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Building The Ultimate Netbook


Asus 1215N-PU27 (500GB HD, 2GB memory)

Old USB Flash drive (2GB or more)

Patriot Xporter 8GB USB Flash Drive

Copy of Windows 7 .iso

Step 1: It arrives

Unpack, plug in the charger, and charge the battery fully.

Boot it up into Windows 7

Step 2: Perform a Windows 7 Activation Backup

Followed instructions at: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/27341-Advanced-Tokens-Manager-The-Activation-Backup-Solution

Downloaded Advanced Tokens Manager v1.7. Put it on the USB stick. Installed it on the Netbook.

Clicked 'Backup'. Copied Windows Activation Directory to USB stick. Copied this from the USB stick to separate server computer for safe keeping.

Step 3: Installing FalconFour Ultimate Boot on a USB stick

Download FalconFour Ultimate Boot CD/USB from your favorite torrent site

Extract the RAR files. Extract the .iso file to the F4UBCD-4.5 directory. Extract the USB Kit archive. Follow the readme in the USB Kit directory to make the USB stick bootable...(see below)

- format drive as FAT32

- Run grubinst_gui.exe as administrator and install it to your USB stick

As the readme states, copy the contents of F4UBCD-4.5 directory (the .iso you extracted) to the USB drive.

Put this USB drive with FalconFour on it into the netbook. Reboot the netbook, hit F2 on boot to enter the BIOS.

Under Boot -> Boot Device Priority -> change First Boot Device to Removable Device. Disable the hard drive from the boot sequence.

Go into Advanced and disable Boot Boost, as this seems to cause problems with booting from USB.

F10 to save, exit.

Upon reboot, hit ESC a bunch of times, to pick which device you want to boot from. Choose the USB device.

If all goes well, should now be looking at FalconFour Ultimate Boot disk.

So now let's select EASEUS Partition Manager.

Now let's right click on each of the 4 partitions on the netbook and hit delete, and then apply the changes.

Now we'll right click on the unused portion (should be all of the hard drive) and select 'Create Partition'.

Beside 'Create As' we'll change it from Logical to Primary. We'll change the partition size to 236470.0 MB.

Now let's right click on this partition and choose to format it. Choose a volume label.

Next we need to right click on this partition and set this partition as 'active'. This is important for dual booting Windows 7 using hidden partitions.

Hit Apply to create the partition.

Now let's grab the 8GB USB Flash drive and load Windows...

Step 4: Installing Windows 7 Ultimate x64 from a USB stick

Used the following guide...


Inserted 8 GB USB drive into desktop computer. Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Right click on 'Run as administrator'

Type: DISKPART and hit enter.

Type: LIST DISK and hit enter.

Make note of which one is your USB drive. (Very important you pick the right one so you don't erase your hard drive!) In my case it is DISK1

Type the commands below:









Leave the command prompt open and do the following...

Insert your Windows7/Vista DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive.

Maximize the command prompt window.

Type: E: CD BOOT and hit enter. (Where E is your DVD drive letter)

Next Type: CD BOOT and hit enter.

Type: BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 G: and hit enter. (Where G is your USB thumb drive)

Should say that boot code was successfully updated.

Copy the Windows 7/Vista DVD contents to the 8GB USB flash drive (or extract the ISO and copy it).

Turning back to our netbook, let's exit FalconFour and reboot (hit ESC, ESC, ESC at reboot so we can select our flash drive again).

This time we'll select the 8GB USB flash drive containing our bootable Windows 7.

Select the x64 version, and custom install to make sure it's being installed to our new partition.

Windows will reboot during the install, requiring you to hit ESC, ESC again. This time, choose to boot from the hard drive to complete the Windows install.

Once Windows is loaded, let's use our old USB stick to transfer BOOT-US Boot Manager to the netbook. It can be downloaded here...


(download bootus218e.exe)

Copy bootus218e.exe to the netbook and execute the file under Windows.

Install Boot-us and then copy the license file to the install directory.

Right click on the Boot-us executable and 'run as administrator'.

Under partitions, right click on the Windows partition we just installed Windows to and select 'true hide'. Hit store.

Step 5: Installing our 2nd copy of Windows 7

Put the FalconFour USB key back in and reboot, back into FalconFour. Go back into EASEUS partition manager again, and right click on the Unallocated Space and hit Create.

