Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Free up Hard drive space.

If you're like me, you are pretty reckless with installing software-I swear, for me, linux was a pandora's box of free software.

Today when i installed the usual update from the ubuntu repositories... it told me that my hard drive was full....? All I had on my hard drive was my documents, no pictures, no music, no videos. I was shocked, and pretty upset.

Not to discourage anyone from buying an eee, I just recommend it as a second computer... Because everything you install or download adds up. (I believe the 8 gig eee is coming out soon, and they have hacked the eee to hold 20 gigs now).

But for those of you still using debian or ubuntu, might I recommend something to clear up some memory? This little code cleared up about a gig of archived packages located in var/cache/apt/archives/

sudo apt-get autoclean

Reboot the computer and you're done!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Howto Install Ubuntu on the EEE PC (with only a usb drive)

First, this took me a really long time, and I really don't wish this headache upon anyone else. Before you get started, I should remind you that because Ubuntu is not made for the eeepc, you may not have every software program. Also, I'm trying to retrace the steps it took me. So they may not be 100%, so refer to the wiki here.

Note: you will need a computer with working internet nearb
  1. Let's format your usb drive so it will run smooth without any major errors. Open a Terminal. If you're using your eee (CTRL ALT T). Plug in the usb
  2. fdisk -l (remember whatever the /dev/sd*1, replace the * with that letter later).
  3. sudo mkfs.vfat -F 32 -n ubuntu /dev/sd*1
  4. sudo apt-get install syslinux
  5. wget
  6. sudo chmod +x
  7. fdisk -l
  8. Remember what your usb drive looks like, it should be something like
    /dev/sd*1 (replace the * with the letter of your usb drive)
  9. sudo parted /dev/sd* set 1 boot on
  10. sudo ./ /path/to/image.iso /dev/sd*1 (please change this to where ever you saved the iso image.)
  11. sudo syslinux /dev/sd*1
  12. Okay so now lets put ndiswrapper and the driver on. (if you have a wired connection available skip these steps, and just plug your eeepc in for internet.
    1. Download these files to your usb drive
      1. ndiswrapper-common
      2. ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
      3. WiFi Driver
        1. Copy the folder called ndis5x to the usb drive as well.
  13. sudo umount /dev/sd*1 (unmount if you are using a computer other than the eee pc)
  14. if you used a different computer, it is time to put ubuntu on the eeepc! Plug it in!
  15. Turn on the eeepc. In that first screen press ESC.
  16. Choose the usb drive you put ubuntu on. It should start up like a livecd installation.
  17. You will need to move the windows.
    1. System>Preferences>Appearance>Visual Effects>None
    2. use Alt and Click to drag windows that are too big by default
  18. Go through the typical installation process.
  19. Time to set up the internet. if you have a wired connection skip these steps.
    1. navigate to the .deb you put on the usb called ndiswrapper-common. Install it
    2. do the same for ndiswrapper-utils
    3. Copy the folder ndis5x to your desktop
    4. Open a terminal and type:
      1. sudo modprobe -r ath_pci
      2. sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-common
      3. add this line:
        blacklist ath_pci
      4. Reboot
    1. Navigate to where you saved the .deb files of ndiswrapper-common and ndiswrapper-utils and doubleclick them to install
    2. Open a terminal
    3. cd Desktop/ndis5x
    4. sudo ndiswrapper -i net5211.inf
    5. sudo ndiswrapper -m
    6. sudo ndiswrapper -ma && sudo ndiswrapper -mi
    7. reboot
  1. Now lets get the native madwifi drive running
    1. sudo apt-get install build-essential
    2. wget ''
    3. wget
    4. tar zxvf madwifi-ng-r2756-20071018.tar.gz
    5. cd madwifi-ng-r2756-20071018
    6. patch -p0 < ../madwifi-ng-0933.ar2425.20071130.i386.patch\?format\=raw
    7. make clean
    8. make
    9. sudo make install
    10. reboot
  2. Next let's fix some of the known issues.
    1. sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
      1. add this: options snd-hda-intel model=3stack-dig
      2. (that will get your mic working)
    2. sudo gedit /etc/default/acpi-support
      1. SAVE_VBE_STATE=false
      2. SAVE_VIDEO_PCI_STATE=true
      3. USE_DPMS=true
      4. # Add modules to this list to have them removed before suspend and reloaded
        # on resume. An example would be MODULES="em8300 yenta_socket"
        # Note that network cards and USB controllers will automatically be unloaded
        # unless they're listed in MODULES_WHITELIST
        1. I don't know if that last line is necessary... because you should have madwifi up and running.
        2. all of this fixes the suspend issues
    3. save and close. now to fix the shut down.
    4. sudo gedit /etc/init.d/halt
    5. add to the TOP:
      rmmod snd-hda-intel
  3. If you want Compiz-Fusion enabled, I recommend this:
    1. ALT F2
    2. apps > Compiz > plugins > move > allscreens > options
    3. uncheck constrain y.

