The Asus Eee PC 1025C is anetbook with an Intel Atom N2600 Cedar Trail processor, a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 6 cell battery, 320GB hard drive and 1GB of memory. It went on sale in the US recently for about $300.

At the time we noted that Asus says the RAM is fixed to the motherboard and can’t be upgraded. But it looks like that might not actually be the case… at least some Eee PC 1025C units do have SODIMM slots, allowing you to use up to 2GB of memory.

Asus Eee PC 1025C memory upgrade

Riccardo Palombo at Eee took apart an Eee PC 1025C to see what was under the hood. Since there’s no RAM access panel on the bottom of the netbook the only way to get at the hard drive, memory, and other components is to disassemble the laptop case. It’s not for the faint of heart.

Not only do you have to remove the case, but you have to then remove the motherboard and flip it over to access the memory slot.

It’s worth noting that Palombo tried this on a netbook that had a 1.86 GHz Atom N2800 processor, while the only version of the netbook I’ve seen in the US has a 1.66 GHz N2600 CPU.

Until someone dissects the slower model available in the States, we won’t know for sure whether the RAM can be upgraded on that version of the mini-laptop as well.

Update: Well, that’s done. It looks like you can upgrade the RAM on the model with the N2600 processor. It’s just not any easier than upgrading the faster model.

Aside from the difference in clock speed, the N2800 chip uses more power, supports up to 4GB of memory, and has 640 MHz graphics instead of the 400 MHz graphics in the slower chip.

Both versions of the netbook ship with Windows 7 Starter Edition which only supports up to 2GB of memory. So even though the N2800 processor supports 4GB of RAM (unlike the N2600, which tops out at 2GB), you’d need to upgrade the operating system if you want to use more than 2GB.

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56 replies on “Asus Eee PC 1025C memory CAN be upgraded… with some difficulty”

  1. Can anyone recommend a 4GB RAM suitable for my 1024CE? I’ve upgraded it to windows professional so I should be able to take it, but websites like crucial only recommend 2GB versions for the non-upgraded model.
    Would appreciate search terms needed for the 4GB RAM. Thanks x

  2. it is possible to get 4gb ram with the 600 processor that’s a screen shot below of mine im using Right now to post this

  3. How can I enable my USB ports (3) to charge my iPhone and Kindle Fire on an ASUS EeePC model 1025C?

  4. Hello,

    Thank you for this description for RAM upgrading.

    I bought my 1025C N2800 recently, and since I’m temporarily partly leg disable I needed to upgrade it to replace my effective previous laptop which was getting too heavy for me.

    So did I, but after cautiously replacing my RAM with a 4Giga Corsair recommended in that italian vid, when I try to power my netbook on, it just won’t boot. What happens soon after powering on is : power led turns blue, HD starts to read, then the processor’s fan starts to turn without stopping. Nothing appears on the screen not even the BIOS. I haven’t even unplugged the screen connector from the motherboard during the disassembling.

    I’ve tried to put my original RAM back on the motherboard but nothing changes. It’s still the same. Have I done something wrong with my RAM, or perhaps MBoard is dead? I don’t even know where the problem could comes from. Someone suggested me to check each flat connectors, but I did it 3 times now and it’s still the same.

    Has anybody experienced this?

    This is really getting annoying and frustrating.

    Thx in advance.

    1. I had the exact same thing happen to me. Seems to be that the netbook turns on, just the screen is black after changing the ram. Did anyone have any suggestions on what could be causing that?

      1. I am having the same problem. Changed the upgrade and the computer will turn on. The screen is black.

  5. I just did this upgrade, guided by the video and Jose’s steps in the comments here above.

    A few clarifications that could be of use to anyone else doing this upgrade:

    – Some of the screws are longer than others. I made a little drawing on a paper and placed the screws on top of it to remember where each screw should be. That was extra useful at the motherboard step because the motherboard has more screw holes than screws.

    – Taking the keyboard cover off takes time. I had to go at it with the plastic card several rounds. Each side of the keyboard cover has several points/hooks/things that are snapped to the bottom part. You keep bending with a plastic card to little by little widen the gap until one of the points loosen. Then move to the next one. And so on. Be patient – it took much longer time for me than I would have thought from the video.

