kogan slashes $100 off the price of both agora netbooks

Earlier this month kogan announced that both the kogan agora and kogan agora pro netbooks would be both $100 cheaper, at $399 and $439 respectively.

The difference between the two is still $40, and spending the extra on the pro is still money well spent if you are considering buying a kogan netbook.

You may wish to review some of the comments on this site regarding the wireless network capabilities of the agora netbook, however at $439, the kogan agora is a now a very cheap netbook.


kogan sent me a replacement wireless network mini card

After the problems I had connecting to wireless networks overseas with my kogan agora netbook, I emailed kogan support and explained the issues I had been facing.

A support representative emailed me back rather promptly (6 minutes later!) and acknowledged the under-performance of the VIA wifi card. They also offered to send me a replacement card, which is now being used in the agora netbooks.

I quickly took up the offer, and a week later, the new Ralink wifi card arrived in my mailbox (see the picture gallery below).

Change over of the card was very easy – power down, remove battery, remove single screw for the back panel and slide open the panel. Next I used small pliers to carefully lift off the two antenna connectors, and then after removing the single screw holding the card down I was able to pull it out. Installation of the new card was the reverse of the removal of the old.

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touchpad update – ensuring “i8042.nomux” is not removed when your kernel is updated

agora touchpad

agora touchpad

If you followed the post on this site where I explained how to enable the touchpad on your kogan agora netbook (http://agoranetbook.kayno.net/2009/04/25/oh-my-touchpad-doesnt-work/), you (as well as Josh) have probably found that every time the linux kernel is updated, your touchpad stops working until you add the i8042.nomux option back to your grub menu.lst file.

I have however found a way to solve this, and have just updated my netbook with Ubuntu Netbook Remix to the latest kernel (2.6.28-14) without losing my touchpad. Here is what you need to do:

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