Monthly Archives: May 2009

Corsair – Lifetime Warranty

corsair

A couple of years ago, I bought a Corsair 1GB 133X SD card.

Corsair CMFSD133-1GB

Corsair CMFSD133-1GB

The card could not be recognized by any of my devices.  Corsair quickly replaced the defective unit with an identical one.  The problem was the new unit has the identical problem.  I tossed it to a side and forgot about it.

I recently found the card and decided to send it in again.  The SD card were backed by a Lifetime Warranty.  Well, it turns out that Corsair discontinued this card.  As a replacement, they sent me a Corsair 8GB Flash Voyager drive.  That’s pretty cool of them to stand by their product warranty.

Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB

Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB

Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB

Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB

The lesson here is to pay attention to the product warranty when you have a defective product.  Most flash memory cards have lifetime warranties.

Thanks Corsair.

How To: Install the Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard in a 1000H

Asus Eee PC 1000H – 1000HE Keyboard Mod Part 1

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard

If you are lucky enough to order an Asus Eee PC 1000HE replacement keyboard, you have some work to do before you can install it.  Remember, please use gentle force because these parts are very fragile.

Things you’ll need:

Asus Eee PC 1000H
Small Screwdriver
A nail clipper
An sharp knife
A file
A tweezer
Scissors (optional)
Double Sided tape (optional)

Prepping the new 1000HE Keyboard

The first thing you need to do is prepare the new keyboard.  The 1000HE keyboard has extra plastic bits that you’ll need to remove in order to properly seat the keyboard in shell of the 1000H.  There are three tabs located below the space bar.  The two smaller plastic tabs needs to be removed.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keybaord Extra Tabs

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keybaord Extra Tabs

You can clip them off with a nail clipper.  One of the tabs is surrounded by the ribbon cable.  Be extra careful to not cut or nick this cable.  Take your time.  Smooth out any excess plastic left with a knife.  Now, file down the areas so that it is smooth.

On the two sides of the keyboard, there are two plast nubs.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Extra Side Tabs

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Extra Side Tabs

Those have to be removed to properly seat the keyboard.  I just ran a knife and carefully sliced them off.  Take your time because you don’t want to scratch the keyboard.  Once those are off, set the keyboard aside.

Removing the old 1000H keyboard

At the very top of the keyboard, you should see four black tabs between the F keys and the body of the netbook.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Tabs

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Tabs

Use a very small screwdriver to push those tabs away from the keyboard.  The keyboard should pop up enough to keep the tabs held back.  Once all the tabs has been back, carefully use your finger and the screwdriver to lift keyboard on top of the F7 keys.  Slowly pry the keyboard up.  The keyboard might be held down with some double sided tape.

The keyboard is connected to the netbook by a very short ribbon cable, like the one on the back of the new keyboard.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon

To detach the ribbon cable. push the two black tabs on either side up.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon Connector

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon Connector

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon Connector

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Ribbon Connector

Use the tweezer and slowly push them up.  They are small and can be broken easily.  Be careful.

Installing the new keyboard.

Notice how the crease on the ribbon cable of the old keyboard.  You’ll need to crease the ribbon cable on the new keyboard like that.  Hold the keyboard so that your left thumb in on the G key and your on the back of the keyboard.  Use your fingers to project the ribbon cable out.

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Install

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Install

Insert the ribbon cable in the slot and secure by pushing the black tabs back down.  Make sure the cable is secure.

System check

Before closing up, you may want to boot the netbook to make sure the keyboard is working.

Once you have confirmed that the keyboard works, go ahead and push the keyboard down.  Makre all four tabs on top is re-engaged.

Depending on which BIOS version you have, some keys might not work properly.  The forward slash and the semicolon keys didn’t work for me.  To fix this, you have to upgrade your BIOS.  Go to START -> All Programs -> Asus -> Asus Updater.  Select update from the internet and choose VIOS version 1803.  Follow the steps and your done.

Finished Product:

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Installed

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard Installed

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard

Asus Eee PC 1000HE Keyboard

Shortly after the discovery of modding an Asus Eee PC 1000HE keyboard for use with the 1000H, Asus could not keep the replacement keyboard in stock.  Well guess what, this Chief Monkey managed to buy one when there were only 10 in stock.  It was actually a fluke.  I happened to check the Asus website a couple of days ago, and they happen to have it in stock.

I should be getting the part in a week.  Of course, I’ll post the how to when I get it.  The chiclet style keyboard is a much welcomed addition to the 1000H.  I think after this mod, my 1000H will be all modded out.

Dual Boot Asus Eee PC 1000H

Windows 7 Release Candidate was released for trial this week.  I already downloaded a 64 bit and 32 bit copy.  I plan to install the 32 bit version of Windows 7 on the eee 1000H.

Luckily, when I re-installed the OS on the new hard drive, I created another partition knowing that I would install another OS.  As usual, stay tuned on how Windows 7 will perform on the Eee PC 1000H.

Update:  The Asus Eee PC 1000HE keyboard is still out of stock on the Asus Estore.  I’m still waiting to get my hands on that part to complete this mod.

Rhythm Heaven for the Nintendo DS

If you own a Nintendo DS and want an entertaining game, check out Rhythm Heaven DS.

rhythm_heaven_small

Sometimes I just want to play a game that doesn’t take up too much time.  Like the name suggests, you play many mini games while tapping along with the rhythm.  The characters in the game will put a smile on your face.  It may seem simple and childish at first, but it’s addictive game play will suck you in.  I highly recommend this title.  Oh, it’s also good for the whole family.

You can pick up a copy at Amazon.com for $30.

AMD Athlon Neo

I was wondering when AMD would come out with a small, snappy CPU.  The AMD Athlon Neo CPU is not the same as the Intel Atom CPU.

AMD Athlon Neo

AMD Athlon Neo

The Neo is meant for a small laptop, 10 inch – 13 inch models.  For a laptop CPU, this is a low power comsuming chip at 15 watts.  The Intel Atom consumes between 4 – 8 watts.  It’s also a 65nm chip, which means that it’s not as efficient as the new 45 nm chips.

Here’s where the Neo outshines the Atom.  It operates at the same frequency as the Atom at 1.6 GHz.  The Neo can operate as a 64 bit processor, has more Cache than the Atom, and an integrated memory controller.

Currently, the Neo CPU could be found on select HP laptops like this one at Newegg.com.