Create another primary partition, but this time we'll make it 236470.0 MB in size. Click OK.

Next we need to right click on this partition just like we did for the first one, and set this partition as 'active'.

Also, let's right-click and format this partition, and give it a volume name.

Click Apply to save the changes.

Put the 8GB Windows USB stick back in and reboot. Load windows again, select the x64 version again, and use custom install to make sure you're installing to the new partition we just made.

After second copy of Windows 7 is installed, install Boot-US again. Run Boot-Us again (as administrator). From Partition menu, select Details, and right click on the FIRST partition that we made. Unhide it. Hit Store.

Under Boot Manager, click Install, and install the boot manager. Use the advanced mode so that second Windows partition is hidden when the first partition is selected. And then select the second Windows partition and make it so that the first partition is hidden when the second one is selected.

Reboot and choose the first installation from the boot manager (Theodore-U)

Step 6: Setting Up Theodore-U

Installing Winrar

Installed WinRAR 4.0, making sure to deselect a bunch of the Context menu items. Really, 'Extract Here' and 'Extract to folder' are all I need, thank you.

Restoring Windows Activation ID

Now let's restore our backed up Windows Activation ID. pkeyconfig, Serial, and tokens.dat (saved in Step 2) need to be in a directory called Windows Activation Backup - and this directory should be a subdirectory of where the Advanced Tokens Manager application resides.

Go into Advanced Tokens Manager 1.7 and hit Restore. Wait a bit for it to finish. Restart computer.

Installing Drivers

Grabbed the following drivers from http://usa.asus.com/Eee/Eee_PC/Eee_PC_1215N/#download

- Chipset Driver

- Audio

- VGA (2 of them)



- Touchpad Grabbed the following drivers from: http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=81761

- SuperHybrid Engine

- Hot Key Utility

- Realtek HD Audio

- NVIDIA Driver

- Realtek WLAN (Wifi)

- Atheros LAN

Copy all drivers to Theodore-U and install all drivers from above.

Note: Install Intel VGA driver before trying to install NVIDIA driver.

Homegroup password: eY6AF6A45E

Installing Firefox

- Download Firefox using IE. Install.

- Set home page to Google.

- While I'm at it, make a few personal changes to my Firefox ...

- Enable menu bar.

- change my downloads directory to 'Always ask me where to save files'.

- Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Update -> When updates to Firefox are found -> Ask me what I want to do.

- Move Home icon and refresh icon to the left of the URL bar.

- Google for Firefox Adobe Flash browser plugin. Grab the latest (Adobe Flash Player 10) and install it. Restart browser.

- Install add-on to disable 'Switch to Tab' feature: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/switch-to-tab-no-more/

Installing Applications

- ESET's NOD32 (go into ESET -> advanced setup tree, uncheck real-time file protection and all 3 protection checkboxes under 'Antivirus and Antispyware'). Reboot. Run fix as administrator, and apply fix. Re-enable protection.

- Malware Bytes Anti Malware

- Spybot S&D

- Microsoft Office 2007 (custom install, removed a few useless things)

- Foxit 2.3 build 2923. This was one of the last builds before FoxIt starting doing stupid things, like installing toolbars, and not allowing you to disable the banner ad.

In this version, you need to open FoxIt, click View, uncheck 'Advertisement', click File, Exit. Repeat up to 4 times, and the ad will be gone forever.

Register with the included serial number.

- IrfanView. When installing, associate 'Images only' with IrfanView. Deselect the Google Toolbar and Google Desktop Search.

Also to be installed is the Metadata plugin for IrfanView (found in iv_misc.zip)

Options -> Properties/Settings -> Extensions -> set to 'load only associated types while moving through directory'

- Download DirectX End-User Runtimes from http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=8109

Run dxsetup. Reboot after install.

- MPCHC 64-bit. Download it from http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/download-media-player-classic-hc.html or from http://www.xvidvideo.ru/media-player-classic-home-cinema-x86-x64/

Install. Open it up, and go to View -> Options. Under Playback -> Output make sure 'EVR Custom Pres' is selected since we're using Windows 7.

Under Internal Filters, look in the right column 'Transform Filters'. Take the checkmark off of MPEG-2 Video, so that MPCHC is forced to use MPEG-2 Video (DXVA) which is better. Do the same thing with the H264/AVC filter, deselecting the FFmpeg version.

