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Old 12-31-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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have Acer Aspire One ZG5 with Linpus Linux Lite v1.9.9.E and want to upgrade


I have Acer Aspire One ZG5 netbook I bought new 2008. System info: Linpus Linux Lite v1.0.9.E, CPU Intel Atom 1.60GHz, memory 512MB, HD 8GB.

Netbook has been working great for me last few years until recently. Seems like it needs an upgrade, starting to do weird stuff when I am surfing, can't download upgrades, etc.

I tried the Live Update program included with the software, but comes back with error 22 update server busy, try later. I checked update history and appears I was getting updates automatically from 2008 to 2010 then stopped.

I understand Linpus Linux Lite is not the best Linux and found something better, latest version of Ubuntu desktop, the best I can tell.

So far I have tried to download upgrade to my netbook computer and will not complete with error I don't have enough space. Then I tried to download to a USB Flashdrive on the netbook and I can't figure how to direct the download to the USB port.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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Hi, welcome to the forums! So do you want to put a different linux distro on or do you want to try to repair Linpus? I would recommend the official Ubuntu Variant Lubuntu, instead of the full blown Ubuntu, since its a little lighter on the resources. Your netbook can boot off of USB so you can download the image and put it on a flash drive. Note that you will need approximately 700 MB free on the netbook to download the image and a 1 GB flash drive. THIS WILL ERASE ALL DATA CURRENTLY ON THE FLASH DRIVE.
open a terminal and try this:
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wget http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/12.10/release/lubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386.iso
once the download finishes, insert your usb stick (make sure no other removable drives or media are inserted) and type the following to put the image on a flash drive:
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sudo dd if=lubuntu-12.10-desktop-i386.iso of=/dev/sdb
Your flash drive is now bootable and can boot the Lubuntu image. You may need to configure the boot priority in the BIOS though in order to boot from it.

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Old 12-31-2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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If you are getting the error 22 over a period of days, maybe support is not available after four years?

If you have an 8GB hard drive (SSD?), Ubuntu probably isn't the best choice as a full install will take about 5GB.

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So far I have tried to download upgrade to my netbook computer and will not complete with error I don't have enough space.
An upgrade of Linpus? I thought you couldn't connect? Or are you talking about downloading Ubuntu?
You need to identify the flash drive first. With the flash drive plugged in, run: fdisk -l(Lower case Letter L in the command) to find your drives/partitions. The first drive is usually, sda, the second sdb and partitions are numbered from one (1). It should also show the size of your drive so you should be able to tell which is the flash. You would then create a mount point for it. Do you have any partitions or a filesystem created on the flash?
 
Old 12-31-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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Repair Linpus would be OK, but upgrade to better Linux would be better.

Actually, my guess is Linpus is no longer supported and doesn't run right because the web has changed, not because Linpus has a bug, etc.

I am thinking probably need to upgrade, but if there is something I can repair to help Linpus run properly, I can try that 1st.

Thanks for reply.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 06:27 PM   #5
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Hello yancek, where do I find the command line? As I understand it, there is no command line to type into with Linpus Linux.

I think there was Ubuntu version specifically developed for the computer I have. However, over time I guess it was upgraded and only comes in a desktop version now. I only use the netbook for surfing, never save anything, if I did maybe I could use a flash drive?

File manager reports 2.7GB free of 6.4GB. Appears Linpus Linux is using almost 4GB, so 5GB is too much?
 
Old 12-31-2012, 06:28 PM   #6
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Yeah I think an upgrade probably is what you need (but I may be wrong). I am not fimiliar with Linpus, but I edited my first post to tell how to upgrade to Lubuntu (which is what I would recommend considering its lighter on specs and better for netbooks). My main computer is an acer aspire one d255 which runs debian and xfce for what its worth...
Can you do Control+Alt+F1 to get to a command line?

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Old 12-31-2012, 06:34 PM   #7
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Hello DiskChris, control+alt+F1 does nothing. I do remember debian versions use the least resources, so that's probably what I want. I think I will need someone familiar with Linpus Linux or I am up the creek. Cheers, Happy New Year!