    – under the keyboard there are two thin flat cables. The small one is for the touchpad. Its connector on the motherboard has a white base with a little black thing on top. The black thing has a hinge and can be turned upward. After it is up you pull lightly in the touchpad cable (or at the end of the blue plastic part at the end of it) and it comes off easily. Don’t pull it out before you have turned the black thing/hinge upward.

    – the connector for the large cable has two small black things/tabs on the side. Use your nail or a very small flat screwdriver to carefully push them out a little, they move maybe 2-3 milimeters. The move is kind of like sliding out a drawer. Once both black parts are moved the wide thin black cable easily comes loose.

    – the harddrive cable connector also has a hinge that you turn upward. Once it is turned up the cable comes off easily.

    – the little coin cell battery has a red+black wire with a white connector that is in a white connector “socket” on the motherboard. The connector was hard to get loose and very hard to get a grip on. I had to very lightly wiggle it several times before it came off. But it was easy to put back in when reassembling later on.

    – the memory is under a black plastic sheet on the bottom of the memory board. To remove the old memory you pull two metallic tabs on each side of the memory. The memory stick now automatically is raised up a bit from the memory card. Then you carefully pull it out. You may need to wiggle it a little.

    – put in the new memory stick while the memory connector is still raised up a little. You don’t have to push it in very hard. Then lower it and see if the metallic parts can snap on.

    Happy hacking! 🙂

  6. just for laughs I put 4GB into a 1025C N2600 processor, and guess what? Linux can see and use all of it. Sux that other OSes can’t. SSD + 4GB = snappy

    1. Are you positive that N2600 takes 4GB RAM?? I have 1025C with N2600 before ugrade. If ou say it’s working i would go for 4GB instead of 2GB.

  7. Hello Sir, I am grateful to you for sharing your know how with us. A few weeks ago you helped me fix the black screen problem on my EEE PC 1025C. Thanks. I need your advice again…My netbook Asus EEE PC 1025C was bought in the USA, it has only 1 GB RAM, while multi tasking it becomes extremely slow. I am almost ready to disassemble the netbook to change the RAM. I am using WIndows 7 Professional and 1GB RAM is a major handicap. Please tell me which RAM to use? 2 GB or 4 GB? or more? I would be glad if you could help me out…

    1. If you have a model with an Intel Atom N2600 CPU, it won’t recognize more than 2GB of RAM, so 4GB would be overkill.

      If your netbook has an Atom N2800 processor, it can recognize up to 4GB, but no more.

  8. wish i had found this BEFORE i upgraded my 1025C. I only put in a 2gb chip and wish i had done 4. ONE THING I NOTICED after i got it back together with only a few pieces of plastic that split when i very carefully split apart the case is that my cooling fan runs constantly now. i actually bumped into this thread searching to see if anyone reported heating issues

  9. I feel I have to share my experience with other people because RAM upgrade can make a HUGE difference.
    I bought a 1025C with the better N2800 CPU. I also purchased an upgrade to win7 home premium and was underwhelmed by the performance (though I really liked the HDMI port, 2 sec resume from sleep and long long battery life).

    Seeing the endless paging in and out of the slow hard drive, it was obvious that it suffered from a rather bad case of RAM shortage but I was afraid to open the case (even though I’m rather good at these things).
    Last Friday I felt I’ve had enough and got a 4GB module (Transcend) from a local store. Taking apart the case was not easy but manageable, thanks to the youtube tutorials and luckily, it booted fine, the bios showed all 4GBs and the OS loaded rather quickly. I searched a little and found some updated video drivers from Intel (ver which seemed to solve some flickering issues I had and also solve an issue with ugly youtube movies at fullscreen.
    Right now, after both these upgrades, I can honestly say that this is not the same netbook I bought in May. I found myself with a beast wearing a netbook costume… Everything is super super snappy and smooth, including heavy multitasking of demanding software. Yeah, the screen is mediocre and the keyboard is crappy at best but this cheapo netbook had a serious potential of hurting the sales of ultrabooks which probably explains why ASUS intentionally crippled it with only 1GB of RAM and no normal way to upgrade it.

