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louigi600

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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2008, 02:54:38 pm »
Ok I installed slackware 12 on SD and I can load the kernel from lilo installed on Boot Record of the SD (press esc at boot and select the SD device to boot from .... that loads lilo from the boot record on the SD) ... but then I get kernel panic probabbly because the usb-storage driver is module and root is on usb-storage.

There is also another problem: it takes about 30 seconds after boot for the SD to be seen my kernel ... and this could be too long even if I compile usb-storage into kernel.

Somehow all these problems have been solved on slax6 ... but I still prefer making my own custom install.
Also it's not so clear exactly how these problems were solved.
I will try making a bootable usb-stick and see if I can boot up from there.
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« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2008, 05:14:17 am »
I was having some trouble with slackware 12's mkinitrd .... in the meantime slackware 12.1 was released so I decided to start over again.

So I now have:
xandros on SSD untouched (eccept grub config to also boot slackware on SD)
slackware 12.1 installed on a 4 Gb SD and lilo also installed on Boot Record of SD (but very slow to load kernel and initrd .... this is why I'm using grub from xandros).

To get slackware 12.1 to boot up correctly I had to  make a little twinging:
build a custom kernel with usb-storage compiled in,
build an initrd anyway because the SD takes some time to settle so that kernel can see it (and hence a normal boot ended up in a kernel panic: cannot mount root),
made some adjustments to initrd to do fdisk -l and sleep for 10 seconds before attempting to mount root file system (found this helpful in order to boot successfully).

Hope this may be usefull to other people.
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David

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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2008, 10:32:08 am »
For those who like Slackwre there ale other alternatives to slackx (which I found not to have the correct driver for the eeepc atheros card).

Apart from doing things from scratch from current  these guys have gotten things working correctly out of the box:
http://slackeee.strangled.net/

In fact thanks to these dudes i revisited the madwifi-nr-r3366+ar5007 driver which dew to pci express hotplug I was unable to get working the first time I attempted.
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David

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« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2008, 11:10:48 pm »
Just got an E, its running Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Now, Custom Kernel.

SD has everything but the /usr directory on it, including a swap partition.  Soon to undergo physical mods.
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« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2008, 11:41:04 pm »
Oh yeah, if anyone wants a works straight out of the box distro for the EEE, Mandriva (spring 2008 release) is the way to go. I installed it to an 8GB SDHC in my EEE 900 a few days ago to try out some things (mainly the updated video drivers compared to Xandros), and the hot keys, wifi and most other things worked. No scripts to run, just works. I've heard some things like the mic don't work, but at least that's not a critical thing. All other distros I've tried don't have WiFi out of the box, and need to plug it into Ethernet to run a script to get it working.

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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2008, 12:06:10 pm »
Found Ubuntu to be pretty easy to set up with a script I found at eeepcusers site.  Was painless for the most part.  Now to get a gprs modem for it
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« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2008, 08:32:24 pm »
lol - switched to pclinuxos (the one fluxflux modified).  Its very stable so far, has its issues but all is good.  On 512 megs it leaves over half untouched most of the time.  All keys work thus far, battery life is good and media playback is solid.  Leaves about 400 or so megs left on a 2gig ssd.  Mounted the /var, /tmp and /home on a sd card.

Will post a pic soon.
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« Reply #22 on: September 26, 2008, 04:54:03 pm »
I got a 4G EeePC, plain vanilla Xandros distribution. After playing with it a bit, found that it is an OK distro, but I love Ubuntu too much. So I installed Ubuntu-eee (8.04), with the Riceeey fixes. Works like a charm!    

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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2008, 03:42:49 pm »
 Just finished installing Ubuntu 8.10 aka Intrepid Ibex as dual boot with the original xandros. The xandros install is on the ssd and the Intrepid is on the 16 GB SDHC card.

Seems to need less 'tweaking' than previous generations of Ubuntu.
3200 aka BigZ, swapped in 16GB Sandisk Extreme III CF, Cacko 1.23 full,  new SDHC >2GB module,
SL860 Cacko 1.23 full, new SDHC >2GB module,
6000L SharpRom 1.12 + Tetsu kernel,
5500 TKC home on SD x 2 (with SD>1GB),
Archos PMA30 with OPEN PMA (Giraffe),
Nokia 770 (Hackers Edition)
Nokia 800 (ITOS 2008), 4GB SDHC x 2
Asus eeepc 4G (black), with 1GB ram, dual boot Xandros on SSD with Ubuntu Lucid Lynx on 16 GB SDHC,
Tmobile G1 Android (black), with Cyanogen's  Firerat's MTD script and Amon Ra Recovery 1.7.0
Tmobile HTC Wildfire.. rooted and on Cyanogen's 7.3 nightly Rom
Kopi/Kapi on everything bar the phone and the Nokias, there is a beta for the nokias...

All the above are retired

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FBreader on the lot!

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« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2008, 06:06:27 pm »
Hi!

After trying eeeBuntu NBR, I am right now using fluxflux eee, which is a modified version of PcOSLinux or so, it is gtk based, fast, nice, everything works besides my bluetooth dongle.....

I donĀ“t really need more.

Greetings from Austria.

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« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2008, 09:48:52 pm »
I have a 2G surf. I left the Xandros on the SSD because I want all the hardware to work and it hasn't given me any major grief. I now have both ubuntu and puppeee installed on removable media and I am playing with them. I recommend unetbootin to create bootable usb sticks or sd cards. Works great on a standard ubuntu desktop.
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« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2008, 03:48:25 pm »
A recommendation when installing another distro to an SDHC card; don't use the internal SSD for /home. If you fill up /home Xandros can't even boot and KDE can't load in other distros (IceWM did load in Mandriva, but it complained about dcopserver interprocess communications). I accidentally filled up /home (16GB SSD) by copying files from an external disc that I meant to copy to SDHC card, which had enough room, to the internal SSD, which didn't.

If I install another distro, I'll likely just have /home be on the card, and link to the internal SSD from there.
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