I think that should be it!! Hopefully it worked for you!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

ubuntu on the eee

I want this:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Simple Mode Frustrations.

I consider myself a beginner linux user. So maybe my input will have some meaning to those of you who are just now purchasing the eee. You're getting your feet wet, and you're discovering that sometimes software installs take you back to the command line.

Lame. I wish there was an alternative. But to my research, I still haven't seen a way of doing things the easy way, while maintaining Asus easy mode.

Why do i want to stick with the easy mode? Because even though the xandros set up looks nicer, I get so frustrated trying to navigate through the start menu options. Try using a super small touch pad and a super small screen to navigate and you will see what I mean.

The eee's gui is great simple, I just wish I could easily add my own installed software onto it VIA SYNAPTIC.

If you don't know what synaptic is, its cool, basically it is a library of anything you would want to install, you just click, and it will set it up for you automatically. That is probably a little too simple.

because somehow the eee is blocking synaptic, I have to look up the file I want in synaptic and then go into command line. This is really really dumb.

Even though i like the eee's user interface, as soon as they get those wifi drivers for ubuntu,... i'm so out of this, and you will see a whole new blog section.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Carrying Case for the eee

Found here:

Made by Eagle Creek, very well made. Holds the Eee perfectly, with room for power supply, mouse, headphones, even a paperback or little sketchpad. Many pockets and storage places.

I like it cause it's a shoulder bag, dimensioned like the Eee, and especially because it doesn't look like a computer bag--better security if folks don't know what's in there. This case looks pretty solid.

Uploading Videos

Most Unfortunately Youtube does not accept .ogg video formats, which is what your eee pc will by default record your webcam videos in. There are some options to translate the .ogg file into a uploadable format such as mpeg... but that would be a waste of time.

just use! All .ogg files will upload, and from there you can send your video messages to anyone, and it will be in format virtually playable to anyone.

Playing Quicktime

The following was taken from

Downgrading MPlayer

  1. Open the console (In easy mode, press ctrl-alt-T. In advanced desktop, it's on the start menu, under system, or press alt-F2 and type Konsole.)
  2. In the console, type sudo kwrite /etc/apt/sources.list
  3. Add the line deb etch main non-free contrib (copy from here and paste in kwrite by right-clicking and choosing paste)
  4. Save and exit
  5. In the console, type sudo apt-get update
  6. Then type sudo apt-get install mplayer=1.0~rc1-12etch1 (if your console window has a white background, you can copy from here and right-click in the console window to paste)
  7. Type sudo kwrite /etc/apt/sources.list
  8. Find the line deb etch main non-free contrib and put # (a hash or number sign) in front of it. This will disable the debian repository, so that you don't accidentally install incompatible software.

Instant Messaging

The eee pc comes preinstalled with Pidgin, which is a great application for those of you who use msn, aim, gchat, or any other instant messaging service. It combines them all into one useful application.