  10. Hello, I am new to this post, I just bought an Asus EEE PC 1025C, my concern is also the 1GB RAM…I just upgraded from Win 7 Starter to Win 7 Home Premium.. I have a problem, when I launch softwares like CCleaner or Tuneup Utilities, the screen becomes black, no cursor at all, I can notice that the screen is ON, not OFF, but nothing!! Then I have to press the Power button, the Netbook goes in sleep mode, then I press Enter and the Welcome screen appears, I insert my password and continue using the Netbook, all programs and windows remain intact… Is it because of 1GB RAM, I would like to upgrade RAM to 2GB or more..please advise? If I upgrade to 4GB, will the system utilise all 4GB or only 2GB? Thanks

    1. I’m not sure what the problem is that’s causing your screen to go black, but as far as I know, it has nothing to do with insufficient RAM. It sounds more like a hardware defect, but if it only happens when you run certain applications, then I don’t know if that can be ruled out.

      The issue with the RAM is, apart from the risk of it being soldered, which actually I haven’t heard a single case of yet despite the rumors, that you can only use 2GB of RAM under Windows Starter Edition. If you upgrade the version, you will be able to run up to an absolute maximum of 4GB, since that’s the physical maximum of the system. You need drivers for a different version of Windows however, or at least you might, especially if you install a 64bit version, and here comes the problem: they might not exists. CyberGusa probably knows more about this in detail, so try asking him if you want to know exactly how the driver issue is.

      1. Hello Azin,
        thanks for replying pal…I was just testing the netbook, opening several windows, Ccleaner, Tuneup Utilities and several tabs on Chrome…this time the screen did not go black…but almost everyday in the afternoon when I am using the netbook I get this black screen problem, is it because i have been using it for 3-4 hours continuously? heating problem? but I don’t find it abnormally hot? Thanks for helping me out..

        1. The 1025 series is not turning out to be one of Asus better models. They seem to have cut a lot of corners in construction.

          1025C is also pretty minimalistic like the X101CH, with combo audio port, mono speaker, no Bluetooth, etc.

          One person even reported on the Eee User Forum that his model came with a loud clicking Toshiba hard drive.

          There have been a couple of reports though that the RAM is replaceable and those people who reported on the effort have done both RAM and SSD upgrades. You just have to take the system completely apart to reach the RAM on the bottom of the main board and that won’t be covered on the limited warranty.

          For Black Screen, make sure all the drivers and BIOS are up to date.

          If still a problem then you could either have a defective system that’s over heating or you could be right about the RAM.

          The thing about Asus Eee PC’s is that Asus uses performance/power tweaking methods that effect the FSB speed and all computers that use integrated/embedded graphics also utilize part of the system RAM for video memory. So they’re more sensitive to anything that would cause a break in Sync with the RAM.

          Though this usually results in a more obvious crash like the screen pixelizing but like mentioned in previous posts the Cedar Trail drivers are still not fully developed and Win7 does try to recover from graphic driver crashes but failure to do so can result in black screen issues.

          Replacing the RAM may help but no guarantees and I’d recommend if still under warranty to get the system replaced.

          1. Hello Sir, thanks for your advice, it will be very difficult for me to return the product, I bought it online from B&H New York, their service is very good, but even they tell me to return the item…problem is that I am from Mauritius, huge shipping cost! I think I will have to find out a technician locally…thanks and God bless you all…

          2. Hello again Sir,
            I updated the BIOS, now no problem, I open several tabs and more programs than before and the black screen does not reappear…

          3. Good, just look up enabling DXVA for proper video playback and you should be set for now.

  11. Success: EEE 1025C – GRY041S (VN: 7201) bought from Harvey Norman (QV store in Melbourne) works with 4GB 1333 Kingston RAM – KVR1333D359/4G. (2G available in Windows Starter).
    Disappointing: HN advertised as Windows Home, not the case. Also, it is USB2 only. Also, it does NOT support USB 2+ charge (one of the main selling points was to use it as a travel charger – d’oh…)
    Why oh why can’t Asus present a simple spreadsheet with model / version / specifications / country?

