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Asus Eee PC 1000 Plus Ubuntu: Big Power in a Small Package - page 2

Can't Start A Fire Without A Spark

  • September 19, 2008
  • By Paul Ferrill

Carrying the Eee PC 1000 around won't strain anyone's back. Total weight comes in at under three pounds, including the six-cell battery. The Eee PC 1000 sports three USB ports making it possible to actually connect a keyboard and mouse with an extra USB left over. The 40 GB SSD is split into an 8 GB system partition and a 32 GB user partition which should make it easy to do system backup and recovery should the need arise.

With a default screen resolution of 1024 by 600 you will find some applications that extend beyond the screen. The good news is that many of the Compiz functions like screen rotation using the ctrl-alt-arrow key combination work well. Connecting to a wireless network is a piece of cake with the built-in tools. I was able to quickly connect in multiple locations with no problems.

My first attempt to connect a Jabra BT-620S Bluetooth headset was unsuccessful based on an obscure error message and no audio through the headphones. After a little help from Google I found a good set of instructions on the FOSSwire blog including a shell script to make it all work.

One thing I miss on the trackpad is the scrollbar feature found on most HP and Dell laptops. This handy feature lets you scroll up and down on a window by sliding your finger up and down on the right hand side of the trackpad. Then I found out that you can accomplish the same thing on the Eee PC by using two fingers on the trackpad. All you have to do is use two fingers slightly spread apart on the trackpad with a downward motion away from the keyboard to scroll down on a page and inward toward the keyboard to scroll up. This feature works great and makes it possible to accomplish the desired scrolling function without taking your hand away from the trackpad.

I was really impressed with how little heat the Eee PC puts out compared with the HP MiniNote. I found the MiniNote to get hot especially when attached to AC power. Not so for the Eee PC. It does run a little warm off AC power and when charging but nothing like the HP. The cooling fan is quiet and in my usage never ran very fast at all. Again, the HP MiniNote could pump out a good bit of heat with the fan running at full speed.

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