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Asus VivoBook S200E Touch Screen Laptop: Core i3 3217U 1.8GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 11.6" Display, Windows 8 + External DVD Drive EXPIRED

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Promoted 01-25-2013 by yuugotserved at 12:52 PM View Original Post
Staples has Asus S200E Multitouch Touch Screen Laptop (S200E-RHI3T73) for $500 - $100 coupon code 53009 = $400 with free shipping. Thanks ehs1t

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  • Intel Core i3 3217U 1.8GHz
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 500GB HDD
  • 11.6" HD Capacitive Multitouch Display
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • External DVDRW Drive
  • Windows 8 Home 64-bit
Price Research: Our research indicates that Asus VivoBook S200E Touch Screen Laptop is $100 lower (20% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices ranging from $500 to $528. - yuugotserved
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Last Edited by HunterOne March 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM
DEAL IS DEAD. Coupon expired on 1/26/2013 and was valid for two days only.

PRODUCT REVIEW
**Laptop Review: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Revi...787.0.html

PRODUCT INFO
Display: 11.6" 16:9 HD (1366x768) LED Backlight

CPU: Intel Core i3-3217U @ 1.80GHz - CPU details: http://ark.intel.com/products/656...e-1_80-GHz

RAM: RAM IS SOLDERED ON (4GB DDR3)

HELPFUL LINKS.
Touchpad Driver. The Asus Touchwiz touchpad driver for this laptop is terrible. Here is the Samsung Series 5 driver: https://mega.co.nz/#!KANTGYQQ!McL...WXBijarmGs

Wi-Fi Upgrades Many are suggesting replacing the WiFi card with a Bluetooth & Dual Band Intel 6235AN.HMWWB: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-6235A...B007QXLIWI

The above Intel Bluetooth driver V2.6.1211.0294 for all Win OSs dated 2/20/2013 is here (along with other BT drivers):
http://support.asus.com/Download....t=27&os=30

The battery of this notebook is: ASUS Li-Polymer battery pack C21-X202. It is 7.4v, 5136mAh, 38Wh. It has Korean cells.

Notebook Sleeve $12 Notebook sleeve from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-...B004NY9UV4

BIOS The latest BIOS is 207 (listed for the X202E). Can download off the Asus website: http://support.asus.com/download....edid=n%2fa

SPECIAL CONFIGURATIONS.
Install OSX Mountain Lion How to install OSX on this laptop [tonymacx86.com]
*Need to replace wifi card with ATHEROS AR5B195 from eBay
*USB 3.0 and touch don't work ATM
*Everything else is stable!

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#646
Quote from booyaaa View Post :
where do you see that?

The 208 Bios is ONLY listed in the ASUS download support site under the X202e NOT under the S200e which lists only the 205 Bios.
These two notebooks are essentially identical, except that the S200e comes with a DVD R/W but not Bluetooth and vice versa for the X202e.

Now hitting F2 on a cold boot, by pressing the power button, will get to the Bios (and on a warm boot too).
In previous BIOS's you you had to hit F2 to get to the Bios ONLY AFTER a warm boot or RESTART.

The notebooks that most have gotten will have the 204 or 205 Bios.
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Last edited by HunterOne March 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM
#647
If you're thinking of getting the Intel N-6235 wireless + BT card to get BT with the S200e, Don't Do It.
The N-6235 card has serious issues with BT and Win7 & Win8.
They are described at length in the Intel forums.
Here:
http://communities.intel.com/mess...423#185423
Or here:
http://communities.intel.com/thread/30417
Or here:
http://communities.intel.com/mess...722#167722
And more....

Best bet is to get the Atheros wireless + BT card if you want to make the S200e BT capable:
Atheros AR9004WB-1NG Mini PCIe (half-size) card reference design, aka WB225 or the AR5B225, NOT the 125.
The above Atheros cards have the:
AR9485 1x1 SISO 802.11bgn & AR3012 BT 4.0 HS.
These are the chips used in the X202e.
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#648
Quote from Tispho View Post :
Hi zahque,

If you're talking about installing a samsung series 5 touchpad driver I can help you with this.

Samsung actually removed the driver from their website and replaced it with an updating tool.

You can download the updating tool with this link,

http://www.samsung.com/us/support...U3C-A02UB#

then download the ELAN touchpad driver or I did you a favor and uploaded the actual driver to my mega account. I uploaded a .rar file, and you will need a computer with winrar to extract it.

