Guys - this may seem like a reposting of a recent thread on a very similar subject - but I have a bit of a different spin and I'm hoping to get the attention of an ASUS tech that understand the issue rather than one that will just cluelessly read a page of instruction.
I've got a Eee PC 1000H/XP .... and I was, and currently am, running Windows 7 with no problems whatsoever. However, I made the bad move of checking the ASUS Eee PC site and noticed they have a new BIOS for Windows 7 --- version 2204... and my nightmare starts there ...
After a number of multiple beeps just as is perfectly described in a previous thread - and my Eee 1000H/XP unable to read the USB drive ... my screen suddenly went black and nothing would revive the machine … and it stopped making any attempt at reading the USB drive or address the keyboard or power button. I kind of panicked.
I made the second mistake by calling ASUS support. A Filipino ASUS tech came on and the minute I said I was running Windows 7 he said I would have to uninstall it and return to the factory XP install - that was the problem he said. The ASUS guy didn't even have a clue as to THE FACT that I now had a brick. He went on with some notes he was obviously reading and no matter how many times I explained that the BIOS was the problem, the guy was intent on reading his step-by-step reinstall of XP. I thanked him and then hung up on the guy. I have nothing against Filipinos … and I have several Filipino cousins … so don’t go there.
If Windows 7 is taboo .. then why the heck does ASUS have all the drivers, BIOS, Chipset, utilities available for Win 7 compatibility on their website? Well ... I concentrated on the task of getting my system back on and forgot the issue of the clueless customer support tech.
I finally got the BIOS screen back on by repeatedly taking out the battery (with the A/C adaptor not plugged in) until the screen came alive again. This was just a lucky shot in the dark. I tried updating with the latest ASUS BIOS - version 2204 and it went back to the original problem - it would not load it or recognize it. I tried renaming the file to 1000H.ROM and it still would not work. I even tried several USB drives until I ended up using an old one that had worked previously to update the BIOS before on this Eee PC - none of the other USB drives would work with the BIOS uploader. All the while … I was worried about getting the black screen of death again … permanently this time.
THE ONLY USB drive that will work with the BIOS updater on my Eee PC 1000H/XP is an old 64MB thumb drive that I had previously formatted on the Eee PC itself. None of my larger thumb drives will allow reading of a new BIOS no matter where it is reformatted. BTW - all the USB drives are recognized by XP and Win 7 in this Eee PC for normal storage operations ... go figure.
Finally ... I went back and found a BIOS I knew would work ... Version 2102 - I copied it to my 64 MB USB drive and renamed it from 1000H-ASUS-2102.ROM to 1000H.ROM. Once I got the BIOS update screen back on the Eee PC, I inserted the USB drive with the renamed BIOS update file. However at this point, it would not scan the USB drive. After a moment of courage ... I took the battery back out, with the USB drive inserted ... reinstalled the battery ... and this time it read and updated the version 2102 BIOS. I turned off the Eee when instructed ... and it came back alive and ran Windows 7 just as before.
One more thing ... I tried to install the Hybrid Engine (Atom processor speed throttling) Utility and got a message that said .. WRONG BIOS for running this program. Well ... no matter because Windows 7 has its own built in processor throttling capability and I am getting over 5 hours of run time - about max for the OEM battery.
Bottom line ... the latest BIOS version 2204 ostensibly for Win 7 application would not upload on my Eee PC 1000H/XP. The Hybrid Engine Utility will not work with BIOS version 2102. The phone support techs do not recognize that Win 7 can run on Eee PC 1000H/XP and that ASUS provides drivers, BIOS, etc to support Win 7.