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June 16th, 2012, 05:43 PM
hello all, sorry if in the wrong place.

I have a netbook that struggles to do anything at all the OS is good old Android basically the same as an old moblie phone without most of the features.

im trying to get it working easily enough for my kids to play games and watch you tube ect. it wont even update!

is there a ubuntu/linux distro out there that i can put on this thing. If so what is it and how do I do it???


I believe there is an ARM chip in this thing.

Model no Next CEWS10
Firmware ver 2.2-update
Kernal ver 2.6.29
build no CEWS10-eng-2.2-update1 eng-root.20110127.elx

many many thanks


June 16th, 2012, 06:50 PM
There are many different distributions ( OS) to choose from.

I can't say which one would be the most suiting for gaming but the gaming and leisure part of our forum should be able to give you a good foundation as to were you could start.

The amount of memory on your system is a factor that you have to consider as well. Depending on which kind of graphics card you have onboard will reveal lot. You can share what kind of card and PCI info. by opening a terminal and put in the command:


The how to do is not that hard.
After you decide which distro you want you can download the ISO File to your computer and put it on a cd or dvd and than go through the installation process.


Good luck ; Best regards

June 16th, 2012, 07:04 PM
My guess is that you'd be limited to Debian with an arm processor.

Also, with 256mb of ram, you'd want to build up from a minimual install and try to run something super light like openbox or even fluxbox. Even then you're severely limited I would think. I doubt you'd be able to watch flash video.

I'm at a loss because of the hardware limitations here. Maybe some others have ideas.

June 16th, 2012, 07:33 PM
you could try the fedora remix for the Raspberry Pi

Copper Bezel
June 16th, 2012, 08:22 PM
I'm at a loss because of the hardware limitations here.
Yeah, this particular "smartbook" shipped with a 1 GHz processor and 256 MB of RAM. It's really not likely that anything is going to perform better than Android, which is still very lightweight. It's just a nonsense piece of kit. (Sorry!)

June 16th, 2012, 09:26 PM
Buy a real laptop or pc. That about it.

When I bought our Netbooks I made sure they had at least an Atom CPU for x86 compatibility.