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Promoted 11-26-2012 by iconian at 12:01 AM View Original Post
Microsoft Store has Asus VivoBook S400CA-UH51T Touchscreen Laptop for $499 + free shipping. Thanks gtamega

Specs:
  • Core i5-3317U 1.70 GHz CPU
  • 4GB Memory
  • 500GB HD + 32mSSD
  • 14" LCD (1366x768) w/ Webcam + 10 finger fouch support
  • Intel GMA 4000
  • WiFi N + Bluetooth
  • 3 Cell Battery
  • Windows 8
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Edited November 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM by widgit
Cyber Monday is on at the Microsoft store.

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Can someone please provide a link to good additional RAM for this? Please help a newbie out...

I found a helpful review/performance/tweaking thread if anyone landed this and wants to help optimize the machine and post benchmarks:
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#811
Quote from CameronEp View Post :
On another note,

LOVING THIS LAPTOP!
Me, too! This thing really is better than I'd hoped. I don't really use Bluetooth, so no biggie for me. Everything is super-fast. Love the touchscreen and use it way more than I ever thought I would. So natural feeling after using a tablet.

Selling my HP Touchpad now. I really don't need it and Android isn't all that. I like having a keyboard, ya' know?
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Quote from florescent View Post :
Informational purpose only. No responsibility on me

Unfortunately, our Asus laptop (S400CA-UH51T) does not have a built-in bluetooth unlikely what the MS store described on their website earlier. Adding an external bluetooth dongle will eat up one of three USBs. If you are ok with it, there is no further need to read this article.

I use a bluetooth mouse and keyboard (when using 2nd and 3rd monitors). I use a bluetooth headset. I transfer many files and pictures between PCs, Galaxy phone, and tablet. Bluetooth makes my life easier. However, I was deeply disappointed when I found there was no built-in bluetooth in my Asus.

So I had to find my way

Here is a link that briefly explains about REGULATORY of installing a WLAN
http://communities.intel.com/thread/31247

Due to the regulatory, I am not suggesting anything. I won't take any questions about this article either. I only show you what and how 100% possible to have a built-in bluetooth.

1. http://www.ebay.com/itm/121031469...1497.l2648
2. http://downloadcenter.intel.com/S...d-N%206235

what are the chances of getting microsoft to pay thirty bucks for Intel Advanced-N 6235 WiFi Bluetooth 4.0. Are you sure this is compatable?
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#813
Quote from Trailblazer View Post :
Me, too! This thing really is better than I'd hoped. I don't really use Bluetooth, so no biggie for me. Everything is super-fast. Love the touchscreen and use it way more than I ever thought I would. So natural feeling after using a tablet.

Selling my HP Touchpad now. I really don't need it and Android isn't all that. I like having a keyboard, ya' know?

no way selling touchpad. thing is always on and great just having around.
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#814
Tried two different sticks of 4GB 1066 DDR3. Neither was recognized. Saw that someone used a 1333 stick successfully. Anyone else get 1066 to work?
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#815
For those who installed a new hard drive,

Does anyone know how to boot off a USB device? I hold down "Esc" during boot but the only boot drives listed is "Windows boot manager." I've tried two different external DVD drives (LG and ASUS brand). I've looked all over the BIOS for an option for booting off USB but I have not found any option like that. I've read off another post here that I have to disable "Secure boot control" under the security tab but I still can't get it to work.
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#816
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For those who installed a new hard drive,

Does anyone know how to boot off a USB device? I hold down "Esc" during boot but the only boot drives listed is "Windows boot manager." I've tried two different external DVD drives (LG and ASUS brand). I've looked all over the BIOS for an option for booting off USB but I have not found any option like that. I've read off another post here that I have to disable "Secure boot control" under the security tab but I still can't get it to work.

hmmm... disabling the secure boot control should do the trick. It worked for me.
I'm assuming all the devices are set to "Unlock" under BIOS--> Security tab--> "I/O Interface Security". If not, please do. It should work.
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#817
Quote from raju_77 View Post :
Hi
There is a review for x202e in amazon where the reviewer talks about how this will work and what did not work. That is for the 11 inch model so this one should also work in the same fashion.

