Monday, February 13th 2012

Gateway Releases the LT4004U Cedar Trail-Based Netbook

Acer subsidiary Gateway has also adopted Intel's Cedar Trail platform and released a netbook built around it, the LT4004U. This new netbook runs Windows 7 Starter and features a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) LED-backlit display, a 1.6 GHz Atom N2600 dual-core processor, GMA 3600 integrated graphics, 1 GB of RAM, a 250 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive, a multi-in-1 card reader, 10/100 LAN, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, a HDMI output, and a 6-cell battery providing 8 hours of operation.

The LT4004U costs $279.99 and can be found here.
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11 Comments on Gateway Releases the LT4004U Cedar Trail-Based Netbook

#1
LAN_deRf_HA
IntelĀ® Graphics Media Accelerator 3600
Features 64GB video memory and supports Microsoft DirectX 9 for lush images. HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.
wat
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#2
1c3d0g
With a cheap but speedy SSD installed, this netbook should be good enough for flawless 1080p HD video playback. :)
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#3
Completely Bonkers
Yet another lackluster 1024 x 600 screen. It disappoints me that these "new generation" netbooks are still using low resolution screen formats. I think my very first laptop was a compaq LTE with 386/25Mhz 800x600 back in 1994. So we have improved CPU performance 100x but we have only gained 1.28x in pixel count.

Can you image how another industry has developed over this time period? From zero to 10MP (now standard point and shoot) Digital Cameras.

We need Microsoft to step in and sort the industry out by make something like 1680x1050 (or more) the minimum resolution for W8. TBH, I would prefer them to go 4x the pixel density (ie 2x in x and 2x in y) so that would mean something like 1920x1200 as the minimum. This is easily doable on a 10" screen, and is still a lower DPI than an iPhone/GalaxyTAB etc!
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#4
Chevalr1c
Don't forget that it is supposed to run regular PC software, so high DPIs would mean a lot of tweaking to keep everything readable (letters too small). Phone and tablet software generally is designed with relatively font sizes (i.e. 16pt instead of 11pt, or whatever values) to deal with the high DPIs.
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#6
bakdc
One Gig Ram MAX, only 2 usb ports

Just bought one of these -- needed to replace an ASUS that died. Hard to find documentation for this (LT4004u). There's no obvious way to open this up to get at the memory or hard drive, although the generic minimalist documentation (both print and pdf) imply you can, they just don't say how.

I chatted on line with Gateway support, who, after digging around sent me to this spec page link :

http://support.gateway.com/s/netbook/2011/Gateway/lt/lt40/LT40sp2.shtml

..which is for the "LT40" and says, for memory :
up to 1 gig ddr3 for Windows Starter,
and up to 2 gigs for "other operating systems"

I asked the Gateway tech guy if he could find instructions about how to open up the netbook to get to the RAM. After a long wait, he came back and said they"don't recommend you opening the machine," and if you do "you'll void the warranty:cry:."

Hmmm. I said okay, but how do you open it? Many minutes later he came back with "we suggest you get a technician to do it."

If there are screws, I imagine they are hidden under the rubber legs. I'm not messing with it yet -- I'll wait for the You Tube demos.

Initial impressions -- the LT4004u, with Windows "starter" seems a bit sluggish compared to the 1.5 year-old AUSUS. Also, I'd rather have the third usb port rather than the hdmi, at least for my purposes.

If anyone has more info about Memory, like can I put in 2 gigs with Windows 7 Starter, or do I have to upgrade to Windows 7, or can't I at all, please post. And how do you do get to it.
-thanks!
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#7
Chevalr1c
Dude, it is a netbook. Install Linux onto it (Linux Mint is a nice one) and be done with it. No extra RAM needed. With Linux everything netbooks are designed for can be done (internet/e-mail/multimedia). Entry-level cpus like those put in netbooks are to slow for a resource hog (relatively speaking) as Windows 7 (except the starter).
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#8
shadow64
I ordered this netbook last week as well as the 2GB memory upgrade. The unit finally arrived yesterday and I spent all night setting it up and upgrading to Win7 Home Premium. I then attempted to upgrade the memory and I see no direct access to the socket. I removed a few of the screws and the entire back cover may be snapped in or more screws are under the rubber pads. I contacted Gateway tech support as well as Acer. I got the same information from them regarding upgrading the memory that to have a technician do it. I informed them I have been an electronic technician for over 25 years and have built several hundred computers. They didn't seem to give a rats. They then sent me links directly from the Gateway website showing exactly how to install memory on just about every desktop and laptop ever made. With the exception of the LT400. I have sent several more messages and am awaiting feedback. I contacted the Geek guys at Best Buy and they said they would install it and I asked them about removing the back case. They informed me that they would contact Gateway for the details and I informed them of what Gateway told me. They said it would not be a problem. This sounds really fishy to me.
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#9
shadow64
Memory Upgrade Video

After numerous phone calls and contacting some of my old computer friends I was able to locate a Youtube video on how to access the memory socket and hdd for the Gateway Netbook LT4004u. The video is titled for another netbook but the instructions worked exactly the same for the LT400. The only thing I was unable to do was to fully remove the back panel. However, the video showed me exactly how to remove the back panel and replace the memory chip. I am now running 2GB and this little netbook is really smokin.
Here's the link to the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBM9jbhUpkc
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#10
bidanset
gateway lt40 and acer d270 (4gb ram/OS)

this laptop runs just fine with x86 windows 7 ultimate and linux mint maya xfce edition...

have replaced the hard drive, ram, and screen as well as run 4 different operating systems on it as the sole OS:
windows 7 ultimate x64
windows 7 ultimate x86
linux mint maya xfce
linux mint mate (didnt work - would only boot to command prompt due to screen issues but i dont have the stock screen)

the hdmi, card reader, and webcam all work great with linux after a system update.

4gb of ram is possible through linux as far as its what i installed today and possibly with windows as well... linux even says the motherboard is capable of 8gb (2*4gb sets) but alas there is only one slot.

running bios 1.08

this computer is a total pain to open up, on that note i concure!

:toast:
edusko
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#11
Prima.Vera
by: Completely Bonkers
Yet another lackluster 1024 x 600 screen. It disappoints me that these "new generation" netbooks are still using low resolution screen formats. I think my very first laptop was a compaq LTE with 386/25Mhz 800x600 back in 1994. So we have improved CPU performance 100x but we have only gained 1.28x in pixel count.

Can you image how another industry has developed over this time period? From zero to 10MP (now standard point and shoot) Digital Cameras.

We need Microsoft to step in and sort the industry out by make something like 1680x1050 (or more) the minimum resolution for W8. TBH, I would prefer them to go 4x the pixel density (ie 2x in x and 2x in y) so that would mean something like 1920x1200 as the minimum. This is easily doable on a 10" screen, and is still a lower DPI than an iPhone/GalaxyTAB etc!
You're obsessed with resolution. Get treatment bro. All your posts are saying the same thing each time. Seriously.:wtf:
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