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Thanks in advance for any help. I bought a Netbook for my father and it did not come with an OS and does not have a disc drive. What is the easiest way to load Windows onto it? Buy a USB cord and do it from one of my desktop comps? Use a lan cable through my network? Use a lan cable from one of my desktops? I've never installed anything without a disc, so I'm a noob It came preinstalled with Asus Express Gate, but no OS. Here's the model in case you need to see it...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-857-_-Product
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There is a windows utility to load an iso disc image to a USB stick for netbooks. I used that once before.
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USB drive. If you are putting a Linux distro you can use unetboot and it will get the image for you and format the USB drive so it is ready to boot and install the OS.

For windows just google for a boot loader and put a windows image on it.
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Thanks guys, but I decided just to run up to Best Buy and buy him an external dvd drive. He'll end up needing one anyways.
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Okay, I'd like to put my fist through the wall. I purchased an external dvd and loaded Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64 bit on the netbook and thought I was almost done. However, I'm now thinking that netbooks aren't compatible with the 64bit version because I can't find any drivers that aren't for 32 bit. I can't even get online with it because I can't find a 64bit driver
I think I'm gonna give Ubuntu a try since it's free. Only bad part is that the download is telling me it will take 20 hours.
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use the x86 disc

most atom powered netbooks don't support x86-64

if you can DL ubuntu from another connection (or try using a torrent) use unetbootin to install it to the flash drive and then go from there
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use the x86 disc

most atom powered netbooks don't support x86-64

if you can DL ubuntu from another connection (or try using a torrent) use unetbootin to install it to the flash drive and then go from there
This one is an Athlon II powered netbook, so I was surprised to have problems with 64bit. I can't find anywhere that tells me its not compatible, but none of the drivers will install. Seems odd that the OS installs and runs fine, but none of the device drivers will run. So frustrating!
Edit: Wow, the torrent of Ubuntu will be done in 6 minutes
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Okay, I'd like to put my fist through the wall. I purchased an external dvd and loaded Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64 bit on the netbook and thought I was almost done. However, I'm now thinking that netbooks aren't compatible with the 64bit version because I can't find any drivers that aren't for 32 bit. I can't even get online with it because I can't find a 64bit driver
I think I'm gonna give Ubuntu a try since it's free. Only bad part is that the download is telling me it will take 20 hours.
http://www.amd.com/us/products/embed...or-family.aspx Should be 64 bit capable. Did you install the OS from an external or a usb flash drive?

Edit: OK, gotcha. OS installed, can't find drivers.

Edit2: I read through the newegg reviews. Seems most people had to install x86 due to lack of drivers.

Ubuntu to the rescue.
Edited by Rayzer76 - 2/12/11 at 12:26pm
    
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post #9 of 13
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Ubuntu to the rescue.
I'm hoping you're right I'm making the ISO on my usb as we speak!
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You can get the drivers to work with 64bit but you probably have to do some hard searching for chipset drivers and not things as broad as searching by notebook model. Although I would say you can't game, and probably can't do much in the terms of heavy power, going linux wouldn't be a bad idea. I am a linux advocate though, so that might be a little biased. I will say Windows might get you an hour or so more battery life but linux should feel smoother (depending on distro).
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