Monthly Archives: August 2008

Asus Eee PC 1000H Case

Asus Eee PC 1000H

I wanted to get a better case for my Asus Eee PC 1000H because the included Asus case was too loose.  I can feel the Eee moving around quite a bit in there.

asus eee pc 1000h

Then there’s the scratching potential of the case.  The opening of the case gets a little tight and there’s too much risk of scratching the glossy piano black finish.

Asus eee pc 1000H

I consulted the Eee forum, http://www.eeeuser.com, to read what other’s are doing for their Eee PC.  And sure enough, there were a few people talking about a $20 DVD player case from Target that gets the job done.  First of all, the color of the bag will do a great job in fooling people on its content.  The bag itself is the Denali Structured DVD Bag from Target for $20,  http://www.target.com/Denali-Structured-DVD-Bag/dp/B000OUTWS2.  Yes, it’s dark green on the outside and orange on the inside.  But I’m not concerned about the appearance here.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

It even has a front pocket for your power brick and other accessories.  There’s not much room here because it was designed to hold DVDs.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

The inside of the main compartment is nicely padded to absorb all the bump while traveling.

asus eee pc 1000H

People were saying that this bag is a perfect fit for the Eee PC 1000H model.  And yes, it’s true.  It’s a perfect fit.  It was as if they designed this bag for the Eee.  It sits snug inside and feels well protected.

asus eee pc 1000H

asus eee pc 1000h

Oh yea, it even comes with convenient handles like a real laptop case.

-Monkey

Top 5 Reasons to Get an Asus Eee PC 1000H

It’s been a couple of weeks of owning the Asus Eee PC 1000H and I have nothing but good things to say.

Here’s 5 reasons to own this little netbook.

1.  Bigger Keyboard and Screen is awesome and usable compared to the first Eee PC.

2.  6 hours of computing from the 6 cell battery.

3.  Intel Atom CPU runs quiet, cool, and zippy.  Diablo 2 is no problem.

4.  Easy upgrade.  Memory, hard drive, and wireless card is all located on the bottom panel.

5.  Multi-touch trackpad.  Use two fingers to scroll.

No cons yet.

Asus Eee PC 1000H – 2GB Memory Not Registering

Asus Eee PC 1000H – Memory Upgrade Problem

After installing the 2 GB memory in the Asus Eee PC 1000H, I booted it up to discover that the system is only registering 1 GB.  This was very discouraging considering this was an easy upgrade.  The first thing I suspected was a faulty stick of memory. But after searching online, I found my answer.

I restarted the system.

As soon as the “Windows is now shutting screen” goes away, start pressing F2 rapidly and repeatedly until you access the BIOS.  If you booted into Windows, you weren’t quick enough and need to start over.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

As soon as you get into the BIOS, look at the System Memory to confirm that the BIOS is registering 2 GB of memory.  If it does, you done, exit out, and boot into XP.

If you are still showing 1 GB, you have a problem with the memory module or the computer.

The Asus Eee PC 1000H has been replaced…

with another Asus Eee PC 1000H.  The unit that you see in previous posts had a defective F key. Typing with a broken keyboard was a pain.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

The plastic clips holding down the keys had broken off on the F key.  I knew that getting this unit replaced by the reseller was tough.  They made it really difficult for me to exchange it.  I didn’t want to return it, but exchange for a new unit.  In the end, they replaced it after an hour of back and forth.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Next time, I’ll by it from Buy.com where the customer comes first.  It is instock now for $549.99 with Free Shipping.

Asus Eee PC 1000H – Memory Upgrade

The Asus Eee PC 1000H came with 1GB of memory pre-installed.  With today’s memory hungry applications, 2 GB is better for smooth computing.  SInce 2 GB is the maximum amount you can install in the Asus Eee PC 1000H.  I went with a Corsair 2GB module I bought at Fry’s for $25 after rebate.  The Asus Eee PC 1000H can use any memory module 200 Pin So-dimm DDR2 PC5300 667 MHz.  The system will adjust to the right speed if you install a faster module.

Here’s what you need to get this done.

  • Small Philips Screwdriver
  • The 2 GB Memory Module
  • Asus Eee PC 1000H
  • 10 Minutes
  • Difficulty – Easy

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Here’s what you do.

