Trying a different operating system- advice needed

Discussion in 'Acer Aspire One' started by derek, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. derek


    Mar 31, 2009
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    Hi there,
    Newbie here on this subject. Have the Acer aa1 runing Linux lite.
    Interested in trying out a different operating system- like the latest Ubuntu Karma etc.
    I have no experience of the basics of switching, would like if all else fails to go back to the manufacturers settings- well it does work and gives me Internet and email which is what i need it for.
    Can anyone refer me to any other topics on this website or other sites that take the novice through this.
    Thanks in advance.
    derek, Nov 16, 2009
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  2. derek


    Sep 1, 2008
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    first do this.. you'll need an 8 gig thumb drive I presume you're using the linpus ssd version by the way!
    Then You'll need to make a bootable thumb drive or "live usb" . I use Unetbootin for this, and you can get a windoze version (easier) :shock:

    Run unetbootin, select your drive type and thumbdrive letter and browse to the iso file you have downloaded by clicking on the square icon next to the "disk image" field. This field will show the path to, and the file selected.
    Hit Ok and the write process will begin. There's generally a long pause 8 or 16 files in just be patient. Once its finished turn off your aa1 insert the usb and when the Acer splash screen comes up, hit f12. This brings up the boot list, the boot from usb is generally the second option, just use arrow down and enter, then follow instructions from there. Unetbootin works for iso files but you may also encounter img (image) files. You can find image writers without too much trouble.
    Most OS's need tweaking a little so look around, much has been covered on these forums. A search both here and on the rest of the net on the term "live usb" will yield lots. PM me if necessary.
    useful bits here...
    Darryl, Nov 22, 2009
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