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T@M



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:35 am    Post subject: Same question put differenly Reply with quote

I have just got an Asus eeepc 701 with a 4 Gb drive and 512 MB RAM
at present original software (Xandros?) installed but am booting from 16Gb pen drive. Am I best sticking with that or is there enough room and RAM to run Mint 13?
The warranty seal is still on but well past that, am I likely to be able to increase memory or is the 701 a version with integral memory chip?
Yes yes yes things have moved on but I had a tablet and dropped it!
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can increase RAM to 2G, but this is still slow hardware. I'd use a distro with a lightweight window manager, like Lubuntu.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, can I use to most recent edition?
I used to use Luuntu, but it would tend to go pear shaped and not let me log in.
I trust that installation will not rub out the sector my pen drive see's as BIOS.
Yes it is slow but I mostly want it for emails and a bit of reading, but the wifi recognition in Xandros is rubbish.
There is no sound, will reinstall bring this back?
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An installation won't touch the BIOS. Unless your sound hardware is faulty, it should "just work" with any decent distro.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, have tried mint 13 from pen drive, and just tried 32bit lubuntu but tells me not right kernel for the job, no pae?
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have now managed to boot Lubuntu 12.04 from pen drive.
I guess if OS on hard drive did not work can stii boot pen drive.
Some info indicates I need to use graphical install.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the install page for Lubuntu https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/Documentation/MinimalInstall
so you can install from the command line if you really need to but your memory should cope with the graphical install
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to install Debian with XFCE from a USB stick a while ago on a 701-4G model. It still sees some occasional use Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I am trying to find the graphical install version. I really wish I had been an early adopter of Linux, my command line skills would be better, I remember early attempts at graphical installs on low spec hardware, and hours spent trying to type what I thought was my password!
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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an Acer Aspire One with no HDD at all and run a full PCLinuxOS 2009 OS on it from a 16GB USB stick entirely.

It is not quick due to the I/O of the USB port but it is a solution to keep my netbook working when I am away...

I have an installation guide on how to install it but it requires a Windwoes, yes Windwoes machine to help...

If you want me to post the guide on here I will do...
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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, but I found the alternate version and have got Lubuntu up and running, this reply is from machine.
My problem now is finding the mail which has been saved somewhere when I installed evolution and set it up from a backup tar.gz
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