Atrix: Motorola bringing you the dream setup

Just checking out the Engadget site specifically the “Motorola Atrix 4G, HD multimedia dock, and laptop dock hands-on” post and what can say but WOW.
I think this looks like a dream come true and if they have put a decent camera in there I think I’m in love…

The laptop dock is basically a screen with full size keyboard that pretty much turns it the phone into a laptop!

Sony Atrix Laptop Dock

Sony Atrix Laptop Dock

The phone dock allows you to plug in mouse, keyboard and hook up to a full HD screen !

Sony Atrix Phone Dock

Sony Atrix Phone Dock

Check out the engadget video that shows it all working and much more. It is really impressive if that is the type of experience that can be expected on the final version…

I was impressed with the Droid / Milestone but this is just great…

The User experience that is shown in the video and the amount of ways it can be used plus all the functions available through the WebTop application is just amazing.

PS: when are we getting this in Europe and moreover in France???

Changing memory on the 1005ha Asus EeePC

Very simple procedure. All you need is a small screwdriver and some gentle but determined hands ;)

Turn your closed netbook over
First turn your computer over so you can see the back of it as the image below:

Location of panel to change memory

Location of panel to change memory


Circled in red is the panel that has 1 screw you will need to remove to get access to the memory module that needs to be changed.

Remove the battery
I recommend that you remove the battery before attempting to touch the memory module.

1005ha PU1X-BK with battery removed

1005ha PU1X-BK with battery removed

Unscrew and remove the memory panel
Remove the screw as seen in the image below and remove the panel that will allow you to remove and replace the memory module:

1005ha view of memory panel removed

1005ha view of memory panel removed


Note: before touching the memory module I suggest you try to discharge any static electricity you may have. I grab hold of the chassis of my desktop for example. You should try to only hold the module by the edges and not touch any components on it. Avoid standing on a carpet for example or clothes that easily create electro static charge…

Unlock the memory module
You now need to push back the tabs on the side of the memory module that are holding it in the locked position. You will be pushing these for the top one upwards and slightly down and the bottom one downwards and slightly back. This should be done gently there is no need to force this to allow the memory module to slightly spring up so that it is at lifting up at the end that has the tabs.

1005ha memory module in locked position

1005ha memory module in locked position

Release bottom tab on memory module
As you can see below the tab when moved back releases one side of the memory module and you then only need to release the other tab for the whole module to spring upwards.

1005ha memory module bottom tab released

1005ha memory module bottom tab released

Remove the memory module
Once you have removed the tabs it should be slanted upwards on one side and look like the image below allowing you to then remove it. If you have an anti-static sleeve that your new module came in then put the old module in it so that if anything goes wrong with the new one you can at least put the old one back.

1005ha memory module slanted up

1005ha memory module slanted up

Add the new memory module
As you can see there is a groove on the memory module where it is connected to the motherboard. The number of pins above and below the groove is different so will help you know which way round the memory should be inserted. As you can see in the image below the groove on the connector is from the centre positioned to the left and the memory module therefore needs to be positioned in the same way .

1005ha memory insertion markers

1005ha memory insertion markers

Put the memory panel back
You can now put the memory module panel back, clipping it back in, then screw the panel back into position.

1005ha putting the memory panel back

1005ha putting the memory panel back

There you go you now have upgraded your 1005 ha EeePC to the maximum memory of 2 Gig. You should be fully prepared for Windows 7 now!

Changing keyboards on the Asus EeePC 1005ha

Changing keyboards on the Asus EeePC 1005ha is pretty easy as you can see below.

First you need to turn the computer over:

Back view of Asus EeePC 1005ha pu1x bk

Back view of Asus EeePC 1005ha pu1x bk

Remove the battery, then pull back tabs
Then you need to remove the battery in order to pull back the small tabs that are keeping the keyboard in place:

View of the latches under the battery on the Asus EeePC 1005ha

View of the tabs under the battery on the Asus EeePC 1005ha

Note : to pull the latches back only a small movement is required if you use a small sized screwdriver, like in the image below where you can see I then also used to gently pry up the keyboard

Pry up the keyboard
I recommend using a small screwdriver (needs to be small as can be seen below otherwise you’ll damage the keyboard) to pry up the keyboard. You need to do this with some force but most of all do it gently (ie. prying not wrenching). You will hear small clicks when you pry it off the points where it is clipped to the chasis:

Gently prying up the keyboard

Gently prying up the keyboard

Gently lift the keyboard out of its normal position
When you have successfully got the keyboard up you will see that it is attached (to the motherboard of the netbook) by a small connector so don’t yank the keyboard out, you need to pull it up gently and then unlock the ribbon from the connector:

1005ha Keyboard Connector

1005ha Keyboard Connector

Remove the keyboard connector
In order to remove the ribbon from the connector you need to release it by using the two black latches that can be seen in the image below (circled in red) and are keeping the connector in the fixed position. These need to be gently pushed up. In the same way when you put the ribbon of the other keyboard back into connector you need to push these two small black connectors back in to their locking position:

The 1005ha keyboard connector has been removed

The 1005ha keyboard connector has been removed

Attach the other keyboard connector
Final step you then need to gently push the other keyboard ribbon into the connector on the motherboard and lock the ribbon back into the connector by pushing the latches back into their locked position so that the ribbon is securely connected to the motherboard. I used one finger to hold the ribbon in place then my small screwdriver to gently push the latches of the connector back into a locked position (sorry no photo of this, you need both hands for this operation ;) ):

Attaching the other keyboard to the 1005ha

Attaching the other keyboard to the 1005ha

Push the keyboard back in
Probably the easiest step, you can now push the keyboard back in and then push the tabs under the battery back into their initial position. Voilà, now I hope this helps anyone that undertakes this fairly easy task, (compared to changing the hard disk) of changing the Asus 1005ha keyboard.

Note: check out Kevin’s comment about new ‘chiclet’ versions of the keyboard and plastic tabs that may need to be removed (22 Oct 2011)