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    Zotac SAM102 Netbook


    I just picked one of these up from NewEgg. It is a barebones netbook, without hard drive, memory or operating system. Since there is almost no info about these on the internet, I thought that a thread on this would draw some interest.


    Newegg.com - Zotac SAM102 Intel 945GSE Netbook Barebone - Notebook Barebone Systems

    SAM102 Netbook

    I got it during a NewEgg special, so I also get a $50 rebate (no longer available). That puts the price at $149.99, not bad! I also purchased a 80GB SATA hard drive, NewEgg special of $30. I had 512MB RAM stick, left over from my Eee PC upgrade, that I used.

    I installed Ubuntu 9.10, and it seems to run pretty good. Since it has a regular hard drive, I made a swap partition, and I may not need to install more RAM. My Eee PC has a solid state drive, and you don't want a swap partition on that, so I maxed out the memory on that. That is why I had the extra memory stick.

    There may be trouble getting the rebate from Zotac. I tried to submit it with their online submittal form. It said that I first needed to register it. When I tried to register it, it said that I was using an invalid serial number! It said that a valid number is from a product purchased from North and South America. It seems that this netbook wasn't meant for our market.

    I will mail the rebate form in, anyway, and see how is goes. The Zotac forums have posts that say you must wait 18 weeks before getting the rebate, and some still haven't gotten it after that!
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    OK, I booted into it to get the system specs. Here is the output of lshw:
    Code:
    computer
        description: Computer
        product: Concord River CRB Board
        vendor: Intel Corporation
        version: Not Applicable
        serial: [REMOVED]
        width: 32 bits
        capabilities: smbios-2.5 dmi-2.5 smp-1.4 smp
        configuration: administrator_password=disabled boot=oem-specific cpus=1 frontpanel_password=unknown keyboard_password=unknown power-on_password=disabled
      *-core
           description: Motherboard
           product: Netbook Board
           vendor: Intel Corporation
           physical id: 0
           version: Not Applicable
           serial: [REMOVED]
         *-firmware
              description: BIOS
              vendor: Phoenix Technologies LTD
              physical id: 0
              version: NAPA0001.86C.0000.D.0910261126 (10/26/2009)
              size: 96KiB
              capacity: 960KiB
              capabilities: pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect acpi usb smartbattery biosbootspecification
         *-cpu
              description: CPU
              product: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N270   @ 1.60GHz
              vendor: Intel Corp.
              physical id: 4
              bus info: cpu@0
              version: 6.12.2
              serial: [REMOVED]
              slot: U1
              size: 800MHz
              capacity: 2048MHz
              width: 32 bits
              capabilities: boot fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 xtpr pdcm movbe lahf_lm cpufreq
              configuration: id=0
            *-cache:0
                 description: L1 cache
                 physical id: 5
                 slot: L1 Cache
                 size: 64KiB
                 capacity: 64KiB
                 capabilities: asynchronous internal write-back
            *-cache:1
                 description: L2 cache
                 physical id: 6
                 slot: L2 Cache
                 size: 512KiB
                 capacity: 512KiB
                 capabilities: burst external write-back
            *-logicalcpu:0
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 0.1
                 width: 32 bits
                 capabilities: logical
            *-logicalcpu:1
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 0.2
                 width: 32 bits
                 capabilities: logical
         *-memory
              description: System Memory
              physical id: f
              slot: System board or motherboard
              size: 512MiB
              capacity: 2GiB
            *-bank
                 description: SODIMM DDR2 Synchronous 533 MHz (1.9 ns)
                 physical id: 0
                 slot: M1
                 size: 512MiB
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 533MHz (1.9ns)
         *-pci
              description: Host bridge
              product: Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub
              vendor: Intel Corporation
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 03
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              configuration: driver=agpgart-intel
              resources: irq:0
            *-display:0
                 description: VGA compatible controller
                 product: Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
                 version: 03
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: msi pm bus_master cap_list rom
                 configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
                 resources: irq:16 memory:f0000000-f007ffff ioport:1800(size=8) memory:d0000000-dfffffff(prefetchable) memory:f0200000-f023ffff
            *-display:1 UNCLAIMED
                 description: Display controller
                 product: Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 2.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:02.1
                 version: 03
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: latency=0
                 resources: memory:f0080000-f00fffff
            *-multimedia
                 description: Audio device
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1b
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=HDA Intel latency=0
                 resources: irq:22 memory:f0440000-f0443fff
            *-pci:0
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
                 resources: irq:24 ioport:2000(size=4096) memory:20000000-200fffff ioport:f0500000(size=1048576)
               *-network
                    description: Ethernet interface
                    product: RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
                    vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
                    logical name: eth1
                    version: 02
                    serial: [REMOVED]
