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Asus Eee PC 1005PE

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus Eee PC 1005PE laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus Eee PC 1005PE. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus Eee PC 1005PE page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus Eee PC 1005PE specifications page.

NameAsus Eee PC 1005PE
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ Pineview-M N450
Screen10.1“ WSVGA
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Network10/100 Ethernet
WLAN 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorCompatible
ScreenCompatible
HDDCompatible
KeyboardCompatibleThe keyboard/touchpad need a work around in order to work fully (in my case)
GraphicsCompatibleThere is a lcd brightness issue when trying to set the brightness to max or min
SoundCompatible
EthernetCompatibleWork around for drivers
WirelessCompatibleWork around for drivers
Bluetoothcompatible
ModemNot Tested
USBCompatible
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamCompatible

Notes

After getting the laptop out of the box, I instantly updated the BIOS via ASUS Update (NOT ASUS Live Update). After that I got my Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit live thumbdrive, and plugged it into my 1005PE (-PU17). I went into BIOS and changed the boot to boot to USB. Once in the Ubuntu installer, I selected the full hard drive and installed without any issues. After installation was completed, I booted into Ubuntu, and found my keyboard and touchpad not working. I connected a keyboard and mouse via USB ports, and logged in and installed all the updates (the reason they did not work is because the hardware is newer than the drivers were in 9.10). After installing all updates, I rebooted, and found the same problem: keyboard and touchpad did not work. I unplugged the power and all USB connections and rebooted, and they worked.

Wireless worked right out of the installer, but I had read that there were issues with the wireless being “flaky”. The work around that is suggested and that I used was: I went into the console and typed: “sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic”, and then installed that driver. Then I also typed: “sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic”. These made the wireless spot on and more stable.

Summary

The problem is the new hardware and the old drivers (or non-existent hardware). After fixing those it works amazing. I am getting 10+ hours on a charge (with everything on). All the problems will most likely be solved with the new version of Ubuntu.


Discussion

fanani, 2012/03/05 04:12

I installed linux 10.4 on my eee pc1005pe and linux worked good.but hotkey for wireless not function.(Fn+2. please your help???

tahere, 2011/04/07 04:59

hi

i have asus u30j

can i install any linux on it?

i like that do that

thanks

winemaker9, 2010/08/20 14:38

For Ubuntu 10.4 / Linuxmint 9


To fix screen brightness issue and volume keys:

1. Change this line in /etc/default/grub
sudo nautilus /etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor”

Then:
sudo -s
cd /boot/grub
grub-mkconfig > grub.cfg

2. In order to keep your brightness and adjust it manually:
alt-f2 and typing gconf-editor
under apps > gnome-power-manager > backlight
Disable both “enable” and “batter_reduce”

3. Reboot

___

To fix Skype microphone issue

Stereo microphones work with Ubuntu/LinuxMint in general, they do not work with Skype.
To fix for Skype

1: Open Alsamixer/PulseAudio volume
2: Unclick the Link button to keeps the left and right mikes linked together
3: Set either the Left or Right microphone channel to 100
4: Set the other microphone channel to 0 (you will now see it the sound level bar working)
5: Launch Skype, go into Options
6: Select Sound Devices and uncheck the box labeled “Allow Skype to automatically adjust mymixer level”.
Skype should now work as advertised.

Patrick, 2010/06/15 23:45

Oh, thank you Nate! I have been cursing for longer than I care to admit while trying to get my recently purchased 1005PE to boot from USB!

Phil Ehrens, 2010/04/30 16:34

AND it turns out that just pinging another box every few seconds also keeps the wireless up… So the hell with my script.

Phil Ehrens, 2010/04/30 16:20

Crap, this forum mangled my script… Too bad.

Phil Ehrens, 2010/04/30 16:18

Just for the record, the backports package that you are installing is for the compat-wireless package, which is the actual “fix” for the wireless problems.