Here is a link to the download for an Elan touchpad driver 11.7.2.1 which will work with the Asus vivobook 11.6"

https://mega.co.nz/#!KANTGYQQ!McL...WXBijarmGs

To install it:
Click on Desktop from the Metro Menu
Move your mouse pointer to the bottom left corner and right click
Click System
Click Device Manager
You will see where it says Mice and other pointing devices
Click this and it will open up another section
Then click on the touchpad device
on the "Device Manager" Window
You will see a computer with a little red X on it
Click this icon and it will uninstall the driver

Do not restart

Open up the Elan TP driver you just downloaded and double click setup.exe

Then just click next until it installs. PM me if you need any help.
I know this is an older post and maybe this has already been asked in this thread, but I'm not finding it. I picked this laptop up the other week and followed these instructions updating the touchpad drivers to the Samsung drivers. Everything seemed to work great and it definitely seemed to improve the touchpad. However, I used the laptop yesterday and the touchpad was acting really sketchy again like it seemed to revert back to the old drivers. I didn't actually check (I'm not sure how to), but is that something that could have happened, and if so, how do I fix it permanently?
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#649
I uninstalled the ASUS smart gesture driver, and installed the ELAN 11.7.2.1

In Add / Remove progs, the ASUS driver is gone and the ELAN is there, but the Elan seems to behave exactly the same way as the ASUS...

1. It takes 2 fingers to scroll, is this normal?
2. Where is the ELAN config file or notification area icon?

I want to configure it for my preferences - such as slide finger up for screen scroll up, and slide down for screen scroll down. The Elan is reversed.

BTW Another way to enter BIOS is to hit RESTART while holding down SHIFT.
F2 will also work during reboot, but you have to hit it before the ASUS logo appears.
I just updated to BIOS 208, and had a lot of trouble getting into BIOS before I discovered the above.

Thanks for any feed back on the ELAN t/pad driver from those using it.
Peace
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Last edited by Rab5 March 20, 2013 at 02:18 PM
#650
Found another option today for a sleeve: the Merkury 12" sleeve from Walmart [walmart.com] ($11.88 instore for me, a little cheaper on the website, I notice). Fits like a glove, though like the STS Slim XS posted earlier in the thread, you do have to watch out for the zipper pulls when sliding the laptop into the sleeve -- I am going to whipstitch that area closed which should protect the sides of the laptop. I got the black/aqua but it comes in black/grey also. Has full-length outer pocket for charger.
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#651
For BT to work properly a second antenna MUST be plugged in to the Intel 6235.

Check this thread and these posts for more information on getting and adding a second antenna:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=58417732&postcount=263

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=58292260&postcount=241

There are more posts regarding the BT antenna in the above thread. Must read!
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#652
I could not even figure out how to open up the lovely lil S200E Mad
Quote from HunterOne View Post :
For BT to work properly a second antenna MUST be plugged in to the Intel 6235.

Check this thread and these posts for more information on getting and adding a second antenna:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=58417732&postcount=263

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=58292260&postcount=241

There are more posts regarding the BT antenna in the above thread. Must read!
Those helped me get going but this following was the link that helped me figure out how to add a second antenna!!!
Quote :
Adding 2nd wifi antenna to ASUS S200E [jdhodges.com] (there are more photos if you follow from that page to here [jdhodges.com])
now I am rocking it with BT and widi WOOT! laugh out loud no one can stop me now bounce
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#653
Yeah, once I taped that second antenna to the SSD, WiDi and BT works fine now with the Intel 6235.
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#654
It's hard to find a case that fits this little laptop. The Case logic 11.6 clamshell is too small and the 13.3 is too big. The neoprene case do not have much drop protection.
Then I saw my wife's work folder. I'm sure you can pick up something like this at Office Depot or Staples. The fit and drop protection is surprisingly good:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...psb21728f7.jpg

Now after you tucked it underneath, it is held pretty tight:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps605a7c69.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps43293e6e.jpg

The recessed zipper gives excellent drop protection.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps40168fae.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...psbe2ec152.jpg

It bulges out a little bit if you add the charger to the inside compartment:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps4b07a735.jpg

The best part is that if you don't add the ac adapter, you can keep a pretty low profile. It doesn't look like a laptop case so hopefully it is less likely to be stolen. The bad is that there is no handle.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps0c051fc4.jpg
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Last edited by aquaholik March 28, 2013 at 09:44 AM
#655
Quote from aquaholik View Post :
If you don't want to clone then you can use the recovery drive that you created from the recovery partition. It will not work on a blank SSD, BUT it will work on an SSD with a UEFI installed windows 8 evaluation version.

The trick is to format only the partition(and that is the only one shown under windows explorer anyway) that has the windows 8 evaluation installation after the install and then run recovery from the recovery drive that you put on USB drive. For exact detail, visit the Asus S200E owner's lounge section at the notebook review forum. The basic idea is to do a clean install of evaluation version, format it, start recovery from USB stick and it should reset the PC. If you do it on a blank SSD it will say required partition is missing. But on a GPT SSD disk with 4 partitions that is created by the previous clean install of windows 8 evaluation, the recovery drive method will work.
I'm having a horrible time at this. I created a recovery usb, installed windows 8 evaluation onto another usb, removed the old hdd, installed ssd, installed w8 eval onto the sdd, formated the 2'nd partition of the ssd (not the system partition), and then tried to use my recovery usb to "reset the pc"......it still says "unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing." Any help?
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I'm having a horrible time at this. I created a recovery usb, installed windows 8 evaluation onto another usb, removed the old hdd, installed ssd, installed w8 eval onto the sdd, formated the 2'nd partition of the ssd (not the system partition), and then tried to use my recovery usb to "reset the pc"......it still says "unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing." Any help?
OK here is the detailed instructions. First, boot up the windows evaluation that you installed on the SSD. Start Disk Management. It should have 3 partitions:

