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So I spent twenty bucks (USD) and all I got was this awesome MobilePro 790...!

torch Page Icon Posted 2011-07-30 4:02 AM
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Well, Operation:Buy MobilePro 790 for 20$usd from Craigslist was a go and was successful.

I love it so much! It has a much better keyboard than my Sylvania Netbook (the 7inch Chinese things) haha and HPC2000 really does rock! I had been messing with CE 6.0 on my Netbook, but the screen and of course touchscreen is so much better on the MobilePro--not to mention battery life is more than two hours (unlike that netbook! lol).

This is probably the best twenty I ever spent! It came with the MobilePro 790 (um...of course?), original NEC AC adapter, original stylus, manuals, CD, CF card, serial cable (which I heard is hard to find), USB to serial, and USB to IrDA. The USB serial/irda alone would've been worth the 20 bucks if the 790 didn't work...but it's soo much more epic when everything works.

(By the way, I apologise if I seem spazzy, I'm just so happy with it!)

I probably should've messed with HPC2000 before naïvely giving up on H/PCs four years ago.

Now I'm debating on what to get for it, mainly a wireless and/or ethernet chip, 2gb CF card, and well...yeah. It really is a great device . Now to go app crazy with only a 64mb CF... And by the way, that flash ROM partition was an unexpected surprise and I am debating on that RAM upgrade to 48mb that CE Geek mentioned...

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Yoldering Page Icon Posted 2011-07-30 12:55 PM
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Very happy for you...and what a great deal. So I guess this means you will be sticking around for a while???
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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2011-07-30 3:15 PM
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The 790 was my all time favorite of the MIPS HPCs. I never had problem one with mine. What battery came with it? BA14? Congrats...
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torch Page Icon Posted 2011-07-30 5:28 PM
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Yoldering, yes, it does mean I'll be sticking around for a while

Rich Hawley, I looked and it came with the BA14A..

I'm also wondering if that VGA cable (if I can find it) is worth it lol.
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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2011-07-30 6:31 PM
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Cool, the BA-14 is the higher capacity battery made for the 790. You can use the 780 (BA-9) battery with it, but it has a little less capacity than the BA-14. I've had a VGA cable for years, and rarely use it...I just keep it for experimental use. They are pretty easy to find and pretty cheap too.
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torch Page Icon Posted 2011-07-31 5:59 AM
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Oh, awesome about the battery, even more reason to love this thing! The epic part is I was playing with it for a few hours I think--with the screen up all the way I think...and after all of that---still over 80% left. If this were my 7" Netbook, goodness knows it'd be dead by now lol. The scroll wheel is very useful by the way--I'm really using that one a lot.

I'm glad the VGA cable can be found for cheap, it would be useful to perhaps present stuff when I don't want to lug my behemoth of 17" notebook around. Blegh.
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torch Page Icon Posted 2011-08-04 1:16 AM
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Slight skewing of thread subject to an ethernet card question; as this is in regards to my 790, it is technically relevant I presume, as I didn't want to seem trolly and create a new thread. Let me know if this presumption was incorrect.

So I was set to meet to get a Xircom CE3B-100BTX ethernet card today, but events being how they are, the person was unable to meet, but suggested tomorrow. In retrospect, this is good, as I was getting kinda iffy on this card, so hopefully I can figure it out by tomorrow.

Anyway, I found the driver in the HCL and wanted to test out the driver (the CE 2.11 mips one), and it installed but after a reset, the icons are all gone in the system and the Control Panel after having the hourglass, it just does not load..period. No icons, no labels. I had to do a hard reset of the 790 to get it back to normal, as soft resetting appears to do nothing. I used the handy search function, but most refer to the Jornada 720, though one thread here: http://www.hpcfactor.com/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=9858&pos...

..the person had had the exact same issue..

Now, in looking through all of the Xircom threads, I found references to NE2000, which, if I understand correctly, is like a generic ethernet driver that some cards can be plug and play? I tried looking through the CESD for an explanation, but perhaps I've not searched it too well.

Anyway, after all of that, let me be concise here in my question---does the Xircom CE3B-100BTX work on the MobilePro 790 with MIPS processor and HPC2000 with another driver or out of the box (plug/play?), or do I need to try the even more outdated CE2.0 mips driver??
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