2. Didn't try that. Used USB.
3. My mini of a different model did that.
4. Linux. Windows was never good at USB boots and while there is some hacking page about it, I won't mention it ever again.
5. Sorry. I had this old mini so I can't write why I'd be attracted to another when there are cheaper units out there.
Trying to see what minimal hardware can run this netbook: Several questions regarding the HP Mini 311 -
(if your answer applies only to a certain model/subset of the 311 series, please give the full model#)
1)- Can the HP mini 311 run from AC only, with the battery taken out?
2)- if the HDD is taken out, can the HP mini 311 boot from SD card?
3)- if the HDD is taken out, can the HP mini 311 boot from USB CDrom/DVD?
4)- regarding #2,3 above, which OS could be booting that way? Linux? BART-PE? other?.
5)- is there a hardware difference between the NVIDIA ION LE for XP in earlier or cheaper 311 models and the NVIDIA ION for Win7 in the later or pricier models, or is the difference only software?