Eee PC Guide is wrong. Myths, Lies and Errors about XP
In the Official Eee PC user Guide #E3509, Chapter 5 page 5-2
Titled “Preparing to Install Windows XP”
Everything SYSTEM REQUIREMENT written By ASUS in this first half of the page is not necessary quite simply.. Wrong
“Before installing Windows XP operating system to your Eee PC, you need the following items.”
1. “A USB 2.0 DVD-ROM”
You do not need a DVD-Rom, A CD-Rom will work fine.
You do not need USB 2.0, My clunky 4 year old 1.1 USB bus powered CD-Rom works just dandy
2. “The official Windows XP Service pack 2 Disk from Microsoft”
For legal reasons they must have included this. When installing from a CD source SP2 was not required. I certainly recommend using SP2 for security. Updating from earlier versions online can create space and other problems. Of course there are plenty of un-official and older discs as well that work.
3 “A USB flash disk (size larger than 1GB) or an external disk drive.”
A 128MB USB Flash disk will work. Download the drivers from ASUS and load them onto your USB and install from it. The drivers can be unzipped and there are installers inside that are as easy to install as a quick double click. If you simply install the Wireless driver you can go to Asus and download the rest. I guess a 32MB USB flash would work. The also page reads “Use a USB Flash Disk “Larger than 1GB” and on the same page says they recommend ausing one “Smaller than 2GB”. I have never seen a 1.5GB flash disk??? You just plain won’t be needing n External Hard Drive.
4 “ASUS Eee PC support DVD”
This seems to be suggested for drivers. We have covered this driver issue already. If you have no way to download the Wireless driver from Asus, I would suggest doing on the computer you are reading this on now.
You do not need a USB 2.0 DVD-Rom
You do not need a flash disk between 1GB and 2GB
You do not need to have an official Microsoft SP2 disk.
You do not need The Asus support DVD
Go spend your money on a 4GB or better SDHC Card, a 2GB Stick of DDR2 PC2-5300 Ram (200 pin Laptop Size)
If you are a good shopper you should be able to buy these things at Fry’s or from the pukes at NewEgg com for well under $100 bill.