Overall it’s probably not a big deal to be a bit behind the times, but not when it comes to Firefox security updates and the like.

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[UPDATE]: It’s probably worth mentioning that out-of-the-box sound does not work through the speakers (it’s noted here).  There is an official bug submission related to the issue here, and possibly a fix some where.  I haven’t gotten around to looking into this yet; sound works through the headphone jack and I guess sound through the speakers is just not something I require in a netbook. 🙂

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HP Mini 1000 (1120NR): Week 3

by on Mar.14, 2009, under Technology

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve got my HP Mini 1000 (1120NR) FedEx’d in the mail.  Here’s what I think so far:

Tweaks I’ve Already Performed

Synaptic Package Manager – Although not in the Harbour desktop menu, it is installed on the computer.  It can be assessed from the Run Command windows (ALT+F2) by typing “synaptic”.

GSynaptic – I installed this application to turn off the “tap” feature on the touch pad.

Gnome-RDP – One of the reason I decided to buy a netbook over a traditional laptop is that I don’t need another computer.  I have–and probably will always have–a nice desktop computer.

What Doesn’t Work

Dashboard Mail – It still says “Not Configured” even through I’ve followed the directions and set up my e-mail account in Thunderbird.  I’ve posted questions on two forums (no response) and e-mailed HP Support about it.  Their response thus far has been “we’ll look into it”.

Firefox add-ons – Although the computer is Ubuntu 8.04 with Firefox, when I go to Tools > Add-ons, this is what I see:

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I can still install add-ons by going to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/, but this helpful integration menu doesn’t appear to work.

Firefox Version – Since all the Linux software comes from HP’s Linux repositories, getting the 3.0.6 update was a little late.

Overall Likes

Size – It sure is compact.  Looking at it, closed sitting on a table, one might think it’s one of those things you put your credit card so the waiter can go swipe it.

Overall Dislikes

Size – It sure is compact.  It’s taking a little bit of getting used to.  Although the keyboard is 92% a regular laptop keyboard, when you’ve only been typing on a couple sizes of keyboard for 20 years, it takes a little getting used to.  After two weeks though I’m no longer hitting TAB with my pinky when it’s going to A.

Performance – I’m a serious multitasker and have noticed a little lag when I’m remoted to two different computers and have 7 Firefox tabs open–but nothing bad.

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HP Mini 1000: “Home Screen Mail w/ Gmail and IMAP?”

by on Feb.27, 2009, under Technology

Me to HP @ 2/27/2009:

My netbook has the MiE OS. The home screen says “Mail – Not Configured” even though I’ve followed the instructions setting up my e-mail account in Thunderbird. My e-mail account is Gmail, using an IMAP connection if that’s helpful.

HP to Me @ 2/27/2009:

Hello SLeepdepD,

Thank you for contacting HP Total Care.

I gather from your email that you would like to know whether there are any upgrade plans from Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10 and Firefox from 3.04 to 3.06.

I also see that you are unable to configure your email account and the screen says “Mail – Not Configured” even though you have configured it.

SLeepdepD, regarding the issue with configuring the email account on your netbook, I request you to give us some time so that we will try to configure the email account in our lab systems and will get back to you with the next steps.

I would like to inform you that currently there are no upgrade plans to upgrade Ubuntu or Firefox in (MIE) Mobile Internet Experience.

If you need further assistance, please reply to this message and we will be happy to assist you further.

For information on keeping your HP and Compaq products up and running, please visit our Web site
at:
http://www.hp.com/go/totalcare

Sincerely,
Debbie
HP Total Care

HP to Me @ 3/2/2009:

Dear SLeepdepD,

This is Debbie from HP Total Care.

This is a followup email concerning our recent email interaction regarding the email account configuration whihc says “Mail-not configured” even though you had set it up.

SLeepdepD, as we are researching for an exact resolution, I request you to reconfigure the email account. Follow the below instructions:

To set up your email account, follow these steps:

In the Mail section of the Home Screen, click Click here to set up your email. The Mail Setup window opens.

