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February 1, 2010 2:24:01 AM

Hi , i recently bought a Toshiba Netbook NB305,with
Atom 1,66MGZ 2GB Ram , 250GB.HD , Windows 7 Starter
32 bit op. what can i do to make it run faster, much faster , i love its size and versatility but i cant watch itube (without image freeze .. )or run program as fast as i want, theres got to be a way to pimp my toy to where it will look innocent but under the hood , grrrr!
ok, thank you Pat

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2010 1:18:40 PM

The bottleneck in netbook is the IGP. In your case, it's Intel GMA 3150 Express. It can play youtube smoothly, but not at full screen. The best chipset would be Ion.

Netbook means lightweight in terms of horsepower & weight. So you can't expect it to run as well as a full-blown laptop. There's nothing much you can do to speed it up. If you spend hundred of dollars on upgrades like SSD & memory, you should HAVE bought a laptop instead.

You can try to eliminate the useless startup apps. IMO, all of 'em are useless. Including antivirus, why? Cuz if you're careful and practice safe hex, you will barely get infected with malware. If you do, just reformat and install Windows. The most important is to back up your data elsewhere.
February 1, 2010 2:06:44 PM

p55ibexpeak said:
The bottleneck in netbook is the IGP. In your case, it's Intel GMA 3150 Express. It can play youtube smoothly, but not at full screen. The best chipset would be Ion.

Netbook means lightweight in terms of horsepower & weight. So you can't expect it to run as well as a full-blown laptop. There's nothing much you can do to speed it up. If you spend hundred of dollars on upgrades like SSD & memory, you should HAVE bought a laptop instead.

You can try to eliminate the useless startup apps. IMO, all of 'em are useless. Including antivirus, why? Cuz if you're careful and practice safe hex, you will barely get infected with malware. If you do, just reformat and install Windows. The most important is to back up your data elsewhere.



thanks , i was thinking of changing the processor from Atom to I7( i found online for 250) do you think its possible and would it help the general processing speed .what is the IGP ? thanks im a newbe .
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February 1, 2010 2:12:46 PM

LOL @ the comment above this one. Putting an i7 in an Atom based netbook? LOL. Is this some sort of sick joke?

In simple terms, you are stuck with what you have... since it already has 2 GB of RAM, you really don't have ANY upgrade options for your netbook other than swapping out the hard drive for an SSD. Ask before you buy next time and I'm sure you'll have a more positive experience.
February 1, 2010 6:19:48 PM

ok i do have a very very good desktop and laptop but i love the size and versatility of the netbook , so do i understand (money no object ), that i cant at all change the processor and pimp my netbook and what is a SSD (can u give me a product name and price).
February 1, 2010 6:44:52 PM

Google is your friend :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
February 2, 2010 1:19:50 PM

You don't say which part # it is. I suspect:

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?poid=461210

SSD:

http://laptops.toshiba.com/research-center/technology-g...

This is big enough for netbook. Get it anywhere.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keep in mind you'll most likely void the warranty of the netbook if you upgrade it yourself. You could ask the retailer for upgrades. They'd charge a fee + price of SSD. The other good upgrade would be more memory. I think it's maxed out at 2 gigs. After both upgrades, you'd create a ram disk to cache apps & browser cookies/cache/history into memory & disable pagefile. Basically, it minimizes disk access.

The last thing to do would be to NOT shut down the netbook, but put it to sleep when the lid is closed and hibernate when you click power off button in windows & the netbook. The only reason to shut down & power on (aka reboot) is installing software/drivers and it asks for it.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/05/27/free-ramdisk-f...
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/change-the...
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/re-enable-...

If money is no object, get Macbook Air with OS X or Dell Adamo with Windows.

http://www.apple.com/macbookair/
http://www.adamobydell.com/
February 3, 2010 2:10:43 AM

thank you so much , i made some research and the way to go is definetly SSD,

i think i like the transcend (ts120gssd25s-m sata ) do you think it will fit in my netbook Toshiba NB305? thats whats in there now - Fujitsu mja 2250bh G2
i already upgraded the ram to 2GB (its the max).
is it easy to switch the info from my hard drive to SSD? any recommended sites or programs?
great tip again thanks from what i read in Tom's its really the way to go

a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2010 12:40:09 PM

Well, all SSDs are 2.5" which is the same size as the HDDs in netbooks. So yeah, any SSD will fit your netbook. That's NOT a concern. The concern would be voiding warranty.

What you do after getting a SSD is:

pay a professional to install it (swap out your hdd)
pay 'em to install Windows if you don't know how (this will be tricky as many portable computers store the Windows install disk on a part of the harddisk. look up your manual on where it is and burn it to a disk with a utility in window, but I don't think you can cuz netbook doesn't have dvd burner)

If you do it yourself:

You void warranty
You may damage the netbook somehow due to inexperience
You must buy an external enclosure for the 2.5" HDD from netbook and use it as a backup drive via USB
You must copy the HDD to SSD sector by sector. It's not a task I think you can handle. Even I can screw it up. Look at toshiba.com for such utility.

I'm against do-it-youself as you sound like you will screw it up big time. Your netbook will be trash in a day.

Oh I forgot to say that even after this upgrade, youtube won't play smoothly in full screen. The graphics chipset is inherently inferior to Ion which is the best and should be the mainstream in netbooks. If your goal is to speed up youtube, forget it. It won't work. Like I said, you bought a lightweight computer and you shouldn't expect heavyweight computing.
February 4, 2010 11:42:57 AM

ok ill look up the ion
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