eepc 1001 HA

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eepc 1001 HA

Postby toothandnail » 01 Jan 2014 13:43

Anyone have SolydX installed on one of these? I have a customer with one, currently running XP. I've run SolydX on it, seems to run quite well. However....

Looking at the hard drive, its divided into 4 primary partitions. sda4 is marked as EFI. So I'm wondering if there is anything special I need to do in order to install SolydX on the machine? Can I safely remove the other partitions, leaving what is currently sda4 alone? Is there anything I need to do with the EFI partition? Is there anything I need to do when installing Grub.

:) I think that's all the questions I've got for the moment....

Paul.

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Re: eepc 1001 HA

Postby wisemagic » 05 Jan 2014 20:50

I have done a lot of crazy stuff with partitions in my days... :lol: And, I love to try off the wall stuff.

I want to say you can wipe all of the partitions, but I can't advise that.. UNLESS, you have the eepc instal cd or dvd so you can completely restore to factory specs.

Always have a backup, always be able to restore to factory specs, try anything you want is my way of learning and doing things.

With the confidence of knowing you can bring it back to the way it was the day you bought it, go for it. :D
BUT always Cover Your @SS :lol:

You will be amazed at what you can learn, and how much you will build up your confidence when you try the unknown.

Don't hold me to this. This is just my way of doing things. I do not fear Linux or configuring any of this, because I can always restore to factory specs.

Good Luck.
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Re: eepc 1001 HA

Postby genea » 06 Jan 2014 00:10

I've got an eeePC1000 with 2G RAM and have variously run SolydX, SolydK, Manjaro Netbook Edition, Manjaro XFCE and KDE. I'm presently back to SolydK.

I've got an 8G SSD with four partitions,
sda1 - /boot 100MB ext2
sda2 - / 7.4G ext4
sda3 - 7.8M fat16 labelled BIOS
sda4 - 7.8M unformated I think (or at least unknown)

sdb is a 30G SSD that I have 3 partitions on.
sdb1 - /home 5G
sdb2 - /storage 23G
sdb3 - /swap 2G

I believe that sda3 and sda4 need to be there (and at the end of the drive) if you want Quick Boot to work. Not having them just gives you a normal boot sequence.

I haven't seen an eeePC with an HD and Windows so don't know if your disk structure is the same. Mine came with Xandros.

And yes, Restore DIsk is highly recommended if you want to go back to stock. :) Available from Asus if you've lost yours.

Good luck.

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Re: eepc 1001 HA

Postby toothandnail » 06 Jan 2014 02:24

wisemagic wrote:I have done a lot of crazy stuff with partitions in my days... :lol: And, I love to try off the wall stuff.
:) I usually do things like that, but I know pretty well nothing about the eePC.
I want to say you can wipe all of the partitions, but I can't advise that.. UNLESS, you have the eepc instal cd or dvd so you can completely restore to factory specs.

Always have a backup, always be able to restore to factory specs, try anything you want is my way of learning and doing things.
And that is part of the problem. Its an old machine, and I have nothing other than what is on the drive. I'm also far from sure I can backup the partition marked as EFI - this is what fdisk thinks of it....

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/dev/sda4       312480315   312576704       48195   ef  EFI (FAT-12/16/32)
So far, I can't even mount it to see what is on it. I'll have to check - haven't dealt with anything other than FAT32 (on the rare occasions that I have to deal with FAT stuff at all any more) for a long time. I'm not sure what I need to mount that partition.
With the confidence of knowing you can bring it back to the way it was the day you bought it, go for it. :D
BUT always Cover Your @SS :lol:
:( That's the bit I'm not too confident of at the moment. I suspect that I need to leave the EFI partition alone, but I'm not sure what effect wiping the other partitions will have. If nothing else, I suspect that I'm not going to be able to use any extended partitions - if memory serves, having an extended partition followed by a primary is a no-no.
You will be amazed at what you can learn, and how much you will build up your confidence when you try the unknown.

Don't hold me to this. This is just my way of doing things. I do not fear Linux or configuring any of this, because I can always restore to factory specs.
Well, its not my machine. I'm hoping to give it a bit of extra life (otherwise it will probably need to be retired when XP hits end-of-life in April). So I can't just dive off and try things too wildly....
Good Luck.
:) Thanks. At the moment, I think I'm going to need it....

