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Dell Mini 12 My review


Features are

  • 12.1in 1,280 x 800 screen
  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 CPU
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 80GB hard drive
  • Windows Vista Home Basic Edition
  • 25.5mm thick, 1.25Kg
  • 3-cell 24WHr battery

The use of an Atom CPU with a mere 1GB of RAM to play Windows Vista Home Basic Edition. A Linux system is expected to come later, so it’s not all bad news though.

The Mini 12 costs £429

If considered as a small, low-powered and above all portable notebook, then, the Mini 12 could be a lot more attractive.

How to Install Windows XP from DOS ?

Install Windows XP from DOS (ie. no OS on a new hard drive):

Boot with a Windows 98 Start Up disk

Insert the Windows 98 CD into the CD reader

Run smartdrv.exe from the Win98 directory on the windows 98 CD (file caching)

Type cd.. to back up to the root directory

Insert Windows XP CD into the CD reader

Copy the i386 folder to C:\

Go into C:\i386 folder on C: and type winnt.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive.

why PCs crash?

The mains reasons why PCs crashes is as follows

Hardware conflict

The number one reason why Windows crashes is hardware conflict. Each hardware device communicates to other devices through an interrupt request channel (IRQ). These are supposed to be unique for each device.

Bad Ram

Ram (random-access memory) problems might bring on the blue screen of death with a message saying Fatal Exception Error. A fatal error indicates a serious hardware problem. Sometimes it may mean a part is damaged and will need replacing.But a fatal error caused by Ram might be caused by a mismatch of chips.

BIOS settings

Every motherboard is supplied with a range of chipset settings that are decided in the factory. A common way to access these settings is to press the F2 or delete button during the first few seconds of a boot-up.

Hard disk drives

After a few weeks, the information on a hard disk drive starts to become piecemeal or fragmented. It is a good idea to defragment the hard disk every week or so, to prevent the disk from causing a screen freeze.

Viruses

First sign of a virus infection is instability. Some viruses erase the boot sector of a hard drive, making it impossible to start. This is why it is a good idea to create a Windows start-up disk.

With one Click Lock the Computer

Leaving your computer in a hurry but you don’t want to log off?

You can double-click a shortcut on your desktop to quickly lock the keyboard and display without using CTRL+ALT+DEL or a screen saver.

To create a shortcut on your desktop to lock your computer:

Right-click the desktop. Point to New, and then click Shortcut. The Create Shortcut Wizard opens.

In the text box, type the following: rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation Click Next.

Enter a name for the shortcut. You can call it “Lock Workstation” or choose any name you like.

Click Finish.

You can also change the shortcut’s icon (my personal favorite is the padlock icon in shell32.dll).

To change the icon: Right click the shortcut and then select Properties. Click the Shortcut tab, and then click the Change Icon button.

In the Look for icons in this file text box,

type: Shell32.dll. Click OK. Select one of the icons from the list and then click OK

You could also give it a shortcut keystroke such CTRL+ALT+L. This would save you only one keystroke from the normal command, but it could be more convenient