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Fred F.

Fred F.

Joined on 06/04/03

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Most Favorable Review

Excellent Low Power System

EVEREX Desktop PC gPC2 TC2512 VIA C7-D 1.50GHz 512MB DDR2 80GB HDD VIA UniChrome Pro Linux gOS V2
EVEREX Desktop PC gPC2 TC2512 VIA C7-D 1.50GHz 512MB DDR2 80GB HDD VIA UniChrome Pro Linux gOS V2

Pros: I wanted a low power system, since I'll be leaving it powered on continuously. Wanted high value, low cost, low noise, low electric bills, low summer air conditioning, less environmental impact. Looks like I got what I wanted. I added 1GB of memory (newegg: MEM 1G|KST DII533 KVR533D2N4/1G R) and a great monitor (newegg: MNTR KDS|LCD 24" 5MS K-24MDWB R). I wanted to play around with the pre-installed OS, but it wouldn't sync to the 1920 x 1200 resolution of the monitor, so I installed Fedora 9 PREVIEW--which includes the chromium driver. Very good results: peak of 831 frames/sec running glxgears. As someone previously posted, the motherboard (BIOS) controls are good--can be set to always power back on, in case of power failure.

Cons: The airflow over the disk drive area is poor. I don't know why so many cases end up with the air flow sequestered around the drive area, but this case does too. Even though I added a second disk drive for my backups, the smartd temps are only moderately high (41-47 Celsius), and some recent statistics on disk failure show that temperature is not all that predictive, so we'll see.... I wish there was a good place to mount a fan by the disks, though. However, the very good price kept me from reducing my rating from excellent to good because of this point. Also, it's hard to find info about this (Gigabyte?) motherboard.

Overall Review: Note that the CD/DVD can only write CD's, not DVD's. The Desktop version of the CPU does not have reduced clocking, as does the laptop version. Too bad, since a small reduction in clocking can sometimes save lots of power. But hey, it's a $200 machine. A clamp meter on my system with 2 disks and 2 memory cards shows 0.3A and 0.4A with CPU running at 100%. Now my wife spends most of her waking hours uploading photos to buy and sell on {an on-line auction site that for some reason newegg deems "inappropriate" and refuses to let me name here} on this machine. Yes dear, we'll be getting a better keyboard soon!

Most Critical Review

Not Class 10

TOPRAM 8GB 8G microSD microSDHC micro SD Class 10 C10 Memory Card + R13 USB Reader
TOPRAM 8GB 8G microSD microSDHC micro SD Class 10 C10 Memory Card + R13 USB Reader

Pros: Works as Class 4. A quick dd of /dev/zero did go at about 4MB/s.

Cons: Clearly marked as Class 4. Not what is pictured. A piece of Transcend memory I bought from newegg came with a really nice full size sdhc to usb adapter, and I was interested in trying this micro adapter. Once I got the micro chip into the thing, it worked, but attempts to take it out have failed. It's extremely stiff, and there's not much to grab onto. Doubt I can get it out without damage. The plastic jacket is not a precision fit at all. Nothing like the quality of the Transcend one I use all the time.

Overall Review: I suppose I could sent it back based on it simply not being the right part, but I doubt I'll bother. Newegg purchases have almost always been great, but I'm going to be much more careful with these non-newegg, newegg items, such as this "sold by IC PRO" third party.

Very Happy With It

55" 1080p LCD HDTV
55" 1080p LCD HDTV

Pros: I bought one from newegg 2 months ago, and am very happy with it. I was really limited, in that I wanted a TV for a very bright, sunny room. Everyone says LCD is the best way to go for bright locations, however, many newer LCD's have a shiny reflective surface, which kills this main advantage over other technology TVs. Also, I don't like brightly colored or shiny, reflective bezel plastic around the screen, anywhere, but especially not for bright locations. This model has a good, dull dark gray color. I like the "lighting" button on the remote, which quickly changes the brightness between three levels, so I can quickly adjust the lighting for daytime and night.

Cons: The remote control protocol is one that cannot be "spoken" by most DirecTV remotes, so I can't use the volume up and down keys on the DirecTV remote to control the TV volume. Also on the remote, switching from input sources requires you to push the "source" button 10 or 11 times to cycle through all of the input choices. And although the TV has picture-in-picture, not all combinations of inputs can be selected, though I shouldn't make this a big criticism, since few TVs have picture-in-picture at all anymore. I wanted to do half the screen for digital-over-the air, and the other half for composite video from the direcTV receiver, which I used to do on my old TV, but that combination is not an option on the Olevia.

Overall Review: Some of the very best 120Hz models probably are better, but I'm not even sure by how much. And many of those would have the terribly reflective screen, so were not what I wanted even at lower price, and certainly not for a much higher price. I actually have the 252 (52" model), but newegg doesn't carry that one anymore, so I'm writing my review here in the 55" model. I think they're otherwise the same. The HDMI Upconverting DVD player I bought from newegg at the same time (PHILIPS DVP5982/37) works really well with this TV.

Works with Linux, but setup required

HP LaserJet 1018 CB419A Personal Up to 12 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer
HP LaserJet 1018 CB419A Personal Up to 12 ppm Monochrome Laser Printer

Pros: I'd probably have given it a 5, but there are more and more devices that are Linux friendly, with manufacturer support, but not this printer.

Cons: As has been mentioned, it works with the foo2zjs driver (on Fedora), but be sure to follow ALL the instructions when you install foo2zjs. Especially the "hotplug" firmware instructions for USB!

Overall Review: If after installing the foo2zjs it's still not working, check the Device URI. I had to change it to usr:/dev/usr/lp0, and it's been working great