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Friday, March 13, 2009

Dell Ubuntu Netbook Remix install

Dell Ubuntu Remix 8.04
I'll show you how to download the disc image and install the Dell created version of Ubuntu Linux for the Inspiron Mini 9 Netbook. Since the image is created by Dell it includes all drivers and programs you will need to start out.

Dell Mini 9 Ubuntu Netbook Remix - Restore ISO Image The first thing you will want to do is download the ISO image for the install from the following link:


You will need a torrent download program to get the file. I would suggest u Torrent from the following link, If you don't already have a torrent program:


After getting these two downloaded you will want to open the .iso file from the location you downloaded it to with a burning program. If you have Nero I think this is one of the better programs, otherwise BurnAware is available for free and will perform the same function.


So after you download and burn the .iso image to a DVD disc we can proceed to Step 2.
Install Ubuntu from Restore Disc Insert the burned DVD into your external optical drive and plug it into an available USB port on your Netbook.

When you start up the system you will want to press the number 0 at the Dell Start up splash screen. This will pull up the Boot Menu.

Press the down arrow once to select CD/DVD/CD-RW and then hit Enter.

The Dell System Restore DVD screen will appear and you will be prompted to Press "Enter" to continue. Do this and then type proceed and hit Enter to start the installation.

The Ubuntu Splash screen will pop up along with the Install script at the bottom of your screen. The installer will Delete your old Partition Table, Create the new Partition Table, Format the drive, then mount and copy the system files and programs. This process will take approximately 15 minutes.

The DVD will eject once the initial install is complete, you can remove it from the drive and disconnect the USB optical drive from the system. The computer will restart and show you Dell's End User Software License Agreement or EULA for short. Read through this if you like then hit Enter to proceed.

Next you are given the Service Tag & Express Service Code from your system. Make a note of these if you would like, they are also printed on the label underneath your system so not really necessary. Hit Enter to proceed.

Set up your Personal Info Now we will set up Ubuntu for your personal use. The first screen will ask your language, select that then Foward. Choose the Country you live in (United States) next then select Forward. Choose your time zone for the system clock (New York) then select forward. Choose the Keyboard layout you would like (USA, USA) then select Forward. In the Who Are You? window type in your User Name, log in name, and administrator password. Make a note of the Log in name and Password as the system will ask you for these to verify certain actions. You can leave the Check box as is if you would like the system to Automatically log in. Otherwise uncheck the box and select Forward. Now your system will log you in for the first time. If your screen brightness is way down like mine hit the following key combination to brighten things up: Fn+9 then Fn+0

You should be up and running now, with my install it took approximately 20-25min to complete the process.

To connect to your wireless network select the network icon in the system tray at the top of the page then choose your preferred network and if a security key is required the system will prompt for it. Enjoy!

Ubuntu Update Manager As an extra step I would recommend updating the System Packages. To do this go to the system menu at the top left of the screen, next to the home icon the Ubuntu one. Then select System => Administration => Update Manager.

When the Update Manager window opens select Check then enter your password from the setup to get the newest updates. After the Updates are found select Install Updates to apply them.

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