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How to Install Windows XP on the HP 2133 Mini-Note

jkOnTheRun posted an article on how to downgrade the Windows Vista version of the HP 2133 Mini-Note to Windows XP, I’ve linked the instructions below from bsumpter over at notebookreview.com’s forum since Heyman just asked for it, hope it helps.  Full thread on the post is linked here.

1) Plug in USB DVD / CD drive, insert WinXP disk.
2) Boot computer, hitting F9 at bootup to choose boot volume.
3) Choose your DVD / CD drive to boot from, then hit any key to boot from CD.
4) During XP setup, blow away all existing paritions (leave the small 400mb if you ever plan on reinstalling Suse Linux – I did not).
5) Format as NTFS – I used the “Quick” option as it takes forever the other way.
6) Install XP as normal from here forward.
7) Once installed, grab the Broadcom Ethernet driver and install it via CD or SD card:
8) Once you have a working NIC, connect to the internet, activate your copy of XP, and go to the “Windows Update”.
9) From Windows Update, choose “Custom” and install all of the hardware drivers it offers.
10) Reboot.
11) At this point, everything should be working except sound and HP Quicklaunch button support.
12) Download the KB888111 patch and install for the first part of the sound fix:
13) Download the Vista sound drivers for the Mini-Note from the HP website:
14) Run the install for the file above. It will unzip to a folder of your choosing, try to run, and then bomb because you don’t have Vista.
15) Go to Device Manager, double click on the “?” for sound device, choose Update Driver, and point it at the Vista driver folder unzipped by the above application.
16) At this point, you should have sound when finished.
17) Install the HP QuickLaunch button drivers (it’s under “Official Site 1”):
18) Ignore the popups for new hardware during this install – they will go away on their own.
19) Hit the “Start” button, click “Run”, then type “msconfig”.
20) Once inside msconfig, click the “Startup” tab on the right, and turn OFF “smax4pnp”.
21) Reboot.

Source – bsumpter via jkOnTheRun

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, Software | , , , , , | 22 Comments

First Look – HTC Advantage X7510


[14 February ] The second generation of the HTC Advantage have just been announced. Spec wise, it features a Marvell PXA270 624 MHz processor, 16GB of flash memory, 5-inch VGA screen, 3 megapixel camera, 256 MB ROM, 128MB RAM, quad-band GSM, tr-band HSDPA, built-in GPS and a whopping battery of 2,100 mAh. Click here for the product sheet from HTC or here for the full specs from phoneArena.com. No news yet on the pricing but will update it once we hear more.

[Updated: 29 April] We’re closer and closer to the release of the HTC Advantage X7510. Mobile01 posted a review (in Chinese, warning: slow loading) with tons of pics of the HTC X7510, link here.

Source – Mobile01

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, UMPC | , , | Leave a comment

HP 2133 Mini-Note Hong Kong Launch Details

Two versions will be launch in Hong Kong and both will be running on the VIA C7M 1.2GHz processor.

The Linux version will feature 1GB Ram on board together with a 120GB Hdd; price: HK$3,999 (US$513).

The Vista version will feature 2GB Ram on board together with a 160GB Hdd; price: HK$4,999 (US$641).

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, UMPC | , , , | 5 Comments

Video Review – HP 2133 Mini-Note

Both very interesting video, the comparison on HP’s Vista version and the ASUS Eee PC running on WinXP might bot be the best comparison but nonetheless gives you a vague idea on the booting speed on both different processor.

Source – PCMPodcast

April 28, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, HP, Notebooks, UMPC | , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – The ASUS Eee PC 900 Mess


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “The ASUS Eee PC 900 Mess”. Click here for the read.

April 27, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, UMPC | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Pants + The Yours – 26 April @ Grappa’s Cellar, Central

Time Out’s Big Weekend is here and on Saturday, New Pants will be playing at the Grappa’s Cellar.

You can get tickets ($200, incl one drink) at White Noise Records (1/F, 4 Canal Rd East, Causeway Bay, 2591 0499), and Grappa’s (Basement, Jardine House, Central, 2521 2322)

You can buy tickets for Time Out’s Big Weekend ($350, includes You Say Party! We Say Die! gig on Friday, and a drink each night) at http://www.timeout.com.hk/

Source – Time Out via Hamish

April 25, 2008 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Music, Nightlife | , , , | Leave a comment

SONY 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM is in DA House

Woot, the long-awaited SONY 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM lens finally arrived here in Hong Kong last night and I got mine this morning. Initial feeling, light, way lighter than I anticipated. Price is HK$5,480 (US$703)(cash price, EPS would incur additional 1% service charge) at Citicall. For now, let’s look at some pics (included measurement comparisons), enjoy.

Posted some test pics up, link here.

