HP MIni 1000: How to Upgrade RAM in Less Than 20 Seconds (video)

Today I upgraded my Mini 1000′s memory from 1GB to 2GB in less than 20 seconds and I didn’t even need to use a screw driver. Upgrading RAM on a notebook is usually a pretty simple task for experienced computer users, but I don’t see how HP could’ve made this any easier on the Mini 1000. Check out this video to see what I mean.

No tools are necessary as there are no screws holdnig the Mini 1000′s memory door shut. Instead there’s a little latch next to the one of the battery releases. All you need is a pointy object like a pen or a knife to reach a hole in the latch so you can slide it to the side. The battery door pops off and gives you easy access to the single memory slot.

You can get a 2GB memory stick from NewEgg, Amazon.com or most other online retailers for under $25. HP does not sell the Mini 1000 with 2GB of memory if you order the XP version because of a licensing agreement with Microsoft. When the MIE (Ubuntu) Mini 1000 is released in January you will be able to customize it with 2GB of RAM on HP’s Web site.

340 Comments

  • Shan Gee says:

    I’m surprised that Microsoft isn’t allowing HP to add more than 1GB of memory in their netbooks and I don’t see a reason why Microsoft is doing this either.

    It’s good to know that changing RAM is this easy in an HP Netbook. Since the Ubuntu version will be cheaper and it will have 2G RAM I would definitely wait for that version if I was getting an HP Netbook.

    • Ed says:

      A brief history:

      * Microsoft introduces Vista. Everyone still keeps using XP.

      * Netbooks become popular. They aren’t powerful enough to run Vista.

      * XP reaches its official end of life, and Microsoft wants to discontinue it. Netbook users complain they won’t have an OS.

      * Microsoft decides to allow XP to continue selling for a bit.

      * Microsoft discontinues XP, but allows netbook manufacturers to continue licensing it, to force everyone else to buy Vista but allow netbook users to use a Microsoft OS.

      * Microsoft decides to define a netbook as a machine that has 1GB of RAM or below.

  • Shan Gee says:

    I’m surprised that Microsoft isn’t allowing HP to add more than 1GB of memory in their netbooks and I don’t see a reason why Microsoft is doing this either.

    It’s good to know that changing RAM is this easy in an HP Netbook. Since the Ubuntu version will be cheaper and it will have 2G RAM I would definitely wait for that version if I was getting an HP Netbook.

    • Ed says:

      A brief history:

      * Microsoft introduces Vista. Everyone still keeps using XP.

      * Netbooks become popular. They aren’t powerful enough to run Vista.

      * XP reaches its official end of life, and Microsoft wants to discontinue it. Netbook users complain they won’t have an OS.

      * Microsoft decides to allow XP to continue selling for a bit.

      * Microsoft discontinues XP, but allows netbook manufacturers to continue licensing it, to force everyone else to buy Vista but allow netbook users to use a Microsoft OS.

      * Microsoft decides to define a netbook as a machine that has 1GB of RAM or below.

  • Rich O says:

    Have you noticed a significant change in performance since doing this?

  • Rich O says:

    Have you noticed a significant change in performance since doing this?

  • Xavier says:

    I haven’t used it much since upgrading yesterday. I’ve actually got a second Mini 1000 w/1GB of memory so I’ll do a side by side comparison soon.

  • Xavier says:

    I haven’t used it much since upgrading yesterday. I’ve actually got a second Mini 1000 w/1GB of memory so I’ll do a side by side comparison soon.

  • Mike says:

    Pardon me if this is a stupid question, but am I correct to assume I can add up to a 4 GB RAM stick to the Mini? Just want to confirm that there’s no limitation that would cause it to only recognize up to 2 GB. Thanks.

  • Mike says:

    Pardon me if this is a stupid question, but am I correct to assume I can add up to a 4 GB RAM stick to the Mini? Just want to confirm that there’s no limitation that would cause it to only recognize up to 2 GB. Thanks.

  • Mike says:

    Whoops! My apologies… I just realized most 4 GB RAM upgrades come in 2 x 2 GB form and not in a dedicated 4 GB stick. I realize there is only one DIMM slot in the Mini 1000, so I guess I’ve answered my own question.

  • Mike says:

    Whoops! My apologies… I just realized most 4 GB RAM upgrades come in 2 x 2 GB form and not in a dedicated 4 GB stick. I realize there is only one DIMM slot in the Mini 1000, so I guess I’ve answered my own question.

  • Mike says:

    What size ram does the mini take??

  • Mike says:

    What size ram does the mini take??

  • Rich says:

    i think just a max of 2gig ddr2 .. i might up to 2 gig.

  • Rich says:

    i think just a max of 2gig ddr2 .. i might up to 2 gig.

  • MadhatterPA says:

    What speed memory did you use? pc2-5300 or pc2-6400?

  • MadhatterPA says:

    What speed memory did you use? pc2-5300 or pc2-6400?

  • hoops_fhills says:

    What was the original memory speed/specs? TIA :)

  • hoops_fhills says:

    What was the original memory speed/specs? TIA :)

  • Rich O says:

    Should be PC26400S 800Mhz. thats the specs of the stick. I think it is also stamped on the stick.

    Rich O

  • Rich O says:

    Should be PC26400S 800Mhz. thats the specs of the stick. I think it is also stamped on the stick.

    Rich O

  • Xavier says:

    yup- that’s it 2PC6400S 800Mhz

    • J says:

      Xavier, what’s the make & model of the ram you used? Sorry if you already answered this. I just bought an HP1000 mini, & have no idea what to do. Thanks!

  • Xavier says:

    yup- that’s it 2PC6400S 800Mhz

    • J says:

      Xavier, what’s the make & model of the ram you used? Sorry if you already answered this. I just bought an HP1000 mini, & have no idea what to do. Thanks!

  • Mark says:

    On the HP site the mini model 1010NR with a 8.9″ screen specs out with a max. memory expansion of 2048MB and the 1035NR with 10.2″ screen specs out with a max of 1024MB. Can the 1035 also be upgraded to 2048MB?

    • Xavier says:

      Yes, all Mini 1000 models can take 2GB/2048MB of RAM. The reason you’re seeing the difference is because the Windows XP license from Microsoft restricts the specs on netbooks. The 8.9-inch specs may have been based on MIE/Linux operating system. When the 8.9-inch/MIE version launches it will be shipped w/2GB

  • Mark says:

    On the HP site the mini model 1010NR with a 8.9″ screen specs out with a max. memory expansion of 2048MB and the 1035NR with 10.2″ screen specs out with a max of 1024MB. Can the 1035 also be upgraded to 2048MB?

    • Xavier says:

      Yes, all Mini 1000 models can take 2GB/2048MB of RAM. The reason you’re seeing the difference is because the Windows XP license from Microsoft restricts the specs on netbooks. The 8.9-inch specs may have been based on MIE/Linux operating system. When the 8.9-inch/MIE version launches it will be shipped w/2GB

  • Jan says:

    Ok, this may be a stupid question, but since MS restricted the memory size to 1GB, does upgrading to 2GB cause any kind of OS errors? (This is my first time back in XP land for quite a while, so bear with me.)

    • Xavier says:

      Nope, Windows XP recognizes 1.99GB of RAM instantly and runs just fine. The restrictions only apply to systems as sold by the OEM (HP) this case. So they can only sell XP pre-installed on systems with a Maximum set of specs. Anything higher they figure can run Vista.

  • Jan says:

    Ok, this may be a stupid question, but since MS restricted the memory size to 1GB, does upgrading to 2GB cause any kind of OS errors? (This is my first time back in XP land for quite a while, so bear with me.)

    • Xavier says:

      Nope, Windows XP recognizes 1.99GB of RAM instantly and runs just fine. The restrictions only apply to systems as sold by the OEM (HP) this case. So they can only sell XP pre-installed on systems with a Maximum set of specs. Anything higher they figure can run Vista.

  • Just bought a 2gb stick for $22 New egg and a 16GB SD card for $25..not bad..should have it in a week.

    I will report back if i notice any difference after i install it. I do know as of right now, that when my Macafee updates, my HP is very slow..

    I’m running Zinio fine and that is resource intensive. I’m not sure if I need the upgrade but I will because I can.

  • Just bought a 2gb stick for $22 New egg and a 16GB SD card for $25..not bad..should have it in a week.

    I will report back if i notice any difference after i install it. I do know as of right now, that when my Macafee updates, my HP is very slow..

    I’m running Zinio fine and that is resource intensive. I’m not sure if I need the upgrade but I will because I can.

  • juan says:

    hola, solo quiero saber si le puedo poner 2 gb de ram al modelo hp mini 1010la, es el que viene con 512mb de ram. y le puedo aumentar a 2 gb???

    dicen que la licencia es lo que limita aumentarle de ram. pero si le cambio la licencias, por otra. creen que funcione aumentando la ram??

  • juan says:

    hola, solo quiero saber si le puedo poner 2 gb de ram al modelo hp mini 1010la, es el que viene con 512mb de ram. y le puedo aumentar a 2 gb???

    dicen que la licencia es lo que limita aumentarle de ram. pero si le cambio la licencias, por otra. creen que funcione aumentando la ram??

  • Steven says:

    I just upgraded to 2gig memory, with no problem.

    I would like to go with a single 4 gig though.

    Has anyone tried that upgrade?

    Please let me know if works.

    Thanks,

    Steven

  • Steven says:

    I just upgraded to 2gig memory, with no problem.

    I would like to go with a single 4 gig though.

    Has anyone tried that upgrade?

    Please let me know if works.

    Thanks,

    Steven

  • Rich says:

    Steven,

    Did you see any notice improvement in performance?

    Thanks

    Rich

  • Rich says:

    Steven,

    Did you see any notice improvement in performance?

    Thanks

    Rich

  • Steven says:

    Hi Rich:

    Yes, the 2 gig upgrade made huge difference.

    I understand that Microsoft limits the amount of RAM allowed in netbooks that use XP Home Edition, I don’t know “why” they make that limitation, unless Microsoft is trying to push their new Vista operating system on the public at large.

    Anyway, when I go to START, HELP AND SUPPORT, SYSTEM INFORMATION in my HP Mini, the memory says, “maximum memory 4 gigs”, I called HP tech support and they first said that 1 gig is the maximum, then when I told the tech what their Help and Support on the Mini says, he rechecked with a supervisor and told that 4 gigs was the maximum.

    I’m buying the 4gigs Saturday and I’ll repost and let you know how it goes.

  • Steven says:

    Hi Rich:

    Yes, the 2 gig upgrade made huge difference.

    I understand that Microsoft limits the amount of RAM allowed in netbooks that use XP Home Edition, I don’t know “why” they make that limitation, unless Microsoft is trying to push their new Vista operating system on the public at large.

    Anyway, when I go to START, HELP AND SUPPORT, SYSTEM INFORMATION in my HP Mini, the memory says, “maximum memory 4 gigs”, I called HP tech support and they first said that 1 gig is the maximum, then when I told the tech what their Help and Support on the Mini says, he rechecked with a supervisor and told that 4 gigs was the maximum.

    I’m buying the 4gigs Saturday and I’ll repost and let you know how it goes.

  • Anthony says:

    If I want to add 1 GB or 2 GB to my HP Pavilion dv6000 Series, What to look for when I buy it?

    • Xavier says:

      Anthony, it depends on your original memory configuration. You probably have either 1GB or 2GB of RAM right now. 2GB is sufficient for most tasks and the dv6000 probably has Vista Home Premium, which can only support 3GB of RAM.

  • Anthony says:

    If I want to add 1 GB or 2 GB to my HP Pavilion dv6000 Series, What to look for when I buy it?

    • Xavier says:

      Anthony, it depends on your original memory configuration. You probably have either 1GB or 2GB of RAM right now. 2GB is sufficient for most tasks and the dv6000 probably has Vista Home Premium, which can only support 3GB of RAM.

  • Eric says:

    Hey everyone… I was going to buy the ram upgrade myself but I was not sure which model. Could someone who purchased it please post a link to NewEgg for a good brand.

    I bought a leather case for it from Hong Kong, this company called PDAir makes a custom case that basically transforms it into a personal organizer / book… hopefully I will get it soon and post about it.

