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Asus Eee PC 1005PE


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus Eee PC 1005PE laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus Eee PC 1005PE. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus Eee PC 1005PE page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Asus Eee PC 1005PE specifications page.

NameAsus Eee PC 1005PE
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ Pineview-M N450
Screen10.1“ WSVGA
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Network10/100 Ethernet
WLAN 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

KeyboardCompatibleThe keyboard/touchpad need a work around in order to work fully (in my case)
GraphicsCompatibleThere is a lcd brightness issue when trying to set the brightness to max or min
EthernetCompatibleWork around for drivers
WirelessCompatibleWork around for drivers
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested


After getting the laptop out of the box, I instantly updated the BIOS via ASUS Update (NOT ASUS Live Update). After that I got my Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit live thumbdrive, and plugged it into my 1005PE (-PU17). I went into BIOS and changed the boot to boot to USB. Once in the Ubuntu installer, I selected the full hard drive and installed without any issues. After installation was completed, I booted into Ubuntu, and found my keyboard and touchpad not working. I connected a keyboard and mouse via USB ports, and logged in and installed all the updates (the reason they did not work is because the hardware is newer than the drivers were in 9.10). After installing all updates, I rebooted, and found the same problem: keyboard and touchpad did not work. I unplugged the power and all USB connections and rebooted, and they worked.

Wireless worked right out of the installer, but I had read that there were issues with the wireless being “flaky”. The work around that is suggested and that I used was: I went into the console and typed: “sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic”, and then installed that driver. Then I also typed: “sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-karmic-generic”. These made the wireless spot on and more stable.


The problem is the new hardware and the old drivers (or non-existent hardware). After fixing those it works amazing. I am getting 10+ hours on a charge (with everything on). All the problems will most likely be solved with the new version of Ubuntu.

asus_eee_pc_1005pe.txt · Last modified: 2017/11/02 14:29 by don