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Old 01-30-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Had problems and reformatted Eee pc 900


I have a Eee pc 900 and I just love it. I had it since it first came out. Have tried other Netbooks and nothing compares to it. It is so sturdy, fast and works great. I had problems with it, and that might have been an "operator malfunction". I tried to fix it and as some of us do at times, I kept trying other things until nothing worked any more. I took it to be repaired and he cleaned off the machine and installed my old Ubuntu 9.10. Since then it won't recognize my memory card, no flash for internet video, and several other things that were just part of the things that the machine offered. Also, I have just received Ubuntu 11.10 today and it won't install either. I just want to get my wonderful Eee pc back and install 11.10. Even if I could find a person who could help me get it back in order in would be grateful.

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Bobby
 
Old 01-31-2012, 12:21 AM   #2
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I have just received Ubuntu 11.10 today and it won't install either.
When you trying to install Ubuntu 11.10 what error you are getting?
 
Old 01-31-2012, 12:29 AM   #3
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How are you trying to install 11.10? Are you trying to install by Grub on a usb drive or has it been put on a usb drive with unetbootin?

What are you seeing when trying to install? As the above poster asks what error messages or any other messages are you getting?
 
Old 01-31-2012, 01:05 AM   #4
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I am not going to be much help here as I tried to install it. First it asked for my Synaptic password. I put it in and it started to run. It came up with a box that asked which packages I wanted to install. I clicked tried to select all but that didn't work so I picked the first two and said there was 1272 packages and it picked up just over 12xx something. It wouldn't do anything after that.

Before when I installed 10.9 I think it was or it could have been 10.4 it installed automatically when the CD started up. No problem at all. You asked what I used, just an external CD drive.

I have tried to do install it again a few times to see if I could do anything with it and it won't come back up again like it did with the CD running. It does show the CD Icon on my desktop. When I click on it, it just shows the files but nothing else. Actually that has happend to Thunderbird too. I used to have it installed with the short cut on the desktop and along with the other programs since I had it "fixed" it won't install anything only the fold on the desktop. I can drill down in the Thunderbird to a file and click on it and it will bring up Thunderbird that way. But I can't find any kind .exe file in the 11.10 folder.

One of you asked about what program I am using, its just what ever starts with the CD. Also as I mentioned I have no Flash, doesn't recognize my memory care---knows there is a slot but shows empty when card is in.

Additionally, when I go to the applications part of my Eee pc where used to be tons of applications, now it shows applications but when I click on them it says there is none there.

I thought that if I could install 11.10 that might take care of it all, but I can't even get there.

I think I need some help please.

Thanks,
Bobby
 
Old 01-31-2012, 01:10 AM   #5
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OK, now I know you're using an external cd drive that gives us something to work with. Are you able to boot (start the machine) from that external drive with a Live CD in it? If you are you can install 11.10 that way.
 
Old 01-31-2012, 01:16 AM   #6
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Bear with me here please----how do I boot from the CD. I have heard of it. Do I have to go in and change the boot location????
 
Old 01-31-2012, 01:21 AM   #7
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Bear with me here please----how do I boot from the CD. I have heard of it. Do I have to go in and change the boot location????
Mate we are here to help so I'll bear with you for as long as I can, nearly dinner time but I'll be back a little later anyway.

When the machine starts you will need to hit a key, mine is f2 I think, and that will bring up your bios. In your bios you will find an option for boot order. Bring the external drive to position 1 and reboot the machine with the cd in that drive and the drive connected to the machine.

One thing I must mention is partitions. DO you know how your system is partitioned? Do you have a / which is root, and a separate /home, also a SWAP. or do you just have a / and SWAP? This is important because we dont want to erase any data that you need.
 
Old 01-31-2012, 01:28 AM   #8
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... I can't find any kind .exe ...
Bobby
No you can't because Linux is not Windows, this is one recommended reading for people that are switching to Linux.

Ubuntu 11.10 has known bugs and issues, it would be a better option to use the LTS(long term support) version
you can find it here.

One good thing to have in mind once you have it installed, do NOT upgrade to 11.10, just do the updates.

Now if you have 10.xx running already then all you need is to find answers for specific problems for the devices that are not working.

To get some help here one thing you need is, deal with one thing at a time, for example the memory card you mentioned above, a good start is to post some terminal output about your hardware, so open the terminal and type:
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$ lspci
Unless we have that kind of output we can't really figure out what is going on.

