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Linux - Laptop and Netbook Having a problem installing or configuring Linux on your laptop? Need help running Linux on your netbook? This forum is for you. This forum is for any topics relating to Linux and either traditional laptops or netbooks (such as the Asus EEE PC, Everex CloudBook or MSI Wind).

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Old 10-18-2009, 02:04 AM   #1
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other designs for netbooks?


got my acer 11.6 netbook to boot from usb. slow and a little jerky but it was about the same with a live disk on desktop. might be that poulsbo driver problem i read a little about. when i went into bio to change boot order it listed that poulsbo for the graphic.
my biggest problem if i could get it to work, is the lay out. I really dont like all the crap on the desktop all the time. thats one of the things i really like about ubuntu on my desktop my screen isnt full of crap. I was hoping to find a way to get it all off the screen once i got it up but i couldnt. is there a way to make UNR look more like the desktop version? or should i try to make a full ubuntu USB and see how it runs? or is there a better netbook linux out there?

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Old 10-18-2009, 10:26 PM   #2
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Well, I run AntiX 8.2 on my Asus EEE 900. Works real well on my Asus. Can't speak for your Acer though. I went through the trouble to make AntiX work on my Netbook. I considered the Ubuntu derivatives but they were too bloated and slow for me. Below is how I did mine.

http://yatsite.blogspot.com/2009/07/...s-eee-900.html

Lots of different choices out there. Ubuntu isn't the only Linux Distro for Netbooks. It is just a Linux Distro, one of many. I'd be making some Live Usbs and test driving distros to see what I liked first. Then settle on one.
 
Old 10-19-2009, 12:05 AM   #3
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All the crap that you're talking about are the menus, so they are not crap unless you consider menus crap. The reason that it's done like that is a menubar and a status bar take space leaving less space for the application. That's something that was not really available on the small screens of the early netbooks (and probably still isn't; I don't know what the resolution of your screen is).

To solve your issue, install desktop-switcher (it's in the repositories). That allows you to switch between classic gnome interface and UNR interface. I have never had a need for it (happy with UNR interface) so I don't have experience with it.
 
Old 10-19-2009, 03:50 AM   #4
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At the moment, no distros properly support the Poulsbo chipset. Dell has managed to write a driver, but it was meant for Ubuntu Mobile 8.04.1 running on their Dell Mini 12 netbooks. I heard the fedora guys have had some success building the driver. Also the next Mandriva 2010 is supposed to support Poulsbo out of the box.
 
Old 10-20-2009, 12:16 AM   #5
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ok, i stand corrected. it is not crap, its clutter. Stuff that is not neatly tucked away until needed. I can be the worst at over loading my desktop. different windows doing more stuff then my brain is capable of keeping track of. but when im done and i close it all out. I have a nice clean screen with no clutter. i have enough clutter in my life with out dealing with more digital clutter.
Im looking at dual booting UNR with vista on my acer ( I really dont like Vista, it dosen't flow right for me, It is the only real answer i have as to why i dont like it) once i read it only took 3 clicks to get to the gnome screen i tried live booting again and changed it over Still had to download file to get vid to play on youtube and could not get the wireless to work this time. but it was a very much more pleasant experience. im just worried about the poulsbo driver issue. it runs jerky but so did the live disk on my desktop.
Unless something comes up that resolves that issue i dont think id fully switch over on the netbook. I will probably just wait till next semester and buy a older laptop load linux and give this netbook to my daughter.

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Old 10-20-2009, 05:16 AM   #6
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What's the exact type of your Netbook? The jerky experience can be caused by the Intel video driver that's used in Ubuntu9.04; maybe UNR9.10 (should be coming this month) will solve that.

Can you post the output of lspci so we can see which wifi adaptor is used. Somebody might have an idea to solve the issue.
 
Old 10-20-2009, 08:10 AM   #7
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i havent installed yet still playing with the live usb. I'm Also doing some searching online to make sure I dont screw up windows when i dual boot it i might wait till 9.10 is out and ive played with it a little on the desktop. that read up on what problems others have had. Im not smart enough to play with any kind of code with out good documentation to guide me. i Ran lspci and this is what i got

"00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) HD Audio Controller (rev 07)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 07)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 07)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) USB UHCI #1 (rev 07)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) USB UHCI #2 (rev 07)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) USB UHCI #3 (rev 07)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) USB EHCI #1 (rev 07)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) LPC Bridge (rev 07)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation System Controller Hub (SCH Poulsbo) IDE Controller (rev 07)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ "

BTW the wireless is working this live run

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Old 10-20-2009, 08:29 AM   #8
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This is the same one as in my Aspire One 110. At occasion I have to do two attempts, but usually it picks my (hidden) network up at the first attempt.
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03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
 
  


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