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What Distro for Acer Aspire 32gb eMMC?

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  1. The IanCurtis

    The IanCurtis New Member

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    Hi all,


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    I'm a complete beginner here.
    I have an Acer Aspire One 1-431 2gb Ram Intel Celeron N3050 1.60Ghz with a 32gb eMMC flash drive.
    Is has Windows 10 as the OS which isn't working properly the issue is there isn't enough space on the drive to update Windows and I've deleted everything else off it.
    Is there a Linux Distro suitable for me?
    I don't mind getting rid of Windows altogether.
    All it's used for is browsing and a few small documents.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks Ian
     
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    Hi Guys

    I've tried Linux lite and Lubuntu. Both boot up fine the only issue is the mouse pointer isn't working on either.
    Is there something simple I'm missing or need to do?
    I would try other distros but there's no point if I'm missing something.

    Thanks all.
     
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    G'day Ian, is that on a Live USB situation or installed?

    That lappie of yours will have a trackpad style device. Does it work OK and do you use it or prefer (as I do) the mouse?

    An early guess at this point in time is that the trackpad could be interfering with the use of the mouse.

    I'll just swing over to LL for a minute and check something and then be back.

    Wiz
     
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    Back - Linux Lite has xinput. :)

    xinput is a Linux command that shows us our peripheral devices and we can enable/disable devices using it.

    Here's a screenshot of mine used from LL, and I've highlighted (on my Dell Inspiron) the touchpad entry.


    [​IMG]

    SCREENSHOT 1 - WIZ's xinput from Linux Lite 4.2

    If I were having problems with my touchpad, I can use xinput to temporarily disable it and check to see if that works, and if so, we can permanently disable it.

    Many of the Distros also have the facility to disable one while the other is in use.

    If you are in a Live scenario with either or both of Lubuntu and LL, you could likely do same to test.

    Let us know what you think and we will go further.

    Eminently sensible.

    Wizard
     
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    Hi Wiz

    Thanks for reply.
    Yes it's a live Usb.
    It was the touchpad which I couldn't get working but I tried a mouse I had and it works fine.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    The touchpad pointer isn't coming up in xinput at all.
    It's not that important if the mouse works anyway.
     
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    That's fine Ian :)

    Any further problems, sing out, there are a couple of files we can take a look at that may contain reference to the touchpad, and we can modify them if you are happy to.

    Cheers

    Wizard
     
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    OK I've a new issue.
    I tried Lubuntu on a live USB. Everything worked fine and was happy with it. So I installed it. Install seemed to go OK when finished it said good to restart or continue using live USB. I chose to restart. When I restarted the laptop I'm just getting a black screen with only thing visible is the mouse cursor. I tried to go back to live USB but still just getting black screen.
    ,??
     
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    Does that mean you powered down the machine again and rebooted, or other?

    Unfortunately, Linux does have the occasional Black Screen of Death issue, usually with a graphics card.

    Most common workaround for this, to get you going, is to try an environmental option called NOMODESET at startup.

    We need to get what is called a Grub Menu to appear, and that is invisible when you just run one Linux. If you dual boot with Windows, or have two or more Linux, it is there.

    I've used a Google search you might try -

    linux ubuntu install complete reboot black screen blinking cursor

    and if you perform that you will get the same as I. Haven't checked the 3 vids yet but will later. (over a beer :))

    "Solved" is always a good sign, so from that search page, check the one at

    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2365805 ... it's as recent as last year, it's about Lubuntu, and the rig is an Acer Aspire - might check all the boxes.


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    SUMMARISING


    Computer manufacturers often don't do us Linuxians (coined a new word, there, I think) any favours, by having different hot keys for different processes. To get the Grub Menu to appear, you need to boot the computer and immediately start holding down, or tapping, the Shift key. Some use Left Shift, some Right. if Shift does not work, try Esc or Space bar.

    When the Grub Menu appears, it will have a header at top, then two or three lines, and likely 3 to 4 options at Bottom of screen.

    The one you want is "e" to edit startup commands.

    Once in there, navigation is with your arrow keys. Put in the line that features "quiet splash" the extra option "nomodeset".

    Follow the instructions to reboot. If that takes you to the login screen, enter your password and proceed to the desktop.

    Once we get to the Desktop, we write those changes permanently and also make your Grub Menu visible at startup, it is useful.

    See how you go with that and I'll check back.

    Wiz
     
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    OK read through most of that and think I'm doing things right I can get into the grub menu. It's tap esc at boot.
    My 3 options there are

    Lubuntu 18.10 GNU/Linux
    Advanced options for Lubuntu 18.10 GNU/Linux
    System setup

    Which should I chose?
    quiet splash is in first 2.
    Where exactly should I include nomodeset?

    I've tried in both options but to no success still getting black screen.
     
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    See what I mean, about "they" don't do us many favours? :) Escape, cool.

    When Lubuntu 18.10 GNU/Linux is highlighted, at top, there should be at bottom of screen, those options I referred to. Could be C for command, E for edit, and an Escape to return to previous screen.

    Not sure what you mean by that, did you get as far as seeing "quiet splash"?

    So you would choose E for Edit, arrow down to the line including "quiet splash" and simply add "nomodeset" but within the quotes.

    So it will look like "quiet splash nomodeset". After that it is F10 I think to boot into the Distro. See how that goes.

    Wizard
     
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    Thanks for reply.


    "Not sure what you mean by that, did you get as far as seeing "quiet splash"?"

    Sorry I meant if I choose E for Edit I see a line with quiet splash for on both

    *Lubuntu 18.10 GNU/Linux
    and
    *Advanced options for Lubuntu 18.10 GNU/Linux

    but either line with quiet splash doesn't have it within quotes "
    Should I include them.
    I will look later and at the exact line.

    "So you would choose E for Edit, arrow down to the line including "quiet splash" and simply add "nomodeset" but within the quotes.

    So it will look like "quiet splash nomodeset". After that it is F10 I think to boot into the Distro. See how that goes."

    Wizard[/QUOTE]

    Yes it's F10 to boot.
    I will try above anyway and let you know how it goes.

    BTW
    I got the mouse touchpad working.
    There is a main page in the bios and I changed touchpad set up from advanced to basic.
     
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    Great News :)

    On the first,

    My bad, quotes not needed, they are used in a file called /etc/default/grub you will become acquainted with over time.

    Avagudweegend

    Wizard
     

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