  12. I just upgraded my R052C (the same like 1025C) with 4GB Ram.

    Bios shows:
    Memory Information
    Total Memory: 4096 MB

    Windows 7 Starter shows:
    Installed RAM: 4,00 GB (2,00 GB usable)

    Windows Ressourcesmonitor shows after booting:

    Installed: 4096 MB
    Hardware reserved: 2048 MB
    Used: 640-650 MB
    Changed: 140 MB
    Standby: 446 MB
    Free: 830 MB

    Windows Performance Index went up to 5,3 for RAM

  13. Hey guys,

    Fairly comfortable with computers here and looking to tackle this project, yet I’ve never done anything like this before… If I was to purchase a 2GB Memory – SO DIMM 204-pin – 133mhz DDR3 chip and replace that as demonstrated in the video would I be able to turn my computer back on and it would run faster – simple as that? My rationale being that I just upgraded from 1GB to 2GB. I plan on running Windows 7 Professional which I’ll throw on afterwards, but like I said I’ve never done this before and am curious if it’s that simple.

    1.  Adding more RAM doesn’t necessarily make it run faster, but it’ll means less chance of it running slower when it would otherwise run short of RAM.  Especially when multi-tasking and doing things like keeping multiple tabs open in a web browser.

      The main thing to be careful of with these Eee PC’s is how you take the casing apart, the plastic can crack or snap if you use too much force or try to pry it apart the wrong way.  So follow the video closely and take your time.

      A credit card, plastic guitar pic, or one of the prying tools that iFixit sells would be best for this purpose.

      The case is basically snapped together and you have to carefully unsnap it to get it apart.

      The ribbon cables are all connected via ZIF connectors.  So just carefully undo the claps and then they slide right out.

      Home Premium, on up, will support a little over 3GB of RAM for 32bit and 64bit would let you fully use the 4GB of RAM.  However, keep in mind Intel has yet to release the 64bit drivers for the Cedar Trail GMA and only the N2800 actually supports up to 4GB of RAM.

      Basically, Intel ATOM’s are normally limited to 2GB of RAM per RAM slot and 10″ systems only have room for one slot.  The N2800 is the first ATOM that supports up to 4GB of RAM in that one slot but without the driver support we can’t yet take advantage of this.

      While the N2600 is limited to 2GB per slot…

      1. CyberGusa and TechHead,

        Thank you so much for all of your advice; it really helped through the whole thing. Little update, just about everything went fine! I just put the RAM in and wow they really pack everything in there – I’ve definitely gained an appreciation for how efficient they try to make these things.

        I did however end up breaking the keyboard receiver on the motherboard, but I got the touchpad one out ok. I guess the keyboard ribbon was just supposed to slide out and I ended up prying it thinking it was a ZIF and that it was just gonna pop up like the other one…

        I should be able to get my hands on a soldering iron tomorrow though, and I tried glueing it back in but it’s clearly not connected back into the board. That’s how they connect these things when they’re manufacturing them right? I should have a few people in the lab who’ve got some soldering skills so I’m hoping that’ll be it and good to go!

        Minor road block, otherwise to anyone attempting this, the video is a great guide – worst part was definitely prying the keyboard from the body after removing those first screws

        1. Uh, ZIF cables do just slide out… They just have a clasp holding them in place and you just have to either slide that clasp out or slide it up, depending on which of the two types it is… you should have just nudged the clasp in either direction to see which way it slides and then just gently push it out to release the cable and it then just slides out.

          Reverse to put back…

          If the connector is broken then you could have a problem, try it with tape first to make sure the keyboard still works before thinking of gluing it.

          If the whole connector got ripped out but the cable wasn’t damaged then you can try soldering it back on but otherwise the connector can be purchased from a major electronic supply reseller like DigiKey, Mouser, etc. and then solder it in place.

    2.  Hi Vince,

      When I performed this upgrade, it was a simple swap of the memory sticks and I was good to go after I reassembled the Netbook. Additionally, I also performed a fresh installation of Windows 7 Starter afterwards (via USB), and the computer is running much faster versus when I bought it equipped with 1gb of ram and tons of bloatware. Drivers for the device are available at the Asus website.

