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NOTE: This page is work in progress. Take care what are you doing, if you decide to follow its istructions


The EeePC 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 eeePc.


  • 2008-06-11 Fn+F5 Switch WORKS
  • 2008-06-10 New resume from suspend wireless FIX: handles both Wifi ON and no problems with madwifi not loaded
  • 2008-06-10 New feature: Webcam ON/OFF switch in Fn+F6!
  • 2008-06-10 Fixed resume from suspend backlight issue, look at the new fix
  • 2008-06-10 Fixed fn Volume keys. Update your script
  • 2008-06-09 Enriching this wiki page with all fixes found by Duli and members of eeeuser forum.
  • 2008-02-14 Red Hat Magazine: Fedora + Eee PC = Eeedora

ACPI State of play

  • Fedora 8: Need to compile the asus_acpi module and use the Asus scripts that handle various functions, Volume Up, Volume Down, Wifi On/Off etc. Asus also provides their OSD code to notify the user that they have pressed a button.
  • Fedora 9: ships with a module called eeepc.ko - read the ACPI support in Fedora 9 to get it work.

Fn Buttons

  • Zz/Fn+F1 - Works as expected computer suspends
  • Wifi/Fn+F2 - read ACPI support in Fedora 9 to get it work.
  • BrtUp/Fn+F3 - Works. No OSD
  • BrtDown/Fn+F4 - Works. No OSD
  • SwitchDisplay/Fn+F5 - read ACPI support in Fedora 9 to get it work.
  • AP/Fn+F6 - Webcam Switch ON/OFF, read ACPI support in Fedora 9 to get it work. AccessPoint Mode? I don't think we need this. I was thinking about making this button use xrandr to switch on and off a scrolling Virtual Display. This should help if a large dialog box pops up off screen. (Originally this Fn Key was meant to open the task manager)
  • Mute/Fn+F7 - Works in Fedora 8 with Asus module. read ACPI support in Fedora 9 to get it work.
  • VolDown/Fn+F8 - Works in Fedora 8 with Asus module. read ACPI support in Fedora 9 to get it work.
  • VolUp/Fn+F9 - Works in Fedora 8 with Asus module. read ACPI support in Fedora 9 to get it work.

What does NOT work

  • Hibernation
  • Making sweet coffee (maybe never be fixed)

What Fedora 9 gives you

  • Full linux experience (it runs VERY well with stock gnome)
  • Acceptable boot time
  • Fedora is a lifestyle :) always bleeding edge software for you!

Installing Fedora

  • Using DVD, you need an external DVD/CD reader
  • Using USB pendrive (at least 1 GB) look at THIS PAGE
  • Using USB pendrive, from Windows liveusb-creator

ACPI support in Fedora 9

Note: for security reasons, these instructions are not suitable on a production or critical environment. So use at your own risk.

Grant X access to local user root:

$ echo "xhost +local:root" >> ~/.bash_profile
$ echo "xhost -local:root" >> ~/.bash_logout
$ su --login
# echo "xhost +local:root" >> /etc/skel/.bash_profile
# echo "xhost -local:root" >> /etc/skel/.bash_logout

Let's load ACPI daemon into Fedora 9

su -
yum install -y acpid

Now we must start the ACPI daemon and modprobe the eeepc module.

chkconfig acpid on
service acpid start
modprobe eeepc
echo "modprobe eeepc" >> /etc/rc.local

Now let's handle some FN keys and events create these files

gedit /etc/acpi/events/hotkeys.conf

paste this code:

event=hotkey ATKD .*
action=/etc/acpi/actions/ %e

Create this file:

gedit /etc/acpi/actions/

Paste this code


export DISPLAY=:0

case "$3" in

        # Wlan On
        /etc/acpi/actions/ poweron
        # Wlan Off
        /etc/acpi/actions/ poweroff

        # Webcam switch
        # TaskManager
	# /usr/bin/gnome-system-monitor

        # Volume mute
	/usr/bin/amixer set -D hw:0 Master toggle

        # Volume down
        /usr/bin/amixer set -D hw:0 Master 10%- unmute

        # Volume up
        /usr/bin/amixer set -D hw:0 Master 10%+ unmute


	/usr/bin/xrandr --output VGA  --mode 1024x768 \
			--output LVDS --off

	if [[ "$?" != "0" ]]; then

	/usr/bin/xrandr --output VGA  --preferred \
			--output LVDS --off



	/usr/bin/xrandr --output LVDS --mode 800x480 \
		        --output VGA  --mode 800x600


