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another blog about stuff?? oh yeahh
After some time not posting anything here on the blog, I’m finally going to do it :P. The thing is I bought the laptop not long ago after the last post, around middle September I think and wanted to talk about it, but wasn’t in the mood to post about it until now. Procrastination is awesome and I like to do it a lot.
Long time ago I was looking for a new laptop and then, one day, I bought one. That’s right I got the Asus Eee PC 1215B. The main points wich led me to do it were the size of the screen (12.1″ with this resolution is not so common), the weight (under 2 Kg), an AMD APU with integrated graphics, not having an optical drive, not having a dedicated numpad, not having a fingerprint reader, relatively cheap, doesn’t make much noise and having a USB 3 port. Yeah, I know, lots of “not” but that’s how picky I am.
What I really don’t like about it? Well it’s an Asus laptop, so I have an Asus quality. Lot’s of glossy all around the place, some places of the body are clearly weak, the screen is not very different from the one I had before. Major annoyance is the maximum angle made by the opened screen, it’s almost as if it’s 90º which makes it hard to use for example on the couch.
Another one that makes me tremble in fear, if I ever need to do it, is to replace the hard drive. In this laptop from the bottom I can only access the memory and to get to the hard drive I have to basically disassemble the whole laptop. At least on my old one I could get access to both the memory and the hard drive from the bottom.
There’s also a problem on the keyboard with the F4 key. It is very sensitive and just by touching it is gets activated. That’s a problem when I have lots of windows opened and want to close one with the keyboard shortcut and suddenly too many windows start to get closed… Also the keyboard layout makes it hard to get some keys right, such as the Enter key and all the close keys like the arrows and Home and related keys.
It obviously came with windows 7 and there was nothing i could do about it (it’s the real world, you don’t have any right of asking the seller to remove the Microsoft stuff nor any option of seeing the money you paid for it).
After playing with it for I noticed quickly that the pc supported booting by UEFI. My next adventure was trying to make it work, so converting the disk to GPT which implied formating the drive, install arch linux on it, configure it, etc. At the end there’s some information about the UEFI stuff on this pc.
I’m sorry to say that I still have some problems with linux, probably bad BIOS, ACPI or even configuration problems that I still haven’t bothered to take care. I have two that are not so small problems: one out of three times after waking from suspend it will just lock and have a black screen; the other, I can’t make a new boot entry appear for grub2 on the UEFI system. As a matter of fact I can’t even reinstall windows on this pc, at least not with UEFI+GPT combination because it will just BSOD after starting the install and that is only if it enters the installation procedure. About grub2 and uefi I made a thread on arch linux forums [UEFI] Problem with efibootmgr on asus 1215b. I just didn’t bother yet about reporting it on LKML but soon I will do it.
So as a conclusion I can say I’m satisfied with what I bought. Could it be better? Of course, anything can always be better, we just have to learn how to live with what we got, that’s all. There are things that I still have to do and other things I’ll have to wait (for example the wireless driver is still on the staging tree on linux, so unstable). If you are interested in the laptop I tell you to test one by yourself. Right now maybe there’s something better on the market, maybe not.
Hope you liked my “review” and anything else you want to know, just make a comment. Probably I’ll make another post related to the laptop, or probably not :P.