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Specification of the model I bought:
CPU - Intel® Atom™ 330 1.6GHz (Dual core) - can run 32-bit OS and 64-bit OS
OS - None loaded; user has to install OS of choice
Chipset - NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor
Memory - Support DDR2 800MHz, 2 x SO-DIMM slots, default 2GB (2 x 1GB), Maximum up to 4GB
VGA - NVIDIA® ION™ Graphics, support DX10 / Full HD 1080p
HDD - 320GB 2.5" HDD, capable to support RAID 0, 1 by adopting the 2nd 2.5" HDD
ODD - DVD Super Multi R/W
I/O - 1 x HDMI, 1 x D-Sub VGA, 6 x USB 2.0, 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x Powered eSATA/USB*
*For Powered eSATA function, Hot Plug function is supported in RAID / AHCI mode only. IDE mode does not support Hot Plug function.
LAN - Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi - 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN
Sound - 7.1 Ch HD Audio with DTS
System Acoustic - Below 26dB
Remote Controller - MCE Remote Controller
Power Unit - 65W/19V Adapter
Dimension - 195mm(W) x 70mm(H) x 186mm(L)
Volume (litres) - 2.5L
Weight - 1.7Kg
The only problem I had was that the optical drive would not open: I loosened the two screws holding the removable top of the nettop and slid back the lid just a fraction, as the lid was squeezing the drive door. Now the drive door opens fine.
The VGA socket is recessed, so the VGA plug of the cable from my monitor cannot be plugged in far enough to screw in the two retaining screws on the plug, and is hanging on by a thread. I'll have to buy an extender:
Anyway, I booted an SL 4.2 KDE x86_64 LiveDVD and everything worked: VGA (automatically detected the resolution of my external monitor); Ethernet; WiFi; audio; USB keyboard; USB mouse. Both KDE Desktop Effects and Compiz worked perfectly.
Then I booted an SL 5.1-r1 KDE x86 LiveDVD and everything also worked: VGA (automatically detected the resolution of my external monitor); Ethernet; WiFi; audio; USB keyboard; USB mouse. KDE Desktop Effects also work perfectly. (No Compiz installed on the SL 5.1-r1 LiveDVD, so I didn't try Compiz.)
I then ran the installer and installed SL 5.1-r1 to the HDD. I used the installer to create manually 4 primary partitions: swap (circa 2048 Mb), /boot (circa 100 Mb), / (circa 61440 Mb), /home (the rest of the disk):
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# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Disk identifier: 0xfb77a217 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux /dev/sda2 14 7846 62918572+ 83 Linux /dev/sda3 7847 8107 2096482+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/sda4 8108 38913 247449195 83 Linux
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# df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on rootfs 58981808 4841912 52881528 9% / /dev/sda2 58981808 4841912 52881528 9% / rc-svcdir 1024 136 888 14% /lib/rc/init.d udev 10240 248 9992 3% /dev /dev/shm 903548 88 903460 1% /dev/shm /dev/sda4 231966632 409520 226608132 1% /home /dev/sda1 101086 18215 80784 19% /boot
NVIDIA X Server Settings appears to work correctly. So far I have tried XBMC, Amarok and VLC and they work fine. Online YouTube Flash videos work fine too.
Anyway, if anyone is looking for a nettop that works with SL, this one does the job. If I find any limitations or problems in future I'll post here.
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# lspci 00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Host Bridge (rev b1) 00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1) 00:03.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 LPC Bridge (rev b2) 00:03.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1) 00:03.2 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP79 SMBus (rev b1) 00:03.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1) 00:03.5 Co-processor: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Co-processor (rev b1) 00:04.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b1) 00:04.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev b1) 00:08.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP79 High Definition Audio (rev b1) 00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Bridge (rev b1) 00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Ethernet (rev b1) 00:0b.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP79 SATA Controller (rev b1) 00:10.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1) 00:15.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation ION VGA (rev b1) 02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)