  • Eric says:

    Hey everyone… I was going to buy the ram upgrade myself but I was not sure which model. Could someone who purchased it please post a link to NewEgg for a good brand.

    I bought a leather case for it from Hong Kong, this company called PDAir makes a custom case that basically transforms it into a personal organizer / book… hopefully I will get it soon and post about it.

  • Eric says:

    The case that I bought… you can find it on their website / eBay… it cost about $50… A little steep but then again with accessories prices are always high, gotta love paying $20-30 for a case for your iPhone.. haha.

    Here is a link to a video of it, they actually are quite a tech-savy company. Will post once I get it.

  • Eric says:

    The case that I bought… you can find it on their website / eBay… it cost about $50… A little steep but then again with accessories prices are always high, gotta love paying $20-30 for a case for your iPhone.. haha.

    Here is a link to a video of it, they actually are quite a tech-savy company. Will post once I get it.

  • Rich says:

    I wonder if this case will still fit once a 6 cell battery has been released….

    http://www.pdair.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=10900000_11000245_11000543&products_id=13655

  • Rich says:

    I wonder if this case will still fit once a 6 cell battery has been released….

    http://www.pdair.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=10900000_11000245_11000543&products_id=13655

  • Eric says:

    Rich,

    Sweet, thanks for all of your help.

    Do you think that that 6-cell battery is actually going to change the physical shape of the machine? I figured since it was back mounted it was going to have to be the exact same size as the 3-cell… which means that it will probably be much more expensive than it has to.

    Eric

  • Eric says:

    Rich,

    Sweet, thanks for all of your help.

    Do you think that that 6-cell battery is actually going to change the physical shape of the machine? I figured since it was back mounted it was going to have to be the exact same size as the 3-cell… which means that it will probably be much more expensive than it has to.

    Eric

  • ansres duque says:

    para juan, yo tengo el hp mini 1020la, estoy casi seguro que si podes aumentarle la ram a 2gb, y no te dara ningun problema y lo de las licencias es mentira, microsoft solo deja tenerlo a un giga, es una restriccion que le pusieron a hp para venderlos, pero uno como usuario puede aumentar la ram y no se pierde nada de la garantia…

    And for everyone, what kind of ram memory could use my hp mini 1000? a ddr2(PC2-4200) at 533-MHz or another type of ram memory…. thanks

  • ansres duque says:

    para juan, yo tengo el hp mini 1020la, estoy casi seguro que si podes aumentarle la ram a 2gb, y no te dara ningun problema y lo de las licencias es mentira, microsoft solo deja tenerlo a un giga, es una restriccion que le pusieron a hp para venderlos, pero uno como usuario puede aumentar la ram y no se pierde nada de la garantia…

    And for everyone, what kind of ram memory could use my hp mini 1000? a ddr2(PC2-4200) at 533-MHz or another type of ram memory…. thanks

  • juan says:

    hola muchas gracias por tu respuesta, me ayudo mucho gracias

  • juan says:

    hola muchas gracias por tu respuesta, me ayudo mucho gracias

  • Eric says:

    Hey everyone,

    I forgot to plug that I got my HP at BestBuy… they are having a really good deal on the 16Gb SSD 10” version, it was only $400 and came with a 2Gb internal thumb stick… everything but no bluetooth. I think it is even cheaper than the HP store.

    I had a question. Does anyone think it is a good idea to install Vista Business or XP Pro on the machine. Factory comes with XP Home and I am just wondering if you think there would be a performance increase with the more ram running an different OS. I think people have been talking about Windows 7 being better for netbooks.

    I have two laptops, a MBP and a Dell Inspiron 13… both are powerhouses so it isn’t necessary cause the Mini is just an internet device, however, I feel like maybe it would be a good idea to upgrade.

  • Eric says:

    Hey everyone,

    I forgot to plug that I got my HP at BestBuy… they are having a really good deal on the 16Gb SSD 10” version, it was only $400 and came with a 2Gb internal thumb stick… everything but no bluetooth. I think it is even cheaper than the HP store.

    I had a question. Does anyone think it is a good idea to install Vista Business or XP Pro on the machine. Factory comes with XP Home and I am just wondering if you think there would be a performance increase with the more ram running an different OS. I think people have been talking about Windows 7 being better for netbooks.

    I have two laptops, a MBP and a Dell Inspiron 13… both are powerhouses so it isn’t necessary cause the Mini is just an internet device, however, I feel like maybe it would be a good idea to upgrade.

  • ansres duque says:

    Can anybody tell me what is the best 2gb ram memory that i could buy please?

    HP mini 1000

    thanks

  • ansres duque says:

    Can anybody tell me what is the best 2gb ram memory that i could buy please?

    HP mini 1000

    thanks

  • ecolive says:

    Xavier,

    I think the spec for the 1000 mini max out on the PC2-5300, although the original memory is rated PC2-6400. I do not see why one would expect more speed just by having faster capable memory if the bottleneck seems to be in the mini itself. The PC2-6400 would work, but not adding more performance than the one you already have. All the research I did indicate the PC2-5300 is enough. Could you pls ellaborate why would you want to get a 6400 rated module? Thanks.

  • ecolive says:

    Xavier,

    I think the spec for the 1000 mini max out on the PC2-5300, although the original memory is rated PC2-6400. I do not see why one would expect more speed just by having faster capable memory if the bottleneck seems to be in the mini itself. The PC2-6400 would work, but not adding more performance than the one you already have. All the research I did indicate the PC2-5300 is enough. Could you pls ellaborate why would you want to get a 6400 rated module? Thanks.

  • ecolive says:

    Just to clatify my previous post, I am not questioning that 2GB is better than 1GB, but I am questioning why a 2GB rated PC2-6400 woudl be better than a 2GB PC2-5300 assuming my assumtion that the mini is not capable of handling the added speed in the momory itself is true.

  • ecolive says:

    Just to clatify my previous post, I am not questioning that 2GB is better than 1GB, but I am questioning why a 2GB rated PC2-6400 woudl be better than a 2GB PC2-5300 assuming my assumtion that the mini is not capable of handling the added speed in the momory itself is true.

  • ecolive says:

    The information I have is listed below:

    SOURCE: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01631228.pdf

    Memory One customer-accessible/upgradable memory

    module slot

    -Supports up to 1 GB of system memory

    PC2-4200, 533-MHz, DDR2

    Supports the following configurations:

    ● 512-MB total system memory (512 × 1)

    ● 1024-MB total system memory (1024 × 1)

    ● 2048-MB total system memory (2048 × 1)

  • ecolive says:

    The information I have is listed below:

    SOURCE: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01631228.pdf

    Memory One customer-accessible/upgradable memory

    module slot

    -Supports up to 1 GB of system memory

    PC2-4200, 533-MHz, DDR2

    Supports the following configurations:

    ● 512-MB total system memory (512 × 1)

    ● 1024-MB total system memory (1024 × 1)

    ● 2048-MB total system memory (2048 × 1)

  • So based on this last post, is it a waster to go with 2 gig because it supports up to 1 gig only?

    This seems to contradict itself:

    -Supports up to 1 GB of system memory

    PC2-4200, 533-MHz, DDR2

    Supports the following configurations:

    ● 512-MB total system memory (512 × 1)

    ● 1024-MB total system memory (1024 × 1)

    ● 2048-MB total system memory (2048 × 1)

  • So based on this last post, is it a waster to go with 2 gig because it supports up to 1 gig only?

    This seems to contradict itself:

    -Supports up to 1 GB of system memory

    PC2-4200, 533-MHz, DDR2

    Supports the following configurations:

    ● 512-MB total system memory (512 × 1)

    ● 1024-MB total system memory (1024 × 1)

    ● 2048-MB total system memory (2048 × 1)

  • ecolive says:

    I agree with you that the information is contraditory, but I have my HP 1000 running with 2GB, no problem… I think HP’s MKT updated the memory conmpatibility to include 2GB based on the upcoming Linux version, but the XP MKT limitation (only in the paper) still shows up in the same manual. The bottom line is that the mini does support 2GB, and anything with specs equal or superior to PC2-4200 will work… with no better advantage in going for the faster PC2-5300 or PC-6400 memories… but based on availability, the sweet spot in terms of pricing are in the 5300s or 6400s.

  • ecolive says:

    I agree with you that the information is contraditory, but I have my HP 1000 running with 2GB, no problem… I think HP’s MKT updated the memory conmpatibility to include 2GB based on the upcoming Linux version, but the XP MKT limitation (only in the paper) still shows up in the same manual. The bottom line is that the mini does support 2GB, and anything with specs equal or superior to PC2-4200 will work… with no better advantage in going for the faster PC2-5300 or PC-6400 memories… but based on availability, the sweet spot in terms of pricing are in the 5300s or 6400s.

  • Xavier says:

    IT doesn’t matter really, I borrowed this stick from another machine w/2 x 2GB of memory and need to buy another stick.

  • Xavier says:

    IT doesn’t matter really, I borrowed this stick from another machine w/2 x 2GB of memory and need to buy another stick.

  • Xavier says:

    Yes, the 6-cell will be a wedge that makes the bottom of the Mini 1000 tilt forward. You’ll need to account for this when buying a case for it.

  • Xavier says:

    Yes, the 6-cell will be a wedge that makes the bottom of the Mini 1000 tilt forward. You’ll need to account for this when buying a case for it.

  • Eric says:

    I don’t think there is a considerable difference in price between the 5300 and 6400 so I guess that is why I got the 6400… I haven’t gotten it in the mail yet but I assume it is going to work.

    I bought a 16Gb Sandisk Extreme II card for $40 on Amazon… it should have good transfer rates. Does anyone else out there have the hardrive model? I got the SSD cause I figured that it would get better battery life and transfer speeds. (There have been complaints that the hardrive is only 4200 rpm and has some lag).

    Another thing. The mini I bought came with an internal 2.0Gb HP thumbdrive and I was wondering if I could install Office 07 to run natively on this drive. Does software have to be installed on the main C drive or can it be installed on other drives?

    Does anyone have a screen protector? I don’t think they are necessary but was wondering.

    • Xavier says:

      If every minute battery life is important to you the SSD version is what you want. You can install apps on the expansion cards. It’s a USB interface and should work just fine.

  • Eric says:

    I don’t think there is a considerable difference in price between the 5300 and 6400 so I guess that is why I got the 6400… I haven’t gotten it in the mail yet but I assume it is going to work.

    I bought a 16Gb Sandisk Extreme II card for $40 on Amazon… it should have good transfer rates. Does anyone else out there have the hardrive model? I got the SSD cause I figured that it would get better battery life and transfer speeds. (There have been complaints that the hardrive is only 4200 rpm and has some lag).

    Another thing. The mini I bought came with an internal 2.0Gb HP thumbdrive and I was wondering if I could install Office 07 to run natively on this drive. Does software have to be installed on the main C drive or can it be installed on other drives?

    Does anyone have a screen protector? I don’t think they are necessary but was wondering.

    • Xavier says:

      If every minute battery life is important to you the SSD version is what you want. You can install apps on the expansion cards. It’s a USB interface and should work just fine.

  • Rich says:

    I installed Zinio on my 2 gb stick and it works fine. The Zinio magazines also download to the stick. Works great.

  • Rich says:

    I installed Zinio on my 2 gb stick and it works fine. The Zinio magazines also download to the stick. Works great.

  • Eric says:

    When I installed Office 2007 it actually went directly to the C drive… kind of sucks because now I only have about 8Gb free but I didn’t have an option to change the destination drive.

    I have been using a lot of great programs like Pidgin, Foxit, Thunderbird, Chrome… If anyone has any other suggestions for small apps that would run fast on a netbook please comment.

  • Eric says:

    When I installed Office 2007 it actually went directly to the C drive… kind of sucks because now I only have about 8Gb free but I didn’t have an option to change the destination drive.

    I have been using a lot of great programs like Pidgin, Foxit, Thunderbird, Chrome… If anyone has any other suggestions for small apps that would run fast on a netbook please comment.

