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Replacing Linpus Linux on an Acer Aspire One.

Updated on April 3, 2010

Why replace Linpus?

I bought an Aspire One netbook with Linpus installed - I wasn't interested in paying extra for Windows, and it seemed pretty easy to use. It was, but there was only one problem - Linpus kept crashing and then wouldn't boot up again. After reinstalling it a few times, I knew I'd need to replace it so I decided to do some research. Here's how I got on:

You will need:

  • Your netbook (this will work for any model with a USB port)
  • A USB pen drive - this should work with a 1GB drive, mine was 2GB as that was what I had lying around!
  • A computer with an internet connection.

My Aspire One desktop now
My Aspire One desktop now

There were a lot of options - I knew I needed something free and easy so I started looking at Linux. Having narrowed it down I decided to go with Ubuntu's Netbook Remix because:

It was free, and regularly updated.

It's designed to work "out of the box."

I could install it from a USB pen drive

What I used:

Using the computer with internet access - which may or may not be your netbbok:

1. Download the .iso image of the OS you want to install - in my case I got it straight from the Ubuntu website, but you can use whatever you like. There are some options automatically included in the next piece of software you need anyway, if you want to try out some options.

2. Download a handy tool from sourceforge called unetbootin. This lets us make a bootable USB straight from the .iso rather than messing about burning CDs first.

Making the bootable USB:

This was much easier than I imagined! Run unetbootin from wherever it was downloaded to and click "Disk image" "ISO" and browse for the .iso file you downloaded earlier. Insert your USB pen drive - you may need to format it first - and select "USB Drive" and the drive letter at the bottom of the screen.

Then click OK! (See the image below)

Installing your new OS:

Plug the USB pen drive in the netbook and switch it on. Press whatever key goes to the Bios settings (in my case, F2) and find the "Boot Sequence" or "Boot Order" option. Move the USB drive to the top and then save the changes.

The drive will boot automatically - UNR boots to a desktop, and you need to run the installation from there - this may vary, as I know (from experience!) that the Linpus USB installer goes straight to the install. Follow the on-screen instructions and voila! Job done.

In my experience,everything just worked straight out of the box - wireless just needed my passkey, webcam worked, Firefox and OpenOffice come as standard.

Good luck!

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      LotPencil 5 years ago

      This was really useful, but my computer won't co-operate. While I ended up doing it the hard way (Figuring out which settings to burn to a CD and so on) before I found this, it seemed to work fine. But when I booted it from that, it just opened on the normal linpus desktop again!

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      tyanna 6 years ago

      hey ive tried to do this but i don't have the right software i don't think :( i tried opening it with xarchiver but it doesn't really work ! any help?

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      deltamonk 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks folks - it took me a while to find a solution to this problem, so I'm glad I could help.

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      Damon Braithwaite 7 years ago

      WOW, thanks!

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      deletia 7 years ago from Bali

      exactly what I was looking for - thanks for the great hub!