Viliv S10 Netbook as Solar-Powered Desktop (Cont’d)


I talked yesterday about my testing with the Viliv S10 and my 24w solar panel. Today I’ve implemented the solution as my desktop PC.

Previously (for the last 5 months) I had been using a Fujitsu U820 UMPC as my desktop. It was running Windows XP on a Intel Atom 1.6 CPU. The Viliv S10 is running Windows 7 Home Starter on the same Atom 1.6 CPU. Both solutions use a fast SSD. You can see that I have it set up to drive an external monitor, mouse and keyboard but I’m still using the screen on the S10 as an extended monitor. With the extended screen, Windows 7, quieter operation and a better USB solution (the USB bus on the U820 would often reset causing a keyboard and mouse lock-up) this is a better working solution than I had before.

S10 as solar powered desktop



The 24W solar panel is only powering the screen but at 0937 this morning I was surprised to see it charging the running S10. At that rate I have the opportunity to get 6 hours charging out of this July sun meaning a full charge per day; enough for 8 hours usage in this set-up. The problem is that I lose the sun behind a tree and the side of the house at about 1300 hrs. I need to get the panel on the roof to solve that issue.

I’ve ordered a Turnigy watt-meter that I’ll use to measure power utilization so check back for results some time in August because in a few days I’m off on holiday!

Note on my PC usage: I work mainly within the browser using cloud-based applications like Gmail, Google Docs and iTweet. I use Windows Live writer as my main publishing tool and sometimes use Tweetdeck for some Twitter work. It’s a simple set-up that needs very little processing power.

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  • Kevin

    I have a s10 and am trying to connect it to an external monitor. When it boots, the Windows Logo appears on the external monitor, but when it finishes booting, it only uses the laptop’s display. How can I get the dual monitor to work like yours?

  • chippy

    Good question – Use FN-F6 to switch modes or look for the intel graphics driver icon in the taskbar on bottom right. Right click on this (or on the desktop background) to reveal the dmenu options that allow you to switch the monitor. Sometimes you need to boot the device with the monitor plugged in.

    good luck!