  14. The Italian post is great, but it is not necessary to understand Italian.

    I have the 1025c N2800 model Europe (Spain). I did the next steps:

    1. First I bought the RAM at cisco (2GB, I thought 4GB was too much for my girlfriend :), and it may consume more battery, I don’t know).
    Total price: around 12 €.

    2. Then I follow instructions of the video.

      2.0 Remove the battery, and as safety measure try to power on the pc, to discharge it… (Cisco piece of advise).
      2.1 The botton plastic is easy to remove using a little  screwdriver. Next you remove a total of 5 screws, the one behind de plastic, and 4 in the battery area.  2.2 Is time to remove the keyboard. With the help of an old credit card you start pushing between the keyboard surface and the “silver” piece. It is quite hard to do this, for me the hardest part.   (…) 2.3 after some work you finally remove the keyboard, CAUTION: there are to “cables”, the touchpad one and the keyboard one. The little one is removed by pulling a white piece of the connector on the motherboard, with the nail for example. The other one, you must separate the white part from the black part with the help of the screwdriver. 2.4 There are 8 screw on the motherboard plus 4 on the hard disk, + 1 on the wireless device + 1 again on the motherboard (this one is the guarrantee…).  2.5 It is necessary to unplug the little battery, but not the wireless card. 2.6 Just follow the video now.  2.7 Finally when you are about to put the keyboard, be careful with the anchors at the battery area. Is easy to put everything in its place with a some force.This is my experience with ASUS 1025c N2800. Windows 7 Ultimate running perfectly with 2 GB RAM. And waiting to the linux kernel 3.3 for the cedar trail support (on graphics area).

    1. Hola José!

      I bought my Eee 1025c also in Spain. Can you tell me wich kind of RAM did you buy? SO-DIMM DD3 ?  or DDR2? I have seen DD3 “for MacBook”… It’s the same???  Thanks you!

  15. I’d like to double confirm that I, too, have performed a 2gb upgrade with my 1025c purchased in the US from  🙂

    1. Could you reply with the specs of the memory module you installed(PC3-XXXX)? I’m preparing to do the same upgrade but I’ve heard that some netbook motherboards are very particular on which kind of memory you use.

  16. Until someone dissects the slower model available in the States, we won’t know for sure whether the RAM can be upgraded on that version of the mini-laptop as well. ”

    I have the 1025C in the US (running the N2600), purchased from

    I did the steps outlined above and my machine is now properly detecting 2 GB of RAM.


    1.  Thanks for the information! Could you tell us what memory you used? Thank you!

      1. I had bought one of these last year for my Asus Eee PC 1015PEM –

        That machine died, and my SquareTrade warranty let me get the 1025C instead.  Wasn’t happy that I had a 2GB chip lying around with no way to use it, which is why I jumped at it when I saw this post.

  17. as always with intel and graphics — it is a shame, it is a nightmare, it is a consumer rip off. and btw a netbook, that is not freely accessible for upgrades is a no go be definition.

    1.  Having access for upgrades is not part of the netbook definition.  It’s just nice to have but non-upgradeable netbooks have been popping up around since the beginning and is not unusual for the sub notebook to mobile device range, where most devices are not upgradeable.

      The main thing that’s changed over the years is that it’s become a little harder on average to mod and upgrade these devices, with both physical and warranty barriers to doing so, but there are exceptions.

      The HP 210 for example allows the whole bottom to be easily removed without the need for tools, for complete access to RAM, HDD, and Mini PCIe slots.  They just haven’t updated it with a HDMI port yet.

      1. “Having access for upgrades is not part of the netbook definition.”

        Or at least not in the USA. For some reason they saw fit to make that possible at least for the Italians. Companies seem more concerned with hitting a price point in the USA market than anything else.

        1.  The Italian version also requires disassembly, the is a Italian site that did the tear down and RAM upgrade on the 1025C.  Though it remains to be seen if the R052C will be configured the same for them.

