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First Gartner and now IDC has highlighted the rise of the Small, Cheap Computer as one of key product categories keeping the European PC market afloat. Laptops too are helping keep vendors' heads above water, and together with the SCCs helped shipments of all types of personal computer grow 27 per cent year on year during Q3, …

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Unhappy

Acer Aspire One problems

Acer may have taken a big chunk of the Laptot market but there is a defect with the Aspire One that makes it suffer from what is known as 'The Black Screen of Death'. Basically after about 3 weeks of use the laptot will not boot. It is down to a flakey BIOS and needs changing.

Unfortunately not many people know about this because nobody is reporting it on news sites, or at least I have not seen people reporting it. My one died after 3 weeks (exactly!) and I sent it back and got a replacement, but recently I discovered a discussion on Fedora Forums about it and it appears quite a few people have suffered from this issue. It has also been discussed on other forums.

From what I gather updating the BIOS solves the problem but the majority of users will be unable to do this!!!

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@AC

News to me.

I know two people with AA1s, both of whom have had 'em since August, both purchased in entirely different parts of the country. Neither has black-screened.

I do know of plenty of AA1 users who've tweaked their systems then got black screens during the start-up process. This is usually fixed with the Recovery CD supplied in the box, or by using the disc to make a Recovery USB Stick, which is what I did.

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The BLACK Screen of Death?!?

Somebody is really not all that good at thinking up new names for what appears to be a description of a PC that fails to start.

Or are we now to have the many-coloured rainbow of death now?

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Jobs Halo

wait for the apple version

coming in january.....yippee!

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Happy

I like the Acer

I bought an AA1 a month back, and while it does seem to have a fragile WiFi driver (MS XP Home, after waking from sleep, it will lose WiFi during the next session) I think it's a super machine.

I bought mine from John Lewis so it has a two year warranty - for the money I don't think you can go far wrong. :-)

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Happy

AA1 - a little beauty

I've had an AA1 for a month or so now and other than the pain of learning new ways of doing stuff (Linpus version) it's great, does just what it says on the tin - small, cheap, light, quiet gorgeous. Just annoyed that I only purchased one as the price seems to have gone up on Amazon since then.

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Paris Hilton

Wow...

It's been only a year since the first Eee?? Wow, feels like it was so long ago...

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Anonymous Coward

Size matters.

Miniaturisation is the way to go baby.

And if you can make a general purpose system smaller it will sell every time, it is just too useful. Size of a book is the main sell point.

The Cheap factor cries are always amusing, there will always be the cheap range, but people will buy for the small form factor.

And, I know we all like to have a go at old Captain Cyborg, but just you wait when the implants work we will all be at it.

Hopefully the eye wear monitors will improve soon, and an air keyboard would be wild, or perhaps some type of glove, but they do have to work even if hard to master they have to be 'masterable'. Maybe sign language for a computer system would work.

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Running on battery

Any of them optimised for low power consumption? I'm thinking of things like ARM rather than Intel processor.

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