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Your Questions About Asus Netbook Battery

Ken asks…

Why does my ASUS Eee PC 1005HA netbook turn off when I unplug the power adaptor?

Why does my ASUS Eee PC 1005HA netbook turn off when I unplug the power adaptor?
My netbook is only 6 months old and the last few days whenever I unplug the power my computer turns off immediately. I think it started when I put in someone else’s usb into my computer. It wouldn’t work on their imac so I plugged it in mine and my computer turned off. And now it only works when I have the power adaptor plugged in. My battery is at 100% full. Please help because this is really annoying. The power management scheme is on portable/laptop.

steve answers:

Take the netbook in for warranty repair.
It appears that the USB that you tried to use, shorted out something in your netbook and your battery is not supplying power to the netbook when not being “charged”.

Lisa asks…

my asus eee pc 1005px netbook will not boot?

when i put it on the indicator light stays blue and when i plug into the main the battery indicator starts to blink red. and it still does to boot. when i remove the battery and plug the AC adapter into the mains. it does not power on. please can anyone help

steve answers:

If the laptop isn’t turning on and the charger is plugged in then that means the charger is no longer working. The laptop would still be able to turn on even if the battery is damaged or if the hardware is damaged somehow. Since the laptop isn’t turning on even with the charger connected (with or without the battery) the charger is defective. You definitely need to get a new charger for your laptop to work again.

For a new charger you can look online on sites like ebay or amazon but I would personally suggest you visit Topmic instead. Topmic is well known for their great services and their durable products. They include free shipping and free lifetime warranty. Yes, lifetime. This means if the charger ever stops working on its own for whatever reason, they would replace it as many times as needed at no additional cost, for life.

This is a great way to save money in the long run and a good investment as well.

You should be able to find them online through google search.

Best of luck.

Sandy asks…

Recommended OS for Asus N10J Netbook?

okay im gonna try keep it nice, short and relevant.

N10j Specs:
Atom N270
Geforce 9300M GS 256MB dedicated graphics card

i find vista to be an overall bad OS. from online readings it says it is resource hungry. most netbooks i see has windows XP on it. Second to that is i see vista installed. I plan to reformat and i cant decide which to install.

I’m a typical university/college student undergoing an IT degree. So the things i would do include:
Word Editting (MS word etc)
Alot of movies + youtube + music
SSH + telnet
Alot of web browsing
some gaming ( rarely, obviously not games with crazy graphics )

i only turn on my graphics card for youtubing, gaming and movies. For all work i would use its standard discrete graphics card.

From your opinion, what is most beneficial, Windows 7 or Windows XP. Do home/premium/ultimate editions affect overall resource usage ( etc ultimate consumes more resources than home ). If so which one should i get. i ALSO want longer battery life ( some discussion ive read states that windows xp uses less battery resource than vista, but i dont know how windows 7 is good or bad) . averages about 4 hrs on discrete graphics with lowest screen brightness. listing pro’s and con’s will be appreciated.

I will also be installing a copy of Ubuntu, just to give it a fair go as it seems light simple and efficient. i’ll be dual booting ubuntu and one other windows.

Your Input of OS knowledge will be greatly appreciated.

steve answers:

In your case I would definitely recommend Windows XP.

I would have recommended Win 7 32bit except for the Atom processor.
I had a similar laptop with an Athlon Neo processor (slightly more powerful than the Atom) and an ATI 3410M graphics card.

I found that the graphics card was significantly bottlenecked by the processor on Window 7. The weak processor had to handle a more sophisticated OS and the game at the same time. I found XP was better for the laptop because it freed up more the processor cycles for the game.
I should also note that Windows 7 isn’t as bad as vista in this regard, but not as good as Windows XP.
It will still be supported until 2014 the same with Windows Vista.

