You may find what you need below, but NO GUARANTEES of any sort.
Also, generic Mandriva 2008.1 installation instructions can be found here.
The following is a step-by-step guide to installing Mandriva 2008.1 on the eeePC. The writers have tried to make this guide as complete and simple as possible, so that anyone can achieve a successful install in a minimum amount of time. But note that Mandriva 2008.1 is not for absolute noobs, who are better served by the pre-installed Xandros Linux distribution. For those who feel limited by Xandros or would like to try a different full-fledged Linux distribution, Mandriva 2008.1 is an excellent choice.
Before you begin installing Mandriva 2008.1, enter the BIOS Setup screen (press F2 after powering on the eeePC) and enable all the devices (Advanced tab, Onboard Device Configuration screen). Failure to do so will result in unpredictable behavior of the Mandriva installer!
Also don't touch the “OS Installation” option (it should say “Finished”).
Mandriva 2008.1 will run fine on any eeePC model, from the 2G to the 900. However, it might be a tight fit on the 2G SSD, so 2G owners might prefer to install on a 4GB or larger USB key or SDHC card.
Minimum requirements for installing Mandriva 2008.1 to your eeePC are a small USB key or SD card and an Ethernet internet connection. That's all!
There are many possible installation methods for Mandriva 2008.1, depending on the hardware available to you for install. A large USB key (8GB or larger), or an external USB hard disk or USB CD/DVD drive will make things a lot easier.
A Mandriva 2008.1 install on the eeePC can take anything from one hour to 10 hours or more, depending on the installation method chosen and the media where one is going to install to. An FTP install to the internal SSD with a very fast internet connection to a not-too-busy Mandriva mirror will take about an hour, 50 minutes of which will be spent downloading and installing packages to the eeePC unattended.
Described below are three foolproof installation methods:
You can choose to install to the internal SSD on the eeePC, or on an extra 4GB (minimum) USB key, SDHC card or even an external USB hard disk. If you choose to install to the internal SSD, then the requirements above stand. If you are installing to an extra 4GB (minimum) USB key, SDHC card or external USB hard disk, you'll need to add these to the requirements above.
From this point on, we'll distinguish the “install media” (the media you are using for the install) and the “Mandriva media” (the media where you are installing to).
For example, if you decide to install Mandriva on a 4GB USB key, and you have decided on the FTP install method, you'll need two USB keys: one will be a small USB key (minimum 32MB) or SD card which we'll call the “install USB key” or “install SD card”, and the other will be the USB key that will hold our Mandriva 2008.1 distribution once installed, the “Mandriva USB key” (remember, 4GB minimum).
Above are a few examples of install media (the small 128MB USB key is fine for that usage) and Mandriva media (the 4GB SD card and the 8GB Corsair Voyager USB key) - the Steinbeck book is just a very good book to read while your eeePC installs Mandriva 2008.1. :)
IMPORTANT: the Mandriva installer will partition and format the Mandriva media with the filesystem of your choice (either ext3fs or reiserfs are recommended), with a nice graphical interface so you can see what's happening. You don't need to worry about partitioning the Mandriva media before you begin the installation.
You can usually create the install media on the eeePC itself (running Xandros) or on a desktop PC (running any OS). Described below is the simplest method to create each install media, for the three different install methods. Feel free to modify the instructions below to suit your particular hardware and tastes.
Before you get started, check your Ethernet connection to the internet, as the FTP install method relies on a connection to a Mandriva archive mirror to download the software packages that will be installed to the eeePC.
The FTP install method requires a USB key or SD card of any size as the install media. You'll download the installer image file and write it to the USB key or SD card, then boot from it. The whole procedure to create the FTP install media takes less than 5 minutes.
dd if=all.img of=/dev/sdx
where x is the device letter assigned to your USB key or SD card by the Linux kernel, usually c or d (e.g. sdc or sdd). Do not include the partition number after the drive letter! You can check the drive letter assigned to the USB key or SD card using the dmesg command, the last few lines of its output should show the USB key or SD card being detected and the device letter assigned to it.
That's all! You should now have a bootable USB key or SD card. So test it: insert the USB key or SD card, turn on your eeePC, press the ESC key to choose boot media and choose your newly created install media. If everything goes well you should see the Mandriva installer running after a few seconds. When asked, choose the FTP install method and continue with the installation procedure below.
