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    Jaunty on eeepc 900 - big problems

    I have installed jaunty netbook remix on an eeepc 900.
    I only expected to use this machine for browsing with firefox, and as a terminal, but it is pretty much unusable for either.

    The machine has 1GB of RAM and a 900MHz cpu so I think my expectations are fairly reasonable, so I guess I have made a mistake somewhere.

    Typing this post in firefox is hell. The machine keeps locking up every 10-15 seconds for about 15-20 seconds. If i try and scroll the machine will lock up and then scroll very quckly when it "wakes". If I close firefox by clicking the window manager "close window" I will get a message telling me the app isnt responding every time I try this - closing a window is enough to kill the machine.

    So much for firefox - well what of gnome-terminal?

    That is equally frustrating. It cannot hold an ssh session for more than 2 minutes. I am using the stock ath5k drivers in Jaunty.

    Linux lamma 2.6.28-11-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 17 01:57:59 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

    Can anyone give me any pointers?
    Does this sound like a hardware problem?

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    Smile Re: Jaunty on eeepc 900 - big problems

    For Netbooks you need "Easy Peasy" as its designed with Netbooks in mind, it is a Ubuntu variant so you should get on with it okay.

    Have a good one!.

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    Jaunty is looking like a bit of a disaster on eee pc 900 and probably other netbooks. The intel driver is a mess and runs like a pig. Switching to the new UXA rendering improves things a bit but probably not back to where we were in intrepid. But it is not without problems and has some graphical glitches.

    I am also seeing a problem of losing the session when coming back from sleep.

    I may end up going back to intrepid and hope karmic is better.

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    Re: Jaunty on eeepc 900 - big problems

    Which version of the 900 do you have? Some have two SSD’s (one is slower, the other is faster). If you’ve accidentally installed your OS onto the slower drive that may be what’s causing it.

    I did a fresh install of Jaunty on my eeepc 901. Installed fine. I set it up the usual way I’ve done with ubuntu before. Manual install with no swap, and set the 4gb SSD (fast) as / and the 8gb SSD (slow) as /home.

    Everything worked straight out of the box including wireless. I used the new ext4 file system and boot seems faster than on Intrepid with ext3.

    Firefox 3 flies along quicker than ever (I had major problems with it lagging under Intrepid due to FF3 indexing to the slower SSD). Flash video is playing fine as well.

    One thing to be aware of, the 901 has a different processor and chipset to the 900, so it isn’t a direct comparison.

    http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewforum.php?id=43

    This board is specifically for eeepc users who are running Ubuntu. There are already lots of threads about Jaunty.

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    Re: Jaunty on eeepc 900 - big problems

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartmarsden View Post
    Jaunty is looking like a bit of a disaster on eee pc 900 and probably other netbooks.
    I'm using Jaunty on my Aspire One without a problem.

    I'd suggest looking into Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR). After switching from distro to distro UNR has given me the best of luck.

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    Re: Jaunty on eeepc 900 - big problems

    I updated to jaunty on my eeepc 900 specifically to get the wireless to work. After installing jaunty, things seem slower on my eeepc, the wireless doesn't work at all despite many attempts at hacking. And, the last straw, my sansa mp3 player e250 doesn't mount. I know many people are disappointed in the mp3 players not mounting, and hopefully that bug will be fixed. I don't think the wireless problems will be fixed, it seems to only affect the 900. I tried easy peasy but that installation broke my computer, so I'm on standard vanilla ubuntu. I think I'll re-install intrepid, things worked better on that, and addams kernel can be applied to intrepid so I can use wireless.

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    Re: Jaunty on eeepc 900 - big problems

    Depending on which model eee 900 you have... it is notorious for having one of the slowest SSD drives on the market, and I think that is what's causing your firefox problems. You need to change your firefox preferences so it caches to ram instead of the SSD drive. Lots of good tutorials on this over at the eeeuser.com forums. That is my suggestion, good luck!

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    Re: Jaunty on eeepc 900 - big problems

    There is really nothing wrong with its SSD drive or whatever, it doesn't explain the problems you have.

    I've used Intrepid on the 900 with no problems. I wanted to have a flying fast and powerful machine though, so I installed the Array.org lean kernel on Linux Mint Fluxbox with ndiswrapper for the wireless (ath5k drivers suck, they are slow and don't connect now and then). It boots faster than my desktop. Tried Mint XFCE based on 8.10 as well, ran fine.

    Best of luck.

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    Re: Jaunty on eeepc 900 - big problems

    One of my computers is an eeePC 4G. While it had been running well with Jaunty Beta (vanilla edition) I thought that I should try installing NBR. The result was pretty disappointing. The desktop GUI was dreadfully slow (like swimming through treacle) and the installation chewed up more disk space than the vanilla beta had. I have now completed a fresh install of the vanilla release, and normal service has been resumed. The GUI is clean and fast, and all the applications launch and respond quickly.

    So far as I can see, the only advantages of the NBR version are that the installation screens fit more tidily into the (limited) screen real estate, and applications have marginally more of that real estate available to them. Frankly, those advantages don't seem to outweigh the performance disadvantages.

    I don't have an eeePC 900 to try, but the vanilla version of Jaunty is just great so far as I am concerned. Almost everything works straight out of the box (just remember to cancel desktop effects, so that you don't lose access to the alt-click-drag workaround for the inevitable application preference panes that don't respect the boundaries of the small screen - NBR has the same problem anyway).

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    Re: Jaunty on eeepc 900 - big problems

    Quote Originally Posted by bennachie View Post
    (just remember to cancel desktop effects, so that you don't lose access to the alt-click-drag workaround for the inevitable application preference panes that don't respect the boundaries of the small screen - NBR has the same problem anyway).
    You could try this:

    Code:
    gconftool-2 --set /apps/compiz/plugins/move/allscreens/options/constrain_y --type bool 0
    It'll disable that utterly annoying upper constrain.

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