If you want to go with Windows 7, some benefits would be DirectX 10 (your graphics card doesn’t support DirectX 11) however your graphics card isn’t powerful enough to use Dx10 properly anyways. Internet Explorer 9 (not really a big deal, you probably want to use Firefox or Chrome anyways). Windows 7 does come with its own H.264 video codec which is pretty good, and videos look great, but you can find free alternatives for XP.

I found that Windows 7 has much better battery saving tweaks, and my laptop lasted significantly longer on windows 7 compared to XP.

As a performance junkie, I would go with Windows XP. If you had even a low end Core 2 Duo, I would say go Win7. With Windows XP, the cpu power required for the OS is significantly less than Win7 or Vista and will feel snappier and the game will get more raw CPU power to use instead of the OS hoging it.

Linda asks…

which netbook is better? SAMSUNG or ASUS?

was planning to get a netbook to surf and watch stuff while am travelling, I was thinking of a tablet but netbooks have more memory in them. anyway i was looking at two netbooks the SAMSUNG NC110 and the ASUS Eee PC 1015px. wanted to know which one is better in terms of battery life. (also didnt really like the sorta fat frame of the ASUS netbooks)
also want to know the overall specs and stuff to choose between both.


steve answers:

You should go for ASUS as this company holds many year reputation than the Samsung with new to this field

Steven asks…

Is there a Pinetrail Nvidia Ion 2 netbook out for sale yet?

Ill be doing a 4 month course out in a place where i only have solar power. I need a new netbook, but i want one with the graphics of the Ion 2, and the long battery life of the Pinetrail.
I know ASUS and a couple others are planning on releasing these netbooks Q1 of this year. but i havent found any yet.

steve answers:

I have not been able to find the ASUS 1201PN.
This is suppose to be the first one with the new Ion Gpu and Pinetrail.

There’s a report that Asus support is live for this product.

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Your Questions About Asus Transformer

Lisa asks…

Should I get the ASUS Transformer TF300 tablet?

I’m going to be a freshman in highschool this coming school year, and I wanted to know if this tablet would be suitable for me? It comes with Polaris Office, which is basically Microsoft Office; you can edit Word, Excel, etc. documents. One is also able to purchase a keyboard dock, which turns it into a touch screen netbook. The keyboard dock comprises one 2.0 USB port and an SD memory card slot, and an extra battery which keeps the tablet running for about 15 hours or so. Without the dock, the tablet itself will run for about 7-8 hours. It’s powered by android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which allows you to purchase all kinds of different things from the market like: apps, games, movies, books, and more. It has a front-facing camera as well as a rear-facing camera, the front being 1.2 MP and the rear being 8.0 MP.

Part of me thinks this would be a good machine for school/everyday usage PLUS lots of great apps and entertainment, but another part of me thinks a laptop would be more suitable for a student?

Thanks in advance! :)
*PS, the price of the tablet is $400, or about $530 including the keyboard.
Oh really, Julian? http://reviews.cnet.com/best-tablets/
Yeah, the iPad is first, but I’m more of an android user, and I already have an android phone. There are TWO Asus Transformer tablets on the top five tablet list on CNET, so I’m sure then you’ve never heard of CNET?

I know that I was the one who asked for advice, but try giving real advice next time. Don’t tell me this is an unknown product. Go back to selling your apple products, you’re obviously an Apple employee.
Julian, this is why you’re stuck working at an Apple store. You couldn’t get into a college with shitty essays containing details of which you were able to back yourself up with.

And thank you, Rishab, for actually giving a decent answer.

steve answers:

The Asus Transformer Pad makes for a good, large-screen, value-priced Android tablet. The extra storage you’ll get will come in handy, but you’ll have to be willing to sacrifice niceties like a subwoofer, a rear-camera flash, and a Super IPS display if you go with this lower-cost model. If you like the idea of extra storage in a tablet at less cost, the Transformer Pad makes a good choice.

David asks…

Where can i buy the Asus Taichi transformer?

on this website it shows me “where to buy” but they all don’t link me to the Asus transformer, I live in the UK by the way
here’s the site:

steve answers:

Asus Taichi will be available in USA starting 1/1/2013. While in UK it seems it will be available starting 30/1/2013. Which means you can’t buy it yet.

