Giving life to my old Asus Taichi21 and Asus Zenbook UX32A

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    Hi Folks,

    First off this is just a post wanting to share my experience of upgrading my old Asus Taichi21 and Zenbook UX32A i3 Laptops. Both Laptops work just fine but they are showing its age.

    The Taichi21 is mine while the Zenbook is my wife's. Both are still in good condition and haven't had any issues since we got them back in 2013/2014.

    For Specs:
    Zenbook: https://www.cnet.com/products/asus-...3-3217u-windows-8-4-gb-ram-500-gb-hdd-series/
    Taichi 21: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Asus-Taichi-21-Convertible-Ultrabook.85572.0.html

    There aren't many useful information floating around so I hope this may help someone. I'm pulling from several resources here

    Goal: upgrade the HD memory and ram of the laptops

    The Asus Taichi21 only has 128 ssd hard drive space which isn't much nowadays (your talking about 2020 here). The 4gb RAM is not upgradable as its soldered in the motherboard.

    I wanted to upgrade the Hard drive space from 128gb to 1tb. So I did my research and it turns out the Asus Taichi requires a special adaptor from a M.2. Sata to an 18pin adaptor. You can purchase an adaptor in Amazon or if your living in the Philippines like myself, I purchased it here: https://shopee.ph/product/70532003/1443665078

    I purchased an M.2 1TB WD Blue 2280 size, something like this https://www.amazon.com/Blue-NAND-1T...rds=m.2+ssd+1tb+wd+blue&qid=1580464357&sr=8-1
    Dont get a PCIE, but the SSD M.2.

    I was able to use both adaptor and the 1TB to replace the Asus Taichi21. I asked a professional to do it but you can check online tutorials to do it yourself. The layout for Taichi 21 and 31 is pretty similar. https://www.myfixguide.com/manual/asus-taichi-31-disassembly/

    Happy to report the new 1TB fits perfectly inside the Taichi21 ( I was worried it wouldnt fit. To be on the safe side, I placed some electrical tape so it wont hit the aluminum frame (which it wasnt hitting but I couldnt be sure when it was closed)

    I can confirm bios detects the new 1TB HD.

    Now installing windows is alittle tricky, the bios may not detect the usb stick you have placed in your laptop. To fix it, go to this thread here and follow some examples: https://superuser.com/questions/507...a-boot-option-does-that-mean-the-machine-cant

    I followed this steps
    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 installing Windows, i undid all the changes in BIOS. Now to install the Asus Taichi21 drivers, I had to search for the drivers. You can find all the drivers in this handy website: https://www.notebooks-center.com/drivers-laptop-asus-taichi-21-1212.html

    I downloaded and installed the following:
    1. Latest Bios Utility and Bios version to fix outer panel
    2. ATK Package (should contain most drivers)
    3. Power4gear Hybrid and Close lid
    4. Taichi Display Control

    Happy to say my taichi21 works with both inner and outer monitors plus its now running with 1tb ssd space.

    With the Asus ux32a, its alot simpler. The 2GB RAM is removable. Im still looking for the part but it should be at DD3 1666mhz (not confirmed yet). In theory based on some threads, you can upgrade up to 10gb (2gb internal and 8gb dd3)- Will confirm once I got the part and have it installed.

    The SSD I purchased a 500 gb 2.5 ssd sata. Something like this: It fits perfectly: https://www.amazon.com/Blue-NAND-50...eywords=2.5+ssd+blue+wd&qid=1580467253&sr=8-3

    In case you will have problems again with BIOS not detecting USB to install windows 10, please above with the Taichi, they are pretty much the same.

    I installed the ATK drivers and it was all good to go.
    From the slow 2.5 HD to a fast SSD. Big improvement in speed.
    Installation guide of HD can be found here.
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Asus+Zenbook+UX32VD+Hard+Drive+Replacement/52270

    Drivers can be found here:
    https://www.notebook-driver.com/asus-ux32a-laptop-drivers-software/


    Hope this helps people
     
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