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Asus eee 1000HE and Ubuntu Jaunty UNR (9.04)

Last week I installed Ubuntu Jaunty UNR on my Asus eee 1000HE. I followed the tutorial at with a 1GB usb stick.

I inserted the USB with the Live-System. It started without any problems. During the live session the WLAN did not work (It worked after the complete install). I partitioned manually and used only sda1 as root (/) with ext4 as filesystem.

Drive d:\

After the complete install and reboot I did not found my drive d:\. It was not mounted automatically. To mount the drive permanently do the following:
sudo mkdir /media/data

Now append the following line to your /etc/fstab (You have to edit with sudo)
/dev/sda2    /media/data/    ntfs    defaults    0    2

Now you have to refresh your mount:
sudo mount -a

Using Ubuntu Jaunty on my Asus eee 1000he netbook

Universe was activated (uncommented) in /etc/apt/sources.list but the apt-cache was not refreshed yet. I needed Universe for gparted. You can easily refresh your apt-cache and get Universe by:sudo apt-get upddate

Most of the time I keep the brightness at the minimum. Sometimes (I do not know why) the brightness increases unexpected.

The Mouse works fine. I can use three fingers to right click and two fingers to simulate the mouse wheel – perfect :-).

If you want to get your normal Ubuntu Desktop you can switch to that mode easily by  Preferences ->Desktop Switcher. This tool seems to be buggy at the moment. I got troubles with Ubuntu, but I do not know if they were caused by the desktop.switcher.

If you want to install deb-packages in firefox there is no preconfigurred action. The best way ist to open the .deb with /usr/bin/gdebi-gtk.

Especially for eee there are the eee-tools.You can enable and disable WLAN, bluetooth, the camera and card reader, set some Hotkeys and set the performance level.To start the tools restart your computer or start eee-control-tray with <Alt>+<F2>.

Because the battery life was about two hours shorter than with windows (about 7 insteat of 9.5 hours) i wanted back to Windows. I also destroyed my desktop and do not know why, so the alternative was to reinstall Ubuntu.

Back to Windows

The 1000he has a nice “Quick Recovery System”. You can enter if you press <F9> three times after the boot (Normally I press it as long as the Screen showes up). After installing Ubuntu (and therefore Grub) you can enter the Quick Recovery System as the other operationg Systems (Windows XP) in your grub loader. The reinstall took about 20 Minutes (Did I say it is a really nice tool?). After rebooting Windows did not start anymore and Ubuntu was erased. I knew, that fixmbr was the key to get it running again, but the 1000he has no optical drive. So I searched for an alternative for fixmbr.

I found a pretty cool tool called Super Grub Disk (SGD). I booted the Ubuntu with my live USB-Stick and downloaded the SGD for USB.I followed the tutorial to get SGD on my USB-Stick. The 1GB Stick was to small, so I had to take another one. You can see your mounted USB-Sticks with mount

My Live USB-Stick with Ubuntu was /dev/sdb1 and the new one was /dev/sdc1. I think I did the following: Downloaded SGD for USB, extracted it to the root of my new USB stick and executed the following: (You should close your new USB-Stick window and read the tutorial mentioned above):cd /media/disk (your new usb-stick)
sudo -s

In Grub now execute the following:
device (hd0) /dev/sdc
root (hd0,1) (Maybe it was hd0,0)
setup (hd0)

If you get a Grub Error 18 your USB-Stick is probably too small.

No you can restart your computer with only the SGD-Stick in your laptop. I do not know what I clicked but maybe I followed Howto Boot Windows without problems. You can search samples for Boot problems or just try to navigate through the menu. For me that worked.