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Thread: 16.04LTS on Compaq Mini 110 netbook: my experience (boot issue, WiFi)

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    16.04LTS on Compaq Mini 110 netbook: my experience (boot issue, WiFi)

    Hi there,

    Wanted a little computer for the kids. Although 16 years of experience with installing Linux, it is always a hassle, but this one was very tough: I was not able to produce a bootable USB disk that was accepted by the Compaq. I had the 'no operating system' message and the black screen of death over and over again.

    I started to create the bootable USB on a Mac. I used the command line like

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    sudo dd if=/Users/me/lubuntu-16.04-desktop-i386.iso of=/dev/disk1 bs=1m
    Then I used Startup Disk Creator on another Linux machine (no VM, a native Linux machine)

    I used 3 USB flash drives and even a real USB HDD.


    After many, many tries with many USB disks and distributions, this one helped me:

    Make your Bootable USB disk with Unetbootin.

    I chose the Lubuntu 16.04 live version, that worked.

    I don't know what went wrong with the other USB-disk-writings, but is was a terrible proces.


    After installing I encountered 2 issues:

    Error 1: during boot the system hangs giving the following message:

    /dev/sda5: clean, xxx/xxxx files, xxx/xxxx blocks

    Select 'Advanced options for Lubuntu'
    Start Lubuntu in recovery mode
    check 'resume normal boot'
    Now it started one-time, and gives the LXDE window manager
    Plug in an ethernet-cable, make sure to get internet connection.

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    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-intel
    did the trick.

    Error 2:
    Also: WiFi would not work. I have seen that before on other laptops that I installed Linux on.
    beware of the broadcom device: see

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    sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
    Hope this helps others!

    Last edited by adriaan4; June 6th, 2016 at 11:02 AM.


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