Linux question for Eee PC 900A with 4 GB HD
I have the compact Asus EEE PC 900A notebook with a 4 GB hard drive and 1 GB of ram. The OS originally came with Xandros Linux. Awhile ago I replaced it with Easy Peasy (formerly known as Ubuntu Eee ).
Why Easy Peasy? Everything worked from the start, wifi, audio, MP3's, YouTube videos...etc. Better repositories than Xandros, better looking than Xandros and the OS was easily installed from a thumb drive and of course it was free. The wifi still works, everything still works. But I have these issues to resolve.
I have the Prolific Serial to USB Adapter, the OS is supposed to recognize it because the prolific site says that "Linux Kernel 2.4.31 and above already includes built-in drivers for PL-2303"
The Linux kernel 2.4.31 was released in 2009 and should have been in Easy Peasy from 2012. Maybe it needs to accessed in a certain way?
So why mess around with a distribution from 2012 and just upgrade "Easy Peasy" to the latest release and be done with it? I can't, Easy Peasy was last updated 2012.
What Linux terminal program could I use that would be similar to hyper terminal?
Even if was able to use the prolific Serial to USB adapter and find a suitable terminal program. That would not solve the biggest issue.
The Eee PC insists of checking the hard drive every time I power it on
. While that would seem to be no big deal, it can't be overridden
. It says Pressing C will override the disk checking. It doesn't override it. It takes 15 to 20 minutes
to finish disk checking. This is unacceptable
as this would make the Eee PC unfit for using it for portable ecomm setup
which is a shame as it is real compact netbook and can run directly on 12 volts.
Now if I could just fix three issues, the 20 minute "check the drive" and bypass that, fix the prolific driver issue and use a decent terminal program. I won't mess with it further and I'll just be happy to relegate the Eee PC for portable packet and be done with it.
Another thing is the 4 GB hard Drive limitation, I can't put more on that. An 8 GB memory card that I added to the machine did not give the machine an extra 8 GB. Seems you can't use, (I least I can't use) the memory card to give it more HD space. Seems the memory card is good for adding an extra drive for songs or videos. I can't seem to get the memory card to work together with the 4 GB HD to give it a combination 12 GB HD. I tried to format the 8GB memory card the same as teh 4 GB hard drive. I can't get them unified or work together as one big HD...not sure if it is even possible.
I tried to add some ham programs to it from the repositories and it failed. I assumed this happened for one of two reasons, either it is looking to older repositories for the programs or I have run out of disc space.
I know the solution would be to just update Easy Peasy and be done with it. I wish it was that simple. The last update for Easy Peasy was March 15 2012. http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=easypeasy
Summary: If I could fix the three main issues, that would be great. If I can't, then I could always wipe Easy Peasy and install something else that is similar.
So if I have to, I am looking for recommendations on what to replace Easy Peasy with. I want to run a terminal program like hyper terminal, use the serial to usb adapter. No long disk checking sessions.
While I was content with Easy Peasy with being able to run videos, MP3s and basic internet things. I now want to use it to run primarily ham radio programs for ecomm use. Maybe use it with the Signalink and/or Rig Blaster in addition to above. Keep in mind I am stuck with a 4 GB Hard drive unless I can somehow make the OS see the 8 GB memory card as a extended hard drive.
Someone suggested getting an XP notebook, yes that would solve the problem as I would have hyper terminal, I should be able to use the prolific serial to usb, and also run Signalink and other devices and programs. I would rather not go that route if I can use the Eee PC 900A instead.
Thanks in Advance