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Apr 15 2008   6:53PM GMT

Rebuilding the eeePC

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This weekend, after I returned from my trip to Pau I tried updating the eeePC to see if I could install an open source video editor like Kdenlive. The eeePC has built-in webcam video camera which produces OGG files. I thought it would really, really neat if I could find an editor to shuffle around video clips, synch an audio track and add some still images. From the descriptions on the Web, Kdenlive seemed to be a good match.

Unfortunately, due to my inexperience of Linux, the way I had set the machine up last week had made the machine unstable. I tried installing some more software and it failed to boot up. My only option was to rebuild the eeePC from scratch.

To rebuild, Asus provides a recovery disc. I ran this disc on a Windows XP machine and used the second option on the Asus menu to format a USB memory stick for Linux and make an image of the operating system. Once the USB memory stick has been forwarded, the Asus recovery software prompted me to unplug it and plug it back in. Once this had been done, an image of the eeePC was then copied onto the USB memory stick.

I then started the eeePC and pressed F2 to bring up the BIOS menu. I needed to use the disc tab to select the USB drive as the primary, first disk and pressed F10 to save.

The eeePC now booted from USB memory and prompted me to type Yes to reinstall image of OS on the hard disk.

Once installed, the machine is rebooted. I pressed F2 again to make the hard disc the primary, first drive.

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  • Stev
    I got up to the end of your post... i rebooted and changed the boot order back to hard-disc first....

    then i got this:

    Scanning user partition, please wait...

    fsck 1.40-WIP (14-Nov-2006)

    e2fsck 1.40-WIP (14-Nov-2006)

    fsck.ext3: No such device or address while trying to open /dev/sda2

    Possibly non-existent or swap device?

    tune2fs 1.40-WIP (14-Nov-2006)

    /sbin/tune2fs: No such device or address while trying to open /dev/sda2

    Could'nt find valid filesystem superblock.

    Scanning home partition, please wait...

    Couldn't findmatching filesystem: LABEL=HOME

    tune2fs 1.40-WIP (14-Nov-2006)

    tune2fs: Unable to resolve 'LABEL=HOME'

    Press ENTER to reboot........

    So i've completely killed it i think. When i had installed Ubuntu, i had wiped off all the partitions... and now it seems there's no recovering from that... so i don't know what to do. Any thoughts?

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  • Anonymous
    same problem here! please help anyone!

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  • alan
    Same Problem for me too. Anybody got a solution yet?

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  • Samo
    ok here is how I rebuilt my eeepc (701) but I used the media from my eeepc 901... I'm sure the orignal would work just the same....

    1. I bought an LG external dvd/cd player - usb

    2. press f2 at boot and configure usb device to boot first

    3. insert linux recovery disk into external dvd player

    4. boot the eeepc and the linux recovery kernel is loaded

    5. type yes to re-image the eeepc

    6. wait about 15 minutes (it says wait 5 but it took longer...)

    7. it finished and says to reboot.

    8. after reboot - I had a brand new eeepc!!! works just like it always did!

    hope it works for you too

    Samo

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