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Installing Windows XP on your EEEPC
phamsta 
22/1/08 12:41:34 PM
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hey guys, i'm still having trouble installing xp on the eeepc. When i get to the stage where i type in fdisk /mbr, it says "Invalid media type reading drive C" and when i continued the steps to install xp, it says that there isn't enough space on my hdd =S anyone help? i feel so noob lol

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Sneddo 
23/1/08 10:52:40 AM
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Did you create a new partition after wiping the existing ones? I missed that step the first time and I *think* I got a similar message when it tried to change the MBR on my SD card instead...

Run through those steps again, and pay close attention.

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shrubb face 
24/1/08 9:28:46 PM
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Installing windows as we speak. My usb stick, even though it was placed in the left hand side usb port decided it wanted to be called B: instead. But otherwise it seems to be going ok.

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microq 
26/1/08 10:32:12 PM
Serf
hey Lambo, no need to guess who this is...(check the name)...got the GF an EEEPC from Hong Kong when i was there last week - as well as an 8gb SDHC card...now, here is the question - she likes the insanely annoying linux distro they have on there...ok so it looks nice and is partially functional - but she also wants to have XP, anyone have any ideas how i can achieve this? i was thinking, install XP perhaps to the SDHC and leave it in permanently and leave the SSD alone with linux on it.

Please all, throw any ideas my way...

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.:Cyb3rGlitch:. 
26/1/08 10:47:35 PM
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Try this microq: http://www.digwin.com/view/install-windows-xp-to-sd-or-sdhc-card-asus-eee-pc

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Solrac 
4/2/08 9:01:07 AM
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Hello to all. Nice guide, but there is something I don't get.

"It should show several non-DOS partitions, and a DOS partition named BIOS. We want to wipe all these.

Once you've wiped all three partitions create a new partition DOS partition. Save and exit."

What is actually create a new partition DOS partition? Can anybody help a newbie xD?

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Lambo 
5/2/08 11:29:27 AM
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Hi Solrac,

The EEEPC comes with a number of pre installed partitions that are obviously not compatible with Windows XP. They need to be removed so that we can create a Windows friendly partition.

Once you've deleted all the partitions and your back at the main menu you should have:

1. Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive
2. Set active partition
3. Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive
4. Display partition information
5. Change current fixed disk drive

You'll want to do option 1, and follow the prompts to create a new DOS partition.

Further information on how to use FDISK can be found here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255867


Edited by Lambo: 5/2/2008 11:32:04 AM

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kingpinvic 
6/2/08 8:18:05 AM
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I havent tried it yet but are you able to load XP home on the EEEPC.


Thanks in advance.

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Lambo 
6/2/08 9:21:59 AM
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Quote by kingpinvic
I havent tried it yet but are you able to load XP home on the EEEPC.


Thanks in advance.



Neither have I, however there's no tangible reason why it wouldn't work. Just follow the same steps as outlined, but replace XP Pro, with your Home CD.

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Ploddy 
10/2/08 7:12:21 PM
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Is there anyone out there that has achieved installing XP Home yet?

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moonlight 
16/2/08 8:48:29 AM
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Quote by Lambo
Installing Windows XP on your EEEPC.

Here's my guide to installing Windows XP on your EEEPC. Alot of credit must go to:

http://www.eeeuser.com

Firstly, let me just say, that this is the method I used to install it. I've read and seen many other methods to do this. This is just what I did. If you feel there is an easier way, or that a step can be done quicker, feel free to post.

Hardware you'll need

1.) A USB memory key. 1GB is recommended, but if your going to use a custom nLite installation of Windows XP, then you can get away with a 512MB one.

2a.) A SD Memory Card. Any size will do, even if you have a 16MB one laying around, that's heaps. (Must be FAT not FAT 32)

OR

2b.) A Second USB memory key. Any size. (It should be noted I've only tried this with the SD card option)(Must be FAT not FAT32)

3.) A Windows XP SP 2 Installation CD.

Software you'll need

1.) Download physdiskwrite. A small utility to use for creating a boot disk for our XP installation.

http://m0n0.ch/wall/physdiskwrite.php

2.) A boot disk image.

http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml

Grab the one called 'MS Windows XP System Setup Disk'.

Step 1: Creating a SD boot disk
Create a temporary directory on your PC and unzip physdiskwrite.exe into this folder.

Using your file compression program (WinRAR, WinZip, 7Zip etc) extract the file "WXPBOOT.IMA" to the same folder as physdiskwrite.exe.

NOTE: The wxpboot.exe is not an archive, programs such as WinRAR may throw an error, but still extract at least 'WXPBOOT.IMA'.

