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5.0 out of 5 stars Computer buyers not doing their homework., November 28, 2011
This review is from: Acer Aspire One AOD257-1646 10.1-Inch Netbook (Aquamarine) (Personal Computers)
Of course it freezes up! Apparently you people know nothing about computers at all. Netbooks are cheap for a reason.
This particular one comes with windows 7 starter which can use only 1 processor, not 2! Also, they tend to come with slower hard drives(5400 RPM's) and only a gig or 2 of ram. While Acer states that their netbooks wont support more than 2 gigs, they actually do if you install the right operating system. Upgrade to atleast windows 7 home premium, a 4GB DDR31066 RAM cartridge, and utilize "Ready Boost" and your netbook will be blazing fast. Ready boost is a feature of windows 7 that uses solid state (flash memory) as if it were RAM. Windows does this by caching frequently used data to this solid state memory (either a USB flash drive or a SD card like the ones you use for your camera. Skip the Flash drive annd get a Sandisk SD ultra card from amazon. Theyre cheap, costing only $10 or $20. Buy one that supports atleast 20MB/s data read rates. The point is this, if you people want your netbooks to be fast, you have to make them fast. Ditch the RAM, hard drives, and the windows 7 starter. If you want a super fast netbook then purchase a seagate Momentus XT ( you can look up the specs online), they are lightening fast. The Acer netbooks are powerful, its the peripherals and the os that hamper them. Besides if you want to use a dual core and take advantage of windows 7 features, you need atleast windows 7 home premium or windows 7 professional (this one supports ready drive!).
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2011 9:29:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2011 9:33:36 PM PST
smallphi says:
Maybe you should have done your homework first! I have a dual core Gateway netbook with the same Atom processor as AOD257, running Windows 7 Starter with 1GB RAM. It hasn't frozen on me a single time which is in a blatant contradiction with your theory that such a configuration cannot work. Apparently you have no real experience with the AOD netbook, or you would have known that when people say it 'freezes' they don't mean 'running slowly' but a completely unresponding hung up system that you have to restart from the power button. That makes the whole discussion of how to 'speed it up' really irrelevant to the freeze problem.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 11:39:20 AM PST
Cal Emery says:
MS documentation states that all versions of Windows 7 can address multiple processor cores. The Starter edition can address only one physical processor, but all of the cores on that processor.

Don't comment while drunk.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 10:51:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2012 10:53:30 AM PST
BoulderSki says:
I think you are jumping to conclusions with your statements. When people state that the machine is freezing they mean it is completely halted. This has little to do with the processor or memory. The only way out of this freezing is to force a reboot. I have purchased one of these machines and have a 64 gig solid state drive and 2gigs of RAM in it and the thing still freezes with no chance of recovery. This is a hardware flaw which unfortunately for some cannot be repaired by more RAM or memory. Also the use of speedboost offers little in terms of speeding up your machine.....another gimmick of Windows 7 (see tests)....

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Posted on Feb 13, 2012 8:42:35 AM PST
A. T. Anchor says:
Thanks for your suggestions. However I have one for Acer...don't build half made machines. Most users are not into do it your self computer building, that's what they are supposed to be paid for.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 9:18:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 29, 2012 9:22:07 AM PDT
Sam Gummy says:
I bought a Acer and knew from owning a previous one that was dog slow and stalled when streaming that a couple of fixes would get the newer one working well. I doubled the memory to 2 gig. I stripped it of bloatware. I installed TuneUp utilities which manages all the crap features by turning them off. Have not tried Readyboost yet. My daughter watches YouTube, Netflix, uses Swype and constant IM on it with good results.

Posted on Sep 1, 2012 3:38:51 AM PDT
R. Smith says:
If this item is being sold as a project, it should be stated as such in the description. Don't mock me for purchasing an internet tool that has no ability to handle the internet without additional customization. IF I wanted a project piece and your 15-line manual on how to rebuild it I wouldn't have purchased a supposedly complete product. Jerk.
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