Ultra portable XP battlestation

Showcase your Retro PC / Build logs.

Ultra portable XP battlestation

Postby Ultrax » 2019-7-06 @ 08:26

I've had this machine for a long time (8 and a half months as of this posting) but it never really occurred to me to talk about it here.

I purchased an HP Mini 311 off of eBay. It came with Windows 7 on it, so I used it for light tasks. Then I noticed the NVIDIA Ion sticker on the palmrest. Looked it up only to learn that it is in fact a 9400M! I decided to run OpenArena on it, and much to my amazement, it ran incredibly well!

After a period of not using it, I decided to put XP on it with the help of Easy2Boot. This is where things got awesome. I realized that I now had my favorite XP games, on the go, in a tiny form factor!

Specs:
Intel Atom N270 (Could be better, but does work well)
Nvidia Ion (9400M)
2 GB DDR3
11 inch LED backlit display (Excellent screen!)
160 GB hard drive

This thing is awesome. It runs all of my XP games very well, while staying small and very cute. The built in speakers are among the best I've heard in a laptop, and the screen is very nice. It is indeed my primary mobile XP gaming battlestation, and with its incredibly small size, I don't see that changing anytime soon. I absolutely love it!

The CPU could be better of course, but it's certainly enough to get the job done. Windows XP is quite snappy.

It's incredibly charming to have the entire eXPerience (yes) in such a tiny form factor. I highly recommend you go out and get one. They're not perfect, some OA maps lag with flares and bloom turned on and the CPU could be a bit better, but that's all forgivable seeing how tiny it is. What is your portable XP battlestation?

P.S. I don't have Ethernet on this thing. It has the nForce 730i chipset. Does anyone know where to get XP drivers for this?
Ultrax
__
Presario 425|DX2-50|8MB|SB V16S|D622/WFW3.11 8)
Deskpro XE 450|DX2-50|32 MB|NT4.0/95
SR2038X|Athlon 64 X2 3800|2G|GT710 WINXP
Dimension 4400|P4 NW 2 GHz|256M|R128U AGP|WINXP
HPMini311|N270|2G|9400M|WINXP
Libretto50CT|P75|16MB|YMF711|WIN95 8)
User avatar
Ultrax
Member
 
Posts: 166
Joined: 2018-7-30 @ 22:30
Location: Texas, USA

Re: Ultra portable XP battlestation

Postby oeuvre » 2019-7-06 @ 12:03

should have your ethernet driver here https://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce-wi ... river.html
Dell Precision T1650 Intel Xeon E3-1240v2, 16GB, NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB, SSD + HD, XP/7
Main Desktop Intel 6700, 32GB, AMD RX580 8GB, NVMe SSD + HD, 10
Image
User avatar
oeuvre
l33t
 
Posts: 3028
Joined: 2015-3-31 @ 13:31
Location: USA

Re: Ultra portable XP battlestation

Postby Ultrax » 2019-7-08 @ 08:06

oeuvre wrote:should have your ethernet driver here https://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce-wi ... river.html

THANK YOU! I searched and searched but could only find the Vista version, strange. Works great.
Ultrax
__
Presario 425|DX2-50|8MB|SB V16S|D622/WFW3.11 8)
Deskpro XE 450|DX2-50|32 MB|NT4.0/95
SR2038X|Athlon 64 X2 3800|2G|GT710 WINXP
Dimension 4400|P4 NW 2 GHz|256M|R128U AGP|WINXP
HPMini311|N270|2G|9400M|WINXP
Libretto50CT|P75|16MB|YMF711|WIN95 8)
User avatar
Ultrax
Member
 
Posts: 166
Joined: 2018-7-30 @ 22:30
Location: Texas, USA

Re: Ultra portable XP battlestation

Postby oeuvre » 2019-7-08 @ 17:09

Glad to hear!
Dell Precision T1650 Intel Xeon E3-1240v2, 16GB, NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB, SSD + HD, XP/7
Main Desktop Intel 6700, 32GB, AMD RX580 8GB, NVMe SSD + HD, 10
Image
User avatar
oeuvre
l33t
 
Posts: 3028
Joined: 2015-3-31 @ 13:31
Location: USA

Re: Ultra portable XP battlestation

Postby Almoststew1990 » 2019-7-08 @ 19:08

Man I loved those ION things when they came out. I didn't have one but I wanted one so bad as they were "rediculously" powerful for their size and time.

These days I really want an Alienware M11x (I think they're called). They are from 2009 or so. Proper graphics with a C2D CPU in an 11" frame!
Ryzen 3700X 4.4-ish GHz | 16GB DDR4 3600MHz | Nvidia 1070ti | 750GB NVMe
AM1 x4 3820 APU Thing | 6GB DDR1 | iGPU or GTX 650
Slot 1 PIII 450MHz | 256MB PC100 | Nvidia MX440 | AWE32 CT3910
User avatar
Almoststew1990
Member
 
Posts: 392
Joined: 2017-3-14 @ 19:48
Location: Southampton, UK

Re: Ultra portable XP battlestation

Postby Ultrax » 2019-7-09 @ 02:04

Almoststew1990 wrote:Man I loved those ION things when they came out. I didn't have one but I wanted one so bad as they were "rediculously" powerful for their size and time.

These days I really want an Alienware M11x (I think they're called). They are from 2009 or so. Proper graphics with a C2D CPU in an 11" frame!

The M11x seems really neat! Those might be better for early 7 gaming as I heard they don't play nicely with XP. They're still awesome though, and it's a shame they stopped making them since like all gaming laptops nowadays have screens bigger than Texas. Which is cool at first but then you realize that gaming laptops are meant to be portable.
Ultrax
__
Presario 425|DX2-50|8MB|SB V16S|D622/WFW3.11 8)
Deskpro XE 450|DX2-50|32 MB|NT4.0/95
SR2038X|Athlon 64 X2 3800|2G|GT710 WINXP
Dimension 4400|P4 NW 2 GHz|256M|R128U AGP|WINXP
HPMini311|N270|2G|9400M|WINXP
Libretto50CT|P75|16MB|YMF711|WIN95 8)
User avatar
Ultrax
Member
 
Posts: 166
Joined: 2018-7-30 @ 22:30
Location: Texas, USA


Return to System Specs

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests