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In at the deep end....

Postby Mighty_Cheese » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:40 pm

First forum post so I thought I'd make it interesting.

Just revived an Acer Apire One AOD150 - the one that had the Linpus distro. Took a BIOS flashing and an extra monitor to install an operating system.

Basically I have a tiny low power netbook with no working LCD, does anyone have suggestions about setting it to use? Already have all the computing power i need, (including a Raspberry Pi :D), but can't stand to see this tiny blue box go to waste. Suggestions for how to apply it and distros to use (spent a night reading through Distrowatch, but still undecided) will be gratefully accepted!
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Postby Dutch_Master » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:35 pm

Try figuring out what LCD panel is in that device and if it can be obtained as spare part from Asia. As a screen-less device, options are limited to non-graphical stuff, i.e. servers. Portable game server (LAN parties! :D), download server or even local mirror of your chosen distro. If you go the server route, stick to tried-and-tested: Debian, Slackware, Fedora (in that order, but that's personal ;)) If you want to learn more about Linux and what makes it tick and how it's done, try Linux from Scratch (LFS) or Gentoo. Expect a steep learning curve :P
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Postby dandnsmith » Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:07 am

I too have an AA1, but the model with HDD and WindowsXP.
If I recall correctly Mint was the best ad-hoc distro to use, since you could get the wireless interface working without much messing (but I think it needed the info from the Windows driver - which I could supply).

Is the screen bust? or was that an unwarranted assumption?
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Postby Mighty_Cheese » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:35 am

@dandnsmith - yes several years ago a laundry basket was plonked on top of the poor little netbook, fatally cracking the LCD

@Dutch_Master - I have literally just found a source for a new LCD, so it won't be headless much longer

I was considering LFS, I cross compiled my own OS a while back and it would be a nice project. hadn't thought of Gentoo, but had considered mint, although I was thinking that I would have to use one of the lighter UIs simply because the little AA1 won't be able to cope?
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