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Acer C720-2827 Chromebook Intel Celeron 2955U (1.40 GHz) 2 GB Memory 16 GB SSD 11.6
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4 out of 5 eggs Makes a decent Linux box, with some problems, after some modding 01/14/2015

This review is from: Acer C720-2827 Chromebook Intel Celeron 2955U (1.40 GHz) 2 GB Memory 16 GB SSD 11.6" Chrome OS

Pros: -Perfectly capable of running Debian
-Easy enough to reflash firmware to plain Coreboot+SeaBIOS, which *might* allow it to run Windows (I haven't tried that)

Cons: -Only 16 GB SSD, however this is upgradable (requires opening the machine)
-Touchpad is very difficult to use, and most distros don't support it yet (not a problem if you stick with Chrome OS)

Other Thoughts: I reflashed the firmware (to remove the Google firmware), then installed Debian sid with Fluxbox. It's a much more useful computer now.

MSI 990FXA-GD80 V2 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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Pros: -Seems to work perfectly fine
-Lots and lots of settings that can be changed. I like settings.
-High quality capacitors
-More than adequate chipset cooling (unlike almost every other board out there)

Cons: -Buggy firmware (AMI Aptio, as far as I can tell)
-Set the wrong VCore for my CPU at first (I ended up just manually setting it). This would likely be solved with a firmware update, BUT:
-There is, as far as I can tell, *NO* way to update the firmware if you're running Linux.

MSI: Your M-Flash thing is just about useless if you only provide an .exe file to flash the firmware!

Other Thoughts: I'll have to try running the updater from FreeDOS and see what happens.

Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-209DBK
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Pros: Reads and writes discs fine

Cons: Does not support DVD-RAM discs.


Carter K.'s Profile

Display Name: Carter K.

Date Joined: 06/10/09

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 01/07/14
  • Last Review: 01/14/15
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