The Hard Disk install method requires an 8GB or larger USB key, SDHC card or USB hard disk; an extra small USB key will make things a lot simpler. The basic idea is to get the installer on the small USB key as described in the preceding section, and download the iso image for the Mandriva Free DVD to the large USB key, SDHC card or USB hard disk. Other iso image files (in particular those for the KDE One or Gnome One CDs) are not supported so don't ask!
Then boot from the small USB key and when asked, choose the hard disk install method; next point the installer to the Mandriva Free DVD iso file on the install media and you are set.
In other words:
The CD/DVD install method requires an external USB CD or DVD drive. May not work with LG external DVD drives.
Right, so you have prepared the install media following the instructions above, and by pressing the <ESC> key after turning on your eeePC, you have booted from it. The Linux kernel on the install media will load and after a few seconds you should be presented with the Mandriva 2008.1 Installer on the eeePC screen.
From this point on you are running the traditional, user-friendly, multi-language Mandriva Installer. Follow the normal installation steps, there is nothing eeePC-specific. Take your time to read carefully through all the options.
Screenshots will be added in time, but for now be advised of a few things to change from the default installer options:
READ this note if you are using the Hard disk Install method
There seems to be a bug in the Mandriva Installer that misidentifies the install media (the one that holds the Mandriva Free DVD iso image file). So when you are offered a choice between the various drives identified by the kernel, the correct one is not the one that has the right name! For example:
OK, you have installed Mandriva 2008.1 and rebooted your eeePC successfully into Mandriva 2008.1 The following are some post-install steps required to get a smooth Mandriva 2008.1 eeePC “eXPerience”. Ha! :)
Go to the Mandriva Control Center>Software>Software sources and follow the prompt to set up a full set (Free and Non-Free) of online sources. If you installed using the Hard Disk Install or CD/DVD Install methods, you'll want to remove the original install media from the list of available sources.
Now if you are living in a country where software patents do not apply, then using Firefox or Konqueror go to [url]http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/[/url] and press the button to add PLF sources.
That will automatically set up repositories for PLF. The Penguin Liberation Front provide packages Mandriva cannot distribute because they may violate patents in some countries.
Now using your software install GUI in MandrivaControlCentre>Software>SoftwareInstall/Remove, you can install packages from any of the defined sources. Some packages will appear twice. Once from a Mandriva repository, and once from a PLF repository. Choose the PLF version if you want the extended features.
Check that the blue LED (WiFi) is on.
Go to the Mandriva Control Center>Network>Add Network Interface GUI and follow the prompt to set up the wireless connection (obviously you will still need to be Ethernet connected to the internet at that point). Choose the madwifi driver (the ndiswrapper option would force you to install the XP wireless drivers) and when prompted, enter the appropriate parameters for your WiFi connection.
To do this edit /etc/fstab and add the following lines at the end:
tmpfs /tmp tmpfs noatime 0 0 tmpfs /var/log tmpfs noatime 0 0 tmpfs /var/tmp tmpfs noatime 0 0
Note that any files written to these directories will be erased on reboot (but are kept during suspend/resume). Also check that your fstab file has your SSD or SDHC partitions mounted with the 'noatime' option. For example:
# Entry for /dev/sdc5 : UUID=0c0701d1-5dc3-4c9e-982d-53ee393f1fb8 / ext3 noatime 1 1
If you are using a reiserfs partition, the options are slightly different:
# Entry for /dev/sdc5 : UUID=0c0701d1-5dc3-4c9e-982d-53ee393f1fb8 / reiserfs noatime,nodiratime,notail 1 1
(Check the FAQ here)
You want to get the best possible performance while maximizing battery time.
RealPlayer 10 installed out of the box will segfault but there is an easy fix to get that to work. edit /usr/bin/replay and add the following lines
export GTK_MODULES= export GTK_IM_MODULES=
Those to lines also need to be added to hxplay
To get RealPlayer 11 to work add the following lines
export GTK_MODULES= export GTK_IM_MODULE=xim LANGUAGE=en_US.UTF-8 export LANGUAGE=en_US.UTF-8
Also go to Tools, Preferences…, Hardware and change the hardware from ALSA to OSS