Thursday, November 29, 2007

Installing Ubuntu on the Asus EEE PC

  1. Insert bootable CD into drive
  2. Turn on Eee PC
  3. Press F2 to get into the BIOS
  4. Under the Advanced header, change OS Installation from Finished to Start
  5. Under the Boot header, choose Boot Device Priority, and make it so your USB external drive boots before the HDD
  6. Save and reboot
  7. The Eee PC will then boot to your Live Ubuntu CD. Trackpad, mouse, keyboard, sound all work. It may have trouble recognizing the battery: I had it plugged into the AC Adapter and Ubuntu gave a warning message saying something like “There may be a problem with the battery, it is listed with only 1% left”
  8. Begin the install- you will notice that all of the install windows drop below the screen. Windows can be moved around beyond the bounds of the screen by holding the Alt key and the left mouse button down, then moving the mouse. In the standard graphical installer, if Compiz (“visual effects”) is running (it is running in Ubuntu-live Gutsy by default), you won't be able to move the windows high enough with the Alt key, because they aren't allowed to pass the top edge of the screen. If you disable the visual effects (System>Preferences>Appearance>Visual Effects>None), you will now be able to move windows above the top edge of the screen in order to get at that all-important Next> button. It may be a better idea to use the alternative non-live install CD with the Eee PC.
  9. When finished, remove CD and reboot
  10. You now have Ubuntu installed
You should be able to install using a USB thumb drive instead of external cd/dvd drive. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the Windows XP installation tutorial


Petrolias Christopher said...
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Anonymous said...

Regarding install WinXP on EEE PC 901 and I guess others there was a correction to be made.

When setting up the BIOS set the primary boot device to be the internal disks and NOT the USB and hay presto.

Thanks Nick for your great tips

Scott said...

I tried this with Xubuntu and the USB drive. It completely installs, i set the Internal drive (2G) as a ext3 partition full size, and split my 2gb sdcard with a 512 Swap and the rest as a ext3 partition. after the install completes i try to reboot and it just sits with a black screen then i power off and on and get a error 15 message. I tried for a full day and now i'm trying XP install.

Scott said...

correction eeexubuntu was what i installed with.

Anonymous said...


this is regarding the Boot Sequence: if I run the installation from a USB flash drive, what device do I set to boot first:
- the flash drive
- or the hard disk?

Because now I'm confused :)

Thank you.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Hi can you please help me how to find the cam driver for my ASUS Eee 4G after installing XP on it. I tried everything enabled it on BIOS no avail. I have a yellow mark on my device manager for USB I think for the cam I don’t know where to find it. Can you upload it please in any web hosting except rapidshare if it’s not too much to ask of you I will appreciate it.


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Ynnos said...

very nice.... and helpful.... ty vm

ynnos wafu

Abi said...


I have had a few problems trying to install XP in my Asus eee PC.

The latest one is this :

It completes the 'setup' in the text mode, then I get a blue screen which says:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.


*Yadda yadda...*

Technical Information:

*** STOP: 0x0000006B (0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Please can you e-mail me the solution :

I hate Linux with a passion and really need to get back onto XP!



elainemc said...

FlashBoot utility is useful for this task

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