1: 300MB Healthy(Recovery Partition)
2:100 MB Heathy(EFI System Partition)
3:223.05 GB NTFS(Boot, page file, Crash dump, Primary Partition)

Mine is a 240GB SSD so your third patition could be bigger or smaller. Make sure that it is a UEFI install when you install the evaluation version.

"unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing."---> This happens because the recovery USB stick can't find a previous UEFI installation of windows. The partition are different if you did not do a UEFI install. I had this same problem when I used the Windows 7 USB tool. That creates an NTFS file system which is not compatible with the UEFI install.

The C drive or the primary partition is the one that I format. It is the drive that contains the windows 8 evaluation version.

See the following detailed steps:

Here is a solution that should work for you guys using the full recovery USB drive that you made. First run windows activation and note the last 5 digits/letter of the product key that is embedded in the bios.

The recovery USB stick that you made from the recovery partition will not restore your system back to it's original state if you put in a blank SSD or HDD. But it will work if you have an existing UEFI installed windows 8.



1. Create recovery drive from the recovery partitition. I think you need at least 16gb, I had a 32GB lying around.

2. Download the 90 days enterprise evaluation copy of windows 8.

3. Create a UEFI bootable USB stick(4GB is enough). Use 7-zip and extract the windows 8 evaluation iso to that UEFI bootable USB stick. Do not use windows 7 usb DVD download tool. That will create a non UEFI bootable windows installation stick NTFS format.

4. Do not disable UEFI boot, another word, do not enable CSM(compatible service mode AKA legacy BIOS mode). You can leave secure boot on. The only thing to disable is fast boot. Install the SSD, go into bios screen and select the UEFI windows 8 evaluation USB as the first device and install it on the SSD.

5. After Windows finish installing the evaluation version, power down and remove the SSD and put it in a portable enclosure.

6. Put in the original HDD, connect the now external SSD, and FORMAT the SSD, yes the partition that you just put the evaluation version on. More on this later.

7. Power down, swap out the HDD for the SSD, plug in the recovery USB stick that you made in step 1, go into bios and make sure that it is the first boot device. Again make sure you are under UEFI mode which means CSM is disabled.

8. Let windows 8 reset the PC, no need for lengthy full clean option. It should work this time. I know it does not work on a blank SSD but should work on and SSD that had a previous windows 8 installation.

9. If it works, run windows activation and it should show activated with the same product key as the one on the HDD that came with your laptop.

The reason that you had to wipe the evaluation version was to force the recovery drive to check with the bios for the product key. If you did not wipe the evaluation version, it will install windows 8 just fine but will use the evaluation version to activate and show that windows 8 is not activated.

I pulled the bottom of the Asus laptop a dozen time before settling on the above method and multi task a day away. This is all because I couldn't download the windows 8 iso. If you find a way to do that, that is the way to go. Installing it like I did is similar to cloning, all the ASUS bloatware is also installed but I did not waste any space with a recovery partition on the already small SSD.
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#657
Quote from aquaholik View Post :
The reason that you had to wipe the evaluation version was to force the recovery drive to check with the bios for the product key. If you did not wipe the evaluation version, it will install windows 8 just fine but will use the evaluation version to activate and show that windows 8 is not activated.
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Excellent writeup. I followed your instructions, except instead of formatting using the old HDD...I formatted using cmd on a usb. Everything worked fine from the then on, but windows will still not activate. Do we have to format using the original HDD?
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#658
Quote from bikerbandito View Post :
Excellent writeup. I followed your instructions, except instead of formatting using the old HDD...I formatted using cmd on a usb. Everything worked fine from the then on, but windows will still not activate. Do we have to format using the original HDD?
Hmm... it should not matter that you use CMD to format the C partition. It should have activated using the key in the bios since the windows evaluation is wiped out. Did you do a full reset on the PC.

I would connect the old HDD and connect the SSD via a cable and just wipe the C partition on the SSD and run recovery again. Maybe do a longer full clean restore but I remembered I did not do that.
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#659
Quote from aquaholik View Post :
I would connect the old HDD and connect the SSD via a cable and just wipe the C partition on the SSD and run recovery again.
That did the trick! I re-installed the old HDD, connected the SSD via an enclosure, formatted the SSD's C partition (NTFS), and proceeded through the same steps as I did before. Everything worked and windows was activated immediately. Many thanks aquaholik!
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#660
Now we know the recovery usb stick is good for something. Congrats.
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