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Old 12-31-2012, 09:53 PM   #8
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Try holding down Alt+F2 keys simultaneously and you should get a small window. Type 'terminal' (without quotes) and it should open. If that doesn't work (usually does) you could type konsole and hit the Enter key. You should get a terminal where you can log in as root with su command, enter your root password. Maybe it uses sudo, I don't know as I've never used Linpus.

The link below shows an alternate method. See if any of that looks familiar:

http://www.laptopmag.com/advice/how-...aspx?showall=1

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I think there was Ubuntu version specifically developed for the computer I have.
Ubuntu Netbook Remix: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UNR

More info on Linpus at the link below, it's dated about four years ago??

http://www.unixmen.com/install-softwares-on-linpus/
 
Old 12-31-2012, 10:16 PM   #9
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Hello yancek, OK will try tomorrow, thanks for good info. Cheers, Happy New Year!!!
 
Old 01-01-2013, 08:32 AM   #10
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OK, tried alt*F2, nothing. I think better read up on Linpus Linux, until now never studied it, just used to surf on web, works well for that... Thanks for replies, keep them coming.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #11
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Tried F2 at startup, got InsydelH20 Setup Utility. Probably need to change something with this utility, but for now looks intimidating. Going to do more Linpus Linux research.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 08:59 AM   #12
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OK, at startup press F2 for setup menu, F12 to change boot order. I guess F12 is what I need to change to boot from USB port with my new OS on a flashdrive. As I understand it, probably can't download update to flashdrive on my netbook, have to use another computer to do that. Then once I get update on flashdrive I may be ready to install new OS.

Anybody know if I can download new OS to my netbook without using another computer?
 
Old 01-01-2013, 09:19 AM   #13
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After a little reading, maybe my problem is I am still on Firefox 2. Found some info how to update to FF7, but need to access command line. What am I doing wrong, Alt+F2 doesn't come up for me? When do I press Alt+F2, at desktop, startup, some other place?
 
Old 01-01-2013, 09:39 AM   #14
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OK, tried alt*F2
What's with the asterisk(*)? As nearly as I can recall, on every Linux system I have used holding down the Alt and F2 keys at the same time will open a small window in which you can type a command such as terminal. You would do this after you have booted and logged in as user.

If you go into the BIOS and select F12 to change the boot order, that is for that specific time only. If you want to do it permanently, you would enter setup with F2 and you should have an option there, often under Boot heading and a sub-heading with Boot priority. If you see this and don't understand it, don't make any changes as it can lead to some serious difficulties. Read more first.

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As I understand it, probably can't download update to flashdrive on my netbook
Do you mean by 'update' obtaining another operating system to install to replace Linpus? If so, you can go to the site below, download the unetbootin software and run it from Linpus. Make sure you download the Linux version. Also read the instructions before proceeding. There are two ways you can do this. You can open unetbootin and select an operating system from their list, or you can do research in advance and select an operating system and download it to your computer and then start unetbootin to select it. Read the page before starting:

http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

Have you ever used a flash drive to store data on this computer? Look in the /media or /mnt directories to see if there are any entries. Plug in a flash drive and check them again to see if there are any changes. If not, you will need to manually mount the filesystem on a flash drive. The method above for Lubuntu would be pretty simple and can be used for any other distribution, just changing its name. I've tried Lubuntu in the past and it would probably be a good fit.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 09:51 AM   #15
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Hello yancek, thanks for reply. * was a typo, sorry meant +.

I finally found the terminal, maybe. Have to right click to bring up desktop menu. Terminal is option, clicking on it doesn't bring it up. Go down to System, open submenu and Terminal is an option, double click and it opens as Terminal - user@localhost. About Terminal: Terminal 0.2.8 X Terminal Emulator copyright 2003-2007 Benedikt Meuer.

I guess this is where I type commands?
 
  


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