Acer Aspire One – HDD mode

30 01 2009

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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.

sata_connecter_place

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.

sata_insulating_tape

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.

sata_hdd_doubletape

last but not the least, insert HDD….

sata_hdd_plagin_1sata_hdd_plagin_2

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 …

AAO_original-hdd_connecter

 

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

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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.

wifi-n

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

intel-wifi-n





Acer Aspire One

17 01 2009

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I brought my Aspire One AOA 110 – Ab  a couple of months ago, and after x-max and new year,  i have plenty of time to do some experiments on my this quite little tiny netbook.

Without any dought itwould be a perfect  netbook if Acer put a direct access to a RAM, so you have to dig a lot to access it, and i am not going to show here, there are plenty of  videos and links so just point your browser to here, here and here.

I created a wish list for aspire one, what i should or can have it, my philosophy of modding is, does i need it? (functionality),  does i have it? (purchase parts or reuse), is it cheep? (cost).

Here is my list , and hopefully i will keep modding it step by step.

  1. Adding 1Gb additional RAM
  2. Bluetooth
  3. Touch screen (must have)
  4. GPS
  5. SATA HDD
  6. Draft n WIFI
  7. 3g Modem

let’s begin, and we already did our first mod, installing 1 Gb RAM, just click above links and you figure out easily but use only PC4200/533MHz, its compatible.  I bought Kingston SO-DIMM DDR2 PC4200/533MHz KVR533D2S4, its cheap and easy fix.

kingston-533-mhz1

At next post i am going to add WIFI deaft n module…

Mode

Cost

Status

1Gb RAM

143 kr ≈ 20 US $

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Bluetooth

 

 

Touch screen

 

 

GPS

 

 

SATA HDD

  Hdd reuse, molex connectors

 130 kr  ≈ 15 US $  

 

WIFI n

 210 kr ≈ 28 US $

 

3g Modem

 

 

 

 

 

 Sum