The Asus Eee PC 1015PN 10 inch netbook with NVIDIA ION graphics isn’t shipping in the US yet, but it appears that at least a few folks in Europe have managed to get their hands on this new mini-laptop from Asus, because French site Blogeee has posted some of the first photos of the Eee PC 1015PN with its top off.

Basically one hacker decided to replace the included 5400RPM hard drive with a solid state disk. Since there’s no hard drive acces panel on the bottom of the notebook you have to partially disassemble the netbook to do this.

That involves undoing a few screws hidden behind the battery, moving the keyboard out of the way, removing some more screws, voiding your warranty, and then removing the hard drive, pretty much in that order.

Pretty much everything inside the computer is where you would expect it to be — except for the processor, which is actually tucked away on the bottom of the motherboard, which is why it’s not visible in the picture at the top of this post.

You can find more images at Blogeee.

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12 replies on “How to dissect the Asus Eee PC 1015PN”

  1. Has anyone tried to pop the back off for a memory upgrade? I tried and it’s tough as hell. I’m afraid I’m going to break it.

  2. apparently have it in stock in black the last time i looked.

    1. Interesting. Last time I had checked they just had it up for pre-order. Looks like it’s shipping now – although I’ve learned to take a lot of what excaliberPC says with a grain of salt. They often take pre-orders for items before the final pricing and specs are announced.

  3. Anyone know if this can be upgraded to 4gb ram with a 64 bit os? Or is it limited by the pineville chipset?

    1. Limited, you only have access to a single RAM slot and it will only accept up to a 2GB module. Specs are virtually identical to the 1015PEM, just with ION added but with only Starter Edition you won’t have access to Optimus unless you upgrade to Home Premium.

      1. So even if I get a 1x4gb module and upgrade to 64 bit os, it still won’t accept 4gb of ram?

        1. Correct, the max it will be able to use is 2GB. Intel imposes pretty strict limitations on netbook hardware.

          1. Dang.
            Ah well then. Without 4GB of RAM I can’t really use it as my primary computer.

          2. For Primary Computer, if your needs can’t be met by a netbook then you should consider a CULV instead. They cost more and haven’t yet entered the 10″ range but you can find many in 11.6″ to 12″ if you want something close to netbook size and weight.

            Or consider an in-between solution like the AMD powered HP Pavilion DM1z for example…

            Or if you don’t need to game then something like the UL20Ft may be a good fit for you, with Core i3-330UM and upgradeable to 8GB RAM…

          3. Ever since I got my P1620 I really don’t want anything bigger.
            But of course, small laptops comes with a really big price tag.

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