Bored the other day so I took the Viliv S10 blade laptop (tablet pc/netbook?) and attempted to install Unbuntu.
This post will serve as an experiment and also double as a review of the Viliv. Viliv is known to make small portable computing devices. This laptop came several weeks late from a BBB approved (or so they say…) company named “Dynamism”. After finally arriving the laptop felt and looked great, very slim, sd card reader, two styluses and even a decent battery. However they had loaded a copy of Windows XP home edition, which is fine… if it was at least the touch screen version. A touch screen device on a normal copy of Windows XP is not fun nor intuitive.
Boredem took over one day and I decided to try to install Unbuntu because I have always wanted to mess with it. However the Viliv had other plans for me…
Installing the ISO file to a 8gb thumb drive to boot from on the Viliv.
The install was going great, and the install was easy to follow
Time passed and I clicked my way through the setup prompts, until I realized I could not use the track pad because the cursor appeared stuck in one spot. The touch screen was malfunctioning and the laptop sensed something pressing on the screen. As a result I was unable to finish the Unubuntu install. After being frustrated for a few hours I began to tear take apart the Viliv and finally saw what I thought was the problem. The cable to the monitor was loosely taped together. Don’t believe me? Either did Viliv. Seeing is believing.
Unfortunately this did not completely fix the problem, Dynamism has been contacted and I am currently waiting for a RMA tracking number to send it off to their HQ.
However this sparked another idea to install Google Chrome OS on the netbook (after Dynamism fixes the problem with the hardware). Unless I get lucky and Google sends me one of those Google Chrome OS beta laptops I signed up for a few months back. (Crosses fingers)