Classmate PC upgrades

Classmate PC upgrades

Summary: An inside view of the Classmate, complete with upgrade options.

TOPICS: PCs, Hardware

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  • Little, purple, cheap, and running Linux. What more could you want?

  • You need to remove the keyboard to upgrade the hard drive and memory.

Topics: PCs, Hardware

Christopher Dawson

About Christopher Dawson

Chris Dawson is a freelance writer, consultant, and policy advocate with 20 years of experience in education, technology, and the intersection of the two.

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  • What I could want is for it to be available in the states.

  • RE: It's purple! (Classmate PC upgrades)

    it would be nice if this was available in canada for people are of extreamly limited means as well...
    • Sorry, didn't mean to forget our northern neighbors...

  • SD HC? Real price and availability.

    Did you test the SD for HC (4Gig) capacity. That requires a firmware upgrade on most readers and camera's. (Longer serial address)

    I like that the same as a via MII 100000 C7 ITX board and their nano series fanless computers one can use a right hand or left hand flash PATA for deeply embedded issues but they apparently allow the use of at least a 160G PATA HD as well.

    So how much and how do we get it into North American Schools who don't show much enthusiasm for OLPC. They would rather pay through the nose for HP440 Tablet.
    • I didn't test the 4GB

      Just a 1GB I happened to have in my phone (I popped the micro-SD into an SD adapter I had and fired it up no problem). I'll ask Intel about the 4GB and need for firmware upgrade.

      I have to say that I wish I had more clout to really push on Intel - this is a really cool product, even if we don't want to use it in a full-blown 1:1 model. Every kid all the way up into high school who has seen this has been convinced of the potential. Teachers and admins are excited, too. I'll keep lobbying, though.

      You're right, by the way. Putting a tablet into a middle schooler's hands is not only a waste of tax dollars, but a good way to have a broken tablet.

      Chris Dawson
      • Forget the Kiddiies!!!

        [B][u]I[/u][/b] want one!!! :)

        I do a fair bit of traveling, and having one of these would be great for:

        1) Reading in airports (or any event where I have to wait!)
        2) Doing a bit of writing . . .

        Well, you get the idea.
  • RE: It's purple! (Classmate PC upgrades)

    Do you think we will see them any time soon in local Computers-Ar-Us store? I would like to buy one of these for my grandson.