                    size: 10MB/s
                    capacity: 100MB/s
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix vpd bus_master cap_list rom ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
                    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=r8169 driverversion=2.3LK-NAPI duplex=half latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=MII speed=10MB/s
                    resources: irq:26 ioport:2000(size=256) memory:f0510000-f0510fff(prefetchable) memory:f0500000-f050ffff(prefetchable) memory:f0520000-f053ffff(prefetchable)
            *-pci:1
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
                 resources: irq:25 memory:f0100000-f01fffff
               *-network
                    description: Wireless interface
                    product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
                    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
                    logical name: wmaster0
                    version: 01
                    serial: [REMOVED]
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list logical ethernet physical wireless
                    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k ip=[REMOVED] latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
                    resources: irq:17 memory:f0100000-f010ffff
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:23 ioport:1820(size=32)
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:1840(size=32)
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:18 ioport:1860(size=32)
            *-usb:3
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.3
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:16 ioport:1880(size=32)
            *-usb:4
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.7
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm debug bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:23 memory:f0444000-f04443ff
            *-pci:2
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1e
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
                 version: e2
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
            *-isa
                 description: ISA bridge
                 product: 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-ide:0
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.1
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: ide bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:1810(size=16)
            *-ide:1
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
                 logical name: scsi2
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list emulated
                 configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:18c8(size=8) ioport:18c0(size=4) ioport:18a8(size=8) ioport:180c(size=4) ioport:18b0(size=16) memory:f0444400-f04447ff
               *-disk
                    description: ATA Disk
                    product: WDC WD800BEVT-22
                    vendor: Western Digital
                    physical id: 0.0.0
                    bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/sda
                    version: 11.0
                    serial: [REMOVED]
                    size: 74GiB (80GB)
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=000ab8aa
                  *-volume:0
                       description: EXT4 volume
                       vendor: Linux
                       physical id: 1
                       bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,1
                       logical name: /dev/sda1
                       logical name: /
                       version: 1.0
                       serial: [REMOVED]
                       size: 18GiB
                       capacity: 18GiB
                       capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                       configuration: created=2009-12-02 21:27:36 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/cSᅵᅵxIᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ*ᅵxᅵᅵ9ZᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵxIᅵᅵᅵᅵ”ᅵ•\ᅵᅵxIᅵ@ᅵ%ᅵᅵV modified=2009-12-02 21:37:42 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2009-12-05 09:25:58 state=mounted
                  *-volume:1
                       description: EXT4 volume
                       vendor: Linux
                       physical id: 2
                       bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,2
                       logical name: /dev/sda2
                       logical name: /home
                       version: 1.0
                       serial: [REMOVED]
                       size: 53GiB
                       capacity: 53GiB
                       capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                       configuration: created=2009-12-02 21:27:44 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/homeᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵX7D€ᅵᅵœᅵ9Zᅵᅵ!V˜!V€ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ•\ᅵᅵᅵᅵᅵ@ᅵ modified=2009-12-05 09:26:00 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2009-12-05 09:26:00 state=mounted
                  *-volume:2
                       description: Extended partition
                       physical id: 3
                       bus info: scsi@2:0.0.0,3
                       logical name: /dev/sda3
                       size: 2392MiB
                       capacity: 2392MiB
                       capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
                     *-logicalvolume
                          description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                          physical id: 5
                          logical name: /dev/sda5
                          capacity: 2392MiB
                          capabilities: nofs
            *-serial UNCLAIMED
                 description: SMBus
                 product: 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 configuration: latency=0
                 resources: ioport:18e0(size=32)
      *-remoteaccess UNCLAIMED
           vendor: Intel
           physical id: 1
           capabilities: inbound
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    I find this info curious:
    Code:
    computer
        description: Computer
        product: Concord River CRB Board
        vendor: Intel Corporation
        version: Not Applicable
    I got no hits when I Googled Concord River CRB Board. It does say that it is an Intel board, so I may look at their web site.

