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If only there was some way to run Canon's 40D remote control software on the Eee PC, you could be sorted! (short of installing XP of course)


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Having gone back to the default Xandros install there are some things I want to sort out. The main one is to be able to use my Windows mobile 6 phone as a USB modem. I can do that if I install XP but can't work out how to do it under Xandros. I'm a complete Linux newbie so am feeling out of my depth. I have found some instructions on how to do it in Ubuntu so I'm currently installing Ubuntu to a USB flash drive to see how that works out. My plan with that would be to use Xandros normally but when I need to use the mobile I boot using the flash drive.

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I didn't get very far with installing Ubuntu to a USB key so I have put that idea on hold.I've been setting up my EEE. So far I've done the following:

1. Installed Skype 2.0 beta
2. Installed eeecamtray so I can switch on the webcam
3. Enabled full desktop mode
4. Set up Thunderbird to access my Exchange server
5. Enabled horizontal scrolling in Firefox

I want to sort out the font used by the Firefox interface because it's very chunky. I also want to install The Gimp and ufraw, Once I've done that I'm going to try getting the phone working in Xandros.

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I've sorted out the fonts. I can't get The Gimp installed at the moment. I have installed Picassa though.

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Hi Phil, to install GIMP, just fire-up Synaptic, add some Xandros repositories, then select GIMP from the list and install it from there... give me a shout if you need more help with this.


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Hi Phil, to install GIMP, just fire-up Synaptic, add some Xandros repositories, then select GIMP from the list and install it from there... give me a shout if you need more help with this.

And they try to tell us that Linux is ready for prime time! :evil:

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P.S. According to this PC Pro article the 1GB RAM, 8GB SSHDD version of the Eee PC has now been officially announced, but still with the 7" screen.

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I admit as a Linux newbie, it also confused me, but I've got to grips with some aspects. Installing apps via Synaptic is actually a nice way about doing things.


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Part of the fun of this device is tweaking so I'm going to give XP another try, this time using nLite and these instructions to strip it down to the bare bones. I'll report back on how I get on.

To help compare Xandros and XP I'll post some timings:

Xandros: 67 seconds to live wifi connection at work including typing in password (~20s faster at home)

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Hi Phil,

According to PC Pro the XP SP3 beta may increase the speed of the OS by up to 10% which might be a useful gain for the Eee PC.

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I'm going to try with SP2 first. If worst comes to worst I can restore back to the default OS using the recovery system.

Edit: I've used nLite to strip down XP a lot. I also slipstreamed in a package of Windows updates and Firefox, Skype and AVG Free Edition. I had some issues with the sound card not being detected. I had to manually update the device drivers in Device Manager. I was also unable to restore my backed up XP activation files so had to activate XP again to use Windows Update. I ran Windows Update and only included the bare essential updates. I missed out IE7 and all versions of .Net for example.

Having done all this I can safely say that XP is a lot faster to start up and is a lot smaller. My Windows folder was 447Mb prior to running Windows Update and is now 540Mb. The system now takes 53 seconds to boot to desktop with a live wifi connection. I'm a happy camper now and will definitely be sticking with XP.

Edit 2: On investigation it appears I've stripped out some of the components used by the Windows firewall. I've just installed PC Tools Firewall Plus which appears to be a lightweight firewall. Startup time is now 63 seconds.

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Hey Phil, this is a rollercoaster ride! I wonder if you'll really stick with XP on your Eee long-term... that sounds a bit slow on the Xandros startup though - mine powers-up from cold and logs into Wifi in about 30 seconds... and the Wifi has WPA and a hidden SSID...

Keep us updated!


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My wifi has WPA and is hidden too. At the moment I can't see myself going back to Xandros. The EEE feels so much better running XP. Startup doesn't feel very much slower, I think as long as it is less than 1 minute that is all that matters. XP looks better too. The graphics and trackpad drivers are much better developed and I can connect to the net using my phone. This makes it a highly portable mobile internet solution.

Now where did I put my Lightroom disk..... ;)

Edit: I just timed how long it took to get to this thread in Firefox from a cold start. It took 97 seconds which is pretty fast for an XP PC in my experience. I could have been a few seconds faster if i had typed my password in faster and not missed the link for Cameralabs. Anyway, that's the end of my testing. I'm going to use the EEE PC now.

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I've upgraded to IE7 and installed this tweak that reproduces the ability to move a windows by holding the Alt key, essential on a tiny screen. I'm just about to install Opera 9.50b to try that out. I like the idea of its zoom to fit option.

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Hi Gordon,

Now that Phil is up and running maybe you should think of upgrading your own Eee PC with a bigger SSD HDD? :twisted:

Any idea whether the STEC MACH8 Solid State Drive will be compatible? With up to 64GB in a 1.8" form-factor the external USB hard drive might not be needed. Not sure what they'll cost though, even allowing for the saving in not needing the external drive.

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The SSD inside the EEE is a PCI Express module.

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