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Thanks Kenny. Is the over the top approach favoured over the wipe and install approach then (as I would do in Windows). Does this take up more disk space or leave traces of Linpus? - With an 8GB SSD it's installed on I'm keen not to have wasted space!
The only thing this migrates is your home folder, not anything else on the HDD, which means that you won't have any traces of Linpus. And believe me: I also have an 8GB SSD (it's an AOA110-1545) and I have used this approach before. No wasted space whatsoever.
I downloaded and burnt a cd, booted and began to install. I then chose the advanced partition option, there were two there, one swap and one main one. I chose this one then clicked change - set the file system to EXT2 - as it is atm, DIDN'T tick format, then choose mount as '/' which I understand to be root? (without the quotes). I plodded through the screens and ticked the option to carry through the home directory. This plods on for a while then I receive this error:
The installer encountered an unrecoverable error. A desktop session will now be run so that you may investigate the problem or try installing again.
The release notes state this:
Desktop installer sometimes crashes on startup
On some machines, the CD boot fails with the message "The installer encountered an unrecoverable error. A desktop session will now be run so that you may investigate the problem or try installing again." If you encounter this error, restart your computer with the CD inserted, press any key at the splash screen (when you see the keyboard icon at the bottom of the screen), and select "Try Ubuntu without installing". Once the desktop appears, use the "Install Ubuntu 10.04" icon to begin installing Ubuntu. (567899)
I tried what it suggests, however, the error I get doesn't occur on boot but after its gone on for a bit.
I tried downloading the iso again and burning to a cd again - this also didn't make any difference. I created a memory stick with it on too, it refused to even boot this.
If I try to boot now it loads to the Acer Aspire One blue background (no icons) then one of the green light just blinks on and off.
Bit of help anyone?! - The netbook's pretty useless atm!
I have better luck with Live USBs than live CDs, and on top of that Live USBs boot and install faster. If you have a USB thumb drive, use it.
Here's how to install to a USB thumb drive:
Boot the UNR CD. When the desktop loads, press Alt+F2 and type 'usb-creator-gtk'. The USB Startup Disk Creator will launch. You don't need an .ISO image because USB Creator automatically uses the CD that your computer booted from. Insert a USB flash drive into your USB port at this time, select the size of your persistence file, and then click "Make startup disk". The contents of the Live CD will then be written to the USB flash drive and Syslinux will be installed to the USB flash drive to make it bootable.
Not going well. The first thumbdrive I tried the netbook didn't pick it up on boot
I next tried a 500gb hdd, it did find this but it wouldn't allow me to install on it, even after erasing it.
Lastly I had another usb pen drive I managed to find. This did get detected at boot.
It began to install and all was good, it gets to about 47% on copying files. Then suddenly it stops, it goes to a black screen with a cursor for a split second, then to a blank screen just with the purpley ubuntu background. At this point it looks to not be doing much. The pen drive has a light on it indicating access, at first it blinks a couple of times then nothing.
The first time this occured I left it for about 5 mins at that stage. Then rebooted, it still tried to boot into Linpus and failed, still blinking
I tried again, the same thing happened. I waited about 20mins, still the same.
In terms of the advanced section where I choose the partition, file system, mount as / etc why should I do that over the wipe and install method, which is the default when you boot up? - Would it likely make any difference?
Progress! - In desperation I decided to opt for the install over the top, wiping everything approach. This worked! - Result!- I'd already backed up the (very small number of) files I needed so it was all good.
Back to my original problem though! - When I put my 16gb SD card in the storage expansion slot and try to delete one of the videos I'm told it's read only. I try to change the permissions - I get told it's a read only filesystem!
Distribution: Ubuntu, played with Puppy Slitaz & OpenSUSE
This is probably a silly question but I have to ask it, is there a write protect switch on the SD card?
I just tried my SD card and with the protect switch on I get the following message when I try to change the permissions on a file
chmod: changing permissions of `test2': Read-only file system
There is a lock on it but it was in the unlocked position. I have no idea what was wrong with it, basically I attached a usb hdd and copied across the things I did want from the 16GB SD card then I tried to format it. This didn't seem to work properly, so in less than standard way I put it in to my camera! - And formatted it there. The netbook picked up the card just fine after that, I can read:write to it.
I'm much happier with Ubuntu on it, it's already far superior. I fear my netbook is knackered though, UNR helpfully told me the battery can only be charged 27.2% so is either damaged or old Great!