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    Super Moderator LivinLOS's Avatar
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    Old laptop needs a revamp ??

    So my missus has an old asus aspire 11.6 inch 'big netbook' which has done superb.. very simple 2GB ram etc. 1410 aspire model. The form factor is the right size, nice typeable keyboard, but its 5 or more years old now..

    Its sole purpose is for Thai streaming TV, maybe a bit of facebook, and for us to skype or more often now hangouts. Its been Win7, and I did the free Win10 but it was struggling. Sure it worked, if you were patient but I thought it was new laptop time.

    I am really impressed with chromebooks, no antivirus needed, does 90% of what most people need easily.. I advise 'old techphobic' folks to get them, my mums is great and I was thinking of buying her one in uk until I remember the lack of Thai keyboard. In Thailand they dont have that cheap appeal they have here.

    I just tried https://www.neverware.com/ Cloudready from neverware.

    Install had a couple of kludgy elements.. And thats with the aspire 1430 being 'supported' but once done.. WOW..

    ChromeOS has a near instant resume, faster than my win10 surface 4 wakes up.. Cold boot is down to 10 or 15 seconds.. Theres no lag, slow window action.. Everything works.. And all the windowing and graphical niceties looks like a slick modern OS. And thats on a many year old netbook that was almost ready for the junk drawer. The way it syncs with her google account and google photos taken with her android phone, google hangouts for our chats, everything like that.. Its a far better fit for her needs even if it wasnt free.

    Very impressed.. If you have an old laptop that feels steam powered, or some old tech too slow to handle Win10.. Or even something to give away to a local after an upgrade.. Its a real alternative.

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    As long as you don't mind the spyware built into the OS, sure, why not. ChromeOS is one of the least secure because it is written by a company whose sole purpose is to harvest user data for tracking and sale to its customers.


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    I am sure my wifes viewing of iLikeHD streams, and hangout chats are a goldmine for google..

    I would guess (aside from googles watchful eye) its probably more secure due to the constant patching.
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    Why not roll it back to Win 7, add 2 gig and ram, and it should still do want you want well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briofoz View Post
    Why not roll it back to Win 7, add 2 gig and ram, and it should still do want you want well.
    Or install Linux on it, I have installed Linux mint on an old laptop that I use for streaming and web surfing.

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    For a light user, I think chrome is a much better option than win.. She has no need of lightroom or any desktop apps..

    ChromeOS just super fast.. No AV running.. Integrates with all the android phone use.. Etc

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