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I love netbooks. Yes, I, a web developer and a blogger, like small slow laptops. You know why? Because it makes me focus on my work instead of other distractions.
On a small screen, you can’t have two windows open at the same time, so you’re forced to focus on your work. Also I can work on the go, and go to presentations without carrying a huge bag full of cables and to manically look for power outlets everywhere. Since I’m a web programmer and developer, I don’t need a powerful CPU nor a lot of RAM to do my work (Also I don’t have money to buy Photoshop so I don’t use it - I’m obsessed with copyright, but that’s for another post),
My current netbook, which I’m using to write this now, has a battery that lasts 6 hrs.
So, here’s 5 ways to speed up your netbook!
Install Windows XP on it… Or Linux
Yes, Windows XP may be a dead OS, but it’s still good for netbooks. If you can’t buy it, or if you’re a Linux user, just install Xubuntu. Not normal ubuntu (with Unity) nor Mint as they’re bloated and slow on netbooks.
Upgrade the RAM
Yes, It’s a classic. But it works! By increasing your RAM from 1GB to 2GB you can speed up the system as it doesn’t have to cache everything on the HDD, which reminds me of…
Buy an SSD
SSD are expensive, but if you’re using a netbook you probably don’t need more space than 64gb. It will make your system more snappy and boot up faster which can be a good thing and make you see it as a faster computer. My current netbook boots up in 7 seconds with Quick boot On and XP install. It’s using an HDD, 5400 rpm. The default one that came with it.
Another classic, that can void you warrant or destroy your netbook BUT may speed it up much more. In combination with RAM upgrade, SSD and Windows XP it will feel like a much faster computer. Here’s a detailed guide for overclocking Intel Atom.
Disable visual styles
If you really want to speed it up, just disable visual effects in Windows. Here’s an another third-party guide for how to do it in XP.
This post was last updated on March 24th, 2013.