Eee 901 Software Mods (Ubuntu 9.10 - Karmic Koala)

This release is far friendlier to the humble Eee PC than any previous ones - out of the box, WiFi and Bluetooth now work, along with the hotkeys for screen brightness, volume, suspend, lock screen & WiFi toggle (although occasionally when I turn off the WiFi it locks up for some reason). I've not Tried the VGA port yet for external display though and

Install Ubuntu 9.10 from CD or USB drive
Make sure that all on-board peripherals are turned on first : WiFi / Bluetooth / camera

I'd go with the following partition layout:

  • /dev/sda1 on /
  • /dev/sdb1 on /home
  • /dev/sdb2 as swap (make it 2 times bigger than physical RAM)

If you wish to hibernate the Eee 901, then create a swap partition on the user drive. If you don't, then just use the whole drive as /home. It's quite a slow process as the user SSD is a lot slower than the primary SSD, but at least it gives you the option.

After installation, plug in an Ethernet cable or connect to your WiFi and install all updates and reboot if there is a new kernel.

Change the rootfs options

This will stop a lot of writes to the SSD with access time updates. See "Post Install."

There are also some more tweaks that can be done to optimise the SSD performance and longevity.

Install eee-control

This allows you to turn on/off the peripherals and set the CPU speed.

It's not currently available in the main feeds, so download the deb package from the creator Greg and take it from there.

Move Right Shift Key etc.

(* if you've physically shifted the keys)
This swaps the up/PgUp key with right shift and the down/PgDn with right/End key. However, best way is to put all of the "xmodmap" statements into /etc/rc.local.

Install all of the nice multimedia stuff and libdvdcss

Install the likes of mp3 codecs etc. Just select the right distribution.

Install Adobe Flash Player & more codecs

Now that the Medibuntu repository has been set up, it's easy to install other things: gstreamer good, bad and ugly codes plus a few others to get digital TV working.

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Install Skype

This package is also in the Medibuntu repository and provides VOIP services (although it's not proper SIP protocol, but a proprietary one).

sudo apt-get install skype
Set up Channels for TV

If you have a TV card and want to use "Media Player" (Totem) for viewing. I'm not going to go into the details for setting up your specific card.

  • Download w_scan
  • Compile w_scan
  • run w_scan with:
./w_scan -X -E0 -R0 > ~/.gstreamer-0.10/dvb-dhannels.conf

Those options explained:

  • -X : put the file into "xine" format
  • -E0 : ignore all pay channels
  • -R0 : ignore all radio channels

Then you simply fire up "Movie Player" and watch away!




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