Also note that the power saving features of the 1005pe, which are unfortunately not accessible in the bios, cause the internal wireless to go into low power mode three minutes after closing the lid. If you want to be able to reliably log into your 1005pe remotely, or run network services with the lid closed, you may need to run a watchdog script like this one via your crontab every minute (sorry, this script is very slackware specific - I'm sure you can figure out how to make it work for your distro):

#!/bin/ksh
#
# I call this script “wireless_up”
#
# Use it to keep network services running on
# an ASUS EeePC 1005PE when the lid is closed
# by running it from cron:
#
# * * * * * /usr/local/bin/wireless_up 1> /dev/null
#
# Phil Ehrens phil@slug.org
#
/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 |grep – Not-Associated >/dev/null 2>&1 || exit
/usr/local/bin/rfkill unblock all
/usr/local/bin/rfkill unblock all
/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 essid `grep -Po '^WLAN_ESSID\[\d\]=\”([^”]+)' /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf |sed -e 's/^.*\”'`
/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 key `grep -Po '^WLAN_KEY\[\d\]=\”([^”]+)' /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf |sed -e 's/^.*\”
'`
/sbin/ifconfig wlan0 up

Steve, 2010/04/05 16:06

I installed the 9.10 netbook remix on my eee pc1005pe and everything worked great without modification.

I did install blueman to deal with iPhone tethering and my bluetooth mouse.
5
Your suggestion to do the following:
1.“sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic
2. sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic

…stabilized my wireless connection. My signal strength went from around 50% to 100%.

Thanks.

jeff, 2010/03/22 03:02

i did exactly what nate did made windows 40gb but used ubuntu netbook remix 9.10 an it now will not allow me to boot into windows or use the recovery tool. trying to start all over again now

nate, 2010/03/06 15:26

UPDATE: Webcam tested, works perfectly using “cheese” and Pidgin “Google Talk” support. Had to install some backports for Pidgin, instructions on the Pidgin site.

No luck on getting the microphone working so far, but I haven't put a lot of effort into that yet.

The screen dims and brightens at about 10-second intervals, oddly brightening at idle when I have the screen set really dim. Going into power management and turning off the “dim screen when idle” seems to have sorted that out for now.

nate, 2010/03/06 04:04

Dratted typos. “THEN go into the list of hard drives and move your USB drive to a higher priority”. Sorry about that.

USB drives show up in the list of hard drives under boot options. Don't ask me why, but if you don't set the USB drive first under both “devices” and “hard drives”, you may not boot to the USB stick.

Also, as an aside, I turned off all the fast boot stuff. F2 is the key to get you into BIOS setup, and if you turn off the fast boot options it'll prompt you for that nicely (and it doesn't really slow the boot down by much).

Now that it's installed, I have all the usual Mint options in GRUB, plus Windows 7 (which starts Windows 7 Starter) and Windows Vista (which starts the recovery tool).

nate, 2010/03/06 03:59

As of 3/5/2010, I just received an Eee PC 1005PE, and the latest BIOS seems to fix that keyboard/mouse issue. Just in the process of finishing up downloading the 215 updates from a Mint 8 fresh install, and the wireless seems solid.

I installed a multiboot with the existing Windows 7 Starter, and I had to go into Windows and delete its D: drive - Mint installer cannot create more than four primary partitions, and ASUS already had four. They are as follows:
- Primary Windows 7 Starter C:
- D: drive for extra data (so if you do a recovery, you can move your data here first)
- Reinstall/Reimage (seems to be based on Vista)
- Tiny little drive that helps startup run faster or something.

If you delete D: and resize C: to something reasonable (I did 40GB), then resize the reimage drive to something reasonable, you can have plenty of space for a 15-20GB \ partition, 5GB swap, and well over 100Gb \home.

Oddly, at bootup, you have to both specify that USB comes first, THEN go into the list of hard drives and move your hard drive to a higher boot priority. I spent an hour discovering this golden nugget, so maybe that will save you a little time. ;)

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