Sellers price up 8GB Eee PC

Even though the 4GB version of Asus' elfin Eee PC isn't exactly easy to get hold of, some system sellers have started taking advance orders for the as-yet-unreleased 8GB model.

Set be available in both white and black versions, the 8GB solid-state disk Eee PC comes with 1GB of DDR 2 memory - double that installed in the 4GB model. Like that machine, the 8GB incarnation has 802.11b/g Wi-Fi; three USB ports; a 10/100Mb/s Ethernet port; a 7in, 800 x 480 display; and a 900MHz Intel Celeron M ULV processor underclocked to 630MHz.

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Underclocked to 630 Mhz ??? Why? Not enough cooling for the "full" 900Mhz? Darn, a blast from the past... We had Pentium3 that where runner faster than this.

I'm writing from my Black 4G eee right now and it's awesome!
You can take it everywhere, it silent and the battery is great.
Ram is not an issue when using the pre-loaded xandros OS (otherwise you could simply upgrade it) and space is not an issue since you can easely add a cheap SD-card (but I have yet to need more than the 4 GB).
The screen seems really small but I'm actually getting used to it.

Have you tried XP on it yet running of an SD-Card? There's a You-Tube video of someone running it. It boots in about 40 seconds but some of the comments indicate its really slow. All I really want is to run Word 2003, Blackberry app and a basic HTML editor. Shame no built-in Bluetooth (could sync my BB on it instead of USB), though Net tutorial shows someone has soldered one onto a board ... I think my mobo would look as good as my scrambled eggs after trying that since I'm so leet with soldering!

I think shrinking XP down to 250 MB is ideal for these applications. Heck XP and Win 2003 can both be shrunk down considerably and 2003 runs a bit faster than XP on older machines. Would be nice is MS had a 'portable' license for either which was pre-shrunk and less costly with optimized swap.

Booting off an SD card is generally not recommended. The flash memory on memory cards isn't the same caliber as the flash memory in an SSD.

Croquant said,
Booting off an SD card is generally not recommended. The flash memory on memory cards isn't the same caliber as the flash memory in an SSD.
I haven't tried it yet and I wouldn't attempt to do it with win xp but I've seen xubuntu run off an SD card and that went surprisingly well.
I'm thinking about using Xubuntu as my main OS on my eee as well since it's much more customizable than the built-in os which is very much for newbies to be honest.

4 Gig / 512 Meg = Somewhat limited.

8 Gigs / 1024 Megs = Starting to get really good. Now you have some real space and power.

Soon these things will come with 32 Gigs / 2048 Megs and we'll see Vista on them.

"Soon these things will come with 32 Gigs / 2048 Megs and we'll see Vista on them."

God, I hope not. Come with Vista I mean. Why would you want to ruin a perfectly good little machine with that bloatware? Linux is perfectly fine for what it is suppose to be for. Anyways, Vista would raise the price somewhat more.

No perv, she doesn't. I wasn't thinking that when I read the Reg article. Was there a picture of a PC?

Is the solid-state disk replaceable? I know a lot of people are installing the OS on it and then using a CF-card to store data and swap space. I'm hesitant to buy one though in-case the SSD is not replaceable, ditto for the cost of the replacement battery which ASUS says a SKU will be available in Jan. (but no price I've seen yet). The 8 GB has the higher capacity battery though doesn't it? Is there an AC adapter to plug directly in wall and use at same time. My impression was its not an AC but simply a USB recharger in-box.


DrunkenMaster said,
No perv, she doesn't. I wasn't thinking that when I read the Reg article. Was there a picture of a PC?

Is the solid-state disk replaceable? I know a lot of people are installing the OS on it and then using a CF-card to store data and swap space. I'm hesitant to buy one though in-case the SSD is not replaceable, ditto for the cost of the replacement battery which ASUS says a SKU will be available in Jan. (but no price I've seen yet). The 8 GB has the higher capacity battery though doesn't it? Is there an AC adapter to plug directly in wall and use at same time. My impression was its not an AC but simply a USB recharger in-box.


It comes with an AC adapter. The DC-in port is on the back of the machine, beside the battery bay.