  • Steve says:

    hi can anyone tell me where i can buy 2gb ram for my hp mini? can anyone give me the whole link so i can just buy it right away..thanks

  • Steve says:

    hi can anyone tell me where i can buy 2gb ram for my hp mini? can anyone give me the whole link so i can just buy it right away..thanks

  • steven says:

    thanks alot Xavier. Does anyone kno 2gb good for gamming? i wonder wat the different from 1gb ram and 2gb ram

  • steven says:

    thanks alot Xavier. Does anyone kno 2gb good for gamming? i wonder wat the different from 1gb ram and 2gb ram

  • ecolive says:

    It depends of the game… Some games can be a memory hog… but 2GB is better than 1GB because:

    1) More memory normally causes less paging

    2) Paging is slower than memory access

    3) The mini flash memory is not fast and the HDD is also 4200 rpm… anything that drives less paging is good.

    Having said that, not all programs may benefit of larger memory… but larger memory also allows windows to better manage processes and widgets.

  • ecolive says:

    It depends of the game… Some games can be a memory hog… but 2GB is better than 1GB because:

    1) More memory normally causes less paging

    2) Paging is slower than memory access

    3) The mini flash memory is not fast and the HDD is also 4200 rpm… anything that drives less paging is good.

    Having said that, not all programs may benefit of larger memory… but larger memory also allows windows to better manage processes and widgets.

  • steven says:

    cool thanks..do they sell 4gb ram? anyway what is the highest cap ram for hp mini1000?

  • steven says:

    cool thanks..do they sell 4gb ram? anyway what is the highest cap ram for hp mini1000?

  • JessMoore says:

    Slim mini1000 compare to eee S101. I love this with. Large display for reading.

    my deluxe cow mini100 leather case from Carrymobile.com

    http://www.carrymobile.com/scripts/main/viewpda-HP1K-HP8.html

    With worldwide free shipping.

    thanks. i m jess

  • JessMoore says:

    Slim mini1000 compare to eee S101. I love this with. Large display for reading.

    my deluxe cow mini100 leather case from Carrymobile.com

    http://www.carrymobile.com/scripts/main/viewpda-HP1K-HP8.html

    With worldwide free shipping.

    thanks. i m jess

  • Eric says:

    Hey everyone.

    I installed a 2Gb 6400 stick of Kingston that I bought off of NewEgg and it works great!! I noticed that the Samsung stick that I pulled out was a 6400 so I would bet that it will work well with 6400 as well as 5300.

    I also got my new case from PDAir today. It is probably the best case out on the market today but the leather quality from Hong Kong is questionable… it is no Tumi.

    I think the case that I bought is the same as the CarryMobile, literally… but the PDAir version has more compartments / pockets to hold SD cards and business cards.

    Eric

  • Eric says:

    Hey everyone.

    I installed a 2Gb 6400 stick of Kingston that I bought off of NewEgg and it works great!! I noticed that the Samsung stick that I pulled out was a 6400 so I would bet that it will work well with 6400 as well as 5300.

    I also got my new case from PDAir today. It is probably the best case out on the market today but the leather quality from Hong Kong is questionable… it is no Tumi.

    I think the case that I bought is the same as the CarryMobile, literally… but the PDAir version has more compartments / pockets to hold SD cards and business cards.

    Eric

  • Since i have upgraded to the 2gb stick, the bottom of my HP gets very hot. It is focused right where the mem stick is. Has anybody else noticed this?

    Ric O

  • Since i have upgraded to the 2gb stick, the bottom of my HP gets very hot. It is focused right where the mem stick is. Has anybody else noticed this?

    Ric O

  • Eric says:

    I have noticed it get a little hot, right around the fan area… but nothing too serious considering I am used to the melting temperatures on my MBP.

  • Eric says:

    I have noticed it get a little hot, right around the fan area… but nothing too serious considering I am used to the melting temperatures on my MBP.

  • jojo says:

    i got 1gb mem pc6400 on my hp mini 1001 TU. it is also too hot compared to the fan area. im very much concerned. maybe if we try pc5300, mem wont be that hot anymore.

  • jojo says:

    i got 1gb mem pc6400 on my hp mini 1001 TU. it is also too hot compared to the fan area. im very much concerned. maybe if we try pc5300, mem wont be that hot anymore.

  • Xavier says:

    We just got another Mini 1000 and will compare the 2GB upgraded one with the standard 1GB.

  • Xavier says:

    We just got another Mini 1000 and will compare the 2GB upgraded one with the standard 1GB.

  • Bob says:

    I spent a half hour today at Staples playing with a HP Mini 1010NR Notebook … sweet. However, comes with only 512MB RAM, upgradable to 2GB, and has a 8GB Solid State drive. For $40 more, you can purchase the 1030NR with 16GB Solid State Drive, 1GB RAM. Everything else seems to be the same. So I went to Best Buy and bought one. I think it will do what’s needed. May even get rid of the old HP Pavalion, which weighs 47 pounds (well, seems like it) and runs hot. Thanks for the video. It’s very helpful. I’ll make the upgrade to 2GB when things settle down.

  • Bob says:

    I spent a half hour today at Staples playing with a HP Mini 1010NR Notebook … sweet. However, comes with only 512MB RAM, upgradable to 2GB, and has a 8GB Solid State drive. For $40 more, you can purchase the 1030NR with 16GB Solid State Drive, 1GB RAM. Everything else seems to be the same. So I went to Best Buy and bought one. I think it will do what’s needed. May even get rid of the old HP Pavalion, which weighs 47 pounds (well, seems like it) and runs hot. Thanks for the video. It’s very helpful. I’ll make the upgrade to 2GB when things settle down.

  • Bob says:

    HOW DO YOU RESTORE XP

    QUESTION: How do you restore Windows XP if, for some reason, the system goes bad? Is that what the little thumb drive is for on the 1030?

  • Bob says:

    HOW DO YOU RESTORE XP

    QUESTION: How do you restore Windows XP if, for some reason, the system goes bad? Is that what the little thumb drive is for on the 1030?

  • Alejos Bran says:

    Have you been able to run Microsoft Office on this netbook?

  • Alejos Bran says:

    Have you been able to run Microsoft Office on this netbook?

  • ecolive says:

    I run OpenOffice 3.0 with no issues…

  • ecolive says:

    I run OpenOffice 3.0 with no issues…

  • Bob says:

    I should have opened up the box before I asked the question. It has a CD-ROM for Windows XP/Home Edition for Ultra Low Cost PCs SP3 (what a title). Alas, you must have a USB optical drive to use it. Sad.

  • Bob says:

    I should have opened up the box before I asked the question. It has a CD-ROM for Windows XP/Home Edition for Ultra Low Cost PCs SP3 (what a title). Alas, you must have a USB optical drive to use it. Sad.

  • Ethan says:

    I just got my mini a few days ago and I love it.

    o just put in a 2gb stick of ram and I find it doesn’t run much faster but it is harder to bog down. earlier I was running Dawn of war: dark crusade, itunes and my antivirus soft where with no problem. this is more powerful then my last desktop and I love this thing.

    soon I will be putting a bigger hard drive in.

    I found a Toshiba 100gb hard drive but I do not know if it will fit so I have to do a little more research first

  • Ethan says:

    I just got my mini a few days ago and I love it.

    o just put in a 2gb stick of ram and I find it doesn’t run much faster but it is harder to bog down. earlier I was running Dawn of war: dark crusade, itunes and my antivirus soft where with no problem. this is more powerful then my last desktop and I love this thing.

    soon I will be putting a bigger hard drive in.

    I found a Toshiba 100gb hard drive but I do not know if it will fit so I have to do a little more research first

  • Bob says:

    For what it is worth, I copied the contents of my Norton Internet Security 2009 CD-ROM to a flash drive (my copy is licensed for 3 installations) and used that to install the product on my Mini 1030.

    Is there a forum other then this thread to discuss HP Mini issues? I think it is sad to hijack Xavier’s wonderful video thread to discuss issues having nothing to do with memory upgrades …

    • Dynamic Individual says:

      There’s a site called MYHPMINI.com

      It’s a great little onling community just for usersof the mini 1000.

      The only issue…Earlier this week, the site crashed and all it’s contents were lost. All the members have been real good aboutrestoring it though and it’s allmost back to normal.

  • Bob says:

    For what it is worth, I copied the contents of my Norton Internet Security 2009 CD-ROM to a flash drive (my copy is licensed for 3 installations) and used that to install the product on my Mini 1030.

    Is there a forum other then this thread to discuss HP Mini issues? I think it is sad to hijack Xavier’s wonderful video thread to discuss issues having nothing to do with memory upgrades …

    • Dynamic Individual says:

      There’s a site called MYHPMINI.com

      It’s a great little onling community just for usersof the mini 1000.

      The only issue…Earlier this week, the site crashed and all it’s contents were lost. All the members have been real good aboutrestoring it though and it’s allmost back to normal.

  • zia sheikh says:

    hi i just buy hp mini and upgrate its ram 2gb really it is very good i like it

    sound quality is very good

    but about head phone i try to find in computer market but not available there then some body said we can use nokia old model mobile phone here that can work here

  • zia sheikh says:

    hi i just buy hp mini and upgrate its ram 2gb really it is very good i like it

    sound quality is very good

    but about head phone i try to find in computer market but not available there then some body said we can use nokia old model mobile phone here that can work here

  • ecolive says:

    I have a question for anyone using 2GB memory AND a WAN wireless USB connection in the mini…

    I got an AT&T USB QuickSilver adapter today. The reason I want an external device (and not purchase the mini with the internal option) is portability among different computers. Well, I activated the SIM card and tried the USB adapter in a regular notebook… it worked great. Then I tried it in the mini and it ALMOST did not work, so sloooow… unusable! Then I remembered that at the HP site when one orders the mini with the WAN card built-in, there is a “special” 1GB memory for this settings. I started to think that the memory card power consumption may be related to the power left to drive the WAN adapter. Then I decided to downgrade my mini from 2GB back to 1GB, and guess what: everything worked fine, I was able to cruise the internet using the USB WAN adapter. I am not even sure that if I had the “special WAN” 1GB card I would be able to cruise it even faster. Definitely there is a dependency of the power used to drive the memory and the capability in driving ANY WAN adapter.

    QUESTIONS: 1) If anyone purchased the version with internal WAN, could you please place here the memory specs pre-shipped with your mini?

    2) Has anyone tried a similar settings (USB WAN)with 2G memory? If so, please, let me know the memory specs and brand.

    Thanks.

    • ecolive says:

      Note: The WAN version also has a “special display”… for sure not enough power left to drive a WAN card to 100% of its potential in the “normally configured” mini/

      • ecolive says:

        May be I spoke too soon… Even with 1GB memory (normal 1GB, not the WWAN one) the mini is on and off with the USB WWAN adapter… not working consistently.

    • ecolive says:

      UPDATE after more testing… It seems that the issue is related to the shape of the mini and the USB adapter. The WWAN USB adapter is wide and the mini has a recessed USB slot on the right side, and one not so recessed on the left side, but very close to the power socket. My tests revealed that the USB WWAN devide does not make full contact on the right USB port since its housing touches the top ot the mini bezel and it prevents the terminal to be properly inserted into the USB slot. On the left side the issue is the power socket that prevents the USB to be inserted. Assuming a fully charged battery the USB WWAN device was able to work reliably on that slot, but still not fully inserted due to the shape of the mini frame. Bottom line: I will return my mini and get a new one, properly configured with its internal WWAN. I hope this review helps someone looking into using the “normal” mini with a USB device… make sure the device fits the mini… any wide USB device may run into the same issues. Good Luck !

  • ecolive says:

    I have a question for anyone using 2GB memory AND a WAN wireless USB connection in the mini…

    I got an AT&T USB QuickSilver adapter today. The reason I want an external device (and not purchase the mini with the internal option) is portability among different computers. Well, I activated the SIM card and tried the USB adapter in a regular notebook… it worked great. Then I tried it in the mini and it ALMOST did not work, so sloooow… unusable! Then I remembered that at the HP site when one orders the mini with the WAN card built-in, there is a “special” 1GB memory for this settings. I started to think that the memory card power consumption may be related to the power left to drive the WAN adapter. Then I decided to downgrade my mini from 2GB back to 1GB, and guess what: everything worked fine, I was able to cruise the internet using the USB WAN adapter. I am not even sure that if I had the “special WAN” 1GB card I would be able to cruise it even faster. Definitely there is a dependency of the power used to drive the memory and the capability in driving ANY WAN adapter.

