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.

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News

  • 2010-05-01 Streamlining instructions for installation for preparations of Fedora 13.

Hardware support

Eee PC 70x Series

The current Fedora release (fully updated) natively supports the Eee PC 70x series hardware.

Eee PC 90x/1000H/1005HA/1005PEB Series

The XXXp models (like the 1005p) are based on newer Pine Trail platforms. Issues may arise as newer models are released.

Fn Keys (included wireless switch)

  • Almost working, the Fn+F2 (wireless switch) doesn't work yet; supported by eeepc_laptop kernel module. May require 'acpi_osi=Linux' to be added to kernel boot parameters for eeepc_laptop module to load.

Wireless chipset

  • 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 a kmod package with this driver (kmod-rt2860). Read this for more details on external repositories.
  • 1001p/1005p wireless chip is Atheros AR2427 802.11g WiFi supported by ath9k but needs 2.6.32+ kernel.

Issues

  • Fn Key to disable wireless also disables eth0 [fix: what model?]

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

Fn Keys with issues

  • Fn+F3 touchpad: no
  • Fn+F4 screen resolution: no
  • Fn+F5 brightness down: no
  • Fn+F6 brightness up: no
  • Fn+F8 external monitor: ?

Wireless chipset

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

Eee PC 1201 Series

The 1201 series has a 12.1" screen and a dual-core 1.6GHz Atom 330 processor.

Eee PC 1201N

The nVidia ION model.

Integrated nVidia GeForce 9400M video chipset

  • supported by nouveau driver, may have problems with suspend
  • supported by proprietary nvidia driver

HDA nVidia Audio

  • supported by snd_hda_intel

Fn Keys

  • display-related keys work
  • sound-related are not supported by KDE system
  • rfkill doesn't work
  • touchpad disabler doesn't work.

LAN adapter

  • Attansic chipset supported (atl1c)

Wireless chipset

  • not supported by default, no packages in rpmfusion, no drivers in staging tree. This is a Realtek RTL8192SE chip, incompatible with RTL8192E and RTL8192SU drivers already in staging.
  • vendor-supplied free drivers may or may not work, depending on your kernel version and system CPU architecture
  • you may have luck with a rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0010.1116.2009 driver on 2.6.31.5 or 2.6.31.9 kernel on x86_64 architecture.

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.

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

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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