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Title: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 03:43:44 pm
I have an Acer Aspire One which i have been slowly upgrading, I have manged to upgrade java, flash, the browser to firefox 7 and have modded the ssd to work better, and have got the access to the right click dropdown screen. was just wondering if there was anything else i could do to the beast to make her work better?
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 04:06:14 pm
Personally I've forgotten pretty much everything I once knew about Linpus Lite .. so can't really help beyond saying "get rid of Linpus Lite and replace it with Peppermint (or another up to date OS)"

Linpus Lite is WAY out of date, you're going to struggle to install ANY new software .. it could even be considered a security risk.
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 04:08:45 pm
Thank you for the advice i have been looking at oher versions of linux but i dont want to run before i have learnt to walk and get the wrong one for me
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 04:15:12 pm
Installing Peppermint on an AA1 is easy .. there are tutorials on here.

Once installed it's MUCH easier to use than Linpus Lite

And we're here to help you through it .. finding anyone to help with Linpus is going to be nearly impossible now.

If you still have the standard 512MB of RAM I'd suggest Peppermint 3 (supported until 2017)
If you've upgraded the RAM I'd suggest Peppermint 5 (supported until 2019)

Your call, but sticking with Linpus Lite is actually the DIFFICULT path ;)

[EDIT]

Why not give Peppermint a test drive on a LiveUSB stick ?

And if you have an external USB hard drive, we can backup Linpus Lite first
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 04:17:32 pm
im going to go with peppermint three i think so i may need some help lol. firstly do i need a pen drive to do it?
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 04:22:59 pm
Yes, you'll require a USB stick (1GB or larger).. but once you have one you can "test drive" Pepeprmiint from the USB stick without removing Linpus Lite first.

Be Aware it'll be slower running from a USB stick than it will be once installed (so don't judge it's speed from a LiveUSB) but it'll show you what to expect.

Help isn't a problem .. that's what we're here for :)

Give us a shout when you have a USB stick (and preferably access to a Windows PC)
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 04:24:41 pm
I have access to both of these now im ready to go
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 04:28:00 pm
OK, first make sure there's nothing on the USB stick you want to keep .. if there is, copy it off now (it can be put back later if you require).
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 04:29:00 pm
i have done that
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 04:36:51 pm
OK, you're going to require these 2 files on your Windows PC
http://peppermintos.info/archive/Peppermint-3-20120722-i386.iso (http://peppermintos.info/archive/Peppermint-3-20120722-i386.iso)
and
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/downloads/Universal-USB-Installer/Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.6.exe (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/downloads/Universal-USB-Installer/Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.6.exe)
On that last link, click the DOWNLOAD UUI button .. Let us know when you have them
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 04:39:04 pm
ok i quickly have to go to the shops but i will download them and keep you posted as soon asi have, i wont be long at all
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 04:41:31 pm
I'm here pretty much all day and evening, so whenever you're ready.

[EDIT]

And usually half the night too :)
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 05:06:34 pm
i just have towait 40 mins now to use laptop  >:( will keep you posted
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 05:11:59 pm
Okey dokey .. I'm gonna post the instructions here anyway.....

On the Windows PC, start Universal USB Installer, and at ..

Step 1 .. In the drop down list, select PeppermintOS (Three)
Step 2  .. point it at the ISO image you downloaded
Step 3 .. Choose your (already plugged in >= 1GB) USB stick .. probably best to let it format it too, so backup its contents first.
Step 4 .. Set the slider to the largest persistence file it will allow you.. so you can save changes. (if you want to test drive it first)


Here's a pic of the Universal USB Installer interface

(http://linuxforums.org.uk/MGalleryItem.php?id=1510)

Click Create .. and wait till it's done .. it will take a while, and *may* appear to have stopped .. but just wait till it says it's "Done" .. as in the following pic

Pic of Universal USB Installer .. Installing to USB Stick

(http://linuxforums.org.uk/MGalleryItem.php?id=1509)

Once the LiveUSB has been created, click Close, plug it into your AA1, then turn ON your AA1 .. as soon as you see the first screen (Acer Empowering People), hit the F12 key to access the boot device selection screen .. and select the USB HDD as the drive to boot from and hit Enter to boot.
(If it doesn't offer you a USB HDD, and instead lists a USB FDD, let me know)

When asked, select "Try Peppermint" NOT "Install Peppermint"

Be aware .. running from a USB stick will be quite a bit slower that running it from the internal SSD after installation, so don't draw any conclusions about speed at this point ;)
(it may also be less stable .. remember a LiveUSB is designed primarily as an installation media and recovery disk, but can also be used to "test drive" Linux)

I *can* tell you that once installed, it takes slightly longer to boot than Linpus Lite .. but once booted it loads/runs applications just as quickly .. and has access to all the latest software.

Let us know when you're at the Peppermint desktop and we'll explain how to connect to your wireless network.

Oh, and how to change the default wallpaper .. which IIRC kinda sucked in Peppermint 3 ;)



I'm putting this link here for reference:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=10313.0 (http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=10313.0)
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 05:26:16 pm
i am downloading them now
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 05:35:26 pm
thank you for the help
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 05:37:11 pm
No worries :)
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 06:32:13 pm
am now having to use the aa1 to download the iso as the laptop is slow as shit for downloading
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 07:05:41 pm
Doesn't matter how you download it as long as you transfer it to the Windows PC .. it would be too hard to use Linpus Lite to create the LiveUSB .. it'd be easy in peppermint, but.....
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 07:09:17 pm
lol
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: nathanm1991 on September 17, 2014, 08:18:39 pm
well this is tedious im on 34% at the mo on the peppermint download.
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 08:21:06 pm
Is it the Peppermint site that's being slow ?

see your messages
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 09:51:25 pm
For anyone else following this....

nathanm1991 informs me by PM that the LiveUSB created OK, but is listed in the boot device selection screen as a USB FDD rather than a USB HDD .. so there's no option but to use a different USB stick.

For some reason the AA1 is sensitive to which USB sticks it "likes" .. seeing some as a USB Floppy Disk Drive rather than a Hard Disk Drive.
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Jocklad 1 on September 17, 2014, 10:07:32 pm

 Interesting.

 Never had a problem using USB sticks between different machines.

 Jocklad  ::) ::)
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 17, 2014, 10:17:49 pm
It's the Acer Aspire One .. not so much the USB stick.

For some reason the AA1 BIOS just doesn't "like" some USB sticks .. they work fine for storage, but refuse to be bootable.

[EDIT]

Actually if you 'dd' an isohybrid image to them they'll usually work .. but the Peppermint 3 ISO wasn't an isohybrid image, and you can't 'dd' in Windows.
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: chemicalfan on September 18, 2014, 10:09:14 am
I've had similar issues with USB sticks before, now I tend to just use a DVD-RW to avoid any issues
(obviously not applicable to netbooks :()
Title: Re: Any Acer Aspire One tweaks or mods? im running linpus lite
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on September 18, 2014, 12:04:28 pm
LiveCD's are GREAT for recovery and as an installation media .. not so good (as a LiveUSB with persistence) in the "test drive" role.

And yeah, there's also the netbook/no optical drive issue :)

On other PC's I've obviously had the "the PC won't boot from LiveUSB/removable media at all" issue .. but only (so far) on the AA1 have I had the issue where it will boot "some" sticks but not others, seeing some as FDD's and others as HDD's .. it's just odd like that  :o

But that's just the crazy a** world of computers we live in.....
 ;D
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