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April 24, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Cameras/Camcorders, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, Pics, SONY | , , , , | 4 Comments

ASUS Eee PC 900 – Battery Exchange Finally

Following my previous post on ASUS Eee PC 900 Battery – 4,400mAh or 5,200mAh or 5,800mAh?, ASUS Hong Kong finally announced that they will be exchanging all 4,400 mAH capacity batteries with the 5,800 mAH capacity batteries, that is, if your Eee PC 900 was purchased in Hong Kong since launch date (19 April). For information, please contact ASUS HK Royal Club, Tel: 2958 1620 (Kowloon); 35824770 (Hong Kong Island). Full press release (in Chinese) as follow –

Eee PC 900 免費升級更換至大容量 5800mAh 電池

您好, 謝謝您對於華碩的支持與愛護.

EeePC 900系列所配備的電池有4cells (4400mAh) 及 (5800mAh) 兩種。由於在香港產品發佈會現場時機展示時間極短,因此本公司僅展示4cells (5800mAh) 之樣本機,可是經媒體報導後,令到有客戶誤以為與實際出貨4cells (4400mAh) 規格不符,華碩對此深感抱歉。

基於香港所有客戶對華碩的長期支持和愛護,華碩決定透過 ASUS HK Royal Club 將香港用戶的EeePC 900一律免費升級並更換為4cells (5800mAh) 電池。


查詢電話: ASUS HK Royal Club
九龍: 29581620
香港: 35824770

華碩電腦 敬上

Source – ASUS

April 23, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Notebooks, UMPC | , , | 3 Comments

HP iPAQ 612 Smart Touch Demo

Take a look at this, apart from the video lagging, the smart touch interface do look pretty fast and it’s all done with the keypad, sweet.

List price: HK$3,980 (US$510)

Source – phonedaily

April 23, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Video | , , , | 1 Comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – My Trip to Singapore


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “My Trip to Singapore”. Click here for the read.

Spoke at the panel discussion on Generation Y and the Emerging Power of User-generated Content at the IDC conference alongside some prominent bloggers from Asia. Amongst them, Kenny Sia of kennysia.com, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan from the Compulsive Confessor; and Daryl Tay from Unique-Frequency.

Check out the post for more details and picture recap on my trip to CNET Singapore as well.

Introduction from the panel moderator, see my logo on the slide? cute right?

Me in the middle

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Event | , , , | 2 Comments

ASUS Eee PC 900 Battery – 4,400mAh or 5,200mAh or 5,800mAh?

In my previous post, ASUS Eee PC 900 Launch Imminent, I linked up some pics from an unboxed article (dated 12 April) from XEPC.org where they showed that the battery capacity of the ASUS Eee PC 900 was at 5,200mAh.

In an even earlier article from one of the top local computer magazine (dated 15 April), PCMarket, it showed a higher capacity battery at 5,800mAh (PCMarket clarified on the 19 April that ASUS will be shipping the 4,400mAh battery instead, strange it showed a 7.2V output, seems like it’s from the Eee PC 701 instead)).

But in fact, this is what you’ll be getting out of the first batch of the ASUS Eee PC 900 launched in Hong Kong on the 19 April, a 4,400mAh battery.

April 21, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, My Gears, Notebooks, Review | , , | Leave a comment

Photo Review on My ASUS Eee PC 900

The ASUS Eee PC 900 features a 8.9″ active matrix TDT LCD screen with 1024×600 resolution; 1GB DD2 Ram; 20GB SSD and 1.3 mega-pixel camera. My Eee PC 900 runs on Linux and Firefox browser.  The whole thing do look small and feels incredibly light at 990g.  The wireless connection is slow at disconnecting and connecting but nonetheless still pretty smooth.

Retail price at HK$3,998 (US$513), but because of limited stock available at present, prices are up to HK$4,488 in Mongkok Computer Centre and HK$4,688 in Wanchai 168 Computer Centre.

As the Windows XP version are not available yet, expect another HK$680 if you want the retailers to install a copy of Windows XP licence for you, that is, if you can’t wait till they formally release it.  As for the screen protector, you can get it for around HK$150 (tight fit).
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April 21, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, Notebooks, Review, UMPC | , , , | 1 Comment

Free Beer This Wednesday @ Dubstep – Yumla

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Music, Nightlife | , , , | Leave a comment

ASUS Eee PC 900 is in DA House

Wow, what a trip to Singapore, will do a wrap up on that later tonight. While I was gone, ASUS Hong Kong launched the ASUS Eee PC 900 (Linus version) and the first batch was on sale yesterday. As I got back late last night (around 3:00am), I got a message that mine was ready for pick up today.

Okay, some pics for now and I’ll follow up with a more detail review in a few hours. If you have any questions, just post it up here and I’ll include them in the review.

April 20, 2008 Posted by | Eee PC, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobility, My Gears, Notebooks, UMPC | , , | 7 Comments