    QUESTIONS: 1) If anyone purchased the version with internal WAN, could you please place here the memory specs pre-shipped with your mini?

    2) Has anyone tried a similar settings (USB WAN)with 2G memory? If so, please, let me know the memory specs and brand.

    Thanks.

    • ecolive says:

      Note: The WAN version also has a “special display”… for sure not enough power left to drive a WAN card to 100% of its potential in the “normally configured” mini/

      • ecolive says:

        May be I spoke too soon… Even with 1GB memory (normal 1GB, not the WWAN one) the mini is on and off with the USB WWAN adapter… not working consistently.

    • ecolive says:

      UPDATE after more testing… It seems that the issue is related to the shape of the mini and the USB adapter. The WWAN USB adapter is wide and the mini has a recessed USB slot on the right side, and one not so recessed on the left side, but very close to the power socket. My tests revealed that the USB WWAN devide does not make full contact on the right USB port since its housing touches the top ot the mini bezel and it prevents the terminal to be properly inserted into the USB slot. On the left side the issue is the power socket that prevents the USB to be inserted. Assuming a fully charged battery the USB WWAN device was able to work reliably on that slot, but still not fully inserted due to the shape of the mini frame. Bottom line: I will return my mini and get a new one, properly configured with its internal WWAN. I hope this review helps someone looking into using the “normal” mini with a USB device… make sure the device fits the mini… any wide USB device may run into the same issues. Good Luck !

  • Steve says:

    Hey, thanks for the video, I’ve read all the comments and I feel very informed. I had a question.

    Could I upgrade from a pre-loaded 512MB of RAM to 2GB of RAM just as easily? I am thinking of ordering a Mini 1000 and it would be cheaper a LOT to get a 512MB RAM configuration and spend $20 on a 1.5GB RAM upgrade from the 512MB. I just want to make sure I can go from 512MB to 2GB just as easily as in your video which shows 1GB to 2GB.

    • Steve says:

      Actually, nevermind, I just found out the upgrade to 1GB is free from HP’s site. So I’ll just order that and get a 2GB stick from NewEgg.

      Thanks.

    • ecolive says:

      The 512mb OR 1gb are all contained in a single module. You will need to remove either one to install the 2GB module/.

  • Steve says:

    Hey, thanks for the video, I’ve read all the comments and I feel very informed. I had a question.

    Could I upgrade from a pre-loaded 512MB of RAM to 2GB of RAM just as easily? I am thinking of ordering a Mini 1000 and it would be cheaper a LOT to get a 512MB RAM configuration and spend $20 on a 1.5GB RAM upgrade from the 512MB. I just want to make sure I can go from 512MB to 2GB just as easily as in your video which shows 1GB to 2GB.

    • Steve says:

      Actually, nevermind, I just found out the upgrade to 1GB is free from HP’s site. So I’ll just order that and get a 2GB stick from NewEgg.

      Thanks.

    • ecolive says:

      The 512mb OR 1gb are all contained in a single module. You will need to remove either one to install the 2GB module/.

  • Bob says:

    (1) Can you also install a 4GB stick?

    (2) Does the BIOS support it (I have a Mini 1030)?

    (3) Has anyone done this?

  • Bob says:

    (1) Can you also install a 4GB stick?

    (2) Does the BIOS support it (I have a Mini 1030)?

    (3) Has anyone done this?

  • Ken says:

    Hey Xavier, have you tried upgrading the mini 1000 with 2gb pc2-6400 ram yet? please tell me if it worked? cuz someone on another site say the mini 1000 doesn’t support 2gb 6400 rams (only 1gb showing in the bios).

  • Ken says:

    Hey Xavier, have you tried upgrading the mini 1000 with 2gb pc2-6400 ram yet? please tell me if it worked? cuz someone on another site say the mini 1000 doesn’t support 2gb 6400 rams (only 1gb showing in the bios).

  • Philip says:

    Thanks for all of the info on this site. I am now more than confident of my next laptop purchase.

  • Philip says:

    Thanks for all of the info on this site. I am now more than confident of my next laptop purchase.

  • Victor says:

    Help needed…

    I just got an HP Mini 1001TU and upgraded it from 1GB to 2GB, hoping to increase the shared video RAM. Does anyone have an idea on how to do this? I tried the BIOS but it does not allow the setting for the RAM to be adjusted for video.

  • Victor says:

    Help needed…

    I just got an HP Mini 1001TU and upgraded it from 1GB to 2GB, hoping to increase the shared video RAM. Does anyone have an idea on how to do this? I tried the BIOS but it does not allow the setting for the RAM to be adjusted for video.

  • Skip says:

    Google got me here, lots of good info – thanks. Just bought a 1010nr at staples yesterday, $300 “special deal” (bought it in DE – no tax). Anyway, I’m interested in the RAM upgrade but I’m concerned about some of the postings about the increased heat issue. Thank you for any comments.

  • Skip says:

    Google got me here, lots of good info – thanks. Just bought a 1010nr at staples yesterday, $300 “special deal” (bought it in DE – no tax). Anyway, I’m interested in the RAM upgrade but I’m concerned about some of the postings about the increased heat issue. Thank you for any comments.

  • John says:

    Hey……what’s the best way to install MS Office to my 1030NR? I have other computers with CD, USB, and memory card ports. I also have memory card and USB memory for my 1030NR. I was thinking of installing ONLY the MS Word app.

    Thanks………..

    • Xavier says:

      Copy the contents of MS office to a USB stick. Or download the trial version from Microsoft and just enter your serial number to convert. Make sure you’re downloading the same version of office that you have a license for.

  • John says:

    Hey……what’s the best way to install MS Office to my 1030NR? I have other computers with CD, USB, and memory card ports. I also have memory card and USB memory for my 1030NR. I was thinking of installing ONLY the MS Word app.

    Thanks………..

    • Xavier says:

      Copy the contents of MS office to a USB stick. Or download the trial version from Microsoft and just enter your serial number to convert. Make sure you’re downloading the same version of office that you have a license for.

  • Bob says:

    “what’s the best way to install MS Office to my 1030NR? I have other computers with CD, USB, and memory card ports.”

    Here’s how I installed Photoshop CS4 on my Mini 1030: on my desktop machine inserted the distribution CD-ROM, ignored the autostart stuff, opened up Windows Explorer, inserted a thumb drive in a USB port, copied the contents, including all subdirectories, to the thumb drive, ejected it (safely!), inserted that in my Mini, and clicked on the startup file on the thumb drive (startup.exe, I think). It installed without a hitch.

  • Bob says:

    “what’s the best way to install MS Office to my 1030NR? I have other computers with CD, USB, and memory card ports.”

    Here’s how I installed Photoshop CS4 on my Mini 1030: on my desktop machine inserted the distribution CD-ROM, ignored the autostart stuff, opened up Windows Explorer, inserted a thumb drive in a USB port, copied the contents, including all subdirectories, to the thumb drive, ejected it (safely!), inserted that in my Mini, and clicked on the startup file on the thumb drive (startup.exe, I think). It installed without a hitch.

  • Mark says:

    Has anyone begun to do a comparison between the mini 1000 series and the new mini 2140 series. What advantages does one have over the other? Does the 2140 have a built-in microphone with the web-cam?

    • ecolive says:

      As I read somewhere, the only reason to not purchase de 2140 and get the 1000 is that the 2140 may not be available in a given country. It is a no brainer: better case (metal), spill proof keyboard, 160GB disk (5400 or 7200), 6 cell battery available (over 8hrs), and even the 3 cell lasts 4hrs. The standard screen resolution is at least comparable to the mini (I cannot read small anyway, therefore I do not want the higher res screen)… ah, I forgot the VGA connector buil-in, and the ExpressCard 54 available as extras… and the cam and mic are also there. All of this for US$499 (OK, HP SMB charge $20 shipping) + tax. Again, the mini is nice, but overpriced when compared to the 2140 since a XP model with 6cell battery and 160 5400rpm disk costs only $75 or so more than a “similar” mini 1000.

    • Xavier says:

      I’m in the process of reviewing the 2140. It’s much more of a “pro” netbook and there are a lot of things to like about it. The 2140 is more expensive, but well worth it depending on your needs. On the other hand the Mini 1000 is lighter/slimmer.

      The MSRPs may be similar, but since the Mini 1000 is a consumer product you’re much more likely to see significant discounts/coupons.

      • ecolive says:

        You made a good assessment… The only observation I have is that, at this time, the prices are similar for a 3 cell XP machine ($50 dollars apart). Also at this time, all HP coupons I have seen exclude the mini 1000. But with time, the delta in price will be larger, with the mini 1000 having more discounts, as you said. In my oppinion, at least at this time, the mini 2140 is the best buy given the $50 extra is not much.

        One caviat: due to the Chinese New Year’s Holiday all 2140 shippings are delayed around 2 weeks. I am still waiting to receive mine. I may need to return my mini 1000 before receiving my mini 2140.

    • Samba says:

      I read about the new apple macbooks that alluminium casing always reduced the strength of the wifi signal. So I prefered the mini 1030nr to the 2140. Plus I am not sure but I think that the cooling/heat disipassion rate of aluminium is lower than plastic casing (in case you hapen to have your netbook on your lap -you know how important this is)-it will affect your processing speed.

      • Logan says:

        That’s crazy, heat sinks are made out of either aluminum or copper specifically because these are the best two (affordable) materials for heat exchange. Plastic is far far worse than aluminum.

  • Mark says:

    Has anyone begun to do a comparison between the mini 1000 series and the new mini 2140 series. What advantages does one have over the other? Does the 2140 have a built-in microphone with the web-cam?

    • ecolive says:

      As I read somewhere, the only reason to not purchase de 2140 and get the 1000 is that the 2140 may not be available in a given country. It is a no brainer: better case (metal), spill proof keyboard, 160GB disk (5400 or 7200), 6 cell battery available (over 8hrs), and even the 3 cell lasts 4hrs. The standard screen resolution is at least comparable to the mini (I cannot read small anyway, therefore I do not want the higher res screen)… ah, I forgot the VGA connector buil-in, and the ExpressCard 54 available as extras… and the cam and mic are also there. All of this for US$499 (OK, HP SMB charge $20 shipping) + tax. Again, the mini is nice, but overpriced when compared to the 2140 since a XP model with 6cell battery and 160 5400rpm disk costs only $75 or so more than a “similar” mini 1000.

    • Xavier says:

      I’m in the process of reviewing the 2140. It’s much more of a “pro” netbook and there are a lot of things to like about it. The 2140 is more expensive, but well worth it depending on your needs. On the other hand the Mini 1000 is lighter/slimmer.

      The MSRPs may be similar, but since the Mini 1000 is a consumer product you’re much more likely to see significant discounts/coupons.

      • ecolive says:

        You made a good assessment… The only observation I have is that, at this time, the prices are similar for a 3 cell XP machine ($50 dollars apart). Also at this time, all HP coupons I have seen exclude the mini 1000. But with time, the delta in price will be larger, with the mini 1000 having more discounts, as you said. In my oppinion, at least at this time, the mini 2140 is the best buy given the $50 extra is not much.

        One caviat: due to the Chinese New Year’s Holiday all 2140 shippings are delayed around 2 weeks. I am still waiting to receive mine. I may need to return my mini 1000 before receiving my mini 2140.

    • Samba says:

      I read about the new apple macbooks that alluminium casing always reduced the strength of the wifi signal. So I prefered the mini 1030nr to the 2140. Plus I am not sure but I think that the cooling/heat disipassion rate of aluminium is lower than plastic casing (in case you hapen to have your netbook on your lap -you know how important this is)-it will affect your processing speed.

      • Logan says:

        That’s crazy, heat sinks are made out of either aluminum or copper specifically because these are the best two (affordable) materials for heat exchange. Plastic is far far worse than aluminum.

  • Bob says:

    Err, the 1030, which I got from BestBuy, has a built in mic… and it works, once I figured out how to turn it on.

  • Bob says:

    Err, the 1030, which I got from BestBuy, has a built in mic… and it works, once I figured out how to turn it on.

