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Old 10-05-2018, 04:40 AM   #1
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Has anyone managed to install Bodhi on an Asus eeePC (701)


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I've been trying to install the 32bit version of Bodhi on an old Asus eeePC 701 for a friend. It looks like the ideal solution to keep this machine in use, on paper at least.

The 701 has 512Mb RAM, 4Gb onboard SD storage and a 32Gb SD card installed.

I burned the ISO to a DVD and booted the 701 from it, using an external USB DVD reader, and it ran fine, if a little slowly because it was using the DVD, but when I tried to install Bodhi it went through all the install steps but then just hung up on the final screen.

The first time it did this I got a message that the config file had run out of space and couldn't be written, so I tried again. This time taking control of the partitioning process - assigning the internal storage to SWAP and the 32Gb SD card to / - on this occasion the installer ran to the end, then just sat there (I left it for hours) but when I finally removed the media and tried to reboot I got a GRUB error. So far I have been unable to correct this and get it working.

I've previously, and successfully, installed Mint on an Asus 901, with a similar spec... just a better processor and more RAM. Mint would be much too heavy for the 701 though.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

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Old 10-05-2018, 04:52 AM   #2
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I don't know Bodhi, but AntiX is Debian based, & might work better with just 512MB ram.

I'm presently using it on my EeeBox (single core Atom 410 + 2GB ram) with an SSD drive, it's still slow, but works OK.

On another old slow laptop, I'm running Tiny Core, which loads to ram, & that has sped it up, I used the Core Plus version.

Edit: Depending on skill level, you may also like to try SliTaz on it.

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Old 10-05-2018, 05:29 AM   #3
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I don't know Bodhi, but AntiX is Debian based, & might work better with just 512MB ram.

I'm presently using it on my EeeBox (single core Atom 410 + 2GB ram) with an SSD drive, it's still slow, but works OK.

On another old slow laptop, I'm running Tiny Core, which loads to ram, & that has sped it up, I used the Core Plus version.

Edit: Depending on skill level, you may also like to try SliTaz on it.
Thanks, I'd thought about Tiny Core. Maybe I'll give that a go.

My friend, who owns the 701, isn't particularly 'computer friendly' so I also need to think about what he might be able to get on with.
 
Old 10-05-2018, 05:32 AM   #4
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I got a GRUB error.
did you end up at a command prompt where you could try update-grub?
 
Old 10-05-2018, 05:45 AM   #5
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did you end up at a command prompt where you could try update-grub?
Yes but, so far, my usual GRUB fixes haven't worked. I might do a bit of reading and see if I can fix GRUB later on, when I get a minute.
 
Old 10-05-2018, 07:47 AM   #6
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personally i like bodhi though it is different from the windows environment that i used most of my life. i had antiX loaded briefly as a virtual machine and it reminded me quite a bit of windows. in case your not exactly computer savvy friend is more familiar with win. i had elive (i like the slimmer distros personally) on an older laptop and it was neat, but more along the lines of osX in its presentation.

i just recently installed legacy bodhi on an older thinkpad and it only runs about 200 mb of memory after boot. running just one tab in firefox kicks that up around the 500 mark, but otherwise is is pretty quiet. if i recall correctly, just after install it did take up about 6 or 7 gb of space.

good luck getting something helpful set up for your friend
 
Old 10-05-2018, 09:39 AM   #7
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Thanks. My friend, Paul, has used both OSX and Windows but only as a casual user. He's also getting a bit long-in-the-tooth, so learning new things can be a challenge for him.
 
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Old 10-05-2018, 11:48 AM   #8
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Wink Yes, I have managed and think its going to a successful conclusion

Has anyone managed to install Bodhi on an Asus eeePC (701)?

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Hi
I've been trying to install the 32bit version of Bodhi on an old Asus eeePC 701 for a friend. ...
The 701 has 512Mb RAM, 4Gb onboard SD storage and a 32Gb SD card installed.
...
when I tried to install Bodhi it went through all the install steps but then just hung up on the final screen.
...
taking control of the partitioning process - assigning the internal storage to SWAP and the 32Gb SD card to / - on this occasion the installer ran to the end, then just sat there (I left it for hours) but when I finally removed the media and tried to reboot I got a GRUB error. So far I have been unable to correct this and get it working.
...
Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
The first attempt at a 'standard' installation demonstrated that Bodhi (v5.0) will no longer install on a 4GB SSD without some help. Jeff said it's not Bodhi's fault, but it's because the Ubuntu base upon which it's built -- is continually expanding. My first suspicion of this was when I noted that the Bodhi download no longer fits on a CD.

I installed the OS root to a SanDisk 32GB TypeA1 card, with boot and swap on the SSD. I had upgraded the RAM some time ago, in my more-frequently used 701SD, but the older 701 still has the default 512 MB chip.

Midori is running quite well, but Firefox quickly runs out of RAM and starts running largely from swap, and things get quite slow, and a bit unstable. But I'm planning to remedy that with a RAM upgrade that should arrive in about a week.

