Netbook HDD & Memory Upgrade (Acer Aspire One 10.1" D255E Netbook)?

 
 
 

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Anonymous

I had to struggle a bit, but i was able to get it done in 15 minutes. Excellent tutorial, thank you

Anonymous

Is there a model number or info on the SSD. I want to do the same upgrade.

Anonymous

Hi, I want upgrade me too. Waht memory is better, this:

CORSAIR SO-DIMM DDR3 2GB/1333Mhz CL9

or this:
Corsair SO DDR3 2GB PC1066 CL9

Thanks!!

Anonymous

I have an Acer One Aspire d260 and was pretty dissapointed in the speed although it was only purchased on a whim and as a quick browsing machine.

I have added a few things and now i am pretty happy with it

1. Upgraded to 2gb Ram - I did not notice much of difference with this upgrade on its own
2. Added an 8gb SD Card configured for Readyboost - This did seem to make things load much quicker and gave it a snappier feel
3. HDD changed from a 5400rpm to 7200rpm - i had read some opinions on doing this before i went ahead with it and some said it should make a difference and others not, I must admit it made a big difference and everything felt quicker, so with that said if i could afford to go to an SSD i would as that would be much quicker
4. Tweak W7 - after browsing around and looking how to improve W7 performance i found a few tips on which services to disable and which things i would not need, this has also hepled quite a bit

after the steps above i now have a system that i can say i'm happy with, no way it could replace a proper laptop but for a quick browsing session without having to carry a full laptop around its superb

Anonymous

Thanks. The tip about bending the plastic above the keyboard helped. After I got it apart I found that the memory I had ordered didn't match. Will have to call PC Memory store for help. RW

Anonymous

I bought a used Acer 255E! It has no hard drive! I want to just buy a regular hard drive off of eBay which one do I buy? I see people using SSD drive I just want a regular hard drive! SSD drives are expensive and it's a gift! Don't want to spend a lot of money on a hard drive! thank you

Anonymous

Thanks this video helped me install a 2GB memory in my wife's laptop!

Anonymous

for Acer Aspire ONE D255E-13DQkk can tell me anyone what ram is ok?

Anonymous

Memory
Memory Size 2048 MB
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Memory Package SO-DIMM
Pin Configuration 204 pins
Bus I/O Configuration Unbuffered
Error Correction Non ECC
CAS Latency CL9
Connector Material Gold
Module Configuration 512M x 64
Electrical
Voltage 1.5 V
Physical
Form Factor SODIMM Module
Dimensions (W) x (D) x (H)

this one? its ok ?

Anonymous

I'm currently attempting to do this with my netbook. I can get the right hand side of the keyboard released but the left hand side is stuck. Any ideas?

Anonymous

love the thread, but still unclear on the d255e ram. i am inclined to buy it from crucial, although the place i got the netbook from says they will do it for £20

Anonymous

I can verify that 4GB ram will not work on the aspire one d255E. It is limited to 2GB because the Atom N570 is limited to 2GB. You can verify at http://ark.intel.com/products/55637/Intel-Atom-Processor-N570-%281M-Cache-1_66-GHz%29

I also tried it just for the heck of it and it just turn on to a black screen.

Anonymous

I am trying to install a seagate momentus 500GB solid state hard drive onto my acer aspire one D255E which ruses windows 7 starter. When I boot up the computer it tells me to "check connection cable" with the black screen and grey text. After this it says Insert the Boot Up CD for windows. Which I find odd considering the computer is a netbook and does not have a CD drive. Is the start sequence lost because I am replacing the old memory? I know I am installing the hard drives correctly because I am running on the old hard drive after trying to use the "new" momentus XT drive. I am assuming this is a compatibility problem between Windows 7 Starter and Seagate Momentus XT 500GB solid state drive.

Any help will be very much appreciated; Thanks.

Anonymous

if you have installed a new hard drive in your netbook then it will not have an operating system, either purchase an external usb disk drive and install the os that way, or put the hard drive in another laptop with a disk drive and install it like that. good luck, and also there is no such thing as a compatibility issue between os and hard drive.

Anonymous

2GB RAM may not work in some earlier ATOM CPUs in the 2xx range. Pine Train N455 or later will accept 2GB with the most recent BIOS upgrade from most manufacturers. 4GB and 8GB SODIMMs do not work even thought the CPU can access 8GB. I know because I tried a 4GB SODIMM and the system would not boot up. The BIOS is deliberately crippled due to a monopoly style deal in which Intel and Microsoft 'limit' netbook RAM so that they do not compete with more expensive laptops.

