Awhile back I got this netbook from woot!. I'm trying not to seem ungrateful, but the default Linux installation left a little something to be desired. There was also a slow, meagerly sized hard-disk.
So for awhile my netbook collected dust :-(
Then I saw one of these running Ubuntu at a Southern California Python Interest Group meeting. Even the gent sitting next to me had one running Ubuntu. I felt like I'd been living in a cave.
So I ordered, at a bargain, an open-box Super Talent 16GB Mini PCI-E SATA2 Solid State Drive from Bezos.
I then followed these instructions from the kind folks at ehow.com to get my netbook's firmware updated.
- Download new BIOS from Asus. My model name is Eee PC 900A/Linux.
- Rename file to 900A.ROM and toss onto a USB drive. Filesize 512KB.
- Shut down Eee PC.
- Ensure Eee PC is on AC power (not battery).
- Insert USB drive to Eee PC.
- Turn on Eee PC, and press Alt-F2 until BIOS loads. IMPORTANT: Once BIOS starts loading don't touch the keyboard.
- Unplug Eee PC, remove from AC power, and remove battery.
- Remove the two (2) screws securing back-panel.
- Replace hard-disk and/or RAM. This is a good video showing how not to insert the hard-disk (yikes!)
- Replace back-panel. Replace battery.
Take a breather.
Enjoy a quesadilla and fresh guacamole that your wife lovingly made for you :-D
Now we're going to install Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx onto our Asus Eee PC 900A. We'll need a free USB drive and the usb-creator software. I followed these instructions.
- Download the latest Ubuntu Netbook here.
sudo apt-get install usb-creatoror
sudo aptitude install usb-creator
- I ran that program by typing
usb-creator-gtkat the shell.
- usb-creator has two panes. Start on the top, and click Other... to select your newly downloaded .iso file.
- Plug in your USB drive (which will HAVE EVERYTHING ON IT SUMMARILY DELETED), and click Format.
- Select the proper device and click Make Startup Disk.
- After about 5-10 minutes it should be ready to go, so you can eject and then insert into your Eee PC.
- Boot up your Eee PC and all that's left is to follow Ubuntu's excellent startup instructions!
I configured it to connect to our wireless router, and my wife plugged it in to our HP LaserJet 1020; which surprisingly worked immediately and without a hitch.
and we all thank you :-)))))
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