My mum managed to temporarily bork her eeepc900XP on the XP partition and asked me to fix it.
It was running so slowly and wouldn't let her install her mp3 player software. Loving son to the rescue again!
Her setup WAS XP SP3 on her 4Gb drive, and Ubuntu 9.10 (thanks to me!) on the 8Gb, and an 8Gb SD card for storage.
When I last did a windows reinstall, there was 1.6Gb of spare space on the 4Gb drive after Office and skype and a few other apps went on. When she gave it to me today it had less than 200mb left and all she'd saved was a single wallpaper file.
It was down to wonderful XP automatic updates. The Windows had swelled to over 2.4Gb. Anyway, cut a long story short, I reinstalled and set it all up. Problem 1 fixed.
Ubuntu 9.10 was too slow for her puny 900Mhz processor and 1Gb RAM to run at anything above a crawl. I like my *buntus so, I was reluctant to switch. Plus if the eye candy isn't at least as good as XP, she'll moan about the point of it!
So I tried Xubuntu on it before, but it was still slow. Since the restart discs had decided to attack the drive Ubuntu was on, it was easier to reinstall.
I tried Ubuntu 10.04. No good. I tried UNE (even slower than vanilla Ubuntu). Crunchbang may be a little too bland and complex for her, so I wanted to try Lubuntu. Could I get it to download?
So... I'm here again. Cap in hand...
Any suggestions? I'd prefer a *buntu, but I'll settle for anything with eye candy thats easy to install, easy to use, can work quickly on that spec box and is reasonably parent proof.