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    So, my Asus motherboard supports Expressgate - a fast booting Linux for web browsing when you can't be bothered booting windows. Before I go to the effort of setting it up etc, do any of you guys have any experience? Is it as good as its cracked up to be? Basically is it worth the hassel and loss of Hard disc space?

  • #2
    It runs off an SSD soldered to the motherboard, so you don't lose any disk space. I think it's quite useful if you just want to check your webmail quickly, but I've found it to be very unflexible personally so I don't mind waiting for Windows to load myself.

    IIRC most versions of Expressgate don't support wireless adapters so you have to be connected via a LAN cable, which puts a lot of people off too.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by NickCPC View Post
      It runs off an SSD soldered to the motherboard, so you don't lose any disk space. I think it's quite useful if you just want to check your webmail quickly, but I've found it to be very unflexible personally so I don't mind waiting for Windows to load myself.

      IIRC most versions of Expressgate don't support wireless adapters so you have to be connected via a LAN cable, which puts a lot of people off too.

      Not all versions run from a flash drive on the motherboard.

      some run from the hard drive.

      My P5QL Pro is one such example.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by wonderlust View Post
        Not all versions run from a flash drive on the motherboard.

        some run from the hard drive.

        My P5QL Pro is one such example.
        Oh, my mistake. Well, considering it's basically a super-small Linux, it's not going to take up much space and I stand by my other comments.
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        • #5
          I've used it...and as has been said if you want to do a quick surf or webmail check..its adequate..but if you want to do and full on surfing then best let windows do the work....
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          • #6
            I've got a couple of mobos that support expressgate, both need a separate partition or must be run from a USB/eSATA memory stick, and on the earlier one the manual said that downloads are only supported on installations running from USB (really strange limitation, but there it is)

            Anyway, in the end I concluded Expressgate isn't worth it - it's too limited in what's available and what it can do. I prefer to dual boot with Windows and Ubuntu or Fedora. Sure the start up is a little slower, but you get some time back once you disable the Expressgate check from the BIOS.

            Let's face it, you boot once per session, so an extra 10s-20s before you start working is no big deal. If you do get an SSD you'll be loading Windows in around 16s anyway.

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            • #7
              I tried it, found it didnt support my wireless internet connection and never used it again.
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              • #8
                Thanks for the feedback. Mine is one of the mobos that need it installed on the hard drive. Based on this it's dropped down my to do list.

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                • #9
                  My board also has this feature, i've never used it so some feedback on how it works would be nice.
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                  • #10
                    Used it at work, really bad imo. Would be fine for a 4 year old

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SeanBond View Post
                      Used it at work, really bad imo. Would be fine for a 4 year old
                      Ah not for me then
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                      • #12
                        tryed to use it, but it requires your disk controller to be running in the old IDE mode. im running AHCI mode, and don't want to switch just for this feature.

                        not worth it, you'll be online with full browser and system within the minute anyway. you can play with your phone or get a cuppa while it's booting up.

                        or just put your computer to sleep instead of shutdown
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