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Upgrade Your Netbook to Ubuntu 9.04

Updated on August 7, 2009
Acer Aspire One by zieak
Acer Aspire One by zieak

Over the years I have owned a number of personal computers. I have enjoyed them all except for one of my first two. It was a Compaq luggable. It had a small green screen, 5.25 inch floppies, no hard drive, a 300 baud modem and 128K of memory. I had upgraded the memory from 64K so I could run Lotus 123.

It served its purpose. I actually use to lug it onto planes with a wheeled luggage carrier and store in an overhead bin. That was in the days before everyone took take on baggage as their preference so their was usually room.

My other first computer was a first generation Macintosh. I loved that little box with the black and white screen. I remember spending hours playing a sub chase game called El Gato. I did not do a lot of regular computing on it.

I did on my next Macintoshes. I used nothing but Macs at home from 1991 to 2002. They were great machines. For cost reasons, I switched to PC Window machines in 2002, and that is what I have used since. I had also used PCs at work from 1987 to 1991 and Macintoshes at work the following two years.

I now run Vista Basic. I am upgrading to Windows 7 as soon as it comes out. I have had few problems with Vista. The most persistent one is when I try to upgrade some software and it fails due to permissions problems in the registry. I hate trying to track those down.

Last spring, I got on online offer from Dell that I could not turn down. It was a Dell Mini 9 running Dell's version of Linux Ubuntu. It was cheap and I bought one just to surf the Net. It is highly portable but has no CD/DVD drive or hard drive. It uses flash memory.

For my purposes, I figured out Ubuntu just fine. But then, something happened. My netbook tried to update Ubuntu online while connected wirelessly via a router to the web. I think it shut down or I shut it down before the entire upgrade was downloaded. Ubuntu then would not work.

I spent about three hours trying to figure out how to fix it. Dell does not fully support Linux so they were not help. But after three hours, I came up with the following. The netbook is working great again, even faster than before.

For this to work, you must have access to a Windows machine connected to the Internet, preferably broadband.

You have to get a USB stick drive. You will need one at least 1GB but get a bigger one. They are cheap.

Your have to download a copy of Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook remix from here:

You will also have to download a copy of a disk imager from here: Unzip the disk imager file.

Use your USB drive with the Windows machine and note the drive letter. Then find the Disk Imager program, Win32DiskImager.exe, on your computer. Next, find the Ubuntu 9.04 netbook image file on your computer.

On your netbook, find out how to set it to boot from a USB drive. Plug in your USB drive with the Netbook image file into your netbook and boot from the USB drive.

The instructions for installing the operating system are then easy to follow. You should have no problem.

WARNING: All of the information previously on your netbook will be erased so make sure you have made copies of anything important.


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      netbook image 8 years ago

      prefer windows