How to install Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 on your Eee PC

by Ross McKillop on September 18, 2008

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Yes, I previously wrote a tutorial covering how to install Ubuntu 8.04 on your Eee PC. Since then, a new version of “Ubuntu Eee” has been released, 8.04.1. One my favorite new features is that Netbook Remix is now installed by default. So rather than have to install Ubuntu Eee and then Netbook Remix, you can just install this updated version and it’s all done at the same time.

Something worth mentioning before we get started – the name “Ubuntu Eee” has to change. The good folks over at Ubuntu sent a message to the fellow that creates and manages this version of Ubuntu, and asked him very politely to rename it. So if you have any thoughts, by all means head over to his blog and let them be known.

And now on to the installation.

  1. Rather than write it all out again, I’m going to take the lazy route. Follow the first 11 steps of this tutorial, and then come back to this one. Just make sure to download 8.04.1 instead of 8.04.
  2. When your Eee PC starts and Ubuntu loads, the Installer will automatically launch. Select your language and then click the Forward button.

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  4. Now select the city/region that represents your time zone, and again click Forward.

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  6. Pick the keyboard layout that you want to use, and click Forward.

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  8. At this step you’ll have to decide how you want to have Ubuntu Eee installed. If you already have an operating system (like Windows, or another Linux) installed, you might want to keep it. As illustrated in the screenshot below, I already have Fedora installed on my Eee PC. If you want to keep the existing operating system and dual boot, so both it and Ubuntu Eee are available, use the slider to determine how much disk space you want to allocate to each OS. Then click Forward (and ignore the next step).

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  10. If you want to wipe whatever operating system you currently have installed completely off your Eee PC, select Guided – use entire disk. If your Eee PC has more than one disk, you’ll need to select the one you want to install Ubuntu Eee on. Choose the first. You can use the second to store files etc. Important Note: this will wipe your first drive (or only, if you just have one) completely clean. If you have files on your drive that you don’t want to lose, or haven’t backed up, exit out of the installation now. Boot back into your existing operating system (remember to unplug the USB thumb drive or external CD/DVD drive that has Ubuntu Eee on it) and back up those files. Then start over. Otherwise, click Forward to continue.

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  12. Enter all of the required information in each of the fields provided, then click Forward.

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  14. You’ll be presented with a summary screen of all the selections you’ve made so far. Assuming everything is the way you want it, click Install.

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  16. The first part of the actual installation will be to create and/or format a partition. It’s not exactly entertaining to watch, so you may want to grab yourself a beverage.
  17. After the formatting has completed, Ubuntu Eee will install.
  18. Once everything has completed, you’ll be prompted to reboot your Eee PC. Remember to unplug the USB thumb drive or external CD/DVD drive before your Eee PC starts again.

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  20. After your Eee PC starts up, you’ll be set to start using Ubuntu Eee, with the Netbook Remix interface. Have fun!

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  • http://www.fishandcross.com/blog Ed Taekema

    Great tutorial. Do you know if ubuntu 8.0.4.1 still has trouble installing to flash drives (the dreaded errno 5 problem)? In the past this has prevented me from installing on my asus eee 900.

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  • Nil

    Thanks a lot, very simple tutorial, very good!

  • SM

    does this process take care of creating the necessary entries to allow for a dual boot. I am new to linux so I appologize for the question if its stupid. Nothing is mentioned of editing the menu.lst files which other people seem to have to do to setup a dual boot system??? All help is apprecaited.

  • http://www.donnlee.com Donn Lee

    Ross,
    It seems with 8.04, we are able to try out ubuntu-eee without installing it (according to your previous guide on 8.04). But now with 8.04.1, we no longer have this option because it jumps directly to the installer (not a live desktop).

    So, if we want to try ubuntu as a “live usb stick”, then we must use 8.04 and not 8.04.1? Just want to confirm my understanding of this.

    Thanks for these great guides,
    Donn

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    @Donn Lee,

    That’s interesting, something I didn’t even think of or really pay that close attention to. I suspect that even though the installer auto-runs, you could exit it, or just use the “home” button in Netbook Remix, and still use it as a Live distribution. It can’t hurt to try, as you’re not really installing it until you click that “Install” button and it starts to partition/format your drive.

