Just got a Toshiba Libretto U100

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Just got a Toshiba Libretto U100

Postby niteman1969 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 22:17

Picked it up at a local boot sale for £75 with dvd dock , psu and battery.
Seller sold cheap as had ntldr error , re-installed xp sp3 and am typing
this on it right now.

Had 512mb of ram, but I have lots of old laptop memory lying around
so upgraded it to 1gb.

Works well, albeit slowly because the 60gb 4200rpm hdd is very slow.

Pentium M 1.2ghz
1gb PC2700 Ram
60gb 4200rpm hdd
Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Intel 82855 Chipset
Atheros Wireless Card
Dvd Writer Docking Station
Firewire
SD Card Reader
Fingerprint Biometric Sensor
Firewire
Bluetooth
Very Wierd intel Digital output, looks like hdmi but not quite.
Battery Lasts about 3 hours.
Fan is pretty Loud.

All in all a nice little laptop, a bit underpowered for todays computing needs
but still manages bbc iplayer and youtube.

Don't know quite yet what I am going to use it for, but I do love
these tiny Pc's :)

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Postby Benz145 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 03:07

Very cool! It's a shame that Toshiba did wrong by the Libretto heritage and made the stupid and impractical W100 with dual screens and no hardware keyboard.
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Postby bigs » Mon Aug 01, 2011 09:03

agreed benz, the lack of hardware keyboards are becoming more and more apparent with umpc and tablets.

ux and libretto and keepers in my opinion, until they give touch screens a true tactile experience to simulate a physical keyboard.
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Postby bigs » Mon Aug 01, 2011 09:04

wonder what mods can be done to the libretto1
micropc hardware: sony ux17gp with 390N mainboard with Anh u7700 upgrade core2duo 1.33ghz 1024mb (now upgraded to 64gb SLC SSD Samsung), Intel 4965 agn wireless, upgrade addon 3rd mini aerial, UX37GBN blue housing incorporating improved keyboard

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Postby tangobravo » Wed Aug 03, 2011 18:35

But still... you have to admit, that W100 is sure an interesting concept design... though obviously hampered by a horrible driver / implementation nightmare... But interesting nonetheless.

Anyone out there had a chance to play with the Acer Iconia 6120? Very slick, as well... but still more of a 'proof of concept,' and hampered by just as many implementation issues as the Libretto W100... But still... cool for the sake of cool counts for something, right? =)

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Postby ArchiMark » Thu Mar 14, 2013 22:49

Old thread I know...

Just curious if you still use the Libretto, niteman1969 ???

If so, what OS are you using on it?

Is it possible to put in a SSD ?

Thanks,

Mark
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Postby tomn » Sun May 19, 2013 13:15

ArchiMark wrote:Old thread I know...

Just curious if you still use the Libretto, niteman1969 ???

If so, what OS are you using on it?

Is it possible to put in a SSD ?

Thanks,

Mark


I was at one point in time very interested in the U100. It is very easy to install a SSD to it, since the interface is 1.8" PATA 50pin (Toshiba type of course), and there are many SSD still available for it on eBay ranging from 32GB to 128GB.

The main issue with the U100 is the inability to upgrade it to Windows 7 properly due to unsupported video hardware, you can only install the "generic" VGA driver and it will be slow running anything graphically intensive. Someone tried installing Windows 8 on it, it actually works better than Windows 7 but there is no way to adjust/turn off the display backlight, hence not suitable as well.

The U100 is a great machine running XP, unfortunately that's all it is really designed for.
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Postby ArchiMark » Sun May 19, 2013 15:59

Thanks for your input....

FWIW, I'm dual-booting XP with Arch Linux...

Arch performs very well on it....

Debating about putting a SSD in it now....we'll see...
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Postby tomn » Mon May 20, 2013 00:38

ArchiMark,

Wow, didn't realize you could run Linux well on these machines. Could they run Windows programs under Arch Linux?

If you plan on using the U100 for any extended period of time, a 128GB SSD is a must. They can be had for around $150 on eBay for your specific application.

Found a step-by-step guide on upgrading HDD on the U100:

http://www.librettoworld.com/?p=34

Have fun!
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Vaio P15G - 8" 128G SSD



Viliv S5 SSD 3G - 4.8" 0.9lb

Viliv N5 SSD 3G - 4.8" 0.9lb



Fujitsu U820 - 5.6" 128G SSD

Samsung Q1 Ultra - 7" 2G RAM 64G SLC SSD

Dell Inspiron Duo - 300G SSD



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Postby ArchiMark » Mon May 20, 2013 01:17

tomn,

Yes, you can usually run linux well on older machines....that is one of many pluses for using linux instead of Windows...

Not sure what you mean by run Windows programs under Arch....do you mean literally run a Windows program from when you running Arch linux?

If so, only way to do that would be by running program WINE and then running the Windows program from inside of it.....I don't use WINE, but from what I've read, it works, but have to check list of working programs to see if program you want to run is on the list....and if it does runs, it mignt not run that fast.

FWIW, for Windows related programs, I run their linux equivalent, if available, then program is a) free (ie, no cost, usually...) and b) runs quite fast. As for compatibility, if that's your concern, you can usually save your file in a format that is readable on Windows program.

Hope this makes sense...

Yes, agree that the 128GB SSD (CF type...) is a good idea...close to making decision to get one from ebay....

And thanks for link on step-by-step guide!

Also, the URL link on that page for the Libretto service manual is not valid anymore. However, I googled it and was able to download it from another website...very useful info!
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