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Thread: Installing Linux on eeePC

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2014

    Installing Linux on eeePC

    I have a computer, with no CD drive, with no operating system on it. Something went wrong while I was resetting XP and the computer now has no operating system. I am currently trying to install Linux on it via a USB drive. I only have access to a mac and this computer.
    I used unetbootin to load Ubunto 12.04 [Live] onto a USB drive.
    I then try to boot from the USB and it stops at this message: "- BusyBox v1.18.5 (Ubuntu 1:1.18.5-1ubuntu4.1) built-in shell (ash) Enter 'help for a list of built-in commands. (initramfs)"
    Details on the computer:
    Asus 1005Ha ACPI BIOS Revision 1601
    Processor Intel Atom, 1.6Ghz,
    System Memory: 1024MB
    IDE Configuartion ATA/IDE Config. = [Compatible] (Options Compatible & Enhanced) Boot Device Priority = (USB: Lexar USB Flash] Quiet Boot = Enabled OnBoard LAN Boot Rom - Enabled
    A 'screenshot' of the screen at cessation

    Do you have any ideas where I could go next?...I'm rather out of options

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Installing Linux on eeePC

    Welcome to the forums tomi3!

    The combination of a particular BIOS + Suitable USB flash drive + Suitable method to make it bootable can be tricky sometimes. Unetbootin is one of the most trusted methods but it does fail sometimes with some BIOS/flash drives.

    Sometimes, a particular BIOS may not like a particular flash drive, no matter which method you use to make it bootable. So try different brands/models of flash drives as well if you have some available.

    For a different method, have you tried the official method for creating bootable USB on Mac OS yet? Here's the link :

    I personally prefer the native "Startup Disk Creator" program available on the Ubuntu ISO itself. So far I have found it most trustworthy, but you need to boot a computer with the Live CD/DVD to be able to use it. Alternatively, you can boot a virtual machine (on VMware or Virtualbox) directly with the ISO, and use it to make the USB Live bootable.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Reykjavík, Ísland
    Lubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

    Re: Installing Linux on eeePC

    Ubuntu 12.04 is not a good choice for an eee. You will be better off with Lubuntu 14.04.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Metro Boston
    Kubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

    Re: Installing Linux on eeePC

    Quote Originally Posted by varunendra View Post
    I personally prefer the native "Startup Disk Creator" program available on the Ubuntu ISO itself.

    I always use Startup Disk Creator and have never had problems. I used it to create the boot device for an Xubuntu installation on an ASUS 1201n.

    However you should also make sure you have the right architecture. For an Atom you should probably be using the 32-bit version of Ubuntu.

    Lubuntu 32-bit ISO
    Xubuntu 32-bit ISO

    You'll also be a lot happier with performance if you add another GB of memory.
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