  • http://www.donnlee.com Donn Lee

    Ross,
    Ok, so when I boot the unetbootin version of 8.04.1 off the usb stick, it presents a boot menu, and one of the options is “Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer”. The other option is “Install Ubuntu”.

    Donn

  • Woodrow

    I tried it, but it doesn’t install on a 2GB version, not enough space. It’d be good if you could skip some of the crap. Not everyone wants everything installed.

  • pstjmack

    I installed Ubuntu eee on my eee 900, but I’ve ended up with most of the machine’s memory inaccessible due to permissions problems on the partitions. I can access my /dev/sda partitions fine, but all the /dev/sdb partitions, including most of the 16GB drive, are closed off. Any ideas how I can fix this?

  • peter

    Nice tutorial. Thanks! The one thing that I would suggest is to use the Manual setting during disk setup, and format the entire disk, creating a single ext2 partition (mounted as /). And no swap partition. These settings are important to reduce the number of read/writes of the flash drive, extending its lifespan.

  • http://www.donnlee.com Donn Lee

    I successfully installed to a SD card on my eee 901. Booted off usb stick per these instructions, chose the “Manual” partitioning so I could have total control of the storage allocation. Install went smoothly, and best of all ubuntu configured grub just as I wanted it: boot/run grub off SD card with choice to boot original WinXP that my 901 came with. Love the dual boot :)

  • Lou

    I don’t get the ‘guided – resize’ option when I try to install on my 1000ha. I don’t know why.

  • elex

    lo instale.. funciona todo, pero tengo problemascon el wifi…
    apreto fn mas f2 yel led se prendo pero se apaga deinmediato…
    comolo arreglo?

    ayuda!! no quiero volver a win. era demasiado lag!

  • mariano daniel villafañe wagner

    i’ve installed it in my ’900 from a pen drive, but i hate the menu… any hint to remove it to have a “normal” screen? (full desktop mode)

  • Brian

    When you dual boot how do you get to xandros

  • http://www.simplehelp.net Ross McKillop

    Brian -

    Assuming you installed Ubuntu Eee AFTER Xandros was already installed, when you boot your Eee PC you should be given the choice between starting Ubuntu (and Ubuntu in safe mode etc) and Xandros.

  • Stig

    Lou -
    The “guided – resize” of the hard drive partitions is indeed not available when installing Ubuntu on Eee PC 1000 HA. This is because all four PRIMARY partitions are already in use. In addition to the the two large visible ones, C (Windows) and D (userdata), there are two smaller hidden ones. The solution is to use a partition tool (like gparted) to first select the desired size of C. Then delete D and replace it by an EXTENDED partition, before adding a LOGICAL NTFS partition on it to become the new D. Now install Ubuntu, and the Logical D partition can be divided into two parts using the “guided – resize” slider.

  • Lou

    Thanks Stig.

  • Chris

    Thanks a lot for this write-up. I was searching the net for this exact type of write-up. You helped me a lot with the partitioner, since I was a little weary about what HD to install the OS on; since I’m a Windows user and have never used Linux before. Again, thanks a lot for creating this

  • Geren

    Installed per directions, however, when I reboot and remove the usb drive the installer runs again just like when I booted off the usb drive.

  • Stephan

    I have a similar problem to Geren’s…if I boot from USB tre installer keeps on running…and booting from HD brings me straight to bad old xp…I am using an EEE 1000H with xp preinstalled. Any help?

  • Max

    hi, yeah i have the same problem as geren ans i can’t acces D without entering a password wich i dont have

  • http://www.internet-rural.net Johnny Alvarez

    Hi friends, someone please help me not to do ?…. Ubuntu Eee install everything ok, but my WiFi is switched on after a few seconds and shuts down again, what do I do? or what should I do? help, thanks in advance

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    I want copy music from usb (4GB) but i can’t. Help me please…

  • columbus

    funkar den på eeepc 900?

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