Upgrading the Asus Chromebox CN60 / M004U

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Introduction: Upgrading the Asus Chromebox CN60 / M004U

About: Slinky Harmonics Engineer by day...

In this instructable, I'll be upgrading the stock Asus Chromebox... from 2GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM...

Ironically, Asus gave their Chromebox a number depending what you wanted to buy... i.e.:

Chromebox CN60 (VESA mount included)

Chromebox M004U (No Keyboard & mice included)

Chromebox M075U (Keyboard & mice included)

Chromebox M107U (better CPU and more RAM)

... etc...

However, they all have the same layout and the same upgradability... So, no need to worry if you have or may have the correct unit.

Now, you might be wondering why I am not upgrading the SSD drive... well, the stock SSD is more than enough for the Chrome OS. So, there is no need to waste money on that. Also, depending on when and where you got your Chromebox you might already have 1TB of online storage included with your purchase...

For this upgrade you will need the following:

2 X 4GB DDR3L 16800 SODIMM (1.35V)

1 X Spudger / Spatula or plastic card.

1 X Phillips screwdriver

Step 1: Cracking It Open!

The design of the Asus Chromebox gives a generous space around the border. So, I took the spudger and pried the rubber pads out of the way. I stuck them right next to the area where they were before so, I do not need to replace them back after I am done...

Step 2: Pop the Bottom!

So, now using your fav. tool pry around the edge of the Chromebox. This will pop the bottom nicely, remove it and set it aside...

By the way, you might want to keep an eye on those custom screws... if you lose one, you won't be able to find it anywhere...

Step 3: Basic Parts...

I have labeled some parts of the Chromebox which might be of interest to you. Note the RAM slots, SSD drive, WiFi card... all replaceable if needed be...

Step 4: Replace the RAM...

So, locate the little retainer clips on the side of the RAM module...

Push both sides, RAM module will pop up, pull and set aside.

Replace with the new 4GB RAM modules, make sure they are seated properly...

Reassemble, in reverse order...

Now, plug the power cord and test your Chromebox. It should just boot up and go to the login screen. You'll now notice that videos from sites such as youtube will be smoother. Games will actually work correctly and are snappy... etc...

Congratulations you are now done... enjoy!

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    26 Discussions

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    Sevenboot
    Sevenboot

    3 months ago

    Tengo una CN60 que etaba prendiendo y funcionando.... pero en una actualizacion se fue la luz y ahora no quiere dar imagen... prende la bombilla blanco solamente ya no prende la azul ni da imagen...

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    X0n1T3
    X0n1T3

    Reply 3 months ago

    Hola Sevenboot!

    será necesario hacer un “reset” del sistema:
    https://youtu.be/eejdVd_G7us
    lamentablemente no encontré un vídeo en español en YouTube. Pero, el procesó es muy fácil de hacer..

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    Sevenboot
    Sevenboot

    Reply 3 months ago

    el detalle es q ella no da señal al TV... por eso no puedo hacer factory ni reset...

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    Ibrahim1-7
    Ibrahim1-7

    5 months ago

    I have a problem with my Asus Chromebox CN60. It is unable to power up. It only turns on when connected to the cable but won't turn on when the on button is pressed. When it does turn on after being plugged in, it dies in 3-5 seconds and cannot be restarted unless unplugged and plugged.

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    danrezae
    danrezae

    Reply 4 months ago

    Sounds to me like the power button is stuck

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    Kenwho
    Kenwho

    Question 11 months ago

    I have CN60 that the mouse has been constantly freezing up when I move it across the screen since the last update. Will adding the additional RAM cure this problem??

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    KeJorn
    KeJorn

    Answer 6 months ago

    I have also noticed the mouse stops working at times on the CN60. However, it seems to be related to the USB ports dropping out, and thus the keyboard and anything else connected via USB. Since the bulk of what you would use the CN60 for would involve using the Chrome browser, more memory would certainly improve most functionality, as Chrome is known to have memory leaks. Perhaps in the case of the mouse "freezing up", it is actually an issue of low available memory, resulting in devices (like the USB ports) being impacted, just like we see with PCs. Only recourse I have seen when this happens, is to hold the power button down until it restarts the box and everything is working again (for now). I plan to upgrade the memory as the cost is not that much much and may make the device more usable for a bit longer.

