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Old 05-31-2011, 02:36 PM   #1
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Ubuntu frustrations!!


Hello everyone. Complete beginner at Linux and am beginning to wonder why I even bothered to try it!

I bought a s/hand EEE PC 701 which was loaded with Ubuntu 10.10. The 701 has (as many will know) 512Mb RAM & 4Gb soldered SSD, so I am limited what I can install/download. No documentation for 701 or Ubuntu, provided.

I have used the brilliant & easy-to-use Psion 3mx for years, as a method of keeping details as I am a 'road-warrior' Sales Representative but will soon be needing to access Cloud-based data whilst doing the job, wirelessly, eventually. The 701 seemed to be the best of both world ... small, reliable, good battery & keyboard, with a screen a bit bigger than a Psion 3mx!

I am so frustrated at being unable to do anything with the 701/Ubuntu, apart from logging onto the internet via a cable link and genuinely wonder whether it's worth the trouble! For all the apparent shortcomings of MS (cost) at least the interface is very intuitive & easy to follow. We may have learned to drive a petrol car but it's still easy enough to drive a diesel, l/hand drive model!

I have read countless 'fixes' and pages of 'how to' and tried all this last weekend to get the 701/Ubuntu to engage in a wireless mode, without success. I thought I may have screwed-up some settings whilst fiddling around so today used a command in Terminal, to reset to default settings. I tried then to upgrade to 11.04, only to see a message that there was insufficient space available & all changes had to be rolled-back! Why does the software have to be so complicated ... it reminds me of the early days of DOS!

All I want to do, is to be able to access the net wirelessly (at home presently) to update customer records via Firefox. I will need access to collect email whilst online using a proper keyboard, rather than going down the iPad route. I will probably not require half the installed programs contained in 10.10 but the software needs to be a fast-loader, reliable and if possible, 'easy' for a pleb like me to use!

If Ubuntu isn't the best OS, which would be your suggestions with the above parameters and how would I uninstall Ubuntu & install anything else please?

I did obtain Peppermint One but honestly, I even struggled to get that onto a USB via an XP laptop!

I do hope someone get me working!!

PS: None of the 'Click here to find similar threads' were appropriate.
 
Old 05-31-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

I understand your frustrations. Your hardware falls short of the "recommended minimum" RAM and hard drive space for Ubuntu:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...emRequirements

Personally I would recommend you do a fresh reinstall of Xubuntu or Lubuntu (two Ubuntu variants designed for less-powerful hardware) following these instructions:

www.xubuntu.com
www.lubuntu.com

Your wireless should be supported "out of the box" with most current Linux distros. If not, you might find some help here (they have a specific sub-forum for the 701 model):

http://forum.eeeuser.com/

Also don't forget that Windows XP is an option! If you prefer Windows to Linux then you should use what makes you happy.

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Old 05-31-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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Besides from the distros snowpine listed there are many distributions out there especially aimed at low spec hardware, like antiX, wattOS, Vector Linux, Slitaz, Tinycore, Crunchbang and Puppy.
All of these should run fine on your machine.
 
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:05 PM   #4
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Thank you, both.

May I ask how I should uninstall Ubuntu, or if you could direct me to another site please?
 
Old 05-31-2011, 05:08 PM   #5
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Thank you, both.

May I ask how I should uninstall Ubuntu, or if you could direct me to another site please?
You don't actually need to uninstall Ubuntu, simply tell whatever operating system you decide on to use the entire drive, then it will erase Ubuntu and install over it.
 
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:24 PM   #6
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Thank you again. I'll try Xubuntu, I think and report another time.
 
Old 05-31-2011, 05:29 PM   #7
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Good luck, and don't forget that eeeuser.com forum I linked to above, there really is some great information!
 
Old 05-31-2011, 05:33 PM   #8
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ps You said you were able to get Peppermint on a USB stick... did your wireless work OK when trying Peppermint in "live" mode?
 
Old 05-31-2011, 07:02 PM   #9
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No, afraid it didn't but then again, I may not have loaded that properly either! I'm just finding the whole linux process stressful & most time-consuming since nothing seems to download in the same 'easy' way as with XP. I don't enjoy the techie-side to these programs ... for me it's all about efficiency at work. I have enough to do on the road as it is with call-planning, phoning etc, without the concern about certain key-presses!

Reading the links you provided to my original questions, just filled me with dread simply because in order to activate a command, I had to click through into other pages & learn about a process before engaging it. Quite by accident, I intended to click the top-right icon on the 701 but used 'Switch from User' instead of 'Restart'. To my amazement, I found that by trying Ubuntu in Safe Mode, the whole desktop format altered into something resembling XP ... it even removed that screen-hogging left icon-bar.

I also saw on the Ubuntu Home page that I could extract from Ubuntu already on the 701, Xubuntu via Synaptic Package Manager, so I tried it and the install went without a hitch. Now of course, being short of space, I'm left wondering which packages I could delete/remove/uninstall, to create a bit more space. I am still only able to access the net by cable as nothing seems to work wirelessly yet.

I'll have to leave it tonight and get involved again on Wednesday ... I'm completely drained by all of this!! lol

Thank you for your guidance so far.
 
  


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