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    Re: Install Ubuntu on Eee PC 1015PX (*over* Win7 Starter)

    @CSCameron

    Download 10.04.3 LTS
    Extract usb-creator.exe from the iso.
    Run usb-creator.exe in Win 7.
    Select Max Reserved Extra Space, (Persistence).
    usb-creator.exe did not allow any options other than start and cancel - no reserved space option. It ran on auto-pilot and self-created 600MB of reserved space (if I'm reading the list of post-install files correctly).

    I tried pendrive's universal usb installer, which gave me the reserve option - so I maxed it out at 4GB. I plan to use this pendrive-generated USB to test drive and eventually install 10.04 on the new EeePC 1015PX.

    Note:
    These two different usb makers created only slightly different files on the usb drive - no radical difference that I can tell. But I can post or email a list of both for comparison if someone with more experience (than me) thinks that's worthwhile before I take the 10.04 pendrive USB for test drive on the new 1015PX.

    Thanks again for the guidance.

    Nagi

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on Eee PC 1015PX (*over* Win7 Starter)

    I've installed and used 10.04 on the new EeePC 1015PX with only one major flaw. All native apps are working except that I have no network connection (wired or wireless).

    My only frame of reference for Ubuntu web access is based on using U8 and U9, both on an older EeePC. In both cases (U8 and U9), both wired and wireless network connections were working immediately after installing / upgrading. So I was accustomed to simply plugging in the wired cable and hopping onto the web (with Firefox). And for the wireless connection, all I had to do was select my wireless-net name and enter the wireless net password to use it.

    I've looked at just about every ambiguous document, forum and web reference to be found on 10.04 network config and am now completely lost on where to start in getting my network connections config'd / set-up.

    I'm using ADSL, an ISP-supplied modem, and a wireless router. I have my Win7 connection information, my modem settings, and my router settings, but I don't know what to do with any of that information in a network config.

    That's a very short list of what I don't know. Any suggestions on a step by step 10.04 network config instruction / troubleshooting resource for dummies?


    NagiMani
    Last edited by NagiMani; February 16th, 2012 at 07:18 AM.

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on Eee PC 1015PX (*over* Win7 Starter)

    Hi

    On an off chance, I think FN+F2 toggles the wifi & bluetooth hardware on and off on that laptop. Could that be part of the problem?
    Acer Aspire 1353 Bodhilinux 2.4.0
    Toshiba A200 14.04(64 bit)
    Asus EeePC 1011PX 14.04 (32 bit) dual boot W7

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on Eee PC 1015PX (*over* Win7 Starter)

    Fn+F2:
    That was probably the smartest place to start, but it didn't connect. FWIW: It *tried* to connect, as I could see the customary pulsing vertical line next to the network icon when I switched it off, then on again - but I got no connection. Thanks for the idea.

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on Eee PC 1015PX (*over* Win7 Starter)

    Update: From what I can tell, this problem dates back 18 months or more.


    Apparent culprit issue:
    Original/native U10.04 kernel* (≤2.6.34) doesn't include driver for Atheros AR8151 LAN
    [Atheros AR8152/8158 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20)]


    * the driver/code is included in kernels ≥2.6.35 (2.6.35-xx and later)


    Now that I vaguely know the basic nature of the problem: this thread probably belongs in the Networking & Wireless threads-section @ http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=336


    Solution(s) #1
    (a) Brute-install AR8151 driver in 10.04 -OR- (b) Upgrade the 10.04 kernel


    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1624052
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...uild-essential
    - http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...22&postcount=7
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1553834
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1476231
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1677122
    and a muddled explanation at
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/kernel-2-6...ntu-10-04.html


    Potential recurring issue with 10.04 and the driver-only solution(s):
    May require re-executing the same solution with each 10.04 update/upgrade


    Solution #2 (alternate)
    Install U10.10 Maverick (which apparently contains the 2.6.35-xx kernal w/ AR8151 driver)


    Note to self - - obstacle to overcome whether adding driver or upgrading kernel:
    No internet connection, either wired or wireless.


    Question:
    Will upgrading the 10.04 kernel to 2.6.35-xx prevent the recurring update issue?
    (i.e., will I have to re-upgrade the kernel every time I allow 10.04 updates?)




    Nagi

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    Talking Re: Install Ubuntu on Eee PC 1015PX (*over* Win7 Starter)


    Post Mortem: Unresolved + Functional Workaround


    Bought a USD $30 Buffalo Giga USB-2-LAN adapter (with its own built-in LAN chip). See pic at http://www.gadgetfolder.com/wp-conte...ua2_u2_kgt.jpg

    Connected to the web immediately.

    This at least allows me to web-connect via hard cable so that I can resolve problems without bouncing back and forth between the 1015PX and other machines / media.

    A minor victory, but for people like me, you take them wherever you can find them.

    Nagi

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on Eee PC 1015PX (*over* Win7 Starter)

    Honestly. I think you should really install the latest version of Ubuntu 11.10 on your machine. The wireless will work and it is much more optimized for netbooks than 10.04. Plus I think you'll have more support on the forums that way.

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on Eee PC 1015PX (*over* Win7 Starter)

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarRocker2562 View Post
    Honestly. I think you should really install the latest version of Ubuntu 11.10 on your machine. The wireless will work and it is much more optimized for netbooks than 10.04. Plus I think you'll have more support on the forums that way.
    +1! New computer, old OS, many problems.

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    I would also advise AVOIDING 11.x versions at the current time. Given the increase in resource demands due to the Unity desktop, I can not recommend them over 10.x.

    The recommendation you were given to stay with 10.x and then try out 12.04 to see if it works better is the way I would go.
    Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
    Will not respond to PM requests for support -- use the forums.

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    Re: Install Ubuntu on Eee PC 1015PX (*over* Win7 Starter)

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarRocker2562 View Post
    Honestly. I think you should really install the latest version of Ubuntu 11.10 on your machine. The wireless will work and it is much more optimized for netbooks than 10.04. Plus I think you'll have more support on the forums that way.
    I was tempted to do that. In fact, U11 is presumably the factory burn-in version of Ubuntu for the Eee PC 1015PX. But I noticed Asus took their 1015PX/U11 page down so fast that smoke rolled off the servers. That was for the factory installed scenario, so that doesn't encourage me to do it myself.

    Lesson learned: check forums for persistent hardware-related problems before buying a computer.

    Beyond that - and no offense intended to anyone - but it strikes me as... very odd that I could expect less forum support for an LTS. *

    * LTS should = JFW (Just Freekin' Works)


    Nagi

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