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2 out of 5 eggs Core Duo processor only supports non-PAE operating systems 04/21/2016

This review is from: DELL Laptop Latitude D420 Intel Core Duo 1.20 GHz 2 GB Memory 80 GB HDD Integrated Graphics 12.1" Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit

Pros: Inexpensive and convenient size

Cons: 1.8 inch hard drive is difficult to replace with an SSD. 800mhz FSB is slow and only supports DDR2 memory. TFT screen uses more power than an LED backlit screen. But the biggest con is lack of support for non-PAE operating systems. Most versions of Linux won't run on the Core Duo processor.

Other Thoughts: If I had to do it over again, I'd get the D430 with a Core 2 Duo processor that supports PAE.

G.SKILL 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1333 (PC3L 10600) Laptop Memory Model F3-1333C9S-8GSL
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Pros: 8gb DDR3L RAM for under $40. Easy to install. It just works with no hassle.

Cons: Doesn't have a cool looking aluminum heat spreader?

Other Thoughts: There are 2 types of RAM in this form factor DDR3 and DDR3L. Make sure you order the right one. DDR3 memory won't work in some computers that require DDR3L.

Shuttle XS35V4 1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics Integrated by CPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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Pros: Small, silent and fanless. Easy to assemble. Holds a 2.5 inch SSD no problem Builtin WiFi works great. Booted OK with a Linux Mint 17.3 USB flash drive. Quad Core 2ghz Celeron processor is fast enough for casual gaming. Windows 10 runs well. Has a DB15 VGA Video connector, which is not included on some other small form factor computers. Runs great with an 8GB G.Skill SODIMM.

Cons: Don't like the UEFI 'BIOS'. I couldn't find a way to switch to legacy BIOS. This computer would not boot with my existing Windows 7 (upgraded to Windows 10) SSD. I had to reinstall Windows and I lost all of my data and installed programs. I didn't have a tiny Phillips screwdriver small enough for the included HDD/SSD mounting screws. Has room for a 2nd HDD/SSD in the CD/DVD slot, but the mounting bracket is not included.

Other Thoughts: From the description, I couldn't tell if it has a builtin WiFi adapter or not. Yes, it includes a Realtek RTL8188EE mini PCI-E 802.11 B/G/N adapter. The antenna is internal. The Wifi adapter was recognized natively with Linux Mint 17.3 without installing any drivers.


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Display Name: Paul B.

Date Joined: 09/19/09


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