USB booting the kogan agora – is 2GB too big?

Is a 2GB USB drive too big for booting the Kogan agora netbook?

Over the last few days I have been trying to USB boot different operation systems on my Kogan agora pro, such as UNR and the recently released ‘koganised’ gOS iso.

I have two USB drives of the same brand. One is 1GB, and the other 2GB. I found that I can only get the 1GB USB drive to boot – the 2GB drive fails with “boot error“. Other users have also reported this behaviour.

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restoring the kogan agora to factory default settings and gOS

I have just booted my agora using the kogan gOS iso, which can be found here:

I used unetbootin to create a bootable USB drive, and it booted to an Ubuntu/gOS boot menu fine. I didn’t want to overwrite my UNR install, so I chose to boot ‘live’ – i.e. run gOS from the USB drive, and not change my hard drive in any way.

The kogan spash screen appeared and eventually it booted to the ‘koganised’ gOS desktop, which only lasted a day the last time it was installed on my agora! What I didn’t have, semi-unexpectedly, was a functioning touchpad.

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Connecting an external monitor to the kogan agora

Update: waldo has connected his agora to an external monitor at 1920×1080. Not sure what operating system, but I am guessing its a driver thing.

Over at the kogan blog, outsideworld asked what the maximum resolution was for a external monitor attached to the agora. The quickest way to tell was to plug my agora pro into my 19″ BenQ LCD, and see what it could do.

After some playing around in the Display Preferences in Ubuntu Netbook Remix, I found that the maximum resolution was 1024×768.


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