The best bet is to go for an SSD upgrade. I put a 64GB Kingston SSDNow in my wife's old T60 Thinkpad and now it blows the dogs off my quad core 2.8GHz desktop when booting up and loading programs. The T60's 1.83GHz CPU still limits it power, but the responsiveness is terrific. I shall put a similar drive in my Lenovo S10-3 netbookwhen the warranty expires

Anonymous

I have one Acer Aspire One D255e-N57DQkk. The support and the Acer website stated that i had a memory with 1066 MHz, but that was wrong. Mine was at 1333 MHz. If you have the same problems, google KN1GB0H0 and see the google pictures. If yours look the same, with the same serial numbers, you also have 1333 MHz. They are perhaps wrong on more models... Mine works perfect with a RAM with 1333 MHz clock frequency

Anonymous

i can confirm;Acer Aspire One D255e-N57DQkk works good with kingston sodimm 2 gb ddr3-1333 mhz ram,i did try with a 1066 mhz one and it didnt boot.

Anonymous

Hi ! i am Terrence, so im using aspire one d255e with xp home os than after upgrade 1gb to 2gb 1333 kingstone ram My netbook work normaly but when i click restart my netbook won't boot the screen blank black with power light still on ! why ? can you help me ?
so now i only can click shutdown to turn it off and press start button to turn it on...(Cannot Restart)

Anonymous

Less than 30 min to install....follow this outstanding video...worked like a charm...THANX A LOT !!!!

Anonymous

Upgraded my wife's D255E memory today with Crucial's 2GB DDR3-8500 CL7. No problem, recognized it right off the bat. BTW great video.

Anonymous

The tabs did not come back out for me, is that correct?

Anonymous

I have the same problem!

Anonymous

i have an acer one D255E i know the bios is version 3.14 it is a foxconn board and the board modle is PAV70. i need to update the bios there isn't a even one tut out there on how to do it. it seems as tho many people on here have done it, so please teach. i have the ram i just don't know how to update the bios. one last thing, as long as the ram meets the minimun Mhz for the board to boot it will work fine it doesn't have to be the exact same Mhz as the stock ram, voltage does have to be the same tho. the bios will look at a 1333Mhz Pc3 ram stick as a 1066Mhz PC3 ram stick if it can reed 1333Mhz.

Anonymous

I did this. Once I got the keyboard off it went quickly. Have more than 1 old credit card on hand, they help a lot. Go to the crucial website on the D255E and run their tool that will read exactly what RAM you need. Also upgrade to win7 home premium for the full effect.
A good video and a great public service.

Anonymous

I just did the RAM upgrade tonight. Once I got the keyboard off, it went very quickly. Earlier this week I connected to the crucial site with the netbook so the correct RAM was purchased. I also spent the money to upgrade to Win 7 home premium which was the point of the exercise. I bought the netbook at Costco and though I agree with the guy above that a 15 inch laptop is a better buy for about 5 or 6 hundred dollars you get a larger screen with the full size features of a laptop. But these netbooks are a very functional useable computer. This thing is light and is much faster than my 6 year old Dell laptop.
Nice job on the video.

Anonymous

Terrific tutorial, thanks. If it helps others, try using the Acer One to connect to Crucial's website, there they have a test your pc app. Run it and it will accurately report which SODIM to purchase. I bought the 2GB card, followed the this tutorial,and it works a treat.
Thanks again..

Chris, GA.

Anonymous

Thanks for the video, very informative. I've been trying to upgrade the memory, but no luck so far. Yesterday I've got Corsair 2GB 1333 RAM and it did not work. Today I've tried Kigston KVR1066 and it did not work as well. I am only getting black screen. BIOS was updated to the latest version. Could you please post the exact model number of the memory you are using? Could it be also a limitation of Windows 7 Starter?

Anonymous

I tried 2GB Crucial SODIMM PC3-8500 (1066Mhz) and it did NOT work either. Contacted online chat for support and they are about as smart as a door knob. They didn't even know that PC3-8500 is the same thing as DDR3 1066. WTF!

Going to try the amazon/specific search.

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It doesnt work with windows starter, that was confirmed from Acer, the ONE piece of information I did get from them. I tried a kingston kvr, thats the 1066/1333 ? if it is it doesnt work as well, im pretty sure it has to be specifically 1066mhz.