Next do the same with the VC1 filter, removing the FFmpeg version. Click OK when done.

Now let's download a test video:

Bird 42 MBit ABR (+1.5 MBit).mkv from http://www.filestube.com/b581464e9e6c7b8303ea,g/Bird-42-MBit-ABR-1-5-MBit.html

Open it up and play it in MPCHC. At the bottom it should say Playing (DXVA) - so we know we're using DXVA to play it back, which is good.

Now let's play it in full screen and note the frame rate. The first thing I notice is that it can't quite play it back at the desired 24 FPS. I discovered that it might be due to the VSYNC setting. So right click on the window, and go down to Renderer Settings, and look under the VSync submenu. Take the checkmark off of VSync. And then off of Accurate VSync as well.

Now let's try running the Bird video again, full screen. Seems to be much better, sticking close to 24 FPS.

- SPlayer. Download it from http://www.splayer.org/index.en.html and install. Works great out of the box.

- TextPad 5. Install it. Run as admin when entering license info.

- UTorrent 1.8.2 (still my favorite version). Make sure to not install the Ask Toolbar. Deselect all the boxes.

- SequoiaView - View your hard drive visually, to see which biggest files/directories are taking up space. Very useful.

- PDF Creator - Take the checkmarks off the toolbar crap. Deslect 'create desktop icon' and 'quick launch' and 'Create an entry in the Windows explorer context menu'.

- HD Tune.

- Furmark 1.9.1

- CCleaner (Slim Build) is a must have program. Deselect the Recycle Bin context menu selections.

Under Cleaner -> Applications, deselect 'Cookies and Internet History' from Firefox/Mozilla.

Options -> Settings. Checkmark beside 'Run CCleaner when the computer starts'.

- Foobar:

Install Foobar to C:\Program Files (x86)\foobar2000

Don't run it yet.

Copy the 'files.zip' archive (under 'directories & files') into a directory called C:\tmp (create this directory)

Unzip the archive here. Delete the files.zip archive if you want.

Move the files & directories from C:\tmp to C:\Program Files (x86)\foobar2000

If Windows asks if you would like to overwrite the files or folders, say Yes. It may also ask you to give permission, say Yes.

Launch foobar2000 and when the 'New user interface module' window pops up, just hit cancel, and close Foobar. This should be enough to create the appdata folder that we need.

Open your Windows File Explorer and type %appdata%\foobar2000 at the top (you may need to click on an empty space in your Explorer bar first)

This will open up and show us what our AppData folder is. It should be empty at the moment.

Into this folder, copy the files & folders from the supplied AppData Backup directory that you downloaded.

Launch Foobar.

Under File -> Preferences -> Media Library add your music folders.

Under Visualizations (close to bottom) -> Shpeck -> highlight MilkDrop under 'Available plugins' and click Configure. Now click 'Defaults' (right hand side) and then hit OK.

Now click on Advanced (very bottom, below 'Visualizations') -> click on Autosave + Autobackup (right hand side) and highlight 'Directory where to store the backup .zip files'. Change this to a directory that exists on your computer (make one if you don't have one).

Now close Foobar and go into the Nvidia Control Panel (icon bottom right). Add Foobar2000 as a preferred application and set it to use Nvidia only.

- Adobe Imagestyler

- Abby Fine Reader 10 Professional Portable

Step 7: Setting Up Theodore-E

Homegroup password: AQ1Pg4eA5D Follow Step 6, but also add the following applications:

- WS_FTP LE 5.08

* Use -a for remote file mask (so you can see all files)
* Options -> General -> Uncheck 'enable log'

* Sounds -> Disable connection failure sound

- SSH Secure Shell Client 3.2.9

Step 8: Activating Windows

- Use Windows 7 Loader Extreme to activate Windows.

Step 9: Creating a VPN Tunnel

- Downloaded TomatoVPN from http://tomatovpn.keithmoyer.com/

- Tomato -> Administration -> Upgrade -> Browse -> Select WRT54G_WRT54GL.bin

- Firmware will be flashed, and router should now be running Tomato 1.27 with VPN Tunneling capability.

- Follow instructions at http://www.howtogeek.com/60774/connect-to-your-home-network-from-anywhere-with-openvpn-and-tomato/

Start at 'Configuring OpenVPN'

- Important: Change the KEY_SIZE in vars.bat from 1024 to 2048

- Basic -> DDNS -> Added domain from No-Ip.com -> cmyden.no-ip.biz

- Note that for the server certificate, you don't include the first part of the file.

