There are a few ways to install a new os on an eee pc but I believe that the easiest way is the following I did:
What I used:
1. Asus eee pc 901 with Ubuntu 11.10
2. Kingston 8gb DataTraveller (smaller will do of course)
How I did it:
I downloaded the iso-file from ubuntu’s website at http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
[UPDATE] Ubuntu 12.04 might be slow on the older eee pc’s like my 901 so you might want to try Xubuntu instead http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/ The installation should be the same as on the basic Ubuntu version.
after that I plugged my usb to the laptop and started the Startup Disc Creator -program which is defaultly installed on ubuntu.
I clicked the “Other…” button and located the downloaded iso file.
I checked that the creator used my Kingston on the “Disc to use:” option.
Next part doesn’t really matter which one you choose. Depends do you wan’t to use the usb stick as a bootable device or just an installer.
– the first option allows you to save changes and files to your usb while you use it.
– the second option discards all changes after you shut down.
I chose the latter since I will only use the usb to install.
I clicked the “Make Startup Disk” button.
After a while the program asked administrator priviledges to install the bootloader to my usb.
After the program finished I restarted my computer.
I hit F2 so that the eee pc went to BIOS SETUP UTILITY where I could select my usb as the main bootable device. I opened the Boot tab and checked the Hard Disk Drives and moved the usb as first drive (if it isn’t found there check the Boot Device Priority).
I moved to the Exit tab and selected the Exit & Save Changes option and hit enter.
After the computer had started and fully loaded. I clicked the Try ubuntu option so I could check if typing, sound, video and internet worked correctly before installing it.
I opened the examples folder on the desktop and opened the how fast.ogg file to test video and sound.
I went to the internet and googled a a familiar website and clicked it open. Everything looked fine so I can confirm that typing worked, I could connect to the internet and the colors are shown correctly.
I returned to desktop and clicked the install ubuntu icon.
After selecting a language and deciding if I want to download updates as I install. My installation stopped in an unexpected error. Or so I thought. I left my computer running by itself on the “error screen” for about an hour and when I returned, to my surprise the installer had moved on to the next question. As an added note my 4gb drive doesn’t work anymore so I installed Ubuntu with default settings on the 16gb drive.
The rest of the installation went fine without any problems. The new Ubuntu version works great although the booting and shutting down (and it seems the “unity menu” takes a second or two to open) aren’t exatly fast anymore. Then again it might be because of the slower 16gb drive.