This weekend, after I returned from my trip to Pau I tried updating the eeePC to see if I could install an open source video editor like Kdenlive. The eeePC has built-in webcam video camera which produces OGG files. I thought it would really, really neat if I could find an editor to shuffle around video clips, synch an audio track and add some still images. From the descriptions on the Web, Kdenlive seemed to be a good match.
Unfortunately, due to my inexperience of Linux, the way I had set the machine up last week had made the machine unstable. I tried installing some more software and it failed to boot up. My only option was to rebuild the eeePC from scratch.
To rebuild, Asus provides a recovery disc. I ran this disc on a Windows XP machine and used the second option on the Asus menu to format a USB memory stick for Linux and make an image of the operating system. Once the USB memory stick has been forwarded, the Asus recovery software prompted me to unplug it and plug it back in. Once this had been done, an image of the eeePC was then copied onto the USB memory stick.
I then started the eeePC and pressed F2 to bring up the BIOS menu. I needed to use the disc tab to select the USB drive as the primary, first disk and pressed F10 to save.
The eeePC now booted from USB memory and prompted me to type Yes to reinstall image of OS on the hard disk.
Once installed, the machine is rebooted. I pressed F2 again to make the hard disc the primary, first drive.