[ubuntu-uk] Netbook Ubuntu v. plain Ubuntu

Dave Morley davmor2 at davmor2.co.uk
Mon Feb 7 12:21:49 UTC 2011

On Fri, 2011-02-04 at 21:22 +0000, Dianne Reuby wrote:
> A friend has asked me to look at her husbands netbook, which is running
> Linux. He bought it from Tesco two years ago, so I think it probably
> *is* Ubuntu.
> His problems are mainly that it doesn't recognise USB devices when
> they're plugged in, and it downloads updates but doesn't install them.
> He wants to do more than email and web browsing, which is all he feels
> he can do at the moment (it has shortcuts on the desktop for email and
> firefox).
> If it's two years old, and he hasn't upgraded, will it be pre-Unity? As
> I've never used a netbook, only Ubuntu on desktops and laptops, will I
> be able to find my way around it?
> She thinks his cunning plan is to break it so he can buy a new one, but
> I don't want to be the one that breaks it! :)
> Dianne
Is he downloading the updates or is he actually just checking the repos
which in older versions of Ubuntu said downloading updates from x

In which case it might be up-to-date and just not look it.

Are you sure it is Ubuntu try running uname -a in a terminal

Most early netbooks ran linpus lite which obviously isn't Ubuntu.

Try Ubuntu via a usb pen drive if that is working fine there is nothing
wrong with the machine.
Seek That Thy Might Know

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