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Modern art! - helen-louise
Modern art!
The EeePC is still broken. I bought a set of screwdrivers for the princely sum of $5.99 in a Radio Shack a few blocks down from the hotel, and opened the memory holder. Everything was intact. Just to be sure, I took the board out and put it back in, and no difference. It seems fairly apparent that the flash has been wiped :/ This means that I am, in fact, carrying a brick around with me.

It's possible that we can restore the factory settings using the recovery disc that came with the machine and an external CD drive (it doesn't have ANY internal drives), but that will require going home. It's also possible that if someone can bring a USB hard drive to alt.polycon with any sensible OS on (the EeePC comes with Xandros, but will boot any unix-type OS or Windows XP), that I'd be able to use it there. This is not, however, guaranteed 100%, and I'd hate for someone to feel obliged to bring a hard drive in their valuable luggage space. Generally, it is Teh Sux.

So this is just a placeholding entry as written on the expensive hotel internet to remind me when I write this up later (or in case I never do):

  • Hooting keeps my mother awake
  • The Quest for Glucosamine
  • Candle Cafe - omg, the portions!
  • Central Park & NYPD
  • Guggenheim Museum - WOLFIES!
  • Meeting rosefox & sinboy
  • Babycakes - vegan bakery!
  • Yummy Italian food
  • Christopher Street & Stonewall memorial
  • Times Square - Rock Band adverts! Hard Rock Cafe!
  • Bed about 2 hours later than it should have been.

That may, in fact, be enough information for you to know what we did :)

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Current Mood: tired a bit tired
Current Music: Musak in the hotel lobby

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From: pir Date: 31st January 2008 17:05 (UTC) (Link)
You can restore the EeePC by running a program from the DVD on a windows box to reformat a USB key (or an SD card), then boot the EeePC from the USB key/SD card.

If you have the recovery DVD, someone there has a windows laptop and you have or can scrounge a USB key, that'd be one way. I don't know if the image on the USB key is particularly special.

In NYC I might be able to persuade someone from work to give you a hand... If there are no EeePC users I know in NYC I might be able to create the image, take it off to a file, send it to someone in NYC and get it put back on an SD card.

How much does it matter to you?
From: pir Date: 31st January 2008 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
How much linux-foo do you have? It might just be that the user partition is screwed up.

There are instructions here on setting up a rescue boot option.

The basic thing to test would be to see if you hit F9 repeatedly when it starts up, if you get the grub menu and if you can try a restore from there.
From: the_ogre Date: 1st February 2008 04:47 (UTC) (Link)

I'll bring an external HD

I think I can load the DVD image on it.
From: the_ogre Date: 1st February 2008 05:11 (UTC) (Link)

Re: I'll bring an external HD

Arg. I'll bring it (it's tiny, so that's no biggie), but I can't get my Eee to boot from it.
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