Step 1 – Remove Battery – Just a safety precaution

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 2 – Unscrew the two screws on the back cover nearest to the battery.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 3 – Remove Back Cover.  Carefully pry the cover off.  It’s held in place by plastic clips attaced to the edge of the back cover.  Your Eee PC 1000H should look like the picture below.  With the MSI Wind, you have to remove the whole plastic shell of the computer to access these parts.  Asus cleverly placed the two items, memory and hard drive, that most people will upgrade right under a very accessible cover.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 4 – Remove the memory module.  Like most laptops, the module is held in place by two metal clips (red arrows) on two sides of the module.  Carefully and slowly pull the metal clips away from the module.  You just have to pry it out a little bit, maybe 2 mm, and the module will pop up.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 5 – Remove the memory module.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Step 6 – Insert new memory module at a 45 degree angle and press down until the two metal clips snaps around the module.  Check to make sure the module is secure.  Replace cover and you’re done.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

Asus Eee PC 1000H Unboxing

I picked up my new Asus Eee PC 1000H today.  I’ll just show the unboxing pictures.  Full review to coming soon.

asus eee pc 1000h

Open box

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Asus Eee PC 1000H Unit out of box.

asus eee pc 1000h

Asus Eee PC 1000H Neoprene Cover

asus eee pc 1000h

Power brick and battery

asus eee pc 1000h

Battery and Screen Wipe

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The Asus Eee PC 1000H in the flesh.

asus eee pc 1000h

Finally

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End

Time to look for a new UMPC

After using my Asus Eee PC 701 4G, I’m in the market for a new bigger UMPC or netbook.  Netbook is the new term to describe these miniature portable laptops.

Since last writing about my quest for a new netbook, MSI has increased the price of the MSI WIND to $550, the same price as the Asus Eee PC 1000.  They are virtually the same little netbook. I decided on getting the Asus only because it was available and the battery lasted a little longer than the MSI Wind.  7.5 hours claimed, more like 6 hours in reality.  Review coming soon.

Asus Eee PC 1000H – $549.99 for the 6 cell battery.

Asus Eee PC 1000H

VS.

MSI Wind $499 at Newegg.com.

$549 for the Wind with the 6 cell battery.

MSI Wind

I just purchased the Asus Eee PC 1000H.  Review and pics coming soon.

Essential Free Software for your PC Part 1.

1.  Mozilla Firefox.

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Internet Explorer is the default web browser installed on every Windows machine.  I hate it.  I don’t use it at all because it has so many security issues and it’s slow.  Instead, Mozilla Firefox 3 is a great free alternative to IE.  It has security issues too, but far less than IE.  It’s also faster when surfing the web.

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2.  Comodo Firewall

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Firewalls are another essential security software you must have.  It acts like a bouncer between your computer and everyone else on the internet.  Infected machines often have viruses or worms that need to go online.  A firewall can prevent them from dialing their mother ship as well as stop the mother ship from dialing in.  Comodo is a great free firewall that is relative small and light compared to Zone Alarm.  Sure, Windows has a “built-in” firewall, but again, I don’t like it.

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3.  AVG – Anti Virus

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Continuing the security theme, you will also need some sort of anti-virus program scanning and looking out for your computer.  There’s always Norton, but that’s so old and bulky.  It completely takes over your system.  If you have installed it, try uninstalling it.  You’ll have a difficult time removing it completely.  Instead, try the free Anti-virus program from AVG.  You get basic virus protection as well as email scan, link scan and other useful features for, that’s right, free.

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4.  CD Burner XP

Popmonkeys Free Software

Does your new PC come with one of those fancy shmancy DVD burners?  It should.  It’s standard and if you didn’t get one, go back and demand it.  Well, for those that have them, what program do you use to create your CD/DVDs?  Well CD Burner XP is a nice lightweight program that can tackle disc creation like those other programs you have to purchase.

Get CD Burner XP

5.  Spyware Blaster

Now that you have all that security software and Firefox configured the way you like it, you might want to check out Spyware Blaster.  Basically it prevents spyware from installing on your machine from a malcious website you might have visited.  Of course, there are many options available to you when you’re talking about spyware.  Other than Spyware Blaster, you might want to look into Lavasoft Adaware (Download.com Link) and Spybot Search and Destroy.  Of course, these 3 options are free.

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More Free Software later.