It’s working! It’s working! It’s working!!!!! Wheee!!!
I’ve finally figured out the problem with my Medion Akayo mini: I pressed the on/off button too long. One short, strong push is what it takes to properly start the mini-me notebook. And now it runs smoothly, nicely, without any noise except the occasional sounds of the harddrive working.
After admiring the cute little thing for some time, and dancing around the room shouting “whee!” for some time, I sat down to do some exploring. The Akayo mini has a built-in webcam which, as it turns out, produces rather good images. Well, for a webcam anyway. 🙂