Installing Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) via USB CD/DVD Drive

By | February 10, 2022

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 an external cd/dvd drive. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the Windows XP installation tutorial.

There are also some unresolved issues such as the wireless not working unless you use ndiswrapper and the battery levels not displaying properly. You can check for possible workarounds and further information.

Some information for this tutorial was taken from

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