Posts Tagged ‘eee pc’

Speed up Firefox 3 on the eee pc 900

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

I’ve installed EEE Ubuntu on my eee pc. The default xandros install is not active enough or up to date. It was a constant battle to get new libs ad apps on xandros.

I noticed that FF3 runs slow as a 3 legged asthmatic dog and just found the solution. The 900 has two drives: a fast 4GB system drive and slower 16GB drive. Since my home ~ folder was on the slow 16GB drive all my FF data was being written slowly. The solution is to move ~/.mozilla to the fast 4Gb system drive. This is modified from the solution (assumes your login is “username”which means your group is also “username”):

sudo mkdir /usr/share/username

sudo chown :username /usr/share/username

sudo chmod g+w /usr/share/username

mv ~/.mozilla /usr/share/username/

ln -s /usr/share/username/.mozilla/ ~

Installing Firefox 3 on the eeepc (easy way)

Friday, September 5th, 2008

So I had to F9 my eeepc (press f9 on reboot to restore factory defaults) in an attempt to make wifi work properly. It seems good now but I’m keeping an eye on it. Anyway, I had to reinstall FF3 and found some deb packages to make life far easier.

Initial install instructions [eeeuser.com wiki] included this link to 3eportal where the deb packages and instructions reside. I had to run the dpkg command twice to make it work without errors. This method does not touch your FF2 install.

Working up the EEE PC 901

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

I’ve been upgrading and installing on my eee pc 901 ready for travelling. Getting FF 3 on this was a fight. Top hints:

  1. add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list (although I’ve read that adding debian repos to this xandros install might be dodgy). The first is to get out of that stupid simple UI and have a real desktop again:
    1. deb http://update.eeepc.asus.com/p701/ p701 main
    2. deb http://ftp.ie.debian.org/debian etch main contrib non-free
  2. install http://www.gtk.org/ and associated libs (pango, glib…) as per the docs in the tar.bz download. Then add the library path to LD_LIBRARY_PATH in /usr/profile (I’ve also read LD_LIBRARY_PATH is now considered harmful so I should read up on pkg-config command)

I’ve found the rest of the default install to be pretty good. Amarok works great with podcasts and my ipod (much better control over the ipod contents than itunes), the default movie player is great and twitterfox is keeping my tweets up-to-date.

If only I could get FF weave to behave. It seems overloaded since google sync became obsolete.

EEE PC

Friday, May 16th, 2008

For my RTW trip I’m considering buying an EEE PC. The new 900 series is out now so I’m hoping for a drop in price of the older model. Who needs a 9 inch screen anyway?