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Asus Eee PC 701SD


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus Eee PC 701SD laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus Eee PC 701SD. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus Eee PC 701SD page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Asus Eee PC 701SD specifications page.

NameAsus Eee PC 701SD
ProcessorIntel® Celeron M 353 900Mhz
Screen7“ WVGA Widescreen
RAM512MB (Upgradable to 2GB)
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
NetworkEthernet, 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

Card ReaderNot Tested


If you have this “older” Eee PC model, don't despair! It works just fine with the latest Ubuntu Netbook Remix.


I have installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) on an Eee PC 701 model 4G, which has only 4 GB of SSD disk, and everything worked just fine. The built-in webcam might be disabled by default in the BIOS, so if Cheese says “no camera”, check the BIOS settings (Press F2 during power-up).


ArtyGee, 2015/03/02 22:52

Update on my antique 701SD. I have dumped out of Windows and installed Peppermint 5. It runs like a champ. I have also been running Puppy 6.0 and is is also working well. I put the Puppy 6.0 on my flash-drive and it seems to work on many machines. I have also recently tried Voyager but it is a little bloated for the 701SD and I couldn't get the sound to work; and can't find a solution. Still the best program of all time is Ubuntu 10.04 net-book edition, although it is getting out of date. Peppermint 3 also runs well on the 701SD. Android seems to be replacing the netbook concept.. I am hoping the Ubuntu Touch will emerge as practical Linux answer to the pocket PC concept soon.

artygee, 2014/08/18 02:55

Update: I have been running Peppermint 3 on this netbook for a couple of years now. I just bit the bullet and installed Peppermint 5 on the tiny 10GB SSD drive. Not sure if this is better than running off the bootable SD card as things seem slower and internet radio streams above 160 Kbps seem to buffer more that the old version of Peppermint. I have been also using Puppy Lucid 5.2.8 with success, however there are a lot more steps and complications to get it to work with WiFi. Peppermint, Easy-Peasy ( which seems the same as Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04 ) works well. I am looking for better alternatives, but am hoping I can get Peppermint 5 performance up or I will install Peppermint 3 to the hard drive and hope the problems with buffering will stop.

bola olway, 2012/07/23 16:54

I just got a new eeepc701sd from a friend . But i dont like/not used to other OS(it came with GNU Linux) apart from windows, so can i upgrade it to WinXp.

Art, 2011/03/27 01:02

I have a 701SD and it works very well with Ubuntu Net book Edition 10.04 running on SD Card. I have SD cards made with LiLi USB creator. Easypeasy 6.1 also runs well, as does Fluppy, PCeee. Fluppy and Easypeasy seem to run the best for 7 inch screen, but Ubuntu 10.04 NBE seems like my personal favorite. However, I have had the SD cards crash a few times. It takes little time to make a new one. This tiny Net Book is a dream when you use cloud storage such as Ubuntu One or Google Docs. In this age for tiny netbooks and smartphone OSs, this little gem is coming into its own. I bought this one refurb off E-bay for about $100 and with 2 GB ram upgrade it runs faster than all of my desk tops. It came with WinXP, but I run it with Linux off the SD card reader. There are some interesting mods for this laptop as well, such as a touch screen kit for about $60. The smallish keyboard is the only issue to deal with but it is no doubt the most bang for your netbook $ on this or any other planet.

ron plum, 2010/11/11 11:16

hi, my eeepc linux boots up ok but black lines run across from the top to bottom with the

number 21 in it after that it works ok would recovery dvd help to stop this problem ?
                   thanks  ron plum
Stephen Leighton, 2010/09/21 18:57

Just installed ubuntu onto pc 701 sd seems to be fine but how can I get a higher resolution than 800 X 600

liviux76, 2010/09/26 16:58

Do you have a resolution of 800×600 on your eee pc 700 series?
I knew the the highest possible resolution was 800×480.
Please let me know how you were able to have that resolution!

Britta Pedersen, 2010/09/20 05:01

Card reader works too. I have one running with ubuntu 10.04. Everything worked out of the box.

Steve, 2009/09/25 04:12

I have everything working out of the box with fedora 11 except the wireless card. Shouldn't be too hard to change, though

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