Restoring and updating the ASUS Eee Linux PC
Well, I’ve been hornswaggled. My lovely brand-new ASUS Eee from Myer may have been a shop-soiled demo model. It wasn’t a virgin system but one that had played the field with many. Never worry: here’s how to take the ASUS Eee back to the complete factory image at any time, along with how to update the apps and Xandros Linux distro that it uses.
Last time, I reported my Eee booted into its bold iconic interface straight away; there was no login prompt or EULA. Yet, the instructional guide accompanying the unit says there should actually have been a first-time setup wizard.
Presumably, the Myer store turned the Eee on, themself, at some time – and went through the wizard, entering a username (they opted for brevity, entering the ever so subtle “m”) and – get this – accepting the EULA before on-selling it. This raises an interesting question for someone more legally-minded than I: what is the standing of an end-user license which has not been accepted by the end user, because they were never presented with it?
Nevertheless, time to turn the clock back.