Wow. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write this article… I actually started writing it about 18 months ago and then never finished it. Well, today is your lucky day, as we’ll be talking about how to upgrade the memory in your Asus Eee PC.
I’ll be using my son’s Asus 1000HE, though the procedure is similar for several other Asus netbooks. This particular model comes with 1GB RAM standard, but you can easily (and cheaply) swap that out for 2GB RAM module.
Before you get started, you’ll have to make sure you have the necessary RAM on hand. According to the technical specs, the 1000HE has a system bus speed of 667Mhz, which means that it can handle up to 667Mhz SDRAM. I would recommend something along the lines of this 2GB chip from Kingston, though I’ve also had good luck with RAM from Crucial, OCZ, etc.
Once you have the necessary RAM upgrade, you’re ready to crack open your computer. To do this, simply shut it down, close the lid, remove the battery, and lay it to down on a towel, like this:
Next, you’ll need to remove the two small philips head screws from the square upgrade door. The locations of the screws are marked as red dots in the above photo. Once you’ve remove the screws, gently remove the door (there are some catches along the side, so be gentle) to expose the RAM and hard drive.
To remove the RAM, you need flex the silver retainer clips outward (again, marked with red dots) and the old module will pop up at an angle. From there, simply slip it out, put the new one in, and then press it down to re-engage the retainer clips.
Note that your netbook might not recognize the additional memory. If this happens, simply hold down F2 when booting up to get to the BIOS screen. At this point, it should recognize the full 2GB of memory – now press F10 to save the settings and you’re done.