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Windows 7: Netbook question

27 Sep 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

What I got was an Aser Aspire One AO532h (Atom N450, 250 GB HDD, 1 GB RAM)

Nice little pc. I didn't want another big laptop and this is cool.

I read the "quick" specs on it and saw that it supports up to 2 GB system memory. I thought, "Cool!" I got a 1 GB module to add. Wrong move! It only has one slot. I took that module back and got a 2 GB module. Wrong move! Unit won't boot. Did some in-depth reading and found that this model only supports 1 GB. Oh well. I had a spare 200 GB notebook drive laying around so I removed the Windows drive and installed the spare drive. I installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition and kinda liked it. I probably would have kept it for a while except that I could never get the wireless network adapter to work. So, I run Windows with a flash drive for Ready Boost to help.

I like it :)
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27 Sep 2010   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Sounds nice, congrats.

Bummer about the RAM though.
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27 Sep 2010   #13

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

My Acer Aspire One AOA150 only has 1 RAM slot as well. It came with 512M soldered on the mobo and 512M in the RAM slot for a total of 1G. I removed the 512M and installed a 1G module for a max of 1.5G. The 2G limit you may have heard about is the max for the Atom.
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27 Sep 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

One option to speed up the netbook is to replace the HDD with a SSD. Then the access to the pagefile (of which you will probably have a lot) is very fast and approaches the speed you would get from additional RAM. Plus access to all the OS and program modules will be extremely fast. - Just an idea.
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13 Dec 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Resurrecting this because it seems that the netbook does in fact accept a 2 GB stick. I kept reading that it does but Acer denies it. I went to and found others who have used Crucial memory in their Acer netbooks with success, so I bought a stick and all is well.

Thanks for all of the input.
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13 Dec 2010   #16

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Sounds nice, congrats.

Bummer about the RAM though.

Hi there
I have one of these but with the faster AMD processor.

You CAN fit 2GB RAM in this --you need a SINGLE 2GB card instead of the 1GB one.

Cheap as well -- so easy to upgrade.

While you are at it change the HDD as well it's EASY to do since you've opened the machine anyway. Put a 320 / 500 GB 7200 RPM drive in instead --speeds up stuff no end.

BTW I Love this little netbook --so eqsy to travel with and quality of Video is fine.

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13 Dec 2010   #17


Glad your Happy with it, Should be much better with the additional Ram! (Note: Remove power and battery, then press power button to "discharge" any remaining power, then install ram ;D)

The only thing I saw that I would have mentioned had I saw thread eirler, is the DDR2-667 RAM.

Have an older MSI Wind U-100 with I believe an Atom N30 (1.6ghz w/sysbus @ 667...OC'ed), so even though it states my ram @ 667/800 not sure what the factory installed speed is on the 1 gig "OB" for XP. Has dimm slot, so I would have to install 1 2-gig stick and in bios disable OB as 2 gigs of ram is max and I don't wish to mix OB ram with the one dimm slot.

Runs good, but cpu is always high @ 70-80% b/c use it in the truck for 2 gps Apps/2 USB Sat. Rec., ...Garmin mobile PC/ Delorme Street Atlas, media player to factory stereo input and another program for the Trucks OBD-II diagnostic port to USB that allows access to all kinds of engine sensor readouts like oil, coolant, transmission temp, Air fuel ratio, etc. ...its a long list of all engine/trans stats and currently updated sensor readouts.

And whats known as the "BCM" ...Body controll module that allows with a click of the mouse to lower windows, test wipers-low-high and delayed, lock/unlock doors, etc. ...its long list too. (This is for testing and not to be used while driving).

Sorry for the long read about all that, but thats why mine runs @ 80% CPU use all the time. lol

Your processor is much faster!

Good Luck with it, sounds like a great choice and you had some very intelligent pre-purchase questions, hope everyone helped ya out.

I think your going to be very happy with it.

My MSI Wind U-100:

Physical Characteristic
Dimension 260 (W) x 180 (D) x 19~31.5 (H) mm
Weight 940g (without battery pack)
Processor Type Socket 478
Support Processor Intel
® Diamondville processor (45 nm)
L2 Cache 512KB

FSB Speed Support 533 MHz OC'ed to 667

Core Chips
North Bridge Intel
® 945GSE

South Bridge Intel

Technology DDR2 667/ 800


Maximum 2GB

AC Adapter 40W, 19V
Battery Type 3 cells (optional)
6 cells (optional)

RTC Battery Yes

I/O Port

Monitor(VGA) 15 pin D-Sub x 1
USB x 3 (USB version 2.0)
Mic-in x 1
Headphone Out x 1
RJ45 x 1
Card Reader x 1 (SD/ MMC/ MS)
The supported memory cards may vary without notice.

(Items listed here may vary depending on the model users purchased)

HDD form factor 2.5”, 9.5mm High, 5400rpm

SSD (solid-state disk) Optional supported

Communication Port
(Items listed here may vary without notice)

LAN 10/100 Ethernet

Wireless Lan Supported

Sound Interface ALC 888s

Internal Speaker 2 speakers with housing

Sound Volume Adjust by volume button, K/B hot-key & SW


Dual View Function LCD or CRT will be auto detected when connected.
CRT Output Supported

LCD Type 10" wide

/ 8.9" wide (optional)
Brightness Brightness controlled by K/B hot-keys


CMOS (optional) Supported

Software & BIOS
USB Flash Boot Yes, USB floppy boot up DOS only
BIOS Fast Boot Support --- Yes
Kensington Lock Hole x 1

Compliance WHQL
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