Recently the 16GB SSD in my EeePC 901 failed. I was surprised how little variety there was in compatible replacement SSDs, and so I bought practically the only option – a Kingspec 16GB SATA SSD. I paid just over £40 for it.
I’ve no idea how it performs in comparison with the original Asus SSD, but I don’t care. I only use my netbook for SSH sessions so it doesn’t really matter.
I swapped the two SSDs over but was annoyed to find that the Kingspec SSD wasn’t recognised. I did a little light reading, and found that only newer BIOS versions support this SSD. Fortunately, updating the BIOS on an Eee 901 is pretty straightforward.
- Download the latest compatible BIOS image, e.g. 901-ASUS-1703.zip
- Unzip the file, and rename it to
- Format a spare USB memory stick as FAT16 (FAT32 will not work) and copy
- With the EeePC switched off, make sure that all USB devices and SD cards are removed. Attach the USB stick you just prepared.
- Turn the EeePC on, and at the grey ASUS splash screen, press Alt+F2.
- EZ Flash should detect your USB stick, find the firmware and update. On my system, it took about three minutes.
- Power off when prompted, remove your USB stick, and replace any SD cards.
- Power on, and your system should detect the Kingspec SSD. You might have to change the BIOS boot order, but you’re now free to go ahead and reinstall the OS.