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I got brand new Eee PC as a christmas present and wanted to immediately install Ubuntu on it. For that I downloaded the netbook edition and set-up my USB hard disc (note: HDD not flash drive) according to the guide on the official download website.

Then I set-up the boot priority to "removable devices" as first priority. If I boot now, however, the HDD is not booted. Is it not possible to do it that way?

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After all I figured out how it works. Here is the trick.

  1. Follow the instructions on the download website to create an installer USB stick. You can do this in the Windows installation that comes with the netbook.
  2. Now restart your netbook immediately and hit ESC immediately. This will launch the BIOS settings manager.
  3. Here go to boot settings. Now you do not need to change the boot order to have "removable devices booted first". Rather, from the menu entry under boot sequence, enter the submenu "Hard drives" (or something like that) and here change the priority of the drives such that your USB stick is booted first, and not your HDD. It might be confusing that your stick is not handled as a removable device, so watch up at this point.
  4. Install Ubuntu! Some notes on the installation: There will be 4 partitions. The last one is a seemingly unnecessary one with 21MB of empty space. Keep this one. It is used internall by the Eee PC to speed up the boot. The rest can be erased. Also, at some points the installation might be really slow, or even frozen. Be patient, it is not. It might take as long as 10 minutes, but then it should work.
  5. Boot and enjoy. Everything works smoothly and out of the box!

Bonus hint: Under mouse settings you can enable two finger scrolling just like it is possible with the Eee PC under Windows (without requiring extra Asus software...).

I hope this clarifies things for future users. Cheers!

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First in ANOTHER pc install the LIVE CD on a usb hard drive or a usb pen drive. Then go to the EEE PC and install it on the place where you want to install it. I have done the following using 10.04 and 10.10:

Using the EEE (The same one you are mentioning here) i install in the internal hdd and also on an usb 250gb hard drive connected to it.

Remember that if you have multiple removable devices you need to specify which one will boot in what order.

Please test with 10.10 since it is the latest.

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Cheers, thanks for your answer. I figured it out myself ultimately and wrote down some instructions. As far as I'm concerned it was not necessary to use another pc to install the live CD. Why do you propose that? – Ingo Dec 25 '10 at 16:49
Sometimes people have problems making the EEE detect usb drives to boot. This has only happen 2 times for me. So i wanted to make it 100% doable for you. – Luis Alvarado Dec 25 '10 at 18:27

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