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Didn't find much info that I was looking for. Thank you though. I figured it out Smilie

After many trials with clonezilla, gparted & other tools , I was able to deploy a clean Windows 8 (with out ASUS boltware) using the *.wim (image) files that are on the recovery partition. Didn't realize it would that easy woot
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Didn't find much info that I was looking for. Thank you though. I figured it out Smilie

After many trials with clonezilla, gparted & other tools , I was able to deploy a clean Windows 8 (with out ASUS boltware) using the *.wim (image) files that are on the recovery partition. Didn't realize it would that easy woot
Awesome. I am yet to get my SSD drive and do the same. Can you please outline the steps briefly for the benefit of others like me?

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#819
Quote from dpkdpk View Post :
hmmm... disabling the secure boot control should do the trick. It worked for me.
I'm assuming all the devices are set to "Unlock" under BIOS--> Security tab--> "I/O Interface Security". If not, please do. It should work.
Thanks for replying so quickly!

Everything is unlocked and secure boot controlled is disabled. I also tried booting from a USB flash drive today and it didn't get recognized either.
Are you booting from your USB device by hitting Esc on boot or by adding it to the boot order. Under the Boot tab in bios, there is only one boot option "Windows Boot Manager." I can add a new boot option, but I don't really understand what to select in "Select Filesystem." There are two items there but I think its the hard drives.

When I push Esc on start up all I see on the boot list is "Windows Boot Manager and Enter Setup"

Thanks again for the help!
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#820
Quote from thisguy View Post :
Thanks for replying so quickly!

Everything is unlocked and secure boot controlled is disabled. I also tried booting from a USB flash drive today and it didn't get recognized either.
Are you booting from your USB device by hitting Esc on boot or by adding it to the boot order. Under the Boot tab in bios, there is only one boot option "Windows Boot Manager." I can add a new boot option, but I don't really understand what to select in "Select Filesystem." There are two items there but I think its the hard drives.

When I push Esc on start up all I see on the boot list is "Windows Boot Manager and Enter Setup"

Thanks again for the help!
Is your system identifying USB devices (& that flashdrive) when windows is up & running?

I had the same issue initially (may be once for the first time), When you are at the boot selection screen, go to "Enter setup", now you will be taken to BIOS screen. Press F10, select "YES", now the system restarts, hold the ESC button, And it should now show your USB srive option.

Setting up the boot options within the BIOS is a bit complex. Let's not deal with that this time but try figuring why your USB drives are not being detected.
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Last edited by dpkdpk December 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
#821
Quote from raju_77 View Post :
Awesome. I am yet to get my SSD drive and do the same. Can you please outline the steps briefly for the benefit of others like me?

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I just started compiling the instructions using multiple websites as references. ohh... Man!!! My instructions set is going pages. Will try to keep it short. Hope my instructions make sense once I upload them. Big Grin
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#822
Quote from raju_77 View Post :
Awesome. I am yet to get my SSD drive and do the same. Can you please outline the steps briefly for the benefit of others like me?

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*****Disclaimer: Read the instruction in full before you start executing. Refer to the references provided for more details.
And google is your best friend. I'm not responsible for any damage done to your machine or any data lost. Some commands provided below are too powerful that they could wipe out your entire harddisk. So please ensure you have taken all the required backups.


Now getting started....


You will need
pre1: USB flash drive (8+GB to create a bootable Windows USB drive)
pre2: Extenal Hardidsk Enclosure (or External hardisk with 14+GB where you can copy ASUS recovery image files. Prefer hardisk enclosure as you can directly mount your internal HDD that came with your ASUS S400CA to access the Recovery partition)
pre3: Windows 8 evaluation for developers [microsoft.com] (or any version of windows 7, 8 is fine.)
pre4: Windows 8 bootable USB.
pre5: Window Image files. R:\RecoveryBoot\boot.wim and R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim (where R:\ drive is your prebuild Recovery partition on your laptop)
pre6: And your new SSD Smilie


Flash the Windows 8 ISO (pre3) to USB flash/thumb drive (pre1) using Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe [microsoft.com] . This will create a Win8 bootable USB.
More details: Refer to http://pcsupport.about.com/od/win...-8-usb.htm

If you have an harddisk enclosure (pre2),
---> shutdown your ASUS S400CA laptop
---> Switch your internal HDD with your new SSD
---> Connect your internal HDD to the hardisk enclosure.

