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Mighty_Cheese



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:40 pm    Post subject: In at the deep end.... Reply with quote

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 Very Happy), 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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Dutch_Master
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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! Very Happy), 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 Wink) 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 Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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Mighty_Cheese



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@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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