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Fixing an ASUS Eee PC 1000HA Netbook (In New York)

Updated on January 13, 2012
The netbook with box, manual and recovery disc.
The netbook with box, manual and recovery disc.
A 120GB SSD drive
A 120GB SSD drive
It fits in the netbook
It fits in the netbook
The keyboard from Thailand which was shipped right after the flooding.
The keyboard from Thailand which was shipped right after the flooding.
SSD problem before firmware update
SSD problem before firmware update
Netbook is working again.
Netbook is working again.
System information
System information
SSD was displayed.
SSD was displayed.
Battery can be charged to 100% and reported 4.23 hours.
Battery can be charged to 100% and reported 4.23 hours.
Front cover
Front cover
Back cover
Back cover

This ASUS EEE 1000HA netbook was listed as "eepc 1000ha for spares or repair no hard drive and non working keyboard, screen is fine, battery and charger included".

I picked it up on 15Oct2011 to rebuild. When I returned home, I checked the netbook. Besides hard drive, the memory was also removed. I found a keyboard in Thailand that was taken out for replacement of local keyboard. I ordered it on 21Oct2011. Due to flooding in Thailand, the seller had vacated from his home. Knowing that he could not ship out within a week, he refunded me so that I could buy it from another seller. I didn't do so because I believed that Thailand needed business as usual to recovery. As I was not in hurry, I waited til 15Dec2011 that the seller could return home. We resumed the transaction. It was my pleasure to have business with Thailand.

While waiting for the keyboard, I found a new 120G SSD OCZ Vertex hard drive listed as "This is for a brand new 120gb OCZ vertex plus with 3 year IPR warranty at Memory Express. Just got an Intel SSD as a gift before I could install this one". SSD consumes less power that the battery can last longer and it does not have moving heads while in usage that can crash the HDD disc surface in bumpy movement. For preparation, I downloaded the SSD firmware update to CD.

When the keyboard arrived on 22Dec2011, I installed it, put in 1GB RAM and the 120 GB SSD hard drive. Keyboard was working fine. When I used the recovery DVD to restore the OS, I encountered error on the SSD. After I ran the firmware update to the SSD and deleted the old partitions, the recovery ran successfully.

To compare the performance of SSD on Windows start up time, I ran the recovery DVD on another HDD.The SSD took 20 seconds to reach the Windows desktop while the HDD took 35 seconds. The time to start up programs was also faster in SSD.

I tested this netbook on Youtube video. Together with full recovery, the netbook is working well with the SSD. The battery could be charged to 100% showing total time remaining of 4:23 hours.

It went to New York on 3Jan2012 to serve again with the faster SSD.

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