- Also, go to VPN Tunneling -> Server -> Advanced and put a checkmark beside 'Direct clients to redirect internet traffic'

- Create a .bat file with this in it:

start C:\"Program Files (x86)\APPS\OpenVPN\bin\openvpn-gui-1.0.3.exe" --connect xxxxx.ovpn

- Add this .bat file to the startup menu, so that OpenVPN starts and connects automatically.

Step 10: Making Windows 7 not suck

- Explorer -> Organize -> Folder and Search Options -> View -> Show hidden files & folders -> (checkmark) - Explorer -> Organize -> Folder and Search Options -> View -> Hide extensions for known file types -> (no checkmark) - Explorer -> Organize -> Folder and Search Options -> View -> Hide protected operating system files -> (no checkmark) - Explorer -> Organize -> Folder and Search Options ->View -> Always show icons, never thumbnails option (checkmark) - Right click taskbar at bottom of the screen -> properties -> Taskbar buttons -> never combine Step X: Installing Ubuntu and XBMC Live

- In one of the Windows installs, run Boot-US as administrator, view partitions, unhide both partitions in Disk 1. Uninstall Boot-Us boot loader. We're doing this so Ubuntu can 'see' our Windows installations.

- Download the Ubuntu 11.04 desktop edition ISO from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download - Plug in our Windows 8GB USB drive now that we don't need it anymore.

Right-click on it and format it to FAT32.

Launch unetbootin, select the Ubuntu ISO we just downloaded and select the drive letter of your USB key and then let unetbootin do itís thing.

Now let's take the USB key back over to the netbook and boot up from the USB key again (Esc, esc, esc).

On the Ubuntu menu screen, select Install -> English -> Forward

It will recognize that we have 2 installs of Windows already, but we need to select 'Something Else', which is the third option (important or it will try to install to the USB stick)

On the Allocate drive space screen, highlight 'free space' and click add. Change partition size from 8384 to 6384. Change 'use as' to Ext 4 journaling file system. Select '/' for the Mount point. Click OK.

Click on free space again, click add again, partition size should be 1999, change 'use as' to 'swap area' and click OK. Click Install Now.

Files will copy, then select your country -> fill out 'who are you?' -> don't select any accounts to import -> finish install. Reboot.

Click on 'Applications' on the left, and do a search for 'Terminal'. Double click on the terminal to open it up.

At the command line prompt, type:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config

Then type...

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

Now click on 'Update Manager' from the left hand side. Click on Settings -> and then go to the 'Other Software' tab.

Highlight the XBMC PPA and click Edit. Change the Distribution from natty to maverick

Click OK. You may see another one by team-xbmc. Highlight that one, hit edit, and change the distribution to maverick as well.

Now go back into the terminal and type:

sudo apt-get update

and then

sudo apt-get install xbmc

Hit Y to install.

Now we are going to install Bumblebee: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Bumblebee#Installation

$ cd /tmp

$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mj-casalogic/bumblebee

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install bumblebee

Now let's load the kernel module ...

$ cd /tmp $ wget ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/275.09.07/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-275.09.07-no-compat32.run $ chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-275.09.07-no-compat32.run $ Hold down CTRL and ALT and hit backspace at the same time. Then CTRL-ALT-F2.

$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop $ sudo killall gdm $ sudo ./NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-275.09.07-no-compat32.run Finish the install of the NVIDIA driver $ sudo modprobe nvidia $ cd /etc/X11 $ lspci | grep VGA Note the PCI address of the Nvidia controller. In this case it is 04:00.0 $ sudo nano xorg.conf.nvidia Make sure the line that says BUSID has the correct "PCI:04:00:0" beside it. <<< Getting multi-boot to work $ sudo apt-get install lilo $ sudo lilo -M /dev/sda mbr Reboot. backup copy of /dev/sda in boot/boot.0800 run liloconfig(8) and execute /sbin/lilo after this $ wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/nvidia-utils-bumblebee/nvidia-utils-bumblebee.tar.gz $ tar zxf nvidia-utils-bumblebee.tar.gz $ cd nvidia-utils-bumblebee $ wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/virtualgl/VirtualGL/2.2.1/VirtualGL-2.2.1.x86_64.rpm $ sudo apt-get install rpm $ $ rmmod nouveau $ cd /etc/modprobe.d $ sudo nano modprobe.conf 3. Type "chmod +x example.run" (press enter). 4. Now type "./example.run", press enter, and the installer will run. - Install latest MPCHC Under View -> Options -> Internal Filters, look in the right column 'Transform Filters'. Take the checkmark off of both H264 filters (DXVA and FFmpeg). Hit 'Apply'.

