What’s-Its-Name is Here

After more than six months of research, waiting, and saving, I bought the Asus W3J Centrino Core Duo Notebook:

PROCESSOR: Intel Pentium-M T2500 Yonah (2.0Ghz; 667mhz w/ 2mb Cache)
DISPLAY: 14″ WXGA (1280 x 768) Color Shine (glaretype) LCD Panel
MOTHRBOARD: Asus W3J w/ Intel 945PM Chipset
MEMORY: 2048Mb DDR2 667 (1 Gb x 2)
HARD DRIVE: 100Gb 7200RPM
GRAPHICS: ATI Mobility Radeon x1600 PCI-E Graphics w/ 256MB VRAM (512MB Hyper Memory)
WIRELESS: Built-In Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 A/B/G miniPCI
OPTICAL: 8x Super Multi DVD Burner
BATTERY: 8-Cell Li-Ion; Approximately 4-5 hours of normal use life
OS: Windows XP Professional
DIMENSIONS: 13″ (length) x 9.7″ (width) x 1.18″-1.28″ (height)
WEIGHT: ~5.4 LBS w/ US standard 8 cell and optical drive

Tasks accomplished last night:

Tasks attempted:

  • Tried to find free partition management software (Anyone know of any? I’ve only been able to find demo or pay software. All I want to do is merge unallocated space with an existing partition.)
  • Tried to stop Bluetooth Manager from automatically starting up
  • Tried to stop Motorola Modem manager automatically starting up
  • Tried to stop Asus Live Update from automatically starting up

To do (in addition to attempted tasks):

  • Install SessionSaver 2 Firefox extension
  • Take stickers off of laptop
  • Decide which pre-loaded software to delete
  • Give it a name

  4 comments for “What’s-Its-Name is Here

  1. 7 June 2006 at 05:22

    run msconfig.exe and uncheck those apps that you do not need to startup in the ‘startup’ tab.

  2. 7 June 2006 at 07:36

    Sounds like a pretty nice little laptop you got yourself! Congratulations…You’ll have to provide us with a nice little review after you’ve had some time with her/him/it. I’d be able to suggest names if I knew the gender. ;)

    As for partitioning software, I have used a pirated version of Partition Magic in the past with good results. However, I now love this new GParted Live CD for partitioning tasks. It works great, and it’s open source. Damn the man.

    As for the automatic startup of Bluetooth, you can go to ‘Services’ (the easiest way to get there is to right-click ‘My Computer’ and choose ‘Manage’ from the menu there. Services will then be in the left pane of the MMC that displays. Find the Bluetooth service (it should show ‘Automatic’ for the startup type). Right-click the service and choose ‘Properties’. Select ‘Manual’ from the Startup Type drop-down menu and click ‘OK’ to apply the change. Now it won’t start up automatically when your PC reboots.

    You may also want to check the Startup folder in ‘All Programs’ from the Start menu. Sometimes, 3rd party vendors (or the PC hardware vendor) will stick little utilities for things like Bluetooth, diagnostics, or update stuff in there too. You could probably do the same for your Asus Live Update software.

  3. 8 June 2006 at 06:32

    Jon C, Jeff: Hey thanks, that worked. :)

    Jeff: I’ll have to try GParted this weekend, when I have time.

    Names… I haven’t come up with anything yet. I have decided that it’s female. I was trying to think of an obscure Metroid reference, but this angle has already been claimed by my desktop. So now I’m thinking perhaps a name that is not videogame related. Hm…

  4. 9 June 2006 at 16:21

    You might also download the Ultimate Boot CD, which is a collection of lots of free utilities, including some partion editing ones:

    http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/

    As for stopping stuff from running, and stopping it before it gets started, I always recommend WinPatrol The basic version is free and for only a little bit o’ cash, you can the Plus version, which adds lots of info about the sneaky little programs that get in there. winpatrol.com is the place.

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