Click Thunderbird Account Settings. The New Account Setup wizard opens.

Click Email account and then click Next.

Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your email.

Please get back to us with the screenshot of the error or the message by pressing FN + Insert button, where you get as “Mail-Not configured” which would help us in arriving at the right solution.

If you need further assistance, please reply to this message and we will be happy to assist you further.

For information on keeping your HP and Compaq products up and running, please visit our Web site at:

http://www.hp.com/go/totalcare

Sincerely,
Debbie
HP Total Care

Me to HP @ 3/2/2009:

Debbie,

Thanks for responding to my e-mail.  The HP Mini is my first HP computer and thus far I have been very impressed by the attention of the support staff.  Thank you!

I’ve followed the directions you detailed in your e-mail for setting up my Thunderbird account.  Again, I’m using Gmail via the IMAP protocol.  I don’t know if this makes a difference to the mail widget on the home screen.

I’ve included several screen shots: my home screen (after the Gmail account has been setup), my Thunderbird interface (I’ve blurred out some of my Gmail Filters for security, but otherwise the screen shot is intact), and then a series of screen shots of my Gmail Account configuration.

I hope this is enough to debug the issue; please let me know if you need anything else from me.  Thanks!

Me to HP @ 3/16/2009:

Debbie,

It has been a couple weeks since I’ve heard anything on this issue.

I’m still encountering the problem.  Is there any new information you can give me?

Thanks.

HP to Me @ 3/19/2009:

Hello SLeepdepD,

Thank you for writing back.

Your inquiry has reached HP Technical E-mail Support Team and unfortunately, we do not have enough information to answer your query and if you need further assistance on this issue, I recommend you please contact our HP HP Total Care Team at 1-800-474-6836.

In the end, I apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused.

For information on keeping your HP and Compaq products up and running, please visit our Web site at: http://www.hp.com/go/totalcare

Sincerely,
Richard
HP Total Care


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HP Mini 1000: “Upgrade MiE to Ubuntu 8.10?”

by on Feb.27, 2009, under Technology

Me to HP:

I’ve noticed the MiE OS is built on Ubuntu 8.04. Are there plans to upgrade it to 8.10? If not, what about plans to upgrade Firefox from 3.04 to 3.06?

HP to Me:

Hello SLeepdepD,

Thank you for contacting HP Total Care.

I gather from your email that you would like to know whether there are any upgrade plans from Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10 and Firefox from 3.04 to 3.06.

I also see that you are unable to configure your email account and the screen says “Mail – Not Configured” even though you have configured it.

SLeepdepD, regarding the issue with configuring the email account on your netbook, I request you to give us some time so that we will try to configure the email account in our lab systems and will get back to you with the next steps.

I would like to inform you that currently there are no upgrade plans to upgrade Ubuntu or Firefox in (MIE) Mobile Internet Experience.

If you need further assistance, please reply to this message and we will be happy to assist you further.

For information on keeping your HP and Compaq products up and running, please visit our Web site
at:
http://www.hp.com/go/totalcare

Sincerely,
Debbie
HP Total Care

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Purchased: HP Mini 1000 (1120NR)

by on Feb.24, 2009, under Technology

I just received my HP Mini 1000 (1120NR) from HP.com!

This is a netbook–which differs significantly from a traditional laptop.  When first heard about netbooks a few months ago, I found myself a little infatuated with the idea: portability, with a reliance on the “cloud”.  As I started reading reviews and shopping I began becoming something of a netbook purist.  It shouldn’t have a big hard drive–because it relies on the Internet; it doesn’t need a DVD–because it relies on the Internet.  I began modeling something of a methodology: I want my next computer to be an extension of the Internet.

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Overview of Stats

  • Screen size: 10.1″ (resolution: 1024 x 576)
  • OS: HP Mobile Internet (Mi) software built on Linux
  • Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Atom Processor
  • Hard drive: 16GB solid state drive
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Keyboard: 92% of standard size
  • Weight: 2.45 lb.
  • Thickness: 1″

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