Its kind of big and clunky. I actually prefer

It looks a bit nicer, and it is portable anywhere. The folks at meebo have integrated a ton of great features, that I hope will all begin working on the eee as well.... For example they should have video chat going... I don't video chat, so it doesn't concern me, however if the folks at ever figure out how to get adobe flash to recognize the eee's webcam, you are in luck!

Initial Tweaks

For those of you with good eyesight, I think the best and most useful tweak out there is changing the font size.

here is what I used:

Press CTRL ALT T, and a command line prompt will appear.

Then type:


a new window will appear:

To change the default KDE font size, navigate to the Display/Themes/Fonts page, and change the font sizes to your liking.

Unfortunately, for some reason this tweak makes the openoffice fonts very very tiny,and I'm not sure how to resolve it. Suggestions would be wonderful!

There are some other work arounds, like abiword perhaps, but I strongly reommend google docs. here is what it looks like on the eee.

As you can see, it isn't bad. at all. A little cramped, but the eee pc is a little cramped in general.

I recommend in general, because then you don't have to worry about memory wasting, or toting all of your documents on a jump drive. Also it is great for emailing, and having other people make revisions on your documents.

A couple other important tweaks:

When using Firefox, press F11. This will bring the internet window to full screen mode. To exit out of it simply press F11 again. Another great option in firefox, press CTRL + or - to decrease or increase the font size. This will come in handy for those with good or bad eyes.

Also, when in full screen mode in firefox, press alt-tab to toggle between windows, or the home key to bring up the start menu.

First Impressions

On my other blogs I wrote a review on the new eee PC, that my boss bought, and is letting me use. It is an awesome device, so i thought I'd show you guys a little about it. enjoy!

So, thanks to Metageek, yours truly is now typing out this blog on the ultra-portable eee PC. This thing is totally Awesome. I mean, absolutely incredible. I LOVE IT! I couldn't recommend anything else to a poor college student. Why? Because this fully functional laptopp weighs in at 2 pounds, and will onlycost you 400 dollars. When I say it is ultra-portable, check out the size of it in this picture:

That is it next to my ti-89 and my nintendo DS lite. It is incredibly small, yet completely usable. Now before you run off to the store and grab one of these things with your hot little hands, I probably should mention a couple minor details. The screen is only 7 inches, and the keyboard is cramped. But your hands will get used to it,. I've only spent about 4 hours on this thing, and I'm typing about as fast as I normally type. And for those of you who would love to have higher resolutions when you're not on the run, you can plug this into any standard monitor:

Yeah that's me snapping a photo of myself. The Asus eee pc has built in webcam, which is now compatible with skype video conferencing. Even though i don't video chat, and I probably won't use that feature, I figured it is a pretty awesome function that I couldn't help mentioning.

The thing has 3 usb ports, so you can plugin wireless mouse, or keyboard, jump drive, or maybe an external hard drive. Oh yeah, I might not have mentioned that this bad boy only has 4 gigs of memory. Which isn't a huge deal, if you're just doing documents, some pictures, and some music. Remember, we're talking ultra portability. You can expand them memory through the sd memory card slot, a jump drive, or just an external hard drive.

The operating system will be quite simple out of the box. They've installed a custom version of Xandros linux, and the actual windows look almost identical to windows xp, so you won't feel totally out of place. I'm an open source enthusiast so this computer is a total game changer for microsoft and even apple. (if you must you can run os x or windoze on this thing but they are quite sluggish so I read anyway).

It comes with word processing, database table, and presentation software comparable to word, excel, and powerpoint, which are free, and will always update themselves.

Overall impressions, if you're in the market for a cheap computer, you must, and i repeat you must consider the asus eee pc. It is a fun totally useful computer, that will impress anyone you show it to. this is totally a game changer in the laptop.

Thank you!!!