Asus Eee PC 901

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Eee PC is a bit special and there are special Linux distributions which do a lot of special things to support it. MEPIS seems to nearly 'just work' with a piece of good luck, but it is not a special Eee distribution and things described below are very little tested so please take this article as experimental hints. Good results are possible but failures are possible as well.

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Get it to work

A case study on installing MEPIS 8 on Asus Eee PC 900 is located here

MEPIS 7.9.92 beta 5 can be installed on Asus Eee PC 901. It is possible to put it on a SD card and keep Windows quite untouched:

Two changes might be needed in GRUB command line to let it boot from the SD card. First, order of drives may be messed up. Edit line to contain this:

 root (hd0,0)

If kernel complains about missing root partition, adding this may help (less than 10 may also work):

 rootdelay=10

Once the showstoppers are gone, most things just work without any problem:

  • X screen with correct size
  • ethernet
  • ALSA sound
  • basic touchpad (without scrollwheel simulation)
  • suspend to RAM

Verizon V640 aircard

Open up

~/.kde/share/apps/networkmanagement/connections/

and change it to this:

[cdma]
number=#777
password=vzw
username=0

[connection]
autoconnect=true
icon=phone
id=Verizon
timestamp=2010,4,12,17,36,27
type=cdma
uuid={cd7dcf98-5976-473f-9970-1bd9f47116bf}

[ipv4]
addresses=
dns=
dnssearch=
ignoredhcpdns=false
method=Automatic
routes=

[ppp]
baud=460800
crtscts=false
lcpechofailure=0
lcpechointerval=0
mppestateful=false
mru=0
mtu=0
noauth=false
nobsdcomp=false
nodeflate=false
novjcomp=false
refusechap=false
refuseeap=false
refusemschap=true
refusemschapv2=true
refusepap=false
requiremppe=false
requiremppe128=false

[serial]
baud=460800
bits=8
parity=0
senddelay=12
stopbits=1

Fn buttons

Some success has been had by doing the following:

  • install eeepc-acpi-scripts
  • click Control Center --> Regional & Accessability --> Keypoard Layout
  • chose Asus Laptop from the Keyboard model pull-down menu.

Once that is done, most fn/fx keys work, including Fn/F2 to toggle wireless on and off.

Minor fixes

Some things need minor tweaks:

  • text console - remove vga=791 in GRUB command line to get all lines onscreen in readable character size
  • splash progress bar is offscreen - remove splash from GRUB command line to get text report instead

Alltogether, if your install looked good but then you cannot get beyond the grub screen, most problems can be fixed in GRUB config file /boot/grub/menu.lst (or onscreen at boot time). After all the changes, proper entry might look like this:

 title MEPIS at sdc1, newest kernel
 root (hd0,0)
 kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sdc1 nomce quiet rootdelay=10
 boot

To make boot from SD card the default, press F2 after power on and make it the first drive (setup is slightly unusual, menu with 'boot' in name does not do this). Unfortunately this setting will go away once you boot without the SD card.

Nice configuration improvements

Most likely you will be pleased by configuring suspend to RAM on lid closing.

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