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    X0n1T3
    X0n1T3

    Answer 9 months ago

    Hi Kenwho,
    Good question, the CN60 is currently a "end of life" product. (I stopped using mine a few months ago) So, even if you upgrade the RAM now, future software updates will not install in your box (unless you want to force it or try to hack it). So, I think a better choice would be to save the money for the RAM and buy a new Chromebox.

    As for the mouse freezing I really don't see how more memory would help, unless you are running heavy apps.

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    MarkM728
    MarkM728

    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    Hi... I've got an Asus Chromebox2 g095u. It came with 4GBs of RAM. I'd like to add another 4GB of RAM, if possible. I've been unable to find out any info on this. Do you know if it's possible? I don't much about electronics but I'm confident that I could do the upgrade if it would be the same process you describe here. If I can add another stick, what specs do I need? Thanks for your time!

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    X0n1T3
    X0n1T3

    Answer 1 year ago

    According to Crucial's website your model can take up to 16 GB...

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    jstyravgjo
    jstyravgjo

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    My CN60 didnt have any wires connected to the wifi card when I opened it up & upgraded it. Is that normal? Im suspiscious because of where it was purchased (ebay, supposedly new).

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    X0n1T3
    X0n1T3

    Answer 1 year ago

    Hi,
    Does your WIFI work??
    If you do have a WiFi card, there should be 2 or 3 gold antenna hole plugs on the PCB. There should also be 2 or 3 wires around, inside the case... usually one black and one white like in the pictures (sometimes you see green or grey too)

    If you do find them inside try connecting them (like in the pictures)

    Cheers!

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    jjpocreva
    jjpocreva

    Question 2 years ago on Introduction

    How much memory can I install on a chromebox cn60

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    X0n1T3
    X0n1T3

    Answer 2 years ago

    Hi jjpocreva,

    16GB is the max... according to Crucial, however, not sure if the chromebox will use all of it...

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    Cburg1
    Cburg1

    2 years ago

    Would it be better to use 2x4GB, or leave the 2GB in, and install an additional 8GB?

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    X0n1T3
    X0n1T3

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi Cburg1,

    Well, if you use the 2 X 4GB, the system will benefit from the dual channel. Right now, I can't remember if this Chromebox max. out at 8GB of RAM... However, if it does then there is no point in having 10GB of RAM because it will only use 8GB....cheers!

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    ranjeevm
    ranjeevm

    2 years ago

    Hi ... before I take the plunge, it will be nice to understand the following:

    1. Why did you decide to upgrade the RAM? Chrome OS manages RAM really well based on the information I have. So I would like to understand what necessitated the upgrade?

    2. Why did you not choose to get just one 4 GB module? Together with the 2GB OEM module, you would have got 6 GB in total which seems like a decent upgrade for the relatively lower cost and the utilization of the 2GB module that would have to be discarded in your case.

    3. Did you try changing the position of the Chromebox or attaching an external fan to it that cools it down. I have a Chromebox that now works well after I attached a very small USB powered cooling fan externally and to be honest this doesn't even look ugly at all because it is at the back of the console.

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    X0n1T3
    X0n1T3

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi Ranjeevm,

    1 - Depends on what you do online or with your Chromebox , if you watch and stream videos or play games you'll need more memory... You will notice a degrade on the performance of your machine.

    2 - This machine has a Dual Channel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-channel_memory_architecture) So, having 2 sticks of the same memory and quantity matter...

    3 - My unit has the required 3 to 5 inches of space around it... So, it does not overheat or have problems with anything I do...

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    ranjeevm
    ranjeevm

    Reply 2 years ago

    Dual channel just means that theoretically double the amount of RAM can be accessed for the given time. If one channel is faster than the other the amount of accessible RAM for the same given time would drop but that would be barely noticeable. If one channel has more memory than the other, it can still be utilized once the lower memory is full. I am not sure if I understand.

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    DavidNisker
    DavidNisker

    3 years ago

    Is it possible to run an Asus Chromebox without a case? I was given one without a case (just the motherboard, RAM and SSD) which I'd like to use without the hassle of getting a case but can't get it to turn on.