[Novalug] Slightly OT: Installing EasyPeasy (Ubuntu) on MSI Wind U100
kkauffman at headfog.com
Wed Dec 30 12:04:21 EST 2009
You could build a windows live CD just for BIOS updates.
On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 09:32, Unknown User <unknown.usr at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jay, thanks for all the help!
> I haven't messed with the hard drive, it seems to wipe and reload just
> fine, and removing it voids my warranty.
> My bios is out of date but all the update utilities seem to be Windows
> based. I'm looking for alternative methods of bios upgrading.
> However, I ran MemTest86 and the netbook kept crashing. I'm afraid that my
> netbook may have overheated at one point and taken out the ram.
> MSI is troubleshooting with me via email. My fear is that I'll have to
> send it in for repair and I hate to do that. My warranty expires the end of
> January, so if I'm going to do it, I need to do it now. I just don't want
> to part with my poor netbook. :(
> The good, Linux related news is that I was able to install Ubuntu Netbook
> Remix with no issues whatsoever. EasyPeasy was not so easy because it
> didn't have the correct working wireless drivers available. Even following
> the directions, the install of the wifi drivers generated errors and
> resulted in nothing but wasted time. The Ubuntu Netbook Remix worked
> amazingly well right "from the box". I installed from a USB flash drive and
> it just did it's thing. The only extra software I needed to install so far
> was Google chrome, because I like it better than Firefox. My one problem
> now, besides the hardware issue, is that Ubuntu doesn't seem to be detecting
> usb devices when I plug them in. It was fine with the ones I had connected
> at bootup, but when I disconnected my mouse and moved the netbook, the mouse
> did not work again when I reconnected it. I'll have to figure that one out.
> On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM, Jay Hart <jhart at kevla.org> wrote:
>> Here is a list of things I would do/check:
>> 1. Check to see if you are running the latest BIOS version. If not,
>> update to
>> latest version.
>> 2. Call MSI and see if they have any recalls or issues. You might have to
>> your way up the tech support levels.
>> 3. Run MemTest86 (memory diag app) for a day or more
>> 4. Determine hard drive vendor and see if you can run a diag test on the
>> 5. See about procuring a spare hard drive and use it as a test bed for a
>> This should keep your occupied for a few days.
>> > So I could no longer bear the shame of having no Linux machines in my
>> > possession. I was also sick of my Windows XP install on the netbook and
>> > constant battle against what seems to be malware that was embedded
>> > on the drive. It seems that whenever I would try to do a disk scan,
>> > virus/malware scan, change bios settings, or install a new OS - the
>> > would simply power off. It wouldn't be at the same point in the
>> > either. Sometimes, for example, I'd get to the splash screen of a
>> > or Linux install and the machine would shut off. Sometimes I'd make it
>> > almost to the end of the install and it would power down. Once in a
>> > it would show the shutdown screen options (shutdown/log off/restart),
>> > of the time it would not.
>> > I was able to use the install partition from MSI to reimage the C drive,
>> > that was it, and the problem would always come back.
>> > I was finally able to complete a disk repartition and install EasyPeasy,
>> > just by sheer brute force. I kept trying to install the OS until it
>> > However, now I fear that this might not have been virus but a hardware
>> > issue. I contemplated it being a harddrive or overheating problem, but
>> I am
>> > not sure. It would run okay, maybe a little slow even after being on for
>> > days. I even have it on a cooling platform with fans blowing air into
>> > intakes. It could be anything, bad ram or cpu. I'm not sure what to
>> > first or whether I need to check anything. My roommate suggested that I
>> > replace the hard drive, but I'm not 100% that's the issue.
>> > Has anyone here run into anything like this before?
>> > Thanks!
>> > Margret
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