My new Asus P8Z68-V Pro motherboard

The time has finally come to replace my new/old Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 motherboard. I knew the time would come even when I bought it. It was one of the first Z68 motherboards in the market. It’s a micro ATX form factor so expandability is limited. It served me well and exceeded expectations. Alas, I have outgrown it. Say hello to my new ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard.

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This board is impressive. It has PCI-E slots (x1 – x16). It has a total of 8 SATA ports (4x SATA2 and 2x SATA3 – Intel and 2x SATA3 Marvell). I’m able to use 2x SSD RAID0 for my OS drive and 4x Seagate 500GB RAID5 for my data drive. I still have room for a WD 1TB Caviar Black and an LG bluray burner. There are plenty of fan plugs and I really like the TPU switch that easily overclocks my Intel i7 2600K to 4.4GHz and remains stable. My only headache is that I can’t use the Marvell raid controller for a RAID0 to install the OS on. Other than that, it’s a great board at an affordable price.

New upgrades for my Asus EEEPC 900A

After a few days with my netbook, I’ve decided to buy some upgrades to better my experience with it.

Here’s the video I posted on YouTube on installing the ram.

I didn’t bother posting another video for installing the new SSD drive because it’s fairly the same procedure as the ram upgrade.

Here’s the video where I got the idea to use the Case Logic HDC3 case.

Cost for all the upgrades were around $100. With the price of my netbook, it still cost less than the average startup price for a netbook.

Asus EEEPC 900A netbook

I just picked up an Asus Eee PC 900A from Best Buy. I wanted to pick up a netbook for a couple of months now but ended up getting an HP dv9999us last month. Office Depot it for a very good deal so I could not pass it up. Now Best Buy has a deal with this Asus netbook that I cannot pass up. After a week of use, here’s my initial impression and experience.

The netbook comes with Xandros OS. The desktop is grouped by tabs with applications in each group. After the software updates though, the system became unstable. There were times after boot up, the mouse and/or keyboard didn’t respond. I had to restore the system to factory defaults. That was easy to do. I just had to press and hold F9 as soon as the netbook started.

I then decided to install Easy Peasy via USB flash drive. The manual says to press and hold the ESC button to access the boot device selection. It didn’t work. What I found to work is pressing both ESC and F2 keys during POST. It only recognized my bootable USB flash drive when connected to the USB port closes to the right, Shift key.

I used Unetbootin to create the bootable USB. Once I booted off it, I got 3 options: Default, Help, and OEM. I selected Default and it run the Live CD version. Once Easy Peasy loaded, I installed it. There were some bugs after installation but this post http://www.ubuntu-eee.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=543 answered all my problems.

After installing a few more softwares, I still have about 800MB. I’m planning on getting a 16GB SDHC card and maybe a 16GB SSD drive to replace the 4GB. This netbook has an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB DDR2 ram, 8.9” WSVGA widescreen monitor (1024×600), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, SD and MMC card reader, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and wireless connection (supports WEP and WPA/WPA2 security). This thing only weighs 2.2lbs and 1.3” thick. It’s very nice and portable. Another cool feature is the 2 finger scroll just like my MacBook Pro. You can scroll up and down using 2 fingers on the trackpad. I also was able to connect to my HP 2600N color laserjet.

If you will not upgrade the 4GB SSD drive, I highly recommend installing Easy Peasy (Ubuntu EEE). If not, do not update the software unless you are experiencing problems and even then be careful not to run out of drive space.

Only 2 things I wish it had, a webcam and an ExpressCard slot. I can live without the webcam but my Verizon V70 is an ExpressCard. Now I can only access the internet if I’m within a wireless connection. Many coffee shops now have free wi-fi access anyway so again no big deal.

So after a day of use, it’s a great machine with lots of potential uses and upgrades. If you can get your hands on one for around $200, jump on it.

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