[quote]If you have a usb stick or a cd burner, you can re-install something good right now :
You're recommending Mandriva for a NETBOOK!? Did she say what distro she was using? Are you here to help or just to push your favorite distro?
You should not need to completely re-install your OS. It may only be the web browser or flash that needs repair. Most netbook distros have a package manager (Synaptic, for example, on Debian, Mint, Ubuntu, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, etc) that you can use to check the status of all your programs. Sometimes a re-installation of your web browser and maybe Java or Adobe flash player fixes that facebook thingy.
When you write in again, tell us what distro you already have installed (and tell us about your netbook) and others who know your distro and your hardware can help you fix it.
Not to worry!
I'm not quite sure about your agenda or what drove you to make that post but you are obviously quite confused and not here to offer any useful advice accept to try to discredit those who do.
Tammy's post clearly states that she has purchased an ASUS notebook. Not an ASUS netbook (Link there so that you can learn what a netbook is, alright.)
Irrespective of your mistake, Mandriva is actually geared towards ease of use and is optimised for netbooks anyway. Mandriva actually use EEEpcs in their development and testing. There are pictures of the development team doing so on their flickr page.
You can learn about why Mandriva is netbook friendly here.
But you should also just in general learn more about Linux, other Linux distributions and get that chip about Mandriva off your shoulder.
Just for your information. And this is important because you obviously either HATE Mandriva or want to push some other distro, I do not use Mandriva Linux. I used to use Mandrake Linux and it was in fact the very first distribution I installed when I first started using Linux over ten years ago.
I recommend Mandriva because it is the most user friendly Linux distribution available. Period. There is absolutely no way you can convince me otherwise. Like I say, I have used Linux for over ten years and I KNOW which distribution is the easiest for new users to install and use.
I myself find Fedora easy to use and I personally use that distribution because of lack of hard disk space to install NixOs on. What I use is irrelevant to answer this question. I would not go and recommend either of my first choice distributions to new users who are not familiar with Linux, simply because of how terrible packagekit is and NixOs is a development distribution for very experienced Linux users.
Neither of those distributions are ideally suited to new users and that is why I say Mandriva.
I will not recommend Ubuntu or OpenSuSe for ethical reasons. Please learn about Mark Shuttleworth and his pumping millions into Ubuntu to try to buy/build a Linux distribution.
Also learn about Novell's patent deals with Microsoft and how they are faring as a result of it, to at least maybe understand my educated ethical choices.
Robin, you unfortunately show your lack of hands on experience.
Many new machines which come with Linux pre-installed are shipping with 3rd rate quality distributions, which have been stripped down and "Tinkered" With to make them :
Extremely difficult to update.
Lacking in full software repositories.
Without the option to install (Should you own a license) Software which allows you to encode or decode DVDs or h.264 video.
Not to contain a package manager.
Asus are one of these manufacturers. If you had ever seen any of these new machines hands on, you would be aware of that and would realise that reloading it off a backup CD doesn't improve anything and how would Tammy re-install any software if the package manager has been removed from her distro? Either by accident or by Asus. She wouldn't be able to.
So installing a full user friendly Linux distribution is the most helpful advice because it is easy to do. Just boot off the disc and let the installer do the work.
If Tammy knew what distribution she was using, she would have posted in the respective distribution specific section.
I am worried. I'm worried that there are more people like yourself, Robin offering advice like your last post and that others are even listening to you.
Please don't offer help if you are going to offer nothing of use at all. There certainly is a place here for people who make an effort and actually know what they are talking about but trying to discredit others with bogus advice is not how to make friends and influence people. Just take a minute to think first next time. OK?
craig2168, please don't SHOUT. It's rude. Please respect the netiquette.
Tammy, (If you are reading this) I'm sorry that this post doesn't offer any solution to your problem. My previous post does.