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.

  • Crucial 2GB Single DDR2 667MHz (PC2-5300) CL5 SODIMM 200-Pin Notebook Memory Module CT25664AC667.
    This is by far the most popular Netbook memory replacement at the moment.
  • Crucial CT25664AC800 2 GB (DDR2, 800 MHz, PC2-6400, SODIMM, 200-Pin) Memory
  • Corsair 2GB (1x2GB) DDR2 667 MHz (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory

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!

How to upgrade the RAM memory of the ASUS Eee PC 900 netbook; a complete guide


A computer memory upgrade is often the best value for increasing overall computer performance, and upgrading netbook memory is also one of the easiest computer upgrades. Do you want to get a little more power out of your ASUS Eee PC 900 Netbook? Upgrade that 1GB memory module with a 2GB SODIMM. It will speed up opening new applications, running multiple applications at once, and switching between software applications (multi-tasking). Here’s a complete and easy guide on how to upgrade your Eee PC’s memory.

Purchase the right memory. For your ASUS Eee PC 901 Netbook you need a standard 200 pin DDR2 SODIMM laptop memory module (not desktop memory). Select a 2GB DDR2 SODIMM memory module of 667MHz (or 533MHz). These may be referenced as PC-5300 (or PC-4200). Recommended brands include, but are not limited to, Crucial, Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, and Viking.

  • Crucial 2GB Single DDR2 667MHz (PC2-5300) CL5 SODIMM 200-Pin Notebook Memory Module CT25664AC667.
    This is by far the most popular Netbook memory replacement at the moment.
  • Corsair 2GB (1x2GB) DDR2 667 MHz (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory

A memory module is installed in the memory slot at the bottom of your computer. There is, however, only one memory slot on the motherboard so this means that you’ll have to remove the current RAM module in order to insert a new one. The procedure to replace the memory is described below.

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. Remove the battery. This will prevent you from accidentally shorting anything on the system board during this process.  The spring battery lock keeps the battery pack secure. When removing the battery pack, this spring lock must be retained in the unlocked position.

5. Discharge residual power by pressing the power button.

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

7. The solid-state drive and memory are secured in a dedicated compartment. Remove the Memory compartment cover.
a.     Remove the 2 screws that secure the compartment cover. You have to remove the little Eee PC sticker which covers the second screw, this does NOT void the warranty.
b.     Remove the compartment cover.

8. Now remove the old memory module. Press outwards on the latches on both edges of the socket at the same time, remove the SODIMM, it should pop right out. Be sure to save the old SODIMM for future use.

9. 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.

10. Insert the notched end of the new SODIMM into the socket. This is important; you want to stick in the new memory module at a 45 degree angle. Press the SODIMM firmly, and pivot it until it snaps into place.

11. 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. The module should be seated so that you don’t see any of the gold contacts.

12. Test it. Before you close your case, replace the battery. When the battery pack is inserted, it will automatically lock. 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 start-up screens or in the properties for “My Computer”.

13. If everything works correctly, you are done and you can reinstall the memory compartment cover. If you have any problems, go to step 14 for troubleshooting tips.

14. 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.

15. Close the Hard Disk Drive/Memory compartment cover.

Enjoy!

How to Upgrade RAM Memory of the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE Pine Trail Netbook – a Complete Guide


A computer memory upgrade is often the best way of increasing overall computer performance, and upgrading netbook memory is often one of the easiest computer upgrades. Do you want to get a little more power out of your ASUS Eee PC 1005PE Pine Trail Netbook? Upgrade that 1GB memory module with a 2GB SODIMM. It will speed up opening new applications, running multiple applications at once, and switching between software applications (multi-tasking). Here’s a complete and easy guide on how to upgrade your ASUS Eee PC 1005PE’s memory.

Purchase the right memory.

Intel Atom N450 (Pineview) based machines can’t access more than 2GB of RAM in total. A 1GB memory module is installed in the memory slot at the bottom of your computer. There is, however, only one memory slot on the motherboard, so this means that you’ll have to remove the current RAM module in order to insert a new one. For your ASUS Eee PC 1005PE you need a standard 200 pin DDR2 SODIMM laptop memory module (not desktop memory). Select a 2GB DDR2 SODIMM memory module of 667MHz or 800MHz. These may be referenced as PC2-5400 or PC2-6400. Recommended brands include, but are not limited to, Crucial, Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, Hynix and Viking.

  • Crucial 2GB Single DDR2 667MHz (PC2-5300) CL5 SODIMM 200-Pin Notebook Memory Module CT25664AC667.
    This is by far the most popular Netbook memory replacement at the moment.
  • Crucial CT25664AC800 2 GB (DDR2, 800 MHz, PC2-6400, SODIMM, 200-Pin) Memory
  • Corsair 2GB (1x2GB) DDR2 667 MHz (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory

A 1GB memory module is installed in the memory slot at the bottom of your computer. There is, however, only one memory slot on the motherboard so this means that you’ll have to remove the current RAM module in order to insert a new one. The procedure to replace the memory is described below.

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. Remove the battery. This will prevent you from accidentally shorting anything on the system board during this process. The spring battery lock keeps the battery pack secure. When removing the battery pack, this spring lock must be retained in the unlocked position.

5. Discharge residual power by pressing the power button.

6. Be sure to ground yourself. Touch something metal, like a tap, for a couple of seconds and you should be fine.

7. The memory stick is secured in a dedicated compartment at the bottom side of your netbook.

a. Remove the screw that secures the compartment cover using a Precision Screwdriver Set for Laptops and Electronics .

b. Remove the compartment cover.

8. Press outwards on the latches on both edges of the socket at the same time, remove the SODIMM; it should pop right out. Be sure to save the old SODIMM for future use.

9. 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.

10. Turn the module so the teeth are facing the SODIMM slot and the sticker is face down. It’s impossible to put the memory module in backwards thanks to the notches which “key” it with the slot. Insert the notched end of the SODIMM into the socket. This is important; you want to stick in the new memory module at a 45 degree angle. Press the SODIMM firmly, and pivot it until it snaps into place and the metal retaining clips clasp into the grooves on either side of the module.

11. 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. The module should be seated so that you don’t see any of the gold contacts.

12. Before you close your case, replace the battery. The manual battery lock is used to keep the battery pack secured. Move the manual lock to the unlocked position to insert or remove the battery pack. Move the manual lock to the locked position after inserting the battery.

Test it.
13. 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”.  Right click on the “My Computer” icon and select “properties”. The screen which appears should show approximately 2GB of RAM (usually 1.99GB).

If you don’t see 1.99GB in “My Computer”, reboot and press F2 repeatedly until you get to the BIOS screen. It will then see the 2 Gig.

14. If everything works correctly, you are done and you can reinstall the memory compartment cover. If you have any problems, go to step 15 for troubleshooting tips.

15. 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.

16. Close the memory compartment cover and fasten te screw.

Enjoy!