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Asus Eee PC 900A

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus Eee PC 900A 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 900A. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus Eee PC 900A page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus Eee PC 900A specifications page.

NameAsus Eee PC 900A
ProcessorIntel Atom N270 1.6Ghz
Screen8.9“ WSVGA Widescreen
RAM1GB (Upgradable to 2GB)
HDD4GB to 24GB - SSD
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
NetworkEthernet, 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
CameraWorks

Notes

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Discussion

Andrew, 2014/08/23 11:48

Another good option is JoliOS. I have been running 1.2 for about a year. It works fine basic internet browsing.

mmmmna, 2009/05/11 08:33

Asus EeePC 900A, using the factory OS which is AsusOS 1.6 (Xandros based):
Device Compatibility Comments
Processor Not Tested no known issues
Screen Not Tested 1024×600
HDD Not Tested SSD @ 4Gig works fine
Optical Drive Not Tested not available
Graphics Not Tested 1024×600
Sound Not Tested no known issues
Ethernet Not Tested works once activated in software
Wireless Not Tested works once activated in software
USB Not Tested no known issues
Card Reader Not Tested no known issues, supports my Lexar Platinum II 60X 8G SDHC
Camera Not Tested model 900A does not offer a built in camera


Note: I presently use Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 on the 900A. It works … umm, ok, but due to UNR specific issues, I strongly suggest you wait for 9.10 (or later) for UNR.
The UNR issues have mostly to do with user preferences:
-color changes not being what user selected in preferences,
-power management settings not adhered to,
-some software packages malfunctioning:

  1. Eee PC Applet does nothing except ask for passwords
  2. reporting a dual core when Atom n270 is single core
  3. 2 mixer functions operating incorrectly.

-system response after awakening for

a] wireless networking sometimes not being reactivated until power is cycled and
b] screen will dim at random intervals even when typing.


As I mentioned, I think 9.10 will be better for the “Netbook Remix”.
YMMV.

Troy Will, 2009/03/27 05:23

Successfully installed Debian on March 26, 2009. For sound I had to adjust the “front” control in alsamixer to hear anything.

jukay, 2009/09/21 08:33

I gave Debian also a try. Everything is working fine EXCEPT the Cardreader. Anybody know this problem ?

QM, 2009/03/04 21:37

Please look at this distro that is specially designed for Asus EEE netbooks (for all models) with preconfigured drivers etc. http://www.geteasypeasy.com/

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