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- Intel Core i5 4200U
- 6GB DDR3 Memory
- 750GB Hard Drive
- 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS LED Slim Touch Display w/ Webcam
- Intel HD 4400 Graphics
- 2x USB 3.0
- Backlit Keyboard
- WiFi + Bluetooth + WiDi
- Up to 4 1/2 hrs Battery
- Windows 8
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ASUS Q501LA-BBI5T03 15.6" Touch Screen Notebook (Refurbished)
$450 with free shipping
- Intel Core i5 4200U 2.6GHz
- 6GB DDR3
- 750GB HDD
- 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS LED Touch Display
- Intel HD 4400 Graphics
- 2x USB 3.0
- Up to 4 hours and 38 minutes
- Windows 8
I bought this from the last deal and have successfully hackintoshed it. See here http://www.tonymacx86.
I did a UEFI fresh install with USB MSDN media without issue after some simple drive prep.
p.s. Final battery life: 8 hrs 41 mins.
Last edited by regli; Yesterday at 06:03 PM..
Quote from Apoptosis View Post :
I used the ASUS backtracker program to load the image to a 16GB thumb drive and install my Samsung EVO SSD and it worked like a champ. No issues whatsoever.
1. download something like magic jelly bean yo get your laptop's Windows key. write it down.
2. download all of these drivers for your q501la through Asus support site onto an USB stick
3. put ssd into your desktop, set up on the sata 3 connections (if you have them)
4. download a clean Microsoft copy of Windows 8 or 8.1, only if you already did the 8.1 upgrade.
5. get the windows 8/8.1 generic key code
6. put the windows 8 media on a media, either USB boot drive or dvd
7. boot up computer through said media (USB or dvd)
8. do the clean install, enter the generic keys whenever prompted to
9. have it verify your Windows key upon connecting to the Internet
10. if that doesn't work, use your original Windows key that was obtained through MjB
11. when prompted, make sure you tell it not to install anything right now.
12. you're now in Windows, begin installing all of your drivers.
13. activate Windows, It'll most likely have you call to verify. follow the instructions.
14. Google ssd optimizations for Windows 8\8.1, follow the instructions accordingly.
15. benchmark your drive using something like crystal mark.
Last edited by lilfatty; Yesterday at 10:37 PM..
Also, you don't need a generic key code, just place the file "ei.cfg" into the "x:\Sources\" directory on the Win 7/8/8.1 install stick with this content.
If you want to install the Pro edition, replace Core with Professional. If you want the setup to ask which edition you want install without entering the product key, leave the [EditionID] blank.
Quote from regli View Post :
A UEFI clean install with MSDN//Technet media works just fine with delayed activation via ei.cfg. Mine is such an install.
Also, no need for torrents.
Check this video out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjCtMtT
How To Check Battery Cycle Info (Credit to regli for posting this)
If you really want detailed and extended information about your battery then run the following command in a Command Window:
powercfg /batteryreport /output "C:\$\batteryRpt.htm"
where "C:\$" is an accessible location on your system. Use your browser to view it.
The process I followed for successfully replacing the HDD with an SSD was as follows:
1. Download ASUS Backtracker and create a backup USB drive using an empty USB thumb drive (I used a 16 gb Sandisk Cruzer)
2. Remove back cover of laptop and remove hard drive that came with the laptop
3. Insert Samsung SSD hard drive into the same slot where the old hard drive was, using the metal bracket that was around the original hard drive. Put cover back on laptop.
4 Insert USB that that was created during Step 1 above into laptop's USB port BEFORE turning it back on.
5. Turn laptop on. My laptop booted directly into the ASUS Backtracker program. I then just followed the steps and it put the restored factory image onto my new hard drive. I was not prompted for a Windows Key (but I made sure to write it down beforehand anyway).
Last edited by snapd; Today at 09:23 AM..
To upgrade to SSD, you have two options do a clean install on the new ssd or clone the existing hd. If you are using the clean install route extract first your license key and backup http://dellwindowsrein
Regarding the trackpad well this one is not as sensitive as the Mac, so you will need to put more pressure, so will need to get used to. However I find it accurate enough, I also have a Lenovo (running OS X 10.9.3 ) and is more sensitive than this Asus.
Just thought I'd mention it as it might be related to the lost key stroke as well as loud fan issue.
I came across it because I noticed that after an extended idle time, CPU utilization on a logical single core would climb to 25% (Max) and the fan would howl.
The guilty process was "taskhost.exe".
After extended troubleshooting I came across this post that finally fixed it. Just a temporary fix though. I hope Microsoft fixes it soon.
taskhost.exe DfpCommon.dll thread high CPU utilization - Microsoft Community
The key post was this one:
OK i have a temporary fix for that:
Go to "Task Scheduler" "Microsoft" "Windows" "DiskFootPrint" and disable the "Diagnostics" Task.
Hope this helps. It was a huge relief for me.
Belarc Advisor .
I don't recall a key on the bottom of the laptop but I can't check at the moment as the wife has run off with ours yet again.
Look for excessive screen bleed, dead pixels, and test the web cam. One issue I had, which I regretted not testing earlier, was with the Windows licence. My refurb was actually previously used and the Windows licence key was blocked by Microsoft's servers due to the original owner using the key on multiple machines. It worked on the original drive but would never activate when I reinstalled Windows on a different drive so I basically had to use one of my own licences to get Windows to boot from the SSD. If you're the type to install fresh copies of Windows, I'd do it right away and be sure the key works. There's no way to test it otherwise.
Here 's how to check. Thanks.
Ubuntu 14.04 RTL8111/8168/8411 Driver for Q501LA
This should help with installation media:
How to Download Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 Installation Media â€" Legally
If you do an UEFI install the key will be automatically picked from the BIOS.
In my case I wanted a Pro install with MSDN/Technet media and therefore didn't want to be prompted for a key during the install. This makes it possible:
Install Windows 8 without a Product Key - Super User
Create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 8.
Save a file called ei.cfg in that folder with the following text:
If you want to install the Pro edition, replace Core with Professional. If you want the setup to ask which edition you want install without entering the product key, leave the [EditionID] blank.[/QUOTE]