Upping the RAM on the Eee PC 900. No Change.
For the most part, I’ve been very content with the way the Xandros Eee PC 900 runs on the original specs. But I figured it wouldn’t hurt to upgrade the 1GB of memory to 2GB. The Eee PC, like its 701 predecessor, has only one DIMM slot, so if your system comes with less than 2GB and you want to upgrade, you’ll need to throw out the factory-installed RAM. The RAM replacement process is pretty painless, at least compared with that of the HP Mini-Note. However, I will confess it took me a long time to find the second screw to take off the back of the system. For some odd reason, ASUS decided to put an Eee PC sticker over the second screw on the back. Why? Most likely to make me feel like an idiot. Nevertheless, I was easily able to slip in a stick of Corsair-branded DDR2 SO-DIMM memory.
Upon booting, the Eee PC 900 immediately recognized the upgrade. So, what has the 2GB increase done? Well, to be honest, not much. Boot time remains the same at 25 seconds, give or take. Skype performance isn’t drastically different; video is still clear and you can run other applications in the background. I have noticed a slight difference in multitasking. With 1GB, the system was a bit slow to launch programs when others were running the background. For example, OpenOffice Writer used to take 20 seconds to launch while Firefox and other programs were running. Now it opens in less than 10 seconds, with Firefox and the Music Manager open. However, iTunes still isn’t running any better and multitasking causes music to skip frequently. The 2GB of memory doesn’t result in any drastic differences on the Xandros Eee PC, but I’ll assume running XP with more RAM would prove more beneficial.