	/usr/bin/xrandr --output VGA  --off       \
           		--output LVDS --preferred

        logger "ACPI hotkey $3 action is not defined"

Other file:

gedit /etc/acpi/actions/

paste this code:


PWR=$(cat /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/wlan)

UnloadModules() {
    rmmod ath_pci
    rmmod ath_rate_sample
    rmmod wlan_scan_sta
    rmmod wlan_tkip
    rmmod wlan_wep
    rmmod wlan

LoadModules() {
    modprobe ath_pci

case $1 in
        if [[ "$PWR" = "0" ]]; then
            modprobe pciehp pciehp_force=1

	    echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/wlan

	    rmmod pciehp

        if [[ "$PWR" = "1" ]]; then

            modprobe pciehp pciehp_force=1

            ifconfig ath0 down

            wlanconfig ath0 destroy


            echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/wlan

            rmmod pciehp


Webcam Switch file (NEW!):

gedit /etc/acpi/actions/

paste this code:


CAMERA=$(cat /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/camera)

        if [[ "$CAMERA" = "0" ]]; then
   	    echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/camera
            echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/camera

(please, do the following step after updating scripts, or new features like the webcam switch!!!)

Make scripts executable:

chmod -v +x /etc/acpi/actions/*

Wireless Drivers

eeePC wireless is provided by an Atheros chipset.

At this very moment, the only way to make it work is using Madwifi patched drivers, or windows driver with ndiswrapper.

Warning, the madwifi driver isn't 100% Free Software, it contains proprietary code. You can compile the kernel module or easily install it from an external repository like livna.

Here are some compiled packages for kernel

Livna repository and Madwifi driver are not officially affiliated or endorsed by the Fedora Project. Use them at your own discretion and risk. READ THIS FOR MORE INFO ON EXTERNAL REPOSITORIES

Fixes and solutions to common problems

Shut down fix

If your EeePC does not entirely shutdown, add the following line to /etc/init.d/halt (I put right after the "Saving mixer setting" stuff):

su -
gedit /etc/init.d/halt

add this line just before the # Save random seed block

#Shutdown eeepc fix
modprobe -r snd-hda-intel && echo "snd-hda-intel module removed!"
or now there's not any FOSS driver for GNU/Linux

Bug has been reported:

Wireless resume from suspend fix

With madwifi driver, wireless doesn't work when resuming from sleep...but we can fix this issue with this script (UPDATED! New script, handles sleep with both wifi ON/OFF) Create the file:

su -
gedit /etc/pm/sleep.d/S99wireless

and paste this code:

WLAN=$(cat /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/wlan)

case "$1" in
if [[ "$WLAN" = "1" ]]; then
{ ip link set wifi0 up ; } 2>/dev/null
exit $?

Make the script executable:

chmod +x /etc/pm/sleep.d/S99wireless

NetworkManager drop outs fix

Not necessary in Fedora 9

  • Works well with the Madwifi-NG drivers. To solve problems with frequents drop outs and communication problems try issuing this command.
iwpriv ath0 bgscan 0
  • Just a quick update on a better way to issue this command on every boot. Edit your /etc/modprobe.conf and change change your lines for ath0 to look like this.
alias ath0 ath_pci
install ath_pci /sbin/modprobe --first-time --ignore-install ath_pci && { /sbin/iwpriv  ath0 bgscan 0 > /dev/null 2>&1 || :; }

Internal Mic not working fix

Double leftclick the volume icon, open preferences and enable e-Mic and e-Mic Boost. In options select input source: e-Mic

(strange, i-mic and e-mic are inverted!)

TouchPad tap fix

To fix the lack of TouchPad tap in Fedora 9, just install the Synaptics package available HERE

Old solution (I think this is for Fedora 8, please specify) To enable the touchpad tapping, make your /etc/X11/xorg.conf look like this .

No backlight on resume from suspend FIX

As root do:

su -

echo 'lastbrn=`</sys/devices/platform/eeepc/brn`' >> /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/99video
echo 'echo $lastbrn  > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/brn' >> /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/99video

Hints and alternative software

Openbox as window manager

Do yourself a favor and install Openbox .

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.


  • This Window Manager is FAST!!!
  • The decorations are very small and simple.
  • By default Openbox trys to shrink windows to fit the viewable screen
  • Did I say this how fast this WM is?

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).

Source Code

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


It might be good to coordinate efforts and reach out to Some comments at and at