The other day I got Chell and I an ASUS 1000HE EeePC (Black). Now this little netbook packs quite the punch. It lasts up to 9.5 hours on battery which is quite astonishing. It comes with Windows XP Home Edition and runs quite well, but what I wanted to do was install Windows Vista.
Now the specs of the 1000HE seemed decent enough to run Windows Vista. It has an Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz processor, 1GB DDR2-667 memory (1 DIMM) and an Intel GMA950 for graphics. It seemed quite reasonable that Windows Vista will run on it.
It took roughly 40 minutes to get Vista installed on it and then came the drivers. I needed to download the ACPI patch from the ASUS website to get the Fn+F1-F12 e.t.c. buttons working.
I also downloaded the graphics driver for the GMA945 adapter from the Intel website which allowed Windows Vista to run with Aero enabled. I also downloaded the sound driver for the Realtek Hi-Definition Audio and the WLAN driver so I could use the wireless.
Everything else was picked up / drivers installed which was quite good (even the webcam worked). Windows Vista seemed to run quite smoothly even with Aero enabled. I feel that it actually runs quicker than what Windows XP did.
The battery life dropped from the 9.5 hours to 7.5 hours which to me is still quite good. I’m generally able to charge the netbook before it goes flat anyways.