Asus X401a upgrade to ultrabook status

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  1. jrs3000

    jrs3000 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just thought I'd share my little project. I purchased the laptop as stated in the title. My plans are to swap in a i5 and a SSD to have a make shift ultrabook for sub $500. I'm doing this because I could'nt locate a sub 15" laptop with decent processor/graphics that didn't break the wallet. The only games I intend to play on the go is Starcraft 2 which run fine on low always having 30+ frames and med 18-30fps when hectic online. This test was with the Pentium's crappy HD2000. So far I've open the laptop to check the insides out and will be replacing the pentium b970 and slow 5400 HDD with an SSD. If anyone intends on doing the same then it takes the the standard 9.5mm Hard drives and it's the G2 socket. I will upload pics of insides shortly.

    ASUS - Notebooks- ASUS X401A

    Update: Ivy Bridge cpus work but will shut off after 30minutes. Unable to resolve currently. Tried i3 and i5

    Untested: sandy bridge processors

    Disassembling tips:
    -Remove all the screws from the bottom then grab the laptop and have the keyboard up facing like you're going to type and start at a bottom left or right corner. I stuck my fingernail in between the top and bottom and wedged it pulling the top from bottom until I heard the clips unhook. I did this slowly moving down the sides pulling the top while trying to pull down and out the bottom to unhook the clips. I broke 3 clips but they are minor and shouldn't cause an issue since screws also hold the top.

    -All the screws except for two by the battery are the same so don't worry about what screw goes where. The two by the battery or the longest screws.

    - It's self explanatory once laptop is open as there's just a few motherboard screws nothing to note.


    Misc info:
    Motherboard model Hannstar J 94v-0 mv-4
    Ram 4gb DDR3 1600 1.5v
     

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    niffcreature Notebook Prophet

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    Nice idea but it still weighs in at 4lbs. I'm much happier having bought my Sony SB series for 500$, its 3.6lbs with AMD 6470m and I was able to upgrade the screen to 1600x900. And you can get them for under 500$.
     
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    does the X401a comes with a pci-e port? I want to remove the wireless card it comes with and replace it with one that has bluetooth like the Broadcom BCM94313HMGB card.
     
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    jrs3000 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes it has a mini pci express port.
     
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    jrs3000 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I added pics. This uses the hm76 or 70 chipset which supports ivybridge also. I'm curious as whether the ivybridge i3 would work in this since it's the same socket and the chipset supports it. I guess that would depend on bios. I'm debating on buying a few processors to see what does and doesn't work in this.
     
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    Hey, fellow X401A owner here, please keep us posted no this process, I'm very interested
     
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    Thanks for posting this - I just got my X401A and want to install an SSD and upgrade the Memory.

    Any other tips to taking it apart you can share would be GREAT.

    This is a great little laptop - just wish they made it easier for the consumer to work on :)
     
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    jrs3000 Notebook Enthusiast

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    This comes with bluetooth 4.0 support already.

    Only one ram slot uses ddr3 1600. Opening the top is the hardest thing as you have to pry it carefully to not bust all the clips but other than that everything is easy.

    Will do, I ordered a i5-3210 that will be here in two days. Ill try that and if it doesn't work it's going back. I'm working on getting a sandy bridge i3 and i5 also. If any of them work then I shall celebrate even if it's a measley i3.
     
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    Awesome, thanks for sharing with us
     
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    jrs3000 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I may get processor in today!
     
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