I don’t have an external USB CD-ROM drive, nor a live Xandros installation to build an usb recovery image.
The prerequisites are:
- the file named system_image.gz that is on the Recovery CD.
- a live linux system (knoppix? SysRescueCD? I’ve used my debian on nfs.)
- basic knowledge of a partition tool editor (like cfdisk).
system_image.gz is the compressed image of the root system. Copy it on a usb pen, samba share, public_html, where you want! Start the eee-box with the live system of your choice, and unpack the compressed root on the internal drive of EEE-Box with:
zcat system_image.gz > /dev/sdb
(nb: my debian recognized the harddisk as sdb, on other live system can be sda, check the dmesg for being sure)
Now we need to add a second ext3 partition that will be used as /home directory with cfdisk: remember to create it as Primary Partition, so it will be called sdb2. After, create a swap partition in a Extended Partition, so it will be named sdb5.
Format the newly crated partition with:
Reboot, and you are ready to use a brand new Asus Xandros.