Re: Still using my £120 AAO first series
I have an AAO 110 Aw; it came with an 8GB SSD and Linpus.
The casing of the 110 doesn't really accommodate a 2.5" hard drive, whereas the 150 does. So I'm guessing you added a CF-card-sized spinning disc on a little ribbon cable?
What I did, some time ago, was to solder on a SATA cable, and put in a proper 2.5" SSD, minus its outer casing. It was a Corsair Nova 2 60GB. The SSD PCB mounts in the machine with sticky pads and is slim enough to go under the main board in the same position that a HDD would in a -150 machine.
I wouldn't recommend this particular SSD because it's a basket-case with the miserable Corsair firmware. However you can substitute other, later firmware to make it work better - and shame on Corsair for not providing this fix themselves. The next SSD I buy will come from someone else.
If you can find the right kind of surface-mount SATA connector you can put this onto the main board and it will accept the SSD as intended by the designers. What I did though was to cut a SATA cable in half and solder it straight to the board, plus a cap and an inductor to supply power. (or just a solder bridge will make it work if you can't be arsed doing it properly)
So I now run windows 7 on it. It has 1.5GB of RAM, and it runs OK. Obviously more RAM would be better but hey.
I very nearly threw it against the wall a few weeks ago before I found the SSD firmware fix, and at that point I did actually buy another machine to replace it. However, having made this one work properly again I'll get rid of the replacement because this AAO seems like an old friend and will serve for the foreseeable future.
If you want to see pics I could probably arrange.