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[SOLVED] Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Peter Linu » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:50 am

Hiyall,
I have an Asus EeePC 1011PX 'clamshell' laptop. Intel Atom CPU N455 @ 1.66GHz with 1Gb RAM. It runs a 'Starter' version of Win7-32bit (heavily cut down).
I have been in the BIOS and there is no provision for booting from USB and I'm not sure it can be done via CD. Via download seems to be the only way?
1. Is there a Linux Mint version that I can install?
2. Can I increase the RAM as even now, this old laptop is quite slow.
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:25 am

YES...there is provision on your EEEpc for USB.
You must be sure to FIRST plug USB with ISO into computer and then reboot.
as soon as you see the asus splash screen to f2 your way into bios, do so.
From bios, tab over to the "boot" tab and enter.
then arrow down to "hard disk drives" and hit enter.
You will now see where it says 1st drive, 2nd drive, etc
click enter to open 1st drive, and on the drop down list choose the entry that is your USB drive, (thats why it has to be plugged in and then reboot as i mentioned in the beginning, it wont show otherwise), then click esc. then f10 to save changes click ok and it will reboot into your USB ISO to install Linux...DAMIEN

NOTE...i also have a EEEpc that i use to just experiment with...your CPU will also support 64 bit OSs.
DO NOT think that you are going to use Cinnamon or even Mate with this...EEE pc will barf all over you.
You need to use a lightweight version such as LM XFCE or Peppermint 9 or 10 to make it usable...it wont win any races but will be good enough for web surfing, emails etc....the ram on you EEE pc will be DDR3 as your CPU is the n455 atom...yes you can upgrade the ram through access door panel on bottom of case, there will be one slot so what is in there will have to be pulled out and replaced with what you get, i believe it will take up to 4 gigs ram if you can find a 4 gig single stick of ram.

Download sites below are for LM XFCE and Peppermint 10, both of which run fine on my eee pc in 64 bit.

https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=258

https://peppermintos.com/
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Pierre » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:29 am

DAMIEN1307 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:25 am
Download sites below are for LM XFCE and Peppermint 10, both of which run fine on my eee pc in 64 bit.

https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=258

https://peppermintos.com/
do look at:
MX-Linux
https://mxlinux.org/
anti-X
https://antixlinux.com/
as both of those do use the XFCE desktop.
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:41 am

hi pierre...i did experiment with both of them but they just didnt feel quite "finished" to me, i know they are supposed to be good on old antiques like the EEE pc series but i get great results with both LM XFCE and especially Peppermint 9 and 10 OSs which are a meld of XFCE/LXDE for desktop, plus i do recommend these because most of the users are familiar with these Canonical/Ubuntu based versions vs the more purely derived Debian bases that MX and Anti-x are derived from...They are also fine distros as well...DAMIEN

PS...right now in the EEE pc i have thats 12 yrs old, i have Peppermint 10 running with 1 gig of DDR2 ram with an n450 single core 1.66 GHz CPU using the 5.0.0-25 kernel. It is all original right down to original battery...on full charge i have six hours battery life. It takes 60 seconds to cold boot.
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Peter Linu » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:29 am

Damien,
Thanxalot.
Your instructions worked perfectly and my installation is going smoothly.
Since the computer has almost a single use - playing music, will it make a difference to brutally uninstall the programs that this lappie will never use or won't it make much difference?

I intend to get 4Gb RAM as I sense it will make a big difference. Will any DD3 be OK or is it something specific (1333,1600/SODDIM)?
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Moem » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:32 am

Uninstalling programs that are not being used does not make any difference. After all, when they're not being run, they do not use any CPU cycles or RAM. Just having them installed does not make the machine slower.
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:17 am

Hi peter, as Moem has said, uninstalling unused programs etc will make little difference at all in the running of your system. (which Linux distro did you finally decide upon). I also did some research for your particular EEE pc since it is a later model than mine and came upon this statement.
The memory is fixed on the motherboard and there is no SO-DIMM on the motherboard. The On Board Memory is unable to be removed or replaced for extending.
I can only assume that your ram is set in stone and cannot be replaced...let us know in any event what linux you decided to use as there are a few tips and tricks that can make things run smoother...DAMIEN

PS...i use mine for a 64 gig music video library that ive put together over many years, works great with just the right player installed etc. will need external speakers though since the built in ones totally suck.
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Peter Linu » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:47 pm

Hi Damien,
I have tried to configure Xfce how I would like to use it but it can't be done. It also seems to be even less responsive than Win7 'Starter version.
I normally work on the basis of: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Strangely, not this time.
My new plan is;
1. Put Win7 'Starter back on.
2. Fire up the trusty ole soldering iron to replace the 1Gb RAM with 4Gb.

Thanx for your help.
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Peter Linu » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:05 am

TROUBLES TROUBLES TROUBLES.
I have Mint Xfce currently loaded and have decided to revert to Win7 Starter. I mount the USB containing the Win7 and it tells me that I need the computer to be formatted as NTSF. How do I do it?
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Pierre » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:16 am

the Windows Installer should do that NTFS formatting, as part of the Installation.

if, by chance, it's requiring that drive to be pre-formatted, that's a different issue.
- - you would probably have to boot-up an LinuxMint Live Media & use it's Gparted program,
to pre-format that drive to the required NTFS system.

NB: I'd still be quite surprised, if the MX-Linux couldn't be installed onto that Asus EeePC .. ..
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Peter Linu » Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:03 pm

Hiyall,
I ended up loading Peppermint 10. Its simplicity is perfect for me as I will only be using one program...to play music!
It is a bit faster than with Xfce with 1Gb RAM. However I opened the RAM bay to find a removable RAM slot. I have ordered a 2Gb chip...because I can.
I look forward to vanishingly-fast speed!

Both the people in this post and the Asus helpdesk assumed that current info about what's inside is set it stone. The fact that what I discovered is different only proves that unless you look inside, you'll never know for sure. Get out ye old screwdriver, hacksaw and hammer!
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:13 am

im happy for you that you did decide to use Peppermint on that museum piece very similar to mine, i found it worked the best for EEEpc.
also happy to find that the published stats were wrong regarding set in stone ram etc. so now you can update your ram...im thinking of doing so myself.
do you have the https of the site your ordering it from ?...DAMIEN

PS...keep in mind that if doing music videos or movies, do not exceed 720p unless your prepared to modify the system somewhat through the terminal, 720p should work very smoothly.
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Peter Linu » Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:27 am

Damien'
I found it on Amazon. Please ensure that you have the EXACT item (Crucial 2GB Single DDR3/DDR3L 1600 MT/S (PC3-12800) Unbuffered SODIMM 204-Pin Memory - CT25664BF160B).

Regarding music playback; I have other devices for playing video. The ASUS will be purely used for music.

Once again, thanks for your help.
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Re: Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:31 am

your very welcome...on the other hand, my ram is ddr2 series, i forgot that yours is newer than mine...lol...amazon probably has that as well...since im a prime member, i get free shipping, yea...DAMIEN
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Re: [SOLVED] Asus EeePC 1011PX

Post by Peter Linu » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:28 am

ADDENDUM.
I installed the new 2Gb chip and fired up the laptop. It is definitely faster but not vanishingly. It has stopped the 'stutters' in using the audio program which is really all I needed.
I then went to the terminal:
"$ sudo inxi -m
Memory: Used/Total: 246.3/1933.2MB
Array-1 capacity: 4 GB devices: 2 EC: None
Device-1: DIMM0 size: 2 GB speed: 667 MT/s type: Other
Device-2: DIMM1 size: No Module Installed type: N/A"
So there it is in black & white: 4Gb capable.
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