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I upgraded the bios on my Eee PC 701 this afternoon, Then when I tried to go back to desktop mode, an error message came up, something to the effect that there was not enough room left in my home directory. I shut the computer down and when I tried to reboot it just showed the flash screen and then hangs.

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Before doing a BIOS upgrade, always make sure that your eeePC has a full battery and is connected to the power. You may have such problem.

If your EEE PC support Crashfree BIOS, connect it to power, if it can still turn on put the CD it came with in the CD. If it supports Crashfree BIOS, it should reflash it to the original BIOS.

You may follow instructions in your User's Manual for guidelines on BIOS recovery via CrashFree BIOS.

Hope this helps.

Waiting your comments.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010

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  • won2drive Jul 11, 2010

    Everything was going ok until I tried to go back to the full desktop mode from easy mode. The BIOS upgrade was most radical thing that I was doing so I just thought that it might have been the problem. I'm away from home and without my cd. Was wondering if switching to EasyPeasy might solve the problem. It really seems to be a boot problem rather than a BIOS problem (unless the two might be related, I'm only a novice not an expert). Also, where would I start to look for any options regarding "Crashfree" BIOS.

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY Jul 11, 2010


    As you know the easy mode, which uses the IceWM window manager, is the default mode upon boot.

    Did you try to boot with easy mode again? What is your operating system? Windows , Linux or Mac.

    It may not be a BIOS problem. Try to boot in easymode.

  • won2drive Jul 12, 2010

    It is a Linux system, (hence the reference to "easy mode/full desktop mode") I had changed my settings so that it would boot directly into full desktop mode but of course when I wanted to do any upgrading, I had to switch to easy mode. Is it possible to interrupt the boot process and tell the system to boot into easy mode? As I said before, the whole problem started when I tried to switch to desktop from easy and that is what makes me think it is not a boot problem. Just hoped I could solve the problem sooner than when I get home at the end of this week but if not.....
    Thanks again for your efforts to assist.

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY Jul 12, 2010


    You can try this F9 restore command to set factory settings.

    Good luck.

  • won2drive Jul 13, 2010

    Is it possible to boot without the windows manager starting up? I tried the F9 and nothing different happened. The screen just flashes as if a backlighting flash and once in a while a strip of green bars shoot across the top of the screen and it hangs. Perhaps if I could boot into a text editer without the gui starting up, I could check the "hidden menu". Looks like I'll just have to find my restore cd. I would think there would be a place that I could download it from.
    Thanks again.

  • Ibrahim OKTAY
    Ibrahim OKTAY Jul 13, 2010


    Please check these links which may be helpful for you.

    Install/run rescue console on the Eee

    How to re-enable Boot Booster in the BIOS

    EeeUser webpage

    Hope this helps.


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