Acer Aspire One 150 ab PART 1

Ok so I have given in to temptation and finally bought a Netbook I have gone for the Acer One 150 AB, bought from

It is actually advertised as a 120 GB HDD but after removing from the box I found it to be a 160 GB HDD a welcomed surprise.

I have also bought 1 GB RAM to upgrade to its maximum amount of ram I bought this from, and once received I had to fit it. This you would have thought would be very easy like most normal laptops, but after removing the only cover on the bottom (which looked like the only likely option) turned out to be just an empty space.

I then googled my problem, to my delight I found a guide, to my disappointment it looked horrible, the only thing I wouldn’t have to remove was the screen.

Here is where the guide is, and below is the full guide I had to modify it so as I had the HDD version and the guide is shown using the SSD version.

How to add RAM to the Acer Aspire One netbook

The Acer Aspire One netbook. It’s inexpensive, it’s tiny, and the base-level version only comes with 512MB of RAM. I cracked open the case, voided the warranty, and added an extra gigabyte. Watch the above video to see how. More details after the jump.

Tools Needed

  • Small Philips screwdriver
  • Two small flathead screwdrivers (or something similar) to get at the keyboard
  • 512MB or 1GB stick of RAM. For best results, use PC2-5300 RAM.
  • Time, patience, and a blatant disregard for your warranty

Step One

Remove the battery and the following eight screws. Two of them are hidden under the rubber feet.


Step Two

Use a flat object (like a flathead screwdriver) to push each of the three tabs toward the screen while using another flat object to gently pry the keyboard upwards.


Step Three

Disconnect the keyboard and trackpad ribbons, followed by the following six screws.


Step Four

Unscrew the two screws near the Wi-Fi module, unplug the audio cable, and disconnect the SSD ribbon. The RAM slot is on the underside of the motherboard in the lower left-hand corner. Carefully lift the board up and insert the RAM.

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Step Five

Reassemble the computer and tap F2 while it’s booting to enter the BIOS. Under the “Main” tab, make sure your total memory is 1,536 megabytes. That’s it!


Tip of the hat to and its forums. I got a lot of the info for this project from over there. It’s a great resource for Aspire One owners.

Windows 7 

Ok so my next challenge was to remove the Linux OS and replace it with the nice new Windows 7 Beta. To do this I copied all the installation files from the Windows 7 ISO to my removable Hard Drive and the marked the drive as active. Having done this it would allow me to then boot from the drive once I had selected in the bios to boot from the removable hard drive.

Ok so now I have booted from the Removable Hard Drive I can now install windows 7 as normal, although halfway through the install once it has copied the files to the Acer’s hard drive and done the normal reboot during installation you will need to remove the removable hard drive as the Acer will want to keep booting from as it is now an active drive.

Once the installation has completed you should now be left with Windows 7 installed and all drivers was completely installed already for me, so no having to look round to make things work.

First Impressions

My first impressions are good it seem like it is fast which is a pleasant surprise as I wasn’t expecting it to be very fast with what I was considering a heavy OS I will let you know more in a couple of weeks.


Office Outlook 2003: Can’t run due to MAPI32.DLL corrupt or wrong version!

Firstly: If you have both Office 2007 and 2003 installed make sure that Outlook 2003 has been un-installed. I have seen both Outlook 2003 and 2007 installed at the same time this usually occurs when Office 2007 comes pre-installed and then you install Office 2003 additionally. If this scenario does occur then both Office 2007 and 2003 need Outlook to be un-installed and then the relevant one being re-installed.

Secondly: If you receive a message that you are using the wrong version of mapi32.dll or that the file is corrupted, you might have installed other messaging software after you installed Microsoft Outlook.

When you see this type of message, you can fix it by running a program in the Microsoft Windows System folder.

To run the program to fix this problem, in C:\winnt\system32 or C:\windows\system32, double-click Fixmapi.exe.

Thirdly: you can try renaming MAPI32.DLL to MAPI32.old and then opening outlook, it may ask for the Office disk when opening outlook so be aware you may need this.

Anyone of these 3 options should resolve this problem.

Windows 7 Feature Focus – Aero Shake

Aero Shake is a new Aero Desktop Enhancements in Windows 7, but unlike other such features–like Aero Peek and Aero Snaps, Aero Shake has never been broadly discussed in public by Microsoft, nor does it appear in their official Windows 7 Beta reviewers guide. That’s right: Aero Share is a secret. (Well, itwas: Microsoft now admits to the feature.)

Aero Shake is as easy to describe as it is difficult to discover: Simply click and hold on the grabbable area of any floating (non-maximized) and shake your hand left and right vigorously. (This works much better with a true, external mouse than it does with a trackpad, thumb nub, or other pointing device, in my experience.)

When you do so the first time, all other open windows are minimized. Repeat the action, and the those minimized windows will be restored to their prior state.

Aero Shake is designed as an adjunct to Aero Peek, though it works a bit differently. In this case, the focus is on the selected window, as you’d expect. And other windows are truly minimized: That is, they disappear from the screen entirely and you don’t see a “ghost window outline” as you do with Aero Peek.

Secret: Aero Shake first came to light in the wake of the October 2008 Professional Developers Conference (PDC), at which Microsoft unveiled most Windows 7 features to the public for the first time. Enterprising hacker Rafael Rivera of Within Windows fame discovered Aero Shake while unlocking Windows 7 build 6801 to include the new taskbar features that Microsoft had tried to hide.

Tip: Users of earlier version of Windows, including XP and Vista, can download a free utility that adds Aero Shake functionality to their desktops as well.

Here’s a video showing Aero Shake in action … I recorded this on a ThinkPad using the built-in nubbin, which is why it took a while to get it going. 🙂

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Add All Regional Themes To Windows 7

Windows 7 ships with regional themes depending on the language of the operating system. The English edition of Windows 7 ships with regional themes for the United States and Great Britain (among others) while the German version will ship with German themes. While it is without difficulties possible to switch to another theme that is included in Windows 7 it is obviously not possible to switch to a theme that has been created for a different language.

A user with an English version of Windows 7 will not find German or Japanese themes included in his operating system. But, there is always a way, is not it?

Before you can activate the missing Windows 7 themes you need to download and move them to the appropriate folder. Below are the download links for all available Windows 7 themes of this Beta:

Australia, Canada, South Africa



United Kingdom

United States

Download and unpack the themes to your computer. Now move them into the C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT folder if Windows has been installed on drive C.

The folder might be hidden as it is a system folder. You can unhide the folder by clicking on Organize > Folder and Search options in Windows Explorer.

Switch there to the View tab and and activate “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and disable “Hide protected operating system files”.

Once the new theme folders have been moved to the right folder they can be activated by switching to the appropriate MCT-XX/Theme/ directory and double-clicking on the theme file that is located in that folder.

This will add the theme to the Windows themes (as opposed to My themes)

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