Insert your SD or your 2nd USB memory key into your PC.

Next go to into disk management of your PC by going into:
Control Panel --> Administration Tools --> Computer Management --> Disk Management

Make a special note of the drive number (not the letter) of your SD card or USB memory key.

Next open a command line and navigate to your temp directory where physdiskwrite.exe is located.

Type: physdiskwrite -u wxpboot.ima

WARNING: It will list all of your drives and ask you which one you want to write to. BE VERY CAREFUL HERE. You need to make sure you aren't writing to any of your actual hard disks.

It should only take a few seconds. This device becomes your 'boot disk'.

Step 2: Copying XP to your USB memory key
Take your windows XP installation CD and stick it in your DVD/CD drive.

Copy the folder 'i386' to your USB key (the first one, not the one you put your boot disk onto).

If you are using a standard XP SP2 CD without using nLite, it will be around 550MB to put on. I'd highly encourage anyone doing this to grab nlite at http://www.nliteos.com to cut down the size of your Windows XP size. Remove unwanted or unneeded utilites and applications to save room. (I was able to cut the CD size down to 325MB without to much sacrifice).

This USB key becomes our 'Windows Disk'.

Step 3: Preparing EEEPC
Insert your SD boot disk into the SD card slot, or USB port if it's a memory key.

Boot your EEEPC and go into it's bios by hitting F2 when it first switches on.

Change 'OS Insallation' to 'Start'. Hit F10 to save and exit.

As soon as the EEPC restarts hit escape to load the boot loader.

At the memu choose either your SD card if you used that, or the USB mem key.

It shouldn't take long and at some point will ask you to hit any key to continue.

When you finaly reach a command prompt you should see:

'A:\'

Type: fdisk <Enter>

When asked if you want to enable large HDD support just hit Y or enter.

It

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lbrown 
17/2/08 12:46:04 PM
Serf
Hi Lambo

i am trying to install windows xp pro on my asus eeepc
i have followed all of your steps but when i type in fdisk /mbr i get a message saying the media could not be found
what should i do?

thanks
lachlan

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Lambo 
19/2/08 10:11:15 AM
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Quote by lbrown
Hi Lambo

i am trying to install windows xp pro on my asus eeepc
i have followed all of your steps but when i type in fdisk /mbr i get a message saying the media could not be found
what should i do?

thanks
lachlan



So you created the partitions before this step and formatted the drive successfully?

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marcopolo22 
21/2/08 8:37:41 PM
Serf
After reading all this info I got little frustrated by so many steps so I tried this:

1) Connect CD Drive to an USB External HDD enclosure
2) Hook it up to my EEEPC's USB port
3) Boot my nLited XP Pro CD from it
4) Start Installing XP. I deleted all the partitions during install and created one NTFS
5) Done and done.

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Lambo 
22/2/08 4:33:36 PM
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Quote by marcopolo22
After reading all this info I got little frustrated by so many steps so I tried this:

1) Connect CD Drive to an USB External HDD enclosure
2) Hook it up to my EEEPC's USB port
3) Boot my nLited XP Pro CD from it
4) Start Installing XP. I deleted all the partitions during install and created one NTFS
5) Done and done.



Well the whole point of my guide is to show people how to do it without using an external optical drive. There are of course lots of ways to achieve the same end result.

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Invicta 
23/2/08 3:10:53 PM
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<3 joo Lambo,

Got my EeePC yesterday, had Windows installed today, playing Eve online as I type this ^_^

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Ploddy 
24/2/08 7:51:08 PM
Overlord

Just finished doing a bog standard Xp install using Lambo's instructions word for word.

Big ups to you mate, absolutely flawless guide and made the whole thing very simple.

A tip - include the bit about removing the time for the bootloader in the guide - thats a tip pretty much everyone will find useful!

Cheers and thanks.

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Lambo 
25/2/08 9:54:41 PM
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Quote by Ploddy
Just finished doing a bog standard Xp install using Lambo's instructions word for word.

Big ups to you mate, absolutely flawless guide and made the whole thing very simple.

A tip - include the bit about removing the time for the bootloader in the guide - thats a tip pretty much everyone will find useful!

Cheers and thanks.



Good idea will do.

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Leonid 
26/2/08 3:41:22 AM
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Yeah I've installed Windows on mine and I'm now about to modify it with an internal GPS and extra storage...

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Lambo 
26/2/08 9:09:54 PM
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Quote by Leonid
Yeah I've installed Windows on mine and I'm now about to modify it with an internal GPS and extra storage...



Be sure to let us know how you went about it. Would be interesting to know.

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