Asus 1201N Installation and Support
The purpose of this thread will be to assist those attempting to install and maintain Snow Leopard on the Asus 1201N netbook. All those who wish to participate are most welcome and encouraged to do so.
If you are interested in installing Lion on your 1201N, please check here for a guide to do so.
Please remember this is a developmental thread as well so sometimes ideas will be presented by those who are more experienced at this sort of thing, so don't try any new procedure presented unless you know what you are doing.
This top post will be regularly updated to reflect the status of this system!
(Last updated 10-28-11)
If you wish to read the old thread, it can be found here, but it has been closed so please post any new stuff on this thread. Thanks!
A combination overview and change log for both threads can be found here. Updated 05-01-10.
Many thanks go out to meklort, amf5, Kosterin Anton, DiDDyDy, Vince22, WmMays and anyone else I have left out from the original thread. All their efforts have been instrumental in getting this system operational. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
A guide (recently updated for 10.6.6 courtesy of VMonHeros) has been posted on Google sites here. The guide is constantly being updated with the best information on how to do the installation. To that end, it has come to my attention that installation of the system should only be performed using the system memory which comes with the unit. Upgrading to more memory can be performed after the system has been installed and details are provided in the guide.
And if you plan to dual boot with Windows 7, I have also posted a guide for that here as well. This guide does allow for the use of the restore DVD which came with the 1201N.
If you plan on replacing the wlan card and/or hard drive, a fully illustrated and annotated guide for that can be found here.
DSDT files for system memory upgrades are included with the install files. The download link is included in the guide.
Here is a list of what works and doesn't work at the present time:
restart/shutdown (with evoreboot.kext)
three finger swipe in Safari
full GPU accleration (QE/CI)
sound (In and Out)
VGA out (monitor hotkey switches as it should)
HDMI out (video, but no audio)
Netflix streaming (use latest version of Silverlight)
hotkeys for volume, brightness, etc. (Fixed using Meklort's Asus HotKeys.kext)
native WLAN card - (WLAN can be fixed with Dell 1510 card listed below)
Dell 1510 WLAN cardThe replacement Dell 1510 mini pci-e wlan card can be found on Ebay and directly from Dell.
USB/Wifi adaptersIf you prefer not to change the wlan card you can use a USB wifi stick such as the Newer Tech MAXPower 802.11g/b available here for $19, or this one, the Hama WLAN USB-Stick 150 Mbps, Mini
Also the Asus USB-N13 is reported to work fine and is available at several places (NewEgg, Amazon, etc.) BTW, the Asus USB-N13 is capable of wireless 'N' speed.
Also a gigabit USB/ethernet adapter from Belkin can be found here, and drivers if needed can be found on the Belkin website.
Latest BIOS is 0326 and is available here. If link is broken it means that Asus has pulled the bios. You can get 0321 here.