  • underground says:

    I have installed the fastest 2gb gameing memory I could find Corsair CGM2X2GS800 http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/gaming_memory/default.aspx

    I would be willing to run memory test against others with 2gb memory types to see if there is any advantage to speending extra for the higher end memory

  • underground says:

    I have installed the fastest 2gb gameing memory I could find Corsair CGM2X2GS800 http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/gaming_memory/default.aspx

    I would be willing to run memory test against others with 2gb memory types to see if there is any advantage to speending extra for the higher end memory

  • mario says:

    hey guys i have a question…i just bought my Hp Mini 2113, i know most of the threads are for hp 1000 or others but i need to do the same with my lap.

    i have the $750 lap with bluetooth wifi 160 gb hdd with 1gb and Windows XP.

    My questions : Can i upgrade my RAM until what? 3gb or 4gb? where i can do it? and also can i have this mini notebook with windows vista ultimate?

    thxs for the answers

  • mario says:

    hey guys i have a question…i just bought my Hp Mini 2113, i know most of the threads are for hp 1000 or others but i need to do the same with my lap.

    i have the $750 lap with bluetooth wifi 160 gb hdd with 1gb and Windows XP.

    My questions : Can i upgrade my RAM until what? 3gb or 4gb? where i can do it? and also can i have this mini notebook with windows vista ultimate?

    thxs for the answers

  • Bob says:

    I think the max upgrade depends on how many memory slots you have. My 1030 had only one slot, and the largest RAM that would fit it was 2GB, so that was my only choice. So, investigate how many modules your machine will take, and from that baseline go shopping. Good luck!

  • Bob says:

    I think the max upgrade depends on how many memory slots you have. My 1030 had only one slot, and the largest RAM that would fit it was 2GB, so that was my only choice. So, investigate how many modules your machine will take, and from that baseline go shopping. Good luck!

  • Nick says:

    Xavier, I need to upgrade the ram on my mini soon. It is too slow for my liking. I guess I’m gonna go with the 2GB 5300? or have you tried the 6400 yet?

    Thanks in Advance….

    • Xavier says:

      I used 5300, haven’t tried 6400

      • Carol says:

        Xavier,

        Would this memory work in the Mini 1000? Corsair VS2GSDS667D2 ValueSelect 2 GB PC2-5300 667 MHz 200-PIN DDR2 CL5 SODIMM

        When I used your url it got me to a PC2-6400 at new egg.

        My mini is very slow and I want to swap out the 1g for 2g but am concerned about compatability. My mini has the 32g SSD.

        Thanks

  • Nick says:

    Xavier, I need to upgrade the ram on my mini soon. It is too slow for my liking. I guess I’m gonna go with the 2GB 5300? or have you tried the 6400 yet?

    Thanks in Advance….

    • Xavier says:

      I used 5300, haven’t tried 6400

      • Carol says:

        Xavier,

        Would this memory work in the Mini 1000? Corsair VS2GSDS667D2 ValueSelect 2 GB PC2-5300 667 MHz 200-PIN DDR2 CL5 SODIMM

        When I used your url it got me to a PC2-6400 at new egg.

        My mini is very slow and I want to swap out the 1g for 2g but am concerned about compatability. My mini has the 32g SSD.

        Thanks

  • Brent says:

    Anyone running Windows 7 on the Mini yet? with the Ram upgrade?

    • DennyPCW says:

      I did the RAM upgrade (it really did only take 20 seconds!) and Windows 7 definitely benefits. More precisely, apps running in the Windows 7 beta don’t crawl the way they did with the original 1GB. I wouldn’t say they are really speedy, but I’m glad I made the upgrade.

  • Brent says:

    Anyone running Windows 7 on the Mini yet? with the Ram upgrade?

    • DennyPCW says:

      I did the RAM upgrade (it really did only take 20 seconds!) and Windows 7 definitely benefits. More precisely, apps running in the Windows 7 beta don’t crawl the way they did with the original 1GB. I wouldn’t say they are really speedy, but I’m glad I made the upgrade.

  • DennyPCW says:

    I am running Windows 7 without the upgrade. Runs, but apps are slow (surprise surprise). So I’m going to do the upgrade. Will advise.

  • DennyPCW says:

    I am running Windows 7 without the upgrade. Runs, but apps are slow (surprise surprise). So I’m going to do the upgrade. Will advise.

  • Dan says:

    Just wondering if anyone has tried upgrading to 4GB yet. I see a lot of posts of people asking about it but nobody reporting on whether or not it’s possible/been done. Is there even a single 4GB stick available? I just got my Mini 1030NR

  • Dan says:

    Just wondering if anyone has tried upgrading to 4GB yet. I see a lot of posts of people asking about it but nobody reporting on whether or not it’s possible/been done. Is there even a single 4GB stick available? I just got my Mini 1030NR

  • ecolive says:

    Dan, the short answer is NO. 4GB cannot be addressed by a 32 bit operating system. Even if the motherboard supports 4GB, the system would not see more than a bit over 3GB. 2GB should be more than enough for the atom 1.6GHz processor. If one really needs 4GB, I really think that the netbook is not a good option. I would suggest a “real” notebook, dual core, etc…

  • ecolive says:

    Dan, the short answer is NO. 4GB cannot be addressed by a 32 bit operating system. Even if the motherboard supports 4GB, the system would not see more than a bit over 3GB. 2GB should be more than enough for the atom 1.6GHz processor. If one really needs 4GB, I really think that the netbook is not a good option. I would suggest a “real” notebook, dual core, etc…

  • ecolive says:

    OK, just a follow up, you may install a 64 bit operating system and try the 4GB memory card, but that’s a good gamble. I am not sure whether the motherboard would actually supports it. In HPs hardware manual it mentions only 2GB. Even if it works, the power consumption would increase, as well as the temperature, and lower battery life. Everyone (including myself) have seen a hotter case after the 2GB upgrade.

  • ecolive says:

    OK, just a follow up, you may install a 64 bit operating system and try the 4GB memory card, but that’s a good gamble. I am not sure whether the motherboard would actually supports it. In HPs hardware manual it mentions only 2GB. Even if it works, the power consumption would increase, as well as the temperature, and lower battery life. Everyone (including myself) have seen a hotter case after the 2GB upgrade.

  • Bob says:

    For what it is worth, I’m writing this on a XP/Pro-32 machine with two 2GB sticks and a couple of sockets for another pair; I’ll not upgrade the RAM until I install a 64-bit OS (probably Win 7-64).

    I think the main issue with 32-bit systems is (a) the maximum that a 32-bit system can address is 4GB (b) some system components, such as the BIOS and the graphics card(s), are addressed as primary RAM and eat keep some of the RAM from being used (in my case, I have two 512MB graphics cards, plus the BIOS) and (c) the net a 32-bit OS can use of your RAM is the difference between 4GB and whatever your Graphics/BIOS/etc are using.

    I have 2GB on my HP Mini 1030, and am pleased with the performance (Win XP/Home)..

  • Bob says:

    For what it is worth, I’m writing this on a XP/Pro-32 machine with two 2GB sticks and a couple of sockets for another pair; I’ll not upgrade the RAM until I install a 64-bit OS (probably Win 7-64).

    I think the main issue with 32-bit systems is (a) the maximum that a 32-bit system can address is 4GB (b) some system components, such as the BIOS and the graphics card(s), are addressed as primary RAM and eat keep some of the RAM from being used (in my case, I have two 512MB graphics cards, plus the BIOS) and (c) the net a 32-bit OS can use of your RAM is the difference between 4GB and whatever your Graphics/BIOS/etc are using.

    I have 2GB on my HP Mini 1030, and am pleased with the performance (Win XP/Home)..

  • Dan says:

    Thanks for the follow-ups. I’ve just ordered 2GB – it should be plenty. I am only using the Mini for internet and email so there’s no real need for 4GB. Definitly not worth the hassle of having to install a 64-bit OS. Thanks again.

  • Dan says:

    Thanks for the follow-ups. I’ve just ordered 2GB – it should be plenty. I am only using the Mini for internet and email so there’s no real need for 4GB. Definitly not worth the hassle of having to install a 64-bit OS. Thanks again.

  • Berga says:

    I just picked up an HP Mini from Costco (1.6ghz, 60gb, 1gb ram) and was wondering if the atom cpu is dual core?

    I ask because I noticed in the task manager in the performance tab that I see 2 cpu graphs. And under device manager I see 2 cpu’s under Processors and under Computer it says Multiprocessor PC.

  • Berga says:

    I just picked up an HP Mini from Costco (1.6ghz, 60gb, 1gb ram) and was wondering if the atom cpu is dual core?

    I ask because I noticed in the task manager in the performance tab that I see 2 cpu graphs. And under device manager I see 2 cpu’s under Processors and under Computer it says Multiprocessor PC.

  • Nick says:

    Xavier, Thanks so much for this thread. But I know nothing about computers. So can you please give me a link where i can buy the 2PC6400S 800Mhz? I tried looking on tigerdirect, i might be staring at it on the screen but i don’t want to make a mistake. I just wanna order it so i can follow your video and install it and be done with it.

    Thanks in advance….

  • Nick says:

    Xavier, Thanks so much for this thread. But I know nothing about computers. So can you please give me a link where i can buy the 2PC6400S 800Mhz? I tried looking on tigerdirect, i might be staring at it on the screen but i don’t want to make a mistake. I just wanna order it so i can follow your video and install it and be done with it.

    Thanks in advance….

  • timmy says:

    4gb of ram on a 32 bit machine will be recognized as 3.25gb

  • timmy says:

    4gb of ram on a 32 bit machine will be recognized as 3.25gb

  • Yaniv says:

    I have the 1030NR (1gig Ram, 16gig SSD) and after loading a web page in firefox the machine will hang for a second or two with the HDD light on solid for a second or two and then let me scroll down the web page.

    Will adding another gig or ram fix this issue?

  • Yaniv says:

    I have the 1030NR (1gig Ram, 16gig SSD) and after loading a web page in firefox the machine will hang for a second or two with the HDD light on solid for a second or two and then let me scroll down the web page.

    Will adding another gig or ram fix this issue?

  • Bob says:

    It is probably “paging” … swapping real memory out to SSD to make room for FireFox. Doubling RAM should significantly reduce that. A good $25 investment.

  • Bob says:

    It is probably “paging” … swapping real memory out to SSD to make room for FireFox. Doubling RAM should significantly reduce that. A good $25 investment.

  • Eric says:

    Hi am curious. What is the maximum allowable RAM upgrade for the HP mini 1030NR? I want the most I can sqeeze out of this thing. So any help would be great. Thank you.

  • Eric says:

    Hi am curious. What is the maximum allowable RAM upgrade for the HP mini 1030NR? I want the most I can sqeeze out of this thing. So any help would be great. Thank you.

  • Bob says:

    I think, but am not sure, it is 2GB, and is limited by the amount of storage available in the required form factor or the Mini’s BIOS, or both. In any event, 2GB is enough to run Windows 7 (32-bit), so that is good enough for me. But I’ll wait until some months after it is released for production until I make the Win 7 plunge.

    Eric, did you ever get your PDAir case? How do you like it?

  • Bob says:

    I think, but am not sure, it is 2GB, and is limited by the amount of storage available in the required form factor or the Mini’s BIOS, or both. In any event, 2GB is enough to run Windows 7 (32-bit), so that is good enough for me. But I’ll wait until some months after it is released for production until I make the Win 7 plunge.

    Eric, did you ever get your PDAir case? How do you like it?

  • Kevin says:

    They sell 4GB sticks for laptops for $180. I dunno about you, but spending $180 for memory on a $400 netbook is crazy!

  • Kevin says:

    They sell 4GB sticks for laptops for $180. I dunno about you, but spending $180 for memory on a $400 netbook is crazy!

  • Samba says:

    Hey guys,

    I remember long time ago, an article on cnet’s “how to”. They explained how to virtually increase your ram with a USB plugged in… really cool trick that would make a notebook run faster… I am not sure they still have it since they revamped the site…can s/one comment on that?

    Thx

  • Samba says:

    Hey guys,

    I remember long time ago, an article on cnet’s “how to”. They explained how to virtually increase your ram with a USB plugged in… really cool trick that would make a notebook run faster… I am not sure they still have it since they revamped the site…can s/one comment on that?

