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help in installing linux on 7" mini laptop

Postby jithhtharan on Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:32 am

i bought a new 7" mini laptop from market.
brand named 'sonilex' , whatever the brand is, its a china made.

model : sonilex SL-LT701
CPU: WMT, ARM-WM8650, 600Mhz
Kernel version: 1.05
OS : windows CE 6.0
RAM: 256MB DDR3
WIFI: 802.11b/g

there is NO BIOS
it has only a flash drive.
windows CE 6.0 has been installed in flash drive only...

i wanted this smartbook to be installed with linux
i suppose there is few linux that can run under 256MB ram,
but i don't know how to install/flash this device to run a linux

can anyone help me out ? :roll:
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Re: help in installing linux on 7" mini laptop

Postby xenopeek on Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:11 am

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To start narrowing it down, you will have to install a Linux distro supporting ARM processor architecture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture#Linux

Other than that, I don't know how you would proceed replacing an embedded Windows CE with Linux. Sorry :(
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Re: help in installing linux on 7" mini laptop

Postby jithhtharan on Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:56 am

Vincent Vermeulen wrote:Moved here by moderator

To start narrowing it down, you will have to install a Linux distro supporting ARM processor architecture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_architecture#Linux

Other than that, I don't know how you would proceed replacing an embedded Windows CE with Linux. Sorry :(


thanks for the post !
i found what are all the linux that can be installed in ARM processor,
but how do i install in that machine ?
it has no bios to changing first booting device to make it boot from a drive to install OS !

direct me clearly, please... :roll:
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Re: help in installing linux on 7" mini laptop

Postby jithhtharan on Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:52 am

i went through many blogs, forums and websites regarding this,
the only thing i repeatedly came across was, "u-boot"
universal boot loader is being the first step to start...

but still i couldn't figure out how to install "u-boot" in my smartBook,
anyhow, lets leave that aside now...

my doubt is, why should not we install "u-boot" in a SD-card/pendrive
make SD-card/pendrive into two or more partitions for swap and ext3 to install linux
and install a linux(that works on 256MB ram, ARM 600Mhz processor) in ext3 partition.

then try to boot with the SD-card/pendrive in my smartBook! in such case, will it work ? will it boot linux ?

any suggestions/direction please.... :idea:
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