http://www.youtube.com/v/pU1kcQFyL_I This might be the shortest video in jkOnTheRun history, but I’m amazed at how quickly the MSI Wind goes to sleep and wakes back up with Mac OS X. Actually, the video would have been even shorter if I hadn’t been so shocked and mesmerized […]

This might be the shortest video in jkOnTheRun history, but I’m amazed at how quickly the MSI Wind goes to sleep and wakes back up with Mac OS X. Actually, the video would have been even shorter if I hadn’t been so shocked and mesmerized by this. I haven’t modified the netbook hardware in any way at this point: this is the “stock” Intel Atom at 1.6 GHz, the 5400 RPM hard drive with 80 GB of capacity and the factory installed 1 GB of RAM.Although Microsoft has made great strides with speed and stability of sleep and wake, I think there’s room for improvement. Eventually, Windows XP has to go away, so my hope is that Windows 7 really nails this functionality down. It’s a very small feature when compared with the rest of the operating system, but for mobile devices with limited battery capacity, it’s actually a heavy-duty function.

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  1. Yeah any shorter and all we would see is a blur. All we can hope is for Windows 7 to be as quick as 0S X.

  2. Andrew / acetuk Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    A few of points I’ve noticed.

    OSX never shuts down from sleep, unlike Windows. So if you leave the Wind asleep for a long time the battery will drain. Not a big deal, you just have to be ready for it (it caught me out a couple of times).

    Once coming out of sleep I get a device removal error if I have left a SD card in place. OSX doesn’t expect to see an incorporated SD card I guess but it always finds it immediately and never has a problem.

    Wired LAN is a problem after sleeping. I have found that I have to deactivate the LAN card in system prefs and then reactivate to get it back. Doesn’t always work though. Wifi always seems to work though from sleep.

    The trackpad is jumpy for the first few seconds after coming out of sleep. Again it settles quickly as if the driver has been re-initialized.

    OSX on the Wind is good though, isn’t it. Instant on and off along with the amazing performance the Atom gives has really impressed me.

  3. WOW, all i can say is wow.

  4. the thing that amazes me most about this box, is that it doesn’t warm up… If I watch some hulu in bed on my macbook air, it warms real nice. Watching on the wind it just doesn’t seem to warm up, I mean the winter is coming but still, wind wins hands down in the keep it cool dept.

  5. Wow, if it’s actually cutting the fans as quickly as you’ve indicated on the video, that’s faster than my MBP goes to sleep. I’m sure the 2.4ghz C2D generates more heat and needs a few extra seconds of the fan to cool down, but that’s impressive.

    Considering the luck people have had installing OS X on the Wind, I’m starting to regret my Acer Aspire One purchase. Very, very intriguing.

    Andrew, as you’ve mentioned, sleep in OS X isn’t the same as hibernate in Windows. If you put your laptop into stand-by in Windows you’ll have the equivalent mode, but I think you’ll find it takes longer to go into and come out of stand-by in Windows than it does for sleep in OS X.

  6. i’ve also noticed that my dell truemobile wifi card in my wind also needs to be turned off and back on after sleep in osx.

    it usually says it cannot find a network if i don’t. but yes, sleep is crazy fast!

    osx def runs like a charm on it; if only the headphone/mic jacks worked. :)

  7. Andrew / acetuk Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    Yes, the headphone socket is a problem although not a massive one for me personally as I haven’t wanted to use it.

    I’m using the wifi card from my original Q1 and that never has a problem waking up. Wired lan is also working well at the moment from sleep – something in the 10.5.5 upgrade possibly?

    I also agree about the stand by comparison with Windows. OSX on my Wind (actually an Advent 4211 rebadge in the UK) runs far better than any version of XP / Vista has on any of my laptops to date. I even have XP running under Fusion quite well although it worked better under Fusion v1 rather than the recently updated Fusion v2.

    All this using the same installation disk as Kevin with no hacking of drivers etc required. Amazing stuff.

  8. It’s too bad that Apple doesn’t just sell OSX for use on other hardware. ‘Course, they’d probably sell it for $300-400, which would make it a lot less attractive as an alternative OS.

    And then they’d actually have to, you know, implement real hardware support. Which is a great thing to be able to avoid. Oh, well. At least one can dream.

    @Andrew: Heck yes. OSX runs much better on laptops, when the hardware is supported, than Windows in my particular experience (lots of Windows, a fair amount of OSX).

  9. Andrew / acetuk Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    I only have experience of my Macbook on OSX and I love it. I havelots of experience with XP and it was ok – not much ‘fun’ to use but fine for work. I have quite a bit of experience with Vista but on P1610 with 1gb of ram it was a constant fight, tweak, challenge, crash etc.

    OSX on both my Wind and Macbook doesn’t crash, runs very quick and is good fun to use. The Wind has helped me fully switch from Windows – having only one Mac didn’t give me enough back up.

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