I’m eagerly waiting it to be available, I’ll go with the choice of buying it from there “mostly Amazon” and shipping it to Egypt where I live. But if you don’t mind waiting until it’s available in UK then you can save more money than I will.

Ask more about the device if there’s something else I can help with.

Betty asks…

What is the newest ASUS Transformer Pad?

steve answers:

This one is the newest ASUS Transformer Pad:


Here are all the latest tablets of ASUS, sorted in the most popular order. The list is updated daily, so different models will be at the top of the list at different time:


Hope it’s the information you want.

Mary asks…

IPad 2/3 or Asus Transformer?

My birthday is coming up and I can get either one. Which is the better tablet?

steve answers:

I just got my Asus Prime a few days ago, and I am already in love with it. My friend has an iPad 2 that she also got recently, and while I am impressed by both devices, the Prime has won me over with its insane processor speed and beautiful display. The seamless integration with my Google account is also a plus – my apps began downloading right away, and after I logged into my Google account, all of my wireless access points were instantly available, so I didn’t have to log in to wifi manually once I got home. Another thing that impressed me is the speakers in the Prime. I played some music and it sounded great. The Prime is also thinner than the iPad 2. I believe the processor is faster as well

Sharon asks…

hptouchpad vs asus transformer?

which is fastest overall on 4.2 rom

steve answers:

Asus is better.
The Hp touchpad was slow when it was sold for $149 new

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Your Questions About Asus Red Laptop

Daniel asks…

How much would you pay for this build?

Thermaltake commander MSI Epic edition red/black Atx midtower case
Seagate Barricuda St31000 1 TB 7200 rpm 6 gb/s sata HDD
Biostar TA970 AM3+ AMD ATX motherboard with UEIF Bios
Asus USB N13 Wireless adaptor
LG dvd/cd read write drive (sorry model number and stuff were not specified on newegg)
Apevia Java atx 650 watt Atx 12 v power supply
Kingston hyper x blu (red in color though) 8gb (2×4) 240 Pin ddr3 1600 mhz ram
AMD FX 6350 Vishera 3.9 ghz hexa-core 125 watt cpu Am3
Coolermaster V6 gt 120 mm dual fan Dynaloop cpu cooler
HIS Radeon HD6570 2gb ddr3 graphics card
This computer dual boots into ubuntu 13.04 and windows 8 64 bit, both os’s are oem. This build was from a friend as a gift but i dont like it and want to sell it on ebay and he is fine with that.

No hate plz.

steve answers:

Because its an amd and it has low ram/ low gpu and the wirless lan is a medium range!

I say about 300 to 500… The reason I say this is I can get all this in a laptop for 350 to 500

and with a laptop I have portability.

But hey I prefer laptops!

Ken asks…

Is this computer good for my needs, or can I tone it down?

