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Asus Eee PC 1018P


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus Eee PC 1018P laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus Eee PC 1018P. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus Eee PC 1018P page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Asus Eee PC 1018P specifications page.

NameAsus Eee PC 1018P
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ N455/N475
Screen10.1“ WSVGA
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
NetworkOptional 10/100/1000 Ethernet
WLAN 802.11b/g/n @2.4GHz

Linux Compatibility

SoundWorksUse a Linux distributions with kernel 2.6.35 or greater for proper sound support
EthernetWorksTested on slackware64-13.37 with mainline kernel v2.6.37.6
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


If you are installing from a USB stick (or maybe a USB optical drive) use the USB port on the left of the computer. Also disable Boot Booster from within the BIOS settings.


If you use a Linux distribution with kernel 2.6.35 or greater, such as Ubuntu 10.10, you shouldn't have any problems with this laptop.


Paul Maddox, 2012/05/03 09:10

Thanks for the USB port trick!

Jimll, 2012/04/21 20:48

I've got Debian Linux 6.0 running on my 1018P and mostly its great - audio works (including mic with Skype), video camera, wireless, etc. The only downsides I've found so far is that with the stock 2.6.32-5-686 kernel the right hand USB sockets don't seem to work properly. The left hand one (that I installed from) works fine though, and I only really use one USB device with the netbook anyway (my 3G dongle) so its not really been a pain enough for me to track down the issues with it yet.

Brandon, 2012/01/20 03:07

The ESC key! Thank goodness someone found that, I would have never gotten Ubuntu 11.04 on my 1018p otherwise.

richarduie, 2012/01/02 16:36


I had an (almost insanely?!) ambitious idea…

Decided to see whether the resources of the 1018 (N455 CPU with 2GB RAM) would bear up under VMWare use. This was the only element of the standard suite of dev tools that I employ on my laptop and workstation and hadn't yet tried on the netbook.

I downloaded and installed the latest 32-bit player. I imported an 8GB XP-SR3 VM that I use for cross-browser testing (Windows versions of a bunch of different browsers, including IE8).

It works! I've only run with a 256MB memory allocation to the VM so far, but its performance is acceptable for testing HTML pages (not noticeably different from my laptop [AMD CPU variable speed up to 2GHz with 1.4GB RAM] - like the laptop, a bit slower than my workstation [Intel CPU at 2.4GHz with 2GB RAM]).

Also, took only the 1018 on my five-day, holiday road-trip to Michigan in December. Didn't feel the least bit limited and much enjoyed the lightweight portability of the wee box.

Still no joy for the internal mic or mic-port, but I remain hopeful.

richarduie, 2011/11/23 21:12

Installed Kubuntu 10.04 from USB without difficulty (thanks to online tips about LEFT USB port and Esc to launch boot menu that allows booting from USB). Created the bootable image of Kubuntu using LiLi on my wife's Win7 box (are we all “amused” that the easiest tool for creating bootable Linux USBs runs ONLY on Windoze?).

Kubuntu did not have the driver for the wireless card, but It was easy to install using a hard Ethernet connection to my router - then everything could be done wirelessly.

The only non-working device is the mic. Neither internal nor pluggable external work. Could be that the latest ALSA drivers would repair that, but my kernel's too new for there to be support in the repositories for that at present.

The on-board camera works fine. However, since my main use for camera is to video chat on Skype, I tried out my Logitech USB cam, and it works fine - both video and audio.

I've got the 2GB RAM upgrade, and have made this netbook into a clone of my workstation and regular laptop. That mean software like Eclipse with a bunch of plug-ins, a full LAMP stack with cURL enabled, video conversion, and graphics tools, Firefox with a raft of add-ons, Thunderbird configured for both personal and work e-mail, etc. No detectable performance “drag” yet.

Battery is six-cell, and it looks like 4-6 hours under heavy use. E.g., I tested by simultaneously running a checkout from my shop's svn repository from the level of the trunk, installing packages via KPackageKit, and dowloading my work POP server's full message collection (thousands of e-mails). I ran for about four hours of this kind of usage and had 29% battery capacity remaining.

I've also built a full, persistent install of BackTrack 5 (based on Kubuntu 10.04) on a 16GB USB drive. Boots fine - actually created the persistent USB using the 1018 itself; booted a Live CD image from the left USB port and installed to the 16GB drive in one of the right ports - just have to be careful you KNOW the device name of the target drive. The total install took up 6+GB, reserved a swap partition, and left 6+GB free for persistent storage. Note - BT5 DID have the necessary wireless driver pre-installed and wicd saw and connected to my router with no issue, once I configured the connection for WPA.

I'm pleased. If I can get the mics to work, I'll be pleased-er.

Kirro, 2011/01/27 03:27

I've had problems getting the wireless card to be recognized, even with Ubuntu 10.10, took me a while to figure it out. Apparently it's a problem with the particular chipset the netbook uses, so not everyone is affected. Here's the solution:

Thijs, 2010/09/20 07:20

Sound problems ubuntu with 1018p

Is wireless working out the box with you?

Thijs, 2010/09/20 07:17

I just installed EasyPeasy on my 1018p. You can install with a USB stick, but you must put the USB stick in the left USB port! The two others USB ports are not suitable for loading an operating system. Otherwise you get initramfs. It took me some time to understand the boot system. At first there is boot booster, that makes it impossible to enter the bios. I had to remove the battery during booting, so I could enter the bios and stop boot booster. Then you change the startup sequence in the bios so USB comes first. Then during booting you must tap <esc> so you get a menu to choose to boot from USB (in the left USB port!). It took me one week to find this out, perhaps I can save you one week ;-)

RamenSuki, 2010/09/29 23:58

You are my hero. I figured out the esc key and boot booster fairly quickly, but I've spent all day dealing with the 'unable to find a live file system' errors. The left usb port! Hoooooooowl!!!!

Thanks so much!

youreAwesome, 2010/09/30 19:13

Thank you so much for pointing the USB port thing out, Thijs. You're my hero right now. I love you.

anita, 2010/10/05 13:24

Huzza!!! Love, love, love!

hoehlenmensch, 2010/12/31 10:47

:* :* :*
you are my hero! :D

Cosine, 2010/09/16 05:51

Got ubuntu 10.04 running on my eee 1018p. I had to install from an sdhc card. While trying to install from a usb, it would constantly not recognize initramfs and go into ash, multiple distributions attempted. SDHC worked fine though. There are proprietary drivers for the wireless but they will not install in live mode. So far I have not configured much, the hotkeys are all non-functional except screen brightness, and the headphone jack and microphone are not working, and I can't find the sound mixer though. The webcam does work.

These are mostly the result of me not taking the time to set up properly, I'll report back when I have it all working.

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