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How to Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble an Ultra Mobile PC - UMPC

Do you want to upgrade, repair or mod your Origami PC aka Ultra Mobile PC - UMPC? Here are some links to free instructions.

Acer Aspire One Here is the sequence that needs to be done to disassemble the RAM.
Acer Aspire One How to dismantle the UMPC and install new RAM.
Acer Aspire One Here there are some photos that may help people to open the UMPC and disassemble the face plate.
Acer Aspire One Installing RAM is incredibly simple after the trials endured in unpacking the motherboard. This guide explains how to pop out the 512MB 5300 SODIMM piece and slap in a Netlist 1GB 5300 DDR2 piece. It also tells how to strip the case of a cheap mini USB BlueTooth dongle and solder it with four wires on to the USB terminal connectors.
Acer Aspire One A demonstration of how to take the UMPC apart, how to upgrade the RAM, and how to add internal USB Bluetooth. Basically a micro USB Bluetooth module (Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR) has been connected to a 5V trace (off in standby), a nearby ground trace, and the USB signals (pins 36 & 38) available on the mini PCIe card slot occupied by the WiFi card. The Bluetooth module was stripped, wrapped in Kapton tape and installed under the palm rest.
Acer Aspire One How to replace the SSD with a 1.8 Inch PATA hard drive. The UMPC SSD features the same ZIF connector found on 1.8 Inch PATA hard drives, which are small, light, efficient, affordable, plentiful, and somewhat shock resistant - all this while providing more storage and better performance than this particular SSD. Apparently, there's just enough space for a thin (5 mm) 1.8 Inch PATA hard drive under the motherboard.
Acer Aspire One The freakishly long process to upgrade the memory of the AAO is amazingly ridiculous. The easiest thing to upgrade is the WiFi card with a Dell 1390 card.
Acer Aspire One How to replace the original 8G SSD with a 16G SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card by way of a CF adapter and a ZIF flip cable.
Acer Aspire One 532H This illustrated take apart guide helps you upgrading RAM, HDD, WiFi and replacing a broken LCD screen (in Italian).
Acer Aspire One - AA1 Tired of having a slow netbook? No problemo! The machine has room for a memory upgrade on the board. Unfortunately, the slot is hidden away under the keyboard and motherboard, so you need to completely disassemble the netbook to find it. This very nice video shows how to take the machine apart - and put it back together after upgrading [video].
Acer Aspire One AOA150-1570 To get this netbook apart pry up the two rear rubber feet and remove the screws underneath them. Stick the feet to the battery for safekeeping. Remove the keyboard. There are 3 locking tabs at the top of the keyboard, in the top cover, sticking out over the edge.
Acer Aspire One A0751h NetBook (Model ZA3) In order to remove the caddy simply remove four screws (two screws on each side) and separate it from the hard drive. A regular 160GB 2.5 Inches SATA hard drive is installed but any larger 2.5" SATA hard drive should work just fine.
Airis Kira 100 How to take the UMPC apart and get access to the WiFi antenna and the HDD (video in Spanish).
ASUS Eee PC 900 How to replace a keyboad in the UMPC aka netbook.
ASUS Eee PC 901 Splitting the Atom: a complete look inside a disassembled netbook.
ASUS Eee PC 901 20G Cracking open an ultra-portable and appreciate the engineering prowess that went into the design as revealed in this photo gallery.
ASUS Eee PC 1201n This guide shows how to remove the NetBook memory modules, keyboard, top cover, hard drive, cooling fan and CMOS battery.
ASUS Eee PC 1201n This netbook has a LED-backlit screen, which is not cheap and replacing it in a laptop repair shop probably doesn't make sense because it may cost a few hundred dollars. But if you can find a cheap screen and replace it yourself this is a different story.
ASUS R2H Some pictures from the inside.
DELL Inspiron Mini 9 Unscrew the two small screws holding down the STEC SSD in place. Without the screws it should pop up at a 45 degree angle. Now pull it out and replace it with 32GB RunCore SSD and screw it into place. To get the RAM upgraded flip out the tabs on the side of the memory stick to remove the DDR2 512MB stick and replace it with the DDR2 2GB stick.
eMachines 250 NetBook This tutorial explains how to exchange the hard drive, memory and keyboard of the netbook.
HP 2133 Mini-Note RAM update tutorial from 1GB to 2GB memory [video].
Microstar (MSI) Wind You can never be too rich, too thin, or have to much RAM. With a 1GB SODIMM available for cheap, opening the chassis and adding memory to this notebook is a no-brainer upgrade.
Microstar (MSI) Wind Follow these seven steps to substitute the UMPC storage devices with a bigger hard disk drive or even an SSD: 1. Open the Wind Chassis 2. Disconnect the Mini PCI-e Card 3. Remove the Original Hard Drive 4. Swap the Hard Drive Bracket 5. Insert the New Hard Drive 6. Clean Up and Close up 7. Boot the Computer.
Microstar (MSI) Wind U100 How to open the casing to achieve some hardware modifications: memory upgrade and WiFi card replacement.
Samsung N120 A step-by-step take apart tutorial with pictures (in Italian).
Samsung Q1 Ultra How to upgrade the UMPC to 2GB RAM [Video].
Samsung Q1 Ultra This blog claims to have a Sierra mini PCI Express HSDPA modem attached inside the case.
Toshiba NB 100 A complete step-by-step take apart guide with many detailed pictures (in Italian).
Toshiba NB 305 A complete disassembly step-by-step and with photos (in Italian).

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