    This also has an extra internal miniPCIe slot. I am going to try to add broadband wireless to this. I found a used Sierra Wireless Verizon MC5720 card on eBay for $8, so not too much invested in that. But it doesn't have the internal antennas for broadband wireless. I found some of those on eBay too, for $9. Now, I won't have a SIM card for this. I hope that Verizon supplies that when you get their service.
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    I took a few pics of the boot screens. Not a lot of info there, but as long as I took them here they are.

    The BIOS has this info, but a search come up empty for that too:

    M/B Version: 05NF-G



    Last edited by waterhead; 12-05-2009 at 05:12 PM.
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    I almost forgot this hardware info:
    Code:
    paul@Zotac-SAM:~$ lspci -knn
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub [8086:27ac] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    	Kernel modules: intel-agp
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27ae] (rev 03)
    	Kernel driver in use: i915
    	Kernel modules: i915
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27a6] (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller [8086:27d8] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    	Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:27d0] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:27d2] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: pcieport-driver
    	Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:27c8] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:27c9] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:27ca] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:27cb] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:27cc] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:27b9] (rev 02)
    	Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt, intel-rng
    00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller [8086:27df] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
    00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller [8086:27c4] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:27da] (rev 02)
    	Kernel modules: i2c-i801
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: r8169
    	Kernel modules: r8169
    03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002b] (rev 01)
    	Kernel driver in use: ath9k
    	Kernel modules: ath9k
    Code:
    paul@Zotac-SAM:~$ lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0c45:62c0 Microdia Sonix USB 2.0 Camera
    Code:
    paul@Zotac-SAM:~$ lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    nls_iso8859_1           3740  0 
    nls_cp437               5372  0 
    vfat                   10716  0 
    fat                    51452  1 vfat
    usb_storage            52576  0 
    cbc                     3516  101 
    aes_i586                8124  102 
    aes_generic            27484  1 aes_i586
    binfmt_misc             8356  1 
    ppdev                   6688  0 
    dm_crypt               12928  0 
    snd_hda_codec_realtek   203328  1 
    snd_hda_intel          26920  2 
    snd_hda_codec          75708  2 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep               7200  1 snd_hda_codec
    iptable_filter          3100  0 
    arc4                    1660  2 
    snd_pcm_oss            37920  0 
    snd_mixer_oss          16028  1 snd_pcm_oss
    ip_tables              11692  1 iptable_filter
    snd_pcm                75296  3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    joydev                 10272  0 
    x_tables               16544  1 ip_tables
    snd_seq_dummy           2656  0 
    ecb                     2524  3 
    snd_seq_oss            28576  0 
    snd_seq_midi            6432  0 
    snd_rawmidi            22208  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event      6940  2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    ath9k                 258744  0 
    lp                      8964  0 
    mac80211              181236  1 ath9k
    snd_seq                50224  6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_timer              22276  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device          6920  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    led_class               4096  1 ath9k
    snd                    59204  16 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    ath                     8060  1 ath9k
    soundcore               7264  1 snd
    uvcvideo               59080  0 
    psmouse                56500  0 
    snd_page_alloc          9156  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    parport                35340  2 ppdev,lp
    videodev               36736  1 uvcvideo
    v4l1_compat            14496  2 uvcvideo,videodev
    serio_raw               5280  0 
    cfg80211               93052  3 ath9k,mac80211,ath
    fbcon                  36640  72 
    tileblit                2460  1 fbcon
    font                    8124  1 fbcon
    bitblit                 5372  1 fbcon
    softcursor              1756  1 bitblit
    i915                  221064  3 
    drm                   159584  3 i915
    i2c_algo_bit            5760  1 i915
    video                  19380  1 i915
    output                  2780  1 video
    r8169                  32064  0 
    mii                     5212  1 r8169
    intel_agp              27484  2 i915
    agpgart                34988  2 drm,intel_agp
    Let's see if that drums up any business, um I mean interest. I would like to know what others think of theirs. Also, what operating systems people are installing on them.
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    i have purchased this same computer but waiting on parts for it however i was wondering if the computer it's self had a wifi connection or if i had to buy something else for that too.