Go to External Filters and click on 'Add Filter'. Select 'CoreAVC Video Decoder', hit OK. Highlight CoreAVC Video Decoder under External Filters and change the selection box to 'Prefer'.

Under Playback -> Output, change it from EVR Custom Pres to 'System Default'. Hit Apply. Hit OK. Click OK and then close MPCHC. Restart MPCHC.

Open the Birds test video from above. Hit CTL-4 to open the statistics dialog. Note the slow frame rate.

Homegroup password: 8vz4hZ9kA2 - MPC-HC http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=83429 To see if it's supported on your computer, you can download and run DXVA checker. If you use Media Player Classic - Home Theater, and it says (DXVA) next to the "playing" text, then you are playing the video with hardware acceleration. There really is no need to benchmark hardware acceleration. As long as it can play video at it's intend fps, then there's no need to get any more performance. But you can still use "DXVA Checker" to benchmark some video's. And I can tell you, my Nvidia 9200m (laptop GPU) supports dual 1920x1080 streams and can handle playback at ~60fps continuous. Here's a good resource http://imouto.my/watching-h264-videos-using-dxva/ There's also other ways to get Hardware video playback. Like using CoreAVC which can use Nvidia's Cuda for playback. It's pretty nice to use hardware playback. I have a video that uses 40-50% CPU w/out DXVA and only ~5-10% w/ DXVA. It's more efficient. MPC-HC For me mpc-hc works just great with an average of 25% CPU. The only thing that I needed to do was to uncheck ffmpeg h264/AVC filter. In the Options menu I activated the Playback Output: EVC Custom Pre. (Playback -> Output -> EVR Custom Pres) http://blogo.biz/?p=20 Disable Vsync <<< MPC-HC for HD Video Playback Guide http://www.myhpmini.com/forum/mpc-hc-hd-video-playback-guide-t1919.html <<< Watching H.264 videos using DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) http://imouto.my/watching-h264-videos-using-dxva/ <<< Configure MPCHC and CoreAVC http://www.logichaos.com/joomla/guides/35-text-guides/91-how-to-configure-media-player-classic-and-coreavc.html Splayer: http://www.splayer.org/index.en.html Preferences -> Filter Control -> Video Decoder -> Built-in codec settings -> put checkmark beside 'Use DXVA without rendering mode'.

Set Background Image

We should now have two unhidden partitions so that XBMC can see them.

Stay in Windows for now, while we get XBMC ready.

Step 6: Installing XBMC from a USB Stick

Back on our desktop, follow the first 7 steps of this tutorial...


Download Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" Minimal CD from https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/MinimalCD Download UNetBootin from http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

Plug in our Windows 8GB USB drive now that we don't need it anymore.

Right-click on it and format it to FAT32.

Launch unetbootin, select the mini.iso and select the drive letter of your USB key and then let unetbootin do itís thing.

Now let's take the USB key back over to the netbook and boot up from the USB key again (Esc, esc, esc).

Select install, country, language, mirror, etc. Additional components will load.

Follow guide at http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMCbuntu - change to ppa:team-xbmc/unstable Select 'Install XBMC Live' -> select language, etc -> select 'Guided install - use the largest continous free space'

Select username, password, etc. Finish installation.

Upon reboot, it looks like GRUB is installed nicely, and shows my 3 operating systems. So let's boot into XBMC Live.

At this point, it would be nice if it were all working smoothly. Well guess what, it isn't! It simply spits me to the command prompt. By running the $ startx command, my best guess is that I need to upgrade my display drivers.

But to do that, I need to get the network connections up and running so I can access the Internet.

This tutorial here helped me to get up and running...


- hooked up the netbook to my modem with a network cable. Unplugged the modem, waited a bit, and then plugged it back in, to reset it.

Ran the following commands...

