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Old 02-10-2011, 11:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I will begin by saying that I do not know much about computer hardware. (Software, yes. Hardware, no.) With that being said...

So, I was really sick of hand writing notes in class, so I started to bring my big bulky laptop around with me to type them. That did not last long... I am a tiny girl and I need something much lighter. Alas, I started looking into netbooks.

My Uncle just so happened to have one and gave it to me because he despised it. I like it though, it's perfect size for what I need it for. It looks pretty too!

It is an Asus eee PC 1005PE :

Asus Eee PC 1005PEB Specs - Laptops - CNET Reviews

But of course, it has horrible performance. So I was going to upgrade the ram from the whopping 1 gig it had, and then I discovered that it can only handle 2 gigs.

I started researching how I could upgrade it, but I'm having trouble finding information other than upgrading its ram. So I joined this forum! :/

If it is possible, I would like to make this a really beast laptop.

I don't want to play games, use photoshop or anything of that nature, but I would like to watch videos and have lots of storage for music, etc. Again, I have never upgraded anything on a computer, so I don't know what I should replace and what can stay.

In conclusion, what are things I should replace? Hard drive? Graphics card?

I know I need to upgrade the ram, but I want more than 2 gigs.

Pleeease help me!
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Sorry, but all you can possibly upgrade is the RAM and HDD.

You need 667mhz RAM. Sorry, you can only have 2GB max. Netbooks aren't made for high performance.
I never replaced a HDD in a netbook, but I guess its possible. You'd have to open the case to get at it, though. Why not just get an external?
Graphic card is integrated into the motherboard, so you can't change that.

I take it you are running XP on that? I have Ubuntu on my 1005HA. I find it a lot faster than any Windows distro. I had Windows 7 on it at one time, but it kept locking up.
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I think the listed max of 2GB is probably there due to an absence of 4GB DDR2 SODIMM's available at the time. Or perhaps that's the max you can configure it to use when you buy it.

It has one DDR2 SODIMM slot.

4GB DDR2 SODIMM's do exist now:
Newegg.com - Patriot Signature 4GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory Model PSD24G8002S
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When a motherboard says it has a 8GB max, that should be the most your system can handle.
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The maximum amount of memory that can be addressed is determined by the memory controller.
The maximum amount that can be installed should be based on the number of DIMM's that can be installed and what capacity DIMM's are available, or by the memory controller (depending on which is smaller)

I don't think there would be a problem in the memory controller not being able to address 4GB RAM. I'd say there being only one DIMM slot is the limiting factor.
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just while I'm reading throught this, I was wondering why laptop actually need SO-DIMM RAM aside from the obviously slot sizes?
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SO-DIMM is just a different type of RAM. IIRC, it is made specially for laptops to save power.
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mostly just the form factor.. it'd be pretty hard to shove a full length ddr3 ram stick into a laptop. possible yes, but far from efficient. But to the OP you're pretty much stuck with upgrading the ram and hdd. do that and throw linux on there and you'll be in much better shape.
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I agree Peter. I ran 7 on my netbook, for a time, until it kept lagging. I moved to Linux. Oh **** is this more feature rich...
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