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    Yes, it has this wireless miniPCIe card in it.
    Code:
    03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:002b] (rev 01)
    	Kernel driver in use: ath9k
    	Kernel modules: ath9k
    On Ubuntu 9.10, it worked out-of-the-box. I would be interested in your experiences with this netbook.

    I think that this unit is very customizable. I have the $8 Broadband wireless card, that I got from eBay, now installed in it. It recognizes it as a modem and tries to make a connection. But I am still waiting for the antennas to arrive, and they are coming from China so it may be a while.

    I also read in the NewEgg review that someone was installing a Broadcom HD card in this. So, I just ordered one of those this morning!

    BroadCom BCM970012 Mini PCI-e HD Decoder Chipset 4 UMPC - eBay (item 320436937576 end time Dec-16-09 00:39:44 PST)

    This would have to go in the slot where the wireless-G card is, as the second slot (with my new broadband wireless card) is a USB slot.
    Code:
    paul@Zotac-SAM:~$ lsusb
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 1199:0218 Sierra Wireless, Inc. MC5720 Wireless Modem
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0c45:62c0 Microdia Sonix USB 2.0 Camera
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    just wondering here why you would need a broadband wireless card when the computer came with a wifi connection then? and i put in a 1 gig ram with a 160 gig sata hard drive. also i will be putting onto it windows xp since i already have it laying around. how did you put on your installation disk? did you just put the files on a usb and plug it into the notebook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoyle View Post
    just wondering here why you would need a broadband wireless card when the computer came with a wifi connection then?
    If "Because I Can" isn't a good enough reason, How's this. I work outdoors for a local water utility (hence the username waterhead). Quite often there is down time, and instead of leaning on a shovel, I would rather surf the net. There aren't enough wifi hotspots to do this, and connecting to someone's private AP would be illegal.
    and i put in a 1 gig ram with a 160 gig sata hard drive. also i will be putting onto it windows xp since i already have it laying around.
    Speaking of things that are illegal. If you have already installed this in a PC, then doing so in another PC is considered piracy. AARRGGHH MATEY!!! Got yer' eye patch ready? I would encourage you to first try Ubuntu. You can actually put both on a hard drive that big.
    how did you put on your installation disk? did you just put the files on a usb and plug it into the notebook?
    Not sure how to do it with windows, but a USB CD drive would be the thing to use. You could also use it for other things after the installation.

    If you try Ubuntu, the LiveCD of Ubuntu has the option to create a bootable USB pen drive with Ubuntu on it. You would first boot the CD on a PC that has a CD drive. Then select this from the menu:

    System->Administration->USB Startup Disk Creator

    It couldn't get any easier! It will overwrite anything on the pen drive, so be forwarned. This will then be a dedicated Ubuntu LiveUSB drive, until you reformat it. You can boot it on any PC that supports USB booting.
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    Ya know. I was looking at Zotac at Newegg and also the Gecko Netbooks. But I ended up with the wifes Acer Aspire One instead. Runs Easy Peasy 1 really nice and been playing around with Macpup via live USB. Been reading your posts with interest waterhead. Can't afford a Broadband 3G contract. Besides, we have free wifi at rest stops and truck stops and certain motels in my neck of the woods.

    Noticed that the Zotac Mobo is pretty much intel like my aspire one.

    Code:
    :~$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
    04:00.0 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. SD/MMC Host Controller
    04:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technologies, Inc. Standard SD Host Controller
    04:00.3 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. MS Host Controller
    04:00.4 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. xD Host Controller
    Just figured I would post a comparison. Sounds like that Zotac is much more accessible when it comes to upgrading ram and such. Does it have a lot of access panels. Or are you having to pull the whole thing apart like I would have to do if I wanted to upgrade the ram on this ZG5.

    accessible

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