$ cd /lib/modules/2.6.32-29-generic/kernel/drivers/net/

(note, 2.6.32-29 may vary, so try changing to the /lib/modules/ directory and typing 'ls' to see what it is)

$ sudo modprobe jme

Asked me for my password. Entered it.

$ sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

Add these 2 lines:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet dhcp

Hit CTL-O and then enter to save. CTL-X to exit.

$ sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

You should now have wired ethernet networking operational. Type the following to see your IP address:

$ sudo ifconfig -a

Ok, now let's try downloading and installing the latest NVIDIA drivers...

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-current-modaliases nvidia-settings

There's some more interesting things you can do from the command line here:


But I think first I'll see if XBMC Live actually boots with the Nvidia drivers installed.

Rebooted, and no dice. Back to the command prompt. Typed $ startx again.

Tried the following command:

$ sudo lspci | grep VGA

Which indicated that my Nvidia compatible controller is at 04:00.0 while xorg.conf is showing my primary device as 00:02.0 which is an Intel graphics controller. Hmmm, this might be the problem.

Try Bumblebee... https://github.com/MrMEEE/bumblebee - installing GIT $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade $ sudo apt-get install git-core - installing Bumblebee $ cd /tmp $ git clone http://github.com/MrMEEE/bumblebee.git $ cd bumblebee/ $ sudo nano install.sh ^^ comment out the line that says 'source stages/checkrights' and save the file. $ sudo ./install.sh (or 'sudo -E ./install.sh' on Fedora) $ sudo cp /usr/share/doc/bumblebee/bumblebee-disablecard.asus.1215N /usr/local/bin/bumblebee-disablecard $ sudo cp /usr/share/doc/bumblebee/bumblebee-enablecard.asus.1215N /usr/local/bin/bumblebee-enablecard <<< Bumblebee on 1215N http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1592121&page=2 http://www.facebook.com/pages/bumblebee-nVidia-Optimus-Support-for-Linux-Through-VirtualGL/192087370844018?sk=wall - edited install.sh and commented out the security check <<< Installing XBMC Ubuntu http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMCbuntu <<< Switching graphics chips? http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1677780 http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1677780&page=18 At the bottom it says 'xinit: No such file or directory'

Ran command: $sudo nvidia-xconfig

Step 7: Updating 1215N Bios

Grab the latest BIOS from: http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=81761

Format a USB stick as FAT (not FAT32)

Put the .rom file on the memory stick. Rename it to 1215N.ROM

Reboot netbook, hit ALT-F2

$ sudo apt-get remove nvidia-settings $ sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current $ sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx-185 nvidia-settings mesa-utils libvdpau-dev sudo wget http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/256.25/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-256.25.run <<< Installing XBMC Live on Ubuntu 11.04 http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=100792 http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10858874&postcount=2 http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=105432 http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?t=103852 <<< good link http://magvar.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/xbmc-running-on-ubuntu-11-04/ Now put the FalconFour USB stick back in and go back into EASEUS partition manager.

* Create Windows 7 bootable installation USB with Microsofts tool * Boot from USB and install Windows 7, leave 4GBís for XBMC Live as unpartitioned space * Create XBMC bootable USB with Unetbootin (instructions) * Boot from USB and choose install * Choose use maximum free space to install * Voila thatís it Grub will take care of the rest Under method for hiding, select 'true hide primary partitions automatically'. Next.

Install to primary partition on Disk 1. Hit Next.

Next we'll insert our FalconFour USB stick back in and hit and reboot. Esc, Esc, Esc again to boot from USB.

Exit EASEUS Partition Manager, and reboot back into Windows.

Right click on BOOT-US again and run as administrator. Under partitions -> details, right click on the Windows 7 partition and set it to 'True hide'.

Go down to the Windows XP partition, the one that's 137GB, and right-click on it, activate this partition, and also unhide this partition.

When the boot OSLoader boot manager comes up, hit F3 to go into the options.

Select 'Show all partitions in menu'. Then also select 'AutoHide Partitions'. Hit OK.

Also, let's highlight our new 100GB partition, and hit F4 to rename it to Simon E.

Now let's reboot, making sure our 8GB USB stick with Windows is inserted. The bootloader will scan and should detect the USB stick, coming up as Hard Disk 2. Let's go ahead and boot it by hitting enter.

Select the x64 architecture again, and select custom install, making sure to install in the partition we just created (100GB).