    Thx

  • Samba says:

    the key to faster/better performance is in tweeking the software-not the hardware…in any case 2gb should be enough for anyone-except if u want to game on a netbook…

    • scott says:

      Hi All, I’m new to this thread and just bought (from HP direct) a new mini 1000 XP home edition. Okay, I’d upgraded to 32gb SSD but it has only 512mb ram. When I ordered it, the tech support said things should load in 10 seconds or so, but some pages take up to ONE minute. Thank god I found this thread: so can I follow the video guidelines and put in 2Gb? Does the fact that it’s a solid state drive have anything to do with it? I like everything about the mini except this turtle-like speed. Even clicking on the Control Panel takes 20seconds to 40 seconds to open. This cannot be right! I should say that ALL I want to do with this mini is to access email, and download small word docs (school assignments from students) and some pics. I’ll be shuttling everyting over to my Mobile Me so don’t need to store stuff on this laptop. BUT speed I need!

      Thanks for any help.

      • ecolive says:

        The mini 1000 has a PATA HD 4200 rpms in its disk version, and I remember reading somewhere that the SSD version did not have the fastest SSD available. Having said that, and assuming you have XP, 512MB is not much at all… spend around $22 to $27 in a 2GB memory upgrade and it should make a difference. I opted to return my mini 1000 and I got the mini 2140 instead. Not as easy to install the memory (the keyboard needs to be removed), but the speed gain is noticeable, mainly when you first open an application. One note: The mini 2140 has a SATA 5400 rpm disk, and that makes a diference. If one wants to really spend $$$, there is an option for 7200 rpms. But the SSD price is VERY expensive, almost the price of the computer itself, therefore not an option.

  • Samba says:

    the key to faster/better performance is in tweeking the software-not the hardware…in any case 2gb should be enough for anyone-except if u want to game on a netbook…

    • scott says:

      Hi All, I’m new to this thread and just bought (from HP direct) a new mini 1000 XP home edition. Okay, I’d upgraded to 32gb SSD but it has only 512mb ram. When I ordered it, the tech support said things should load in 10 seconds or so, but some pages take up to ONE minute. Thank god I found this thread: so can I follow the video guidelines and put in 2Gb? Does the fact that it’s a solid state drive have anything to do with it? I like everything about the mini except this turtle-like speed. Even clicking on the Control Panel takes 20seconds to 40 seconds to open. This cannot be right! I should say that ALL I want to do with this mini is to access email, and download small word docs (school assignments from students) and some pics. I’ll be shuttling everyting over to my Mobile Me so don’t need to store stuff on this laptop. BUT speed I need!

      Thanks for any help.

      • ecolive says:

        The mini 1000 has a PATA HD 4200 rpms in its disk version, and I remember reading somewhere that the SSD version did not have the fastest SSD available. Having said that, and assuming you have XP, 512MB is not much at all… spend around $22 to $27 in a 2GB memory upgrade and it should make a difference. I opted to return my mini 1000 and I got the mini 2140 instead. Not as easy to install the memory (the keyboard needs to be removed), but the speed gain is noticeable, mainly when you first open an application. One note: The mini 2140 has a SATA 5400 rpm disk, and that makes a diference. If one wants to really spend $$$, there is an option for 7200 rpms. But the SSD price is VERY expensive, almost the price of the computer itself, therefore not an option.

  • underground says:

    I’m one of the few watching this page that has a mini 1000 (actually a 1030) with the 16gb SSD drive. I have upgraded to the fastest 2gb memory card I could find http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/gaming_memory/default.aspx

    and really haven’t noticed any noticeable increase in speed. However I have no complaints about my Minni’s speed and it seems to run very nicely for the price. I use it for more than email, I also have a GPS receiver for the car and have a great point to point auto navigator.

    The extra memory does help things run smoother under load and is worth the extra cost of $20 for the cheaper brands, but there will be extra heat that you will notice from the extra memory.

    If your having speed issues, I would recommend scanning for spy-ware and or viruses. Try Spybot and Ad-aware, both are free for download. I use both along with a good anti viruse, I can notice a speed decrease even after only a couple days of letting Internet trash build up on my machine. These programs will keep your PC running at it’s prime.

    Also, if you do have an SSD drive like myself, San Disk is coming out with a new SSD drive that they earlier claimed was 5 times faster than current SSD drives, making it much faster than even current HDD’s and using less power.

    http://www.sandisk.com/OEM/ProductCatalog(1441)-pSSD_Modular_Solid_State_Drive.aspx

    It should be available to consumers during the middle of the year, with sizes over 100gb. Though they are not real cheap, a drive like that would put your HP mini in a all new class and they are getting cheaper by the month.

  • underground says:

    I’m one of the few watching this page that has a mini 1000 (actually a 1030) with the 16gb SSD drive. I have upgraded to the fastest 2gb memory card I could find http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/gaming_memory/default.aspx

    and really haven’t noticed any noticeable increase in speed. However I have no complaints about my Minni’s speed and it seems to run very nicely for the price. I use it for more than email, I also have a GPS receiver for the car and have a great point to point auto navigator.

    The extra memory does help things run smoother under load and is worth the extra cost of $20 for the cheaper brands, but there will be extra heat that you will notice from the extra memory.

    If your having speed issues, I would recommend scanning for spy-ware and or viruses. Try Spybot and Ad-aware, both are free for download. I use both along with a good anti viruse, I can notice a speed decrease even after only a couple days of letting Internet trash build up on my machine. These programs will keep your PC running at it’s prime.

    Also, if you do have an SSD drive like myself, San Disk is coming out with a new SSD drive that they earlier claimed was 5 times faster than current SSD drives, making it much faster than even current HDD’s and using less power.

    http://www.sandisk.com/OEM/ProductCatalog(1441)-pSSD_Modular_Solid_State_Drive.aspx

    It should be available to consumers during the middle of the year, with sizes over 100gb. Though they are not real cheap, a drive like that would put your HP mini in a all new class and they are getting cheaper by the month.

  • underground says:

    I’m have a mini 1000 (actually a 1030) with the 16gb SSD drive. I have upgraded to the fastest 2gb memory card I could find http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/gaming_memory/default.aspx

    and really haven’t noticed any noticeable increase in speed. However I have no complaints about my Minni’s speed and it seems to run very nicely for the price. I use it for more than email, I also have a GPS receiver for the car and have a great point to point auto navigator.

    The extra memory does help things run smoother under load and is worth the extra cost of $20 for the cheaper brands, but there will be extra heat that you will notice from the extra memory.

    If your having speed issues, I would recommend scanning for spy-ware and or viruses. Try Spybot and Ad-aware, both are free for download. I use both along with a good anti viruse, I can notice a speed decrease even after only a couple days of letting Internet trash build up on my machine. These programs will keep your PC running at it’s prime.

    Also, if you do have an SSD drive like myself, San Disk is coming out with a new SSD drive that they earlier claimed was 5 times faster than current SSD drives, making it much faster than even current HDD’s and using less power.

    http://www.sandisk.com/OEM/ProductCatalog(1441)-pSSD_Modular_Solid_State_Drive.aspx

    It should be available to consumers during the middle of the year, with sizes over 100gb. Though they are not real cheap, a drive like that would put your HP mini in a all new class and they are getting cheaper by the month.

  • underground says:

    I’m have a mini 1000 (actually a 1030) with the 16gb SSD drive. I have upgraded to the fastest 2gb memory card I could find http://www.corsairmemory.com/products/gaming_memory/default.aspx

    and really haven’t noticed any noticeable increase in speed. However I have no complaints about my Minni’s speed and it seems to run very nicely for the price. I use it for more than email, I also have a GPS receiver for the car and have a great point to point auto navigator.

    The extra memory does help things run smoother under load and is worth the extra cost of $20 for the cheaper brands, but there will be extra heat that you will notice from the extra memory.

    If your having speed issues, I would recommend scanning for spy-ware and or viruses. Try Spybot and Ad-aware, both are free for download. I use both along with a good anti viruse, I can notice a speed decrease even after only a couple days of letting Internet trash build up on my machine. These programs will keep your PC running at it’s prime.

    Also, if you do have an SSD drive like myself, San Disk is coming out with a new SSD drive that they earlier claimed was 5 times faster than current SSD drives, making it much faster than even current HDD’s and using less power.

    http://www.sandisk.com/OEM/ProductCatalog(1441)-pSSD_Modular_Solid_State_Drive.aspx

    It should be available to consumers during the middle of the year, with sizes over 100gb. Though they are not real cheap, a drive like that would put your HP mini in a all new class and they are getting cheaper by the month.

  • Neil in AZ says:

    Thanks for posting this. I was having a heck of a time finding the release latch.

  • Neil in AZ says:

    Thanks for posting this. I was having a heck of a time finding the release latch.

  • scott says:

    Thanks guys. I’ll try the extra memory and check for viruses (but the thing was just brand new and came with Norton installed). If the speed doesn’t speed up, back it goes and my Macbook goes with me.

  • scott says:

    Thanks guys. I’ll try the extra memory and check for viruses (but the thing was just brand new and came with Norton installed). If the speed doesn’t speed up, back it goes and my Macbook goes with me.

  • Bob says:

    I have a Mini 1030 with a 16GB SSD; the first thing I did to it was swap the memory stick for a 2GB unit. When I’m single tasking (running only one application) I’ve had no performance problems. I’ve loaded it down with all sorts of web development software, including PhotoShop CS3. PS CS3 does not perform as well as on my big desktop with a quad processor, but, when single tasking, it does OK. I already had Norton Internet Security 2009 (3-license), so I added that. I’ve written SanDisk for more information on their pSSD Modular Solid State Drive … that should be an interesting upgrade.

    The one problem I’ve had is the screen size on one particular operation in PhotoShop … saving graphic images for the web. The interface window is a fixed height, and it is just too high to allow the interface to work. So I have a work-around procedure. Fortunately, that is just a backup machine for me, so it is not a significant problem.

  • Bob says:

    I have a Mini 1030 with a 16GB SSD; the first thing I did to it was swap the memory stick for a 2GB unit. When I’m single tasking (running only one application) I’ve had no performance problems. I’ve loaded it down with all sorts of web development software, including PhotoShop CS3. PS CS3 does not perform as well as on my big desktop with a quad processor, but, when single tasking, it does OK. I already had Norton Internet Security 2009 (3-license), so I added that. I’ve written SanDisk for more information on their pSSD Modular Solid State Drive … that should be an interesting upgrade.

    The one problem I’ve had is the screen size on one particular operation in PhotoShop … saving graphic images for the web. The interface window is a fixed height, and it is just too high to allow the interface to work. So I have a work-around procedure. Fortunately, that is just a backup machine for me, so it is not a significant problem.

  • scott says:

    I was on the phone with HP tech support; Maneesh wanted to go ahead and delete the Roxio backontrack whatever program (I had been getting balloon messages warning that I might not be able to restart the system because of a conflict with Windows blah blah), but when we tried to delete, we got error code C(forgot number). I then took the laptop into a local repair shop; the guy said it would take a lot of work to delete the program and felt that it had been shipped with some errors in programming. We did try a new 2 Gb stick but there was very little difference in speed. He suggested shipping it back. The bottom line is this: even after trying more memory, it takes between 10-30 seconds to even open an application, on or offline. And even that’s not consistent. Some things opened quickly today that didn’t yesterday and vice versa. What do you all think??

  • scott says:

    I was on the phone with HP tech support; Maneesh wanted to go ahead and delete the Roxio backontrack whatever program (I had been getting balloon messages warning that I might not be able to restart the system because of a conflict with Windows blah blah), but when we tried to delete, we got error code C(forgot number). I then took the laptop into a local repair shop; the guy said it would take a lot of work to delete the program and felt that it had been shipped with some errors in programming. We did try a new 2 Gb stick but there was very little difference in speed. He suggested shipping it back. The bottom line is this: even after trying more memory, it takes between 10-30 seconds to even open an application, on or offline. And even that’s not consistent. Some things opened quickly today that didn’t yesterday and vice versa. What do you all think??

  • scott says:

    Forgot to ask another question: Can i get by with a 16-Gb ssd if the only thing I want to do is load Microsoft Word, maybe Power Point, Yahoo messenger and skype? I won’t be playing games or obviously CD’s.

