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|Processor||Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology with interrelated Intel® Core™2 Duo processor P8400|
|Screen||15.4“ WXGA Widescreen LED Backlight|
|Optical Drive||Double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW (warning)|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 3470|
|Network||Ethernet 1000m, 802.11b/g/n|
|Sound||Azalia audio chip|
|Optical Drive||Partial Fail||This drive would not 'respond' after it had spun down and the computer has to be rebooted to resolve. At other times it would spin up and never spin down again requiring a reboot - Launchpad bug report - The belief is that there is a firmware that would resolve the issue.
Recently I modified the bios configuration (F2) and used in the ide sata the compatibility mode (by default in enhanced mode). This allows to use the DVD and CD writer; but there is a catch. You have to return to the enhanced mode if you want to star on windows (dual boot); specially with vista, because of a CRC drive check, the sistem will not start on windows untill placed in enhanced mode.
|Graphics||Passed||note: requires binary driver|
|Sound||Passed||note: This driver may have caused system instability|
|Ethernet||Passed||Is mis-identified as the incorrect RealTek|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Camera||Passed||Test limited to Cheese and Ekiga|
I ended up returning the notebook due to the lockups and issues with the DVD drive.