I am looking into purchasing a computer, it would be used to play all the new games. BF3, Black Ops 2, Bioshock infinite, minecraft, games like these. I would also use it for school. Writing papers/research on internet. I am pretty sure that the best option is Alienware. Here is a build that I think its me best. I was just wondering if anyone who has expierence in this field knows if this is a good build for my needs. Or if I can add/remove things to make it even better.
Here it is:
PROCESSOR3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3230M processor (3MB Cache, up to 3.2GHz w/Turbo Boost 2.0)edit
OPERATING SYSTEMWindows® 7 Home Premium, 64bitedit
MEMORY8GB (2 X 4GB) Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHzedit
HARD DRIVE750GB 7,200 RPM SATA + 64GB mSATA Caching SSDedit
VIDEO CARD2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M with Optimus™edit
WIRELESS CARDSKiller Wireless-N 1202 a/g/n 2×2 MIMO for Gaming & Video and Bluetooth 4.0edit
INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVESlot Load Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW)edit
My Software & Accessories
COLORStealth Black with Soft Touch Finishedit
PERSONALIZED PLATEPersonalized Plate (John Gaidimas)edit
ALIENFX COLORQuasar Blueedit
WALLPAPERAlien Red Glyphsedit
PRE-INSTALLED SOFTWARESteam Factory Installed and Steam Extra Contentedit
PRE-INSTALLED SOFTWARESkype VOIP Software Applicationedit
BAGS & MICEAlienware Orion M14x Neoprene Sleeveedit
My Accessories
SUPPORT1 Year Alienware Basic Supportedit
POWER PROTECTION & STORAGEBelkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Chargeredit
SECURITY SOFTWAREMcAfee SecurityCenter, 36-Monthsedit
PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWAREMicrosoft® Office Home and Student 2013, Englishedit
Alienware M14X R2Alienware M14X R2
KeyboardEnglish Keyboard
DocumentationAlienware Documentation
Shipping MaterialShipping Material
Additional SoftwareAdditional Software
Primary Battery63WHr 8-Cell Primary Battery
LCD PANEL14.0″ High Def+ (900p/1600×900) with WLED backlight
SOUND OPTIONSCreative Sound Blaster Recon3Di with THX TruStudio Pro Software
AUTOMATIC UPDATESAlienware M14X 150W A/C Adapter
Adobe Reader Acrobat SWAdobe Acrobat X Reader

steve answers:

You will get a lot more for your money going with Asus. Their republic of gamers line is quite nice.

If you are about to drop over a thousand on a laptop, make sure it does not die early because it it connected to a regular surge protector.

All surge protectors connected to a socket will still let threw voltage up to 330 volts or even more depending on the specifications of the surge power bar. Anything connected to a surge protector still uses 250%+ of the power requirement when there`s power surges.

Appliances and electronics not connected to a surge protector have no protection against any surges.

New technology high quality whole house surge suppressors can now clamp voltage at 130 volts. Improving life expectancy by up to 32% of all electronics including appliances, electronics with microprocessors and anything with a motor.

Research and detailed information about power surges, surge protectors and lightning strikes can be found on this page:


According to industry standards, power line surges inside a building can be up to 6,000 volts, and 3,000 amperes, and deliver up to 90 joules of energy. Including surges from external sources.

Any surge protector offering protection over those specifications is extra for nothing, a gimmick.

Typically destructive surges are hundreds of thousands of joules. Lightning and other high-energy transient voltage surges can only be suppressed with a whole house surge protector.

Surge protectors can offer no protection against indirect or direct lightning and other high-energy transient voltage surges.


Donald asks…

What is the best laptop for me? Read details.?

I want a laptop not too big and not too small and it an be any color from black,white or blue. The laptop must have a webcam and a little mic.You can watch movies on the laptop.

steve answers:

The best laptop, is there even such a thing? Sure, but it depends on exactly what you plan to do with it. Top laptops for gaming tend to be very different from those favored by the traveling business exec. You’ll have to decide what aspects are the most important to you – a long battery life or great 3D performance, excellent mobility or something reasonably convenient to replace your old desktop PC and so on. Likewise you probably won’t need a quad-core monster laptop if all you do is surf the web and check your email, but if you work with heavy video editing it might come in handy. Find the best laptop for you with the help of sites like Laptopical – our reviews provide you with all the details you need to buy a great laptop that suits your needs.

- Apple Macbook Unibody:
The latest 13-inch MacBook isn’t really a replacement for the classic white MacBook (which is still available). Instead, it’s an entirely new laptop in a “unibody” enclosure made from a single piece of aluminum.

- Lenovo IdeaPad S10:
Choosing a netbook that suits you often comes down to aesthetics, and by that measure the Lenovo S10 has a lot of things going for it. It’s possibly one of the best-looking netbooks around. It has a 10.2-inch LED backlit screen and comes in five different colors – red, blue, pink, black and white like our review model.

