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HowTo setup dualboot Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows 7 Pro on an Asus EeePC 1000H Netbook

This post originally started as a few screendumps and notes, just in case you wanted to try the same. In case you have questions, please let me know: ubuntu.at.nerdette.dot.org and I’ll answer your questions by updating this blog!

What I have used:

The software:

* downloaded Ubuntu Netbook Remix
and burned it onto a CD

* Got Windows 7 Professional on DVD (sorry, they took TPB offline ;)

* Got the ASUS Eee PC 1000H/XP BIOS 2204
and put that on an empty, FAT formatted USB stick.
direct link to 1000H-ASUS-2204.zip

* Asus / Windows 7 compatible software:
Download the latest versions from this URL from Asus

The hardware:

Netbook, ASUS 1000H and it’s powersupply

with
* partition 1, 80GB (“C:\”) with the WinXP OEM version installed on it. This is going to be wiped out.
* partition 2, 61,2GB (“D:\”) with “freebie space”, to be used for Ubuntu
* partition 3, 7,8GB (hidden) containing the WinXP OEM when it all goes wrong.
* partition 4, 39,4MB (hidden) containing the tools to re-install the standard WinXP OEM on the Netbook

external DVD player

with preferably external powersupply
Mine (LiteON) uses a USB cable with two plugs, but only seems to work well with bootable CDs/DVDs when attached to a netbook who is also using external power.

FAT formatted USB stick

* For Windows users: insert stick, right click on the newly added drive, select “format” and select “FAT”, nothing else to format it.
Please do note that all data is erased when you format it ;)

* For Linux users: I trust your knowledge :)

I have used an old mp3player which serves as a USBstick as well. Works fine for me.

What I’ve done:

1) Backups
First of all, backups, backups and another backup of the backup, just to be sure. You can use your own preferred application, I used Acronis and rsync.

2) Update the EeePC 1000H BIOS
* unpacked the file 1000H-ASUS-2204.ZIP file
* put the 1000H-ASUS-2204.ROM file on the emptied, FAT formatted USB stick
* renamed the file from 1000H-ASUS-2204.ROM to 1000H.ROM
* shutdown the netbook
* removed all cabling exept for powercable
* insert the USB stick
* start the netbook
* hit “Alt F2” until text appears:
BIOS update ASUS 1000H

As you can read:
* Do not insert any disk into CDrom/Floppy drive
* KEEP the powersupply attached
* do NOT touch the system while performing the BIOS upgrade

(Tell me if I am not the only one sitting here at this point with sweaty hands… seen systems die at this point :/ )

It will tell so when it is ready, you can then hit the powerbutton to reset your netbook, remove the USB stick as well.

3) Install Windows7
(yes, you will have to do this one first)

Funny enough I hadn’t found out yet about the power which the external DVD player needs, so I had installed it from within the existing, booted WinXP. Just inserting the disk and go for the 2nd option, install from scratch.

I have let W7 do it’s thing on the first partition, hd0 or sda1 as I assumed it would eat a lot of space (yeah, I was right, 25GB!! :( )

Answered the default questions, used the german layout (got a german kezboard anzwaz) and hit “go” and it did it’s thing overnight.
Back in the morning I only had to set the time (which it got wrong after that again, but hey) and loginname, and that was it. It booted.

4) Install Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

Insert ubuntu CD in the DVDplayer, make sure you connect the USB cables, reboot Windows and go!

You *do* want to create your own partitioning though:

partitioning

I have deleted /dev/sda2 and then recreated it with the following:
* /dev/sda5 : swap : 1GB (I might need to increase that later, just in case it is not sufficient for FireFox ;)
* /dev/sda6 : root (/) : 9,2GB ext4 for the root filesystem, homedir as well as I do not want to put everything local
* /dev/sda7 : /share : rest (46GB) ext4 for .. the rest of temp downloads, dumps and other stuff I need to do local.

I might change the latter one into a for W7 readable part, like FAT32 or NTFS, as I am not sure how quick W7 swallows my diskspace of 56GB…

After the installation is complete, a quick screendump of Ubuntu asking you to take the disk out and then hit [enter].

reboot

And that’s it. It works

So here is what GNU GRUB and Ubuntu did for you:

grub

Ubuntu will use GRUB to create a nice menu for you, so you can choose what OS you want to boot. If you would have done it the other way around, Windows would have overwritten this bit and ignored all other things on the Netbook.

So yes, I now have freedom in choice again:

ubuntu login

or

windows7 login

And now, it’s time for finetuning Ubuntu and Securing Windows7 :)

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