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Acer Aspire ONE upgrades how to

OK first of all I did take some pics however, I haven't had the time to edit the photos yet to have a more detail description. However, here is the sequence that need to be done to disassemble the Acer Aspire ONE to upgrade the RAM.

1. Unplug the ONE from the power supply (duh)
2. Remove the battery pack from ONE
3. Take a Small Screw Driver and remove the screws from the bottom of the system. Here is where the screws are:
3x - under where the battery sits
3x - under where the touch pad is
2x - under the rubber pads that sits right under the hinges (these are tricky because you need to remove the rubber legs. they are not hard to remove since they are only attached by doublesided tape)

4. To remove the Keyboard you'll need a flat head screw driver, there are 3 levers that holds the keyboard inplace. look closer they are above the following keys "Pause break" "F8" and "F2" (tips: remove the one in the middle "F8" first it makes life a lot easier) use the flat head screw driver and put the lever upward towards the screen and the key board should pop up

5. Start from the top and start peeling off the keyboard, there might be a little bit of tape sticking to the keyboard so becareful, watch out for the cable that is connecting the keyboard and the board, carefully remove the cable and the keyboard should come right off.

6. now you should see a few more screws on the metal plate under the keyboard, remove those screws (keep screw in different pile as they are slightly different in size)

7. once you have done that lift the lock for the touch pad and the cable should slide right out, it's right above your touch pad, you won't miss it.

8 carefully remove the face place along with the touchpad, don't worry aobut the pads....etc they are one component.

9. vola, you should see the mother board now just take a picture to record all the screw location. remove the connector to the SSD bottom right, and the LCD connector top left.

10. left the motherboard up and you will see the memory slot on the back of the motherboard, install teh RAM and reverse the process.

(the funny thing is if you go the default OS you'll see the memory is 2GB but it really is only 1.5 GB.)

HEre are the pics

http://s344.photobucket.com/albums/p322/bb320/
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bb320 wrote: OK first of all I did take some pics however, I haven't had the time to edit the photos yet to have a more detail description. However, here is the sequence that need to be done to disassemble the Acer Aspire ONE to upgrade the RAM.

Cool thanks! I would like to see your photos :D
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if you create an account on photobucket or some other site like that, you can host and link to your pictures for free.

Thanks for the info!
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Wow excellent writeup, you must have worked all night doing that.
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thanks McLaren...

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Great post... once you move the keyboard do you really need all the extra steps? From the pictures posted on other sites it looked like once you roll back the keyboard you right away have access to the RAM slot. Am I missing something here?
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The RAM slot is on the bottom of the motherboard. :) so yes you need to lift the motherboard up.
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bb320 wrote: The RAM slot is on the bottom of the motherboard. :) so yes you need to lift the motherboard up.
woah...i thought it was facing up from the pictures. :(
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Those are the soldered ones 512 ahahha...
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The white thing is the connector for the SSD...

the removed the cable you have to unscrew all the screw on the metal plate and then remove the face plate. you'll see the MB. you got to lift the MB to to see teh slot.

:)
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bb320 wrote: The white thing is the connector for the SSD...

the removed the cable you have to unscrew all the screw on the metal plate and then remove the face plate. you'll see the MB. you got to lift the MB to to see teh slot.

:)
That sucks :(
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One has to think Acer screwed up and forgot to make a back panel for ram upgrade. Seriously it would be so much easier if you can just upgrade for the back.

I was thinking about grabbing the acer one instead of waiting for Dell e but then if you add the pain of upgrading ram + $111 bucks for 6 cell battery (pre-order)... its almost worth considering the Asus 901 since 2.5" offers better battery life than MLC SSD.
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GVRtrader wrote: One has to think Acer screwed up and forgot to make a back panel for ram upgrade. Seriously it would be so much easier if you can just upgrade for the back.

I was thinking about grabbing the acer one instead of waiting for Dell e but then if you add the pain of upgrading ram + $111 bucks for 6 cell battery (pre-order)... its almost worth considering the Asus 901 since 2.5" offers better battery life than MLC SSD.
They didn't "forget", they purposely made the back plate without a door for memory access. Why? Greed. They want to segment the market completely so that people who can't handle the disassembly will have to purchase the higher model. I'm not angry because I can't disassemble it -- it's a cake walk for me. I'm angry because their greed has repercussions -- and it's led to a product that is likely to be overshadowed by the Dell E and the MSI Wind.

The slow SSD (7.7 MB/s write-speed) coupled with the glaring lack of a plastic RAM door has led to this clusterfk.

Just to give you an idea how slow this write-speed is: a typical Western Digital 80 GB IDE hard drive made in 2004 has a 55 MB/s write-speed. Think about it.

Reading the Aspire One forums shows you how people are now being forced to replace the slow SSD and buy 1.8" HDD's from ebay. Disgusting.
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akbar_k wrote: Reading the Aspire One forums shows you how people are now being forced to replace the slow SSD and buy 1.8" HDD's from ebay. Disgusting.
forced? no one is being forced to... there is a guy buying one to experiment, SSD under XP right now is a joke, yes...... but from my limited use so far of an aspire one under the default linux os, its nice and quick w/ the "slow" SSD... slightly faster than my old eee pc under linux..
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I totally Agree, the bench mark is not accurate as we all know xp is also super slow in EEEpc, you need to tweak out xp to get it running.

I did install xp successfully it's not THAT slow once you remove page file, disable prefetch...disable some services.

But he is right, no one is being forced, what do you really expect from a under 400 bucks umpc with an OS on it which work pretty well for day to day lite usage?

the SSD is not slow, it's just that they don't have the proper chipset driver and SSD driver.

cheers...
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I believe the board only takes up to 2 GB. You can try but I don't think it'll do much good...

oh one interesting note, when i installed the 1GB along with that sticky 512mb, the Linux OS that was preinstalled show 2 GB.
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bb320 wrote: oh one interesting note, when i installed the 1GB along with that sticky 512mb, the Linux OS that was preinstalled show 2 GB.
I remember reading that somewhere too. Kinda weird.
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