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Asus 1000H / 1000HE Eee PC Bios Recovery guide

The Asus Eee PC 1000H was one of the most popular netbooks. Mine has been working fine until yesterday when it did not boot. I freaked out a little. A quick search online revealed that its BIOS was corrupted. I have made an Asus 1000H Eee PC Bios Recovery guide where I have explained how to flash and do the recovery of Bios.

1000h bios recovery

1. Go to Asus support site and search for 1000h in the product box.
2. Download the BIOS for Asus 1000H. You will get a zip file. Download it and unzip it.
3. You will find a ROM file. Rename it to 1000H.ROM or 1000HE.ROM if you are using that netbook.
4. Get a USB drive or an SD card with 1GB or less storage. If you are going to use an SD card, get a card reader.  
5. Format it with FAT file system. FAT32 or NTFS would not work.
6. Put the file into the root folder. Do not put it into any folder.
7. Take battery out and plug in the USB / SD card with card reader. Press the Alt + F2 key repeatedly and press power button. 
8. The system will beep once to tell you that it can found the BIOS. Follow the instructions on the screen.
9. It takes around 3-4 minutes for the flash to complete. 
10. Here is a video that shows the entire process.

Acer Aspire D250 BIOS Recovery, recover it from brick

Something went wrong with your Aspire D250 BIOS? Download the latest BIOS from support.acer.com and follow these instructions to recover Acer Aspire D250 from brick state.

1. First format an USB stick with FAT, if this option is not available use a smaller USB stick (eg 1Gig)

2. Download the latest BIOS, and put both FLASHIT.EXE and the BIOS file in the root directory of the stick. Do NOT rename the BIOS file, it should be KAV60.fd

3. Now connect the USB stick to the AA1. Turn the AA1 off, DISCONNECT the battery but leaving the AC adapter connected. Press Fn+Esc, keep it pressed and press the power button to turn the AA1 on.

4. Release Fn+Esc after a few seconds. Press power button if it begins to blink, otherwise do nothing. The AA1 will now initiate the BIOS flash, do not interrupt it under any circumstances. The AA1 will reboot shortly after. Wait patiently.

Acer Aspire D250 BIOS

The BIOS has been flashed and all settings reset to default.

Lenovo S20 30 Specifications, touchscreen netbook with 11.6 inch display

Lenovo has launched a couple of cheap netbooks today. After launching the 10 inch E10-30 sometime back the company has launched IdeaPad S20-30 which sports a bigger 11.6 inch display.

It is a windows computer that runs on either Intel Celeron or Pentium Bay Trail SoC. Prices start at 270 euros for the base model. Today we have all of its specifications.

Lenovo S20-30 specifications

11.6 inch touch screen display
Resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels
Intel "Bay Trail"-based SoCs – choice of Celeron N2830, N2930 (4x 1.83GHz, Turbo up to 2.16 GHz) and Pentium N3530 (4x 2.16 GHz, Turbo up to 2.58 GHz)
8 gigabytes of RAM
320 or 500 hard disk drive and an optional SSD with 32GB capacity
Two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port
802.11n Wi-Fi and Ethernet
Bluetooth 4.0 and a SD card reader
24 watt hours

Lenovo S20 30

The S20-30 comes pre installed with Windows 8.1 64 bit operating system. It is being sold for 269 euros in Europe.

Sony Vaio P and Windows 8.1 Drivers, Performance

My Sony Vaio P is aging and I do not use it much. Today, I installed a new life into it by installing Windows 8.1. I downloaded the 32 bit version of Windows 8.1 and installed it using USB pen drive. Installation took around 45 minutes as Vaio P is a slow dog, thanks to its ultra slow Intel Atom Z520 processor (I’ve the base first generation model).

Sony Vaio P and Windows 8.1 Drivers, Performance

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Acer Japan Trots Out Aspire V5-132P-F14D

Acer Japan has released Aspire V5-132P-F14D / S, an 11.6 inch laptop. Priced at 55,000 Yen ($ 542), this laptop features Intel Celeron 1019Y 1GHz processor (2MB cache), touchscreen panel, 4GB RAM (up to 6GB RAM possible), 500GB HDD, USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, SD card slot, and 3 cell battery.

acer Aspire V5-132P-F14D

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Foma powered Eee PC 1003HAG launching soon in Japan

Asus will start selling from 16th May, a new Eee PC, the 1003HAG, in Japan. The model features:

  • a 3G WAN Module to be used with NTT DoCoMo Data network
  • 160 GB HDD
  • 1GB RAM
  • Intel Atom N280 processor
  • Wifi
  • Webcam, and other usual Eee PC features

However it comes with a price tag of 550€, which is quite expensive price for a netbook.

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Global netbook shipments to reach 50 million units in 2010

Global notebook shipments will reach approximately 200 million in 2010. According to Acer chairman, JT Wang, nebtooks will account for 25% or 50 million of total netbook sales.

As the netbooks get more powerful everyday, more and more people are buying netbooks as they are much more mobile than carrying a back-breaking notebook.

[via digitimes]