It'll reboot again, hit Esc, esc, esc again, boot from the hard drive. Complete the second Windows install.

Esc, Esc, Esc again to bring up the boot choices. Swap out the USB stick and insert our 8GB Windows USB stick again.

Low level format util: http://hddguru.com/software/2006.04.12-HDD-Low-Level-Format-Tool/ <<< Hard drive names in Ubuntu.. https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/switching/installing-partitioning.html * The first Master IDE hard disk is called hda. * SCSI, SATA and USB are referred to as sd. * Each primary partition is numbered 1 to 4. * Each logical partition is numbered from 5 upwards. Hence the first logical partition on the master IDE drive will be hda5. <<< Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Upgrade Grub Prompt on First Reboot http://www.zachburlingame.com/2011/06/ubuntu-11-04-natty-narwhal-upgrade-grub-prompt-on-first-reboot/ <<< Minimal GNOME3 Desktop with shell http://tuxfiction.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/how-to-do-a-minimal-gnome3-desktop/ <<< Getting rid of GRUB entries http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubuntu/clean-up-ubuntu-grub-boot-menu-after-upgrades/ <<< Perfect HD playback on Atom ION Netbooks http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/A_5209-Perfect-HD-playback-on-Atom-ION-Netbooks.html <<< Optimizing video playback on 1215N http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=92854 <<< 1080p Test http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/topic/3029-1080p-test-mkv-examples-from-birds-scene-earth-movie/ <<< PotPlayer x64 English build http://www.dvbsupport.net/download/index.php?act=view&id=236 Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1) --------------------------------- setparams 'Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)' insmod part_msdos insmod ntfs set root='(/dev/sda,msdos1)' search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 01CC400F2F59C080 chainloader +1 Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda2) --------------------------------- setparams 'Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda2)' insmod part_msdos insmod ntfs set root='(/dev/sda,msdos2)' search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 01CC40175AE0A900 chainloader +1 sda1=first install = Theodore-U sda2=second install = Theodore-E <<< Transferring Foobar2000 to another computer http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/19035/backup-and-transfer-foobar2000-to-a-new-computer/ 1. install Windows + Windows Update. 2. install CoreAVC and set it up. 3. download Klite Codec Pack (www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm) - I downloaded the full 32bit version. 4. install it, I don't remember exactly which options to set it to but prefer ac3filter and check DVXA. This should overwrite the older matroska splitter from CoreAVC. 5. install DX runtimes. 6. install MPCHC64 + set to default renderer + prefer CoreAVC. 7. install ac3filter, otherwise evil things will happen Step 1: Windows Installation - Fresh build of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed - Installed Atheros LAN driver so I could connect to the Internet. Reboot. - Start -> All Programs -> Windows Update -> Turn on Automatic Updates - Installed all the latest Windows updates. Reboot. Step 2: CoreAVC 2.5.5 Installation - I Agree -> Next -> Next -> Enter Serial - 'Choose Components' page: left as default - 'Customer Information' -> Install - Start -> All Programs -> CoreCodec -> Configure CoreAVC Set the configuration to look like this: http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/2964/unled2vi.jpg Apply -> OK Step 3: Klite Codec Pack Installation - Setup asks, would you like to uninstall Haali Media Splitter? Say No. (not sure about this step) - Next -> Advanced install -> Next - 'Select Components Page'. Scroll down and select the following: AC3 -> AC3Filter DTS -> AC3Filter LPCM -> AC3Filter MP1/MP2 -> AC3Filter Process uncompressed audio (PCM) -> AC3Filter - Next - 'Additional Tasks and Options' page: left as default - 'DXVA hardware acceleration' page: both boxes should be unchecked -> hit next - Next -> Next -> choose speaker configuration -> Install -> Finish Step 4: Install AC3 Filter 1.63b - Next -> Next -> Next -> Install Step 5: Install June 2010 DirectX Runtimes - Extract and run DXSETUP - Hit Next. Reboot. Step 6: Install MPCHC64 v1.5.0.2827 - Select English -> Next -> Next -> Next -> Install - Launch MPCHC - Set your settings (View -> Options) to look like this: http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/3543/unledyqa.jpg (you will need to add the CoreAVC Video Decoder under External Filters) - Close and restart MPCHC <<< Set priority level of an app http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/83361-priority-level-set-applications-processes.html