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26 August 2009

Eee PC 1005HA

An Eee PC that’s easy to upgrade


PETALING JAYA: If you have seen Asus’ wonderfully thin Eee PC 1008HA but can’t stand the thought of not being able to easily upgrade your RAM and remove the battery, the company actually has just the thing for you — the Eee PC 1005HA.
Built with the same so-called “seashell” design as the 1008HA, the 1005HA is only slightly thicker but has a removable battery and easily-accessible doors for upgrading your RAM, etc.
Specifications of the 1005HA are practically identical to the 1008HA — it has an Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB hard disk drive, wireless 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and 1.3-megapixel webcam.
However, where the 1005HA differs from the 1008HA is in battery life — thanks to the larger battery, the 1005HA has a rated battery life of 10.5 hours. That’s a good full day’s worth of computing right there, even if you only get two thirds of that.
The 1005HA is priced at RM1,599.

07 August 2009

Tip: Use a USB Key to Install Windows 7—Even on a Netbook

Putting the Windows 7 installation on a USB thumb drive has a few advantages—a small USB key is much more convenient for carrying around than a DVD, the OS will actually install much faster, and you can use a USB key to install Windows 7 on systems that do not have a DVD drive, such as a netbook. In fact, you can even install Windows 7 on netbooks that have fairly modest hardware. Dennis Chung, an IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft recently posted a video demonstrating how easy it is to prepare your thumb drive and use it to install Windows 7. Here’s a quick look at the process:
•First, you’ll need the DiskPart utility on the system you will use to prep the thumb drive. This is a free disk partitioning utility that is likely already installed on your Windows system. If not, you can download DiskPart here.
•Launch the DiskPart utility by typing diskpart at the Start Menu.
•Then run the list disk command to check the status of your drive.
Dennis Chung, an IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft, demonstrates how easy it is to prepare a USB thumb drive and use it to install Windows 7.

•Now run select disk 1 where the "1" is actually the corresponding number of your USB drive.
•Run clean.
•Once the thumb drive is clean, you can run create partition primary.
•Now make the partition active by entering active
•Then you need to set up the file system as Fat32 by running format fs=fat32 quick (quick, of course, specifies that you want to perform a quick format to speed up the process).
•Entering the assign command gives the USB drive a drive letter, making it easy to access from Windows Explorer
•Then you can copy everything from the Windows 7 installation DVD onto the USB key (a simple drag and drop will do).
•Now you can insert the thumb drive into the system you want to install Windows 7 onto and boot the system. The installation will now proceed as usual—but faster.