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ASUS VivoBook X202E / S200E / Q200E Owners' Lounge

Discussion in 'ASUS Reviews and Owners' Lounges' started by DanielNTX, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. DanielNTX

    DanielNTX Notebook Consultant

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    Welcome VivoBook X202E / Q200E / S200E owners!

    The VivoBook X202E / Q200E / S200E are all essentially the same 11.6" Touchscreen notebook with different model numbers depending on the retailer and/or region sold. There are various differences between the systems.

    Model run-down:
    X202E - 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3217U 1.80 GHz / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Qualcomm/Atheros Bluetooth 4.0 - Sold by Microsoft Store / Fry's Electronics / Amazon / Newegg
    Q200E - 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ i3-2365M / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No Bluetooth - Sold by Best Buy Best Buy is now selling the i3-3217U (Ivy Bridge) version under a different SKU.
    S200E - 3rd Gen Intel Core i3-3217U 1.80 GHz / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / No Bluetooth / Includes External Optical Drive - Sold by Staples

    Common Technical Specs:
    Display: 11.6 in LED-backlit TFT TN LCD (1366 x 768), 10-finger multi-touch support
    Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
    Hard Disk: 500 GB SATA 5400 RPM
    OS: Windows 8 Core
    Media Drive: 3-in-1 memory card reader (MMC/SD/SDHC)
    Audio: ASUS SonicMaster Lite
    Ports: 1 USB 3.0 • 2 USB 2.0 • HDMI • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • VGA • RJ-45 (10/100) • Kensington lock slot
    Battary: 2-cell lithium-polymer (up to 5 hours)
    Camera: HD webcam
    Wireless: 802.11b/g/n
    Dimensions: 11.92 x 7.87 x 0.86 in (302.77 x 199.90 x 21.84 mm)
    Weight: 2.86 lbs (1.30 kg)
    Keyboard travel: 1.6 mm
    Touchpad dimensions: 103.80 x 60.50 mm

    MSRP: $599-$649 (Street price: $499-$599)
     
  2. DanielNTX

    DanielNTX Notebook Consultant

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    DanielNTX Notebook Consultant

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    Reserved for Mods/Upgrades.

    WiDi (Wireless Display):
    For around $20-25 you can purchase an Intel Advanced-N 6235 dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 half mini-PCI Card and replace the default card that comes with the machine and enable Intel Wireless Display (WiDi).

    SSD Upgrade:
    Best upgrade option:
    For around $300-350, you can get a Samsung 840 500GB SSD drive and clone the existing disk using your favorite cloning software that supports GPT partitions (like Miray HDClone). This will preserve the System Restore partition as well as maintain UEFI SecureBoot.
     
  4. DanielNTX

    DanielNTX Notebook Consultant

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    tomchi Newbie

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    Great Tips. A quick question, does the warranty gets voided if you open up and upgrade to SSD and WiDi? I would like to purchase this in a store that does the upgrade for me (preferably free). Any suggestions? Frys?

     
  6. russweb

    russweb Newbie

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    I'm very happy with my new x200e. Not had it long enough to get a good sense of realworld battery life yet.
    Anyone know of anyone making bespoke cases yet?

    Thanks
     
  7. DanielNTX

    DanielNTX Notebook Consultant

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    I don't think the warranty gets voided. There are no warranty seals. I got my SSD at Fry's and did it myself. I know Fry's will do it for a cost, not free. I think it's $39 or $49 for the upgrade and they don't do hard disk cloning.
     
  8. DanielNTX

    DanielNTX Notebook Consultant

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    I get 4.5 to 5 hours with my brightness near low. Also I'm running on an SSD instead of the built-in hard disk.
     
  9. MikeInParadise

    MikeInParadise Newbie

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    Ok I finally replaced the HDD with an SSD. In order to open the case I took a plastic paint scraper about 1 inch wide and in back between the hinge I pulled the bottom enough that you can see the bottom just starting to come away. I pushed the scraper in gently to open it up. I then took a flat headed screw driver and slid it along the opening until it encounter a plastic snap and twisted it sides to pop the snap. There are 5 or six of these snaps along the back. I had to use way more force than I was comfortable with in order to snap this open. Not a great picture but you will get the ideal.

    Small Optimized Open Back.jpg

    Small Optimized Open Back2.jpg

    Once this was done I put in a crucial M4 that I had to remove the space from and shorten the screws to make 7mm. I pulled the plasitic tab with the two foam strips off the HDD and used them on the SSD.

    Then I upgraded to Win8 pro. (Before removing the old drive I ran the Windows 8 upgrade program in Windows 7 compatibility mode in order for it to give me the $39.99 windows 8 pro upgrade.

    The upgrade would not install on a blank drive so I download a version of windows 8 pro that would run in a 30 day trial and install without a key(Google it). I installed this version on the new SSD. (I guess I also could have try the orginals 8 recovery but I already had the win8 trial available. I than updated this version of windows 8 pro to the download version of window 8 pro that I purchased from Microsoft and then applied the Free Media center key so that I can watch TV program from my main Media center computer.

    I found getting into the bios and getting it to select the boot drive a challenge but this set of instructions helped a lot.