If you don't have a harddisk enclosure,
---> follow these instructions to view the hidden Windows Image files (pre5) on your Recovery Partiton. (http://techtips.salon.com/reveal-...-2556.html)
---> Copy the Image files (pre5) to External Harddisk (pre2)
---> shutdown your ASUS S400CA laptop
---> Switch your internal HDD with your new SSD

Reference for the next section: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-u...25686.aspx ---> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-u...24839.aspx

Reboot your ASUS S400CA with the USB flash drive (pre1) . Do not attach your External Hardidsk Enclosre (pre2) this time. Unplug it.
---> Goto Microsoft Windows 8 repair options
---> Click on troubleshoot
---> Click on Advanced Option
---> Click on command prompt
---> In the command prompt, type "diskpart", The fun starts now. Follow Caution. Your backup is restore-able. Right? Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) This step will wipeout you harddisk & create the required partitions for the new Win8 restore. Entire HardDisk including the partitions will be wiped!!!!
DISKPART> select disk # ---> where # is the disk number of your new SSD
DISKPART> online disk
DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly
DISKPART> clean
DISKPART> convert gpt
DISKPART> create partition primary size=300
DISKPART> format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
DISKPART> assign letter="T"
DISKPART> create partition efi size=100
DISKPART> format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
DISKPART> assign letter="S"
DISKPART> create partition msr size=128
DISKPART> create partition primary
DISKPART> format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
DISKPART> assign letter="C"
DISKPART> list volume ---> This should list all your volumes.
DISKPART> exit



Reboot your ASUS S400CA with the USB flash drive (pre1) . Now attach your External Hardidsk Enclosre (pre2) this time. Uplug it in.
---> Goto Microsoft Windows 8 repair options
---> Click on troubleshoot
---> Click on Advanced Option
---> Click on command prompt
---> In the command prompt, type "diskpart".
DISKPART> list volume ---> This should show all your volumes. Identify the drive letter assigned to your External hardisk enclosure { I refered it to as H:\ } & the "Windows" partition {referred to as C:\}.
DISKPART> exit

---> you should now be out of diskpart and at the command prompt.
> dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:H:\RecoveryImage\install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:c:\
Sit down and relax. It will take few minutes to install Win8 from the image.
> bcdboot c:\Windows
-->See the success message?

Reboot the machine. Remove all the attached USB drives.
You should be all set with a clean Windows 8. No driver or boltware loaded.
Install the drivers you wish to install. (most are the drivers are installed by Windows at the boot, but not wifi & other)
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#823
Quote from dpkdpk View Post :
*****Disclaimer: Read the instruction in full before you start executing. Refer to the references provided for more details.
And google is your best friend. I'm not responsible for any damage done to your machine or any data lost. Some commands provided below are too powerful that they could wipe out your entire harddisk. So please ensure you have taken all the required backups.


Now getting started....


You will need
pre1: USB flash drive (8+GB to create a bootable Windows USB drive)
pre2: Extenal Hardidsk Enclosure (or External hardisk with 14+GB where you can copy ASUS recovery image files. Prefer hardisk enclosure as you can directly mount your internal HDD that came with your ASUS S400CA to access the Recovery partition)
pre3: Windows 8 evaluation for developers [microsoft.com] (or any version of windows 7, 8 is fine.)
pre4: Windows 8 bootable USB.
pre5: Window Image files. R:\RecoveryBoot\boot.wim and R:\RecoveryImage\install.wim (where R:\ drive is your prebuild Recovery partition on your laptop)
pre6: And your new SSD Smilie


Flash the Windows 8 ISO (pre3) to USB flash/thumb drive (pre1) using Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe [microsoft.com] . This will create a Win8 bootable USB.
More details: Refer to http://pcsupport.about.com/od/win...-8-usb.htm

If you have an harddisk enclosure (pre2),
---> shutdown your ASUS S400CA laptop
---> Switch your internal HDD with your new SSD
---> Connect your internal HDD to the hardisk enclosure.

