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I'm a new user to Ubuntu, but having installed it on my main laptop I found that I really like the UI and the usability.

I have an Asus eee PC 4G that's been sitting spare for a few years now and would love to be able to get Ubuntu installed on it but I'm unsure on what distro to pick for it as when I tried with the same version I put on my main laptop it came up with a CPU compatibility error.

So any help is really appreciated.

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Try the following link http://www.eeebuntu.org/release/eeebuntu or as another option would be maybe a netbook remix version of ubuntu on one of the archive versions. I did this a while ago and used an image unpacked onto an SD card to perform the install, after some settings changes in the BIOS (had to flash new BIOS version) to change the boot order it was pretty simple.

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I made a USB installer from the release on that site, but it still will not try to boot from the USB, it just boots to desktop and opens it in a file explorer. I seem to have changed the boot order in the BIOS, but it still just loads the desktop... frustrating! – Pyrotequila Feb 9 '14 at 14:42
    
The link is broken – GunJack 2 days ago

Is the architecture version you tried 64bit? For a EEE PC 701 4G, you need to install the 32bit version.

You don't say what version Ubuntu you tried. I have had 10.04 running for a few years now, and have previously booted 12.04 as a LiveUSB.

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For the EEE 701 I have tried a lot of different versions of Ubuntu. Now I am very content with the "Peppermint ICE" version. The connections go very good and you still can add a lot of functional apps.

So try it! Let me now.

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Since it just have 512MB ram. I would advise against running the regular Ubuntu - Unity, Gnome or KDE version. It would be better to use lightweight version like Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu. Your eeePC has a 32 bit processor, so try installing 32-bit version of these distributions. The best choice would be Lubuntu 14.04.4 LTS. Download Here

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If I remember correctly, that machine uses a Celeron M processor that does not support Physical Address Extensions (PAE), so the error you were likely getting was something like, "This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU: pae."

You will need a 32 bit distribution that supports non-pae processors, which is getting harder to find. You might try reading this article for wisdom on getting Lubuntu or Xubuntu working on this machine. However it did not run very well the last time I tried it. I ended up trying to use bodhi Linux, which i believe still has a non-pae supporting kernel available. I also gave puppy Linux a good run, but that one doesn't like to be installed, but rather run as a bootable live image.

If you are feeling particularly crafty, I've heard talked of folks getting arch Linux working on these. You will have to pull out your best Google foo for that one though.

Good luck!

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