A few days ago I got my second Asus eee PC - the 901. Having both of them (701 and 901) I decided to exchange some components among them.

eeePC 701 BoardeeePC 701 BoardFirst victim was the wireless PCI-Express adapter. The chipset used in the 701 works way better for linux and - most imporant - for me. This would be a Atheros AR242x chip compared to some Ralink not working properly with ubuntu. The smart guys over at Asus decided to bury the card way too deep in the casing, so one would have to disassemble the whole hardware to get to the card. In contrast to that, the 901 was a piece of cake (the cake is not a lie! Dammit!). The card was accessible quite convenient right behind the back plating which is meant to be removed. Now we can have some fun with ... umm ..."unconventional" packets, yay!

eeePC 701 and 901eeePC 701 and 901I've also decided to swap the previously installed 2gb ram module in the 701 with the 1gb shiped with the 901. A router does not necessary need that amount of memory while my desktop does. Just before I finished assembling both netbooks I noticed that the keyboards used in both of them were pretty much identical. So I decided to add some contrast to my white 901. Not sure If I'll stick to it, but right now I like it. Maybe I should get some spray paint too...

IMHO, the whole netbook hype has a strong Amiga flair to it. Back then it was very common to modify your hardware to your needs: installing ram, Harddisk adapters, Chipset-Mods (can you spell Fat Agnus?), and even exchanging the CPU and overclocking it to get some more juice. The eee PCs are very friendly regarding this aspect. Built pretty robust, easy to open and a lot of options to exploit. The only difference is, now it is cheaper to do that. Adding some hardware to your Amiga back then was quite expensive - no we can use standard notebook and usb components to pimp the hardware. /me likes!

Oh, sorry for the crappy Images. I really need to get my cam back which my brother borrowed.