    • Bob says:

      Scott,

      I uninstalled Microsoft Works, and installed the following: FireFox, Thunderbird, Notepad++, WS_FTP, IE8 (replaced IE7), Photoshop CS4, a suite of applications that support ripping and burning CD’s and DVD’s for my external HP DVD box ($40, Craigslist), Adobe Reader 8, Windows Media Player, Open Office Suite, a bunch of utilities (Belarc Acvisor, CCleaner, Secunia Peraonal Software Inspector, ooVoo Video, Logitech Mouse support, Tweak UI, Norton Internet Security 2009).

      I have 2.42 GB free on my “C” SSD drive and 1.82 GB free on my “D” drive … the built-in USB drive on the Mini 1030.

      I’ve just about run out of stuff to load on the machine. I will be in the market for a larger SSD, but see no immediate need for one now, and will wait for prices to fall.

      And, for what it is worth, using headphones I’ve watch a movie from NetFlix on it. But you have to use headphones: the built-in speakers suck (no big surprise there).

    • Bob says:

      Scott, 16GB SSD is enough for what you want to do. I hope you have gone ahead and given it a try. I haven’t been monitoring this forum lately.

  • scott says:

    Forgot to ask another question: Can i get by with a 16-Gb ssd if the only thing I want to do is load Microsoft Word, maybe Power Point, Yahoo messenger and skype? I won’t be playing games or obviously CD’s.

    • Bob says:

      Scott,

      I uninstalled Microsoft Works, and installed the following: FireFox, Thunderbird, Notepad++, WS_FTP, IE8 (replaced IE7), Photoshop CS4, a suite of applications that support ripping and burning CD’s and DVD’s for my external HP DVD box ($40, Craigslist), Adobe Reader 8, Windows Media Player, Open Office Suite, a bunch of utilities (Belarc Acvisor, CCleaner, Secunia Peraonal Software Inspector, ooVoo Video, Logitech Mouse support, Tweak UI, Norton Internet Security 2009).

      I have 2.42 GB free on my “C” SSD drive and 1.82 GB free on my “D” drive … the built-in USB drive on the Mini 1030.

      I’ve just about run out of stuff to load on the machine. I will be in the market for a larger SSD, but see no immediate need for one now, and will wait for prices to fall.

      And, for what it is worth, using headphones I’ve watch a movie from NetFlix on it. But you have to use headphones: the built-in speakers suck (no big surprise there).

    • Bob says:

      Scott, 16GB SSD is enough for what you want to do. I hope you have gone ahead and given it a try. I haven’t been monitoring this forum lately.

  • ecolive says:

    Some actual numbers from a mini 2140 w/ XP:

    4 sec improvement when FIRST opening firefox (2GB x 1GB). Note that after the first instance has been opened, one can close it and re-open it almost instantly.

  • ecolive says:

    Some actual numbers from a mini 2140 w/ XP:

    4 sec improvement when FIRST opening firefox (2GB x 1GB). Note that after the first instance has been opened, one can close it and re-open it almost instantly.

  • Steven says:

    Hey guys,

    I have a mini 1000 cto with a 16 gb ssd. It was very slow. I bought a 16gb class 6 sd card and put it in. I then set it up to be used as drive d. I then set page filing to the sd card. Significant speed improvment. It is totally true that the xp low cost netbook licence only alows you to access 1gb ram as I have a 2gb stick in there. You can tell when you set the page file min and max. min will be 1.5gb and max will be 3gb, standard page filing as is 1.5x’s to 3x’s max accesible ram. The HP SSD write times are extremly slow, read is not as bad. That is why setting the page filing to a fast sd card shows significant improvment.

    I am very intrested in how eboostr pro version would work accesing a whole 2g or 4g stick of ram for both extra ram access and page filing. Someone blow $39 dollars on it and post how that worked.

    By the way, look up Transend T3 usb flash memory, it will fit in your specialized hp usb memory port.

  • Steven says:

    Hey guys,

    I have a mini 1000 cto with a 16 gb ssd. It was very slow. I bought a 16gb class 6 sd card and put it in. I then set it up to be used as drive d. I then set page filing to the sd card. Significant speed improvment. It is totally true that the xp low cost netbook licence only alows you to access 1gb ram as I have a 2gb stick in there. You can tell when you set the page file min and max. min will be 1.5gb and max will be 3gb, standard page filing as is 1.5x’s to 3x’s max accesible ram. The HP SSD write times are extremly slow, read is not as bad. That is why setting the page filing to a fast sd card shows significant improvment.

    I am very intrested in how eboostr pro version would work accesing a whole 2g or 4g stick of ram for both extra ram access and page filing. Someone blow $39 dollars on it and post how that worked.

    By the way, look up Transend T3 usb flash memory, it will fit in your specialized hp usb memory port.

  • Steven says:

    By the way, when I set page filing to the class 6 sd card, every extensive web page (such as msn news) would load in about 1/3 to 1/2 the time

  • Steven says:

    By the way, when I set page filing to the class 6 sd card, every extensive web page (such as msn news) would load in about 1/3 to 1/2 the time

  • Bob says:

    Steve, where did you get your 16gb SSD? How much? Make/model number? Thanks!

  • Bob says:

    Steve, where did you get your 16gb SSD? How much? Make/model number? Thanks!

  • Carol says:

    I want to upgrade my mini 1000 to 2gb, but am having trouble deciding which to purchase.

    At Amazon, I can get Corsair VS2GSDS667D2 ValueSelect 2 GB PC2-5300 667 MHz 200-PIN DDR2 CL5 SODIMM Laptop Memory and for a similar price I can get Kingston 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory .

    My confusion is whether or not I neeed the Pc2-6400 or the PC2 5300 or whether it does not make a difference. I could get no information about the two memories from HP.

    Thanks for any help.

  • Carol says:

    I want to upgrade my mini 1000 to 2gb, but am having trouble deciding which to purchase.

    At Amazon, I can get Corsair VS2GSDS667D2 ValueSelect 2 GB PC2-5300 667 MHz 200-PIN DDR2 CL5 SODIMM Laptop Memory and for a similar price I can get Kingston 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Laptop Memory .

    My confusion is whether or not I neeed the Pc2-6400 or the PC2 5300 or whether it does not make a difference. I could get no information about the two memories from HP.

    Thanks for any help.

  • Bob says:

    Here’s my experience with my HP 1030: I ordered a 2GB stick from Newegg.com: Crucial 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory

    Works like a charm. Current cost is $20 with free shipping (as of today). On 13Jan09 it cost me $22 plus $4 shipping!

    IMHO, Netbook manufactures do not encourage RAM upgrades because M****S*** wants them to keep the devices to 1GB RAM, since they were “crippled” with a back-version of Windows (XP Home Edition), which as of a few days ago, is no longer supported by M****S*** (except for security issues). But, then, what do I know. In any event, I’m happy with my HP Mini, and the only other upgrade I’m considering is additional SSD space – currently I have all the apps I want on it, and still have almost 2GB to spare. Good luck!

  • Bob says:

    Here’s my experience with my HP 1030: I ordered a 2GB stick from Newegg.com: Crucial 2GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Laptop Memory

    Works like a charm. Current cost is $20 with free shipping (as of today). On 13Jan09 it cost me $22 plus $4 shipping!

    IMHO, Netbook manufactures do not encourage RAM upgrades because M****S*** wants them to keep the devices to 1GB RAM, since they were “crippled” with a back-version of Windows (XP Home Edition), which as of a few days ago, is no longer supported by M****S*** (except for security issues). But, then, what do I know. In any event, I’m happy with my HP Mini, and the only other upgrade I’m considering is additional SSD space – currently I have all the apps I want on it, and still have almost 2GB to spare. Good luck!

  • victor says:

    hi, im a rookie. I also have a mini 1000 with a 16 gb ssd, added an additional 16gb sd card. how do i set up page filing to the sd card as well as setting the page filing to increase the performance??? Help please

    • Bob says:

      First, right mouse click on “My Computer” and select “Properties” Then select “Advanced” and “Performance” Finally, select “Advanced” and at the bottom, under Virtual Memory, select “Change” My system displays two drives: C: (the default system disk) and D: (the little 2GB USB disk that came with the system, a 1030 from BestBuy). Your new SSD should be displayed. Simply click on the desired device at the top and click on “Set” to lock that setting in place.

      Finally, where did you get your add-on 16GB SSD from, and what did you pay for it?

  • victor says:

    hi, im a rookie. I also have a mini 1000 with a 16 gb ssd, added an additional 16gb sd card. how do i set up page filing to the sd card as well as setting the page filing to increase the performance??? Help please

    • Bob says:

      First, right mouse click on “My Computer” and select “Properties” Then select “Advanced” and “Performance” Finally, select “Advanced” and at the bottom, under Virtual Memory, select “Change” My system displays two drives: C: (the default system disk) and D: (the little 2GB USB disk that came with the system, a 1030 from BestBuy). Your new SSD should be displayed. Simply click on the desired device at the top and click on “Set” to lock that setting in place.

      Finally, where did you get your add-on 16GB SSD from, and what did you pay for it?

  • victor says:

    Steve: do i also need to change the initial & maximum (MB) size?

  • victor says:

    Steve: do i also need to change the initial & maximum (MB) size?

  • Mark says:

    Is it possible to use my bluetooth phone ear and mic unit with a bluetooth equipped Mini 1000 or Mini 2140, or are they not compatible? The 2140 doesn’t have a built in web cam mic! what a shame! Also, how does the Mini’s VGA camera picture clarity compare to other netbooks with a 1.3 pixel camera? The VGA is supposedly equal to a .3 pixel image.

    • ecolive says:

      Mark, the 2140 DOES have a built in cam… same bad quality as the mini 1000. I did not test it, but I do not see why a Bluetooth device would not work with a mini 1000 or 2140 BT enabled.

      • ecolive says:

        Sorry, just saw you were talking about the MIC… will double check it… one plus for the 2140 is that it has two jacks, one for audio and one for MIC. THe mini 1000 has a single jack.

  • Mark says:

    Is it possible to use my bluetooth phone ear and mic unit with a bluetooth equipped Mini 1000 or Mini 2140, or are they not compatible? The 2140 doesn’t have a built in web cam mic! what a shame! Also, how does the Mini’s VGA camera picture clarity compare to other netbooks with a 1.3 pixel camera? The VGA is supposedly equal to a .3 pixel image.

    • ecolive says:

      Mark, the 2140 DOES have a built in cam… same bad quality as the mini 1000. I did not test it, but I do not see why a Bluetooth device would not work with a mini 1000 or 2140 BT enabled.

      • ecolive says:

        Sorry, just saw you were talking about the MIC… will double check it… one plus for the 2140 is that it has two jacks, one for audio and one for MIC. THe mini 1000 has a single jack.

  • Jorge says:

    I’m thinking on buying a Mini. Can anyone tell me if the game Dawn of War Soulstorm runs smoothly on the HP Mini 2140??? With 2 GB of memory, Which would this game still run with Vista Basic??? Or does it only make it in Windows XP???

    Thanks a lot

  • Jorge says:

    I’m thinking on buying a Mini. Can anyone tell me if the game Dawn of War Soulstorm runs smoothly on the HP Mini 2140??? With 2 GB of memory, Which would this game still run with Vista Basic??? Or does it only make it in Windows XP???

    Thanks a lot

  • Bob says:

    I’m not a gamer, so I have no first hand knowledge. However, from what I read, if it is a 3D game you can forget it. The only OS’s I’ve heard running on Netbooks are Linux/Ubuntu, Windows XP/Home, and Windows 7. I’m really not sure about Vista.

    On the other hand, 2GB is an inexpensive upgrade (~$25) that is really helpful, and adding a 16GB SD card gives you a lot of extra storage if you are limited by a SSD (as I chose to be); of course, if you have a hard disk, then you should be OK.

    I’m downloading the latest Ubuntu version that was optimized for Netbooks (9.04) … it is one of three 9.04 releases (desktop, server, and Netbook) … it should be interesting. Apparently they are having a problem with audio on some Netbooks, including the Mini, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway.

  • Bob says:

    I’m not a gamer, so I have no first hand knowledge. However, from what I read, if it is a 3D game you can forget it. The only OS’s I’ve heard running on Netbooks are Linux/Ubuntu, Windows XP/Home, and Windows 7. I’m really not sure about Vista.

