Eee PC

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The Eee PC has really taken the sub-compact pc market by storm. Although the bundled linux installation is interesting, Fedora is more our style. This page should contain all the needed quirks and notes needed to run Fedora perfectly on the Eee PC.

Contents

News

  • 2009-02-16 The 90 % of instructions was obsolete, so they have been deleted. Let's try to give a better layout to this page

Installing Fedora

  • Using DVD, you need an external DVD/CD reader
  • Using USB pendrive (at least 1 GB) take a look at the USB Howto page

Hardware support

Eee PC 70x Series

The current Fedora release (fully updated) natively supports the Eee PC 70x series hardware. No post-installation manual mods are needed, all the hardware is automatically probed and the proper kernel modules are loaded.

Integrated Intel video chipset

  • supported by the i915 kernel module

Intel audio

  • supported by the snd_hda_intel kernel module

Fn Keys (included wireless switch)

  • supported by eeepc_laptop kernel module

LAN adapter

  • supported by atl2 kernel module

Wireless chipset

  • supported by the ath5k kernel module

Webcam

  • supported by the uvcvideo kernel module

Eee PC 90x/1000H/1005HA Series

Integrated Intel video chipset

  • supported by the i915 kernel module

Intel Audio

  • supported by the snd_hda_intel kernel module

Fn Keys (included wireless switch)

  • Almost working, the Fn+F2 (wireless switch) doesn't work yet; supported by eeepc_laptop kernel module.

LAN adapter

  • Eee PC 900 LAN adapter supported by atl2 kernel module
  • Eee PC 901/1000H LAN adapter supported by atl1e kernel module
  • Eee PC 1005HA LAN adapter supported by atl1c kernel module

Wireless chipset

  • Eee PC 900 Atheros wireless chip supported natively by ath5k kernel module.
  • Eee PC 901/1000H wireless chip is Ralink RT2860, which is not supported by current kernel (work on support is in progress, see rt2400 project page for more details), but there's an open source driver provided by Ralink. RPMFusion has an akmod package with this driver (akmod-rt2860). Read this for more details on external repositories.
  • Eee PC 1005HA Atheros wireless chip supported natively by ath9k kernel module.

Webcam

  • supported by the uvcvideo kernel module

Eee PC 1101 Series

The 1101 series has a 11.6" screen and a dual-core 1.33Ghz Atom Z250 processor.

Integrated Intel GMA 500 video chipset

Intel Audio

  • supported by the snd_hda_intel kernel module

Fn Keys

  • Fn+F1 hibernate: yes
  • Fn+F2 wireless: yes
  • Fn+F3 touchpad: no
  • Fn+F4 screen resolution: no
  • Fn+F5 brightness down: no
  • Fn+F6 brightness up: no
  • Fn+F7 screen off: yes
  • Fn+F8 external monitor: ?
  • Fn+F9 (Windows Task Manager)
  • Fn+F10 volume mute: yes
  • Fn+F11 volume down: yes
  • Fn+F12 volume up: yes

(supported by eeepc_laptop kernel module)

LAN adapter

  • Attansic chipset supported.

Wireless chipset

  • Atheros AR9285 wireless chip supported natively by ath5k kernel module. Unfortunately, the WiFi doesn't resume after suspend.

Webcam

  • supported by the uvcvideo kernel module

Fixes and solutions to common problems

Screen is off after resume from suspend/hibernate (Eee PC 901)

Adding --quirk-dpms-on to pm-suspend/pm-hibernate helps. Adding --store-quirks-as-fdi makes it permanent.

Note: upgrading to BIOS 1603 seems to have removed the need for this quirk.

See bug 468271.

Hints and alternative software

LXDE Desktop

LXDE is a lightweight desktop environment that fits perfectly on low performance PCs like netbooks. Fedora 10 has LXDE on its repository

su -c 'yum groupinstall lxde-desktop'

Easy-mode like desktop

Do you like the easy-mode of Eee Pc default OS (Xandros) ? LXPanel is a panel based desktop interface for launching easily your installed software

su -c 'yum install lxpanel'

Openbox as window manager

Openbox is a nice replacement to GNOME's and KDE's window managers .

su -c 'yum install openbox obconf'

After installation you will need to choose openbox as your new window manager. If you are running gdm click on the session button and choose Gnome/Openbox. If you have an .xinitrc that is run at log in you can add, openbox, openbox-session or openbox-gnome-session to it.

Why?

  • This window manager is fast.
  • The decorations are very small and simple.
  • By default, Openbox tries to shrink windows to fit the viewable screen.

Firefox 3, really a CPU eater

Use Epiphany instead of Firefox 3... it's slim (written using the GTK libs) fast as Firefox 3, same compatibility (uses gecko as rendering engine).

Kickstart files

With a kickstart file you can ease the process of installing Fedora on your Eee PC.

Source Code

If you want to take a look at the default source code which comes in the Eee PC, you could check Asus ftp:

Comments

It might be good to coordinate efforts and reach out to http://code.google.com/p/eeedora/. Some comments at http://www.bytebot.net/blog/archives/2008/01/31/eeedora-impressions and at http://wiki.eeeuser.com/howto:eeedora

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