By default, Linux Mint uses the GNOME desktop environment which is alittle slow on the 701 eee laptop. There are various community editions of Linux Mint. One of them uses the LXDE desktop environment.
Grab Linux Mint LXDE from
http://www.linuxmint.com/ → MINT #? LXDE
As of 5/20/11, the latest version of Linux Mint LXDE is version 10. If you need to use an USB stick (because you have no external burner), use unetbootin at
Follow their instructions and ask them if you need help.
If needed, change the boot order so that your liveCD, liveDVD, or liveUSB will boot before the hard drive. This is done by entering the BIOS, i.e., from a cold start, click F2 when you see the ASUS screen. Use the arrow keys to navigate.
After you live boot, make sure everything works before installing. Tip: If you need to move a window but cannot drag the top, click the cursor on the screen, then press ALT + move cursor
Double-click the Install Linux Mint icon
Choose your language → Forward
A window will pop up for best results. You choose - you can install with the internet on or off. If on, the installation will add language packs, etc.
Erase and use the entire disk → Forward
Choose your disk partition(s). Easiest is to use entire disk space. The 701 eee do not have much space, but later models have more. Your choice if you want dual boot (and you are on your own).
Allocate drive space → Install Now
Click the map (where you are) to set the time zone → Forward
Choose the keyboard → Forward
Enter your name, username, and password twice. Change the name of your computer if you want. Then → Forward
Wait awhile (grab a drink or whatever). When install is finished, choose Restart Now.
Take the liveCD, liveDVD, or liveUSB out when prompted (do not preempt - better for the computer to shut down naturally), then press “enter”. In a little while you can log in. Enjoy!
p.s. These directions are similar for other editions of Linux Mint (and you are on your own).
p.s.s. These directions are similiar for other machines.