Inside the MSi Wind U100-279US
First thing I did when I got my MSi Wind was to take it apart. you see, I had hoped for a dedicated drive bay cover so that I could get to the drive easily. But MSi did not provide that capability as you can see from the photo below. So to get to the drive I had to take it apart.
There are nine screws that you have to remove. One of them is covered by the "Warranty Sticker Void if tampered". Even though they claim that you are only voiding the sticker, they probably mean you are voiding the warranty of your netbook.
Nevertheless, you have to get in there if you need to add more RAM, swap hard drive, or change network adapter. So once you have unscrewed the case, you can remove the back panel.
The photo below shoos the inside of the netbook. The miniPCIe network card is on the for left, next to the hard drive. The empty memory slot, toward the center, is ready for another gig of RAM.
To remove the hard drive, you have to remove the wireless N network card first, because there is a screw underneath. Once you remove the network card the screw becomes apparent (see photo below). Keep in mind that the 802.11n network cardis also secured by a screw under its antenna cables.
By the way, you can remove the keyboard on the MSi Wind U100 without taking the whole computer apart. I learned this yesterday when my baby dumped juice on the keyboard, after taking the entire notebook apart.
To remove the keyboard, remove the battery. There are three plastics tabs that are holding the keyboard in place in the battery bay. Move each of the tabs out of the way with a small screw driver. Then you can pop the keyboard out on the other side.
By the way, it's kinda funny that you can't upgrade the memory, the hard drive, nor the WiFi card without voiding warranty, but you can pull off the keyboard and leave the warranty intact.
The hard drive inside is a Western Digital Scorpio WD1600BEVT 160 GB. It has a Ralink RT2700E B/G/N wireless network card.
I take it by removing the Keyboard by using the 3 tab method in the baterry compartment, this will give you access to the RAM memory slot and also the Hard Drive without vioding the warranty. If so I'm gonna send Chieh Cheng many, many thanks!
Unfortunately, no. It just removes the keyboard. You will not get access to the rest of the components through it.
That's a shame. I had to break my warranty seal last night to upgrade the RAM! Woe is me =( Thanks for the info though CC.
I've tried to remove my keyboard in the way you have described but it wont budge. Do I also have to remove the back panel too?
Nope. Maybe you should describe how you tried to remove the keyboard.
Just before I decided to yank out my hdd I knew I had to look online for a clue why this hdd appeared to be lodged to the mainboard. Your tip about removing the wireless nic first (where that naughty screw was hiding) saved the day! I decided to replace that ole 160 Gb heat dissipater for a smooth OCZ Vertex 2 60 Gb SSD disk. It was definitely worth the investment, it now runs even better (duh!) and I have extended the use of this fine netbook with another three years or so assuming the other components will last that long.
The only thing I hate about this netbook is the location of the FN key. It always gets pressed when aiming for the control button or some reason like that.
Glad this thread helped.
I've also had trouble with the Fn/Ctrl key at first. But I've used it so much now that it's not as a big deal.
Looking at all the different keyboards, it seems the industry can't make up their mind on whether Fn should be on the right or the left of Ctrl.
Hi, I unscrewed the 9 screws, but the side of the back that has the DIMM slot is still tight. I'm afraid to put too much pressure on it. Am I missing something?
DIMM slot? There is no DIMM slot on this laptop. Please be more elaborate on which side is giving you trouble.
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