Moving to new host

16 12 2011

Hi every one,

It’s been a while a I write any post (almost two years), but now I am coming back and with my own domain

Update your bookmarks and visit me there … let start some DIY


Windows 7 Professional available at msdn academic alliance – for free

11 09 2009

MSDN Academic Alliance is a Microsoft program available to academic organizations, which provide different Application Programs, OS and Development Tools for the participating insinuate for an annually subscription fee. Students can use these program for without any charges for non-commercial uses.

and good news for those university student, whom university have academic alliance with the Microsoft academic alliance. Microsoft is now offering a final version of Windows 7 Professional ( build 7600) both in 32 bit and 64 bit editions.



So, just login to your MSDNAA website and grab a copy of it and save couple of hundreds of dollars. ( * only for personal non-commercial use.)


9 09 2009

Sony Ericsson Satio is coming to Sweden in October and you can preorder from at 6245 kr (850 US $). The Satio will be delivered to your doorsteps after 19 October. Until than i hope other stores will also start selling the device  with probably slightly less price.


Most Attractive Feature:

12.1 megapixel is definitely the strong feature of the device but i think most people are forgetting the the Satio is equipped with hardware graphics acceleration with OpenGL ES 2.0 support, which makes it first Symbian OS S60 5th Edition to comes with (via SE Developer World).

Till now i didn’t find any single application which support Open GL 2.0 for Symbian, and time will tell how SE is going to utilize this feature.

Acer Aspire One – 1.8” IPod HDD Mod

4 09 2009

Moving to new host

AA1 110 comes with Intel 8 GB flash Disk,  which uses the ZIF IDE interface. It can simply be replaced by any 1.8” ZIF drive, most commonly used in IPOD classic and IPOD Video player. These drive can be expansive due to limited availability and use but can easily be found at IPod repair shops. I found 30 GB Toshiba about 30 US $.

Toshiba HDD installation is straight forward, Just plug the ZIF ribbon cable into both ends of HDD and motherboard,  keep in mind Toshiba  use a different ribbon cable than Hitachi, the HDD end of the cable is slightly thinner then the other end and coated with white tape.

zif cable


I attached the hard disk into motherboard  by double sided duct tape, and two more pieces of white masking tape on tope of the HDD for more safety.

hddmdd1 hddmdd2

Nokia N97 – Comming to Sweden :( expencive

20 02 2009


n97 hi everyone, if you live here in Sweden, a good news is for you Nokia n97 is comming on dustinhome from 1 june 2009 but with a price tag of 7495 kr (890 US $ @ 8.4 kr per 1 US $) with 20% VAT, that quite expencive, i was expacting  Nokia will adopt the same pricing schema as with Nokia 5800 but they went with n90 style. Bit disappointed….check it out here Dustinhome.i should start keep saving money … 🙂Update:  the Dustinhome site is in swedish only


Acer Aspire One – HDD mode

30 01 2009

Moving to new host

Welcome to Acer Aspire One Hdd modding post, AAO 110 comes with only 1.8” SSD ZIF connecter, to increase the storage space, either you can purchase high capacity SSD (they are quite expensive) or install 1.8” PATA drive as shown by tnkgrl. Although while searching i also found a 1.8” to 2.5” IDE connecter here. AAO 110 comes with a SATA controller but you need to attach a sata connecter to AAO motherboard by soldering.


DISCLAIMER: You need a fine precision soldering skills to perform this mode, i recommend use of temperature controlled  soldering station with 0.5 mm tip and flux, magnification is plus.  i will not be a responsible of any damage of any kind, so try this at your own risk.

Place tape or insulating material between the HDD and PCB for safety.


For Sata connecter we need a MOLEX 47018-2001 connecter, with MOLEX 47018-4001, the gap between the Hdd and motherboard will be greater and  cause some balance problems.

First fix the connecter to the PCB through double sided tape ( half part, which is slightly higher than the pins ),  and start soldering, you need to solder all the data pins (1-7) and for power terminal pins (4,5,6)ground and pins (7,8,9 )5v must be connected rest you can leave as well. see here for complete pin outs description. Also short the r364 (mark as small yellow box in picture) to get the power to sata connecter. After soldering it would look like this.sata_motherboard_pinouts

you can also place a double sided type under the HDD to make it more stable and fix.


last but not the least, insert HDD….


Now you have to cut  all the extra plastic screw holder on the base of your AAO to fit your Hdd. Now a bad news came, what ever you do, your AAO daughter board will not allow to fit HDD, see the picture…

AAO_daughterboard i found no way to solve this, as a result right side of the AAO cover will not be perfect fit, you can see a slight gap. i am still looking to find some other alternative to Molex connecter. other than that HDD recognized by the bios.

New Update:

I found a picture of AA0 150 motherboard, as you can see,it uses another connecter than Molex. any idea …



i try to install the Windows XP on AAO, but it was hell of a big problem, but i will keep it to another separate post.

Acer Aspire One – WIFI n mode

26 01 2009

Moving to new host

Acer Aspire One 110 comes with mini PCI-e card Atheros wifi-g module, which is slightly bulky specially on linux environment. i personally never connected more than at 20 Mbps on Ubuntu 8.10. Wifi is a MUST TO UPDATE mode. At AAO forum, there are plenty of posts regardless improving the wifi but still i think its better to swap the module. Atheros g-module can be swapped by Broadcom or Intel mini PCI-e card.

For Broadcom module, point the browser to following post, or visit tnkgrl blog for her DIY HSDPA mode.  As  for Intel there is one interesting guide at AAO forum which utilize Intel 4965AGN card, but there are two concerns about this mode first its a MIMIO based WIFI-n module so you need MIMO based router to work with it, and secondary as being MIMO based you need to add additional antenna as well, to  overcome both these problems i uses the Intel WIFI Link 5100 module, its a simple swap with atheros card, both the antenna cables will be placed at the same places, black cable to Main and white cable to Aux.


For windows XP you need to install a drive while Ubuntu 8.10 will pick up the driver itself.