Anonymous

somebody can do the upgrade of 2GB, i cant do it with the KINGSTON 2GB DDR3, 10600, 1333mhz, maybe a new bios that support it??? thanks

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I recently found your video on youtube as I was looking for information on the Acer Aspire D255E Netbook. I did purchase one and specifically asked if the RAM could be upgraded and was told yes. Upon watching your video I was able to easily access the bottom panel and the RAM and Hard Drive. I popped in the 2GB card and now it doesnt boot so I am currently using the 1GB. I dont understand. The memory that I bought is Kingston DDR# PC3-10600 1333MHZ, is this the correct card ? As i did research and thought it was. I also did the BIOS update before installing. Can an one answer my question? So, I'm new here and dont know do you post replies or should I leave my email address?? It's renegade.petie@gmail.com thanks in advance for anyone who can help me........ugggg very frustrated. HA......thought it better to actually have an account before asking a question and expecting an answer....thanks.

Anonymous

exactly the same problem with me altough i tried it with a corsair 1333MHz and just gives me a black screen even with the newest bios!
does anyone know anything about this???

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So, I have been emailing with Acer tech support and they are completely useless, they told me to make sure it was actually DDR3, hello, DDR2 woont even fit cause the notches are different.......so I tried contacting Kingston and they told me that the netbook requires SPECIFICALLY a 1066 mhz RAM , they said although the 1333 MHZ is backwards compatable that this machine may not downclock, so I am going to try that and I will post my results to see if it works.

Anonymous

I have the same problem, any luck with the 1066MHZ Ram? also im using Bios version 3.16, is that the newest one?

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I havent tried it yet actually, but now they are telling me that it will not work for starter edition and that the upgrade of 2gb ram has also not been tested with windows 7 ultimate............yea, 3.16 is the latest bios

Anonymous

Why would you ever put Windows 7 Ultimate in a Netbook?

Anonymous

why not ? because I wanted to see it ? because I dont know anybetter, what does that have to do with it taking a ram upgrade or not........anyways its running win7 home now

Anonymous

I ordered some 2GB 1066mhz Ram from Amazon (£20) and it works a treat, the ram said it was specifically for the Acer range and the D255 / D255E, It just means I wasted £30 quid on the original 1333MHZ ram... But its well worth the upgrade!

Anonymous

Can you please list the model/info for that ram?

Thanks

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on that note, I think I will take your advice and order off of the web. I did some research on the kingston website and they too have a specific ramcard for the d255E, I think I will get it and PRAY it works.

Anonymous

I recently found your video on youtube as I was looking for information on the Acer Aspire D255E Netbook. I did purchase one and specifically asked if the RAM could be upgraded and was told yes. Upon watching your video I was able to easily access the bottom panel and the RAM and Hard Drive. I popped in the 2GB card and now it doesnt boot so I am currently using the 1GB. I dont understand. The memory that I bought is Kingston DDR# PC3-10600 1333MHZ, is this the correct card ? As i did research and thought it was. I also did the BIOS update before installing. Can an one answer my question? So, I'm new here and dont know do you post replies or should I leave my email address?? It's renegade.petie@gmail.com thanks in advance for anyone who can help me........ugggg very frustrated.

Anonymous

I don't understand why this netbook cannot have a 4gb ram upgrade. The cpu and chipset allow it so why does the bios block it? Any way around this? Thx in advance.

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Nice vid!

Anonymous

i have made several Desktopsand laptops with a SSD combined witha HDD, using the SSD for BOOT and small programs, and the HDD for games and storage,and the computers DO improve alot and i mean alot

Anonymous

This is great,I just bought one of these.I have to see how much these parts are and get going on it.

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An SSD is a worthy upgrade indeed.

Don't test my skills, I was trained by myself! Check out my Gaming Videos!

Anonymous

I hate having to come here just to comment

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Thanks for taking the time to come over here and write that!

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... but in the end, if you add up everything, wouldnt be better just to have a laptop? Even the risk of damaging something during this upgrade must be added to the equation. I wouldnt risk it. I would have to send it to a store, buy the SSD and the memmory, pay the dude to assemble everything and adding that to what i payed for the netbook. I honestly dont see the point. I wouldnt even buy a notebook in the first place either. Anyway, i love your reviews and tutorials. In fact, im a complete sucker for them... ^^ I cant wait for a 6990 or a 590 review from you. As long they are not HIS, of course.

All the best from Portugal... ;)

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Little to no risk in upgrading and you save money :) That's if you have the know-how and time to do it.