ASUS G Series G60JX-RBX05 NoteBook a nice but heavy laptop computer...
With a Intel™Core i5 430M (2.26GHz)
a 16" video screen, 4GB Memory, 500GB HDD, a DVD R/RW, and NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
embedded video chip set.
My old IBM T-30 is getting a little long in the tooth, it is still serviceable
but after seven years I think I need to upgrade from a P4 to a newer laptop.
After looking at the different choices between the major manufactures, the
options, and cost I decided on the ASUS G Series G60JX-RBX05 NoteBook.
Although there is a Toshiba laptop that compares with this ASUS laptop the cost
was just under $300 more.
This laptop is a repaired computer. Having dealt with both Toshiba and ASUS
for years I trust ASUS more. No driver CD or restore CD came with the computer,
so if it has any problems I will have to do it the old fashioned way and install
every thing manually or make a ghost image of the OS partition. :)
As with all ASUS G Series computers this laptop doesn't support USB 3, I may invest in a PCMCIA
card if I find my external drive is too slow when I test it.
ASUS G Series G60JX-RBX05 NoteBook
Intel™ Core i5-430M(2.26GHz)
DVD R/RW [SATA]
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
Dedicated 1GB GDDR5 VRAM
Gigabit LAN and WLAN
14.80" x 10.40" x 1.60"
Well there is a small learning curve with some of the functions that this laptop
I use a wired and wireless (USB) mouse when I travel. That is ok, but the
touchpad has to be disabled while
using the wireless, seems to interfere with
the signal from the wireless. The wired mouse is ok when the touchpad is on.
It has Windows 7, Home Premium... No adding it to my local Domain.
Older versions of operating systems lack support for SATA drives. If the BIOS
not have IDE or Legacy options for the storage then your only choice if you
want to install an older operating system is to use a way to create an the
install media with the added SATA drivers to support AIHC or OIHC SATA devices.
Once you create the install media you will need a way to boot the computer, I
used an external USB CD/DVD drive to install XP on this computer. Yes it is
possible to change the OS to an older version of Windows.
Note: The internal DVD is SATA III, it will not boot from a CD tht has
the drivers slip streamed on to the media, the drives need to be in the boot
section of the media which I have not figured out how to do yet...
After much hem-hawing around I have Windows 7 Pro 64bit installed. I had to
download all the drivers from ASUS support for the hardware.
Because I don't have the recovery CD I lose out on a couple of good programs,
one is the Turbo Boost (overclocking) and another is the Power Options both are
One thing that really bothers me is if you use the ESC key at boot up and select
a drive other than the default hard drive that drive
(such as the DVD) that becomes the default boot drive. It is a little annoying
because it took me a while to figure it out while I was installing Windows 7 for
the second time. (I was getting a bootable device not found on the second
Over all once I get the OS optimized the way I like it I think I will really
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Online support for ASUS G Series G60JX-RBX05 NoteBook: manuals, bois upgrades, and device drivers.
One year warranty for most ASUS laptops. Having dealt with ASUS over the years I
would give their support a 9 out 10
However newegg.com does offer a one year no questions asked replacement for a
nominal fee, I suggest you take them up on the warranty, this bumps the ASUS
normal 1 year guarantee to two years.
If you decide to go with a 'Recertified' computer be aware that the
documentation and cd's may not come with the computer.
Note: If you are in need of drivers for this notebook go here
NoteBook, you will find them in the "Support" section on the main menu.
Update 02/14/14 - After a few years this notebook is running strong however after
carrying it to the UK on our last visit I think the next trip the netbook will
be my traveling companion, this thing weighs 8 lbs and after lugging it through
customs two times it is not worth the effort for what I used a portable computer
for, checking my email and playing a game once in a while...
Update 02/14/20 - Ten years this computer has been my go to for travel
(the little netbook wasn't as good an idea as I thought it would be for travel -
well for me) and I lugged this computer around until my Misses said: "We have
some extra money this year what would you like for a Christmas present?"
(Considering she just received a new iPad for her birthday...). So I have a new
lighter, faster, slimmer ASUS K550XV with an i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 480 GB SSD, 4
GBR NVidia video, 16" display... ya, and it weighs less than four US lbs! This
computer is now my Web site system, a few things left to do but when you read
this page it is on this computer!
So when I say do your preventive maintenance I mean preserve your computer,
10 years and it is still going strong!