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Old 05-20-2010, 05:18 AM   #1
wonderingdove
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replacing linux os (xandros)


I purchased one of those eeepc mini laptops which came with xandros linux os. I wanted to have a computer at school without taking my main laptop. Unfortunately, I'm not able to connect to the schools internet, because of this os. I was told the best thing would be to remove this os and install windows xp.

I would like to do this, but I don't know how to go about it. Can someone give me the steps I need to take or tell me where I can find information on how to change os.

This laptop does not have any kind of a disc drive, but it does have usb ports so whatever I have to remove or install will have to go through the usb ports.

Thanks in adavance.
 
Old 05-20-2010, 05:25 AM   #2
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My eee701 is happily running ubuntu. Lots of advice & help here
http://forum.eeeuser.com/
and here:
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/
 
Old 05-20-2010, 05:36 AM   #3
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I purchased one of those eeepc mini laptops which came with xandros linux os. I wanted to have a computer at school without taking my main laptop. Unfortunately, I'm not able to connect to the schools internet, because of this os. I was told the best thing would be to remove this os and install windows xp.
Which I'd rather read "we don't know how to handle this so install something else that we know about".

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I would like to do this, but I don't know how to go about it. Can someone give me the steps I need to take or tell me where I can find information on how to change os.
Buy a Windows cd or dvd on your favourite store, then follow the instructions in the manual. I guess the basic procedure is:
  1. Reboot your machine and enter the BIOS setup
  2. Configure it to boot from cdrom/dvd first
  3. Save settings and reboot
  4. The Windows installer should load
  5. Follow the instructions until the OS is fully installed

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This laptop does not have any kind of a disc drive, but it does have usb ports so whatever I have to remove or install will have to go through the usb ports.
Then you will need to attach an external cd/dvd drive using one of these ports, unles Microsoft provides Windows on USB drives (I've never seen that). Any media not provided by MS or OEM is illegal, and hence not to be discussed in this forums.
 
Old 05-20-2010, 05:38 AM   #4
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But, to be frank, it would be easier to just configure the thing to work as it should. If the network interface is working then just plugging a cable or configuring the wireless connection should be all you need. And Win vs. Linux has nothing to do with that.
 
Old 05-20-2010, 06:21 AM   #5
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Do you know what is required to connect to your school's network? What is the model number of your EeePC?

There are several distributions that are catered to netbooks and the EeePCs.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari..._distributions

I run debian on my 900. I have not played with many but it is possible to install from a USB flash drive.

Last edited by michaelk; 05-20-2010 at 06:25 AM.
 
Old 05-20-2010, 06:30 AM   #6
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My wife has a eee 1000he notebook running Debian she has no problems connecting in her classes.

DebianEeePC/HowTo/Install - Debian Wiki - http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC/HowTo/Install

DebianEeePC/Models - Debian Wiki - http://wiki.debian.org/DebianEeePC/Models
 
Old 05-20-2010, 07:26 AM   #7
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The comments that have been posted so far are true. Additionally, you should take into account that this is a Linux related forum, so people will help you install Linux OS'es rather than Windows. Either OS can delete the other upon installation, but you can also have a dual boot system (i.e. both Windows and Linux installed on one machine).

Before you turn to a Windows forum, you should know that you might get a lot of things working on your Linux laptop (I'm not sure Windows is really necessairy - a lot of people think that in many cases, but they don't seem to know much about Linux). If you give more details about your school network (e.g. what kind of network it is...), people will try to give you hints on how you can connect to it with your Linux system.

I'm assuming you know about the prices of the different OS'es
(Linux is free, Windows XP isn't sold anymore, and newer versions cost around 100-200$ IIRC).

Let's hope you find a good solution.

Regards, "Titan"
 
Old 06-05-2010, 10:48 AM   #8
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The biggest step is admitting you have a problem. and then getting the little bit of education that it takes to bring your linux computer to life. But don't be scared, the hardest part is figuring out what linux cannot do.
 
Old 06-05-2010, 11:40 AM   #9
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I have an eeepc which came with Xandros, and while it connected to wireless internet without a problem, the OS itself is horribly limited. In fact it is enough to put off a Linux first-timer for life, which is sad because it was designed to do the opposite.

Now to the problem. I read an article some time back about using the SD card slot to run an OS without even touching the Xandros install. It needs a good-sized card and it can be set up on another machine. I didn't use the SD card I used a USB and tried Xubuntu (considering the netbook's specs) and Puppylinux. Xubuntu worked best in terms of most things 'out of the box' so I've stuck with it and junked Xandros. I also installed it via one of those usb external dvd drives.

Here's the article I read: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixthe...rderchange.htm

You might also try Jolicloud...specifically designed for netbooks:http://www.jolicloud.com/product/specifications

Last edited by Valvebox; 06-05-2010 at 11:41 AM.
 
Old 06-05-2010, 03:21 PM   #10
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I would install some better, more popular Linux distro on it.
 
  


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