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DAY 1

Well, I guess this is a good a time as any to test out how well one can get along with just a netbook. See, my main rig has some problems, making it currently unusable. I can't exactly throw money at it to replace the bad parts as, well, the money I DO have is currently not under my control. So I figure I might as well try to make the most of it by torturing you good people with my recounting of my LIFE WITH THE NETBOOK!!!!

So yeah, woke up, turned on my rig as part of my morning routine in an attempt to check my email as usual. No video. Bunch of tinkering. Video on motherboard dead. Long story short, I missed breakfast.

So I fire up my backup computer, my netbook. Ah yes, good ol netbook. Paid $50 for it at a pawn shop, replaced the hard drive, replaced the RAM, replaced the screen (the RAM was alright, I just feel more comfortable with 2GBs instead of 1GB, you know?). That was a while ago. Now it's time to throw it through a promotion. It was portable web machine and now it's temporary desktop.

Plugged in my monitor, speakers, and my wireless mouse and keyboard receiver. Fiddled with some settings so it outputted to my monitors resolution of 1440x900. I thought this would slow it down significantly due to the many more pixels it had to squeeze out.

Surprisingly, it's running rather well. Much better then I thought an Atom processor and an Intel GMA 950 would run. I mean it's nothing to write home about, but it's at least comfortable for surfing the internet. Runs web video alright. Not as well as my rig does, but it's watchable, YouTube more so. Even my saved videos run perfectly fine full screen.

So yeah, just been putting it through its paces, and so far I think it will do till I get the parts replaced in my rig. I mean, other then the whole lack of game playing. So yeah, I'm a console gamer for the time being...

TOMORROW: An attempt to cure the gaming issue. Or at least take the edge off.
post #2 of 15
Flash Games Definitely wont suffice proper gaming, but they can take a lot of time off your hands.
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Yeah, the only games you're going to get away with are probably Unreal Engine 1 games, and any Need for Speed game before Hot Pursuit 2. Remember that the 950 doesn't have hardware vertex shaders and thus no TnL (year 2000 tech). Don't even bother with OpenGL games like Quake III or the like; they run terrible.
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Yeah, I'm keeping a realistic idea of what this netbook can and can't do, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to try.
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I have one game installed on my netbook and the rest of the hdd filled with movies. Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 runs great on my little netbook and is a blast to play.
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DAY 2: Gaming gaming and a little less gaming

Well, today was spent gaming. On flash web sites...

Some games worked ok, some ran slow and required me to set them to low quality settings. I also installed one of those "155,000 games!" thing. I don't know why I had the disk to begin with, but whatever. Some of the games are decent and perhaps I'll keep them on here, but most of the games are pieces of crap. 155,000 games is also misleading as they count levels as different games. But oh well, at least now there's something mildly entertaining to do on my netbook. Kind of wish I didn't buy Plants vs Zombies on my iPod Touch and instead bought it on my Steam account, but eh, whatever.

As for other Steam games I got working. Currently I'm up to Civilization III and VVVVVV (never played that game? You haven't lived!). Civ III of course feels outdated and I wish my netbook could play Civ IV, but oh well. VVVVVV of course is pure mindless fun, if a bit short story wise.

I wish there was some bigger games though. Flash games and crap is all well and good, but there's there's nothing main stream. I want something big. Something great. Something like... Oblivion... Hmm... I wonder if I can get Oblivion running on here...

I mean, I know it wont look awesome, but I'm sure I could hack and mod my way to playability. Of course, what I define as playable may not be what someone else defines as playable.

Anyway, looks like I have a project for tomorrow. Oblivion! *cue Oblivion opening music that sounds suspiciously like Pirates of the Caribbean*

TOMORROW: Time to smash this computer into Oblivion! And possibly Azeroth as well...

PS: If anyone would like to donate some Steam games (be it cheap or expensive), that would be nice.
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DAY 2: Gaming gaming and a little less gaming

Well, today was spent gaming. On flash web sites...

Some games worked ok, some ran slow and required me to set them to low quality settings. I also installed one of those "155,000 games!" thing. I don't know why I had the disk to begin with, but whatever. Some of the games are decent and perhaps I'll keep them on here, but most of the games are pieces of crap. 155,000 games is also misleading as they count levels as different games. But oh well, at least now there's something mildly entertaining to do on my netbook. Kind of wish I didn't buy Plants vs Zombies on my iPod Touch and instead bought it on my Steam account, but eh, whatever.

As for other Steam games I got working. Currently I'm up to Civilization III and VVVVVV (never played that game? You haven't lived!). Civ III of course feels outdated and I wish my netbook could play Civ IV, but oh well. VVVVVV of course is pure mindless fun, if a bit short story wise.

I wish there was some bigger games though. Flash games and crap is all well and good, but there's there's nothing main stream. I want something big. Something great. Something like... Oblivion... Hmm... I wonder if I can get Oblivion running on here...

I mean, I know it wont look awesome, but I'm sure I could hack and mod my way to playability. Of course, what I define as playable may not be what someone else defines as playable.

Anyway, looks like I have a project for tomorrow. Oblivion! *cue Oblivion opening music that sounds suspiciously like Pirates of the Caribbean*

TOMORROW: Time to smash this computer into Oblivion! And possibly Azeroth as well...

PS: If anyone would like to donate some Steam games (be it cheap or expensive), that would be nice.

you can overclock your netbook to about 2.0 GHz with set fsb.

but no you will never be able to run oblivion with that intel GMA
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We shall see...
We... shall see....
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Go play Robot Unicorn Attack.

Try beating 77K.
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