How to upgrade the RAM memory of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA netbook – complete guide

 

A computer memory upgrade is often the best value for increasing overall computer performance. The Eee PC 1008HA has no memory bay door due to ultra slim design, which makes upgrading the RAM difficult. However, with some surgery, the right manual and instrumental techniques you can replace the original 1GB SODIMM module with a 2GB one. The procedure is not for faint of heart. If you have not tried something like this before, I suggest you think twice about following the steps to disassemble your machine.

First, you have to select the right memory replacement.  Asus’ website and the 1008HA user manual do not unveil which memory module sits in the Seashell. However as far as we know its a 1GB 200-pin DDR2 SDRAM (667MHz) module and you can replace this module with a 2GB 667 MHz SODIMM. Crucial recommends a 2GB, PC2-6400 (800MHz) memory module. However it will NOT make a difference in speed as 667MHz is standard laptop speed and an 800MHz is throtteld down to the 667MHz motherboard bus. A faster module is backwards compatible, so a PC2-6400 SODIM will work too.


Examples

Crucial 2GB Single DDR2 667MHz (PC2-5300) CL5 SODIMM 200-Pin Notebook Memory Module CT25664AC667


Now follow the general steps below and the detailed instructional videos at the bottom of the page:

1: Shut down the computer completely.

2: Power off your Eee PC if it’s on. Also, unplug the AC power adapter.

3: Prepare your Eee PC by placing it upside-down on a flat surface with some form of soft padding. Static electricity can damage your module and other computer parts. Make sure that you are working in a static-safe environment. Remove any plastic bags or papers from your work space.

4: Be sure to ground yourself. Touch something metal for a couple of seconds and you should be fine.

5: Disassemble your Eee PC 1008HA.

6: Pull away the little piece of black plastic which covers the SODIMM.

7: Press outwards on the latches on both edges of the socket at the same time, remove the SODIMM. Be sure to save the old SODIMM for future use.

8: Most memory will be sold in a piece of hard, clear plastic. Gently remove the new module from the packaging by pressing on it from the plastic side. Avoid bending the module or applying too much force to the packaging. When you remove the SODIMM memory module from its packaging hold it by the edges, try not to touch the gold colored contacts as this can damage the memory.

9: Insert the notched end of the DIMM into the socket. Press the DIMM firmly, and pivot it until it snaps into place.

10: Make sure that it is firmly fixed in the slot and does not move easily. If the memory does not fit easily, take it out and try again.

11: Put everything back together.

12: Test it. Turn your computer back on. The BIOS automatically detects the amount of memory in the system and configures CMOS accordingly during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) process. There is no hardware or software (including BIOS) setup required after the memory is installed. You should see the new amount of memory displayed on your startup screens or in the properties for “My Computer”.

13: Troubleshooting. If you have trouble with your new RAM, check these things first. Check the power cords. Is everything plugged in properly? Check the module. Try removing the module and replacing it to make sure it is seated properly in the slot. If you’re still having difficulties with your RAM, check the Crucial FAQ section. You may find an easy solution for your problem.

Rohitbhosale on YouTube has uploaded 2 very useful instructional videos for upgrading the memory of the Eee PC 1008HA Seashell Netbook (however, we don’t recommend using plastic gloves when working with computer memory).

Good luck!

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