- Macbook Air:
If you were groaning when Apple discontinued their portable iBook line you may be pleased to know that the thin and light Macbook Air is now on the market. It’s svelte aluminium chassis weighs around 3 pounds.

- ASUS Eee PC 1000HE:
The Eee PC has a slightly faster Atom processor and a faster FSB compared to the previous models. While this is not enough for anyone to upgrade, it could certainly attract first-time netbook buyers.

- Lenovo IdeaPad Y530:
Lenovo continues its push into the consumer segment – this time with the IdeaPad Y530, a successor to the Y510 with some interesting updates.

- Sony VAIO FW:
The Sony VAIO FW-270j is a laptop that looks as good as the HD media it plays.

- Lenovo ThinkPad X200:
A healthy refresh to the previous generation X61 series, the Thinkpad X200 is the business professionals dream for mobile computing.

- Sony VAIO Z:
The VAIO Z series is one of Sony’s premium ultraportable series, and is priced accordingly. Like most VAIOs it comes with a little extra, such as a high-resolution ‘X-BRITE’ LED-lit screen, a Blu-Ray player and dedicated graphics.

- HP HDX 16t:
The HP HDX16t is a multimedia powerhouse with enough peripherals to match its style points.

- Toshiba L350:
A 17 inch widescreen laptop that features less than stellar connectivity, and a soon to be phased out operating system…

Mandy asks…

What are some good gaming laptops like Alienware?

Please give me some companies that are good like alienware. please don’t say Mac or Asus because i already know about them

steve answers:

The Toshiba Qosmio X505-Q8102 gaming laptop, which features a stunning 18.4-inch display–with true 1080p high-def resolution–as well as the latest Intel dual-core processor and blazing fast 3D graphics. And it’s all wrapped up in a sophisticated Fusion Finish in Omega Black with stylish red chrome accents.

It’s powered by a second-generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor (“Sandy Bridge”), which provides breakthrough digital media management, content creation, and 3D gaming capabilities. With updated Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, the latest Core i7 increases speed automatically for whatever you’re doing. And you’ll enjoy a rich set of new features for a stunning and seamless visual PC experience with no additional hardware.

Linda asks…

Where can i buy a RED Asus transformer Tablet? ?

I’ve been looking online but cannot seem to find a red one. ive tried their website but only explains on the product, doesn’t let me purchase.

steve answers:

Anvika, comet, Pc World, Sainbury’s.

You can buy it online on,

ebuyers.com, dabs.com, laptopsdirect.com, play.com, amazon.co.uk, ariapc, microdirect, scan.co.uk, simply asus, asus laptop, overclockers.

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Your Questions About Tablet Cases For Kids

Joseph asks…

I Pad vs Android Tablet? Which is better?

So I currently own an iPhone5 & I can’t lie, I love it!! However I do want to buy a ipad but there prices are a little higher then I’d like to spend unless I feel its totally worth it. My question is which is better & why? This would just be for everyday use…Facebook, youtube, yahoo, Instagram, pictures of my kids playing sports etc.

steve answers:

Tough choice! My son has a Samsung Galaxy tablet, my father has an iPad and really there’s very little between the two. I’m an apple device fan and would naturally go for the iPad, but for the money there are loads of inexpensive android tablets out there like the Kindle Fire, Hudl and loads that are less than £150 and very good. So good that dear old Dad is getting an Asus tablet to replace the Ipad because he feels he can’t take the iPad to the pub, it’s too expensive to leave the house.
So they both do EXACTLY the same thing, admittedly my lad’s Galaxy is a high end device as well but all the android devices run on the same system and do the same thing so it may just boil down to case design and quality of camera. Also, the galaxy has an SD card slot, the ipad has none.
Much as I love apple’s products, I’d personally go for a Hudl or Kindle Fire, or the Galaxy 7″, all of which are available for less than £150 if you shop around.

Thomas asks…

what is the cheapist tablet for sale in stores ?

