I own a ZG5 but with 1gig of ram also. It has the Atom CPU.
On the SSD question. I installed a 64Gig 1.8 " zif SDD in My M&A Companion Netbook running AntiX 13.2.
It was the best upgrade decision I have ever made for that Netbook. Boot up to slim login screen in 14 seconds.
The netbook applications fly open when called on.
I have 3 of these and am posting on the same netbook with the same specs but with a platter 1.8 " zif 30gig Pata drive. It runs SolydX and boot times take 40 seconds to lightdn screen. Applications function fine but not as sanppy opening as the ssd netbook/
Both of these M&A Netbools I upgraded to 2gig of ram.
My 3rd one. I run Puppy Slack0 5.6 right now on with 512MB of ram. It runs OK with that. But. When this release MepisantiX goes testing. I'll slap in a 1gig stick I have and load it up and test it out. It also has the pata pkatter zif hard drive.
If I could find a steal on zif 1.8" SSD ide pata. At 50 cents a gig. I'd replace the other 2 hard drives also.
So if you can afford the SSD upgrade. Go for it. You will notice a BIG difference in speed from that 120 gig platter.
All this rambling is to say these 3 netbooks I have internally are comparable hardware wise to my ZG5. They are easier to work on though than the Acer when it comes to upgrades.
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System: Host: biker Kernel: 3.11-2-486 i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.8.2)
Desktop: Xfce 4.10.2 (Gtk 2.24.18) Distro: SolydXK 1 testing
Machine: System: manda product: Intel powered classmate PC version: Gen 1.5L
Mobo: N/A model: N/A Bios: American Megatrends version: CM94515A.86A.0024.2008.0715.1716 date: 07/15/2008
CPU: Single core Intel Core CPU N270 (-UP-) cache: 512 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 3191.92 clocked at 1600.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
X.Org: 1.14.5 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 9.2.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.11-2-486
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: ec00 bus-ID: 01:00.0
IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 30.0GB (51.3% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: SAMSUNG_HS030GB size: 30.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 6.7G used: 5.8G (92%) fs: ext3 ID: /home size: 20G used: 8.7G (48%) fs: ext3
ID: swap-1 size: 1.58GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 62.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 145 Uptime: 1:56 Memory: 556.5/2015.9MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2
Client: Shell (bash 4.2.45) inxi: 1.9.17
reading your sig and seeing ssd in your hardware. I guess my post is moot.