Paul.

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Re: eepc 1001 HA

Postby toothandnail » 06 Jan 2014 02:34

genea wrote:I've got an eeePC1000 with 2G RAM and have variously run SolydX, SolydK, Manjaro Netbook Edition, Manjaro XFCE and KDE. I'm presently back to SolydK.
Inxi gives me this for the machine:

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System:    Host: solydxk Kernel: 3.10-3-486 i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.7.3) 
           Desktop: Xfce 4.10.2 (Gtk 2.24.18) dm: lightdm Distro: SolydXK 1 testing
Machine:   System: ASUSTeK product: 1001HA version: x.x Chassis: type: 10 version: x.x
           Mobo: ASUSTeK model: 1005HA version: x.xx Bios: American Megatrends version: 1203 date: 12/21/2009
CPU:       Single core Intel Atom CPU N270 (-UP-) cache: 512 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 3199.6 clocked at 1600.00 MHz 
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GSE Express Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:27ae 
           X.Org: 1.14.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x600@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 9.2.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card: Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller 
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:27d8 
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.10-3-486
Network:   Card-1: Ralink RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe driver: rt2800pci ver: 2.3.0 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 1814:3090
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 1c:4b:d6:2b:cb:f7
           Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR8132 Fast Ethernet 
           driver: atl1c ver: 1.0.1.1-NAPI port: ec00 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1969:1062
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: e0:cb:4e:7b:26:30
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (-)
           1: id: /dev/sda model: ST9160301AS size: 160.0GB serial: 5XT0D51K temp: 32C 
Partition: ID: / size: 1009M used: 4.8M (1%) fs: rootfs 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 46.0C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A 
Info:      Processes: 125 Uptime: 26 min Memory: 149.7/2017.7MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.2 alt: 4.6/4.7 
           Client: Shell (bash 4.2.45 running in xfce4-terminal) inxi: 1.9.14 
I've got an 8G SSD with four partitions,
sda1 - /boot 100MB ext2
sda2 - / 7.4G ext4
sda3 - 7.8M fat16 labelled BIOS
sda4 - 7.8M unformated I think (or at least unknown)

sdb is a 30G SSD that I have 3 partitions on.
sdb1 - /home 5G
sdb2 - /storage 23G
sdb3 - /swap 2G
This one has a hard drive, partition layout as below:

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Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x845a4551

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *          63   151123454    75561696    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2       151123455   302230844    75553695    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3       302230845   312480314     5124735   1c  Hidden W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda4       312480315   312576704       48195   ef  EFI (FAT-12/16/32)
Cfdisk identifies all the partitions as primary. I've not checked the hidden FAT32 partition yet, not sure if its required. I rather hope not, since I think I'll be stuck with primary partitions only, and I would like to have separate / and /home partitions.
I believe that sda3 and sda4 need to be there (and at the end of the drive) if you want Quick Boot to work. Not having them just gives you a normal boot sequence.

I haven't seen an eeePC with an HD and Windows so don't know if your disk structure is the same. Mine came with Xandros.

And yes, Restore DIsk is highly recommended if you want to go back to stock. :) Available from Asus if you've lost yours.

Good luck.
Thanks. I may try seeing if I can get a disk from Asus (not an XP disk, since I can't see the point of going back to XP at all...).

Paul.

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Re: eepc 1001 HA

Postby wisemagic » 06 Jan 2014 04:14

Hi Paul,

This may help
The EeePC ships with software based on Xandros and Debian linux. Asus maintains a repository of software and updates.
http://update.eeepc.asus.com/p701/

Not sure that this would help, but...... :D

Now I'm curious.... :P


EDIT:
In browsing I'm looking here too
http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabook ... l/#support

The driver drop down does show Linux support drivers, and several bios updates.
This link is in the recovery media section of the site. It asks for a serial number.
https://serviceshop.asus.com/GB/EN/recovery.aspx

OH...How I would love this challenge.... Please keep me updated on how this goes, and I'll keep hunting for a solution... :mrgreen:
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Re: eepc 1001 HA

Postby wisemagic » 26 Jan 2014 02:05

Hi, did you have any luck doing this? Just wanted to see how it went. Thanks. :)
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