I hope this helps to start.

Regards

Last edited by ukiuki; 01-31-2012 at 01:31 AM. Reason: typo
 
Old 01-31-2012, 01:31 AM   #9
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Ok, you are going to dinner soon and I am going to bed in a couple hours. I am on the US west coast. I see you are in Australia. I appreciate the help. I am in the BIOS set up utility now under the boot tab. it says boot device priority, Boot settings Configuration and ONBoard Lan Boot Rom (Disabled). When I click the right arrow it just Exit and Save Changes, Exit and discard changes Load Setup Defaults. I was looking for something like boot order????
 
Old 01-31-2012, 01:37 AM   #10
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Thank you. I do know its not like Windows and I have learned a lot. But still have a lot to learn. It looks like I might learn some new stuff here. I am working with someone now and when I finish I will try your suggestion.

Thank you very much,
Thanks.
Bobby
 
Old 01-31-2012, 02:15 AM   #11
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Ok, I am ready to install from the CD drive. I have several choices the first on is to install side by side 9.10 and 11.10. I don't really need them both. The upgrade from 9.10 to 11.10 doesn't let you click that radio button. The next one says erase 9.10 and reinstall. Now to me reinstall means to reinstall 9.10 gain---if that is what it means in this case I don't want to do that. If it means that I can erase 9.10 and it will install 11.10 that is great as that is what I want to dol. The last one is something else, I don't need that.

If I install along side, can I uninstall 9.10 after the 11.10 is installed and I like it????

Thanks,
Bobby
 
Old 01-31-2012, 02:38 AM   #12
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Ok, I am ready to install from the CD drive. I have several choices the first on is to install side by side 9.10 and 11.10. I don't really need them both.
OK so what one don't you want?

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The upgrade from 9.10 to 11.10 doesn't let you click that radio button.
Because you cannot do a direct upgrade from 9.10-11.10. You can however do an upgrade from 9.10-10.04 if you have a 10.04 disc.

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The next one says erase 9.10 and reinstall. Now to me reinstall means to reinstall 9.10 gain---if that is what it means in this case I don't want to do that. If it means that I can erase 9.10 and it will install 11.10 that is great as that is what I want to dol.
No they mean reinstall Ubuntu, not 9.10 but the version on the disc and this is how people usually do it, and it is my preferred option BUT as your question below indicates you may want to run the two side by side for a while till you decide if you like 11.10 or not.

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If I install along side, can I uninstall 9.10 after the 11.10 is installed and I like it????
Yes you can certainly do this BUT you need to have room on your hard drive to do this. It means having 2 separate / (root) partitions and 1 /home. With the 1 /home it is better to have 2 separate user accounts for example BobbyA for 9.10 and BobbyB for 11.10. This is so the user settings from one to the other don't get stuffed up. Then when the next version comes out (12.04 LTS) you can install it on the one you don't want and run it to see if you like it. Doing this means you can try it out but use the one you like the most.

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Old 01-31-2012, 04:45 AM   #13
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Thanks to my Australian friend I have my Eee pc up and running. I ran booted it up with my CD drive. I have now 11.10 running and I like it very much. It fixed everything that wasn't working before. The only thing I have to get working is Adobe Flash for my on line new videos. It says on them, need the latest version of Flash to run the videos.

If anyone knows how get it running that would be great. Everything else is fine.

Thanks so much, its greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Bobby
 
Old 01-31-2012, 09:31 AM   #14
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Run synaptic package manager, in the filter type "flash player", then you will see "flash installer" install it, your browser will tell you to install and update the flash plugin as new ones are available, then all you have to do is click in the button to install the plugin from your browser.

Regards
 
Old 01-31-2012, 12:48 PM   #15
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Thanks to my Australian friend I have my Eee pc up and running. I ran booted it up with my CD drive. I have now 11.10 running and I like it very much. It fixed everything that wasn't working before. The only thing I have to get working is Adobe Flash for my on line new videos. It says on them, need the latest version of Flash to run the videos.

If anyone knows how get it running that would be great. Everything else is fine.

Thanks so much, its greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Bobby
Excellent stuff there Bobby, glad to have been of some help and assistance.

Ukiuki has explained how to install flash so just follow his lead and you'll be fine.

Have a good look around 11.10 and if you have any other questions just ask and someone will be able to help you.
 
  


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