CloudBook Blows So Far

So we got our CloudBook, unboxed it, and we’re all excited to start using it and doing our hands on when the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen happens. We couldn’t get through the setup program because we couldn’t find an Ok or Next button!You know how it is when you first start a new computer or you first install a new OS. Whether it’s Windows or Mac OS or Linux, you’re going to be asked for certain information before you get to your desktop for the first time. The computer is going to prompt you to select a language, a timezone, and some other basic things.

The problem with the CloudBook setup is that we were stopped cold at the timezone prompt. We tried clicking everything on the screen to no avail. We hit every key on the keyboard, including Enter. We also resized the window to see if we were missing something.

We didn’t think there was a way to get past this screen:

Start Problem

Notice the lack of an Ok or Forward button or anything resembling one. So we tried to close the window and we were indeed able to do that. However, all we get is an empty desktop with no way to continue, load programs, or do anything. We’ve tried every possible key combination we could think of and there seemed to be no way to get any kind of menu or load any kind of program. Updated: Thanks so much to Brad Linder who suggested we use Alt + Click to drag the top of the window above the screen. Indeed, there were Back and Forward buttons below the screen.

cloudbook-forward.jpg

Update: This resolution problem may occur on CloudBooks sent to consumers. We just got a note from Everex’s Paul Kim saying:

It looks like the gOS team loaded the wrong size opening windows on a few of the press samples. I’m talking to them now to try to see what happened but will keep you updated.

Update: We now have a complete mini-review of the CloudBook posted.

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The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. AlexQ Says:

    .. have you tried pressing the “Return/Enter” key?

  2. Jangie Says:

    Hey AlexQ, looks like they did… it’s right there in the article. “We hit every key on the keyboard, including Enter.”

  3. TheWalt Says:

    Try to hold down the ‘alt’ key and using the mouse drag the window up some, may just be off screen.

  4. AlexQ Says:

    .. oops, yes Jangie :D. Well, I wonder how many lucky Cloudbook owners will be stumped by this bad bit of design?!

  5. Atticus Says:

    At least we know what to do when we receive our Cloudbook. :)

  6. Atticus Says:

    Do you mean “back and forward” instead of “forward and next”?

  7. Patrick Says:

    It is pretty evident that gOS (at least the version you’re testing) is not up-to-par. What really needs to be tested is Windows; that would unmask the faults in gOS and give a true “comparative” quality to this review. It just seems wrong to judge the cloudbook based on what, quite possibly, could be an unstable/incorrect OS. Thats my 2 cents anyway.

  8. Bri Says:

    I agree with you Patrick. The first thing I would do it wipe out GOS and put pure Ubuntu on
    it anyways. Thats what I wish they could do for the review

  9. steveballmer Says:

    Just like the Macbook HotAir, these things either suck or blow!

  10. My2Cents Says:

    The CB should run itunes fine, my eeePC runs it fine with the exception of video performance with certain movies/ music videos. I have a stock setup aside from my 16gb SDHC. Given its specs are double operating speed of the eee and half the L2 cache (the fsb is same speed according to newegg but wiki for the chip maker states a higher fsb ) either way it should be relatively the same performance under heavy usage (it may prove a tad speedier for regular docs and browsing) i love my eee but afraid the inlaws in Mexico may want it when I go. One more thing I do light Photoshop and Acrobat and it does everything Fine (even with the stock 512MB I rarely go above 400 in usage)

  11. Brenda Says:

    I was looking forward to the Cloudbook but finally got an EeePC 4G with webcam. It’s great! I didn’t really like the Xandros OS but decided to keep it anyway so I installed Ubuntu on a SDHC 4GB (until I get a 32GB) and Ubuntu works great! I have it dual booting with Xandros. Even with Ubuntu you have to use the Alt+click to move the window sometimes because the 800×480 isn’t a standard screen size, but it’s not a problem. And in most cases you can increase the font size with Ctrl++ to ease eye strain (I need glasses). You will need to tweak it for Ubuntu to recognize some stuff but the Ubuntu community site has it covered and it will probably be the same for the Cloudbook. BTW, jr accidentally pushed my EeePC off the kitchen table while my back was turned. I heard the crash, picked up my Eee and it was still running fine, just has a scratch on the corner of the lid/screen where it hit the floor, it didn’t even flinch, my mom was talking to me on Skype at the time… Try that with a full size laptop!!!

  12. Paully Says:

    This cloudbook is great hardware. But the gOS is Stinking. I have a warning for all of those that might be out there in cloudbook land. Do not modify screen settings! If you lose the original 800×460 mode you might have to send it back to the manufacturer. I called tech support and they actually suggested maybe loading a different OS.

    gOS is as wilma goddess of all geeks “Janky!!”

  13. Eric Says:

    How do you get Ubuntu to recognize your internal Wi-Fi adapter? I’ve installed it in a seperate partition, but I usually do not boot up to Ubuntu, because it refuses to recognize my internal Wi-Fi adapter and so I mostly use Windows XP that is installed on the primary partition.
    Any ideas on what I can do to get the Ubuntu to recognize the Wi-Fi adapter so I can begin enjoying it wirelessly?

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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