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Asus Eee PC 1015PN

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus Eee PC 1015PN laptop. If you have the Asus Eee PC 1015PN and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus Eee PC 1015PN specifications page.

NameAsus Eee PC 1015PN
ProcessorIntel Atom Pineview-M N570 @ 1.66GHz
Screen10.1“ HannStar WSVGA (1024×600 native)
RAMUp to 2GB DDR3 1 x SO-DIMM single-channel
HDDup to 250GB (Seagate Momentus 5400.6 series)
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsNVIDIA ION N11M-PT1 (GT218)
Intel GMA 3150 in 3 boot operation modes
Network10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (Atheros AR8132)
WLAN 802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz (Broadcom BCM4313)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorOK
ScreenOK
HDDOK
GraphicsOK
SoundOK
EthernetBuggy
WirelessBuggy
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNone
USBOK
Card ReaderOK
WebcamOK

Notes

I run Slackware 13.37 on it now.
You need the following drivers for each component:

ComponentDriver
WLAN BCM4313brcmsmac
Gigabit ethernetatl1c
HD audio cardsnd_hda_codec
snd_hda_codec_hdmi
snd_hda_codec_realtek
snd_hda_intel
Webcamuvcvideo
Batterysbs
sbshc
CPU tempcoretemp

For HDMI audio to work properly with the nvidia drivers you must create a file '/etc/modprobe.d/sound.conf' with:
options snd-hda-intel probe_mask=0xffff,0xfff2

The WLAN BCM4313 may crash the system on any OS. I have disabled it in the BIOS and bought a USB WLAN card.

Do NOT delete the following partition as it is needed for fastboot:

NamePart TypeFS TypeSize (MB)
sda2PrimaryEFI (FAT-12/16/32)16.02* (or 18.02*)

I had a hard time finding RAM that works with this netbook. I know that these work:
Transcend 2GB DDR3-1333
Samsung 2GB DDR3-10600

Remember to run 'hdparm -B 254 /dev/sda' on boot so the HDD doesn't destroy itself by spinning up and down continuously.

Although the official specs say Optimus, the graphics can actually be put in 3 different modes applicable on next boot:
Intel only
Nvidia only (default)
Optimus
See here for more info and some scripts to help switch these modes:
https://sites.google.com/site/mtrons/projects/eee1015pn

Summary

The netbook works better than I had expected it to work. In theory everything on it works on Linux. However, the on-board WLAN and Gigabit ethernet have given me some problems, especially the WLAN card, which I have disabled as a result. Note that the WLAN card is buggy in other operating systems as well. The ethernet card works, but can give spurious interrupts and may cease to function until next boot. Probably the drivers will improve and this will not happen anymore. I have not tested and do not use bluetooth. One more word of warning, the ASUS site says “The 1015PN is capable of smooth, crystal-clear playback of high definition videos in 1080p on an HDTV or big screen via an HDMI port.”. The fact is that it CANNOT play 1080p videos without stuttering on any OS. It can however output in 1080p on the HDMI port. I suppose the ambiguity on their site is deliberate. Still, it does play 720p videos without stuttering on any OS.


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