Fun with gOS: CloudBook Fixed

Good news! I finally fixed the CloudBook. Indeed as some of the users suggested, there was a way to restore the original video settings by copying a configuration file. This is basic Linux 101 to those who use Ubuntu a lot, but I, like many potential CloudBook users, am a Linux newbie. To restore the configuration file, I hit ESC at boot time and was given a menu (from Grub boot manager) which allowed me to select “recovery mode.” Unlike Windows, recovery mode in Linux, at least in gOS, is not graphical. You get a command prompt. Fortunately, I know a few basic unix/linux commands so once I knew that the config file was a file called xorg.conf which is located in the /etc/X11 directory, I simply typed cd /etc/X11 at the command prompt. I then entered ls -l to see what files were in the /etc/X11 directory. As I hoped, there was a backup copy of the xorg.conf file which was named xorg.conf.1. I entered cp xorg.conf.1 xorg.conf to copy the original xorg.conf over the dysfunctional one. It worked!

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of 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. ant Says:

    Glad to see you got it fixed!

    Question- does the Cloudbook have an internal microphone?


  2. Mike Cane Says:

    Well that’s a hell of lot more than I would have been able to figure out.

    I hope your adventures with the machine will continue. I’m interested to see if that claimed five hours of battery life holds up.

  3. JAmerican Says:

    If you plan to use Linux, I suggest you use Ubuntu for a month. It is basically a crash course in Linux 101. I learned how to fix xorg issues with my graphics as well as how to set my resolution so that it wouldn’t change. EtC. I am back on XP because of the application support but Ubuntu was fun. I also tried Vista for a month and the only thing I liked was the flashy UI, and Media Center. But I got Vista Inspirat 2 on XP and XP Media Center Edition so I got the perks of Vista without the bloat :).

  4. JAmerican Says:

    Could you make a video of the Cloudbook playing YouTube or a video of the Cloudbook booting up. Cloud you also make another video of the Cloudbook side by side with the EEE PC


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