Ubuntu NBR – Asus Eee 701

My Eee Pc is the 701 4GB version and I’m running Jaunty with a Gnome desktop on my PC

I downloaded the Ubuntu Jaunty J v9.04 img shortly after it was released in April 2009 and then burnt it to a USB stick using a program called USB-ImageWriter which I downloaded by adding it’s repository details from here to my desktop PC. There is currently no Jaunty version available but the Intrepid version works. In a Terminal type or copy and paste the following after the prompt;

sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.backup

This makes a copy of your repository list, now open the list with;

gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

at the bottom of the list add the following 2 lines for Intrepid from the site or update them for Jaunty when they become available;

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ogra/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ogra/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

now save the file and back in the Terminal window copy and paste:
sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 0x2f5e654186577485b7b4440290345e8d2fef0ce2
This adds the repositories authentication key to your system, no copy and paste the following

sudo apt-get update

This updates the source list and you will now find have packages usb-imagewriter is  available in the Synaptic Package Manager to be added to your system or you can add it using the following command;

sudo apt-get install usb-imagewriter

This application will now have an icon named ImageWriter in the [Applications], [Accessories] menu.

Make sure the .img file you are going to copy to USB stick is in your home folder and not within a folder which has spaces in it’s name and that the .img file also has no spaces in it’s name. If you run Imagewriter and nothing happens this is the first thing to recheck as it gives no error messages for this problem. Now insert the USB stick you want to add the .img to and open ImageWriter. select the .img file you wish to write then the USB stick you want to write it to and select [Write to device].

Now plug your USB stick into your Eee Pc and power it up, as it starts up hit the [Esc] key until a menu displays giving you the option to boot from the internal SD Card or the USB stick, select the stick and Ubuntu will boot. Select the Live version if you wish to try before installing or select install if you are good to go. Follow the on screen install insturctions, I let it do a standard whole hard drive install.

Install finished and PC rebooted you should now have a slighlty jerky version of Ubuntu to play with, get your WiFi or cable network connected then do the following to sort that out.

First go to this site and download the latest linux image & header files, i used the ones dated 21st April, but there may be new versions now,

linux-image-2.6.28-11-generic_2.6.28-11.43~lp349314apw5_i386.deb and

linux-headers-2.6.28-11-generic_2.6.28-11.43~lp349314apw5_i386.deb

Now navigate to the folder you downloaded them to and douple click on them, [Package installer] should then open and give you the option to install. Install both and re boot the PC and you should now have a working PC.

It’s worth remembering that if your webcam does not work, check in the bios [press F2 on start up] that the installation is “finished” and that the webcam in enabled.

Check out this post if you want to change the size of some of the application screen, it work for me.

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