I want to buy my 3 and 4 year old a tablet so they can play games and watch videos instead of using my phone all the time and accidentally calling people. I need the name of a cheap tablet that can use wifi to go on internet and that I can down load free simple game apps for them to play. thanks :) )

steve answers:

If you’ve got a Big Lots in the area, they’ve usually got a pad for about $75 or so that would be perfect for your children. It’s even got a case with it. I believe it’s Android based OS so you’d have access to the Google Play store but generally these cheaper tablets have lots of kids stuff on them already.

Plus if you really want to get adventurous, you can always root these cheaper tablets to expand what you can do with them.

Hope that helps!

Lizzie asks…

Do you know of any kids who play with a yo-yo?

With all the tablets, smart phones & other handheld toys & gadgets that little kids have, I have not seen anything that requires hand eye coordination or body movement for most of them.

I guess most middle & upper class kids are not allow to play.

steve answers:

Yes my six year old grand-daughter has a yo-yo, marbles, roller skates (for indoors only) a push-with-the-foot scooter and a hula hoop. She likes watching Tracey Beaker repeats on the computer and loves playing ‘I Spy’ and ‘Simon Says’. She has a fantastic imagination and can amuse herself really well when mum is busy. Her drawing, painting and writing are good for her age and her reading is excellent. I doubt this would be the case if she had all the gadgets many other kids have these days.

Ken asks…

Thinking about buying a Samsung Galaxy 2.7 tablet// Android 4.O for my kids Xmas?

Read that some apps are “restricted”… what does that mean?
If I use it with my home WiFi will I be able to download any app’ssame as on my lap top, like Skype ?
Also heard that YouTube doesn’t work properly…In short what’s the deal with Android tablet‘s.
I don’t have a smart phone so I’m a little lost on the subject

steve answers:

I don’t know what ‘restricted’ means in this context.
Yes you can download apps but all PC apps won’t be available on Android. In some cases there just won’t be an Android version, in others it will be a tablet version. As a tablet has less resources than a laptop or desktop, the feature set could be reduced. Maybe that’s what you mean by restricted.
Youtube works on my Android devices as does Skype.

Donald asks…

Will i have kids ????? ?

Hi, i am married since 1 year….planning to have kids after one more year…there is something which constantly bothers me a lot….that is i am under weight for 5 feet 6 inches i am 46 kgs….ppl always tell me i wont have kids because i am very skinny….i never diet i eat healthy just that i dont put on weight…my periods are like clock work…never had any problems…..my mother-in-law….may be quit my contraceptive pills saying i wont conceive later…thats ok because i was have a lot of head ache with the tablets…..hubby now using condoms…will my weight affect my chances of having kids….i am lil anemic my hemo count is 10.5…i am working on improving it…Please help me i love kids an surely want to be a mom some day…..:)

steve answers:

I myself was very small when I got pregnant with my first child. I was 5 feet and 100 pounds, extremely healthy since I was a gymnast and in the military. I have seen many woman of all shapes and sizes become pregnant…size does not matter in most cases. Even with hemo count, you should not have too much trouble getting pregnant. When you and your husband do try to get pregnant, remember to enjoy one another in having sex and try not to make it all about baby, the added stress is never good on the body. Best of Luck and Happy Holidays

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Your Questions About Hp Mini Windows 7

Chris asks…

I have blue screen on my HP mini netbook with windows 7 starter?

I got this cheap little netbook for christmas and ever since I got it it’s had problems with it. I don’t have the money right now to buy a new one and it only works when I have it on safe mode, safe mode w/ networking, etc.
I looked online for ways to fix it but no one has a straight up answer.
I skipped many updates so could that be the problem?
I need my computer to do school work :/

steve answers:

Have you tried reinstalling windows? You will need a USB dvd drive if your laptop doesnt have one.


Sharon asks…

How do I restore my hp mini 110 with windows 7?

