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    Blank screen on a Linux preloaded laptop


    My friend bought an acer aspire 1 notebook which came preloaded with what is described as "Softload linux".

    She bought a broadband stick and as the stick was not Linux compatible she decided to change over to Windows xp. As there is no cd drive on the notebook she loaded the windows os on to a memory stick and tried to install it from the stick.

    An error occurred when she was in the early stages of instillation, there was no chance that xp had been fully installed so she cancelled the process.

    Now when the notebook loads up, the start up screen comes up gives you the option to go into the BIOS but then the screen goes blank with only the cursor visible on the screen.

    How do I fix it and get the linux laptop working the way it was before she messed about with windows.

    Help would be appreciated.

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    I think you might be stuck reinstalling, whether it be XP or Linux. (Of course, I think it should be linux, but your choice.) Which isn't all bad, because, in my opinion, the Linpus Lite linux that comes with the Aspire One is terrible. Check out Easy Peasy

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    Quote Originally Posted by reed9 View Post
    I think you might be stuck reinstalling, whether it be XP or Linux. (Of course, I think it should be linux, but your choice.) Which isn't all bad, because, in my opinion, the Linpus Lite linux that comes with the Aspire One is terrible. Check out
    Linux is my choice and i will recommend it.

    How do I go about installing the Linpus Lite Linux on to a machine that has no cd drive to boot up from and will not take me to the desktop?

    I know I could try booting up from an OS stored on a usb memory stick. However, she has tried to install a windows OS from a memory stick but the notebook wont boot from the stick.

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    It used to boot from a USB stick, but it won't since the Windows install problem? You've double checked that the BIOS is set to boot from a USB drive? Have you tried a different USB port? I have a laptop that for some reason will only boot from one of the three USB ports.

    If it simply won't boot from a flash drive, and it won't boot into a usable operating system, outside of buying an external cd drive and trying from that, I don't know what else you can do.

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    Hi,

    There are several levels of Linux commitment a PC vendor can offer. The least involved is providing drivers. The most involved is preloading a distribution and selling it as a full-blown Linux machine. Though the software is free, this is an extremely expensive proposition for the hardware vendor. Once you preload, the customer has a right to support and configuration help. Linux technical specialists aren’t cheap. And I haven’t yet mentioned the perennial question, “Which distribution?” Everyone has their personal favorite.

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