    In order to get the boot prompt up you must do the following:

    1. Enter the BIOS setup menu by pressing and holding F2 key when powering on.
    2. Switch to “Boot” and set “Launch CSM” to Enabled.
    3. Switch to “Security” and set “Secure Boot Control” to Disabled.
    4. Press F10 to save and exit.
    5. Press and hold ESC key to lunch boot menu when the notebook restarts

    After the install there were a bunch of devices missing in Device Manager and I had to install the following drivers off of the ASUS Support website:

    ATKPackage_ASUS_Win7_8_VER100026
    Bluetooth_Atheros_Win8_64_Z800206
    CardReader_Alcor_Win8_64_Z3411701527
    DPTF_Intel_Z6061082
    SmartGesture_ASUS_Win7_8_VER1036
    USBchargerplus_ASUS_Win7_8_VER215
    WirelessRadioControl_Win8_64_Z1001

    Everything is working fine and I am so far pleased with the performance of the X202E...
     
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    MikeInParadise Newbie

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    pheatton Newbie

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    I bought a Q200E last weekend at the local Bestbuy. Not a bad little notebook and a great replacement for my Dell 11z. I was a little dismayed by the fact of soldered RAM and only single channel but it benches MUCH faster than my 11z. Now I need to get the courage up to pop it open swap the HDD over and see if I can clean the TIM off and apply something better. It seems the run a little warm IMO.
     
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    finisterre Notebook Enthusiast

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    Anyone know how to copy the recovery partition onto a USB stick, in case the HDD shoud fail? Very poor documentation with this machine.
     
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    MikeInParadise Newbie

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    qaplus Newbie

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    Does anyone know how to get middle click by using two finger click? By default this brings up context menu(i.e. right click). I didn't see any option to change it to middle click.

    Here's a small tip I found about the battery settings. I uninstalled Asus's Power4Ege and use Win8's built-in power management. It will always switch back High Performance if you try to set it to Balanced. To solve this, you need to rename/remove c:\windows\PowerSkin\PowerSkin.exe and reboot. Then you can set whatever power options.
     
  16. Lexxon

    Lexxon Notebook Enthusiast

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    I haven't played at all with the default drivers, but from the slickdeals thread detailing the purchase of my S200E for $400, they posted a link to the Samsung Series 5 driver for the touchpad:

    https://mega.co.nz/#!KANTGYQQ!McLjLwLz0bxVQu7zY0vmS1BVNqMOH6lyaWXBijarmGs

    Works great--you can do your middle click change, all of the touch screen gestures can be replicated, three finger gestures including browser back/forward, bringing up desktop or My Computer, task switcher, etc. Big fan of the touchpad on this thing, not sure how well it works with the default drivers.

    I bought the S200e at Staples on Saturday for $400, plus a Kingston v300 120GB for $85 after coupon in the same transaction. Loving this little thing! I am considering swapping the wifi card for the 6235AN.HMWWB or the one mentioned in an earlier post, though--haven't had any real wireless issues yet, but I'd love to be able to use the 5ghz band and have a nice reliable card in there.
     
  17. ITTom80

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    Hey guys, owner of a S200E here. I just replaced the hard drive with an 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD, and used Acronis 2013 TrueImage to clone the drive.

    The system will boot and seems to operate just fine, unless I try to access the Windows recovery environment by pressing F9 during boot. Doing this causes the machine to fail, catastrophically.

    I get a blue screen telling me- paraphrasing- Windows could not load because a certain resource is not found. It also says, "\Windows\System32\winload.efi is either corrupted or missing" and it lists an error code: 0xc0000225. The machine gives me 3 options: 1) push enter to try again (screen flashes, does nothing), 2) Press F8 for startup settings (screen flashes, does nothing) and the third option takes me to the bios (which is version 2.05).

    At this point, if I try to power down the system, and boot it again, I get the same error message. Using a Windows 8 recovery cd, I try to restore the system to factory defaults and it tells me it cannot locate the recovery partition. My only option it seems is to connected the old HDD via usb, and use acronis to clone the contents back to the SSD.

    I wouldn't mind this so much if I didn't feel overly paranoid that I might accidentally fat finger the F9 key on bootup one day, and lose everything on the SSD. I might be able to live with this reality if it weren't for the wasted space on my HDD for the recovery and restore partitions.

    Any ideas about how to fix this are appreciated.

    TL/DR: I can't get the Window's recovery environment (pressing F9 during bootup) to work after cloning the contents of the HDD to an SSD, and attempting to use this mechanism causes irreparable damage to the file system.
     
  18. DanielNTX

    DanielNTX Notebook Consultant

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    I did a 1:1 clone on to a Samsung 840 500GB drive. I don't have issues with recovery. Maybe there was a problem resizing the partition copying down to a smaller drive.
     
  19. ITTom80

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    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I suspect there is an issue with resizing the partition as the hdd included with the S200E is 500gb, and the ssd in question is 256gb. Unfortunately, I do not have the disposable income to purchase a larger ssd.

    I was tinkering with it more this morning, and I did manage to succssfully access the recovery partition. I booted from the Win8 recovery DVD I made, and successfully resetted the system to factory settings. However, when I rebooted and tried using F9 again, system gave me same error from previous post- and subsequently ruined the file system(unable to boot, recover, etc). It seems as if windows can see and use the recovery partitions, but the f9 recovery mechanism cannot.
     
  20. calauria

    calauria Newbie

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    Hi everybody.

    Bought a Q200E-BHI3T45 at BestBuy a couple of weeks ago and found it the best cost-benefit light laptop to my kid at university. Last week, despite the very low use it had during kid's vacations, it presented a problem with the touch screen. Immediately after it's turned on the screen shows a circle as if a finger were pressing the screen near its middle. Computer cannot be used because focus goes to that point regardless what you do, like pressing keys or touching other parts of the screen. Does anybody else heard something like this? An internet search gave me nothing, looks like the computer is really good, except mine...:twitchy:
    Thanks!

    Br, Carlos
     

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