Updating eee pc 900
Disclaimer: The following instructions are tested on some Eee PC models. (FAT32 formatted 8GB non-partitioned USB stick was used). Insert the USB stick and the BIOS update proceeds automatically. ROM to a FAT32-formatted 1G (no need to create neither FAT32-type nor 16MB-sized partition) noname USB-stick. ROM", since the 1006 revision of the BIOS for the "900 Linux" model is shipped with a filename of "900-ASUS-1006. I used succesfully a freedos live usb ( with bios .
To see a list of models and there upgrade results scroll down to the "Tested Models" section. Try not to look at it for the several minutes that it appears to be doing nothing. Upon reboot it will request to press F2 to go into setup, as it detects the change in BIOS. Inserted stick into 701SD and hit powerbutton, then Alt F2. ROM and the asus afudos utility (ftp://dlsvr01com/pub/ASUS/mb/flash/AFUDOS236.zip).
The Eee PC, like its 701 predecessor, has only one DIMM slot, so if your system comes with less than 2GB and you want to upgrade, you’ll need to throw out the factory-installed RAM.
You can get the bios and the BUPDATER utility from the ASUS suport page for 1015PEM.
We ran our tests on the primary 4GB chip to get the best performance possible.
HD Tach Tests To get a rough idea of each hard drive's capability, we ran the quick bench test in HD Tach 22.214.171.124.
However, I will confess it took me a long time to find the second screw to take off the back of the system. Nevertheless, I was easily able to slip in a stick of Corsair-branded DDR2 SO-DIMM memory. Boot time remains the same at 25 seconds, give or take.
For some odd reason, ASUS decided to put an Eee PC sticker over the second screw on the back. Upon booting, the Eee PC 900 immediately recognized the upgrade. Skype performance isn’t drastically different; video is still clear and you can run other applications in the background.
This week, when our friends at DV Nation lent us a blazing-fast 64GB Samsung SATA II SSD, we couldn't wait to install it in our Eee PC 1000H and this time run a complete battery of real-world tests to see how much a difference a high speed SSD can make in a mini-notebook.