In this post, I document the installation of PCLOS Phoenix on my EeePC 8G Netbook. I like the clean lines of Phoenix with xfce. Here's the general outline to getting the Phoenix to take flight:
- Press ESC while the BIOS splash screen is displayed to get the boot menu.
- Select the boot device attached to the netbook, either CD or USB or SD card. I booted from a live CD
- Select install PCLinuxOS from the Phoenix edition live CD menu.
- Follow the prompts of the installation Wizard.
After completing the Wizardry, I was able to log-in and encounter two problems:
- I discovered that I couldn't su to root because my password included some alpha characters that shared the numerical keypad embedded in the regular keyboard. I realized that Num Lock happened to be active after first log-in. Once I turned off Num Lock with the Fn-F11 keystroke sequence everything worked as advertised.
- While the Phoenix splash screen filled the width of the display, the X11 desktop displayed with a half-inch gap on each side, reducing further an already small screen area.
Before looking into the screen width problem, I ran Synaptic to upgrade the software after connecting to the Internet via my DSL WiFi. All went well. I rebooted and still had the same desktop width problem.
After fiddling about with the /etc/X11/xorg.conf
file for a little while with no success at a console terminal, I remembered from trying to solve a screen resolution problem with Bodhi Linux that the latest kernel doesn't need xorg.conf
now that display discovery is built-in.
I deleted the /etc/X11/xorg.conf
file and rebooted the machine. After log-in, the desktop displayed properly, occupying the full width of the display.
While reaching this point, the upper and lower panels kept getting in the way of the Quit, Next, Cancel
buttons of the pop-up windows. Right clicking on the window title bar and selecting Move
enables the window to be moved beyond the borders of the display, allowing access to the buttons after you left-click to drop the window back onto the desktop.
I right-clicked on the lower panel, opened the property settings window and set Panel-0 and Panel-1 to appear when the cursor is moved into the upper or lower edge of the screen. This gives a lot more room on the small display.
By the way, console terminals are available with keystroke combination Ctrl+Alt+F1 through F6. I thought F7 was the graphical display, but it turns out to be F8 instead.
I hope this is helpful to you. Good luck!