If your friend will be happy with Midori, that upgrade might be optional. But given that a pair of 2GB chips (one for the 701, the other for the 701SD) will only cost about $7, from eBay, it made sense to go ahead and prolong the netbooks' usefulness until replacement is possible.

The installation does go very slowly with 512KB RAM. When I 'borrowed' the 1GB chip from the already-upgraded 701SD, just for getting the OS into the 701, it went much faster.

In my case, the reason for this is just to keep a functional netbook until a modern replacement -- with out-of-the-box GNU/Linux compatibility -- that retains the form-factor of the original eeePC netbooks comes 'on line' and this should be in about 4-6 months.

You didn't mention what type of SD card was in the slot, but I only thought it worth-while to go ahead with the OS primarily on the card after I discovered that type A1 cards were suitable for the type of read-write access needed when running programs. These cards are available for about $10.

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Old 10-05-2018, 12:06 PM   #9
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Your friend sounds like a good candidate for a Chromebook.
 
Old 10-07-2018, 11:37 AM   #10
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Has anyone managed to install Bodhi on an Asus eeePC (701)?


The first attempt at a 'standard' installation demonstrated that Bodhi (v5.0) will no longer install on a 4GB SSD without some help. Jeff said it's not Bodhi's fault, but it's because the Ubuntu base upon which it's built -- is continually expanding. My first suspicion of this was when I noted that the Bodhi download no longer fits on a CD.

I installed the OS root to a SanDisk 32GB TypeA1 card, with boot and swap on the SSD. I had upgraded the RAM some time ago, in my more-frequently used 701SD, but the older 701 still has the default 512 MB chip.

Midori is running quite well, but Firefox quickly runs out of RAM and starts running largely from swap, and things get quite slow, and a bit unstable. But I'm planning to remedy that with a RAM upgrade that should arrive in about a week.

If your friend will be happy with Midori, that upgrade might be optional. But given that a pair of 2GB chips (one for the 701, the other for the 701SD) will only cost about $7, from eBay, it made sense to go ahead and prolong the netbooks' usefulness until replacement is possible.

The installation does go very slowly with 512KB RAM. When I 'borrowed' the 1GB chip from the already-upgraded 701SD, just for getting the OS into the 701, it went much faster.

In my case, the reason for this is just to keep a functional netbook until a modern replacement -- with out-of-the-box GNU/Linux compatibility -- that retains the form-factor of the original eeePC netbooks comes 'on line' and this should be in about 4-6 months.

You didn't mention what type of SD card was in the slot, but I only thought it worth-while to go ahead with the OS primarily on the card after I discovered that type A1 cards were suitable for the type of read-write access needed when running programs. These cards are available for about $10.
Thanks, that's useful, I'll give that a go today. Cheers.
 
Old 10-07-2018, 11:38 AM   #11
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Your friend sounds like a good candidate for a Chromebook.
Did I also mention that he's tight?
 
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:21 AM   #12
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Hi. I have installed it on an Eee 701 :-) I have been running Bodhi on one of these little 4GB netbooks for years - found that Bodhi 4 will fit and run well (but not Bodhi 5 as mentioned above - without some tinkering). So I would suggest installing Bodhi 4 (which is still long term support until 2021 I think). I just use it literally as a netbook so don't bother with files on it. Just off to check how much space is left after it is installed and updated.

By the way I installed with no swap partition - it won't fit if you have a swap partition. And (arguably)the 4GB ssd really doesn't need a swap partition. But no need for SD card or anything - there was space left. If you did want to set the home folder to an SD card to use files, photos etc on it, that could be an option. But mine is installed with no sd card.
 
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:14 PM   #13
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xrandr working?

@serendipity7000
If you use xrandr to increase the virtual display resolution, maybe I should say that I was having problems when I tried to upgrade to one of the 4.x versions, on either my 701 or 701SD. There was no problem with panning, but there was a problem with scaling -- it crashed the OS and triggered a reboot.

On the old forum there was a discussion with Charles, among others, who indicated the kernel in 4.x was incompatible with the EeePC's graphics hardware, when triggering a resolution-shift.

On the 701 and 5.0 Generic, the xrandr scaling is not only working perfectly, but both types of enhanced screen resolution even persist through a Moksha-reset. That's better than 3.x with Enlightenment. So, if working with an enhanced display is important to you, you may want to test your 4.x installation, for proper operation.

I thought of 'fiddling' with the kernel but just as I was planning that, 5.0 came out, and then I discovered it was 'out of the box' a better match for my graphics hardware.

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Thanks! I didn't realise that. Haven't noticed anything yet but I haven't used it much recently.
 
Old 10-18-2018, 12:46 PM   #15
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Hello to all,
I have Bodhi version 3.1 running perfectly on my EeePC 701. I was wandering if I should upgrade to version 5, but from this post I realize it could be better to stick on my old version apparently.
 
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