Ok so I have given in to temptation and finally bought a Netbook I have gone for the Acer One 150 AB, bought from play.com
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 crucial.com/uk, 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.
- 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
Remove the battery and the following eight screws. Two of them are hidden under the rubber feet.
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.
Disconnect the keyboard and trackpad ribbons, followed by the following six screws.
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.
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 AspireOneUser.com 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.
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.
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.