I have the HP mini 110 and yesterday it suddenly was filled with viruses! I cant get into the internet or anything. I tried to do a system restore by holding the F keys at boot up. I tried it with each Fkey and none worked. Ive done this before with Roxio backontrack and now i cant figure out why its not coming up? I found a menu to do a system restore to last known configuration, but it says i have no saved configurations! What do I do? PLEASE HELP asap, i need my computer for online college courses and have tests to complete!! Thank-you!!

steve answers:

Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery


The Virus’s have taken over the operating system and corrupted start up and recovery partition files order the system recovery disc set and use to repair or reinstall the operating system.

Linda asks…

Can the HP Mini 1137NR and it’s drivers support windows 7?

i am prepping to repair a pc for a client.. it needs a windows reinstallation. can this support windows 7 and will all of the drivers be supported by the operating system or is it best for me to give them windows vista

steve answers:

Hello Andron – I would suggest posting your questions on the HP Consumer Forum
http://www.hp.com/support/consumer-forum they are very knowledgeable really helpful.

The HP Tech Support contact number is 800-474-6836 and there is a fee for out of warranty products.

Another great resource is the HP self-help web support & troubleshooting site


-best of luck to you

Ken asks…

I have un-installed windows xp from my Hp mini netbook and installed windows 7 ultimate.?

Now i can only find my webcam when i turn on skype. How can i locate the camera if i want to take pictures?

steve answers:

Sounds like a drivers issue. Win XP drivers dont work with 7 so when you upgraded they were deleted. You will have to go to your camera’s manufacturers website and find a driver.
Figure out if you have a 32bit or 64bit version of 7 first because 32bit drivers wont install to a 64bit PC or vice versa.

Mandy asks…

Ubuntu 10.10 vs Windows 7?

I’m a little confused with these 2 and I need a little background info on both. Like their compatibilities, speed etc. And price is not an issue so lets not worry with that
Soo, other than games, Ubuntu is compatible with most software that Windows is?

steve answers:

I recently got a new netbook. HP-Mini…1.66 GHz 1GB RAM (upgraded it to 2GB) 250 GB harddrive

Installed windows 7 (professional). Then using the Wubi installed Ubuntu 10.10 inside windows 7.

Now I have dual boot windows7 & ubuntu 10.10 (Desktop edition not the netbook edition) Both working fine.

Windows 7 works pretty good. Lot faster than Vista. User interface & personalization is also pretty good. Backup works fine. Most of the softwares will be compatible with Windows 7.

Ubuntu 10.10 …I am just becoming fan of this. Boots faster than Windows 7. I am confused with one of the earlier user’s opinion regarding slower web browse. For me ubuntu works faser than windows. Even Ubuntu recognized my WiFi immediately no problem at all.

Even I have configured cool 3d cube workspace switching effects, wobbling windows, google gagets etc in Ubuntu. Everything works fine and smooth. Installed several other s/w like Gimp, Eclipse etc..Everthing works perfect (One of my favorite eclipse plugin failed..Anyway, I have an alternate plugin which does the same job and it worked in Ubuntu)

But a lot of caution if you think that you will have only one OS in your machine and that will be Ubuntu 10.10. Its not that stable. Still bugs are there…Few fixes need to be downloaded seperately and installed using sudo apt-get install commands from console.

HP-Mini has inbuilt webcam and microphone. I faced issues initially to make Skype work using ubuntu, whereas in windows 7 it worked fine. The problem was it was not able to identify my inbuilt microphone. But to solve I really do not need to install any new driver… Found a configuration where my microphone was set as muted…unmuted it..then microhone started working.

Anyway, if if price is not an issue go for Windows 7 and still if you want to test drive ubuntu…use Wubi to install Ubuntu 10.10 from windows and make your PC dual boot.

As per my opinion, if someone wants a good free OS, then Ubuntu 10.10 is great. To me Ubuntu 10.10 is also faster than Windows 7. But Ubuntu 10.10 still contains few bugs..so I will not prefer to it to be my only OS in my system. Once 10.10 becomes stable..then may be I will dare to use it as sole OS in any PC.

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