Manage and enjoy your Eee PC

Today we will present tips which will help you to use your Eee PC as you like. These tips are still valid regardless of your type, 1000 through 900 and 901. Here you will find tips to customize the interface of the Eee PC running Linux, how to install additional programs in Xandros, the keys to your Windows XP in small machine, those to increase (slightly) the operating frequency of the processor.

Edit your Xandros Eee PC
There is a simple way to increase considerably and very simply the number of applications on your Xandros interface. In fact, if you simultaneously press the keys CRTL + ALT + T for a session with the interface Asus will open a console that can potentially allow you to do almost anything you want. The first experience of this new freedom is to use the Tweakeee. After downloading Tweakeee copy it to your directory, right-click on the file and choose the "Install DEB file". Then open the famous console and enter the command tweakeee. There you should see some error messages. Enter the command this time fix_tweakeee (and tweak password) to make any in the order easily. Finally, enter the command again tweakeee.
Another big advantage of this small utility that lets you avoid many order lines, the "Software". A very interesting VLC is highlighted and its installation is a breeze. Likewise for The Gimp or Mplayer, which lack the initial installation. In terms of software that can be installed on your Linux distribution, you can also, via Tweakeee, add other than these default Xandros.


Backup, installation and relocation 
We will see in detail how to install Windows XP on the Eee PC. Why not Vista? The last Microsoft OS is probably a bit too heavy to operate on an Eee PC, but why not … It is also possible to install other Linux distributions, and even Mac OS X Tiger and more specifically, Leopard is also too greedy for the NETBOOK Asus. However, how to install Tiger on the Eee PC is a bit more complex and, above all, it is prohibited by Apple!

How to install these operating systems? With a CD (or DVD) connect external Eee PC by USB, since it can boot from a device connected as well. Yes, but then, few people have such equipment and its purchase can be costly. What are the alternatives? There are two. First, most of you hackers can turn to an IDE adapter / USB (or S-ATA/USB) to connect a CD (DVD) to their internal NETBOOK. While the connection is a little cumbersome, you get a kit to do everything that you will probably be useful at other times, at least if you are a faithful of this kind of installation a bit exotic . Moreover, this solution has the advantage of running whatever OS you want to install.

The second solution is somewhat more restrictive but equally effective, is to install an operating system from a USB flash drive or a memory card. For Linux, this does not pose a concern that some distributions are planned for the same (we advise you in this regard one of the four versions, each tailored to the Eee PC: eeeXubuntu, DebianEeePC, Eeedora or Arch Linux). For Windows, the task is somewhat more complex, but is done without too much difficulty and is perfectly legal. 

Save your Eee PC
Apart from the facilities or relocation, there is another operation on the disc of the Eee PC to be taken into account, that of the backup. The method that we will provide here works regardless of the operating system installed on your Eee PC and will require two supports, one being that of the Linux system that will help us make the backup, the other being the support storage image of your future.

The first step is first to create a USB stick with a Linux distribution. Whatever your choice, suitable for all the work we do here. To create the key, you can just download a Linux Live CD, to decompress and copy the files to the root of your key previously formatted. Note that if you have a key large enough capacity and you know the correct partition, key Linux can also be a key backup.

Then start your Eee PC to the key: the system starts. Connect the removable device intended for your backup. Open the file explorer and go (for Mandriva, for example) in / mnt. You should find here all the supports that are connected to your Eee PC: Linux disk, or those of the Eee PC and the drive for backup. Locate the names of these different media.

Open a console and type, as desired, the following commands:

cat / dev / sda> / mnt / sdb / or 1.imgdd if = / dev / sda of = / mnt / sdb / 1.img

This may take some minutes, but assure you a certified copy of your disk. The reverse operation (restoration) is also possible using a method very similar:

cat / mnt / sdb / 1.img> / dev / sda or dd if = / mnt / sdb / 1.img of = / dev / sda


Lighten Windows XP
The aim is clear: Reduce the system to make it both more palatable and less bulky. For this you can use a program like XPlite. Run the software and go to the "Add / Remove Components." Here you can uncheck a number of cases (not all are accessible with the free version) to lighten up your system.

  • Uncheck the "Accessibility" as a whole;
  • For accessories, only the calculator, notepad, WordPad and Paint;
  • Remove all the games and uncheck the "Internet Information Services";
  • In multimedia, you can probably do without Windows Movie Maker;
  • In "Operating System Options", uncheck Windows Search Assistant Tour;
  • In "Server components" and then "Indexing Service Language Resources", can keep the English.

Remember finally validate your choice by clicking the "Next" on the right of the window or else you will need to repeat this procedure to be zero. Now to the "Windows File Protection. There, check "Disabled" in Windows File Protection and decrease the maximum cache size to 1%, then apply the changes. Finally in the "Shrink", uncheck the "Delete to Recycle Bin" at the bottom right of the window and then click Delete.

eee pc XPlite

In order to further accelerate the operation of Windows, you can also turn off the index by making a right-click on your local disk C: and selecting Properties. Here, at the bottom of the window, uncheck the authorization for indexing and apply the change to all folders and subfolders on your hard disk.

You can also prevent the NTFS file system to store the last date of access to files on your disk, which will accelerate the access to these files. However, research will be longer. To do this, you will have to edit the famous system registry by typing regedit in the Run command from the Start menu. Find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Control FileSystem and right-click in the area of the keys to bring up the menu. Here, add a new DWORD type entry whose name is "NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate" and set its value to 1.


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