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I was asked if I could put together a step-by-step checklist on how I installed Ubuntu Netbook remix on my Acer One 751h. That checklist follows.  It might be helpful to have a second computer nearby in order to search online, read instructions, etc. while your netbook is “under the knife”. Please refer to my earlier entry for links to the programs and documentation I used.  You don’t want to just do this blindly, as there are a few places you could make mistakes that would render your netbook worthless.

Goal: Install Ubuntu Linux (9.10 Karmic Koala) Netbook Remix to dual-boot with Windows Vista, while not losing the original Windows Vista install.

Supplies:

  1. Acer One 751h.  I purchased mine at WalMart in September 2009, with 2GB Ram, preinstalled w/ Windows Vista Home Basic.
  2. Two blank FAT32-formatted USB thumb drives.  I used one w/ 512MB capacity for Parted Magic, and a 4GB drive for Ubuntu.
  3. External USB HDD to store the backed up hard drive images. I used a 500GB Maxtor OneTouch.

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My wife and I bought an Acer Aspire One 751h netbook a while back. Our plan was to use it for web surfing while watching TV, email while traveling, and maybe to play some lightweight computer card games. The machine came with 2GB of RAM and a large-ish screen (for a netbook), preinstalled with Windows Vista. I had read some good things on the net regarding Windows 7 and netbooks, so I figured we’d get this one and the free upgrade to Windows 7 as soon as it came out… well, not so fast. Our netbook came with Windows Vista Home Basic, which didn’t entitle us to the free upgrade. To be honest, Vista has been pretty sluggish on this machine, and I’ve always been a bit of a geek about running Linux, so I thought that I’d try it out on my netbook.  Getting my system backed up, repartitioned, and then installing Linux wasn’t the smoothest process in the world, so I’ve recorded my story here in case it could help anyone else out.

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