eee PC problems and recovery using memory stick

When my ASUS eee PC was stuck in the endless boot loop (failure to boot) I managed to use the memory stick formatting method to recover the system, though this scrubbed all my files and restored the computer to original state.  

NOTE:  You may be able to access the system restore by hitting F9.   Jab at it constantly after rebooting or you are likely to miss the window of opportunity.  

If this fails the general USB method of eee PC recovery for Linux systems went like this for me:

FORMATTING memory stick:
Put the eeePC recovery CD in a separate computer.
Plug in a USB stick
Bring up the eee PC disk and click “Utilities”
Select ASUS Unix Flash Utility
Select “Format”    You’ll be prompted to pull and reinsert the memory stick.
Select “retry” after reinserting the memory stick.

Put the USB stick in the eee PC
Now you’ll need to start the eeePC and hit F2 a lot.   It may take a few attempts but eventually you’ll bring up the bios settings.  
Change the “boot” setting to use the USB stick.    I also wound up selecting and then disabling the hard disk before this worked, which took several attempts.



ASUS, eee PC, and cheap computing: Watch this company!

I’m very impressed with my eee PC so far and it appears ASUS has a lot more cleverness in store including a 200 desktop and a larger ultra mobile computer in May.     This is an interesting play in that they are breaking ground in two computing areas that may have a lot of potential:  mobile internet computers for business and personal use and cheap desktops to capture the market of the millions who have one computer and want more or don’t have one at all.    The brilliancy here is that ASUS has set the price points so low that they are really no barrier to purchase.     Other UMPCs have been so expensive that the viability of buying one for the x/365 number of days a businessperson needs one was very limited, but at $300 for the cheapest eee PC  most traveling onliners can hardly afford to be without one until perhaps mobile phone technology creates usable keyboards and comfortably viewable screens. 

I recently wrote an analysis of the Airbook, suggesting it would have limited appeal.    Technically it is not a UMPC but it’s close, and I was also skeptical of much growth in the UMPC market.   However, as prices plummet things could change considerably as even school kids may start to sprout eee PCs as an alternative to tiny mobile phone surfing and higher priced, heavier, and clunkier laptops.   

ASUS appears to be a privately held Taiwan company, so … no stock available on public exchanges.

PCs – Cheap is the new Expensive

Maybe it is too early to tell, but it sure seems like the low end PC market is taking over, and maybe that is a good thing.

I´m typing this on my new and impressive eee PC, which for $399 offers me everything I need except a robust keyboard, but I am even getting used to this one.   At 2 pounds this is the ticket for a good traveling device.

Here is another cheap miniPC, though this is more computer but no screen or keyboard:

Eee PC Review

Here´s my first blog post using the new Eee PC from ASUS.   My first impressions:

Excellent, easy setup with little configuration.   Navigation UI for the Linux is excellent.

Smaller than I had expected and seems like a feather compared to my 8 pound Dell.

Keyboard is very tiny.   Hard to type and easy to hit wr0ng keys.

Connectivity excellent

 Phew…back on a real keyboard now.   The Eee PC really shines as a good surfing tool with a bright 7″ screen that should be fine for most tasks including mail, but the tiny keyboard concerns me.  Still, much better than having to lug a big laptop all over the place in China and small enough that I can carry it with me everywhere.    After too much time looking at the similarly named options I chose the ASUS Eee PC 4G at $399.   The basic model is $299 with 2G of the flash memory, but mine has 4G memory (there is no hard drive or disk drive on these!).  Also a camera and what appears to be longer battery life – 3.5 vs 2.8 hours for the “surf” models.

Before you buy review the chart at ASUS which covers the different models.  This is the current chart but I’m sure this will change, especially because the larger model should be out soon.   Unless the keyboard is larger – in which case that is probably the one to get  – I’d think that the larger model would not necessarily be a better idea since it will be heavier.  


Model Name Eee PC 8G Eee PC 4G Eee PC 4G Surf Eee PC 2G Surf
Display 7″ 7″ 7″ 7″
Intel CPU & Chipset
Operating System Linux
Windows XP compatible
Windows XP compatible
Windows XP compatible
Windows XP compatible
Color Pure white/ Galaxy black Pure white/Blush pink/Sky blue/Lush green/Galaxy black Pure white/Blush pink/Sky blue/Lush green/Galaxy black Pure white/Blush pink/Sky blue/Lush green/Galaxy black
Ethernet Communication
Memory 1G (DDR2) 512 MB (DDR2) 512 MB (DDR2) 512 MB (DDR2)
S.S.D. Storage (Solid-State Disk) 8G 4G 4G 2G  
Audio Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Battery 4 Cells, 2.8~3.5hrs* 4 Cells, 2.8~3.5hrs* 4 Cells, 2.8hrs* 4 Cells, 2.8hrs*
Weight 0.92 kg 0.92 kg 0.92 kg 0.92 kg