          Btw, someone else noticed that the USA product page doesn’t list the disclaimer for non-removable RAM.  So it seems the USA version may be like the Italian and be upgradeable as long as you’re willing to void warranty and take the entire system apart.

          While the 1225B with C-60 also reviewed came with soldered RAM.  So it’s a issue around the world we’re dealing with and not a issue just for any particular region.

  18. When looking at the ASUS product pages last week, I had noticed a discrepancy between…


    The global site has the disclaimer…
    “The memory is fixed on the motherboard and there is no SO-DIMM on the motherboard. The On Board Memory is unable to be removed or replaced for extending.”

    While the USA site lacks that disclaimer. (the opposite of what you’d expect if the USA model is the one with the soldered memory)

    To further confuse things, both sites state “1 x SO-DIMM, 1GB”, while the global site also states “( Maximum 2GB )” and then references the disclaimer above about non-upgradeable memory.

    1. It’s basically the run about way of stating not all models will be configured the same.

      Unfortunately, most companies only post generic listings of their products without bothering to get accurately specific for each possible release in each region.  Both because they tend to be lazy about giving out those details, often just cutting and pasting, and because it gives them leeway in being able to change the configuration if they decided at any time.

      1. Yes. ASUS is clearly lazy about editing/proofreading their web pages when they state “1 x SO-DIMM” and then just a few inches below that state “there is no SO-DIMM”. Honestly, it looks like a computer wrote that page.

  19. Yay! That looks doable for me. But I hope someone translates the italian or posts a tutorial of their own in english.

    Re the memory limits: I take it Windows 7 starter will run with 4GB RAM but only utilize 2GB. Is there some way to use the remaining RAM as a ramdisk similar to how you could use RAM above around 3GB in xp 32bit as a ramdisk?

    Another option is of course to ditch Windows 7 starter and install Linux or some other OS. Or some other version of Win 7 if you have access to that.

    One last thing, the 1025C is advertised in Europe as having one USB3 port. I haven’t seen that mentioned in any of the US reviews. So maybe that varies with region too. USB3 will be great to have for making quick backups to an external harddrive.

    1.  Yes, you could use the same memory work around solutions as on previous systems but those solutions aren’t ideal and only the N2800 supports more than 2GB of RAM anyway.

      Another problem is the Cedar Trail GMA’s are based on Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX545 GPU.  Similar to the SGX535 used in the older Intel GMA 500/600.  So driver support is a issue and while they have made progress with GMA 500/600 support for linux this has yet to be seen for the new GMA 3600/3650 for Cedar Trail.

      Additionally, Windows 7 64bit support for the GMA’s hasn’t been a priority for Intel as they are focusing on getting ready for Windows 8.  So while you may get Windows 7 64bit to work, the drivers may not fully function.

      In fact, despite the hardware supporting DX 10.1 the present drivers only allow up to 9.0c support.  Though this can change over the coming months.  Already the benchmarks being released by some of the recent reviews seem to be edging out benchmarks released months ago, and it depends how quickly they perfect the drivers for Windows 8 before they give Windows 7 driver support proper attention.

      On USB 3.0, only the N2800 version is suppose to get it…

      Oh, btw… Just put the through google’s translator for English instructions.  It’s pretty straight forward and similar to the previous Seashell model disassembly.  While the video at least shows you how.

        1.  Windows 7 Starter Edition is limited to recognizing only up to 2GB but as long as the system hardware can accept 4GB of RAM then you may be able to use a work around method to getting the remaining RAM used, but directly by the OS… No…

          You’ll need a 64bit version of Windows to properly use 4GB or more of RAM, but it may be awhile before Intel released proper 64bit drivers for the Cedar Trail GMA.

          Mind only the N2800 can accept up to 4GB of RAM, the N2600 is still limited to 2GB normal limit for Intel ATOM systems.

          1. So even if my OS only supports 2GB, the 4GB block won’t be completely useless, only half of it will?

          2.  More or less, Windows 7 Starter Edition just puts an arbitrary limit of 2GB on how much RAM the OS will recognize and use…  So basically you’ll see something like 1.93GB even if you install 4GB of RAM.

            While you could use work around methods like setting up a RAM drive to make some use of the unused RAM.

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