Install a 1.8″ SSD in an EeePC 900 via ZIF adapter

I have an EeePC 900 that does nothing for a long time now. My mother asked me for a laptop that she would travel with ; just for reading emails and surfing the Web. That sounds perfect for this machine. I initially planned to install Windows 7 on it so that it’s the same OS than on her workstation PC. The 8GB internal SSD is really to small to run Windows 7 (even running XP is annoying because of Windows Updates) so I decided to install a 1.8″ SSD using a ZIF adapter.

Here’s how I did it.

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Restore Asus Transformer TF101 original firmware

I have installed a custom firmware on my Asus Transformer TF101 to be able to use my 3G HSDPA USB adapter. It is running Android 3.2.1. Now that the Ice Cream Sandwich firmware (4.0) is released fot the TF101, it’s time to go back to the original, AKA stock, firmware and run the upgrade the “supported” way.

According to the forums, there are two ways of doing it. Either restore the bootloader and the firmware using the ClockworkMod or use a Windows/Linux workstation to erase and replace the whole system with the official system. I choose the second option as I didn’t understand how to run the first… and the second option is quite similar to the one I used when I rooted to tab.
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Use an HSDPA 3G USB adapter with the Asus Transformer TF101

My Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is quite nice to take on a ride. The only issue is that when there’s no WiFi around, there’s no Internet at all. I used to have a Novatel MiFi 2352 3G hotspot but it died. All I have left is a data-only SIM card and an Huawei E220 USB modem.

By default, even with the dock keyboard, plugin the HSDPA USB adapter into the Transformer won’t lead far. But since I can root the Pad and install an alternate ROM, there are every likelihood that I can manage to access Internet via the 3G modem.

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Access CIFS share on ASUS EeePad Transformer

I have bought an Asus EeePad Transformer to see what Android was (compared to all the iOS I had :). One of the thing I found missing (on 3.0, 3.1 and 3.2) was the ability to access CIFS (AKA SMB ou Windows) share. It’s quite a shame since you know Android and no more than a tweaked Linux kernel…

Anyway, after reading a whole pack of doc, I decided to go “rooting” my tablet. I don’t want to install a fully customized ROM (yet). For now, I will keep the stock Asus firmware but will add CIFS capabilities.

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