If you don't have a harddisk enclosure,
---> follow these instructions to view the hidden Windows Image files (pre5) on your Recovery Partiton. (http://techtips.salon.com/reveal-...-2556.html)
---> Copy the Image files (pre5) to External Harddisk (pre2)
---> shutdown your ASUS S400CA laptop
---> Switch your internal HDD with your new SSD

Reference for the next section: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-u...25686.aspx ---> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-u...24839.aspx

Reboot your ASUS S400CA with the USB flash drive (pre1) . Do not attach your External Hardidsk Enclosre (pre2) this time. Unplug it.
---> Goto Microsoft Windows 8 repair options
---> Click on troubleshoot
---> Click on Advanced Option
---> Click on command prompt
---> In the command prompt, type "diskpart", The fun starts now. Follow Caution. Your backup is restore-able. Right? Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) This step will wipeout you harddisk & create the required partitions for the new Win8 restore. Entire HardDisk including the partitions will be wiped!!!!
DISKPART> select disk # ---> where # is the disk number of your new SSD
DISKPART> online disk
DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly
DISKPART> clean
DISKPART> convert gpt
DISKPART> create partition primary size=300
DISKPART> format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows RE tools"
DISKPART> assign letter="T"
DISKPART> create partition efi size=100
DISKPART> format quick fs=fat32 label="System"
DISKPART> assign letter="S"
DISKPART> create partition msr size=128
DISKPART> create partition primary
DISKPART> format quick fs=ntfs label="Windows"
DISKPART> assign letter="C"
DISKPART> list volume ---> This should list all your volumes.
DISKPART> exit



Reboot your ASUS S400CA with the USB flash drive (pre1) . Now attach your External Hardidsk Enclosre (pre2) this time. Uplug it in.
---> Goto Microsoft Windows 8 repair options
---> Click on troubleshoot
---> Click on Advanced Option
---> Click on command prompt
---> In the command prompt, type "diskpart".
DISKPART> list volume ---> This should show all your volumes. Identify the drive letter assigned to your External hardisk enclosure { I refered it to as[COLOR="rgb(46, 139, 87)"] H:\[/COLOR] } & the "Windows" partition {referred to as C:\}.
DISKPART> exit

---> you should now be out of diskpart and a the command prompt.
> dism /Apply-Image /ImageFile:H:\RecoveryImage\install.wim /Index:1 /ApplyDir:c:\
Sit down and relax. It will take few minutes to install Win8 from the image.
> bcdboot c:\Windows
-->See the success message?

Reboot the machine. Remove all the attached USB drives.
You should be all set with a clean Windows 8. No driver or boltware loaded.
Install the drivers you wish to install. (most are the drivers are installed by Windows at the boot, but not wifi & other)
thanks and repped..
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Quote from dpkdpk View Post :
Is your system identifying USB devices (& that flashdrive) when windows is up & running?

I had the same issue initially (may be once for the first time), When you are at the boot selection screen, go to "Enter setup", now you will be taken to BIOS screen. Press F10, select "YES", now the system restarts, hold the ESC button, And it should now show your USB srive option.

Setting up the boot options within the BIOS is a bit complex. Let's not deal with that this time but try figuring why your USB drives are not being detected.
Thanks again for trying to help me. I tried what you suggested but it didn't work. I'm usually really pretty good at these things. I don't know whats wrong. I've tried two different optical drives and a USB boot drive for Acronis. I though maybe I have to load windows 8 at least once (which I didn't do before), but after setup and verifying that the drives all show up in windows, they still do not appear in the boot menu. I'm perplexed. Everything is "Unlocked" and "secure boot control" is disabled. The only other option that I changed in the bios is that I disabled fast boot (but it doesn't matter if its on or off, my problem persist).

fyi, all of these drives show up in the boot menu for my desktop and Lenovo thinkpad.
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Has anyone else upgraded the RAM? If so, please post your experience. Thanks a lot.
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