    On the other hand, 2GB is an inexpensive upgrade (~$25) that is really helpful, and adding a 16GB SD card gives you a lot of extra storage if you are limited by a SSD (as I chose to be); of course, if you have a hard disk, then you should be OK.

    I’m downloading the latest Ubuntu version that was optimized for Netbooks (9.04) … it is one of three 9.04 releases (desktop, server, and Netbook) … it should be interesting. Apparently they are having a problem with audio on some Netbooks, including the Mini, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway.

  • Tom says:

    I have a 1030NR (16GB SSD internal drive, came with 1 GB ram and Windows XP)

    I bought a 2GB dimm from BestBuy (Corsair “gaming” memory, PC6400) and wiped the drive right away and installed Windows 7 build 7100.

    So, no impressions with using it with XP and 1GB ram.

    comments with 2Gb and Windows 7:

    Laptop is quite hot in the ram area.

    Laptop is quite slow, and all i use it for is watching video clips and net browsing. Do not even CONSIDER gaming on this laptop.

    Very light and portable. Battery life seems fair, not great.

    Thougts:

    Im going to get a 16GB SD card and move the page file to it, as others have suggested.

    I would like to try a 4GB stick, even though only 3.25 GB will be recoginized by Win 7 32 bit (or vista for that matter). People here are incorrectly saying you can install Vista 64 or Win 7 64 and test 4GB of ram. The Atom processor in the Mini is 32 BIT ONLY, so you cant even install a 64 BIT OS if you wanted to!

  • Tom says:

    I have a 1030NR (16GB SSD internal drive, came with 1 GB ram and Windows XP)

    I bought a 2GB dimm from BestBuy (Corsair “gaming” memory, PC6400) and wiped the drive right away and installed Windows 7 build 7100.

    So, no impressions with using it with XP and 1GB ram.

    comments with 2Gb and Windows 7:

    Laptop is quite hot in the ram area.

    Laptop is quite slow, and all i use it for is watching video clips and net browsing. Do not even CONSIDER gaming on this laptop.

    Very light and portable. Battery life seems fair, not great.

    Thougts:

    Im going to get a 16GB SD card and move the page file to it, as others have suggested.

    I would like to try a 4GB stick, even though only 3.25 GB will be recoginized by Win 7 32 bit (or vista for that matter). People here are incorrectly saying you can install Vista 64 or Win 7 64 and test 4GB of ram. The Atom processor in the Mini is 32 BIT ONLY, so you cant even install a 64 BIT OS if you wanted to!

  • Tom says:

    Update:

    Bought an 8GB Class 6 (30 meg/sec) SD card at BestBuy today. Formatted it (FAT32) and switched the page file from the internal SSD to the SD Card (let windows 7 manage the file size)

    No improvement. Still sluggist at pretty much everything. Conclusion, the Mini 1030, even with 2GB of ram, is quite slow, even just browsing with IE8 in Win 7. Best to leave XP on it.

  • Tom says:

    Update:

    Bought an 8GB Class 6 (30 meg/sec) SD card at BestBuy today. Formatted it (FAT32) and switched the page file from the internal SSD to the SD Card (let windows 7 manage the file size)

    No improvement. Still sluggist at pretty much everything. Conclusion, the Mini 1030, even with 2GB of ram, is quite slow, even just browsing with IE8 in Win 7. Best to leave XP on it.

  • koko says:

    i know this is out of the topic but i just saw this on youtube. its one way of making the HP mini 1000 IMPROVE ITS PERFORMANCE:

  • koko says:

    i know this is out of the topic but i just saw this on youtube. its one way of making the HP mini 1000 IMPROVE ITS PERFORMANCE:

  • victor says:

    i cannot seem to link my mini to the hp printer due to a minimum required screen res/size. does any know if you can print with the mini? Thanks

    • ecolive says:

      Just plug in an external monitor, disable the built in screen, then change windows resolution to a higher level. Install the printer, and do the reverse process, It should work.

      • victor says:

        lets not forget this netbook doesnt have a Serial Port. i just ordered a USB video converter, and hopefully i will be able to try this out.

        secondly, do you think i will be able to view videos from my netbook on my tv with the USB video converter bable?

  • victor says:

    i cannot seem to link my mini to the hp printer due to a minimum required screen res/size. does any know if you can print with the mini? Thanks

    • ecolive says:

      Just plug in an external monitor, disable the built in screen, then change windows resolution to a higher level. Install the printer, and do the reverse process, It should work.

      • victor says:

        lets not forget this netbook doesnt have a Serial Port. i just ordered a USB video converter, and hopefully i will be able to try this out.

        secondly, do you think i will be able to view videos from my netbook on my tv with the USB video converter bable?

  • Alvin says:

    I hear everyone putting PC2 6400 DDR2 2 GB in the Mini. I also hear how it runs hotter. I would think running PC2 4200 DDR2 2 GB a better choose. Oh CL3 also. Note 6400 runs front side bus at 800 Mhz but is is CL6 or CL5 at best. This means every 5 CPU cycles you can access all RAM. With the CL3 it is running 533 Mhz and takes 3 CPU cycles to access all system RAM. Simple Math 2048/800*5=12.8 compared to 2048/533*3=11.5 less is better. One other thing is the 1GB PC26400 that comes in the HP Mini only runs as 533 CL4 according to the MCH controller. Boot system press F10 system status show memory at 533 not 800.

    Thanks

  • Alvin says:

    I hear everyone putting PC2 6400 DDR2 2 GB in the Mini. I also hear how it runs hotter. I would think running PC2 4200 DDR2 2 GB a better choose. Oh CL3 also. Note 6400 runs front side bus at 800 Mhz but is is CL6 or CL5 at best. This means every 5 CPU cycles you can access all RAM. With the CL3 it is running 533 Mhz and takes 3 CPU cycles to access all system RAM. Simple Math 2048/800*5=12.8 compared to 2048/533*3=11.5 less is better. One other thing is the 1GB PC26400 that comes in the HP Mini only runs as 533 CL4 according to the MCH controller. Boot system press F10 system status show memory at 533 not 800.

    Thanks

  • Mr.Mankins says:

    I just got off the phone with hp because when i got finished with playing with the ram i had no screen so when you finnish you have to take the batturee out plug in the A/C adapter (power should be off) then push the power button and press F10 15 times when front lights come on. when you get a screen restart laptop, when that has finished turn off laptop and turn back on

    then ur finnished

    myspace.com/samueladems

  • Mr.Mankins says:

    I just got off the phone with hp because when i got finished with playing with the ram i had no screen so when you finnish you have to take the batturee out plug in the A/C adapter (power should be off) then push the power button and press F10 15 times when front lights come on. when you get a screen restart laptop, when that has finished turn off laptop and turn back on

    then ur finnished

    myspace.com/samueladems

  • Remy B says:

    I’m using my hp 1030nr right now at the library with a 2GB stick of mem in it. It has a heat sink on it, and so I was wondering if anyone else has tried this upgrade with such a stick. Damn thing is heating up and I wish the fan would shut up-sheesh it is loud and the other people in the library seem to be getting annoyed.

  • Remy B says:

    I’m using my hp 1030nr right now at the library with a 2GB stick of mem in it. It has a heat sink on it, and so I was wondering if anyone else has tried this upgrade with such a stick. Damn thing is heating up and I wish the fan would shut up-sheesh it is loud and the other people in the library seem to be getting annoyed.

  • Mr.mankins says:

    Who god to the library
    Also does any one no how to light up the web cam on the mini 1000

  • Mr.mankins says:

    Who god to the library
    Also does any one no how to light up the web cam on the mini 1000

  • Greg says:

    Hi, does any of you know how to take out or remove the internal 16gb ssd from the hp mini 1000 unit? thanks

  • Greg says:

    Hi, does any of you know how to take out or remove the internal 16gb ssd from the hp mini 1000 unit? thanks

  • sinead says:

    Hi im a bigg rookie.

    i have a mini 1001 and im running windows 7 beta at the moment. i upgraded to 2GB RAM with not much improvement. lately start up time is almost at 2 mins, with virus check coming back clear.

    ANYWAYS, i know what a ssd is and i was wondering with my laptop (unknown original hd volume) if i should upgrade to a ssd or a sd or im confused!!!

    someone spell out what my options are please?

    any help would be so appreciated!

  • sinead says:

    Hi im a bigg rookie.

    i have a mini 1001 and im running windows 7 beta at the moment. i upgraded to 2GB RAM with not much improvement. lately start up time is almost at 2 mins, with virus check coming back clear.

    ANYWAYS, i know what a ssd is and i was wondering with my laptop (unknown original hd volume) if i should upgrade to a ssd or a sd or im confused!!!

    someone spell out what my options are please?

    any help would be so appreciated!

  • Liv says:

    What about an HP Mini 1010NR? I’ve tried upgrading my RAM to 2GB, but when I turned my computer on, nothing changed.

  • Liv says:

    What about an HP Mini 1010NR? I’ve tried upgrading my RAM to 2GB, but when I turned my computer on, nothing changed.

  • moshe says:

    #

    HP Mini 1000 review and benchmark with HP Mini 110 > Article > MobilityMinded says:

    August 24, 2009 at 3:22 am

    [...] of the HP Mini 1000 to 2 GB and used the tutorial by Xavier Lanier from Notebooks.com: “HP MIni 1000: How to Upgrade RAM in Less Than 20 Seconds (video)” My feeling is that things like the Windows Aero interface run more smooth on the HP Mini [...]

    Reply

  • moshe says:

    #

    HP Mini 1000 review and benchmark with HP Mini 110 > Article > MobilityMinded says:

    August 24, 2009 at 3:22 am

    [...] of the HP Mini 1000 to 2 GB and used the tutorial by Xavier Lanier from Notebooks.com: “HP MIni 1000: How to Upgrade RAM in Less Than 20 Seconds (video)” My feeling is that things like the Windows Aero interface run more smooth on the HP Mini [...]

    Reply

  • Bill Witt says:

    Thanks man! I would never have figured that out :)

    Bill

  • Bill Witt says:

    Thanks man! I would never have figured that out :)

    Bill

  • MABOAT says:

    I just discovered this site. I have a hp 1000 and would like to speed it up. From what I read I need to get a 2gb memory stick and replace teh 1gb it came with. What is the 16gb ssd for? What is being replaced?

  • MABOAT says:

    I just discovered this site. I have a hp 1000 and would like to speed it up. From what I read I need to get a 2gb memory stick and replace teh 1gb it came with. What is the 16gb ssd for? What is being replaced?

  • airboat3601 says:

    upraded my HP Mini 1010NR to 2gb, and all I get is a black screen. Any suggestions? Running XP home 2002 SP3. Thanks

  • Andy says:

    Thank you for a very informative discussion. I want to upgrade my 1030NR to 2 GB but everyone talks about the 2GB for $18-$20… when i go to egg.com it is more like $50. Any suggestions where to get if for as cheap as $20? Thank you

  • djmyers says:

    I've just upgraded to 2GB RAM in my HP Mini 1033CL (running Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10). Unfortunately it seems to still only recognize 1GB of installed memory. I know that HP officially states that it supports only 1GB, but I've seen posts by a number of people who claim they've successfully upgraded to 2GB. Anyone else have this issue and/or know how to fix it? Thanks.

  • djmyers says:

    I've just upgraded to 2GB RAM in my HP Mini 1033CL (running Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10). Unfortunately it seems to still only recognize 1GB of installed memory. I know that HP officially states that it supports only 1GB, but I've seen posts by a number of people who claim they've successfully upgraded to 2GB. Anyone else have this issue and/or know how to fix it? Thanks.

  • Em says:

    This was very informative, however one crucial bit of info was left out. When I went to NewEgg the memory options were daunting. I know the module needs to be a 200-Pin, SO-DIMM, DDR2 but do I choose 533, 667, 800? Also I have not found a 2GB stick for $25 anywhere, not even NewEgg. Thank you for the quick tutorial.

  • Jeanette says:

    I guess the 2GB cards aren't 25 buck but 45.

  • Thomas says:

    Stop Double Clicking The Submit Button ! NOOBS

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